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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, August 11, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
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Back to School

#1 BACK TO SCHOOL

Roll those bedtimes back, pack a tasty lunch and pick out your clothes. It’s the first day of school.

Five Wise County school districts hit the books next week. Decatur and Slidell start Wednesday, while Alvord, Bridgeport and Chico start Thursday.

Paradise and Boyd start the following week on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, respectively. Northwest ISD starts Aug. 27.

Money

#2 BIG MONEY, BIG MONEY

Revenues, expenses, tax rate … have your eyes glazed over yet?

Well, it may not be exciting, but the county budget is significant to every Wise County resident, and commissioners will discuss the numbers for fiscal year 2019 at their meeting Monday.

Here’s why you should care:

1. Your tax dollars help fund the budget. You want to know how they’re spent, right?

2. You use county services, such as the sheriff’s office, animal shelter, dump sites and others, and budget decisions affect how these departments are run and, in turn, how they serve you.

So pay attention next week, and if you don’t agree with a decision, let the county judge or a commissioner know. And if you like what they’re doing, it doesn’t hurt to give them a pat on the back either.

Hunting

#3 SAFETY FIRST

Hunting season is just around the corner.

While you may be daydreaming about setting up deer camp or sighting in your rifle, the most important thing to check off your to-do list is hunter safety certification.

All hunters born after Sept. 2, 1971, are required to take the course, and if you need it, you’re in luck! Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is having a class for adults and kids age 9 and older on Saturday (Aug. 18) at Weatherford College Wise County.

Cost is $25 for the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. course, and lunch is provided. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday. Call 940-627-3341.

Mammogram

#4 IMPORTANT CHECK-UP

Texas Health Resources is bringing the mobile mammography unit to the Best Value Pharmacy, 400 S. Main St., in Rhome next Friday. To make an appointment, call 1-855-318-7696. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and patients should bring their insurance card and driver’s license or state issued ID.

If you don’t have insurance, Susan G. Komen-North Texas will provide the mammogram for you. There’s no reason not to go.

Lefty

#5 HIGH-FIVE, LEFTY

Do you have a lefty in your life?

If so, show them some love Monday on National Left Hander’s Day. In a world built for righties, left-handed folks often often feel “left out” or at least inconvenienced.

After all, “everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it,” said an important someone.

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