5 Things to Know: The week ahead in Wise for Saturday, February 10, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Valentine’s Day is Wednesday.

(Don’t say you didn’t know. We warned you last week.)

If you do not already have a plan of action in place, get to it this weekend. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just an outing or gesture to show your favorite guy or gal they still have your heart.



Wise County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. Chamber Board Chairman Chip Kowalski of Paradise said each candidate will have one minute to introduce themselves, and then they will rotate between tables visiting with guests in small groups. (Think speed dating.)

Kowalski said the format allows for more one-on-one interaction with candidates.

As of noon Friday, candidates who had committed to attend the event included: Sherry Lemon and Julie Schooling, county clerk; Todd Bailey and Buck Manoushagian, Precinct 4 justice of the peace; Ashly DoByns, Kim Redman and Tammy Sosa, Precinct 2 justice of the peace; and Johnny Wall, Precinct 2 county commissioner.

Kowalski said Pat Fallon and Craig Carter, candidates for the District 30 state Senate seat, have said they’ll be there. Incumbent Craig Estes is sending a representative. Some gubernatorial and judicial candidates have also said they will attend.

Buy tickets to the event online at Cost is $12.



The University Interscholastic League (UIL) basketball playoffs begin Monday on the girls side. In Wise County, the Bridgeport Sissies, Paradise Lady Panthers, Alvord Lady Bulldogs and Slidell Lady Hounds have all qualified for the postseason.

Boys varsity has one regular season game remaining after Friday before its playoffs begin. The Northwest Texans, Decatur Eagles, Alvord Bulldogs, Chico Dragons and Slidell Greyhounds are all playoff eligible.



The filing deadline for candidates in local races is Friday, Feb. 16. As of Feb. 7, no one had filed for races in the cities of Alvord, Aurora, Boyd, Chico and Newark – all cities with three spots on the ballot. The last day to file as a write-in candidate for local election is Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Early voting starts Monday, April 23, and election day is Saturday, May 5.



Alvord Elementary will hold the second part of its Young Leaders blood drive Friday.

The school is hoping for 149 donors to reach its goal of 250 for the year. Carter BloodCare will be at the school 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for donations. Every student that gets someone to donate in his or her honor receives a medal, certificate and a T-shirt. So roll up your sleeve and donate to save a life.

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