Looking back: Reporter discusses successes, shortcomings on the job

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By David Talley

When something ends, you always think about the words you didn't say. I'm leaving the Messenger, bound for somewhere new, and my departure has definitely caused me to think about the questions I didn't ask and the columns and stories I didn't write.

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Flavor sensation: Pumpkin spice Twinkies push the seasonal craze

Published Saturday, October 7, 2017
By David Talley

You'd think after years of internet jokes about how every commercial product gets pumpkin-spiced in the fall, there would be more pumpkin spice products out there in October.

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Pondering the scanner shift

Published Saturday, September 30, 2017
By David Talley

It's Friday, (as I write this) which means one Messenger reporter's shift with the police scanner is ending and another's begins. Today, that's me.

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Gaining perspective through Photography 101

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
By David Talley

If I passed you Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 380 between the sheriff's office and Victory Church, I'm sorry. It was 5:15 and, for the first time since college, I was doing my homework at the last minute. This wasn't an algebra or writing assignment.

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Taste test: Chimichangas – love at first bite

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By David Talley

As a Messenger reporter and longtime Decaturite, I'm pretty familiar with Taste of Wise, but I'd never actually attended the event until Thursday.

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Pondering peanut butter; Reporter shares his favorite recipes, tips

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
By David Talley

If we've talked for any extended amount of time, you know there's not much I love more in this world than peanut butter. I wrote a column about a year ago sharing some of my favorite college recipes and food tips, which included peanut butter recipes, and I'd like to expand on that now with specific ideas and tips for that jar of brown goodness in your pantry.

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Rock on: Painting stones sounds so simple

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By David Talley

Rock hunting seems to have taken over Wise County. When looking for a joint column idea, Racey and I landed on painting and hunting rocks as an activity because it really seems to be the hot topic right now.

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Back in the saddle; A log of my 2017 bicycle races so far

Published Saturday, July 15, 2017
By David Talley

I wrote a column in January about plans to revisit bicycle racing this year after barely pedaling anywhere in 2016. I raced a variety of events in college, hitting the road almost every weekend of both semesters to travel around the state for cycling events. But since then I've been off my bike more than in the saddle.

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Cheerful and beer-full; Brewski doesn’t make everything better

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By David Talley

Back in March, Racey and I planned to hold an office baking contest to celebrate Wise County Youth Fair weekend and all the preparation our local kids put into the annual event.

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Choosing to engage: Reporter will respond to Facebook falsehoods from now on

Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By David Talley

Last week, I wrote an article about an Aurora city council meeting that included the request for a special-use permit from a corporation that plans to open a drug treatment facility at MD Resort.

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Fish stories: Winning the work day at Lake Bridgeport

Published Saturday, June 4, 2017
By David Talley

The old, oft-cited quote says, "a bad day fishing is still better than a good day in the office." Well, Thursday I had a little of both.

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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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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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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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Beauty school dropouts; Mannequin mauled by clippers

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
By David Talley

This week Racey and I went back to class for a brief lesson at Weatherford College Wise County's cosmetology school. The experience firmly answered three questions I never realized I had...

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Survive spring in Wise County

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By David Talley

As we roll into spring this week, it's important to stay aware of the safety issues North Texans are likely to face in the coming season.

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Keep Wise wild

Published Saturday, March 18, 2017
By David Talley

For as long as I've been back home from college, the quiet roads and open hillsides of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands have been my favorite place. As a cyclist and outdoorsman, having 20,250 acres of protected land and water within just a few miles of my home has been a real treat.

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Driving hogs proves to be tedious task

Published Saturday, March 4, 2017
By David Talley

This is the story of a pig. And a boy. They did not get along.

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Popularity isn’t everything

Published Saturday, February 25, 2017
By David Talley

Last summer, I wrote a feature article on local teenagers playing the Pokemon GO smartphone game. If you missed the article, the game takes fictional creatures from the animated Pokemon television series and places them in the real world, using your phone's GPS and camera.

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From bike to beast; What can a horse possibly bring to the table?

Published Saturday, February 4, 2017
By David Talley

While I've addressed in a previous column that New Year's resolutions often go unfulfilled, I left open the option of setting loosely-worded goals for the new year.

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