Life lessons from Mom, with love

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I'm in my 40s, but I still need my mom. To this day I crave her hugs, seek her advice and cherish her listening ear. When I need to "get away," my parents' home is still a sweet respite from the stress of this world.

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Buy local by local

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

For many years, newspapers never bragged on themselves. They didn't tout their investigative reports, plug heartfelt feature stories, or remind readers of the paper's advertising reach. It just wasn't done.

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Perilous pursuit of Peter Cottontail

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way ..." And now, I present to you a cautionary tale for anyone considering trying to catch that cottontail.

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Voice over: Croaking my way through election coverage

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

My super-human immune system failed me at the worst possible time - primary election day.

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Security measures needed at DHS

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., left me not only heartsick for the families affected, but also teary as I contemplated, 'What if that happened here?'

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When, where and what to eat – an ongoing problem

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

When I was growing up, sometimes my mom would say: "I wish we didn't have to eat." As a kid I simply couldn't comprehend this statement. Why in the world would you wish that?

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Don’t overlook the danger

Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Grass fires never alarmed me until the last few years. To most firefighters this probably sounds like a naive statement, but consider my perspective: I can't recall any devastating grass fires from my youth, and as a professional reporter, a grass fire normally ranks pretty low in the breaking news hierarchy.

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Taking Care of Business: Where, oh where, is the QT?

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Welcome to the first Taking Care of Business, my look at what's happening on the business front across Wise County.

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Who ya gonna call? Ghost-hunting equals great fun in 2017

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

As the saying goes, a good reporter knows a little about a lot of things. As 2017 draws to a close, I can confidently add ghost-hunting to that list.

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What it’s really all about

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a tiny nativity scene atop my piano. It's not fancy or elaborate. It's quite cheap actually - a gift from my grandmother many years ago.

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Return to sender: Sending the family elf back to the North Pole

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Our Elf on a Shelf has been laid off. It was a tough conversation, but I had to let Chisbee go. He simply wasn't working very hard anymore; he'd lost his zest for the holiday hoopla.

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People and places: Courthouse register gives glimpse of visitors

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Courthouse is not only beloved by local residents, but also around the nation. Need proof? Just take a peek at the building's guest register.

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Take time to be thankful

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

As we cruise into the holiday season, it's apparent Thanksgiving is simply the pre-game for Christmas. The jack-o-lanterns and candy corns were replaced Nov. 1 with turkeys wearing Santa hats and Christmas tunes being blared from every available public speaker. I suggest we slow down.

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Wanted: kid car service

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Heads up, entrepreneurs: I have an idea for you. While burning gas and time in the school pick-up lines, I often fantasize about a kid Uber.

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Deck the halls for election season

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

"It's the most wonderful time ... of the year ..." (Everyone, sing!) "It's the hap-happiest season of all ..." Oh, wait. You thought this was about Christmas? Not. At. All. I'm talking about election season.

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Messenger announces promotions

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Two key Wise County Messenger employees have been promoted to new positions.

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What we learned while ghost hunting

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Racey Burden and Kristen Tribe

There's more (or perhaps less) to a real ghost hunting adventure than what you see on TV. "This is not 'Ghost Hunters,'" Jennifer DeMoss told us as we prepared to set out on a search for the paranormal in Wise County.

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Scaring up good stories

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I have a love hate relationship with Halloween. Mostly hate. When I was little, I couldn't even walk down the Halloween aisle at Walmart with all the masks staring at me from every direction. It was terrifying.

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Welcoming young reporters to the newsroom

Published Saturday, September 23, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Messenger has partnered again with student journalists for a program called "Youth Spoken." As the name implies, it will offer young people a voice on the pages of the Messenger.

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Just another face in the crowd

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Not to alarm anyone, but apparently I have a band of look-alikes loose in the world. Although I've never seen one, everyone else - friends, family members and complete strangers - spot them on a regular basis.

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