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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Down in the mouth over beloved dentist’s retirement

Published Saturday, November 16, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

The first time I met my dentist, Dr. Fred Renfro, I contemplated biting his finger.

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Dreaming of more restful nights

Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

My 10-year-old son woke up yesterday morning and announced he had "the perfect sleep."

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Not only a leader, but a friend

Published Saturday, October 19, 2013
By Roy J. Eaton

A wave of sadness swept through our office Monday when we learned of the sudden death of County Judge Bill McElhaney. The sadness continues.

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Discovering the lore and tradition of the Farmer’s Almanac

Published Saturday, October 12, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

I probably first heard of an almanac in an elementary social studies class.

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4-H: An activity that brings families together

Published Wednesday, September 25, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

School has started, and the calendar is full.

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A bridge too far…

Published Saturday, August 24, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

I may be the only person in Wise County who doesn't want her road fixed.

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Watching the legend of Johnny Football unravel

Published Saturday, August 3, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

Last weekend I was tired of hearing about Johnny Manziel.

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Perry for President (just not of Texas A&M)

Published Saturday, July 20, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

Oh, happy day. Monday, July 8. I was home when I got the news. I was standing at the bar scrolling through my Twitter feed, scarfing down a sandwich when I saw the breaking story.

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Reflections on the watermelon gene

Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

I have a confession. I don't like watermelon. I hesitate to even mention it because the declaration is usually met with disdain, shock and a fair amount of disappointment. I know; it's hard to believe.

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A drunk driver swerves into our road trip

Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013
By Kristen Tribe

School let out Thursday, and we left town Friday. My family kicked off the summer with a road trip to Galveston last weekend.

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