Sled dog adventure answers call of the wild

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

"Mom, lean left!" "I am!" Our sled cruised around the corner, seven powerful dogs pulling us along a backcountry trail. "Get ready to brake!" she instructed. "OK. I am, I am." "I'm sorry to be a backseat ... I mean, front seat ... driver!" My 11-year-old, warmly bundled in the sled in front of me, giggled at her own witty observation.

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Governor proposes slate of amendments to U.S. Constitution

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 8 unveiled his "Texas Plan," a document promoting the passage of nine constitutional amendments "to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the states and the United States," he said.

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Smiling lessons recommended

Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
By Joy Carrico

My name is Joy. I cannot count the number of times I have been told "You're not living up to your name," or "Joy, you're not being very joyful."

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Riding the wave of adulthood; Transitioning from college life to full-time newshound

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By David Talley

I'm employed, and it feels good. Now that I've graduated from Texas Tech, I've taken an official job in the Messenger newsroom after interning here between every semester since summer 2014.

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Texas sues EPA over new ozone standards

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The state of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Dec. 23 filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its new ozone standards rule.

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Enlow’s book details rise of Waggoner family

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

My fascination with the Waggoner ranching empire was stirred again recently when I received a copy of Jeremy Enlow's new book, "Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch." The book is filled with beautiful pictures of the ranch and the dedicated cowboys who work there.

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Government advises citizens to act stupid?

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I was on the Project Gutengerg website looking for a copy of a Dickens novel, when I came across a list of the 100 most downloaded books from the previous day.

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Rolling with the punches in 2016

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Mickey Drewery

People might egg my house for admitting this or bash my upbringing with lengthy Facebook comments, but the truth is I don't believe in New Year's resolutions.

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Excited for what the future holds

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Shelby Vanover

As the year ends, I can't help but look toward the future. As a high school senior, I have a lot to look forward to.

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Texans to start openly packing on Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015.

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Looking back at 2015: Dog’s sacrifice led to unique experience

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Brian Knox

Having covered news in Wise County for 15 1/2 years now, many stories I work on come with a sense of familiarity. While each story is different, I often speak to people I know or cover situations that happen on a fairly regular basis. I often have a good idea of what to expect going in to certain situations.

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Looking back at 2015: On the job training; Tornadoes hit Wise County in my first week

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Racey Burden

I started working at the Messenger on a Monday in May. Tornadoes hit Wise County on a Tuesday. I got thrown into the middle of storm coverage on a Wednesday.

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Looking back at 2015: Inspiring ‘mom’; Sister pushes siblings to their best

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Richard Greene

Last spring at a track meet in Jacksboro, I went to interview Sequoia Smith after competing in the shot put.

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Looking back at 2015: Officer found unique way to reach youth

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By David Talley

This was the first feature I wrote this year, and in the context of national events straining the relationship between law enforcement and citizens later in 2015, it may be one of my more impactful.

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Looking back at 2015: The courage to listen; Emotional reunion tests writer’s skills

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The image is hard to forget. And I didn't even see it.

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Secret talks keep public in dark

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Speculation about an interim sheriff has swirled since David Walker announced his Dec. 31 retirement in October, and last week we finally got an answer - J.W. Johnson.

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Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Quoting U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November "are on average two to three times higher than last year."

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Santa’s workshop truly exists

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Richard Greene

I can't recall the exact year that my cousin Luke spilled the beans about Santa Claus, tarnishing the magic of Christmas. Even before then, I had my suspicions.

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Addie Bohn Blackwell and the notary

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I recently helped with the funeral of a true patriot. Sam Blackwell was a hero in every way one can measure a hero.

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Christmas movie marathon tips

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Racey Burden

There's just over a week until Christmas, so I've decided its time to start the Christmas movie marathons. Can't decide to what to watch this year? I'm here to help!

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