Perry gives parting speech

Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry addressed a joint session of the House and Senate for the last time on Jan. 13, opening day of the 140-day regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature.

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Cult of personality quizzes

Published Saturday, January 17, 2015
By Jake Harris

It seems 2013 was the Year of the Introvert. Psychologists, journalists and sociologists published multiple news articles and thinkpieces about the merits of introverts in the workplace, at school and at home.

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Upon further review…

Published Saturday, January 17, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Miss Watkins had a firm grip on Leo's left arm as she dragged him from the playground.

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Texas leaders have big task, but are they up to it?

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Brian Knox

The 84th Texas Legislature officially began its work Tuesday. It's time to find out if those who were the best campaigners can become the best at governing.

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Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts.

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Hey, slick, who taught you how to drive?

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Raindrops race down the windshield, then race up as I gain speed. One seems to dart the opposite way to the others, and I almost swerve, thinking it's a deer running into my path.

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The telephone menu and a ‘tweaked’ driving story

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I received a phone call from a friend today. While we talked, he voiced frustration about his experience earlier in the day when he was trying to do some business and was extremely frustrated.

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It’s time to focus on growing the economy

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Lee Hamilton

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years and the federal deficit is shrinking.

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New mix of lawmakers, officials heading for Austin

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Ed Sterling

When the 84th Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13 and oaths of office are administered, the political party split will be 21 Republicans to 10 Democrats in the 31-member Senate, and 98 Republicans to 52 Democrats in the 150-member House.

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Facebook and becoming a real friend this new year

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I admit that I probably spend more time with Facebook than I should. It is the modern-day beauty shop for ladies. It's the virtual coffee shop for us guys.

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Get a different perspective this year

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By David Talley

An old song comes to mind when I wheel my bicycle out of the garage and take off down Garland Street.

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The 2014 highlight reel

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Know what would be cool? If, at the end of every year, somebody - NFL Films, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino - put together a highlight video of our lives.

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Woven into this crazy quilt

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

In this job, you never know what the day will hold. "Do you ever wonder how you end up in the middle of certain situations?" my husband asked one night. My reply: Every. Day.

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The world gets smaller

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Brian Knox

In 2014, the world seemed to get a bit smaller. At least that was one of my impressions as I look back on the past year.

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Craziness ruled on the gridiron in 2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Richard Greene

2014 did not lack for drama. Starting in February, there was Makayla Mayfield's 3-pointer at TWU, followed the next Friday by Philip Walker's shot to beat Dallas Roosevelt, both setting off wild celebrations.

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Break into a new year

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's time to break dishes. Bring out your old wares and fling them at your neighbors' homes and leave piles of shattered porcelain.

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Reflect, then move forward

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jake Harris

This year has been a whirlwind. Since last January, I have gone to Thailand, been confirmed into the Catholic Church, graduated college, traveled to Korea to watch my brother graduate high school, helped my family move to Alabama, started my first "real" job and moved to Bridgeport.

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Roselle retires after 40-plus years at the Messenger

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

Ken Roselle came to work at the Wise County Messenger on his 25th birthday and now, 42 years later, he is retiring ... sort of.

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The future? It’s now, just like it always was

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Bob Buckel

George Orwell's book "1984" portrayed a scary future in which an omnipresent government - Big Brother - waged perpetual war and kept its people under constant surveillance.

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Merry flippin’ Christmas to one and all

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

The time is near. Another family gathering is necessary. Thanksgiving was fairly easy. It was just my parents, my wife and I. Christmas will require a much larger gathering - or so I thought.

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