Sugar rush: Copy-cat coffee sends sweet tooth into shock

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017
By David Talley

This didn't start as a joint column. It started with a newsroom conversation about Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino. For those not well-versed on fancy millennial coffee orders, that's a frozen cappuccino, and they're not very good.

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Sugar rush: Recreating the lovely, yet elusive Unicorn Frappuccino

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017
By Racey Burden

If you're in a certain age group (teens to late 20s) and on Instagram, you probably saw a lot of Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccinos in everyone's selfies a few weeks ago.

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A burning desire to learn

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By David Talley

It doesn't take a diligent Messenger reader to know I'm a pretty big fan of Wise County's Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. The naturalized area northwest of Decatur is probably my favorite part of the county, thanks to its relative wilderness and quiet roads.

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GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By Ed Sterling

During his State of the State address on Jan. 31, Gov. Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called "sanctuary cities" to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: "Elected officials don't get to pick and choose which laws they obey."

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Demise of the death penalty

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The death penalty is facing the firing squad all over the nation. In the past 10 years, seven states have repealed their death penalty laws and four others have moratoriums in place, pending review of the death penalty system.

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Combing through childhood memories

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Sometimes the most random items evoke the warmest memories, worming their way into your heart. I have a collection of them - a bookmark, ink pen and a tiny wrench, among others, and as I recently discovered, to the chagrin of my family, a Big Red Comb.

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House passes legislation to reform school finance law

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called "Robin Hood" process.

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The evolution of me

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017
By Danielle Scroggins

Let me start with, "I'm not a runner." In fact, I'm not an athlete of any sort. I played the obligatory soccer as a small child. I also tried my hand at basketball in middle school, but I was absolutely terrible. I was uncoordinated, slow and much too docile to "BE aggressive, BE BE aggressive" on the court.

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Election hangover no excuse to skip May voting

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Brian Knox

After the exhausting presidential race last year, it might be tempting for many of us to have a bit of election hangover. But it's time to sober up, quick.

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Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Ed Sterling

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the state of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.

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Beauty school dropouts; Mannequin mauled by clippers

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
By David Talley

This week Racey and I went back to class for a brief lesson at Weatherford College Wise County's cosmetology school. The experience firmly answered three questions I never realized I had...

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Cutting hair is hard, y’all

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
By Racey Burden

I can now say that I've trimmed yak hair. Well, a blend of yak and human hair.

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The long goodbye …

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Breaking up is hard to do ... especially in a small town. It's tough to let go when it's impossible to get lost. There are reminders around every corner of what was and what could have been.

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A night of miracles

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By David Roberts

On Jan. 26, 2017, shortly after 11:30 p.m., my wife and I were awakened by a phone call. It wasn't a prank call or a teenager saying they were on the way home.

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Speaking baseball: Translating diamond dialect to follow the game

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Baseball is an efficient language. For those who speak it fluently, there is an amazing shorthand dialect where much can be said about the sport in few words. For those who do not speak fluent baseball, it's gobbledygook.

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Texas lawmakers are letting teachers down

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Pastors for Children

Texas public school teachers are heroes. They work hard for low pay, and with massive legislative budget cuts, spend significant personal dollars on their students' school supplies. Teachers are the front line of care for Texas children.

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Wise sees mixed results in health rankings

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Brian Knox

Last week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual County Health Rankings, which takes a look at the state of health in counties across the country.

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Governor welcomes Justice Department’s sanctuary cities announcement

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and enforcement directives.

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Seeking thrills and chills in virtual cardio courses

Published Saturday, April 1, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Due to [insert a million excuses], I've been slow to try and figure out all the new gym equipment at Fit-N-Wise, but one area I visit on a kinda, sorta regular basis is the cardio floor.

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Inmate says meth means big money

Published Saturday, April 1, 2017
By Larry Anthony Harris

On March 8, Brian Knox wrote column in the Messenger about methamphetamine still being a big problem in Wise County.

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