5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, February 17, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Why risk standing in line on election day when you’ve got two weeks to vote early?

Early voting for the March 6 primaries begins Tuesday, Feb. 20, and runs through Friday, March 2.

Early voting will take place at four locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St.; Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.

Early voting will take place each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on both Tuesdays of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting will also be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

If you plan on voting via ballot by mail, applications must be received by Friday, Feb. 23.

Swap Meet


A Wise County tradition returns for its 43rd year next week: the Decatur Swap Meet.

The annual event sponsored by the Wise County Antique Auto Club is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Feb. 23-25, at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur.

Admission is free, but you do pay to park.

The swapping’s good, and the people watching is even better.

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Monday is Presidents Day, an American holiday originally created in 1885 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. It was first celebrated on Feb. 22, Washington’s actual date of birth, but was moved to the third Monday in February as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It was at this time that it also became known as Presidents Day.

What this means for you: From a patriotic standpoint, it’s a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, if you so choose. On the practical side of things, you need to know government offices, post offices and banks are closed. And here’s the biggie: it’s a student holiday for all Wise County schools. Your children will be home. All. Day.



The University Interscholastic League (UIL) playoffs are in full swing, and several Wise County teams are either competing or have been eliminated. The Bridgeport Sissies, Paradise Lady Panthers and Alvord Lady Bulldogs all fell in the opening round either Monday or Tuesday. The Slidell Lady Hounds squared off with Fannindel Friday in the area round.

On the boys side, the Northwest Texans, Decatur Eagles, Alvord Bulldogs, Chico Dragons and Slidell Greyhounds all await their first playoff game. Northwest will battle Sherman on Tuesday at Lake Dallas. Decatur will do battle with Dallas Carter on Tuesday at Southlake. Alvord earned a rematch with Lindsay Tuesday at Bowie, and Chico will face Sam Rayburn Tuesday at Valley View. Slidell earned a bye and will await the results from Friday’s games before knowing who they will play in the area round.



Dads: treat your little girl to a magical night out at the 11th annual Dad and Daughter Dance Feb. 24 in Bridgeport. The theme is “Be Our Guest! Beauty and the Beast.”

Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department is hosting three dances that night – 4:30-6 p.m.; 6:30-8 p.m.; and 8:30-10 p.m. As of Thursday morning, the first two dances were sold out, and tickets for the third were going fast, so don’t procrastinate.

You can buy them at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. Cost is $20 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter, which includes dancing, snacks, photos, limo rides and prizes. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Questions? Call 940-683-3480.

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