Read the reviews before you date

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Racey Burden

I became single in the fall after a long-term relationship, and one of the first things I've noticed about being single is that so many middle aged people, even those I don't really know, want to set me up with someone.

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Scary news on Zika released this week

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Brian Knox

It's never a good sign when you hear somebody with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say something is "scarier than we initially thought."

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Bicycle people versus internet people

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By David Talley

An interaction I had while mountain biking at Pilot Point's Isle Du Bois State Park Saturday affirmed something I've known for a long time about the bicycle-riding community. As I passed a mountain biker navigating his way over the rocky course, I couldn't help but admire his ride.

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Supreme Court rules in ‘one person, one vote’ case

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

On a unanimous vote of 8-0, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 4 affirmed that states may continue to draw legislative districts based on total population.

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Weird this week, but not in Wise

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Working at a newspaper is never boring. Although we have deadlines and scheduled meetings to cover, there is no "routine." It's the beauty and the beating of a reporter's life - an adrenaline rush and aggravation all at once.

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My outer office at Whataburger

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

As I grow older, I like to make the most of my limited time and energy, so I "book" meetings at Whataburger during regular coffee shop times (early morning or mid-afternoon).

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A trip to the wonderful world of baseball

Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I made a trip to Surprise, Ariz., to see a Rangers game during spring training. I had no idea this was such a big deal in the world of Ranger fandom, but apparently going to spring training is the spiritual pilgrimage of many longtime baseball afficionados.

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Senate Finance chair confirms behavioral health budget

Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will have some $6.7 billion to fund the state's behavioral health services efforts during the 2016-2017 fiscal biennium.

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District needs to pony up for gym

Published Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Messenger Staff

There's a word of advice you often hear regarding what you do when you find yourself in a hole. Stop digging.

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Proper habits for working girls

Published Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Racey Burden

I need to apologize to all the loyal Messenger readers out there. I have not been a good Business Girl.

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Egg hunting knows no age

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By David Talley

Like many 10-year-olds, I hunted Easter eggs last weekend. As an actual 22-year-old, I sit somewhere near the median age of Talley grandchildren.

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DPS chief reminds citizens to be vigilant

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Following news reports of coordinated, terroristic bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, the Texas Department of Public Safety posted a reminder to Texans to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behaviors.

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Home on the range: Boom of baby calves sparks childhood memories

Published Saturday, March 26, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I'm enamored with baby calves this spring. Our neighbor's Beefmaster herd has grown by leaps and bounds the past two months, and the babies are fun to watch, a split second of joy every time you pass.

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Are you aware of what you need to be aware of?

Published Saturday, March 26, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Tomorrow is Easter. But today is also very special. Today, March 26, is Epilepsy Awareness Day. It is also National Nougat Day and National Spinach Day. I don't recommend mixing those last two up in an effort to streamline your awareness observance.

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You only thought D.C. was a zoo now …

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By Brian Knox

A visit to a former home of a U.S. president last week, and a subsequent visit with a friend about said president resulted in my googling of dog ears this week. And that led to the discovery of a rather unique presidential "museum."

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Paxton seeks halt to regional haze rules

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 18 asked an appeals court to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regional haze regulations until a trial of the state's pending lawsuit challenging the new rules.

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Area woman forgets keys; local police save day

Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
By Racey Burden

I'm a really forgetful person. It's one of my most enduring, and unfortunate, character traits. I have an excellent memory when it comes to random trivia facts, but I will forget to return a movie to Redbox until I've kept it so long it belongs to me.

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A spam email is worth a million dollars

Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
By David Talley

A few days ago when I received an email from John Kerry, I rolled my eyes. It wasn't from his secretary, or even addressed from the office of the Secretary of State. It was legitimately from John Kerry - but not really.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Previously, the Messenger solicited readers' vacation photos during the summer months. But the interaction has become a year-round event, and we're wondering what you're doing on spring break.

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Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas' controversial voter identification law.

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