Addie Bohn Blackwell and the notary

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I recently helped with the funeral of a true patriot. Sam Blackwell was a hero in every way one can measure a hero.

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Christmas movie marathon tips

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Racey Burden

There's just over a week until Christmas, so I've decided its time to start the Christmas movie marathons. Can't decide to what to watch this year? I'm here to help!

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Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act.

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Keeping the X in Xmas

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Joy Carrico

When I was 6, I drew a Christmas picture in Sunday school. At the top of it, I wrote "Merry Xmas." Big mistake. I presented the drawing before the whole Sunday school class, and the teacher proceeded to inform me that I had committed a shameful act.

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Lost my pliers!

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

We went to New York City for Thanksgiving. We had some reserve about making the trip because of security concerns.

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Finding heartache and hope in a refugee camp

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Brian Knox

A backfiring car caused a young woman to begin shaking and crying uncontrollably. The only thing those around her could do to calm her was to wrap their arms around her. For hours, they held her tight. Finally, she fell asleep.

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Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government's plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas.

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Dogs are a girl’s best friend

Published Saturday, December 5, 2015
By Racey Burden

Max the dog came to live with the Burden family when I was 9. I was kind of a lonely kid. We'd moved to Oklahoma from Kansas a year earlier, and I was still struggling to make friends.

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‘Tis the season to put your best foot forward

Published Saturday, December 5, 2015
By D.A. Sharpe

We all sense what putting your best foot forward means. It means creating actions, thoughts, expressions and accomplishments in ways that have the most favorable impressions on the recipients of such things that come from us.

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Black Friday coverage a near-bust

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

I have never been shopping on Black Friday. But this year I decided to cover it for the paper with photographer Joe Duty. Joe has covered local Black Friday shopping for years and brought back some real gems - photos of people lined up around buildings, folks pushing heaping shopping carts and even one of a person with a bloody nose, the mark of a scuffle over flat-screen TVs.

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15 disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31.

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Don’t let scammers ruin your holidays

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Brian Knox

Judging from the number of phone calls the newsroom has received in recent weeks, more than just the holiday season has arrived in Wise County. 'Tis the season for scams, apparently.

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Russia will tame even the most overprivileged princess

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Joy Carrico

As a consequence of being married to someone from there, I had occasion to visit Russia in the mid-'90s.

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Participate in #TheGreatListen this Thanksgiving

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

Storycorps.org is a company whose mission is to "provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives."

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Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama "the state of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris."

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My unhandy hands; Fumbling through home repair projects

Published Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Richard Greene

Like Liam Neeson in the "Taken" series, I possess a certain set of skills. Unfortunately, those skills do not include home repair. When taking on the simplest tasks, I've come to realize that I'm far more Tim "the Toolman" Taylor than Al from "Home Improvement."

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Remember to be thankful

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I went to Governor's Ridge recently. We sang a few hymns with the residents of this wonderful assisted living facility. Then I tried to guide their thoughts toward the topic of thankfulness.

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5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge's Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration's implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program.

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Dealing with being a sick man

Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

At 37 years of age, I don't consider myself old. Though I'm nearing the masters category as a runner, I'm still fit enough to run double-digit miles on the weekend (humble brag).

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Crushed with catalogs, a sign of the season

Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Even though we have yet to buy groceries for our Thanksgiving meal, my thoughts have already turned to creating Christmas gift lists.

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