A night of miracles

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By David Roberts

On Jan. 26, 2017, shortly after 11:30 p.m., my wife and I were awakened by a phone call. It wasn't a prank call or a teenager saying they were on the way home.

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Speaking baseball: Translating diamond dialect to follow the game

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Baseball is an efficient language. For those who speak it fluently, there is an amazing shorthand dialect where much can be said about the sport in few words. For those who do not speak fluent baseball, it's gobbledygook.

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Texas lawmakers are letting teachers down

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Pastors for Children

Texas public school teachers are heroes. They work hard for low pay, and with massive legislative budget cuts, spend significant personal dollars on their students' school supplies. Teachers are the front line of care for Texas children.

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Wise sees mixed results in health rankings

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Brian Knox

Last week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual County Health Rankings, which takes a look at the state of health in counties across the country.

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Governor welcomes Justice Department’s sanctuary cities announcement

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and enforcement directives.

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Seeking thrills and chills in virtual cardio courses

Published Saturday, April 1, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Due to [insert a million excuses], I've been slow to try and figure out all the new gym equipment at Fit-N-Wise, but one area I visit on a kinda, sorta regular basis is the cardio floor.

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Inmate says meth means big money

Published Saturday, April 1, 2017
By Larry Anthony Harris

On March 8, Brian Knox wrote column in the Messenger about methamphetamine still being a big problem in Wise County.

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Louis Gage: an inspiration

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

I was recently honored to minister to the family of Louis Wayne Gage after his death. The funeral was unlike any funeral I've ever attended. If you knew Louis, you'd have been proud to be there.

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Senate panel OKs budget for upcoming 2-year period

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Ed Sterling

A state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019 cleared the first in a series of hurdles when the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved committee substitute Senate Bill 1 on March 22.

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Survive spring in Wise County

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By David Talley

As we roll into spring this week, it's important to stay aware of the safety issues North Texans are likely to face in the coming season.

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Ruby Ridge is right around the corner

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I think social media is turning us all into extremists.

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We need a wake-up call from our phones

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I remember when phones were devices we used to talk to people. They were not portable, and they did nothing more than connect us to the person on the other end of the line so we could communicate.

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State budget progresses toward vote by full Senate

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Finance Committee, at work on the 2018-2019 state budget since January, on March 16 approved workgroup recommendations in preparation for a final vote.

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Keep Wise wild

Published Saturday, March 18, 2017
By David Talley

For as long as I've been back home from college, the quiet roads and open hillsides of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands have been my favorite place. As a cyclist and outdoorsman, having 20,250 acres of protected land and water within just a few miles of my home has been a real treat.

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Meeting a stranger on the road

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

The sports desk gets pretty crazy in the spring and this year was at another level. With a total of 12 basketball teams in the playoffs, playing games all across North Texas, it meant several late nights.

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Federal court panel rules against Texas redistricting plan

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Three of Texas' 36 congressional districts are unconstitutional because of racial or political gerrymandering, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled on March 10.

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Reaching out to devastated Panhandle communities

Published Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Wildfires have scorched the Panhandle this week, resulting in the loss of life and destruction of homes and acreage.

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It’s your right, it’s your business

Published Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Jim Zachary

Every action of government is your business. Every document held in government halls is your piece of paper. Every penny spent by government is your money.

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Methamphetamine still a big problem in Wise

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Brian Knox

Wise County appears to be losing the war on methamphetamine. While marijuana seems to make the news most often on a national level, methamphetamine still seems to be the drug of choice on the local level.

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House, Senate approve bills to protect children in foster system

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Both houses of the Texas Legislature last week passed bills to improve the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in response to Gov. Greg Abbott's call for emergency action to improve child protection programs.

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