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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Quit letting (your) country down

Published Saturday, September 17, 2016
By David Talley

Country music has lost its way. The themes and subjects listeners have enjoyed for much of the genre's history are, at least in mainstream, gone. Here's exactly what's wrong…

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Curbing future stress by learning from the past

Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016
By David Talley

School is in session. Across the country, students from pre-k to college are packing their backpacks and settling down to the structure that daily education seems to bring to all of our lives - except me.

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Breaking news: sifting through hateful comments is tiresome

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By David Talley

If you haven't seen it, the Messenger's Facebook policy generally runs alongside columns on this page. We tend to alternate it with information about submitting letters to the editor and tips on how to contact your state representatives. Next time it runs, read it. It seems many folks out there could use a refresher.

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The dinosaur that could have been

Published Saturday, August 6, 2016
By David Talley

The selections: dill pickle, honeysuckle, brown cow, Napoleon Dynamite and dinosaur. We're back. And, just for you, we've subjected ourselves to another grueling task of sampling some of Wise County's finer foods.

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Ask David: Etiquette tips from a 23-year-old

Published Saturday, July 23, 2016
By David Talley

Etiquette may be a really hard word to spell, but learning the ins and outs of proper behavior is easy. Here's my unsolicited advice.

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Understanding la Grande Boucle; Your guide to the Tour de France

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By David Talley

Today marks the start of the 103rd Tour de France. While a bicycle race in Europe may seem like a far cry from relevant or exciting here in the United States (there are actually five North Americans competing, including one Texan), the following three weeks are essentially 21 days of Christmas in July for cycling fans everywhere.

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Contemplating career choices: the risks and rewards

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By David Talley

As a reporter, I get to chat with a lot of people. And, for a little bit, I get to look around inside their lives. After in-depth conversations, I head back to the office and start writing.

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Happy birthday to me

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By David Talley

When this paper hits newsstands and mailboxes, my birthday will have already come. As of 2:12 Saturday morning, I'll have completed 22 years on this Earth. And, in that time, I've gotten some solid birthday gifts.

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Lubbock or leave it

Published Saturday, May 14, 2016
By David Talley

After four years, I graduated from Texas Tech University in December with two degrees. Two days after walking the stage, I sat down at my desk in the Messenger newsroom as a full-time employee.

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New place, new taste: Baja is best

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By David Talley

This is what I was called to do. I've been training for this since I gave up ordering chicken strips at every Mexican restaurant at age 11.

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