Pondering the scanner shift

Published Saturday, September 30, 2017
By David Talley

It's Friday, (as I write this) which means one Messenger reporter's shift with the police scanner is ending and another's begins. Today, that's me.

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This is the way the world ends

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Did you know that the world was supposed to end Saturday? I didn't. I spent my Saturday blissfully unaware of my impending doom. I spent Sunday unappreciative of the fact that I'm still alive.

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Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Welcoming young reporters to the newsroom

Published Saturday, September 23, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Messenger has partnered again with student journalists for a program called "Youth Spoken." As the name implies, it will offer young people a voice on the pages of the Messenger.

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Anticipating new community connection

Published Saturday, September 23, 2017
By Taylor Durham

My name is Taylor Durham. I'm 17 years old and a junior at Decatur High School.

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Grateful for chance to share creativity

Published Saturday, September 23, 2017
By Nathaniel Carr

Hello everyone, my name is Nathaniel Carr, but my peers call me Nate. I'm a junior at Decatur High School where I'm the webmaster for the print and online Journal.

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Just another face in the crowd

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Not to alarm anyone, but apparently I have a band of look-alikes loose in the world. Although I've never seen one, everyone else - friends, family members and complete strangers - spot them on a regular basis.

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Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor's office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.

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Gaining perspective through Photography 101

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
By David Talley

If I passed you Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 380 between the sheriff's office and Victory Church, I'm sorry. It was 5:15 and, for the first time since college, I was doing my homework at the last minute. This wasn't an algebra or writing assignment.

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How to avoid another Hurricane Harvey

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
By Brett Cease and Peter Bryn, Texas Tribune

As Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and Louisiana last week, news sources as diverse as Breitbart, MSNBC and Fox News, described what we faced as "catastrophic" "unprecedented," and "potentially the worst flooding event in the state's history."

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Resilience 101

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes it possible for a person to get through and beyond major life catastrophes. We need look no farther than Houston for multiple examples of people who are clearing the debris and rebuilding after a disaster.

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Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

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A time to give

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Brian Knox

We seem to be experiencing a season of disasters at the moment. Those disasters will require a significant response.

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Political candidate questionable choice for speaker

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

United Way held its annual fundraising kickoff luncheon this week, and, as per usual, a few people got up to speak about the benefits of the organization. This year there was also a special speaker - Texas State Rep. Pat Fallon.

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Granger’s tunnel vision disservice to constituents

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Brian Eaton

While reading the Messenger story about Congresswoman Kay Granger's recent talk in Decatur, I was reminded of a warning someone told me as I was coming of age to vote in my first elections many, many moons ago: "Beware of single issue politicians."

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Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

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Taste test: Fried chicken and pickles most unique

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Racey Burden

David and I didn't have a lot of goals in mind when we entered the Decatur Conference Center for Taste of Wise. We had a vague idea that we might try to find the best dish and the most unique one, and we wanted to eat enough to satisfy our dinner cravings.

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Taste test: Chimichangas – love at first bite

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By David Talley

As a Messenger reporter and longtime Decaturite, I'm pretty familiar with Taste of Wise, but I'd never actually attended the event until Thursday.

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Stick to the mission in the drop-off line

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The start of every school year brings with it a positive outlook, plans to be more organized and the teeth-grinding routine of the school drop-off line. After nine years dropping off my two darlings, I've observed a myriad of bad habits, and I've had enough. Let's get it together, people.

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Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

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