The phone lines are open …

Published Saturday, February 11, 2012
By Brian Knox

I'd like to address something that deals with the big story of the week: the investigation into County Commissioner Terry Ross.

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Newspapers no longer living in land of make-believe

Published Saturday, January 14, 2012
By Brian Knox

Once upon a time, in a land where Facebook and blogs did not exist, there was an industry that called itself the newspaper.

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Wise has the Christmas spirit year-round

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Dave Rogers

I'm dreaming of a Wise County Christmas. At my own Wise County country home.

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Wise shows its generous spirit

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
By Brian Knox

It's hard to make a sweeping generality of a large population. And it's also not smart.

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What if you could give the gift of life this Christmas?

Published Saturday, December 3, 2011
By Brian Knox

My family received a special package in the mail this week from halfway around the world.

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Inspiring teachers often set us on life’s path

Published Saturday, November 5, 2011
By Brian Knox

I found myself Thursday standing in front of our Decatur Rotary Club talking about my job and how I got to be a journalist.

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Exploring the link between food assistance and the economy

Published Saturday, October 22, 2011
By Brian Knox

A few weeks back I wrote about some statistics in the Texas Hunger Report about SNAP benefits, and I mentioned that the study said Wise County is leaving $5.9 million "on the table."

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New study brings local hunger issue into focus

Published Sunday, September 25, 2011
By Brian Knox

As we've continued to work on our "Feeding Wise" series of stories looking at local hunger issues, we've had a lot of numbers to digest.

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What’s cool like a pool but better for getting wetter?

Published Thursday, September 1, 2011
By Brian Knox

OK, we get it. It's hot. Now that we've established that fact, the next question is, "How do we cool off?"

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Quilters find a heavenly home

Published Sunday, July 17, 2011
By Brian Knox

A quilting group left homeless after a fire in downtown Bridgeport July 6 destroyed the building where they were meeting has now found a new place to gather.

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Celebrate safely this Independence Day holiday

Published Sunday, July 3, 2011
By Brian Knox

Judging from the number of phone calls to both the newsroom and apparently the sheriff's office as well, there has been much confusion over the shooting of fireworks in Wise County this weekend.

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School looks to rev up teacher morale

Published Sunday, June 19, 2011
By Brian Knox

It's kind of a tough time to be a teacher right now. With the constant talk about budget cuts, morale isn't exactly at an all-time high.

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The ‘Caring’ began Tuesday, but more is needed

Published Thursday, June 9, 2011
By Brian Knox

Decatur showed it cared earlier this week. Or more specifically, volunteers with the Decatur Cares program exhibited a willingness to help their neighbors.

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Twisters, bull riding and fighting hunger

Published Sunday, June 5, 2011
By Brian Knox

It turns out that a tornado did indeed touch down in Wise County during the storms that swept through the county May 24.

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Never forget the sacrifices of those who serve

Published Sunday, May 22, 2011
By Brian Knox

Sacrifice in the name of public service takes many forms.

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Hello son, goodbye Osama and waiting for help

Published Sunday, May 8, 2011
By Brian Knox

I've had several people ask me if I was going to write a column about my new son. You would think it would be an easy thing to do - four years ago I wrote several columns around the birth of my first child, a daughter.

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Parenting is a great responsibility not all embrace

Published Sunday, April 10, 2011
By Brian Knox

Sometime in this next week, most likely, my world will be turned upside down once again.

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Local economy showing signs of growth

Published Sunday, March 27, 2011
By Brian Knox

Seats were at a premium at Tuesday's Decatur Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center. In fact, it was the most well-attended Decatur Chamber luncheon that Chamber Director Misty Hudson could recall.

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It’s time for businesses to step up

Published Sunday, January 30, 2011
By Brian Knox

At Tuesday's officer installation luncheon for the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, new president Carey Williams said he understood 2010 wasn't the best year for business owners in the room. But the analogy he used next made audience members smile

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Don’t tune out, join the conversation

Published Sunday, January 16, 2011
By Brian Knox

The Tucson shooting Saturday that left six people dead including Federal Judge John Roll, and critically wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, led to almost instant finger-pointing on who was to blame. Letter writer Ken Hughes weighed in with his opinion in Thursday's paper.

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