5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, August 18, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Cowboys and cowgirls will saddle up next weekend for the Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

Rodeo performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $8. Kids age 12 and under are free. (This is good, cheap, family entertainment, folks!)

On Saturday, there’s even a parade. Line-up is at 4:30 p.m. on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium, just off Business 81/287, and the parade will wind through the downtown square at 5:30 p.m. If you’d rather be in the parade than watch it, call Frieda Lasater, 940-399-9558.

A hamburger supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. following the parade.

Proceeds from the rodeo will go to local fire departments, and sponsorships are still available. To be a sponsor, call Zane Lasater, 940-255-9375.

Tax rate


The county is having a public hearing on its tax rate and budget at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County. At 7 p.m. they will hold a public hearing on the branch campus maintenance tax for WCWC.

People, this is your chance. County commissioners are giving you the opportunity to sound off – good or bad. Regular commissioners meetings are held on weekday mornings, which are difficult for people to attend, so they intentionally planned a nighttime public hearing to be more convenient for citizens.

Here’s why you should show up:

1. Your tax dollars help fund the $32.9 million 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.

To read about the proposed budget and tax rates, go to and

See you there!

Marty haggard


Marty Haggard, oldest son of legendary country singer Merle Haggard, will perform a tribute to his dad Saturday (Aug. 25) at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport.

He’ll perform his dad’s classic hits, plus originals from his own 40-year career in the music business. Marty will share childhood stories and memories of being at his dad’s side while he was writing and recording the songs we’ve come to love.

Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 812 Halsell Street. Cost is $30 on the day of the show. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7.

Bonus: Marty will be available after the show for a meet and greet and to sign autographs.

Jake hooker


Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will take the stage at the Women’s Building Sunday (Aug. 26) to help raise money for Abby Bramlett and her family. Abby was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an inoperable tumor on her brain stem, and she’s currently undergoing experimental treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Next weekend’s event will include a fish fry at 4 p.m., auction at 5:30, and the previously mentioned live music, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur, Victory Church, iCopy or James Wood Motors. Seating is limited to 350 people.

Abby is the 5-year-old daughter of Clay and Kelly Bramlett of Decatur.



Are you planning a fall vegetable garden? If so, don’t miss a special seminar next week with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension specialist Dotty Woodson.

You may have seen Dotty early Sunday mornings on NBC 5 News. She’ll be at the Wise County Fairgrounds Thursday with a presentation covering proper soil preparation, garden design and layouts, and disease and insect identification.

The workshop will be offered at two different times – 2-4 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $15.

To register, call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341.

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