Archive for 'Brian Knox'

Time to conserve electricity

Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by .

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. (ERCOT) has asked consumers and businesses to reduce electricity use today during the peak electricity hours of 3 and 7 p.m. High temperatures have people reaching for the air conditioning controls, and that puts a strain on the state’s electric load. ERCOT manages flow of electric power and […]

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Tax values make small gains

Posted on 25. Jul, 2012 by .

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While a 1.51 percent increase in tax values for Wise County might not sound like much, it’s a lot better than the projected 3.09 percent decrease predicted in the preliminary values released earlier this year. And it’s a lot better than the 2.35 percent decrease in property values seen in Wise County last year. Wise […]

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West Nile seems headed this way

Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 by .

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The Wise Nile Virus seems to be making a comeback. As you can see from the map above, confirmed cases of West Nile Virus are popping up in many different areas of the state. You’ll notice that counties immediately to our east (Denton) and south (Parker and Tarrant) already have confirmed cases. Even though it’s […]

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Deadly distracations

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by .

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It’s been a rough few months for child and youth injuries in Wise County. And many, such as Saturday’s tragic accident on the tracks in Alvord, have resulted in a young person being taken before their time.  In the case 14-year-old Marcus Silletti, it appears that loud music being played on headphones or ear buds prevented him […]

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Declaration of Independence in the days before spell check

Posted on 04. Jul, 2012 by .

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It’s Independence Day, and a lot of attention is rightly shown to the United States Declaration of Independence. We’re familiar with the famous words contained in this most historic document, but did you ever wonder what earlier drafts of the Declaration looked like before the finished product? Editors regularly look at rough drafts of stories […]

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Life saving – now there’s an app for that

Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by .

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I’ll mention the American Red Cross from time to time. I think they do great work, and I’ve seen many families in Wise County helped by the organization. Well now the American Red Cross has come up with something I think is pretty cool. […]

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Nolan Ryan’s career in the media spotlight

Posted on 21. Jun, 2012 by .

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I wrote a column in last weekend’s paper about getting to hear my boyhood hero Nolan Ryan speak at a sportswriting workshop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last week. Thanks to the wonder of the iPad, I recorded audio of nearly the entire 24-minute visit. (I missed the very first because, well, I was taking […]

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An hour in Alvord

Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 by .

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Of all the towns in Wise County, I’ve always said Alvord was the town that reminded me of my hometown where I grew up. It has about the same population, similar size school distrtict and is about 10 miles north of the county seat – a town similar in size to Decatur. I had the […]

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Tomorrow’s not guaranteed …

Posted on 06. Jun, 2012 by .

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In what is becoming an all-too-familiar news item for our county, another local teen died Tuesday. This time, it wasn’t a car accident but a drowning. Saul Rodriguez, 16, of Bridgeport died at a local hospital, the victim of an apparent drowning. He had been swimming at Lake Bridgeport when he went missing. He was […]

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