An unathletic view on 5Ks

Published Saturday, July 5, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

I am not really the athletic type. Most of my tosses for tennis serves hit my head instead of the racquet, and my dashes to first base look more like a ballerina's prance - hands stuck out in the most prissy manner and all.

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Confessions of an emotional wreck

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

A big, white bow bobbed up and down from the top row of the risers. Sweet, petite Ysabel could barely be seen over the kids standing in front of her.

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People are the strongest economic drivers

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

Passionate people make for the most pleasant, and easiest, interviews.

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Coffee for 2

Published Saturday, March 15, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

This week marked seven years since we lost the matriarch of our family.

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Cancer: Fighting to the finish

Published Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

This year marks seven years since we lost our grandmother.

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The tale of two

Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

This year felt reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel as some of my best memories stemmed from some of the worst events.

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Just to be clear …

Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if I was married or if I had kids, I wouldn't be wallowing in any college debt.

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It’s OK to defend your own

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

I am the proud cousin of a decorated Battle of Big Sandy war hero.

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The blessings of cancer

Published Saturday, September 21, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

Decatur resident Monica Lopez is the bold cover model and story for this year's Breast Cancer Awareness section, which will be on the newsstands next Wednesday.

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Friendship puts fire in a different perspective

Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

I've always dreaded showing up at the scene of fires, wrecks and other breaking news as a reporter. Showing up as a friend is worse.

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Good luck to my college-bound cousins

Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

The MacBook start-up chime, frosted animal cookies, cucumber melon lotion and the jingle at the start of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars."

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Support your local filmmaker

Published Saturday, July 13, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

You wouldn't know it from my unsophisticated taste in movies - terribly cheesy, brainless chick-flicks are my guilty pleasure - but film and digital media (FDM) was my minor in college.

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Building community

Published Saturday, June 29, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

When need has come calling, Wise County, you have always answered.

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Living in limbo in the U.S.A.

Published Saturday, April 20, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

A friend and I met last weekend to plan her daughter's third birthday party - a sort of downsized version of a quincea era.

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Managing emotional distress

Published Saturday, January 19, 2013
By Erika Pedroza

My job as a community reporter inevitably includes covering stories that unearth a heart-wrenching reality - perhaps about programs organized to help babies who would otherwise go without a full meal or warm blanket on a cold night - and tragedies - families who lose all they have in fires or loved ones in car accidents.

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Time to cheer my biggest fan

Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

There is no daughter more proud than me wrapping up the year.

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That’s the Spirit

Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

Whether it's a successful benefit soccer tournament or a goal-thwarting Christmas donations drive, my respect for the selflessness and generosity of our community grows with every story on a volunteer-based organization and its accomplishments.

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It’s personal, no matter how large the cause

Published Saturday, November 24, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

As a community newspaper, we aim to bring our readers stories that impact them most directly.

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Heart of sports found in special needs league

Published Saturday, November 10, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

A wide grin spread across Erica's face as she crossed first base and ran into a swarm of high fives and hugs.

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Redemption from a four-year-old

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

Ysabel was upset the other day. My spunky 4-year-old cousin must've gotten caught doing what she wasn't supposed to - fighting with her brother, pulling the dog's tail, playing with her food. I'm not sure.

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