Look, spend local; With revenue streams drying up, it’s time to keep money here

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Richard Greene

With the Internet at our fingertips and one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation a few miles down the road, shopping options are limitless.

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Flagged down: Skipping town for better lunch

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Richard Greene

On a much-needed vacation, my wife and I finished a trip in the Ozarks in Arkansas. After a few days enjoying the hospitality of Southwest Missouri, including nightly cobbler, we were looking forward to the quaint charm of Eureka Springs.

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Vacation – WE all need it; Time to stop skipping time off

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Richard Greene

As Father's Day approaches, I'm thankful for the many qualities that I inherited from the patriarch of our family.

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Schools step up to challenge; Slidell blazes trail with title

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Richard Greene

Two months back a certain columnist used this space to opine about the need for school districts to dedicate resources to UIL academics. Well, that call has been more than met.

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Published Saturday, May 23, 2015
By Richard Greene

When the destructive dark clouds splintered houses and dreams Tuesday night, the goodwill and warm hearts in Boonsville stepped forward to brighten the day for many.

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Funny money: Making sense of cents

Published Saturday, March 28, 2015
By Richard Greene

When news broke this week about the future hotel at the civic center and Decatur's $4.4 million loan to get the project going, comments started to filter in on the Messenger Facebook page.

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UIL spells success

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

Next week, Bridgeport will send a team to compete in the state tournament. No, this will not be on the hardwood and there will not be 500 fans gobbling up tickets within a couple of hours to see them compete.

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Indoor practice facility worth the investment

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

For a second straight week, Old Man Winter decided to visit Wise County, bringing everything to a halt with only a few exceptions.

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Basketball: Guard shines for Bulls

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015
By Richard Greene

Heading into Tuesday's frenzied, top-15 showdown, the spotlight was centered on the Bridgeport Bulls' newcomers - Caleb Smith, Devonte Patterson, Keenan Holdman and Ethan Chapman - who have turned them into the No. 6 team in 4A.

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Craziness ruled on the gridiron in 2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Richard Greene

2014 did not lack for drama. Starting in February, there was Makayla Mayfield's 3-pointer at TWU, followed the next Friday by Philip Walker's shot to beat Dallas Roosevelt, both setting off wild celebrations.

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26 miles of random thoughts

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Richard Greene

Confession: I'm one of those annoying people who drive around with the 26.2 sticker on their car advertising the fact that I'm certifiably crazy and find it fun to run that distance.

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Politics vs. football: voters lose

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Richard Greene

Few things in Texas are more romanticized than high school football on Friday nights. After barbecue, the Alamo and the cowboy on the plains, it's one of the primary state symbols.

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Videos go viral in icy battle against ALS

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Richard Greene

Log in to a Facebook page or go through your feed on Twitter, and it doesn't take long to come across someone taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Kindness to a rookie not forgotten

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Richard Greene

In the spring of 2000, I felt the urge to chase my passion for sports writing and leave behind the city council and school board meetings that filled most of my nights.

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Confessions of a bad son

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Richard Greene

Despite all my efforts, I've come to the realization this weekend that I'm a failure in one aspect. I try to eat right, exercise and do chores around the house. I give my best effort at earning an honest day's living and always leave a healthy tip for waiters and waitresses. I even pay my taxes and vote in most elections.

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No sweat over brown-water crisis

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Richard Greene

After three hours of yard work in my constant pursuit to sculpt a Southern Living lawn in the heat and humidity, I was in need of a shower to get back to what the weekend was really for - watching the U.S. Open.

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Street hoops and the HOA

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Richard Greene

A few months back, the wifey and I bought a home in a community with a homeowners association (HOA). I've heard and read horror stories about the overbearing property owners groups that constantly monitored weeds in yards, and placed liens on properties for little violations to the neighborhood covenants such as flying flags or planting the wrong kind of tree.

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New take on the American dream

Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014
By Richard Greene

In 2005, I followed the advice of everyone I knew and ventured out to buy my first piece of the American dream.

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Where Texans go for fun and games

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Richard Greene

To celebrate my 36th year on the planet, the wife, friends and I headed east to visit the riverboats last weekend.

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Sidedishes for Saturday, January 18, 2014

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Richard Greene

For 30 years, including 25 as a head coach, Michael Hatch has led teams on to the floor.

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