Taking Care of Business: That’s one fast talker

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, November 10, 2018

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When I was a kid, I was mesmerized by the auctioneer at the Wise County Youth Fair.

What was he saying? How did he talk so fast?

I used to pretend to be an auctioneer by chanting garbledy gook and throwing in a number every now and then. Oddly enough, that never landed me an auctioneering gig, but maybe I can get tips from the newest auctioneer in town.

Leslie Vann

Leslie Vann of Decatur graduated in September from the World Wide College of Auctioneering, earning the honorary title of Colonel.

According to a press release, Vann successfully completed the course of instruction and training covering all phases of auctioneering taught by 20 professional instructors at the college. Students received instruction in real estate, benefits or fundraising, automobile, farm, antique and specialty auctions, as well as vocal training and auction law.

Other subjects included business management, technology, marketing, networking, online auctions and the development of an auction chant and bid calling.

Congratulations, Leslie!

Now, let’s take a minute and circle back to that title of Colonel. If you’re like me and had never heard of that nickname for auctioneers, it traces back to the Civil War. A little Googling revealed that after a battle, the winning side would scour the battlefield and collect the belongings of their opponents. The items were then auctioned off, and the person in charge was often a colonel.

Another website said during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned auctioneers to sell surplus war supplies seized in enemy territory, and they were nicknamed colonels.

You learn something new every day.


Trinity Street Coffee Bar will celebrate its first anniversary next week. Go celebrate with them Friday when they have an all-day happy hour.

Jarod Grice will play live music that night from 8 to 10, and a taco food truck will be on site.


I’m having withdrawals.

I have not seen a nugget in weeks. And I can barely remember what a waffle fry tastes like.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 54.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email or call 940-627-5987.

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