Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By Ed Sterling

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sept. 14 announced the opening of a "Defense Innovation Unit Experimental" hub at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin.

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Quit letting (your) country down

Published Saturday, September 17, 2016
By David Talley

Country music has lost its way. The themes and subjects listeners have enjoyed for much of the genre's history are, at least in mainstream, gone. Here's exactly what's wrong…

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Young cancer survivor embodies courage

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016
By Donna Bean

Webster's dictionary says the definition of courage is the ability to do something you know is difficult or dangerous.

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Paxton says subpoena of corporation’s records violated First Amendment

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief "in defense of the First Amendment."

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Green Bay is for (football) lovers

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Given that you read my column last weekend, you know the Fella and I took a trip to Wisconsin, which I described in some detail. As I noted at the time, I left out the part of our trip pertaining to the Green Bay Packers because it warranted its own column.

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A dude ranch? In Decatur?

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I bumped into retired veterinarian and semi-retired businessman Doc Cocanougher a few days ago. He said he wanted to tell me a story that he considered worthy of reporting in the newspaper.

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Revisiting ‘Space Jam’ stomps childhood nostalgia

Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016
By Racey Burden

Something happened this weekend that caused me to question all of my childhood memories - I watched "Space Jam."

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Education chief announces fines assessed to testing service

Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Aug. 23 announced the Texas Education Agency will fine the company that delivers and administers STAAR - the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - with $5.7 million in liquidated damages.

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Frisco taxpayers send loud message with vote

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Richard Greene

The eight high schools of Frisco ISD opened the new Star football stadium last Saturday with a day full of action, starting a new era of high school football in a state-of-the-art indoor facility.

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The mystery of cheese curds is revealed

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I took a trip to Wisconsin this summer. Wisconsin is the Badger State. I didn't know that and wouldn't have guessed it as we failed to spot a single badger.

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Curbing future stress by learning from the past

Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016
By David Talley

School is in session. Across the country, students from pre-k to college are packing their backpacks and settling down to the structure that daily education seems to bring to all of our lives - except me.

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Federal court rules in favor of UT’s campus carry policy

Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016
By Ed Sterling

An attempt by three University of Texas at Austin professors to prevent licensed permit holders from carrying their concealed handguns while attending classes was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 22.

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Georgia on my mind, but not my map

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

The address for our hotel seemed so charmingly "Georgia" on our first trip to Atlanta recently. But as we would come to find out during our stay, that charm turned more into frustration.

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Say ‘cheese’ and mean it

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

All I wanted was one photo. It was the first day of school, after all. And among first days, this was a big one for the Tribes.

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Bonding over summer’s grand finale – #CampPatti

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By Danielle Scroggins

Many teachers have been back in school since Aug. 1 learning new instructional techniques, streamlining classroom technology and decorating classrooms. It's a nice feeling to reboot, restart and refresh for the new academic year - to be inspired by guest speakers and student success stories.

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Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after returning from trip

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Fla., has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15.

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Shaw misquided in efforts to retain county tax collection

Published Saturday, August 20, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Wise County Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw won a major battle that he should have lost in this year's county budget hearings.

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Fed up with fortune cookies phoning it in

Published Saturday, August 20, 2016
By Racey Burden

Did you know that fortune cookies aren't really Chinese at all?

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Breaking news: sifting through hateful comments is tiresome

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By David Talley

If you haven't seen it, the Messenger's Facebook policy generally runs alongside columns on this page. We tend to alternate it with information about submitting letters to the editor and tips on how to contact your state representatives. Next time it runs, read it. It seems many folks out there could use a refresher.

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Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the Nov. 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week.

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