Future aerospace expert seeks to sharpen writing skills

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Shelby Vanover

The Wise County Messenger has partnered with a new group of student journalists for "Youth Spoken." As the name implies, it will offer these young people a voice on the pages of the Messenger.

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Reading leads to love of language, writing

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Mickey Drewery

First and foremost, you must know I am a book lover/nerd/enthusiast, and my love for English has ultimately become the result.

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Young journalist pursues new adventure at the Mess

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Rachael Ussery

My dream is to be a traveling journalist. I've always enjoyed capturing beautiful images of the earth for others to see and having a story to go with it would add to the magnificence of the experience.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The Messenger's 2nd Annual Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few weeks, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.

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Hatred and bias cause social media woes

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Racey Burden

I really dread checking my Facebook these days, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. I like being able to see what my friends in other states and across the world are doing, and I like the happy announcements of birthdays and engagements and new jobs.

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Writer disputes movie critic’s prowess

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Travis Lisle

I have major beef with Movie Man.

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Vacation – WE all need it; Time to stop skipping time off

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Richard Greene

As Father's Day approaches, I'm thankful for the many qualities that I inherited from the patriarch of our family.

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Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.

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So long, Mrs. Berry; DHS journalism class ‘changed my life’

Published Saturday, June 6, 2015
By Rachael Ussery

Cindy Berry. The name has positive connotations, so positive, magnificent and deeply admired that no other name can come close to replacing it in room A201 at Decatur High School.

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Drowning in a sea of chaos and loving it

Published Saturday, June 6, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

My life is complete chaos. I should really end this column with that sentence, so I don't waste any more ink expanding on how my life choices turned a relatively sane man into the slobbering fool I am today.

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Excitement as lake fills, residents test waters

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Well, my dad was right. About four months ago, I shared in a column my longing for Lake Bridgeport to fill up, and with an unexpected wave of rainfall it did, officially reaching capacity on May 27.

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Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Four days before the June 1 end of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, both houses finally agreed after months of deliberation on a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Schools step up to challenge; Slidell blazes trail with title

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Richard Greene

Two months back a certain columnist used this space to opine about the need for school districts to dedicate resources to UIL academics. Well, that call has been more than met.

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Explore multiple career paths

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By David Talley

Years ago, I wrote a column for Texas Tech's student newspaper about how I hated the saying, "Do something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."

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Weather, water witching and warts

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Things started out kind of slowly at the coffee shop Tuesday, like they always do.

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A tale of two bonds

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Brian Knox

In many ways, the two local school bond packages on the May 9 ballot were very similar. And yet, the end result was very different.

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Abbott, Patrick, Straus announce tax relief compromise

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on May 21 jointly announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners.

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By Richard Greene

Published Saturday, May 23, 2015
By Richard Greene

When the destructive dark clouds splintered houses and dreams Tuesday night, the goodwill and warm hearts in Boonsville stepped forward to brighten the day for many.

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Following a trail of disaster from Europe to Wise

Published Saturday, May 23, 2015
By Racey Burden

I'm beginning to think disasters follow me.

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