Making a Mess

40 Episodes

By: Richard Greene and Messenger staff

The Wise County Messenger, a community newspaper in Texas, shares behind-the-scenes stories from its newsroom and interviews key players in local current events.

Making A Mess: School Security Training, Steve Stanford
Last Friday at 8:00 PM

We're back with a new episode of Making A Mess. We do a short review of the week in Wonderful Wise. Rhome changes administration, county commissioners pass resolution on the border and Beto O’Rourke comes to Wise County.  Our main story is over school security and training districts and law enforcement completed this week before the start of school . We visit with Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford about the training. 

Making A Mess: Back To School

We're back. Messenger Editor Richard Greene and Assistant Editor Austin Jackson discuss the start of school in Wise County. They are joined by Alvord ISD Superintendent Randy Brown to talk about the challenges with teacher shortages facing districts and security upgrades by campuses after the tragedy in Uvalde. 

Making A Mess: Atlanta Braves pitcher Bryce Elder

We got a chance for a quick phone interview with Bryce Elder to talk about his MLB debut and win. Had a couple of technical difficulties, but Bryce sounds great in interview. 

Making A Mess: Chico ISD's Randy Brawner and Breann Cox

Chico ISD made the decision last week to move to a 4-day school week for the 2022-23 school year. Chico ISD Superintendent Randy Brawner and Chico High School Principal Breann Cox join us to talk about the move and what went into the decision. 

Making A Mess: Decatur Athletic Director Steve Huff

After a hiatus, Making A Mess returns to visit with new Decatur football coach and athletic Director Steve Huff.

Making A Mess, Episode 48: J.D. Clark State of Wise

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark joined us on the latest episode of Making A Mess to discuss the state of the county after a busy 2021 and the prospects of record growth in 2022.Also stay tuned until the end as co-host Kristen Tribe discusses her new career opportunity. 

Making A Mess, Episode 47: Dana Lee, Center for Emotional Wellness

Therapist Dana Lee talks about mental health during the holiday season and gives tips on how to take care of yourself and others who might be struggling this time of year.  Making A Mess is produced by Branded FM on the Decatur Square. 

Making A Mess, Episode 46: Karen Smith, Wise Ballet and Music Academy

Dance teacher Karen Smith talks to Messenger Publisher Kristen Tribe and Editor Richard Greene about the upcoming performance of "The Nutcracker," featuring her students at Wise Ballet and Music Academy. 

Making A Mess, Episode 45: WCSO Sgt. Brett Yaro on Santa's Deputies

Wise County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brett Yaro  gives us details on this year's Santa's Deputies campaign. Last year, the WCSO helped more than 800 families in the county. 

Making A Mess, Episode 44: Decatur ISD Superintendent Dr. Chad Jones

New Decatur ISD Superintendent Dr. Chad Jones talked with Messenger Editor Richard Greene and Publisher Kristen Tribe about his career in education and his goals for the school district. 

Making A Mess, Episode 43: Wise County Veterans Service Office Director Blake Walls

Director Blake Walls with the Wise County Veterans Service Office visited the Branded FM studio this week to talk about how his office assists local veterans. He and his staff take pride in helping veterans get the benefits they deserve. 

Making A Mess, Episode 42: Paranormal investigators Suzette Munson and Jennifer DeMoss

Happy Halloween! Paranormal investigators Suzette Munson and Jennifer DeMoss led a Messenger crew on an excursion into the historic Brown Hotel. They stopped by the Branded FM studio this week to discuss the outing and their chilling interactions with ghostly entities.

Making A Mess, Episode 41: Realtor Christie Rhine, Decatur Citizen of the Year

Realtor Christie Rhine was named Decatur Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Oct. 16. She stopped by the Branded FM studio to talk about her years of community service and how it goes hand-in-hand with her real estate business, Rhine Realty.  

