Focusing on good things

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Election season is exhausting. But the finish line is just ahead. By this time next week, we'll know. We will have a president-elect.

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Officials urge state’s high court not to expand same-sex marriage ruling

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court over issues they say were not addressed in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right.

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Measuring the creep factor

Measuring the creep factor

Published Saturday, October 29, 2016
By Racey Burden

As a 14-year-old girl in Wise County, nothing intrigued or scared me more than Screaming Bridge.

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Ghost-busting across the county

Published Saturday, October 29, 2016
By David Talley

Growing up in Wise County, everybody has a ghost story. From the ghost of Screaming Bridge to Sally Bowman's grave in Deep Creek Cemetery, local kids hear a lot their parents probably don't know about.

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Beware the little white lie

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By Joy Carrico

A study was released Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience that concludes the brain adapts to dishonesty. Scientists devised a study where they gave people incentives to be dishonest without having to admit it and measured their brain activity.

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Judge reaffirms, expands reach of injunction against bathroom directive

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Fort Worth-based U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has reaffirmed his Aug. 21 injunction placing a temporary hold on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students in the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms.

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The evolution of embarrassing my kids

Published Saturday, October 22, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I'm of the age that I embarrass my children. Or maybe they're at the age they find me embarrassing. Either way, it's a recent development in our household.

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Stay positive, we’re almost to Election Day

Published Saturday, October 22, 2016
By Brian Knox

Seventeen more days. We can do this, people.

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Choices this November leave voters in a quandary

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

I have been convinced through columns and letters from my colleague Brian Knox and old friend D.A. Sharpe that I should not skip voting in the Nov. 8 general election. They have not convinced me, however, that I should not simply ignore the presidential race, and I plan to leave that ballot blank.

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Abbott, Patrick, Straus call for action by Child Protective Services

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' top three officeholders on Oct. 12 instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to improve the protection of children at risk of abuse.

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Hey! Mr. Nobel Laureate, play a song for me

Published Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The reactions to this news, I've noticed, seem to fall into one of three camps.

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The plane crash that wasn’t

Published Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Racey Burden

In the Messenger newsroom, hearing about a potential plane wreck on scanner is a rare occurrence, which is a good thing.

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Piecing together a patchwork of memories

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By David Talley

Fifteen years ago today my house in Lipsey Addition was destroyed by the F2 tornado that damaged several homes and buildings in Decatur and Paradise.

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High court refuses to rehear Texas immigration case

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied the Obama administration's petition for a rehearing of United States v. Texas, a high-profile immigration case.

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Think twice about sitting out the election

Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
By Brian Knox

Plenty of stories have been written about people planning on sitting out next month's election because they don't like either candidate for president. It's certainly their choice, and their right, to vote or not vote.

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What I’ve learned from my Fitbit

Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Walking is harder than it looks. It's not that I don't know how or dislike it; my daily routine just doesn't present many opportunities to do it.

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Political drivel clutters little minds

Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016
By Danielle Scroggins

I hesitate to approach the subject of the presidential election because of the polarized climate surrounding it. However, I feel compelled to point out one important fact. Our children are watching.

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State opts out of federal refugee resettlement program

Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas has acted on its threat to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sept. 30.

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Pumpkin face-off: Crude surgical skills put to use

Published Saturday, October 1, 2016
By Racey Burden

Carving pumpkins is not for the faint of heart. Sharp objects to cut with and gross goop inside - it's like a weird form of squash surgery.

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Pumpkin face-off: Effort provides creative redemption

Published Saturday, October 1, 2016
By David Talley

As a former child, I love Halloween. Back then it was about the candy and dressing up (things I still enjoy), but over time, and mostly due to a lack of appropriate me-sized costumes, those aspects of the holiday went by the wayside.

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