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Last laugh with Leno a rite of passage

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Danielle Scroggins

The Doritos guy is taking over "The Tonight Show?" What are they thinking? How can they possibly consider The Doritos Guy as a serious replacement for Johnny Carson?

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Permanent School Fund reaches new high

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Texas' 160-year-old Permanent School Fund had grown to $29 billion, a record high value, in December 2013, the Texas Education Agency reported Feb. 6.

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Interview with the groundhog

Published Saturday, February 8, 2014
By Bob Buckel

"Sure, I can talk. Once all the hooplah is over, I've got tons of time. Oh, wait - what's that, Shirley? Ah ... sorry, but I do have a pedicure at 3. But it's no problem."

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Cherish the time you have

Published Saturday, February 8, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's never easy when someone you love is sick - real sick. And while not as hard, its a bit more awkward when you are a third party to the moments breaking the heart of someone you love.

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America is beautiful in any language

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Brian Knox

Something interesting happened during Sunday's Super Bowl. It certainly wasn't the game, which resulted in a blowout victory for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

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President’s annual address draws reactions

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst posted similar takes on President Obama's annual State of the Union address, televised live Jan. 28.

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It’s Denver by a hair

Published Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Predicting the winner of Sunday's Super Bowl is a major industry right now. I'm not a gambler (other than the fact that I drive) but I checked the odds and as I write, the Denver Broncos are 3-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's game.

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Cancer: Fighting to the finish

Published Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

This year marks seven years since we lost our grandmother.

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Lessons from Erma

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

When I was a kid, I wanted to be Erma Bombeck. She was funny. Even as a 10-year-old I recognized that.

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Perry touches on pot policy in international forum

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Ed Sterling

With the end of his longevity record of 14 years as governor less than a year away, Rick Perry took part in policy discussions at the 2014 World Economic Forum Jan. 21-25 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

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A busted bridge and a fight that didn’t happen (… and some other unimportant stories)

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Today at the coffee shop, we agreed that some in the bunch don't care if the Cowboys win or lose. We wondered if Romo is as good as Jerry Jones thinks he is.

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Sure, legislate faith! (As long as it’s mine)

Published Saturday, January 25, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Well-meaning people in two nearby Texas cities, including Paradise, have now declared 2014 to be the "Year of the Bible."

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Culture needs to change

Published Saturday, January 25, 2014
By Messenger Staff

It's a sure bet there's never been a motion, a second or a vote at any Decatur City Council meeting that said: "Let's make this a terribly difficult place to build anything."

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Where Texans go for fun and games

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Richard Greene

To celebrate my 36th year on the planet, the wife, friends and I headed east to visit the riverboats last weekend.

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Report proposes paths toward water security

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Ed Sterling

State Comptroller Susan Combs on Jan. 14 released "Texas Water Report: Going Deeper For The Solution," a study of water issues Texas faces, and a set of recommendations.

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What’s in a name? The weather-person’s self-esteem

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Bob Buckel

In almost six decades on the planet, I've been cold.

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Welcoming a new furry addition to the family

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Whenever I take Chloe for a walk, I don't really think anything of it. I'm just a guy with his Beagle making the rounds. Those carefree days of wandering around town are over.

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Scandal, not spill, captures our attention

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Brian Knox

A big story erupted in the eastern part of our country late last week where leadership failure disrupted the lives of thousands and ended with an apology but not the acceptance of blame.

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The skating rink and the deer roper

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Almost every old-timer remembers when, over 50 years ago, a few entrepreneurs would travel through the country, find a good spot in a small town (one without a lot of high-class social events to work with), erect a tent and create a skating rink.

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Railroad commission to hire seismologist

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Ed Sterling

After meeting with Azle residents in a town hall-style meeting last week, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter called for the agency, which regulates the oil and gas industry, to hire a seismologist.

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