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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All about that bike: Love him or hate him, Armstrong still significant to sport

Published Saturday, January 28, 2017
By David Talley

This weekend I will race my bicycle against Lance Armstrong. For at least the last five years, the Texas Chainring Massacre bicycle race has taken place around the city of Valley View on mostly gravel roads.

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Finding new motivation in a new year

Published Saturday, January 14, 2017
By David Talley

I'm really not big on New Year's resolutions. According to statisticbrain.com, only 9.2 percent of people who make resolutions feel they were successful in achieving them.

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Justin crew showed the beauty of family

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By David Talley

Sitting at the Capener family dinner table at their home in Justin, it's hard not to smile.

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Geometry is no joke this holiday season

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By David Talley

I may never touch sugar again. In our latest joint-column, Racey and I challenged each other to build gingerbread houses, with a few exceptions - no pre-made kits and all building materials had to be edible.

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Feel free to sleep through ‘Sleepover,’ you’re not missing much

Published Saturday, November 26, 2016
By David Talley

Winter is just about here. The days are getting shorter and colder, and we're all spending more time inside with the TV on.

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Sister cities: Stephen Decatur Jr. was a popular dude

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By David Talley

Decatur residents: we're not alone. According to Wikipedia, there are actually 46 other cities, townships, unincorporated communities and ghost towns across the U.S. that share the name Decatur.

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Ghost-busting across the county

Published Saturday, October 29, 2016
By David Talley

Growing up in Wise County, everybody has a ghost story. From the ghost of Screaming Bridge to Sally Bowman's grave in Deep Creek Cemetery, local kids hear a lot their parents probably don't know about.

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Piecing together a patchwork of memories

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By David Talley

Fifteen years ago today my house in Lipsey Addition was destroyed by the F2 tornado that damaged several homes and buildings in Decatur and Paradise.

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Pumpkin face-off: Effort provides creative redemption

Published Saturday, October 1, 2016
By David Talley

As a former child, I love Halloween. Back then it was about the candy and dressing up (things I still enjoy), but over time, and mostly due to a lack of appropriate me-sized costumes, those aspects of the holiday went by the wayside.

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