Making A Mess, Episode 40: WCWC Dean Kristin McLaughlin

Weatherford College Wise County's newly named executive dean Kristin McLaughlin stopped by the Making A Mess studio to talk about the campus and its potential for serving the county. 

Making A Mess, Episode 39: Wise County Judge J.D. Clark on courthouse restoration

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark stops by the Making A Mess studio to talk about the Wise County Court Annex opening and the work to secure a restoration and renovation grant for historic Wise County Courthouse. 

Making A Mess, Episode 37: Bryce Elder, pitcher in Atlanta Braves organization

In his first professional season, Decatur native Bryce Elder threw seven hitless innings as part of a combined no-hitter in his third Double A start over the weekend. Elder talks about the historic night and adjusting to professional baseball. 

Making A Mess, Episode 36: Terry Senor Stewart

It's graduation season and to give advice to seniors, we visited with retired Decatur Spanish teacher Terry "Senor" Stewart. He gives us nuggets such as "Life is too short, buy the shoes" in this episode. 

Making A Mess, Episode 35: Paul Belew announces bid for governor

Decatur defense attorney Paul Belew stopped by the Making A Mess studio this week and announced his intention to enter the race for Texas governor. Belew details some of his platform during his visit. 

Making A Mess, Episode 34: Tough Enough To Wear Pink

Therapist Cari Whittenburg and Program Coordinator Terra Durdon from the Tough Enough to Wear Pink cancer counseling center at the Center for Emotional Wellness join the Making the Mess podcast to talk about the facility's effort. April is Tough Enough To Wear Pink Month. 

Making A Mess, Episode 33: Steve Silverstein of Cardinal Paint & Powder

For the latest episode of Making A Mess, the Chairman of the Board of Cardinal Paint and Powder, Inc., Steve Silverstein, visited with us about relocating the manufacture of high quality coatings to Decatur. He talks about the search for a new facility and how they found Decatur and the future job force plans.
Episode brought to you by the Decatur EDC.  

Making A Mess: Megan Nichols, Therapist at WHS Center for Emotional Wellness

We're back. After a hiatus, Making A Mess returns and we visit with Megan Nichols Therapist at WHS Center for Emotional Wellness. Megan specializes in working with teens. We talk about the complex issues teens have faced in the past year and how it's affected them. Megan also provides advice on how to talk with teens about self harm and other issues. 

Making A Mess, Episode 32: Mark Rogers from Marker Cellars Family Winery

In time for Valentine's Day, Mark Rogers stopped by the Messenger Studio to bring delicious samplings of his Marker Cellars wines. He also talks about how he began making wine, the Texas wine industry and the challenges the wineries have faced in the past year.

Making A Mess, Episode 31: JT Manoushagian on the loss of K-9 Officer Pepper

Lake Worth Police Chief and former Wise County Sheriff's Office Sgt. JT Manoushagian joined us to talk about the anniversary of the loss of K-9 Officer Pepper in the line of duty.

Making A Mess, Episode 30: District Attorney James Stainton

Last week, James Stainton was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott as the new district attorney for the 271st Judicial Court. Stainton joins us to talk about the appointment, office, veterans court and legislation he's watching this session. 

Making A Mess, Episode 29: Decatur Police Chief Delvon Campbell

New Decatur Police Chief Delvon Campbell stops by the Messenger Studio to talk about the department, following longtime chief Rex Hoskins and plans for the future. 

Making A Mess, Episode 28: Texas Rep. Phil King

With the Texas Legislative session set to start Jan. 12, Texas Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) joined us to talk about what he called "a session different than any in Texas history." We discuss how the session will work, the budget, new Speaker and bills he's filed. 

Making A Mess, Episode 27: Wise County Person of the Year Shelly Laaser

Child Nutrition Director Shelly Laaser led the effort to serve thousands of meals throughout hundreds of square miles when schools were shut down in the spring. The Decatur native was the choice of Messenger readers for Wise County Person of the Year. Laaser talks about her staff and their efforts to meet the needs in the county. 

