Happy 50th to an automotive legend

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

It's not often that you get to witness the birth of a legend, but I was there.

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Christmas wishes for the teachers among us

Published Saturday, December 28, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

The start of a new year is always exciting for me, providing an avenue of optimism and a "fresh start" on a 12-month adventure in life.

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Cars help the generations bond

Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

If you want an interesting experience, take a teenage boy to a car show.

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It’s just like Mom wouldn’t say

Published Saturday, October 5, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

When she was angry, my mother used to say she was "so mad I can't see straight..." What she wouldn't say was, "We're in a hell of a mess."

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Lawmakers won’t do their job, now public servants can’t do theirs

Published Saturday, October 5, 2013
By Brian Knox

I was tempted to share my opinion about what is going on in Washington this week, but I think I'll reserve that column for the future - especially if this government partial shutdown and debt ceiling mess continue.

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Posse grounds transition: Good idea, handled poorly

Published Saturday, September 21, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

Wise County Commissioners have taken an important step toward assuring county residents they will have a quality space for outdoor activities by taking over operation of the Wise County Sheriff's Posse grounds.

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Financial integrity crucial for public entities

Published Saturday, March 9, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

Although Weatherford College has been a part of Wise County for some time, and we understand and value the new Wise County campus, we might not know much about the college administration.

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Good news for vocational education

Published Saturday, March 2, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

At least three times in less than a week, I have heard great news for an issue that's near and dear to my heart - the value of vocational education.

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Eventful 2012 included several ‘happy returns’

Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Roy J. Eaton

To say that 2012 has been an eventful year for me would be an understatement.

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Wise and Otherwise: Newtown

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By Roy J. Eaton

My heart was broken Friday when I heard the news of the killing of 20 little children and six adults in the beautiful New England town of Newtown, Conn.

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Decatur’s regulations could use a lot more ‘user-friendly’

Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By Roy J. Eaton

A word of unsolicited advice for the Decatur Planning and Zoning Subcommittee members who are now doing a new 161-page zoning ordinance for the city. Be very careful of the danger of unintended consequences.

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Academies focus on project-based learning

Published Thursday, December 2, 2010
By Roy Eaton

The Northwest school district was formed in 1949 because parents and community leaders wanted more for their children than the tiny schools in Rhome, Roanoke, Justin and Haslet could provide.

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Soul of the Messenger retires

Published Sunday, October 3, 2010
By Phil Major

In this day when some folks change jobs about as often as they change underwear, the Wise County Messenger has bucked the trend. Seven employees have more than 20 or 30 years, and a handful more are 10-year veterans.

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