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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