5 Things to Know: The week ahead in Wise for Saturday, January 20, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

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The murder trial of former Wise County resident Jake Charles Abel will enter its second week.

Abel, 30, of Fort Worth is accused of murdering his girlfriend, 43-year-old Soccorro Taylor, on Dec. 21, 2015.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, investigators discovered Taylor’s body buried near a home belonging to a relative of Abel’s in a rural area near Boyd on Dec. 26, 2015. Taylor appeared to have a cut throat and blunt force trauma to her head.



Wise Area Relief Mission will host a fundraising dinner at the Decatur Conference Center 6 p.m. Tuesday. The meal is free, but donations for the food bank are encouraged. To reserve a spot or to make a donation, call Mary Nella Armes, 940-627-3374, or Kelly Jones, 940-626-3923.



There will be two opportunities in the coming week to look up to the sky and spot the International Space Station as it whizzes past. On Tuesday, the ISS will be visible for four minutes, starting at 6:59 p.m. It will begin it’s visible journey at 10 degrees above south southwest and will end at 34 degrees above east. It will reach a maximum height in the sky of 39 degrees. On Thursday, the ISS will be visible for 3 minutes, starting at 6:53 p.m. It will begin it’s visible journey at 35 degrees above west southwest and end at 18 degrees above northeast. It will reach a maximum height of 63 degrees.



The Decatur Eagles will host the Krum Bobcats in a pivotal District 9-4A matchup next Tuesday.

Krum and Argyle currently sit atop the district standings at 2-0, with Decatur trailing by a game.

Krum enters the game as the 21st ranked team in 4A at 21-5. The Bobcats are led in scoring by Bryson Laird, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. Krum has three players averaging double figures, and has shot 47 percent from the field this season.

The Eagles are led in scoring by Wilson Hicks, who is averaging 18.1 points a night. Decatur won both games against the Bobcats last season by 20 points or more.

Burn Ban


Fire conditions in Wise County are expected to deteriorate over the weekend. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winds are expected to be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35. Temperatures will be near 70 and relative humidity between 20 and 30 percent.

Wise County prohibits burning on Red Flag or high fire danger days.

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