5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, May 12, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

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National Police Week, an event to honor and remember law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, is May 13-19. Sadly, the state of Texas and Wise County lost an officer just this week.

Richard Hale, a deputy inspector for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and former Decatur police officer, was killed in the line of duty in a car accident Wednesday. His funeral is 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, which is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The service will be at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the church.

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Looking for a unique Texas road trip read? Author and Wise County native Julia Heaberlin weaves a suspenseful tale of a young woman whose sister was murdered years ago and has come up with a shocking plan to unmask the killer in her new book “Paper Ghosts.” The thriller is available Tuesday.

Other books by Heaberlin include “Playing Dead,” “Lie Still” and “Black-Eyed Susans.”

Heaberlin will be at the Decatur Public Library for a presentation and book signing 6:30 p.m. May 22. Copies of “Paper Ghosts” will be available for purchase.



Are you a super-sleuth? Do you enjoy a good mystery?

If so, then you should check out the Wise County Committee on Aging Murder Mystery Dinner.

The May 18th benefit is 6 p.m. at Chico City Hall, 400 S. Hovey Street, and proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Wise County. WCCA Executive Director Amy Pegues hopes to raise a minimum of $50,000.

For information or for tickets, email or call 940-627-5329.



Early voting in the May 22 primary runoff election begins Monday and runs through May 18.

On the Republican ballot, voters in Precinct 2 will choose between Kim Redman and Callie Watts-Manning for justice of the peace. In the Precinct 3 constable race, the ballot includes Terry N. Terry and Charles B. Applewhite. Precinct 4 voters will decide between Todd Bailey and Willie Garrett for justice of the peace.

There’s also one statewide Democratic runoff.

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Somehow we find ourselves at the end of another school year.

As it draws to a close, you and your kiddos are expected to be in 47 different places at once, so consider this your friendly reminder to check your calendar.

Take time this weekend to note every upcoming school event and what special items and/or clothing are needed each day. By planning ahead, you’ll be better able to enjoy each celebration.

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