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Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Sometimes things get out of hand. For months Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton have been arguing about the college branch campus maintenance tax rate, which funds the local campus.

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Absence of wedding announcements leaves hole in historical narrative

Published Saturday, August 8, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

It's wedding season, and the lifestyle pages of the Messenger are empty. Over the last several months I've noticed that fewer and fewer couples are submitting wedding announcements to the paper. We seem to have a steady stream of engagement announcements, and babies ... well, you know how that works, and those announcements seem to just keep coming.

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Paxton’s opinion misled citizens, dumped issue on clerks

Published Saturday, July 11, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The first same-sex marriage license was issued in Wise County Monday, July 6, after the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision invalidating state bans of same-sex marriage. County Clerk Sherry Lemon immediately said her office would issue the licenses in accordance with the law and began working to have the forms uploaded to their computer system and available to citizens.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The Messenger's 2nd Annual Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few weeks, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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Excitement as lake fills, residents test waters

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Well, my dad was right. About four months ago, I shared in a column my longing for Lake Bridgeport to fill up, and with an unexpected wave of rainfall it did, officially reaching capacity on May 27.

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Thriving in the Camp Grady Spruce experience

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

What I learned at Camp Grady Spruce: if you eat watermelon rind, you will promptly throw it up. Fortunately, this was learned by observation and not experience, but it made a lasting impression.

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Mourning the Blue Bell ban

Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

I have ice-cold, creamy contraband in my kitchen freezer. Tucked between the pizza rolls, frozen waffles and corn dogs is a half-gallon of Blue Bell's Great Divide.

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Measuring age in experience, not numbers

Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Age is simply a number. Unfortunately, those numbers come with baggage. Society's stereotypes indicate we should "feel" a particular way at certain ages. But why should we ask any less of our minds and bodies simply because we turn a year older?

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Stitching together Youth Fair memories

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

My 10-year-old has spent the last few weekends sewing, which can mean only one thing - the Wise County Youth Fair is upon us.

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Lake life is a distant memory

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

"The lake" and all it entails - afternoon swims, favorite fishing holes and crispy sunburns - have been part of my family's standard summer for decades.

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A boy named Sue? Not in Wise County

Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

I'm an end-of-year news junkie and devour all the lists and roundups, one of which is always the top baby names.

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Woven into this crazy quilt

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

In this job, you never know what the day will hold. "Do you ever wonder how you end up in the middle of certain situations?" my husband asked one night. My reply: Every. Day.

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Dreading those culinary surprises under the tree

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Piles of presents spilling from underneath a Christmas tree evoke uncontrollable curiosity in children.

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Just say ‘no’ to snow

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

There, I said it. My admission will likely draw reproach from the cocoa-sipping, winter-wonderland lovers in my circle, but I can't fake it any longer.

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Ready for this sad ‘interim’ to end

Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The upcoming elections promise a fresh start for Wise County. I've only been covering county government since 2008, but in my experience, the last two years have been perhaps some of the most tumultuous and emotional ever for county officials and citizens.

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Gadgets required to bring up baby

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The last time I had a baby was 9 years, 10 months and 22 days ago. Obviously, we've been out of the baby stage for quite some time. It was only recently that I ventured back into the baby department, shopping for family members. It was like a whole new world.

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Shining the spotlight on our schools

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

School bells are ringing across Wise County, and although only three weeks have passed, teachers and students are already hard at work.

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Confessions of a new middle school mama

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The car door slammed and my son headed to the middle school Monday, never looking back. "It's weird going to Young without him," my daughter said wistfully.

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Vacation means less Starbucks, more ‘sexy coffee’

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Summertime travel is in full swing, and whether you're venturing out of the state or out of the country, you'll likely have the chance to embrace a different way of life, even if just for a few days.

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Share your vacation photos with the Messenger

Share your vacation photos with the Messenger

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Messenger Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few weeks, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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