All Around Wise: Boyd ISD starts large task of replacing West

Published Saturday, May 18, 2019
By Richard Greene

Three jobs ago for yours truly, I interviewed Ted West in September 2012. The longtime educator had just been named the lone finalist to be the superintendent at Boyd after carrying out a variety of roles in the district, including and not limited to assistant superintendent, high school principal and interim superintendent. I'm sure dishwasher and ball boy were filled somewhere along the way.

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All Around Wise: Enjoy the next chapter, lessons grads

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Richard Greene

Over the past three days, the Messenger staff has been toiling away to put the finishing touches on the 2019 Graduation section. The section always produces a bit of stress due to the tight deadlines from the release of the names of the valedictorians and salutatorians and getting the issue to the press in time for the first graduation.

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All Around Wise: Mayhew’s heart bigger than frame

Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Richard Greene

The credenza behind my desk looks more like an early 1980s toy chest than something you might expect in an editor's office. Along with pictures of me with my wife, brothers and Boston Marathon winner and Olympics medalist Meb Keflezighi is my ever-growing toy figurine collection.

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All Around Wise: Appraisals start search for answers

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Richard Greene

In the past week, many of us peered into the mailbox to see the envelope from the appraisal district. I first closed the mailbox and hoped it would disappear before I reached back in and grudgingly pulled the envelope out.

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All Around Wise: Use the force – vote

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Richard Greene

It's election season again. I know it doesn't seem that long ago that we were at the polls picking out a senator, governor and deciding on annexation rights.

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All Around Wise: Surprised by lack of decision

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Richard Greene

My wise sophomore reporting professor Keith Shelton told our class many moons ago to never show up to a meeting and not know how a vote would go. Monday night, I violated the great Shelton's golden rule.

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All Around Wise: Spreading the good news

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

I'm starting off a little newspaper nerdy, but bear with me. Each October as a periodical, we are required by the U.S. Postal Service to publish a statement of ownership. As part of the statement, we must include our circulation numbers. It's usually the last time that number is seen in print for a year.

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All Around Wise: Volunteer firefighters keep weathering conditions

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

In 20 years as a scribe, I've come to realize that breaking news rarely, if ever, happens when it's sunny and 70. Fires usually happen when it's bone-chilling cold or in the searing heat. Wrecks occur when there's some form of precipitation.

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All Around Wise: Shoot for the Cup

Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
By Richard Greene

Friday afternoon four of us crowded around my messy desk to watch the stats page on my computer as the final seconds of the 4A semifinal played out.

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All Around Wise: Ruling undermines Texas Open Meetings Act

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

Before starting my first full-time job 20 years ago this May, I'd been to one city council meeting and that was as a small child because of a mishap with our dog.

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All Around Wise: Career Day reveals true love for job

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

After two days in the state capitol hearing all the wonderful opportunities before the Texas Legislature, I returned to Wonderful Wise Wednesday.

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All Around Wise: Looking for light at end of ‘horrendous’ story

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

Tuesday morning I sat in our conference room during a weekly managers' meeting, hoping for the coffee to kick in after a late night school board meeting in Boyd. A few minutes before the meeting wrapped up, my phone buzzed with a text from our Special Projects Manager Brian Knox.

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Embracing change: Messenger debuts new weekly features

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

A quote I've embraced over nearly two decades in this career is "the only constant in life is change." It took a Google search to realize that Greek philosopher Heraclitus was the originator of the phrase, urging us to embrace change.

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Continuing to inspire: Fowler now reaching out to help others

Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
By Richard Greene

On an unseasonably cold April morning at the McCarroll Middle School track, emotions ran as high as the fierce north wind. It was the first Jackie's Run 5K since the passing of the race's namesake Jackie Murphree.

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Welcoming the end of straight-party ballots

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

After weeks of reading endorsement columns, studying the League of Women Voters guide and doing some independent research on various candidates, I carefully went through the sample ballot again Wednesday morning.

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We serve many roles

Published Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Richard Greene

A week ago a man came into the office, expressing his concern about a human interest feature on the front page of the Messenger. "It's not news," he said repeatedly.

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Running relationships: Consider widening your social circle

Published Saturday, September 1, 2018
By Richard Greene

On the last weekend of August 2003, I made the early Sunday morning trek from my apartment near the University of North Texas to a parking lot near the Physical Education Building to meet a group of strangers to run.

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Time for DISD to press reset

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Richard Greene

The long two weeks of speculation and turmoil at Decatur ISD ended Monday after the 10th hour of trustees meeting behind closed doors to discuss the contract and job performance of superintendent Judi Whitis.

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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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