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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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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