An unathletic view on 5Ks

Published Saturday, July 5, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

I am not really the athletic type. Most of my tosses for tennis serves hit my head instead of the racquet, and my dashes to first base look more like a ballerina's prance - hands stuck out in the most prissy manner and all.

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What Congress should learn from the VA scandal

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trodden path.

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Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits.

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Seeing the USA

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Bob Buckel

I don't know about you, but summertime makes me itchy to get in the car and drive - not across town, or even across Texas, but across America.

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Google Earth and my unlucky friend

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

What a day at the coffee shop. I learned a lot.

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Share your vacation photos with the Messenger

Share your vacation photos with the Messenger

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Messenger Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few weeks, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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Top officials order surge to secure border

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border.

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Computers, the interview and the sick cow

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I was way back in the worship center at First Baptist Church during the opening assembly for Sports Camp. We called it "Vacation Bible School" 100 years ago.

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Why I still have faith in Congress

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

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No sweat over brown-water crisis

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Richard Greene

After three hours of yard work in my constant pursuit to sculpt a Southern Living lawn in the heat and humidity, I was in need of a shower to get back to what the weekend was really for - watching the U.S. Open.

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Senate panel addresses slowness of VA

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities.

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Water agreement a good deal for city, quarry

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By J.D. Clark

In this world, water is our most precious resource. Without it, everything is nothing.

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Being a dad is no joke (usually)

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The other day while I was working in the yard, my home-for-the-summer son came out and said he was going to Dairy Queen to pick up his paycheck.

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The best weekends of my life; Random thoughts on collegiate bike racing

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By David Talley

It's 2:30 a.m. and I'm standing in the shower. I'm standing in the shower because the shower is the only place standing still for 30 minutes at a time isn't suspicious, and I've been sitting in a Honda Civic for 12 of the last 13 hours.

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Rooster puts up a good fight but succumbs to injuries

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Norbert the rooster died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at his home in Decatur after an encounter with a hawk.

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Do not ignore that small voice

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Larry Anthony Harris

As I began to read the Wise County Messenger last week, I saw on the front page a CareFlite helicopter landing to pick up someone injured in an accident where two people were killed.

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EPA air pollution plan sparks reactions

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed "the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants."

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Confessions of an emotional wreck

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

A big, white bow bobbed up and down from the top row of the risers. Sweet, petite Ysabel could barely be seen over the kids standing in front of her.

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Observations from the cruise

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I returned recently from a cruise. We sailed out of Galveston, spent seven days touring the Caribbean and returned to Galveston.

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Rising to the challenge of brisket judging

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I grew up eating and cooking brisket. I must have eaten it thousands of times. Every birthday, Boy Scout event, wedding, holiday and funeral saw brisket sliced, chopped and plated.

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