Taking Care of Business: Local Sears store closing

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, March 3, 2018

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The Sears Hometown Store in Decatur is going out of business.

The last day is March 27. In the meantime, hustle down for some great deals. Everything in the store is currently 30 percent off and discounts will increase as the closing date approaches.

Buddy’s Home Furnishings, a rent-to-own store, will open in its place. I don’t have a date for its opening, but as soon as I find out, you’ll be the first to know.


Wise County ranked ninth in total gas production for December 2017, according to the Texas Railroad Commission.

The county produced 13,474,186 mcf (thousand cubic feet) of gas, just above Upton County at 13,426,892 mcf.

Webb County, along the Texas/Mexico border, ranked No. 1 with 35,845,073 mcf. Tarrant County was ranked second with 33,354,811 mcf. Other counties in the top 10 included Reeves, Midland, Karnes, Panola, De Witt and Loving.

Production for the entire state of Texas totaled 514,503,830 mcf of gas and 78,085,085 barrels of crude oil. This came from 92,289 gas wells and 180,860 oil wells.


Barista Kasey Headley with Trinity Street Coffee Bar is going to London in April for an international competition – Coffee Masters. I’m thinking I need to give his signature drink the “She-Wolf” a try.

Trinity Street has become a Messenger newsroom favorite … and it’s not just because we’re neighbors. It’s simply the coffeehouse we’ve always dreamed of, puts “Friends” Central Perk to shame.

A certain reporter has already earned three free drinks through Trinity’s rewards program, and that got me to thinking: I wonder who the top 5 rewards members are? Like who has received the most free cups of coffee?

I shall investigate.


It’s hard to imagine how Chick-fil-A continues to overlook Wise County as a prime restaurant location.

Take this week for example. Did you go to the Youth Fair’s broiler show? Broilers are chickens raised for meat, and let me tell you, we’ve got some good ones in these parts. Local 4-H and FFA members raise some great, good-eating birds.

So come on, Chick-fil-A. Build the store, and we’ll provide the chicken.

Days Without Chick-fil-A (starting in 2018) – 62.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Messenger. If you have a submission for Taking Care of Business, email

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