It’s spring, weather you like it or not

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Spring storm season in Texas is always a great reminder of the awesome power of nature. Of course, depending on where you are located and the type of weather you experience, you might replace the word "awesome" in the previous sentence with other adjectives such as "destructive," "terrifying" or even "deadly."

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Scary news on Zika released this week

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Brian Knox

It's never a good sign when you hear somebody with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say something is "scarier than we initially thought."

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You only thought D.C. was a zoo now …

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By Brian Knox

A visit to a former home of a U.S. president last week, and a subsequent visit with a friend about said president resulted in my googling of dog ears this week. And that led to the discovery of a rather unique presidential "museum."

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Hugely classy ideas for terrific elections

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Donald Trump has inspired me. Actually, I disagree with much of what he says, and even more so how he says it. More specifically, it's his slogan: Make America Great Again, that has sparked something in my overly politically assaulted brain.

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Documentary asks hard questions of criminal justice system

Published Saturday, February 6, 2016
By Brian Knox

Despite being a "crime and courts" reporter, I rarely watch "crime drama" television. Maybe its because I deal enough with the real thing, I don't want to spend my precious free time watching more of the same.

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Looking back at 2015: Dog’s sacrifice led to unique experience

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Brian Knox

Having covered news in Wise County for 15 1/2 years now, many stories I work on come with a sense of familiarity. While each story is different, I often speak to people I know or cover situations that happen on a fairly regular basis. I often have a good idea of what to expect going in to certain situations.

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Finding heartache and hope in a refugee camp

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Brian Knox

A backfiring car caused a young woman to begin shaking and crying uncontrollably. The only thing those around her could do to calm her was to wrap their arms around her. For hours, they held her tight. Finally, she fell asleep.

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Don’t let scammers ruin your holidays

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Brian Knox

Judging from the number of phone calls the newsroom has received in recent weeks, more than just the holiday season has arrived in Wise County. 'Tis the season for scams, apparently.

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Are we experiencing technical difficulties?

Published Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Brian Knox

There's been plenty written about how technology and social media have increased connections between the people we know and the world at large.

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It’s not the end of the world

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
By Brian Knox

Recently I got a quad-fold brochure with this title, in bold, in all caps: "A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THAT OCTOBER 7, 2015 WILL BE THE END OF THE WORLD." Since it is Oct. 17, and you are still reading this column, we know that was incorrect information.

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Drive friendly, not distracted

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015
By Brian Knox

As reporters, we unfortunately have to go to many accident scenes. What's frustrating is most of those accidents could be avoided.

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Fall brings so many favorite things, including hope

Published Saturday, September 19, 2015
By Brian Knox

Next Wednesday may not seem to be an important date, but for me, it's one of my favorite days of the year. It's the autumnal equinox, also known as the first day of fall.

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Texas towns known for variety of traits

Published Saturday, September 5, 2015
By Brian Knox

If you pull off Interstate 35 East at Mile Marker 8, you'll be greeted by a sign welcoming you to the town where I grew up. "Itasca, the Big Little Town." What that means, exactly, I don't really know. I'm guessing someone on the local chamber of commerce came up with it.

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Making Welcome to Wise was quite the ‘Trip’

Published Wednesday, August 5, 2015
By Brian Knox

Fifteen years ago this summer, I visited the Wise County Messenger for the first time when I interviewed for a reporter's job. I didn't grow up around here, so Wise County was totally new to me.

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Family pet is gone but won’t soon be forgotten

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015
By Brian Knox

"Mommy, when does Isis come home from the hospital?" my 4-year-old son asked at the dinner table Monday. I glanced at my wife, Amanda, and I could already see the tears starting to well in her eyes.

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Program needs community’s help

Published Saturday, July 4, 2015
By Brian Knox

Summer brings back many childhood memories for me. Baseball games. Vacations. Snow cones. Swimming. But I also remember participating in something a little more charitable: delivering meals to seniors in my community.

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Escaping the echo chamber could lead to real blessings

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Brian Knox

Listening to a police scanner in the newsroom all day, you hear all kinds of calls. But there's one call I hear from time to time that makes me uncomfortable. It usually goes something like this: "We need an officer in route to the complainant's location for a suspicious person. Black male walking down the street."

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A tale of two bonds

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Brian Knox

In many ways, the two local school bond packages on the May 9 ballot were very similar. And yet, the end result was very different.

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Focusing only on the chaos misses the full story

Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
By Brian Knox

I was checking the daily sheriff's office patrol reports - the information used to put together our weekly Crime Report - Wednesday afternoon when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. "A subject tried to lure a child into a vehicle."

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It’s tax (scam) season in Wise

Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Brian Knox

It's a bit ironic that an increasing number of thefts in our area involve something with "security" in its name.

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