Punctuation, celebrate responsibly

Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Brian Knox

My son and I were watching "Avengers: Infinity War" recently when he made an observation about the fate of one of the characters. I'll try not to spoil it, but somebody dies.

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Into new movie rating territory

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Brian Knox

I love going to the movies, but when you have younger children, those trips to the theater often result in watching something in the animated category.

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Fire season is here, unfortunately

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

Few people have worked harder over the past couple of weeks than area firefighters. Soaring temperatures, lack of rainfall and low humidity levels have created near perfect fire conditions.

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The free press is under attack

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Brian Knox

This column was intended to focus on media literacy. The plan was to explain the importance of being able to identify certain aspects of media, including who created it, why it was created, what view points are being described and who is the intended audience?

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Coming home to a cemetery

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Brian Knox

A question was asked in the newsroom recently about some items in Update. "What's a cemetery homecoming?"

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DNA provides glimpse into the past

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

I received an email last week saying the results of my DNA sample that I had sent to a genealogy service were available. Perhaps fittingly, it arrived on my son's birthday.

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Spring blooms: Keep it Texas friendly, bluebonnet seekers

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Brian Knox

Driving along roads in rural areas during the past week, I've noticed the surest sign of spring in Texas: bluebonnets. The sight of the colorful flowers led one of my kids to ask a question many of us have asked over the years: "Is it illegal to pick them?"

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Of baseball and birthdays

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Brian Knox

My wife recently bought a new seasonal decoration for our front door. It's a small, burlap wall hanging squared off on the top and sides, while the bottom is "V" shaped. Each day as I pass by it, the shape reminds me of something very familiar: the home plate of a baseball diamond.

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Voting – why bother?

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

Don't vote. Your voice doesn't need to be heard. You've got plenty of reasons: no time, bad weather, lack of knowledge about where the candidates stand on the issues, lack of qualified candidates, perhaps.

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Stop tolerating the intolerable

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Brian Knox

As the court beat reporter for the Messenger, I've heard plenty of closing arguments from prosecutors over the years, and while no two are exactly the same, they almost always include a plea to the jury to "send a message."

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Headline prediction time, 2018 edition

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Brian Knox

Now that we've said a fond farewell to 2017, we can turn our full attention forward to a new year. On occasion in the past, we've come up with headlines we'd like to see for the coming year.

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2017 in Review: When disaster hit, Wise responded

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Brian Knox

So often, the news we report is tragic in some way. And the damage brought to South Texas by Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey in August was no exception.

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New kitchen is good news for seniors

Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Brian Knox

If it seems like the world is filled with bad news right now, Wise County had a bit of long-awaited good news this week.

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Christmas radio hits and misses

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Brian Knox

It's nearly the end of November, so you know what that means. We're nearly halfway through the Christmas radio season that started the day after Halloween.

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The 1980s are alive and well in pop culture

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Brian Knox

There is no doubt that the hottest decade of the moment in popular culture has to be the 1980s. This wave of '80s mania is no doubt fueled by many film and television directors close in age to myself who grew up in that decade and are now tapping into our need for childhood nostalgia as we enter into middle age.

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Time for a new conversation about the shooting

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Brian Knox

Since Stephen Paddock opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, we've heard a lot of different conversations.

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A time to give

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Brian Knox

We seem to be experiencing a season of disasters at the moment. Those disasters will require a significant response.

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Staycation, all I’ve never wanted

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Brian Knox

I'll be the first to admit that the word "staycation" does not fill me with much excitement. After all, when I have a week off from work, I like to get out of town and take a road trip.

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Stay cool and get ready for school

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Brian Knox

The calendar says school is just around the corner, but the thermometer says summer is just heating up. I check the National Weather Service forecast each day for various alerts, and lately the description for the daily weather just says "Hot" with a graphic of a blazing yellow sun.

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Judge Fostel will be missed

Published Saturday, June 17, 2017
By Brian Knox

If you didn't attend the memorial service for the late 271st District Judge John Fostel last week - and it may only be a few people based on the packed house - you missed a wonderful tribute.

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