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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, January 13, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 13, 2018
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MLK Day

#1 MONDAY IS MLK DAY

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 Day is observed the third Monday of January every year, which is always near King’s birthday and this year falls right on it – Jan. 15. 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.

Voting

#2 RUNNING GAME: SERVE YOUR CITY OR SCHOOL

It’s time to put your money where your mouth is. If you regularly grumble about local school board members or your city council, step up and sign up to be on the May 5 ballot.

The filing period for open school board and city council seats starts Wednesday, Jan. 17, and closes Friday, Feb. 16.

Forst Worth Stock Show

#3 ‘THIS THING IS LEGENDARY’

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo started Friday and officially kicks off with the All Western Parade Saturday in downtown Fort Worth.

Dozens of Wise County youth will trek to the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the heart of Cowtown’s Cultural District to show their livestock projects and compete in various contests throughout the event, which runs through Feb. 3.

Of note this year, it’s the 100th anniversary of the indoor rodeo, a much-anticipated source of entertainment during stock show season. Decatur Night at the rodeo is Feb. 3. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance can be purchased at Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Main St. Cost is $30, cash or check only.

Basketball

#4 DECATUR, BRIDGEPORT RENEW RIVALRY

The Bridgeport girls and boys basketball teams will head to Decatur Tuesday to renew the Battle of Big Sandy on the basketball court against the Decatur girls and boys.

The girls game starts at 6:30 p.m. with the boys game to follow at the Decatur High School gym.

The Bridgeport girls, ranked No. 16 in 4A, went into Friday’s showdown with No. 18 Sanger at 1-1 in District 9-4A. Decatur was 0-2 after losses to Krum and Sanger. The Lady Eagles took on Argyle Friday.

The Bulls and Eagles started 9-4A play Friday. Bridgeport took on Sanger and the Eagles met Argyle in a battle of last year’s league co-champions.

Winter Storm

#5 WINTER, YOU’RE SUCH A TEASE

Following Thursday’s 5-minute snowstorm, the Weather Channel is predicting for Wise County a 30 percent chance of a snow mix overnight Monday into Tuesday morning. The low Monday night is expected to be 19 degrees, so if much precipitation falls it could create hazardous road conditions. Temperatures will creep above freezing Tuesday, but just barely, at 33 degrees. Precipitation is not a promise, but a coat will definitely be in order Tuesday morning.

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