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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Shooting brings the reality of sacrifice into focus

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By Brian Knox

Following last week's chase and exchange of gunfire in Wise County, one life ended. Many others will be affected forever.

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Community comes together for a healthier Wise

Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By Brian Knox

Crackpots for Crock-Pots. That was the joking name of the drive to buy 100 Crock-Pots to distribute to families that will participate in the Decatur Cares summer feeding program.

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Will legislators answer funding wake-up call?

Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Brian Knox

State District Judge John Dietz ruled earlier this month that Texas' system of funding public education is unconstitutional.

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Dance again provided wonderful memories

Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013
By Brian Knox

I'm not much for parties, or dances for that matter. But there's one event that's now a "can't miss" on my calendar every February.

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Complex problems call for complex, even imperfect, solutions

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By Brian Knox

I spent last week at home with a sick 21-month-old. Zachary is still too young to really watch television, so instead of animated shows, I watched a lot of cable news channels.

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Smith provides a local view on Russian adoption ban

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By Brian Knox

We don't cover too much international news in the pages of the Messenger, preferring to keep the focus on people and events in Wise County.

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Congress fails at its primary task: passing bills

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By Brian Knox

2012 wasn't the only thing ticking down to oblivion Monday. So was the public's patience with our elected officials in Washington.

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A year for tough choices

Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Brian Knox

This year, I did something that I really don't like to do: quote an anonymous source.

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Finding comfort in children’s faith

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By Brian Knox

At the end of a weekend dominated by images and words of unbelievable horror, I was able to escape to a fantasy world Sunday afternoon.

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Make the season merry and bright for all

Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012
By Brian Knox

Christmas is booming in Wise County.

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Taking a family trip? There’s a nanny for that

Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By Brian Knox

Vacations are a time to get away from the stresses of everyday life and the grind of work to spend quality time with the family.

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Making a difference in 140 characters or less

Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By Brian Knox

An unknown entity is making a big impression on some students and staff at Northwest High School using social media.

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Give thanks for the officers who protect our communities

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Brian Knox

I've covered the "cops and courts" beat for many years for the Wise County Messenger. I've had a chance to see a side of police work that the general public might not.

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Rediscovering the meaning of quality time

Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012
By Brian Knox

It was a beautiful day to be outside Saturday. A cool front blew through the night before, leaving temperatures in the 70s and 80s, a welcome break from the 90s and 100s of late.

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Kindergarten: Dad’s first day

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012
By Brian Knox

The question was simple enough: "Are you excited about starting kindergarten?"

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Practice, and prepare to make memories

Published Saturday, August 11, 2012
By Brian Knox

Seeing the images of football players sweating through two-a-days this week and local marching bands hitting the practice fields (or parking lots) brought back memories.

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Voters showing interest in runoff election

Published Saturday, July 28, 2012
By Brian Knox

After low voter turnout in the primary election, it didn't appear there would be too much interest in the runoff election.

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Preparing for the instant we hope never comes

Published Saturday, July 14, 2012
By Brian Knox

It's the kind of call you dread hearing over the police scanner.

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