Over the river and through the woods …

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

The holidays are a time of traditions - both big and small. Growing up, many of those centered around my grandparents' homes in Saint Jo. Every holiday we would hit both places: Grandma's house, a large, chaotic affair; and MaMa and PaPa's home, a smaller group, but just as loud and fun.

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Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

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A (third graders-inspired) letter to Santa

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Brian Knox

Dear Santa, We here at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur, Texas, U.S.A., know the importance of planning ahead for any possible problems that may arise in our production of a newspaper so that we can ensure the timely delivery of said newspaper by our deadline.

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Pearl Harbor tour evokes strong emotions

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Joe Duty

Dec. 7, 1941: a date that resonates with every American as one of the most horrific days in American history, the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Board sets state funding limit for next 2-year budget

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas lawmakers will have just under $100 billion to use for the non-constitutional spending portion of state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

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Learning the art of exterior illumination

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Richard Greene

Growing up in the Greene household, the day after Thanksgiving never involved trips to jam-packed stores fighting over the latest gadgets or new electronics. Instead, it was my father's day to turn our little two-bedroom home into something akin to a lit runway with red and white lights shining from every corner of the house and any nearby vegetation.

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We need a lot more Dolly

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Can I call you Dolly? If I were to call you Ms. Parton, I imagine you would insist I call you Dolly. You seem to be on a permanent first-name basis with the whole world.

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What are you for?

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016
By Brian Eaton

A few years ago, country singer Pat Green recorded an excellent song called "What I'm For." In it, songwriters Marc Beeson and Allen Shamblin tell us numerous things they are for, including: trustworthy mechanics, inner-city teachers never giving up on kids, Texas margaritas, getting out of debt, soakin' up wisdom from old men, smiling drive-thru workers, counting blessings and leaving grudges behind.

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Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial.

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‘3,000 Miles to Graceland’ leaves viewers ‘all shook up’ … and annoyed

Published Saturday, November 26, 2016
By Racey Burden

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, David and I found a way to subtly torture each other - pick out the worst movie we own and make the other one watch it.

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Feel free to sleep through ‘Sleepover,’ you’re not missing much

Published Saturday, November 26, 2016
By David Talley

Winter is just about here. The days are getting shorter and colder, and we're all spending more time inside with the TV on.

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The end of a writing slump or the beginning of a cookbook?

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've been in kind of a writing slump lately. But I've learned a few things in the past several weeks. Maybe they'll be worthy of your consideration.

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Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Just a few of Texas' 31 Senate members and 150 House members filed a total of 523 pieces of legislation on Nov. 14, the first day lawmakers could submit legislation for the coming session.

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Trump succeeded where Perot (and Clinton) didn’t

Published Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Brian Knox

Democrats, and to be quite honest many Republicans, are shocked that Trump won the presidency. I'm not. Surprised? Yes. Wary of what might happen in a Trump presidency? Yes. Shocked? No.

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas everywhere I go

Published Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Get ready. It's almost time for the invasion of bad music into our lives.

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Channel election energy into local entities

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

My head was spinning last Tuesday night as the election results rolled in. Gazillionaire and reality TV star Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America. Whether you voted for or against Trump, this most likely came as a surprise.

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Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast.

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We the people: Trump can’t save America, but we can

Published Saturday, November 12, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've spent the days since the presidential election wondering what I could possibly say in this column that would matter to anyone who read it. I know where I live. Texas is a red state, has been as long as I can remember, and while I've often felt frustrated with my overly-zealous Republican neighbors, I have never felt frightened of the people they elect. Until now.

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Sister cities: Stephen Decatur Jr. was a popular dude

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By David Talley

Decatur residents: we're not alone. According to Wikipedia, there are actually 46 other cities, townships, unincorporated communities and ghost towns across the U.S. that share the name Decatur.

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States, lawmakers file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 23 filed a petition on behalf of the state of Texas, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Texas voter ID law.

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