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Music with a Message: Local teen to perform at House of Blues

Published Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

Eko. It's three letters, one word and the next big thing.

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Don’t forget my Farm Bill! Agriculture legislation off to a slow start

Published Saturday, April 13, 2013
By Paris Walter

All I want for graduation is an updated Farm Bill. Seriously.

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DHS grad playing key role in bat conservation

Published Saturday, April 6, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

Latin America is an extremely important region for bat conservation. It is home to at least 345 known species of bats (compared to just 47 in the U.S.), and 40 of those are considered vulnerable or critically endangered.

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Flamenco team shows the soul of Spanish culture

Flamenco team shows the soul of Spanish culture

Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Madeline Pena

The best way to understand culture is to experience it. The Decatur High School flamenco team lives up to this motto.

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Morse to direct last play at DHS

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

This Saturday, the curtain will rise one last time under the direction of Decatur High School theatre director Lance Morse.

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Ready to share 2013′s news online

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Madeline Pena

Congratulations! We've survived the 2012 Apocalypse. Admit it. In the weeks prior to "the end of the world," we found ourselves Google-searching "Mayan legends," "What time will the world end?" or "Top 10 things you should have when natural disaster strikes."

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A year of courage

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Paris Walther

At 16 years old, Gabby Douglas and her gymnastics team won the team all-around gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Here I come, 2013

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Cristin Morgan

The past year comes to a close with memories I will never forget: going to New York City with the high school journalism department and my mom, riding in a helicopter for the first time, getting a new car for graduation a year early, three high school bomb threats.

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Students participate in holiday outreach

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Madeline Pena

This holiday season, Decatur High School found ways to help kids from 1 to 92.

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Skateboard club in progress

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Cristin Morgan

PJ Shredderz, owner of Shredderz Skate Shop and Indoor Park and a 2005 graduate of Decatur High School, wants to give back to the community.

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Sign of Love: Youth reach across language barrier

Published Saturday, October 27, 2012
By Paris Walter

Music fills the air, vibrating against the warmly-lit walls in the sanctuary. Dozens of enraptured teenagers occupy the stage, singing and praising God.

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Living to serve; Church group teaches English in Czech Republic

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Paris Walther

Clicking through photo after photo on her computer, First United Methodist church youth pastor Laura Hammack recalls different memories from her trip to the Straznice church in the Czech Republic.

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Breaking the mold; Students work to win prestigious FFA award

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012
By Paris Walther

Walking down the ag barn hallway, FFA adviser Jim Allsup searches the banner-clad walls for a spot to hang an award he is particularly proud of.

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Injured teacher became inspiration for video project

Injured teacher became inspiration for video project

Published Saturday, April 14, 2012
By Madeline Pena

A smile emerges from my face as I refresh our Vimeo homepage. In only 30 minutes our Lip Dub 2012 video had received 54 views.

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Earning their card; Professional cowboys serve as role models for younger generation

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012
By Paris Walther

More than 10 PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) cardholders reside in Wise County today, including nine-time All-Around Champion Trevor Brazile, eight-time World Champion Calf Roper Roy Cooper, and sons Clif, Clint and Tuf Cooper.

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A grand calling; Many grandparents are filling the role of parents

Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012
By Madeline Pena

Grandparents who are serving as parents once again are becoming a common sight.

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No excuses, just smiles

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2012
By Madeline Pena

Senior Lupe Perez walks the Decatur High School hallways greeting everyone she knows with a warm, contagious smile. It's hard to frown in her presence; her happy spirit has changed others' outlook on life.

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What I’ll remember from 2011

Published Saturday, December 31, 2011
By Paris Walter

As I was walking through town, I overheard a grumbling woman say to the person next to her, "I'm so ready for this year to be over."

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High school student writes, directs his own play

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011
By Cristin Morgan

Suicide. Eating disorders. These are not just happening in movies; they are reality. A Decatur High School actor saw this and decided it needed to be recognized. Reality needed to be heard.

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Technology-smart teens help businesses in community

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
By Cristin Morgan

Teens embedded in Facebook, Pinterest, Skype and texting have become the generation with technology minds.

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