Saying so long, thank you

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Racey Burden

It's time for me to say goodbye, and I really don't know how. For the past three years, my day-to-day life has revolved around the Wise County Messenger.

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Planes, trains and change

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Racey Burden

Soon I'll be leaving Wise County behind and moving to Houston, and I've been thinking a lot about planes and trains.

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Church must take stand

Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
By Racey Burden

If you weren't raised as a Southern Baptist, you'd probably never heard of Paige Patterson until this week.

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Oklahoma education is not OK

Published Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Racey Burden

When I was a kid in an Oklahoma public school, I don't remember thinking it was strange to have textbooks that were falling apart or to go to classes in an ancient outbuilding that flooded every time it rained.

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Places to go and people to see

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Racey Burden

Not this weekend but next, I'll be heading to Saint Jo on a special "Daytripper"-style assignment for the Messenger.

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‘Your’ show reaches 66th year

Published Saturday, March 17, 2018
By Racey Burden

Today the Wise County Youth Fair is a week-long affair with hundreds of contests that takes over the Wise County Fairgrounds every March, filling barn after barn with animals, crafts, food and kids. It started out much smaller.

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Don’t forget your local elections

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Racey Burden

As I'm writing this column, voting for the March primary closes in an hour. As you're reading it, the primary is over and everyone knows who will be headed to our November county, state and national elections.

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Race descends into misguided attacks

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Racey Burden

When Pat Fallon announced his candidacy for Craig Estes' senate seat, there seemed to be surprisingly little response from the incumbent's team - at first.

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Rose Bowl trip was great, except for the ending

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Racey Burden

This past week I was lucky enough to get to check off four of my bucket list items - I got to go to Los Angeles for the first time, saw the Rose Parade, watched the Rose Bowl live and experienced a college football playoff game.

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2017 in Review: Young woman overcomes obstacles to citizenship

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Racey Burden

This summer, I received a call that is pretty typical in the newsroom - someone with a story.

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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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