Rating reality

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

There are some reality shows that are so ingrained in American culture that I feel like I understand the gist of them even if I've never watched them.

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House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the "rainy day" reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees.

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Rock on: Keep it up kids, this is fun

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Racey Burden

Rocks have become inexplicably popular lately. I don't know how it started, but it's a thing now for kids to paint rocks and leave them around town for others to find and hide again. You can also paint your own rocks to leave in their place, which is what David and I decided to do.

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Rock on: Painting stones sounds so simple

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By David Talley

Rock hunting seems to have taken over Wise County. When looking for a joint column idea, Racey and I landed on painting and hunting rocks as an activity because it really seems to be the hot topic right now.

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He keeps us wanting more

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Joy Carrico

There's something I've been wondering about regarding the Rangers. Why are we keeping Joey Gallo around? This guy has a batting average of .197. His fielding is OK. At first base he has the benefit of being very tall, but other than that he hasn't shown any particular brilliance.

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House, Senate have not yet engaged in back-and-forth on key bills

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature.

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A little history on the Old Settlers Reunion

Published Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

As I write, hundreds of people are celebrating the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. I've discovered that many of us who have lived in Decatur for years know very little regarding the origins and traditions of the celebration.

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Why wait for Wednesday? Messenger newsroom adopts daily mindset

Published Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Messenger has always taken pride in being the No. 1 source for local news.

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Stay cool and get ready for school

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Brian Knox

The calendar says school is just around the corner, but the thermometer says summer is just heating up. I check the National Weather Service forecast each day for various alerts, and lately the description for the daily weather just says "Hot" with a graphic of a blazing yellow sun.

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Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters.

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Catching laughs with lures

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I come from a fishing family, yet, I do not fish. My teenage son, on the other hand, has had a pole in his hand since he was 2 years old thanks to my dad, aka Pop Pop.

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Establishing boundaries as impressive as milestone

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

We Rangers fans are all very excited for Adrian Beltre to reach the milestone of 3,000 hits.

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Growing not a pain

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Racey Burden

I've seen a lot of complaints about growth lately, especially at public meetings and in the Facebook comments of the Messenger posts. New retail possibly coming to Bridgeport? Stay away, this is a rural community.

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Abbott gives lawmakers initial marching orders for special session

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 10 issued a formal proclamation for the special session that begins July 18, directing the Texas Legislature to extend expiration dates for the Texas Medical Board and other state boards that regulate psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers.

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Back in the saddle; A log of my 2017 bicycle races so far

Published Saturday, July 15, 2017
By David Talley

I wrote a column in January about plans to revisit bicycle racing this year after barely pedaling anywhere in 2016. I raced a variety of events in college, hitting the road almost every weekend of both semesters to travel around the state for cycling events. But since then I've been off my bike more than in the saddle.

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Use your teacher voice and call Austin

Published Saturday, July 15, 2017
By Suzanne Bardwell

I have spilled barrels of ink in columns on the joys of being a teacher, but now some ink needs to be spilled to get educators the help we need.

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Lamenting the ‘lone finalist’

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Bob Buckel

I was in Wenatchee, Wash., recently - the real Washington, where they grow apples - and I saw an article in the newspaper that piqued my interest.

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Lawmakers plan to file teacher pay legislation in special session

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Ed Sterling

A special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, is set to begin on July 18. The agenda is big.

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Paying to play

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, I was consumed by baseball. I lived, breathed and even dreamed about it. Throwing dozens of balls daily through a tire in the backyard, I was convinced with enough practice that I could be the next Roger Clemens.

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Who are our enemies, foreign and domestic?

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I went to the Rangers game on July 4th. Before the game, more than 100 Air Force recruits were sworn in.

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