5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, May 19, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Wise County high school seniors will don caps and gowns for graduation next week.

Ceremonies include: Alvord High School, 7 p.m. Friday, high school gym; Boyd High School, 7:30 p.m. Friday, J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium; Bridgeport High School, 8 p.m. Tuesday, University of North Texas Coliseum; Chico High School, 7 p.m. Friday, high school gym; Decatur High School, 7 p.m. Friday, UNT Coliseum; Northwest High School, 10 a.m. June 2, UNT Coliseum; Northwest Steele, 7 p.m. June 1, Northwest High School Performing Arts Center; Paradise High School, 2 p.m. Saturday, Weatherford High School; and Slidell High School, 7 p.m. Friday, at the high school. Victory Christian Academy’s graduation was Friday night.

Look for the Messenger’s special section honoring local graduates in next week’s All Around Wise.

Memorial day


May 28 is Memorial Day, a federal holiday commemorating all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

Over the course of time, the three-day weekend has morphed into a summertime bash with cookouts and pool parties. But it’s important to remember the reason behind the celebration.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, and it was created to honor Union soldiers who died in the Civil War and was inspired by the way the South honored its dead. After World War I, it was expanded to include anyone killed in any war or military action, and after World War II, the name was changed to “Memorial Day.”

See next week’s All Around Wise for information on local Memorial Day ceremonies.



The day is finally here, and you need to go vote … one … last … time.

The primary election runoff is Tuesday, and Wise County has three hotly contested Republican races – Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Constable and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace.

It’s been a long two months and 15 days, and most folks are ready for this one to be over. None of these candidates have Democratic opponents, so whoever wins next week will win the office.

Results will be posted Tuesday night on



Decatur Public Library is kicking off its summer reading club with a party Thursday afternoon. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!”

From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a variety of activities including craft stations, special programs by Fit-N-Wise and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and registration for the upcoming summer program.

Gift bags will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis, and Mayor Martin Woodruff will present certificates to children who have accomplished the goal of reading One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten.

Teens will celebrate the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Costumes are encouraged but not required.)

Starting May 30, the Summer Reading Club will meet every Wednesday through July 25 with two sessions each time. One at 10:30 a.m. and one at noon. The first presentation is Rhythm Path, a hands-on drumming experience.



Security will be tightened at the historic Wise County Courthouse starting Tuesday. Although Sheriff Lane Akin expects the new procedures to go smoothly, visitors should allow extra time to reach their destination inside.

The public will enter the building at the ramp on the corner of Main and Trinity Streets, which leads into the basement. You will walk through a metal detector, and bags and purses will be sent through an X-ray machine.

The four glass doors now used by the public will be locked and accessible only by county employees who have been issued a badge.

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