Life as an older sister (or how my sister is much cooler than me)

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Racey Burden

My little sister is graduating from high school next month, and it makes me feel a little bit sad and also a lot older than I actually am.

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Cruz ends campaign, Perry endorses Trump for president

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Ed Sterling

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suspended his presidential campaign May 3 after losing Indiana's GOP presidential primary to frontrunner Donald Trump of New York.

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Dearly beloved, we have a pill problem

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Brian Knox

The sudden death of pop/rock icon Prince a couple of weeks ago has once again put one of our country's greatest addictions back in the spotlight: prescription drugs.

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Baseball offers gamut of emotions

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I think baseball is about the moment. Every year teams compete, some advance, some advance further, four play for two pennants, two play the World Series. Year after year this happens.

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No place to play; City should contemplate new parks plan

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

A recent master plan by engineering firm Kimley Horn revealed that the city of Decatur is sorely lacking in park amenities, according to National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) standards.

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Supreme Court sends voter ID case back to Fifth Circuit

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' voter identification law will remain in effect for now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has instructed a lower court to rule on its constitutionality before November's election.

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Classic Casa T tops the salsa-meter

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Racey Burden

I have long wanted to try all the chips and salsa in Wise County. Luckily, my colleague David Talley was more than willing to join me in this endeavor.

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New place, new taste: Baja is best

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By David Talley

This is what I was called to do. I've been training for this since I gave up ordering chicken strips at every Mexican restaurant at age 11.

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It’s spring, weather you like it or not

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Spring storm season in Texas is always a great reminder of the awesome power of nature. Of course, depending on where you are located and the type of weather you experience, you might replace the word "awesome" in the previous sentence with other adjectives such as "destructive," "terrifying" or even "deadly."

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Abbott proclaims flooding disaster, adds more counties

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 18 declared a state of disaster for Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton counties.

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Hardships make the best memories

Published Saturday, April 23, 2016
By David Talley

"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, friendly, brave, clean and reverent." I didn't even have to Google that.

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That’s right, you’re not from Texas

Published Saturday, April 23, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Being from Texas is a source of pride for me. Although political season is difficult for a moderate-minded Texan like myself, it's the big skies, big hearts and even bigger stories that I love so much. It's home.

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Keep calm and read this column

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Do you remember the first time you saw the poster, or T-shirt, or image on the internet of a crown topping the message, written in white letters on a solid red background: "Keep Calm and Carry On?" It's been around as a popular item for a while now.

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SEC files charges naming Paxton in Servergy case

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing civil fraud charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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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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