The future is in good hands

Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

A long-standing national pastime is worrying what will happen to the country when it's handed off to the next generation. I know I helped produce my fair share of doubt on Generation X carrying the torch, while playing Super Mario Brothers and listening to a string of one-hit wonders instead of being productive.

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An opportune chore

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Richard Greene

This year I've tried to turn over a new leaf and change my pessimistic ways. I've taken the view that there are no problems, only opportunities.

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Surprise! It’s a newspaper

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Richard Greene

Like many Wednesdays before, you will open your mailbox next week and find a copy of All Around Wise. While many of you will flip through it, the first inclination for some will be to quickly dismiss it as the same old, same old.

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Learning to appreciate needed advice

Published Saturday, March 31, 2018
By Richard Greene

Every once in a while, the advice of my childhood best friend William Charles Janke IV creeps into the my conscience: "We work to live; not live to work."

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Stay involved: United parents promote needed sense of community

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Monday night a large group of parents filled the Chisholm Trail Middle School library to voice their concerns about the school and the possibility of seeing its enrollment cut by more than half next school year with the opening of Adams Middle School.

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Splits show strength

Published Saturday, March 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sitting at the back of the Northwest ISD boardroom Monday night, I was stunned watching the hands rise for the vote on proposed attendance boundaries - three for, and then three against. What? A split vote?

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Miscast for role as cupid

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sometime in my early 20s, I made the astute observation that the central characters in many romantic comedies are journalists. Even in what is considered the best of the genre, "It Happened One Night," the hero who ended up with the girl was a reporter searching for a big scoop.

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End of rivalry spoils fun

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

While getting ready to take my wife and daughter to breakfast on a November Saturday morning in 2009, my phone rang. On the other end of the line was a lively Decatur football coach Kyle Story.

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‘There’s a tear in my beer’

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Richard Greene

Growing up in rural North Texas, I've always fashioned myself as a man's man - a tough exterior and even harder on the inside.

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Changing roles; Ready for new challenge

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sitting around the office at The Pilot Point Post-Signal in the early 2000s, I picked up a copy of the Wise County Messenger that was lying around.

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Civics, current events lesson

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Richard Greene

Over the summer, I was contacted about three Decatur students - Ty Watson, Alec Uselton and Charlie Doubrava - attending Texas Boys State. As a history nerd and political science junkie, I thought it would be a fun profile to write.

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Not letting Grinch damper spirits

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Richard Greene

A few years ago in another small community, I got a call from a school administrator about vandals striking his home and destroying his Christmas display. While interviewing him, he expressed his dismay about vandals kicking over his nativity scene, including kicking baby Jesus in the head.

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Leftovers bring extra joy to holiday

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Richard Greene

Now that the morning 5K, Thanksgiving feast, another Dallas Cowboys disappointment and an evening with the family is over, it's time for my favorite part of the holiday - leftovers.

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Model for making our community better

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, my family owned and operated a small printing business. Part of running a family-owned business were long hours and few days off between all the demands from payroll, accounts receivable to managing employees. Just finding time to sleep was difficult enough.

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Messenger announces promotions

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Two key Wise County Messenger employees have been promoted to new positions.

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Sharing my ghost stories

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

I try to approach everything with an open mind. I know there's plenty out there that can't be explained with logic or theory. Do I believe in aliens? Well, as big as the universe is, I don't know how we can rule it out.

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Fans drawn offsides by wrong issue

Published Saturday, September 30, 2017
By Richard Greene

The trick play worked again last weekend. The quarterback gave a play fake and got everyone to bite on the action in the backfield, while ignoring what was going on down field.

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Paying to play

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, I was consumed by baseball. I lived, breathed and even dreamed about it. Throwing dozens of balls daily through a tire in the backyard, I was convinced with enough practice that I could be the next Roger Clemens.

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Parents say the darndest things

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Richard Greene

It's happened. I've officially become my parents. I've tried to fight it as I've warped toward middle age. I even abandoned cargo shorts to slow the pace thanks to the ridicule of the Millennials in the office, but it's not helped.

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Finding the courage to tri something new

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017
By Richard Greene

A quote that I often turned to for inspiration is by runner and author John Bingham: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

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