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Taking Care of Business: Vyve sends greetings from Bridgeport, Texas

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, December 22, 2018
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Kenlee Kleam and Dianne Quennoz

KENLEE KLEAM AND DIANE QUENNOZ

The holiday artwork of 11-year-old Kenlee Kleam of Bridgeport will land in more than 200,000 households in eight states this Christmas.

Her depiction of the “Spirit of Christmas” won the 4th Annual Vyve Create Our Christmas Card Art Contest. Her work was chosen from 1,000 entries.

Kleam won an iPad mini, $200 in art supplies for her school and a schoolwide cookies and cocoa party. Earlier this month, Vyve bigwigs, SVP of Marketing and Customer Experience Diane Quennoz and General Manager Jeff Beck, recognized Kleam in an assembly attended by more than 500 students, teachers and administrators, as well as Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy and members of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce.

“We received hundreds of drawings and Kenlee’s depiction of being home for Christmas just connected with all of us,” Quennoz said. “Thousands of households around the country will see her artwork and experience Christmas through a child’s eyes.”

Meaty Christmas

MEATY CHRISTMAS – WARM Executive Director Rene Ashmore, along with WARM employees Roxy Penland and Angie Gardner, received hams Tuesday from Brookshire’s Grocery Co. representatives Courtney McAlmond, Jariece Davis, Michael Rowe, Kristin King and Aaron Lanier. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

PIGTURE PORKFECT

The Brookshire’s Grocery store in Bridgeport donated 87 hams to the Wise Area Relief Mission Tuesday.

WARM executive director Rene Ashmore along with WARM employees Roxy Penland and Angie Gardner received the hams from Courtney McAlmond, Jariece Davis, Michael Rowe, Kristin King and Aaron Lanier.

Brookshire’s Grocery Co. donated $150,000 in hams in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas this holiday season.

KRISTI CROSS

BUSINESS OUTREACH

Kristi Cross, who works in sales and marketing for iOffice, was selected as Ambassador of the Month for December by the Northwest Metroport Chamber.

POULTRY PUSH

Earlier this week it was widely reported that Chick-fil-A is growing so fast it’s anticipated to become one of America’s top fast food chains in 2019.

It’s predicted to surpass Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway to become the third largest fast food chain in the USA, according to a recent assessment by Kalinowski Equity Research.

If they would add a Wise County location, I’m convinced overall sales would skyrocket and push the chain into first place. Something to think about, CFA executives.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 96.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. Reporter Austin Jackson contributed to this week’s report.

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