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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Change in leadership offers fresh start

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Weatherford College Board Chairman Frank Martin lost his bid for re-election May 6, and just five days later WC President Kevin Eaton announced he was stepping down. If you're not sure what this means for Wise County, let me assure you, it's a good thing.

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Combing through childhood memories

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Sometimes the most random items evoke the warmest memories, worming their way into your heart. I have a collection of them - a bookmark, ink pen and a tiny wrench, among others, and as I recently discovered, to the chagrin of my family, a Big Red Comb.

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The long goodbye …

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Breaking up is hard to do ... especially in a small town. It's tough to let go when it's impossible to get lost. There are reminders around every corner of what was and what could have been.

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Seeking thrills and chills in virtual cardio courses

Published Saturday, April 1, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Due to [insert a million excuses], I've been slow to try and figure out all the new gym equipment at Fit-N-Wise, but one area I visit on a kinda, sorta regular basis is the cardio floor.

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Reaching out to devastated Panhandle communities

Published Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Wildfires have scorched the Panhandle this week, resulting in the loss of life and destruction of homes and acreage.

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Oscar ‘oops’ hits a nerve in the newsroom

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

My husband and I sat bleary-eyed on the couch watching the Oscars Sunday night after an afternoon of Youth Fair prep with the kids. I'm not even sure why we were glued to the TV, other than we were too tired to move. After all, I had seen only one Best Picture nominee and didn't have a personal stake in the outcome. Yet, we watched.

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College board antics only reinforce the need for Wise representation

Published Saturday, February 18, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The shenanigans at Weatherford College headquarters the last few weeks are perfect examples of why Wise County needs a voting seat on its board of directors.

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The tale of Crash: A cat, who despite all odds, keeps on keepin’ on

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

How long do cats normally live? I only ask because I feel like the Tribes may be headed for a record with our Crash.

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Despite all odds, Perry dances his way to D.C.

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I was convinced Rick Perry's political career jumped the shark after his short stint on "Dancing with the Stars." Instead, it paved his way to Washington, D.C.

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Warming up to the idea of snowy weather

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

"Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow ... I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow ... I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow ..." Or ... not.

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Dance teacher embodies poise, perseverance

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

When I first met ballet teacher Karen Smith, I was incredibly self-conscious in her presence. She is a woman of precision, discipline and quiet fortitude.

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