Facebook and becoming a real friend this new year

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I admit that I probably spend more time with Facebook than I should. It is the modern-day beauty shop for ladies. It's the virtual coffee shop for us guys.

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Get a different perspective this year

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By David Talley

An old song comes to mind when I wheel my bicycle out of the garage and take off down Garland Street.

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The 2014 highlight reel

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Know what would be cool? If, at the end of every year, somebody - NFL Films, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino - put together a highlight video of our lives.

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Woven into this crazy quilt

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

In this job, you never know what the day will hold. "Do you ever wonder how you end up in the middle of certain situations?" my husband asked one night. My reply: Every. Day.

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The world gets smaller

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Brian Knox

In 2014, the world seemed to get a bit smaller. At least that was one of my impressions as I look back on the past year.

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Craziness ruled on the gridiron in 2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Richard Greene

2014 did not lack for drama. Starting in February, there was Makayla Mayfield's 3-pointer at TWU, followed the next Friday by Philip Walker's shot to beat Dallas Roosevelt, both setting off wild celebrations.

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Break into a new year

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's time to break dishes. Bring out your old wares and fling them at your neighbors' homes and leave piles of shattered porcelain.

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Reflect, then move forward

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jake Harris

This year has been a whirlwind. Since last January, I have gone to Thailand, been confirmed into the Catholic Church, graduated college, traveled to Korea to watch my brother graduate high school, helped my family move to Alabama, started my first "real" job and moved to Bridgeport.

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Roselle retires after 40-plus years at the Messenger

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

Ken Roselle came to work at the Wise County Messenger on his 25th birthday and now, 42 years later, he is retiring ... sort of.

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The future? It’s now, just like it always was

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Bob Buckel

George Orwell's book "1984" portrayed a scary future in which an omnipresent government - Big Brother - waged perpetual war and kept its people under constant surveillance.

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Merry flippin’ Christmas to one and all

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

The time is near. Another family gathering is necessary. Thanksgiving was fairly easy. It was just my parents, my wife and I. Christmas will require a much larger gathering - or so I thought.

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State contract with tech firm prompts calls for probe

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Ed Sterling

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on Dec. 18 requested that the special prosecution unit of the Travis County District Attorney's Office "begin a formal and thorough investigation" into transactions between the State of Texas and 21CT, a software intelligence firm with offices here and in Vienna, Virginia.

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A Christmas to remember

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It was the perfect storm. A wife in the first trimester of her first pregnancy, nauseated by every taste and smell her senses could deliver. A 500-mile car trip to celebrate Christmas with her family.

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26 miles of random thoughts

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Richard Greene

Confession: I'm one of those annoying people who drive around with the 26.2 sticker on their car advertising the fact that I'm certifiably crazy and find it fun to run that distance.

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Exclusive interview reveals Santa’s secrets

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Brian Knox

Santa Claus has always been a mystery. Until now. I got the scoop this week from my expert sources: local third graders who answered a series of questions posed by the Wise County Messenger.

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Tuition deregulation is failing students

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Charles Schwertner

The pursuit of a higher education in Texas has never been more daunting. As tuition and fees at our public universities continue to climb, the dream of attaining a college degree is becoming a nightmare for more and more Texas students.

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Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empaneled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state's "rainy day fund" approved $7 billion as the floor for it.

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Christmas spirit in no-man’s-land

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The news stories circling us every waking moment are starting to remind me of those flying monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz" - very unsettling. Police shootings, riots in response. Grand juries, lawsuits and denials, SWAT gear and tear gas. Hands up. I can't breathe.

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Dreading those culinary surprises under the tree

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Piles of presents spilling from underneath a Christmas tree evoke uncontrollable curiosity in children.

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The benevolent bag lady

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Ron Johnson, youth minister at First Baptist Decatur, and I drove to Governor's Ridge Retirement/Assisted Living place recently and had a sit-down with some dear folks.

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