5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, November 3, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Election Day is Tuesday.

You’re tired of the political ads and hateful rhetoric. There’s only one thing left to do.

Go vote. It’s time to cast a ballot for the candidates you believe will best serve the community – from the local level all the way up. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For a sample ballot or information about voting in Wise County, go to To learn about the candidates (and make an informed vote), check out the League of Women Voters guide,

The Messenger will cover election results in a special E-edition Tuesday night. It will be emailed to newspaper subscribers, Simple Click subscribers and available at



Families will be celebrated Wednesday at Wise County National Adoption Day.

Adoption proceedings begin at 9:30 a.m. in the 271st District Courtroom at the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur, and the public is invited to witness and celebrate with the families.

This is the third year attorney Mary Lois Spain-Sipes and has organized the event in conjunction with CASA of Wise and Jack Counties to raise awareness of the number of children in foster care waiting to find a permanent home. Spain-Sipes said three adoptions will be finalized at the local celebration next week. Following the court proceedings, there will be a hamburger and hot dog lunch at noon at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.



Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but several activities honoring veterans are Nov. 10 and the week following the Sunday holiday. Read next week’s All Around Wise for a complete list of local ceremonies and events. Plus our annual Veterans Day section will be inserted in the Nov. 10 edition of the Messenger.



You may still be working through all that Halloween candy, but your first opportunity for a traditional Thanksgiving meal is next` week.

Bridgeport’s Community Thanksgiving dinner is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center. You can eat there or get a meal to-go.

You can buy tickets in advance at the conference center, Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce or the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Prices are $8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 to 10. Tickets at the door go up to $10 and $7. Kids ages 4 and younger eat free.

The camp and conference center is at 3280 FM 2952, just outside Bridgeport.



Ever wonder if those gadgets advertised on TV work as promised?

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Wise County will answer some of those questions next week at Kitchen Gadgets 101. You’ll learn about pressure cookers, air fryers and sous vide cooking. Plus, you’ll get to sample recipes made by real people.

The program is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380, between Bridgeport and Decatur. It costs $20 per person or $30 per couple.

Sign up by calling the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

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