Welcome to Wise County
Wise County is Not Out Of The Way, Just Out Of The Ordinary! Until recently, Wise County has been one the best-kept secrets in north central Texas. As with any secret, however, word is getting out . . . The expansion in recent years of the Alliance Corridor in northwest Tarrant County, and the Texas Motor Speedway in Denton County, have brought unparalleled growth to our area.
Just north of the heart of the Fort Worth metropolitan area, and less than an hour from DFW International Airport, Wise County provides convenient access to any product your heart desires. But what makes Wise County out of the ordinary is our community culture.
Come and visit Wise County. You can shop in our stores, study our history, and meet some friendly people. Take a look at our homes, new and old, and you will be amazed at the value. Visit our banks where you get to talk to a real, live banker that can handle your financial needs in a personal way. And don’t worry if you fall in love with our way of life because, whether for a day or a lifetime, you’re welcome in Wise County.
- Texas A&M AgriLife FORAGES
Heart of a Champion
New this year at the Wise County Youth Fair will be the Heart of a Champion livestock show for Special Needs youth (and adults) in Wise County. This is an excellent opportunity for 4-H and FFA members and community members to volunteer! Volunteers do not have to have livestock experience as we will need more volunteers than animals! The show will be held on March 6th in the show arena at the Wise County Fair Grounds (the Friday of Youth Fair).
The show will start at 5pm with volunteers checking in at 4pm. Participants will check in at 4:30pm and be matched with two buddies (4-H and/or FFA members). The trio will then head over to the livestock project and groom and prep for show. When it is time for that livestock species to come to the area, participants and buddies will make a lap in the arena in front of a judge while MC’s announce names. Once finished participants will all receive a rosette ribbon and have their picture taken with the animal. We will only need a few animals in each species but we will need a lot of youth and adult volunteers!
A meal will be provided after the show and all participants and volunteers will receive a shirt sponsored by the Farm Bureau. Community Service hours will be awarded to those needing hours for other organizations!
Types of volunteers needed:
- People to be in the stands cheering on participants
- 4-H and FFA buddies to help with participants and livestock
- Handing out shirts/numbers
- Keeping aisles clear when livestock and youth are heading to and from the ring
- Helping serve dinner
- THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITLESS!
Youth and Adult Volunteer forms are attached. You must have graduated from High School to fill out an adult form J I am also attaching participant forms in case you know of a family that would like to participate.
Participant forms are due to the Extension office by February 2nd and volunteer forms are due back by February 23rd. Late forms will not be accepted.
Livestock species that will be used are: pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits and dogs. Dogs will be required to attend the 4-H Dog Project meeting (and have Janie’s recommendation) and all animals will have to be approved through the Extension office or your Ag Teacher.
For questions, comments or concerns please contact the Extension office 940-627-3341.
40 Gallon Challenge
What is the 40 Gallon Challenge?
The 40 Gallon Challenge is a call for residents and businesses to reduce our region’s water use on average by 40 gallons per person, per day. The challenge began in 2011 as a voluntary campaign to increase water conservation.
The 40 Gallon Challenge encourages people to save a minimum of 40 gallons a day by adopting new water-saving techniques. The pledge card outlines water-saving practices and the daily water-savings to expect. You can use the pledge to review the water-saving practices that you or your family currently puts to use. By pledging new practices, you will see the total daily savings expected for your household
To start saving water and take the challenge, go to the website and complete the checklist of water-saving practices. The checklist includes both indoor and outdoor water-saving tips.
Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship
High school graduating seniors who plan on majoring in agriculture at a Texas College or University are eligible for the $2,000 Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship.
Interested students, please complete the Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship application along with an official copy of your high school transcript. Materials can be mailed or hand delivered to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 206 S. State, Decatur, TX 76234. Applications must be received at the Extension office by Monday, April 17, 2015 by 5:00pm. Scholarship interviews will be scheduled after all applications have been received.
College requirements for recipient:
1. Recipient must show proof of enrollment for each semester and evidence of completion of 12 hours for first college semester, with a minimum GPA: 2.5 on a scale of 4.0.
2. Scholarship will be equally divided between freshman fall and spring semesters.
County Population: 60,939
Retail Sales Tax: 8.25%
Annual Average Temperature: 65.7 degrees F
Monthly Average High Temperature: 84 degrees F
Monthly Average Low Temperature: 42 degrees F
Annual Average Precipitation: 42″
Annual Average Snowfall: 3.9″