Political buzz is building as the filing period approaches

Published Saturday, October 24, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

It's that time of year. Political wheels are turning, and folks are contemplating running for office, preparing for a March primary election.

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School backs down on dress code policy

Published Saturday, October 24, 2015
By Richard Greene

Usually once a year at school board meetings, the dreaded discussion over dress code starts.

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Life is full of changes

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

"I don't want to grow up." A few days ago, I found my youngest son on the couch with a few stray tears streaming down his cheeks. He looked despondent, which was entirely out of character for his usually very active, very imaginative self. When I asked what was wrong, he responded with, "I just want things to stay the same."

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Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office's Certification Revenue Estimate.

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It’s not the end of the world

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
By Brian Knox

Recently I got a quad-fold brochure with this title, in bold, in all caps: "A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THAT OCTOBER 7, 2015 WILL BE THE END OF THE WORLD." Since it is Oct. 17, and you are still reading this column, we know that was incorrect information.

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Four short stories and a test

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Four short stories. Left for the reader to decide who's who.

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Nerds are cool now, trust me

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015
By Racey Burden

It has long been a universally-accepted fact in my family that I am the nerd.

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BP settles with five states, federal government

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015
By Ed Sterling

BP, one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, has settled with the federal government and the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida over claims related to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Don’t rain on my parade

Published Saturday, October 10, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Everyone loves a parade, right? Wise County's a parade-happy place with horses, tractors and classic cars lining up to celebrate everything from our western heritage to the holidays.

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Thank you for choosing Starbucks. How may I help you today?

Published Saturday, October 10, 2015
By Joy Carrico

In the not too distant past, I was a barista. This job offered me an opportunity to observe people. It amazed me how invisible I was. I don't know how many hundreds of times I would say "Good morning" or "How are you?" and receive something like the following in reply: "I want a venti no-foam soy latte."

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Drive friendly, not distracted

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015
By Brian Knox

As reporters, we unfortunately have to go to many accident scenes. What's frustrating is most of those accidents could be avoided.

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Governor requests border help from Washington

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 30 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, requesting immediate action to address "the significant increase of illegal border crossings."

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Time for discussion on ending the violence

Published Saturday, October 3, 2015
By Richard Greene

Fifteen years ago in August, I walked off the University of North Texas campus in Denton with a degree in hand. Over four years around campus, the biggest worries were scraping together 99 cents for tacos at Jack In The Box and if four hours was enough time to start, complete research and pile together a 10-page term paper. Those claims are not exaggerations.

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Blowin’ and goin’: Averting crisis on picture day

Published Saturday, October 3, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Picture day at school can cause a bit of stress over clothes and hair, but we keep it pretty low-key in the Tribe household.

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How to let go of insults and live life free of resentment

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015
By Joy Carrico

Well, the title may be a bit of an oversell, but I do know a way that really helps me let go of insults and live a life freer of resentments. It's summed up in two words: assume goodwill.

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Lawmakers get input on jails, suicide prevention

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The July 13, 2015, death of Sandra Bland, a woman arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in Waller County, has prompted meetings of Texas House and Senate committees.

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Relishing ‘the little things’ during senior year

Published Saturday, September 26, 2015
By Mickey Drewry

I didn't expect it to be so easy, the beginning of the end. After 12 first days of school, one would think I would know what to expect. But as I drove home Aug. 24 - my last, first day of school - I was disappointed.

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Balancing hard work with making memories

Published Saturday, September 26, 2015
By Shelby Vanover

When I was assigned to write an article on how I felt about going into my senior year, I was completely stumped.

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Destination Yellowstone: Family road trip comes full circle

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

The first trips my husband and I took together were camping trips. We both loved going off grid for a few days, and honestly, camping was easy on our college-student budget. We became regulars at the state parks around College Station, and experts at tenting, campfire-building and stargazing.

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American Community Survey updates poverty statistics

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas' poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey released Sept. 17.

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