Methamphetamine still a big problem in Wise

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Brian Knox

Wise County appears to be losing the war on methamphetamine. While marijuana seems to make the news most often on a national level, methamphetamine still seems to be the drug of choice on the local level.

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Tougher laws can also make it tougher for victims

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Brian Knox

The discussion around mandatory minimum sentences usually involves drug offenses. But last week we saw an example locally of another type of mandatory minimum sentencing - one involving sexual abuse of a child.

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Don’t be distracted from state issues

Published Saturday, January 28, 2017
By Brian Knox

With all the fireworks going on around the new presidential administration in Washington, we might be a bit distracted from the actions of our legislators in Austin. That would be a mistake.

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Which path will we choose?

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Brian Knox

Movements that change the course of history can begin in the smallest of places. I was struck by that thought as I stood in a small office in the basement of a church in Montgomery, Ala., last summer.

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A super idea for a new kind of holiday tradition

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Brian Knox

We're ending a week where no doubt many of us completed the task of taking down Christmas decorations and packing up our ornaments and our memories for another 11 months or so.

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Remembering a unique person and a unique year

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Brian Knox

It's impossible for me to remember the reason for the call or even the bulk of my first conversation with former Wise County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Doug Whitehead back in the summer of 2000, but I clearly remember how the conversation started.

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A (third graders-inspired) letter to Santa

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Brian Knox

Dear Santa, We here at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur, Texas, U.S.A., know the importance of planning ahead for any possible problems that may arise in our production of a newspaper so that we can ensure the timely delivery of said newspaper by our deadline.

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Trump succeeded where Perot (and Clinton) didn’t

Published Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Brian Knox

Democrats, and to be quite honest many Republicans, are shocked that Trump won the presidency. I'm not. Surprised? Yes. Wary of what might happen in a Trump presidency? Yes. Shocked? No.

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Stay positive, we’re almost to Election Day

Published Saturday, October 22, 2016
By Brian Knox

Seventeen more days. We can do this, people.

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Think twice about sitting out the election

Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
By Brian Knox

Plenty of stories have been written about people planning on sitting out next month's election because they don't like either candidate for president. It's certainly their choice, and their right, to vote or not vote.

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Kudos to officers who do their job the right way

Published Saturday, September 24, 2016
By Brian Knox

Officers we see on the news these days often find themselves there because of questionable decisions they've made regarding use of excessive force that often have deadly consequences. What we don't often see are stories of officers who have de-escalated rather than escalated a situation.

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Georgia on my mind, but not my map

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

The address for our hotel seemed so charmingly "Georgia" on our first trip to Atlanta recently. But as we would come to find out during our stay, that charm turned more into frustration.

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August is the worst, especially this year

Published Saturday, July 30, 2016
By Brian Knox

We've got to be entering the worst time of the year. For starters, it's hot. Really hot.

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Feeling black and blue matters

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Brian Knox

The words of a 4-year-old stung my mind and my heart last Wednesday night as I lay awake deep into Thursday morning. "It's OK. I'm right here with you."

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Face of America reflected in its newest citizens

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Brian Knox

I felt something unique Thursday as I stood in the ever-growing waiting room, gazing at the collection of faces around me. Very few looked like mine.

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Fiery rhetoric about toilets distracts from actual child safety issues

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Brian Knox

Places exist all over our state where young girls are put at risk. They are in real danger of sexual assault or worse. These young women are taken advantage of in their most vulnerable moments. If you have been paying attention to the loud outcry of our elected leadership in Austin, you might think these places are public school bathrooms.

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Dearly beloved, we have a pill problem

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Brian Knox

The sudden death of pop/rock icon Prince a couple of weeks ago has once again put one of our country's greatest addictions back in the spotlight: prescription drugs.

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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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