Who ya gonna call? Ghost-hunting equals great fun in 2017

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

As the saying goes, a good reporter knows a little about a lot of things. As 2017 draws to a close, I can confidently add ghost-hunting to that list.

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2017 in Review: When disaster hit, Wise responded

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Brian Knox

So often, the news we report is tragic in some way. And the damage brought to South Texas by Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey in August was no exception.

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2017 in Review: Young woman overcomes obstacles to citizenship

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Racey Burden

This summer, I received a call that is pretty typical in the newsroom - someone with a story.

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What it’s really all about

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a tiny nativity scene atop my piano. It's not fancy or elaborate. It's quite cheap actually - a gift from my grandmother many years ago.

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Ready to begin new sports adventures

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Hello, Wise County! My name is Reece Waddell, and I'm the Wise County Messenger's new sports editor.

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Santa responds to children’s essays

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
By Santa Claus

Hello Wise County. Have you all been good this year? I'll be visiting you soon.

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Abbott asks Rangers to investigate reports of misconduct

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by Texas Juvenile Justice Department personnel.

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Wise County Person of the Year 2017

Published Saturday, December 16, 2017
By Messenger Staff

For the second year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees, as chosen by the newsroom staff, include community activist Bryson Boyd, retired educator Kim Dunlap, Boyd ISD coach Oscar Hernandez, Bridgeport city councilman Kevin Lopez and local Live Thankfully founder Dr. Dan Mallory.

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Return to sender: Sending the family elf back to the North Pole

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Our Elf on a Shelf has been laid off. It was a tough conversation, but I had to let Chisbee go. He simply wasn't working very hard anymore; he'd lost his zest for the holiday hoopla.

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Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas' participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

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New kitchen is good news for seniors

Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Brian Knox

If it seems like the world is filled with bad news right now, Wise County had a bit of long-awaited good news this week.

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Mascot battle for best in the land

Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

The college football playoff is upon us. My team, Oklahoma, actually made it this year, which was exciting and also somewhat surprising (I watched OU play Texas, Kansas State and OSU in close games and wondered if we would make it out with wins).

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Not letting Grinch damper spirits

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Richard Greene

A few years ago in another small community, I got a call from a school administrator about vandals striking his home and destroying his Christmas display. While interviewing him, he expressed his dismay about vandals kicking over his nativity scene, including kicking baby Jesus in the head.

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Highway fund, Rainy Day fund receive hefty infusions

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Ed Sterling

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.

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The art of not apologizing

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Joy Carrico

You may have heard, powerful men are being accused of sexual harassment and misconduct and even assault and rape. In this wave of accusations against them, we've seen a lot of statements released and interviews given that are being characterized as apologies.

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People and places: Courthouse register gives glimpse of visitors

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Courthouse is not only beloved by local residents, but also around the nation. Need proof? Just take a peek at the building's guest register.

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Christmas radio hits and misses

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Brian Knox

It's nearly the end of November, so you know what that means. We're nearly halfway through the Christmas radio season that started the day after Halloween.

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Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Leftovers bring extra joy to holiday

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Richard Greene

Now that the morning 5K, Thanksgiving feast, another Dallas Cowboys disappointment and an evening with the family is over, it's time for my favorite part of the holiday - leftovers.

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Feds threaten to nickel and dime internet access

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Racey Burden

I hate toll roads. I hate mapping routes to take around them, I hate trying to dig through my purse for exact change, I hate that I have to pay for a service that taxes should already take care of. I just hate the very concept, and I would bet that I'm not alone in that.

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