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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Rooster puts up a good fight but succumbs to injuries

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Norbert the rooster died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at his home in Decatur after an encounter with a hawk.

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Road repairs sure to save lives

Published Saturday, April 26, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

A stretch of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur was known around the newsroom as Wise County's Bermuda triangle.

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A Wookiee in Wise: In pursuit of Peter Mayhew

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

At 7-foot, 3 inches tall, Peter Mayhew is hard to miss. But the English-born actor, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, continues to elude Messenger reporters.

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Building our food IQ on a mini-farm

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

I stood over the meat counter, eyes flitting from one slick package to the next, perplexed. I didn't know what to buy. None of it looked bad, but none of it looked particularly good either.

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Lessons from Erma

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

When I was a kid, I wanted to be Erma Bombeck. She was funny. Even as a 10-year-old I recognized that.

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Welcome to the Norbert fan club

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

"What IS that?" The little Tribes peered into the chicken brooder with wide eyes.

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