Taste test: Chimichangas – love at first bite

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By David Talley

As a Messenger reporter and longtime Decaturite, I'm pretty familiar with Taste of Wise, but I'd never actually attended the event until Thursday.

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Stick to the mission in the drop-off line

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The start of every school year brings with it a positive outlook, plans to be more organized and the teeth-grinding routine of the school drop-off line. After nine years dropping off my two darlings, I've observed a myriad of bad habits, and I've had enough. Let's get it together, people.

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Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

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Pondering peanut butter; Reporter shares his favorite recipes, tips

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
By David Talley

If we've talked for any extended amount of time, you know there's not much I love more in this world than peanut butter. I wrote a column about a year ago sharing some of my favorite college recipes and food tips, which included peanut butter recipes, and I'd like to expand on that now with specific ideas and tips for that jar of brown goodness in your pantry.

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Strong female characters come in all varieties

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
By Racey Burden

The director of some of my old favorite movies just said something kind of dumb about one of my new favorite movies, showing there's still a lot of debate about what makes a good female character in film.

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Special session ends over impasse on property tax reform bill

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott gave legislators 20 must-pass items, but the lawmakers delivered only 12 bills to his desk during the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature.

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Patrick is the problem, not local government

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017
By David Talley

In all this mess with statues, protests, Nazis, solar eclipses, school starting and “Game of Thrones,” you might have missed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blaming you for this country’s problems.

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Sin of white supremacy lives on in name of heritage

Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Brian Knox

Our country’s greatest moral failing was on full display last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

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In defense of umpires

Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I would hate to be an umpire. This is a person who works mostly outside throughout the hot summer dressed in black, and everyone around them thinks they can do his job better than he can.

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Goodbye, old friend: Crash is called home

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Crash, the cat, has died. My feline best friend left this earth July 24. You may recall first meeting him in a February column, described as a cat "who despite all odds, keeps on keepin' on."

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Abbott signs 3 bills with few likely to reach his desk in final week

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Three bills reached Gov. Greg Abbott's desk last week with the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature set to expire today.

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Staycation, all I’ve never wanted

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Brian Knox

I'll be the first to admit that the word "staycation" does not fill me with much excitement. After all, when I have a week off from work, I like to get out of town and take a road trip.

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Rating reality

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

There are some reality shows that are so ingrained in American culture that I feel like I understand the gist of them even if I've never watched them.

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House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the "rainy day" reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees.

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Rock on: Keep it up kids, this is fun

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Racey Burden

Rocks have become inexplicably popular lately. I don't know how it started, but it's a thing now for kids to paint rocks and leave them around town for others to find and hide again. You can also paint your own rocks to leave in their place, which is what David and I decided to do.

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Rock on: Painting stones sounds so simple

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By David Talley

Rock hunting seems to have taken over Wise County. When looking for a joint column idea, Racey and I landed on painting and hunting rocks as an activity because it really seems to be the hot topic right now.

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He keeps us wanting more

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Joy Carrico

There's something I've been wondering about regarding the Rangers. Why are we keeping Joey Gallo around? This guy has a batting average of .197. His fielding is OK. At first base he has the benefit of being very tall, but other than that he hasn't shown any particular brilliance.

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House, Senate have not yet engaged in back-and-forth on key bills

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature.

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A little history on the Old Settlers Reunion

Published Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

As I write, hundreds of people are celebrating the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. I've discovered that many of us who have lived in Decatur for years know very little regarding the origins and traditions of the celebration.

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Why wait for Wednesday? Messenger newsroom adopts daily mindset

Published Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Messenger has always taken pride in being the No. 1 source for local news.

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