Pondering gut feelings, kids and good buddies

Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Mack Thweatt

This story starts before the beginning of the 1979-80 school year. I was head coach at Alvord High School, and we needed a basketball coach.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016
By Messenger Staff

The Messenger's 3rd Annual Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few days, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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Governor declares state of disaster in long list of counties

Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 1 declared a state of disaster in 31 counties that have been hit repeatedly with severe weather and flooding in recent days.

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Face of America reflected in its newest citizens

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Brian Knox

I felt something unique Thursday as I stood in the ever-growing waiting room, gazing at the collection of faces around me. Very few looked like mine.

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10 states join Texas AG in lawsuit over school bathrooms

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 25 filed a lawsuit against the heads of the federal Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Commission and other entities for issuing directives that would require public schools to open restrooms and locker rooms to both sexes.

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Happy birthday to me

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By David Talley

When this paper hits newsstands and mailboxes, my birthday will have already come. As of 2:12 Saturday morning, I'll have completed 22 years on this Earth. And, in that time, I've gotten some solid birthday gifts.

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The orphan train and my friend, Roger Weber

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

Several months ago, one of my coffee-drinking friends pointed to Roger Weber as he walked in Whataburger, delivering the Wise County Messenger's Update.

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We don’t need no DVR (just Twitter)

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Racey Burden

I don't watch "Game of Thrones," but honestly, I feel like I do. Thanks to the World Wide Web (but mostly Twitter), it's fairly easy for me to keep up with all sorts of television that I don't even watch.

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3 states seek clarity on federal transgender guidelines

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas, Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma are seeking clarification of the federal government's guidelines regarding bathroom access and other issues involving transgender students.

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One great coach makes all the difference

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I went to a funeral this week for Mike Curran, a former coach at Alvord High School and one of my dad's best friends. My chest still tightens thinking about it. The place was packed.

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Senators are committing miscarriage of justice

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Supreme Court justices have political views just like everyone else, and they are often affiliated with political parties.

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Fiery rhetoric about toilets distracts from actual child safety issues

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Brian Knox

Places exist all over our state where young girls are put at risk. They are in real danger of sexual assault or worse. These young women are taken advantage of in their most vulnerable moments. If you have been paying attention to the loud outcry of our elected leadership in Austin, you might think these places are public school bathrooms.

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High court rules school finance method is constitutional

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The current method devised by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to fund public education does not violate the state constitution, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled May 13.

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Lubbock or leave it

Published Saturday, May 14, 2016
By David Talley

After four years, I graduated from Texas Tech University in December with two degrees. Two days after walking the stage, I sat down at my desk in the Messenger newsroom as a full-time employee.

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Not voting reflects selfishness

Published Saturday, May 14, 2016
By D.A. Sharpe

This 2016 presidential election year has been among the most unusual in memory, both for Democrats and for Republicans.

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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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