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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, January 6, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
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School Bus

#1
HAPPY DANCE

Parents, rejoice. Your kids go back to school next week. The holidays were fun, but it’s time for a much-needed return to routine.

School districts returning to class Monday, Jan. 8, include Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico and Paradise. Parents in Boyd, Decatur and Northwest ISDs: take a deep breath. Your kids don’t go back until Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Meanwhile, Slidell students have been back in the classroom since Jan. 3.

Flu

#2
DON’T SNEEZE ON ME

Influenza is hitting Wise County hard like the rest of North Texas.

Last month, Wise Health System reported 271 confirmed cases of the flu. The hospital is currently holding patients in the emergency room with beds at short supply.

Emergency officials urge people to take preventative measures, wash hands, cover coughs and stay at home if running a fever. Flu vaccines are still available and could lesser symptoms.

Basketball

#3
SHOW-DOWN ON THE HARD-WOOD

The Decatur Eagles begin District 9-4A play Friday, Jan. 12 with a battle of last year’s co-champions, taking on the Argyle Eagles.

Tip-off for the rivals is 8 p.m.

Argyle is ranked No. 14 in 4A.

Decatur hammered Vernon Tuesday 69-29 and started the Chickasha Tournament in Oklahoma Thursday with a 55-39 win over Duncan.

Sock Hop

#4
SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

For all the little boys and mommies feeling left out as Daddy Daughter Dances come and go, Bridgeport Parks and Recreation has an event for you – a Mother Son Sock Hop, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.

Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

Grandmas are invited, too, so put on your dancin’ shoes … or socks … and shake a leg.

Machine Gun Kelly

#5
LIVIN’ IN A GANGSTA’S PARADISE

Next weekend is your last chance to see “Eight Days in Paradise,” a one-act play about the eight days Charles Urschel was held captive in Boss Shannon’s rundown farmhouse near Paradise. Urschel was kidnapped in 1933 from his Oklahoma City home at gunpoint by Machine Gun Kelly and Albert Bates.

The play features local actors, including members of the Shannon family. The last two performances are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at G.C. Rann Auditorium in the Wise County Heritage Museum. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at wcmess.com/eightdays or at the door.

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