Taking Care of Business: Spreading good vibes with feel-good phrases

Published Saturday, May 25, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

If students at Decatur Intermediate School need a little pick-me-up next year, they only have to go as far as the bathroom.

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Taking Care of Business: Free coffee for mom at shop’s grand re-opening

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

The Pecan House Coffee and Apothecary in Boyd is re-opening today (Saturday) after suffering heavy smoke and water damage in a fire a few months ago.

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Taking Care of Business: Tune in to WHS’ new podcast

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

Inspired by a true crime podcast, Wise Health System's Jordan Holzbog and Paul Aslin decided to start one for WHS.

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Taking Care of Business: Pie in the sky … or cyberspace

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

Kraig and Letty Thome in Boyd are taking their Bakeshop pop-ups to the next level.

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Taking Care of Business: How ’bout them apples? Brookshire’s produce manager wins national award

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

Hands down: Brookshire's has the best produce section of all Wise County grocery stores. And now we know why!

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Taking Care of Business: Voltage Coffee Project expands

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

The long-empty building at 112 North Trinity Street on the Decatur Square will have a new tenant, but familiar face, in the coming months.

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Taking Care of Business: Serving short stacks for a big cause

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

Fluffy pancakes are just what the doctor ordered, and IHOP gave away free short stacks Tuesday to patrons who made a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Taking Care of Business: And the winners are… The 2019 favorites of Messenger readers to be announced soon

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

The Messenger's 2019 Reader's Choice contest wrapped up this week, and 1,298 ballots were submitted, casting votes for everything from best chicken fried steak to best pet groomers.

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Remaining in the program; 26 years after mentorship, ready to lead Mess

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

I walked into the Wise County Messenger office for the first time just shy of my 17th birthday. My high school English teacher had reached out to the paper to set up a mentorship program for me. I, along with my parents and teacher, met with publisher Roy Eaton and then-editor Keith Magee to discuss the program and the expectations of all parties.

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Crater of goodwill; Pothole brings community together

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I dedicate "We Are the World," written by Michael Jackson, to Ashley Wiley of Paradise. With one simple, silly stunt, Wiley brought a community together and made everyone smile. We have bonded over a pothole.

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A week washed away

Published Saturday, October 6, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

In the year of our Lord 2018, a flood of epic proportions cascaded through Decatur High School. As Mother Nature spit in the eye of DISD administration and the campus closure was announced, trouble brewed in households across the district. There was an uprising of younger siblings.

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Curating the soundtrack of Wise

Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

It's no secret that music takes us to a specific time and place. We use it to soothe ourselves, amp ourselves up, even further a pity party from time to time. A particular beat can make your heart skip, and lyrics tied to certain memories bring on waves of emotions.

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The evolution of first days

Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

My husband and I agreed to split the first-day dropoffs this year since we have two teenagers now - one at the middle school and one in high school.

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Get me outta this buffalo jam

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I don't care if I ever see another bison. I saw several hundred, and then some, this summer in Yellowstone National Park, and more often than not they were in the way.

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Shower me with household items

Published Saturday, June 2, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I've bought two wedding shower gifts in the last seven days. After perusing the registries at places like Anthropologie, Bed Bath and Beyond, West Elm, Target and the like, I had a single thought. I want one.

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Life lessons from Mom, with love

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I'm in my 40s, but I still need my mom. To this day I crave her hugs, seek her advice and cherish her listening ear. When I need to "get away," my parents' home is still a sweet respite from the stress of this world.

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Buy local by local

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

For many years, newspapers never bragged on themselves. They didn't tout their investigative reports, plug heartfelt feature stories, or remind readers of the paper's advertising reach. It just wasn't done.

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Perilous pursuit of Peter Cottontail

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way ..." And now, I present to you a cautionary tale for anyone considering trying to catch that cottontail.

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Voice over: Croaking my way through election coverage

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

My super-human immune system failed me at the worst possible time - primary election day.

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Security measures needed at DHS

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., left me not only heartsick for the families affected, but also teary as I contemplated, 'What if that happened here?'

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