Mascot battle for best in the land

Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

The college football playoff is upon us. My team, Oklahoma, actually made it this year, which was exciting and also somewhat surprising (I watched OU play Texas, Kansas State and OSU in close games and wondered if we would make it out with wins).

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Feds threaten to nickel and dime internet access

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Racey Burden

I hate toll roads. I hate mapping routes to take around them, I hate trying to dig through my purse for exact change, I hate that I have to pay for a service that taxes should already take care of. I just hate the very concept, and I would bet that I'm not alone in that.

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The value of citizen participation

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Racey Burden

Earlier this week I attended a Bridgeport City Council meeting with a very important vote on the agenda - one for which I assumed I already knew the final outcome.

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For the love of the game

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Racey Burden

Sometimes, I wonder if being a sports fan is worth it. I have loved Oklahoma Sooners football with all my heart for as long as I can remember.

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What we learned while ghost hunting

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Racey Burden and Kristen Tribe

There's more (or perhaps less) to a real ghost hunting adventure than what you see on TV. "This is not 'Ghost Hunters,'" Jennifer DeMoss told us as we prepared to set out on a search for the paranormal in Wise County.

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Tier one braggart

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Racey Burden

A little known fact about the newsroom at the Messenger - we keep a running list of brags everyone in the office makes.

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It happened to me, too

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Racey Burden

Me, too. My Facebook feed was flooded with these posts this week. Me too, me too, me too, all sharing stories of sexual harassment suffered by the poster, mostly women. Well, me too.

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Starbucks wins the pumpkin spice game

Published Saturday, October 7, 2017
By Racey Burden

Despite being a white girl, I've never really fallen into the pumpkin spice trap.

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Put people first, consider gun control

Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

Late Sunday night my phone woke me with a Twitter notification - "Active shooter situation at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas." I went back to sleep, but I remember thinking, "That's terrible," followed by another terrible thought I wish I didn't have to have - "I hope it's just one crazy guy mad at one person."

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Political candidate questionable choice for speaker

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

United Way held its annual fundraising kickoff luncheon this week, and, as per usual, a few people got up to speak about the benefits of the organization. This year there was also a special speaker - Texas State Rep. Pat Fallon.

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Taste test: Fried chicken and pickles most unique

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Racey Burden

David and I didn't have a lot of goals in mind when we entered the Decatur Conference Center for Taste of Wise. We had a vague idea that we might try to find the best dish and the most unique one, and we wanted to eat enough to satisfy our dinner cravings.

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Strong female characters come in all varieties

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
By Racey Burden

The director of some of my old favorite movies just said something kind of dumb about one of my new favorite movies, showing there's still a lot of debate about what makes a good female character in film.

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Rating reality

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

There are some reality shows that are so ingrained in American culture that I feel like I understand the gist of them even if I've never watched them.

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Rock on: Keep it up kids, this is fun

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Racey Burden

Rocks have become inexplicably popular lately. I don't know how it started, but it's a thing now for kids to paint rocks and leave them around town for others to find and hide again. You can also paint your own rocks to leave in their place, which is what David and I decided to do.

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Growing not a pain

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Racey Burden

I've seen a lot of complaints about growth lately, especially at public meetings and in the Facebook comments of the Messenger posts. New retail possibly coming to Bridgeport? Stay away, this is a rural community.

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Lemon recipe proves to be ray of sunshine

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Racey Burden

Do you know the muffin man? Because I don't, but I'm pretty sure his mild-mannered alter ego doesn't work at the Messenger.

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Fish stories: Feed me fish, but don’t make me catch them

Published Saturday, June 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

I don't think I'm cut out for fishing. When trying to decide what we were going to do for our columns this week, David and I had conflicting ideas. He wanted to do lifeguard training. I wanted to take our dogs through an agility course.

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Valid bills die at the hands of petty legislators

Published Saturday, May 20, 2017
By Racey Burden

So it looks like the Texas Legislature will go into special session this year at the expense of taxpayers.

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Sugar rush: Recreating the lovely, yet elusive Unicorn Frappuccino

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017
By Racey Burden

If you're in a certain age group (teens to late 20s) and on Instagram, you probably saw a lot of Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccinos in everyone's selfies a few weeks ago.

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Cutting hair is hard, y’all

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
By Racey Burden

I can now say that I've trimmed yak hair. Well, a blend of yak and human hair.

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