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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, August 4, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
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Meth

#1 TALKING ABOUT METH

Next week, Sheriff Lane Akin and Wise Health System are holding a community forum aimed at finding ways to address the methamphetamine issue in Wise County.

The sheriff posted on Facebook earlier this summer that 85 percent of the people in the county jail are there for crimes directly related to meth, possession or transporting the drug or indirectly committing thefts or other crimes while abusing the drug.

To be part of the conversation, attend the forum 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

Akin and his chief deputy, Craig Johnson, will give a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. It’s expected to end by 7:30.

Football

#2 KICKING OFF THE SEASON

Most Wise County football teams will begin practicing for the 2018 season Monday.

Decatur will kick things off with its Midnight Madness practice at the high school, while other schools in the area will practice at various intervals throughout the week.

Northwest is the only team that does not start practice Monday. Since they had spring football, the Texans begin practicing a week later on Aug. 13.

The high school football season starts Friday, Aug. 31.

Bikes

#3 AIR UP THOSE TIRES

Ready to ride? The Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally, benefiting Raquel’s Wings for Life, is Saturday (Aug. 11) at the Decatur Municipal Airport.

Participants can choose between an 8, 25, 50, or 100-mile ride. Registration is 6 a.m., and the ride begins at 7. All riders receive a T-shirt, meal and medal. (Winning!)

Raquel’s Wings flies Wise County cancer patients to MD Anderson in Houston for free and has taken more than 300 flights in the last decade. To read more about the founder and his cancer diagnosis, go to wcmess.com/fabio.

Swimming

#4 DIVE INTO THE FUN

Bridgeport Parks and Recreation planned one last summer hurrah for middle school students at the city pool. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders are invited 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 11).

You can buy tickets in advance for $3 at the pool or city hall. Tickets the day of the event are $5.

Shopping

#5 SHOP TIL YOU DROP

Back-to-school means a shopping trip or two to gather school supplies, clothes and shoes for everyone in the family. To ease the financial burden, consider shopping during Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend.

This year it’s Aug. 10-12, and you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks tax free. You’ll save about $8 for every $100 you spend, but hey, that eight bucks will cover about three cafeteria lunches.

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