Skip the party at local level

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Richard Greene

About 15 years ago, I was regularly visiting school campuses in northeast Denton County, and on those visits I'd usually bump into deputies from the Precinct 5 constable office. The then-Democratic office holder, Mike Ballard, was dedicated to helping schools with truancy on top of the usual duties of the office.

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Where’s Tom Turkey the Terrible now?

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've known sisters Glenda Clower Goodwin and Donna Clower Endres for many years. Glenda sent me a Facebook message, suggesting that I ask Donna about her experience with a wild turkey.

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‘I like that old time rock and roll …’

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Racey Burden

There isn't an English word to describe nostalgia for something you've never experienced. In Portuguese, this phenomenon is called "saudade." I've been experiencing a weird amount of "saudade" here recently. I blame Bob Seger.

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Court dismisses indictment against former governor

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges.

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Hugely classy ideas for terrific elections

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Donald Trump has inspired me. Actually, I disagree with much of what he says, and even more so how he says it. More specifically, it's his slogan: Make America Great Again, that has sparked something in my overly politically assaulted brain.

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Roommates wanted: Chicken seeks companionship in wake of loss

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

SEEKING ROOMMATE - Live rent-free in beautiful, rural Wise County. No closets but spacious living area. Open-air concept. Protected from the elements. Shared bathroom. No kitchen. Within walking distance of swimming pool. Please, no smokers.

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Hopelessly devoted to Choo

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella is an avid Rangers fan. When we started dating, I had a passable knowledge of baseball, but no past enthusiasm for the sport.

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University president sets campus carry policies

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Ed Sterling

University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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Heart open to puppy love

Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've written a sad dog column before, so it's only fitting I offset it with a happy one. The newest member of the Burden family is Baby. The name is misleading because Baby is a 140-pound Rottweiler.

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Embrace chaos

Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Danielle Scroggins

I try to keep an orderly home. I really do.

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More than a song

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By David Talley

For as long as I can remember, I've spent most of my time remembering. Daydreaming about past summers, vacations or even whole years has been an issue I've battled as long as I've had responsibilities to avoid.

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Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.

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Super Sunday brings nation together

Published Saturday, February 13, 2016
By Richard Greene

After months of waiting and sacrificing Sundays in front of the television to prepare, the manliest of all holidays arrived last week - Super Bowl Sunday. Other than Thanksgiving, no other day gives us reason to sit around and gorge ourselves on foods reserved for one day. And like Thanksgiving again, there's only one thing to watch - football.

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Wise Republicans do citizens a disservice

Published Saturday, February 13, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I was disappointed to learn that the Wise County Republican Party will not be having a candidate forum prior to the March 1 primary election.

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Arkansas moonshine and church polity in the ’40s

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I usually don't go to the coffee shop on Sundays. Last Sunday, I went to Wal-Mart to buy cookies for an event at the church. Wasn't sure if I'd see any of my bunch, but I found Delbert White.

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Governor, congressman seek details on border security cuts

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-McAllen) are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts.

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Documentary asks hard questions of criminal justice system

Published Saturday, February 6, 2016
By Brian Knox

Despite being a "crime and courts" reporter, I rarely watch "crime drama" television. Maybe its because I deal enough with the real thing, I don't want to spend my precious free time watching more of the same.

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Keeping up with the Jones

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Mack Thweatt

I've been in this area 46 years now - yes, that number is right - I only look like I'm 146 years old. In those years, I have been lucky to see and be around many Wise County high school athletes because of the time I spent coaching, as a spectator and photographing them for my job with the Messenger.

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TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing projects

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state's largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion.

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Make your voice heard, register to vote

Published Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Racey Burden

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the March 1 primaries. If you're anything like me, maybe you've put off registering until the last minute. This is a friendly reminder from a fellow procrastinator who only registered on Friday - go get it done!

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