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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Dinner’s going to be late, and CSCOPE lives?

Published Saturday, July 27, 2013
By Brian Knox

The Wise County Committee on Aging had hoped to be serving up locally-prepared hot meals by now. But instead, nothing's stirring in the kitchen at the Chico Community Center.

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Road trips provide life lessons

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013
By Brian Knox

For the past several weeks, the majority of my time has been spent working on our upcoming Welcome to Wise newcomers and visitors guide.

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Why the Tea Party should be CSCOPE’s biggest advocate

Published Saturday, June 8, 2013
By Brian Knox

Tuesday's meeting, where we heard the "truth" about how CSCOPE is linked to the Common Core State Standards and a liberal agenda which has created a national security threat, left me feeling, more than anything, sad.

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CSCOPE ‘fix’ is anything but

Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Brian Knox

Texas Senator Dan Patrick and his colleagues in Austin looked almost giddy at Monday's announcement of... well, I'll let Patrick tell you in his own words...

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Son’s first visit to the Ballpark one to remember

Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013
By Brian Knox

Trips to the ballpark are always special in their own right. But Saturday's trip to see the Texas Rangers play had a little extra special meaning.

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When our world explodes, neighbors are there

Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Brian Knox

Our hearts were heavy last week, burdened by news and images from the bombings at the Boston Marathon. By Wednesday, it had become clear that the explosions were indeed related to terrorism.

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