Keeping Austin Weird: Slow down and smell the coffee

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Austin Jackson

My kidneys would be the first to admit - I'm an energy drink guy. I pay roughly $4 per day, Monday through Friday, for my preferred elixir.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Crash course at the fair

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Austin Jackson

"You own boots?!" my editor Richard Greene asked, shocked at the sight of my slightly taller and much more honky tonky visage entering the office this week. Yes, Richard, I own boots.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Let’s swap

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Austin Jackson

I've been to malls. I've been to flea markets. But on Thursday, I set my eyes on something entirely different.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Shoot your shot

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Austin Jackson

Taking the plunge into the unknown for the sake of passion is a scary thing. Some jump and get smacked by the cruel, unrelenting fist of reality. Others leap and find themselves riding high along a rewarding pursuit of doing what they love.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Underestimate at your own risk

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Austin Jackson

When I go out on story assignments, my responsibilities often get in the way of working to understand something fully.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Help wanted

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Austin Jackson

Starting this week I'll be on a mission to scour the culture of Wise County in an attempt to share what makes this place and its people unique.

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Appreciating the badge

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Austin Jackson

As is tradition, I did my usual scrub through Twitter after waking up Wednesday morning. After scrolling through piping hot sports takes and the rest of the sarcastic fodder I follow I glanced toward the trending sidebar and saw something different.

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Healing: Former meth addict keeps sobriety through giving

Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
By Austin Jackson

We often hear about the doom of meth: The destruction, the depravity, the consequences. The drug is nasty. It claims lives, across the world and here in Wise County.

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A flight to remember

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As I strolled through the post-Black Friday mire at the TJ Maxx in my hometown of Prosper and saw the crumpled packaging for a once awesome piece of aeronautical engineering in the bargain bin, I didn't hesitate.

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Fringe benefits: Rediscovering the honor of life on the front row

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As the Decatur Police escort lit up its lamps, leading a caravan of family members, Hawkins Funeral home hearses and a pair of scruffy media blokes from Bridgeport to Decatur city limits, Joe Duty, the photographer of note at the Messenger, looked at my grin and nodded.

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Sick as a hog, but worth every second

Published Saturday, September 22, 2018
By Austin Jackson

For the past week, you could hear a jingle in my pocket. Cough drops and over-the-counter medicine rattled like maracas as I traipsed around Wise County.

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Hey, I still like it here

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Well, Wise County, I've worked for the Messenger for one month now, and I'm glad to report I'm no longer sleeping on an air mattress. Huzzah, air pump - begone! I, Austin Jackson, currently sleep on a bonafide box spring.

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Love at first sight

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Have you ever met someone and it just clicked? It's uncommon, for me at least. But every once in a while, you cross paths with someone, and lay down a wry observation or a corny pun, and all of the sudden you're off to the races, riffing on the way towards becoming fast friends.

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