Thoughts and prayers

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Messenger Staff

As of Nov. 7, there have been 21 mass shootings in the United States in 2017 where four or more people have died.

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Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

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Deck the halls for election season

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

"It's the most wonderful time ... of the year ..." (Everyone, sing!) "It's the hap-happiest season of all ..." Oh, wait. You thought this was about Christmas? Not. At. All. I'm talking about election season.

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Experiencing the Pine Tree State

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I took a trip to New England this fall. We were told over and over "Oooh. It will be BEAUTIFUL!" New England in the fall. It's so idyllic it's almost a cliche.

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The 1980s are alive and well in pop culture

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Brian Knox

There is no doubt that the hottest decade of the moment in popular culture has to be the 1980s. This wave of '80s mania is no doubt fueled by many film and television directors close in age to myself who grew up in that decade and are now tapping into our need for childhood nostalgia as we enter into middle age.

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Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state's 150 House districts to be redrawn.

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Sharing my ghost stories

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

I try to approach everything with an open mind. I know there's plenty out there that can't be explained with logic or theory. Do I believe in aliens? Well, as big as the universe is, I don't know how we can rule it out.

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What we learned while ghost hunting

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Racey Burden and Kristen Tribe

There's more (or perhaps less) to a real ghost hunting adventure than what you see on TV. "This is not 'Ghost Hunters,'" Jennifer DeMoss told us as we prepared to set out on a search for the paranormal in Wise County.

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Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials - either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane - can create an online list for donors to access.

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Looking back: Reporter discusses successes, shortcomings on the job

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By David Talley

When something ends, you always think about the words you didn't say. I'm leaving the Messenger, bound for somewhere new, and my departure has definitely caused me to think about the questions I didn't ask and the columns and stories I didn't write.

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Tier one braggart

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Racey Burden

A little known fact about the newsroom at the Messenger - we keep a running list of brags everyone in the office makes.

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It happened to me, too

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Racey Burden

Me, too. My Facebook feed was flooded with these posts this week. Me too, me too, me too, all sharing stories of sexual harassment suffered by the poster, mostly women. Well, me too.

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State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

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Scaring up good stories

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I have a love hate relationship with Halloween. Mostly hate. When I was little, I couldn't even walk down the Halloween aisle at Walmart with all the masks staring at me from every direction. It was terrifying.

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Looking for light within darkness

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Joy Carrico

According to the novel Crime and Punishment, what separates humans from other animals is our ability to talk nonsense.

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Time for a new conversation about the shooting

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Brian Knox

Since Stephen Paddock opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, we've heard a lot of different conversations.

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Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State's congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.

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Flavor sensation: Pumpkin spice Twinkies push the seasonal craze

Published Saturday, October 7, 2017
By David Talley

You'd think after years of internet jokes about how every commercial product gets pumpkin-spiced in the fall, there would be more pumpkin spice products out there in October.

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Starbucks wins the pumpkin spice game

Published Saturday, October 7, 2017
By Racey Burden

Despite being a white girl, I've never really fallen into the pumpkin spice trap.

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Put people first, consider gun control

Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

Late Sunday night my phone woke me with a Twitter notification - "Active shooter situation at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas." I went back to sleep, but I remember thinking, "That's terrible," followed by another terrible thought I wish I didn't have to have - "I hope it's just one crazy guy mad at one person."

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