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Bright spot found in sea of political pessimism

Published Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Brandon Evans

The public perception of elected officials has hit rock-bottom in this country.

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Finding love in the digital age

Published Saturday, February 15, 2014
By Brandon Evans

"Shall I compare thee to an online store? Thou art more lovely than an in-app purchase."

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Call for truce in rolling prairie home Christmas

Published Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By Brandon Evans

A bluejay rests on a cold, bare branch. With plumage brilliant as a crystal sapphire star, eyes like steely coal, a peaceful, united world unfolds all around as pink and orange dawn breaks the silent night.

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Nation fades to red

Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013
By Brandon Evans

Green leaves faded on crooked, spider-leg like branches. A nation hung on the verge of peace abroad and harmony within, under a leader who symbolized growth, harmony and fertility.

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What’s in a name?

Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013
By Brandon Evans

A lot of incorrect phrases get thrown around. "What you don't know can't hurt" makes no sense at all.

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Local schools find innovative ways to counter national problems

Published Saturday, September 28, 2013
By Brandon Evans

Public schools are turning out stronger students today than ever before.

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Weapons of mass amnesia

Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Brandon Evans

"The (regime) possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."

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Mitchell’s gamble changed an industry, his philanthropy changed the future

Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By Brandon Evans

"Whatever you do, make sure you do it for the right reasons."

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The human condition, rats and reunion

Published Saturday, July 20, 2013
By Brandon Evans

The spectrum of Reunion ranges from raucous innocence to depraved debauchery.

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The war at home

Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013
By Brandon Evans

Random tragedy sparks any time. It doesn't take a holiday.

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Building someone into a man

Published Saturday, June 15, 2013
By Brandon Evans

My father wasn't a carpenter by trade. He was one of habit.

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Shelter from the storm

Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Brandon Evans

Every tile I walked upon is gone. All have been scraped, removed, crushed and dumped in a nameless landfill.

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‘The boy who cried boom’

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By Brandon Evans

Bomb threats surfaced in all seasons and places over the past year in Wise County.

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Look local, fuel local

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013
By Brandon Evans

The Barnett Shale is in a stretch of both good and bad reports.

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The value of life: $35,000 plus benefits?

Published Saturday, February 16, 2013
By Brandon Evans

What's the value of a human life? What about the value of only one more year of life on Earth?

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Lifting the fog of mental anguish

Published Saturday, January 26, 2013
By Brandon Evans

Fog wrapped around Wise County Friday morning like a ghostly veil.

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Surviving the end of days, twice

Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Brandon Evans

"Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. ... Our children will take the first step into a thousand years of darkness."

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Memories make great gifts

Published Saturday, December 22, 2012
By Brandon Evans

Every day grows dimmer. The sun itself grows weary by late December.

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Victim was ill-served

Published Saturday, December 1, 2012
By Brandon Evans

That's how much time passed between the reporting of the violent sexual assault and beating of Samantha Jo McNorton by David Malone and the issuance of a warrant for the crime.

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Where’s the vision?

Published Saturday, November 3, 2012
By Brandon Evans

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the United States was nine months into the Civil War.

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