Taking Care of Business: And the winners are… The 2019 favorites of Messenger readers to be announced soon

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
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The Messenger’s 2019 Reader’s Choice contest wrapped up this week, and 1,298 ballots were submitted, casting votes for everything from best chicken fried steak to best pet groomers.

WINNER – The Messenger’s Sandy Crump (left) presents Dianne Linley of Chico with $100. Linley’s ballot was drawn from almost 1,300 ballots for the cash prize. Messenger Photo by Lisa Davis

We had a ballot counting party Wednesday that involved inordinate amounts of pizza and dozens of tally sheets. That’s right, we counted every vote by hand.

The advertising staff is in the process of notifying winners, all of whom will be featured in a special section coming out later this month.

New this year are window clings for winners, so look for those at storefronts around Wise County.


Pharmacist Carter High of Rhome Best Value Pharmacies is serving on the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) Committee on State Legislation and Regulation. He’s president-elect of the Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas, which is playing an increasingly larger role in advocating for community pharmacists across the country.

“It’s an honor for our members to advocate at both the state and national levels for community pharmacists and the patients we serve,” said Lee Ann Hampton, owner of Paris Apothecary and president of the Alliance. “Alliance members are recognized nationally for their expertise and contributions to our field. The leadership our members provide at the national level makes the Alliance even stronger and more effective.”

The Alliance is a non-profit committed to advancing the interests of community pharmacists, which represents approximately 2,000 small businesses across Texas. The Alliance is an affiliate of the Texas Pharmacy Association and National Community Pharmacists.


Tyler Larson

Tyler Larson of Boyd, a Modern Woodmen of America managing partner, has earned membership in the organization’s Managing Partner Round Table – Inner Circle.

The Round Table recognizes outstanding leadership and is based on high achievement in the sales of financial products to meet families’ protection, savings and retirement needs. The Inner Circle includes the top managing partners.

Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal financial services organization offering financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.


LOVESICK – The way to Kristen’s heart is Chick-fil-A. They’re currently in a long distance relationship since there are no Wise County locations. Messenger photo by Richard Greene


Valentine’s, schmalentine’s … it’s the most overrated holiday of the year.

Let’s forget the mushy stuff and focus on our love of food – specifically, chicken nuggets.

Messenger Business Office Manager Kristi Bennett hooked me up with a Next Level fashion statement that perfectly fits the occasion. (See photo.) Imported from East Texas, I’m sure to be the envy of fellow Chick-fil-A enthusiasts.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 145.

Kristen Tribe is publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a business tip, call her at 940-627-5987 or email

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