Wise County raises another bumper crop

Published Saturday, May 31, 2014
By Bob Buckel

As a kid, I went to high school ball games with my dad. All of them. He did the play-by-play for football, basketball and baseball for our local radio station, where he was the manager.

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Street hoops and the HOA

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Richard Greene

A few months back, the wifey and I bought a home in a community with a homeowners association (HOA). I've heard and read horror stories about the overbearing property owners groups that constantly monitored weeds in yards, and placed liens on properties for little violations to the neighborhood covenants such as flying flags or planting the wrong kind of tree.

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Big posts at stake in primary runoffs

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Early voting ended May 23 and Tuesday, May 27, was state primary election runoff day.

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Grandfather’s stories live on

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I remember the day my grandfather, Lacy Davis, told us about holding a dying man in his arms. He didn't speak about his World War II days often - but when he did, we listened and we all remember the stories.

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Doctors and me

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Childhood misconception: I used to think there was a big mailbox in the middle of the hospital - possibly out in the hallway by the nurses' station - where the doctor "delivered" babies.

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Bucksnort: Good name for a town

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I've been in kind of a writing slump lately ... until a recent morning. After a little good-natured (no content to speak of) conversation at the coffee shop, I mentioned a Facebook post from a Louisiana preacher friend who wrote, "Tell us of a town/city with a most unusual name and where they got it.

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Speaker wants highway fund for transportation only

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By Ed Sterling

House Speaker Joe Straus said May 14 the Texas House of Representatives would propose a budget next year that uses all of the money in the state highway fund for transportation instead of sending chunks of it to other state agencies.

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Perspectives from a quick trip West

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By Bob Buckel

I grew up in West Texas. No comma - not the West with the kolaches, but that vast, mythical, spiritual land the other side of Abilene. One word. Wesstexas.

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Personality and corporate ownership

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By Taylor Smurthwaite

Business ownership has recently come under scrutiny in regard to an owner's autonomy and the business he or she controls.

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Decision upholds prayer in public meetings

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Governmental bodies' right to begin meetings with a prayer - so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination - was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5.

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A song I just can’t let go of

Published Saturday, May 10, 2014
By Bob Buckel

If you haven't gone on YouTube and watched some adorable kid somewhere singing "Let it Go" from the animated Disney movie "Frozen" - you're in a minority in this land.

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What are your Mother’s Day Plans?

Published Saturday, May 10, 2014
By Messenger Staff

What are your Mother's Day Plans?

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Service, sacrifice link the generations

Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By Donna Bean

On Wednesday, April 30, I travelled to Abilene with my mom and my niece to pay tribute to the fallen law enforcement officers of Abilene and Taylor County.

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Toyota picks Plano for North America headquarters

Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Toyota Motor Corp. on April 28 announced its decision to relocate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano.

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The L.A. Clippers, racism and riches

Published Saturday, May 3, 2014
By Bob Buckel

In case you've been hibernating, here's a brief update on this Big Thing that has unfolded over the last few days involving...

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We could all learn from Johnson’s legacy of service

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Brian Knox

Community is a wonderful thing. It lifts us up when we need encouragement, it shares in celebrating our joys and it comforts us when we suffer the pain of loss.

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Texas officials jump into Red River boundary case

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Ed Sterling

When a temperamental river with mud banks and sand bars defines the border between two states or two countries, there's a natural potential for conflict between humans on both sides of it.

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Snapshots from a trying two weeks

Published Saturday, April 26, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Reflections on a couple of weeks covering a lawsuit trial in Dallas...

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Road repairs sure to save lives

Published Saturday, April 26, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

A stretch of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur was known around the newsroom as Wise County's Bermuda triangle.

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City of West receives additional grant

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on April 16 granted a request by the city of West for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts in the West fertilizer plant explosion that occurred April 17, 2013.

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