Lessons learned through the lens

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Joe Duty

What do photographers do on vacation? Take pictures, of course.

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Time for DISD to press reset

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Richard Greene

The long two weeks of speculation and turmoil at Decatur ISD ended Monday after the 10th hour of trustees meeting behind closed doors to discuss the contract and job performance of superintendent Judi Whitis.

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Planes, trains and change

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Racey Burden

Soon I'll be leaving Wise County behind and moving to Houston, and I've been thinking a lot about planes and trains.

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School board lacks transparency

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Messenger Staff

We have some questions and many concerns. First, how can the Decatur School Board meet behind closed doors for seven hours on a single agenda item, and then come out and say nothing?

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Coming home to a cemetery

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Brian Knox

A question was asked in the newsroom recently about some items in Update. "What's a cemetery homecoming?"

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Shower me with household items

Published Saturday, June 2, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I've bought two wedding shower gifts in the last seven days. After perusing the registries at places like Anthropologie, Bed Bath and Beyond, West Elm, Target and the like, I had a single thought. I want one.

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My struggles with smoking

Published Saturday, June 2, 2018
By Joe Lambert

Each time I see a group of people huddled together outside a building with smoke flying from the cigarettes they are smoking, it reminds me of my youth when I sneaked away from the school recess and grabbed a smoke.

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The future is in good hands

Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

A long-standing national pastime is worrying what will happen to the country when it's handed off to the next generation. I know I helped produce my fair share of doubt on Generation X carrying the torch, while playing Super Mario Brothers and listening to a string of one-hit wonders instead of being productive.

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New anthem policy isn’t about patriotism

Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
By Reece Waddell

For many, Sunday afternoons in the fall are usually spent in front of a TV watching NFL football. In the United States - and especially in Texas - football is an institution. A pastime.

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Life lessons from Mom, with love

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I'm in my 40s, but I still need my mom. To this day I crave her hugs, seek her advice and cherish her listening ear. When I need to "get away," my parents' home is still a sweet respite from the stress of this world.

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Get that man some cowboy boots

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
By Joy Carrico

In the May 20, 1943, issue of the Wise County Messenger, a news article called "'Touch of Texas' In Philly Marine's Walk" was published.

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Church must take stand

Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
By Racey Burden

If you weren't raised as a Southern Baptist, you'd probably never heard of Paige Patterson until this week.

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Crash course puppy training

Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Sunday will be one month since my girlfriend and I brought home our first puppy. And let's just say it has been an interesting four weeks.

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DNA provides glimpse into the past

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

I received an email last week saying the results of my DNA sample that I had sent to a genealogy service were available. Perhaps fittingly, it arrived on my son's birthday.

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An opportune chore

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Richard Greene

This year I've tried to turn over a new leaf and change my pessimistic ways. I've taken the view that there are no problems, only opportunities.

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Surprise! It’s a newspaper

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Richard Greene

Like many Wednesdays before, you will open your mailbox next week and find a copy of All Around Wise. While many of you will flip through it, the first inclination for some will be to quickly dismiss it as the same old, same old.

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Buy local by local

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

For many years, newspapers never bragged on themselves. They didn't tout their investigative reports, plug heartfelt feature stories, or remind readers of the paper's advertising reach. It just wasn't done.

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Big changes, new opportunities

Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Big changes are coming to the midweek edition of the Wise County Messenger. Beginning next week, the midweek Messenger and All Around Wise will be combined into a single, dynamic publication and sent free to more than 27,000 Wise County residents.

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Troops on border draws mixed reviews

Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 4 welcomed the announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that the federal government would deploy some 4,000 National Guard personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist in stemming the flow of illegal immigration.

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Oklahoma education is not OK

Published Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Racey Burden

When I was a kid in an Oklahoma public school, I don't remember thinking it was strange to have textbooks that were falling apart or to go to classes in an ancient outbuilding that flooded every time it rained.

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