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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Stick to the mission in the drop-off line

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The start of every school year brings with it a positive outlook, plans to be more organized and the teeth-grinding routine of the school drop-off line. After nine years dropping off my two darlings, I've observed a myriad of bad habits, and I've had enough. Let's get it together, people.

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Goodbye, old friend: Crash is called home

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Crash, the cat, has died. My feline best friend left this earth July 24. You may recall first meeting him in a February column, described as a cat "who despite all odds, keeps on keepin' on."

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Why wait for Wednesday? Messenger newsroom adopts daily mindset

Published Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Messenger has always taken pride in being the No. 1 source for local news.

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Catching laughs with lures

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I come from a fishing family, yet, I do not fish. My teenage son, on the other hand, has had a pole in his hand since he was 2 years old thanks to my dad, aka Pop Pop.

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Trump cultivates juvenile, name-calling culture

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I scrolled through my Twitter feed Sunday morning and did a doubletake. I only glanced at a video edited to make it appear President Donald Trump was "beating up" CNN, assuming it was tweeted by some jokester, but was shocked to see it was posted by the president himself.

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The Tribes’ wildlife spotting rules

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Tribe crew recently embarked on an outdoor adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and somewhere between Dalhart and Denver I decided we needed some rules.

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Trying to avoid death by mosquito

Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I, apparently, am a mosquito's favorite snack. I've always had an aversion to the reprehensible pests as it seems my blood has been a favorite among the insect crowd.

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