‘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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Remaining thankful on dark days

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Richard Greene

Last week I left an interview in Boyd with only one thing on my mind: stopping for a bottled water before returning to the office. But as I turned onto Texas 114, I was greeted by a wall of smoke.

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Meeting a stranger on the road

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

The sports desk gets pretty crazy in the spring and this year was at another level. With a total of 12 basketball teams in the playoffs, playing games all across North Texas, it meant several late nights.

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Holdman’s time in Wise was short, but showstopping

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Richard Greene

For two seasons, Keenan Holdman dazzled Bridgeport fans and the rest of the Wise County with his ability to create breathtaking plays on the football field and basketball court. But even more impressive was Holdman's drive and willingness to lead in any situation.

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Learning the art of exterior illumination

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Richard Greene

Growing up in the Greene household, the day after Thanksgiving never involved trips to jam-packed stores fighting over the latest gadgets or new electronics. Instead, it was my father's day to turn our little two-bedroom home into something akin to a lit runway with red and white lights shining from every corner of the house and any nearby vegetation.

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Frisco taxpayers send loud message with vote

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Richard Greene

The eight high schools of Frisco ISD opened the new Star football stadium last Saturday with a day full of action, starting a new era of high school football in a state-of-the-art indoor facility.

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Hate hits too close to home

Published Saturday, July 9, 2016
By Richard Greene

Shocked, sad, mad, numb and finally, just paralyzed. That was the range of emotions I felt as I watched the news from downtown Dallas unfold Thursday night and Friday morning on television and through my Twitter feed.

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Oh the terror caused by fan; Coming to terms with being a curse on favorite teams

Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Richard Greene

I take pride in the fact that I willingly accept blame, especially when I've caused harm to others. The most notable example was in 2007.

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Skip the party at local level

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Richard Greene

About 15 years ago, I was regularly visiting school campuses in northeast Denton County, and on those visits I'd usually bump into deputies from the Precinct 5 constable office. The then-Democratic office holder, Mike Ballard, was dedicated to helping schools with truancy on top of the usual duties of the office.

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