15 disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31.

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Don’t let scammers ruin your holidays

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Brian Knox

Judging from the number of phone calls the newsroom has received in recent weeks, more than just the holiday season has arrived in Wise County. 'Tis the season for scams, apparently.

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Russia will tame even the most overprivileged princess

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Joy Carrico

As a consequence of being married to someone from there, I had occasion to visit Russia in the mid-'90s.

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Participate in #TheGreatListen this Thanksgiving

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

Storycorps.org is a company whose mission is to "provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives."

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Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama "the state of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris."

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My unhandy hands; Fumbling through home repair projects

Published Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Richard Greene

Like Liam Neeson in the "Taken" series, I possess a certain set of skills. Unfortunately, those skills do not include home repair. When taking on the simplest tasks, I've come to realize that I'm far more Tim "the Toolman" Taylor than Al from "Home Improvement."

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Remember to be thankful

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I went to Governor's Ridge recently. We sang a few hymns with the residents of this wonderful assisted living facility. Then I tried to guide their thoughts toward the topic of thankfulness.

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5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge's Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration's implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program.

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Dealing with being a sick man

Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

At 37 years of age, I don't consider myself old. Though I'm nearing the masters category as a runner, I'm still fit enough to run double-digit miles on the weekend (humble brag).

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Crushed with catalogs, a sign of the season

Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Even though we have yet to buy groceries for our Thanksgiving meal, my thoughts have already turned to creating Christmas gift lists.

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I literally can’t stop taking things literally

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Joy Carrico

Why can't kleptomaniacs understand puns? Because they take things literally. I love this joke because I get it.

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Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won't receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests.

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A formal apology to my childhood self

Published Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Racey Burden

I don't think I know anybody whose adult life turned out the way their childhood-self predicted it. We've discussed at length in the newsroom how we don't want to "adult," and honestly, having recently graduated from college, I still don't feel like I'm legitimately in the real world yet.

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Are we experiencing technical difficulties?

Published Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Brian Knox

There's been plenty written about how technology and social media have increased connections between the people we know and the world at large.

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Veterans past and present deserve our admiration

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By Roy J. Eaton

As Veterans Day approaches, I want to honor not only those who have served in the military in the past, but also those who are serving today.

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Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her "case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas."

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Halloween? Fall Festival? Whatever, just point me to the party.

Published Saturday, October 31, 2015
By Joy Carrico

People love parties. I think this is true across all time, all cultures and all religions. When I look at the observance of Halloween, I see how much people are willing to bend things in order to keep the party going.

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Ghosts aren’t real (right?)

Published Saturday, October 31, 2015
By Racey Burden

I don't believe in ghosts, but that's never stopped me from looking for them.

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Listen closely or you’ll miss something eternally significant

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

On any given day, a casual observer at the coffee shop might think that nothing much is going on. Two or three conversations coming your way at the same time in a group of seven or eight old men is hard on the untrained ear.

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State says funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut.

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