Making A Mess, Episode 26: Senate District 30 Elect Drew Springer

After winning the runoff for the Senate District 30 seat, Drew Springer spent a few minutes with the Messenger's Richard Greene and Kristen Tribe talking about the election and the upcoming legislative session. 

Making A Mess, Episode 25: Wise County Person of the Year finalists

Messenger staff writers Kristen Tribe, Richard Greene and Austin Jackson detail the credentials of the 2020 finalists for Wise County Person of the Year — Child Nutrition Director Shelly Laaser, Decatur volleyball coach Catherine Foerster, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell, Wise Health System Chief Nursing Officer Lee Ann Jennings and Wise County Elections Administrator Sabra Srader. Vote for your pick among the finalists at 

Making A Mess, Episode 24: Randall Preuninger, Wise County EMS Administrator

With cases of COVID-19 spiking, the Wise County EMS has been busy. Medics have seen a increase of 300 calls between June and November compared to the same time in 2019. In November, 7.8 percent of the calls were related to COVID-19. We visit with Wise County EMS Administrator Randall Preuninger about his department's response and the extra precautions in place. 

Making A Mess, Episode 23: Dan Mallory, Wise County Live Thankfully

With the  effort of collecting items for Wise County Live Thankfully set to get underway next week, we visit with founder of the local organization Dan Mallory about this year's drive. 

Making A Mess, Episode 22: Wise Health System CEO Jason Wren

With hospitalizations increasing at Wise Health System and across the region, we visit with WHS CEO Jason Wren about the strain of COVID-19 on the hospital and its staff. 

Making A Mess, Episode 21: Ronnie Gage

With the Texas High School football playoffs starting, we visit with Decatur native and two-time state champion coach Ronnie Gage. We talk about his book, "Life Coach" and his experience on the sidelines for 42 years. He also tells how he and current Paradise coach Joe Koch became friends and he brought him here from Wisconsin. 

Making A Mess, Episode 20: Election 2020 in Wise County

The ballots are in. Kristen Tribe and Richard Greene talk about election results in Wise County. Also we visit with Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren and Texas Rep. Phil King. 

Making A Mess, Episode 19: Wise County Paranormal Investigators

To get ready for Halloween, we visit with our favorite paranormal investigators, Suzette Munson and Jennifer DeMoss, about our adventures around the county and their findings. 

Making A Mess, Episode 18: Author Julia Heaberlin

Suspense author and Decatur native Julia Heaberlin joins us in the latest episode of Making A Mess to talk about her newest book "We are all the Same in the Dark." We also talk about her favorite suspense novels and the creative process. 

Making A Mess, Episode 17: Decatur Fire Chief Nate Mara

New Decatur Fire Chief Nate Mara shares what led him to the fire service, outlines his goals for the department and shares some  fire safety tips. 

Making A Mess, Episode 16: Mary's Gift organizer Denny Deady

With the start of breast cancer awareness month, we visit with former Messenger reporter, sports editor, special projects manager, advertising manager, best cinnamon rolls baker on the planet and survivor, Denny Deady.  She helped start Mary's Gift and has played an instrumental role in breast cancer awareness in Wise County. 

Making A Mess, Episode 15: Bridgeport alum, NFL player Colin Jones

With it being homecoming week in Bridgeport, the Messenger caught up with Bridgeport's Colin Jones to talk about his career with the Bulls, winning the Rose Bowl at TCU and later playing in the Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers. Jones also talks about his recent decision to retire after 9 years in the NFL. 

Making A Mess, Episode 14: Barry Green

Attorney Barry Green comes to the Messenger Studio to discuss the recent dismissal of the murder charges against his client Aric Maxwell for the death of Lauren Whitener July 5, 2019 in Lake Bridgeport. The charges were dismissed after DNA from the scene did not match Maxwell.