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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Crushed with catalogs, a sign of the season

Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Even though we have yet to buy groceries for our Thanksgiving meal, my thoughts have already turned to creating Christmas gift lists.

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Political buzz is building as the filing period approaches

Published Saturday, October 24, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

It's that time of year. Political wheels are turning, and folks are contemplating running for office, preparing for a March primary election.

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Don’t rain on my parade

Published Saturday, October 10, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Everyone loves a parade, right? Wise County's a parade-happy place with horses, tractors and classic cars lining up to celebrate everything from our western heritage to the holidays.

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Blowin’ and goin’: Averting crisis on picture day

Published Saturday, October 3, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Picture day at school can cause a bit of stress over clothes and hair, but we keep it pretty low-key in the Tribe household.

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A new baby changes everything

Published Saturday, September 12, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

We're hearing the pitter-patter of little feet at the Tribe house again. The new addition was unplanned, but over the last month we've slowly adjusted to life with a baby - a four-legged baby, that is.

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Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Sometimes things get out of hand. For months Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton have been arguing about the college branch campus maintenance tax rate, which funds the local campus.

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Absence of wedding announcements leaves hole in historical narrative

Published Saturday, August 8, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

It's wedding season, and the lifestyle pages of the Messenger are empty. Over the last several months I've noticed that fewer and fewer couples are submitting wedding announcements to the paper. We seem to have a steady stream of engagement announcements, and babies ... well, you know how that works, and those announcements seem to just keep coming.

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Paxton’s opinion misled citizens, dumped issue on clerks

Published Saturday, July 11, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The first same-sex marriage license was issued in Wise County Monday, July 6, after the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision invalidating state bans of same-sex marriage. County Clerk Sherry Lemon immediately said her office would issue the licenses in accordance with the law and began working to have the forms uploaded to their computer system and available to citizens.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The Messenger's 2nd Annual 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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Excitement as lake fills, residents test waters

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Well, my dad was right. About four months ago, I shared in a column my longing for Lake Bridgeport to fill up, and with an unexpected wave of rainfall it did, officially reaching capacity on May 27.

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Thriving in the Camp Grady Spruce experience

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

What I learned at Camp Grady Spruce: if you eat watermelon rind, you will promptly throw it up. Fortunately, this was learned by observation and not experience, but it made a lasting impression.

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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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