Taking Care of Business: Reader’s Choice awards to be announced soon

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 9, 2018

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The votes have been counted and the winners of the Messenger’s 2018 Reader’s Choice awards are …

I can’t tell you yet.

We have, in fact, notified the winners, and we’re currently working on a special section, which will come out June 27, to recognize them.

This year’s contest was an incredible success. We had more reader participation than ever before, and it was exciting to see all those ballots roll in. The task of counting the votes became a bit tedious, but as we tallied them, it was fun to watch two businesses rise to the top, someone come from behind or a neck-and-neck race.

It takes longer than you’d think to count just one ballot because there are so many categories. We employed the entire staff to count and had ice cream sundaes to make it feel like a party. It required a quick turnaround, so we had to scramble, but we came together to get it done and look forward to sharing the results with you.


First State Bank gave North Central Texas College $1 million to expand and open a location just off the Denton Square, according to a Denton Record-Chronicle story.

The new campus will be at 314 E. Hickory St, which is the former location of the DRC.

It will open in fall 2019 and courses will focus on Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and academic transfer courses.

First State Bank and NCTC, both of which are headquartered in Gainesville, have been partners for more than 40 years. First State Bank also has branches in Decatur, Saint Jo, Roanoke, Denton, Lake Kiowa, Valley View and Muenster.


If you’ve seen what appears to be dirt work on property behind the old bowling alley/NRS warehouse and wondered what’s going on, it’s nothing. Well, not exactly nothing, but it’s not new construction. Decatur EDC Director Thom Lambert said construction crews working at the QuikTrip site are dumping dirt at this location.


I can claim a Chick-fil-A victory of sorts.

I got a fix. I had to leave the county, but it was well worth it to sink my teeth into a No. 1 sandwich and slurp that sweet, sweet lemonade. Those Metroplex folks don’t know how good they’ve got it.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County (starting in 2018): 160.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email it to or call 940-627-5987.

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