Taking Care of Business: Things get western at Decatur Chamber

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Honored for Service

HONORED FOR SERVICE -Anna Coker and Chet Niblett each received an award at Tuesday’s Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Messenger photo by Mark Jordan

Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Christie Rhine Tuesday passed the torch to incoming president Shane Conley.

Of course, she also passed on some “tools” he’ll need to be the best president ever, including a cowboy hat and rope for when things get a little western.

Apparently, Conley chased a horse halfway across town when it got loose during the 2017 Parade of Lights, so the board is thinking a rope might come in handy.

I just want to know one thing: is there video of the horse pursuit?

Other officers installed at this week’s luncheon included First Vice President Brandt Wicker and Second Vice President Stephanie Quarles.

The Chamber also presented two special awards. Chet Niblett received the Community Achievement Award, and Anna Coker was recognized with the Faith in the Future Award.

First State Bank was the luncheon sponsor, and they put a philanthropic spin on the event. Instead of filling the table with swag, they used the money normally spent on giveaways to make a $2,500 donation to Wise Area Relief Mission. WARM was holding a fundraiser that night to kickstart collections after being practically emptied during the holiday season.

Installation of Officers

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS – New Decatur Chamber President Shane Conley shows off his tools for the job presented to him by Chamber Executive Director Misty Hudson (left) and outgoing president, Christie Rhine. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe


The dust is flying at Legend Bank in Decatur as a remodeling project gets underway.

Construction on a new lobby layout, which will provide more office space to serve customers, begins Feb. 16. The lobby and drive-through will close at noon that day. The drive-through will remain closed Feb. 17, and the bank is closed for President’s Day Feb. 19.

The lobby will be closed throughout construction, but the drive-through will re-open starting Feb. 20. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday.

Lobby banking services will be available at Legend’s Decatur Bank Operations Center at 910 U.S. 380 Business. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Safe deposit box access will be available by appointment. Call 940-627-1553.


Messenger Sports Editor Reece Waddell imported Chick-Fil-A from Denton this week.

We wept at the scent of those waffle fries. I would like to note he did not share. Considering it’s flu season, it’s probably best to not reach into the same fry receptacle as others … but then again, I don’t mind living on the edge.

Days Without Chick-Fil-A (starting in 2018) – 27.

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

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