Exclusive interview reveals Santa’s secrets

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Brian Knox

Santa Claus has always been a mystery. Until now. I got the scoop this week from my expert sources: local third graders who answered a series of questions posed by the Wise County Messenger.

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Failure of the ‘system’ could cost man his life

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Brian Knox

Barring any last-minute intervention by the courts or our governor, tonight will be one of the lowest points yet for capital punishment in Texas. Scott Panetti, who murdered his in-laws in Fredricksburg in 1992, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Huntsville at 6 p.m. tonight.

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About that letter, election notes and champions

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Brian Knox

I apparently confused a few readers with my "breakup" column a few weeks back, based on some of the feedback I got. At least a couple of people thought it was a real breakup letter with my wife.

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This is best for both of us …

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Brian Knox

Dear APD: It's been three weeks now since our breakup. I needed to get a few things off my chest, you know, to achieve some closure on these wounds. I still don't know exactly what happened. I mean, I always thought we were made for each other.

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Defending against the weapon of fear

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Brian Knox

"Daddy, I think there's monsters under my bed." Those words were softly spoken by my 3-year-old son well after he should have been asleep Monday night.

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Fresh voices signal positive change at DHS

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Brian Knox

The new school year always offers students and teachers a fresh start.

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Children get caught in the cycle of violence

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Brian Knox

Vacation gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of peaceful, quality time with my kids last week. That gift seemed even more precious in light of a couple of humanitarian crises involving young people - on two different continents - which continue to dominate the news.

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We could all learn from Johnson’s legacy of service

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Brian Knox

Community is a wonderful thing. It lifts us up when we need encouragement, it shares in celebrating our joys and it comforts us when we suffer the pain of loss.

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#Skim this IMPORTANT column!

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
By Brian Knox

If you read to the end of this sentence, particularly if you are reading it online, you must have a lot of time on your hands.

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Tales from weekend scanner duty

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Brian Knox

How often do you pass people panhandling by the side of the road and wonder, "What's their story?" I found out in a most unusual way last weekend.

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America is beautiful in any language

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Brian Knox

Something interesting happened during Sunday's Super Bowl. It certainly wasn't the game, which resulted in a blowout victory for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

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Scandal, not spill, captures our attention

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Brian Knox

A big story erupted in the eastern part of our country late last week where leadership failure disrupted the lives of thousands and ended with an apology but not the acceptance of blame.

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Even criminals may have a message worth hearing

Published Saturday, January 4, 2014
By Brian Knox

Should people in jail have a voice? In the Christmas issue of the Messenger, Brandon Evans wrote a story about a local man spending the holidays in jail.

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It’s time to chase a different kind of miracle

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Brian Knox

Sometimes when God answers prayers, it's not the answer we want to hear.

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The battle of ‘Black Friday’

Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By Brian Knox

One of the things I love about my wife is she will sometimes ask me questions that seem to come out of the blue and catch me off-guard.

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Lessons learned from Tuesday’s election

Published Saturday, November 9, 2013
By Brian Knox

Your vote counts. If you don't believe me, ask a couple of candidates for Place 6 on the Paradise ISD school board who will have to wait until Wednesday, and perhaps beyond, to find out who won the seat.

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95 percent of us won’t be doing this in the coming days

Published Saturday, October 26, 2013
By Brian Knox

Did anyone notice an election is going on? I mean, this year.

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The need for survivor stories

Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Brian Knox

Our biggest fights are usually the ones we don't see coming.

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Taking the pulse on the health forum and a certain curriculum tool

Published Saturday, August 31, 2013
By Brian Knox

Wise County Health forum meetings are always well-attended, but they might have set a record last Thursday.

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Local domestic violence resources provide hope

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By Brian Knox

As I pulled up to drop off some donations at the Wise Hope Chest in Bridgeport Saturday, I couldn't help but think back to a domestic violence murder case I covered, almost 10 years ago to the day, in the same town.

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