5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, December 29, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 29, 2018

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New Years

#1: RINGING IN 2019

Get your party pants on. New Year’s Eve is Monday.

As 2018 draws to a close, take time to reflect on the last 12 months. Celebrate your accomplishments and set goals for the new year.

Wherever and however you celebrate – be safe.

Black eyed peas


New Year’s Day is Tuesday.

Most entities and offices will be closed as everyone gathers a collective breath and gears up for another trip around the sun.

Don’t forget to eat black-eyed peas for good luck and cabbage for prosperity.

Happy New Year, from the Messenger staff!

Youth Fair


But this one’s a fundraiser.

The Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association is having a Sportsman’s Banquet, a dinner and auction featuring outdoor adventure-related items, Jan. 5 at the Decatur Conference Center. The night will include a steak dinner, drinks and games. Drink passes will be sold for $20, which includes alcoholic beverages and a stainless steel tumbler. You’ll also have the chance to win prizes in raffles and silent auctions.

Guests must be 18 years old to attend. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds will go toward buying Decatur 4-H and FFA projects at the 2019 Wise County Youth Fair auction.



Time to get to work!

Newly elected county officials will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the 271st District Courtroom in the Wise County Courthouse. It’s open to the public, so come watch the ceremony and wish them well.

Those being sworn in include Melton Cude, County Court-at-Law No. 1 judge; Sherry Lemon, county clerk; Katherine Hudson, treasurer; Brenda Rowe, district clerk; Kevin Burns, Precinct 2 county commissioner; Gaylord Kennedy, Precinct 4 county commissioner; Jan Morrow, Precinct 1 justice of the peace; Kim Redman, Precinct 2 justice of the peace; Mandy Hays, Precinct 3 justice of the peace; Willie Garrett, Precinct 4 justice of the peace; and Charles Applewhite, Precinct 3 constable.



Want to try something new in 2019?

If so, Divine Center of Yoga (103 W. Main St.) in Decatur has made it easy. The new yoga studio on the square in Decatur is offering Yoga How To’s: Begin Your Practice Jan. 5.

Instructors will explain different poses and demonstrate them. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and make sure your alignment is correct. This is great for newbies or those who haven’t practiced yoga in a while.

Cost is $25. Register at

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