Destination Yellowstone: Family road trip comes full circle

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

The first trips my husband and I took together were camping trips. We both loved going off grid for a few days, and honestly, camping was easy on our college-student budget. We became regulars at the state parks around College Station, and experts at tenting, campfire-building and stargazing.

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American Community Survey updates poverty statistics

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas' poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey released Sept. 17.

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Fall brings so many favorite things, including hope

Published Saturday, September 19, 2015
By Brian Knox

Next Wednesday may not seem to be an important date, but for me, it's one of my favorite days of the year. It's the autumnal equinox, also known as the first day of fall.

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Common sense should trump Trump

Published Saturday, September 19, 2015
By Racey Burden

I'll admit that I didn't watch the entire Republican debate on CNN Wednesday night, but I caught enough to know that Donald Trump was yet again strutting around like he owns the world and doing his thing - specifically, being an idiot.

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Neighbors agree to work on trade, energy projects

Published Wednesday, September 16, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Mexico last week to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto and other officials in Mexico City.

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A new baby changes everything

Published Saturday, September 12, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

We're hearing the pitter-patter of little feet at the Tribe house again. The new addition was unplanned, but over the last month we've slowly adjusted to life with a baby - a four-legged baby, that is.

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Let me check your notes!

Published Saturday, September 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The makings of this little story didn't originate at the coffee shop. They came from a meeting at the church.

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The Decatur paper bids farewell to friend, competitor

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015
By Roy J. Eaton

I want to tell you a story about a great Texas newspaperman who was both our friend and a tough competitor. Harlan Bridwell died early Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 97, just a few years shy of his longtime goal to live to be 100. If anyone could have done it, it would have been Harlan.

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Abbott orders flags to half-staff to honor slain officer

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to half-staff in honor of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth on Sept. 4.

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Texas towns known for variety of traits

Published Saturday, September 5, 2015
By Brian Knox

If you pull off Interstate 35 East at Mile Marker 8, you'll be greeted by a sign welcoming you to the town where I grew up. "Itasca, the Big Little Town." What that means, exactly, I don't really know. I'm guessing someone on the local chamber of commerce came up with it.

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The evolution of LOL

Published Saturday, September 5, 2015
By Joy Carrico

I first encountered the abbreviation LOL (which I eventually discovered stands for "laughing out loud") while chatting with friends on the Internet in the late '90s.

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Embracing change on the sports page

Published Wednesday, September 2, 2015
By Richard Greene

Way back in the 1980s, I remember helping my parents carry in cameras and cannisters of film to record the Pilot Point football games. After the game, my father would make the 35-mile trip to Sherman to help process that film, along with dozens of others. He'd then make the trek back to Pilot Point before dawn and deliver the film to coaches for the Saturday morning session with players.

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Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

Published Wednesday, September 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth.

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A watch, a lady doctor and horse apples

Published Saturday, August 29, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Some days at the coffee shop are funnier than others. Today was average. Bobby Wilson told the story about how he got the watch he wears today. On his death bed, Bobby's grandfather whispered, "Bobby, I've always wanted you to have my good watch."

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Good parenting isn’t perfection

Published Saturday, August 29, 2015
By Travis Lisle

It's always fun to start a new school year. Before I started driving, I was lucky enough to have my dad take me to the first day of school every single year. That was a special thing to him that he never missed.

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It’s easy to second-guess from sidelines

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Richard Greene

The American proverb "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes," is a great thought but one rarely put in to practice.

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Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America's Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.

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Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Sometimes things get out of hand. For months Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton have been arguing about the college branch campus maintenance tax rate, which funds the local campus.

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County and college must regroup and move forward

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Messenger Staff

The bickering between Wise County and Weatherford College must stop.

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Online Comments for Saturday, August 22, 2015

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Who does Dr. Kevin Eaton think he is? Oh, yeah! He is the president of Weatherford College in Wise County. However, no matter how much he believes he can exert pressure on the Wise County commissioners Court, Dr. Eaton is not above the citizens of Wise County.

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