Giving credit where credit is due

Published Saturday, September 29, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

Compliments about stories I've written make me feel kind of awkward.

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Spotlighting cancer, fighting for the cure

Published Saturday, September 8, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

Each October, a "pink" mentality inundates our civic service opportunities.

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Keeping big-picture perspective in the midst of routine

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

A scribble in the bottom left-hand corner of my daily planner reminded me to return some borrowed items to a friend Monday. I didn't get to.

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‘Red’ Bassham still bringing smiles to children

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

For decades, Alvin "Red" Bassham of Boyd brought many smiles to the young and old alike through his disguises.

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Mother shows there’s always room for one in need

Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

I've always joked that my aunt is slightly "wheels off." And I mean that in the most loving way possible.

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Sometimes heroes don’t need legs

Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

I have a lot of heroes. That's largely due to the number of people I meet and get to know through interviews for the stories I write.

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Decatur library an asset to citizens

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012
By Brian Knox

This week is spring break for many Wise County residents, a time to head off to some place new. To enjoy new frontiers, if you will.

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Grandfather expresses neverending love

Published Wednesday, February 15, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

Sunday would've been my grandparents' 47th wedding anniversary.

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The power of a mother’s love

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2012
By Erika Pedroza

I am so thankful for my mother. From modifying dinner dishes to cater to my picky eating habits (lasagna with only a sliver of marinara sauce - the corner of the dish, of course - and beef soup with no vegetables) to being equipped to fix any situation (whether it's with an encouraging word, a harsh truth or needle and thread), I'm convinced there is nothing the woman can't take on.

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Young warriors show what courage is all about

Published Saturday, December 31, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

In the past year, I had the privilege of learning and sharing the stories of young warriors in battles against cancer or cancer-like ailments.

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City seems to have bright future

Published Saturday, December 17, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

During the December meeting of the Decatur Economic Development Corp. Thursday, David Isham, owner of David's Western Store and Saddle Shop and National Ropers Supply (NRS), announced big plans for his establishments.

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A grieving mother focuses on saving others

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

Last March, Eva Czerniak of Alvord heard a television news report she never wants repeated.

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Answering the question of why we volunteer

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

There is no such thing as a stupid question. Of this, I am a firm believer.

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More full-time workers becoming full-time students

Published Thursday, August 18, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

Growing up, college wasn't an option for my younger brother and I.

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Truly important things now apparent

Published Thursday, July 21, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

My cousin Claudia celebrated her 15th birthday with a quincea era earlier this month.

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Adulthood offers chance to give back to parents

Published Thursday, June 23, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

My brother and I are complete opposites. He's tall; I'm short. After being denied a request, I fight until I get my way; he just says, 'OK.'

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When did we stop teaching good sportsmanship?

Published Thursday, May 26, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

Since moving back home, I have embraced the opportunity to take part in the lives of my younger cousins.

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Justice is served, and closure is given

Published Thursday, May 5, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

I will never forget where I was when I learned of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Let’s solve local problems first

Published Thursday, March 31, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

So much can be learned by the initiatives adopted in small communities such as the ones here in Wise County.

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Show respect to others – don’t be late

Published Thursday, March 3, 2011
By Erika Pedroza

I love people - being surrounded by them, spending time with them, conversing with them and learning from them - for better or for worse.

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