5 Things to Know: The Weeek Ahead in Wise for Saturday, January 19, 2019

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 19, 2019

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If you’ve been under a rock and don’t know, Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means all government offices are closed in Wise County. This includes the dump. Banks will be closed, the mail will not run and local schools are closed. MLK’s birthday is actually Jan. 15, but every year it’s celebrated the third Monday of January.

King, the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, was assassinated in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was officially observed for the first time in 1986.

“Darkness can’t drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can’t drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Weight Loss


Was your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle? If so, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wise County can help you out.

The local agency is offering a weight management class – Step Up Scale Down – beginning Tuesday. The classes span 12 weeks and are noon to 1 p.m. at the Extension office. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy each week’s 20-minute lesson in addition to recipe tastings. There’s also an optional weigh-in.

Don’t let that resolution go! To sign up, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

Red Gala


The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will hold their annual Red Gala Jan. 26 at the Decatur Conference Center.

Keynote speaker is Lt. Colonel Allen B. West, a combat veteran and former member of the U.S. Congress. Tickets are 50 bucks each, and dinner starts at 7 p.m. There’s also a silent auction and cash bar. Buy tickets online at or by calling Bettye Parker, 940-575-4754.



Calling all science nerds: Sunday night we will have the chance to witness a rare cosmic event – the super blood wolf moon.

Although it sounds like the name of a B horror movie, it’s actually a term for a total lunar eclipse. Here’s a breakdown of its name:

Super – The moon will be unusually close to the Earth, making it appear slightly bigger and brighter.

Blood – During totality, the full moon turns a rusty shade of red instead of disappearing entirely.

Wolf – The traditional name for the January full moon.

Local stargazers should be able to see all phases as the moon rises high in the eastern sky. The event starts around 9:30 p.m. and ends at 12:50 a.m.



The first Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon for 2019 is next week at, you guessed it, the Decatur Conference Center.

The lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and following the meal, the new board of directors will be installed. To reserve your seat, call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

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