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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Tariff proposal misses mark

Published Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Randy Keck

In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Edward Carrington, whom he had sent as a delegate to the Continental Congress. In the letter, Jefferson stressed the importance of a free press, specifically newspapers.

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Spring blooms: Keep it Texas friendly, bluebonnet seekers

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Brian Knox

Driving along roads in rural areas during the past week, I've noticed the surest sign of spring in Texas: bluebonnets. The sight of the colorful flowers led one of my kids to ask a question many of us have asked over the years: "Is it illegal to pick them?"

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Census question stirs opposition

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 census be asked if they are citizens of the United States.

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Learning to appreciate needed advice

Published Saturday, March 31, 2018
By Richard Greene

Every once in a while, the advice of my childhood best friend William Charles Janke IV creeps into the my conscience: "We work to live; not live to work."

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Perilous pursuit of Peter Cottontail

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way ..." And now, I present to you a cautionary tale for anyone considering trying to catch that cottontail.

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Bombing suspect ends own life

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Ed Sterling

The primary suspect in a string of terrorist-style bombings died in his pickup truck March 21.

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Of baseball and birthdays

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Brian Knox

My wife recently bought a new seasonal decoration for our front door. It's a small, burlap wall hanging squared off on the top and sides, while the bottom is "V" shaped. Each day as I pass by it, the shape reminds me of something very familiar: the home plate of a baseball diamond.

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Places to go and people to see

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Racey Burden

Not this weekend but next, I'll be heading to Saint Jo on a special "Daytripper"-style assignment for the Messenger.

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Eat corn, kill the Kaiser!

Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Joy Carrico

"FACE the FACTS" declared the March 15, 1918, Wise County Messenger. The war situation was critical and unless our boys fought like they had never fought before, defeat threatened. Hungry soldiers couldn't fight their best, and wheat was the thing to save them. We needed to feed our soldiers, and most of Europe, all the wheat we could spare. It was the best food to fight on.

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Appellate court’s ruling on immigration law draws reactions

Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 13 praised a ruling by a panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a new state law that bans sanctuary cities.

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‘Your’ show reaches 66th year

Published Saturday, March 17, 2018
By Racey Burden

Today the Wise County Youth Fair is a week-long affair with hundreds of contests that takes over the Wise County Fairgrounds every March, filling barn after barn with animals, crafts, food and kids. It started out much smaller.

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Searching for man’s best friend

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Reece Waddell

It's been 22 years, but finally, the time has come that I no longer get to enjoy the luxury of spring break. After years of relaxing for a week in the middle of March, I now get to enjoy the true wonder of adulthood and work while all of my college buddies party in Galveston, Corpus Christi or Florida.

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Primary turnout increases

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

In early voting, Texans participated in greater numbers in the state Democratic primary than the Republican primary, but on Election Day, March 6, the Republican turnout exceeded the Democratic turnout by half a million votes.

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Stay involved: United parents promote needed sense of community

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Monday night a large group of parents filled the Chisholm Trail Middle School library to voice their concerns about the school and the possibility of seeing its enrollment cut by more than half next school year with the opening of Adams Middle School.

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