Perry’s smooth moves fall short on the dance floor

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Rick Perry, the eyes of Texas are upon you, and they are horrified. The former governor of the Lone Star State and twice-failed presidential hopeful is a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," and his performances have been nothing short of shameful.

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Say ‘cheese’ and mean it

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

All I wanted was one photo. It was the first day of school, after all. And among first days, this was a big one for the Tribes.

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Would Chick-fil-A really improve our lives?

Published Saturday, July 23, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

You know what would make Decatur great again? Chick-fil-A. That is, according to the Messenger's Facebook page.

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Get out of my life CenturyLink

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Dear CenturyLink, I can't believe we ever got back together. What was I thinking?! I want to break up. And this time it's for real. I know, you think you'll be able to convince me to come back ... like in 2011 when we broke up the first time. But this is it.

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Practicing haphazard gardening with a touch of Sperry

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

WWND? What would Neil do? The thought ran through my head as I stared at a misshapen mini rose bush in my front flower bed. Bermudagrass was threatening to take it over. I was done.

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Squeeze the most fun out of summer vacation

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Summer inspires adventure. Throughout my life this has meant different things, and as a recent college graduate and newlywed, the adventure of choice was scuba diving.

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One great coach makes all the difference

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I went to a funeral this week for Mike Curran, a former coach at Alvord High School and one of my dad's best friends. My chest still tightens thinking about it. The place was packed.

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No place to play; City should contemplate new parks plan

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

A recent master plan by engineering firm Kimley Horn revealed that the city of Decatur is sorely lacking in park amenities, according to National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) standards.

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That’s right, you’re not from Texas

Published Saturday, April 23, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Being from Texas is a source of pride for me. Although political season is difficult for a moderate-minded Texan like myself, it's the big skies, big hearts and even bigger stories that I love so much. It's home.

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Weird this week, but not in Wise

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Working at a newspaper is never boring. Although we have deadlines and scheduled meetings to cover, there is no "routine." It's the beauty and the beating of a reporter's life - an adrenaline rush and aggravation all at once.

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Home on the range: Boom of baby calves sparks childhood memories

Published Saturday, March 26, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I'm enamored with baby calves this spring. Our neighbor's Beefmaster herd has grown by leaps and bounds the past two months, and the babies are fun to watch, a split second of joy every time you pass.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Previously, the Messenger solicited readers' vacation photos during the summer months. But the interaction has become a year-round event, and we're wondering what you're doing on spring break.

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Generating a self-analysis, click by click

Published Saturday, March 12, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I have a confession. Sometimes I take Facebook quizzes.

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Roommates wanted: Chicken seeks companionship in wake of loss

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

SEEKING ROOMMATE - Live rent-free in beautiful, rural Wise County. No closets but spacious living area. Open-air concept. Protected from the elements. Shared bathroom. No kitchen. Within walking distance of swimming pool. Please, no smokers.

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Wise Republicans do citizens a disservice

Published Saturday, February 13, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I was disappointed to learn that the Wise County Republican Party will not be having a candidate forum prior to the March 1 primary election.

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Messenger staff seeks Powerball fortune

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

In all the hubbub surrounding the local million-dollar ticket, the Messenger's lottery winners were overshadowed. Sixteen of us each pitched in $5 to purchase 80 tickets, and big news: we won!

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Sled dog adventure answers call of the wild

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

"Mom, lean left!" "I am!" Our sled cruised around the corner, seven powerful dogs pulling us along a backcountry trail. "Get ready to brake!" she instructed. "OK. I am, I am." "I'm sorry to be a backseat ... I mean, front seat ... driver!" My 11-year-old, warmly bundled in the sled in front of me, giggled at her own witty observation.

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Looking back at 2015: The courage to listen; Emotional reunion tests writer’s skills

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The image is hard to forget. And I didn't even see it.

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Secret talks keep public in dark

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Speculation about an interim sheriff has swirled since David Walker announced his Dec. 31 retirement in October, and last week we finally got an answer - J.W. Johnson.

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Black Friday coverage a near-bust

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

I have never been shopping on Black Friday. But this year I decided to cover it for the paper with photographer Joe Duty. Joe has covered local Black Friday shopping for years and brought back some real gems - photos of people lined up around buildings, folks pushing heaping shopping carts and even one of a person with a bloody nose, the mark of a scuffle over flat-screen TVs.

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