Trying to avoid death by mosquito

Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I, apparently, am a mosquito's favorite snack. I've always had an aversion to the reprehensible pests as it seems my blood has been a favorite among the insect crowd.

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Legislature completes regular session with main task accomplished

Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The 140-day 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 29 with hugs, tears and fanfare, plus demonstrations against "anti-immigrant" legislation and a scuffle involving members on the House floor.

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What’s in a name?

Published Saturday, May 27, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Denton ISD named a building after my dad - the Bill Carrico Athletic Complex. It was built as part of the new high school in Denton.

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The squirrel slayer strikes

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

I visited with Rodney Lisby at the coffee shop recently, and he related the highlights of the following story. A while ago, Dan Rhine had a problem with his pickup, wasn't acting right. He couldn't get the pretty-new truck to start.

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State budget bill moves forward as conference committee agrees

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Senate and House budget conferees met frequently last week and on May 20 managed to reach compromise on a $218 billion state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

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Tips for the trails: How to be a responsible hiker and biker

Published Saturday, May 20, 2017
By David Talley

The city of Bridgeport's hike and bike trails are now open - at least partially. So far there are about 1.6 miles of choppy, rough trail cut into 240 acres of land southeast of the city's Northwest OHV Park. It's not much, but more is coming this summer.

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Valid bills die at the hands of petty legislators

Published Saturday, May 20, 2017
By Racey Burden

So it looks like the Texas Legislature will go into special session this year at the expense of taxpayers.

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Change in leadership offers fresh start

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Weatherford College Board Chairman Frank Martin lost his bid for re-election May 6, and just five days later WC President Kevin Eaton announced he was stepping down. If you're not sure what this means for Wise County, let me assure you, it's a good thing.

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Legislature grinds toward May 29 close with much still to accomplish

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Ed Sterling

With a mere two weeks remaining until the end of the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers have not yet finalized a state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

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Walls won’t make us safer, only more suspicious

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Brian Knox

Our society seems really obsessed with walls right now. And I'm not just talking about the physical ones.

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It ain’t over til it’s over, unless it is

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Earlier this month, Baltimore Oriole's player Manny Machado went on an epic rant so filled with expletives that it's little more than a series of bleeps. He was ranting because Red Sox's Chris Sale threw behind him.

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Remaining thankful on dark days

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Richard Greene

Last week I left an interview in Boyd with only one thing on my mind: stopping for a bottled water before returning to the office. But as I turned onto Texas 114, I was greeted by a wall of smoke.

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House joins Senate in passing constitutional convention measure

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House of Representatives on May 4 approved Senate Joint Resolution 2, a measure calling for a convention of the states, as contemplated and enabled by Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

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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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