Five Things to Know: The week ahead in Wise for Saturday, April 21, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Relay for Life – Wise County is April 27 at the McCarroll Middle School track.

Since 2002, local volunteers have worked to put together a moving event that not only celebrates survivors, but also remembers our friends and family members lost to cancer. This year activities kick off at 7 p.m. and wrap up at 2 a.m. Saturday. In addition to an opening ceremony, there will be a survivor and caregiver walk and a luminaria ceremony.

There’s still time to purchase luminaria bags for $5 each and raffle tickets for $5 each or six for $25. Prizes are a large fire pit and Kula cooler. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944; or Gina Tackett, 940-389-9309.

Weatherford College


Weatherford College Wise County is having an open forum April 24 to meet the two finalists vying for dean of the local campus. We’d tell you their names, but the college didn’t release that information.

One candidate will be available for conversation and questions 10 to 11 a.m. in the lecture hall, and the second candidate will be available 2 to 3 p.m.

WCWC is at 502 Big Sandy Court between Bridgeport and Decatur.

Early Voting


Early voting starts April 23 and runs through May 1 for city council and school board elections. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for extended voting hours both Tuesdays – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election day is May 5.

Not to confuse matters, but April 23 is also the last day to register to vote in the May 22 county and state runoffs. Local races on the May 22 ballot include Precinct 2 justice of the peace, Precinct 3 constable and Precinct 4 justice of the peace.

Bottom line: Go vote next week in citco and school elections. If you’re not registered to vote, for crying out loud, go to the Elections Administration Office in Decatur and do it so you can start making a difference.

Run for Clovers


Wise County 4-H’s Run for the Clovers Color Run is April 28 at McCarroll Middle School.

The event will include a 5K and 1-mile family fun run, both with multiple color stations promising a rainbow-dipped finish.

The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 1-mile at 9:15. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Sign up at If you have questions, call 940-627-3341.

Nature Run


Wildwood Naturist Resort’s 21st Annual Skinnydipper 5K is also April 28. (Please note this is not to be confused with the Color Run.)

At this, race runners strip it off and streak across the course, all of which is on private property. If you’re shy, don’t worry, you are allowed to wear clothes … but most runners don’t.

In fact, an editor of a certain local newspaper once ran this race. Reading his 2010 column will prep you for the experience if you’re a first-timer. Go to

For information from the resort, email or call 940-627-2280. You can register online at

The race starts at 1 p.m. Wildwood is at 241 Private Road 1179, outside Decatur.

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