News Briefs for Saturday, December 1, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 1, 2012

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CHRISTMAS PARADE – The Alvord Christmas Parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information, call or text Jody Slaten at (940) 389-0417.

MCNORTON CHILDREN ACCOUNT – An account for the three young children of Samantha Jo McNorton has been opened at Legend Bank. Donations may be made at any Legend Bank location.

ALVORD GT NOMINATIONS – Alvord ISD Gifted and Talented Services are now accepting nominations for the spring 2013 gifted and talented identification process. Nomination forms may be obtained at all three campus offices and by visiting The deadline to nominate a student in grades K-11 currently enrolled in the Alvord district is Friday, Jan. 11. Contact Kaysi Hamilton, Alvord Gifted and talented coordinator, at for more information.


ENROLLMENT OPEN – Boyd Early Head Start/TNS is currently enrolling pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers for its federally funded educational program in Boyd located on the BISD campus. The free program promotes school readiness for income eligible families. For more information, call (940) 433-9530 or come by the Boyd location at 650 Knox Ave. (Old Intermediate building).


CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s 6th annual Christmas Cards in the Park opened Nov. 21, and will run through Sunday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park. There is no fee, and it is open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call (940) 683-3480 for more information.

HOLIDAY EVENT – Bridgeport’s Winter Wonderland holiday event is 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, downtown. Events include pictures with Santa 4 to 5:30 p.m. at State Farm, wassail tasting 5 to 8 p.m., the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m., tacky/ugly sweater contest at 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport Stage, and Holiday Shopping Frenzy and window decorating winners announced at 8 p.m. Parking will be available on Stevens, 11th, 9th and Cates streets and all side streets. Halsell Street will be closed 2 to 8 p.m. The event is hosted by Bridgeport Main Street and the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (940) 683-3404 or (940) 683-2076.

LIGHTED PARADE – Bridgeport’s lighted Christmas parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in historic downtown. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland, and all entries must be lighted. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. For an application or more information, call (940) 683-3404.

TACKY SWEATERS – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport Stage, in conjunction with the Home for the Holidays event Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be prizes awarded in each of two categories – age 12 and under and age 13 and up. Entries are due Friday, Dec. 7. Call the chamber at (940) 683-2076.

SHOPPING FRENZY – Holiday Shopping Frenzy sponsored by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. There will be two $500 cash and two $50 Brookshire’s gift card giveaways. Participants will be entered for visiting and for every $20 spent at any participating business – C&O Communications/AT&T, Maria’s Gift and Flower Shoppe, Aaron’s Sales and Leasing, The Hope Chest, Terra Cotta Boutique, Bright Ideas Lighting and More, Ink ‘N’ Stitch, Valu-Rite Pharmacy, All Wise Garden Center and Landscaping, Skin and Body Works Spa, Sassy Frass, iCopy and Pronto’s Italian Restaurant. The drawing will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. Participants do not have to be present to win.

HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICY REVIEW – The Bridgeport Housing Authority annual and five-year plan policy changes and utility allowance are now available for a 45-day public review. A meeting to discuss the review is 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 1508 Cobb St.


ANGEL GARDEN – The angel garden on the Square will remain lit until Saturday, Jan. 5. Bring your lighted angel with remembrance plaque, four tent stakes and an outside extension cord. For more information, call Tammy Sosa at (940) 393-1726.


ANGELS AVAILABLE – Angels for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas are now available for adoption at each of the nine financial institutions in town. This year, the Decatur campaign adopted the voucher system Bridgeport implemented last year.

BOOK FAIR – McCarroll Middle School is hosting a book fair Dec. 3-7 in the library. There will be a coffee bean guessing contest, and winners will recieve gift certificates to the fair.

BOOK CLUB – McCarroll Middle School students and parents are invited to join the Intergenerational Book Club. The group will discuss “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the seventh-and eighth-grade library. Find the book at the Decatur Public Library or download it for free from iBooks.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Decatur Fire Department is hosting a free pancake breakfast with Santa Claus 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the fire hall. Bring your own camera for photos.

SOCKS FOR SENIORS – Donate pairs of new, adult socks for residents in area nursing homes at Market Place in Decatur from now until Dec. 22. Market Place personnel will distribute them for Christmas. Superior Auto Repair in Decatur is also collecting Socks for Seniors. For more information, visit

BENEFIT ACCOUNT -A benefit account for Laura Davis has been established at DATCU in Decatur. Davis is uninsured and in need of a liver transplant.


PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Pictures with Santa Claus are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street.


COOKIES WITH SANTA – Santa Claus will be at City Hall 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be cookies, hot chocolate, a free raffle and free pictures with Santa.

FOOD DRIVE – South Wise Spirit of Christmas volunteers are collecting canned goods for needy families. Canned goods can be dropped off at the Rhome City Hall and the Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome.


TREE LIGHTING – A Christmas tree will be lit, and a beans and cornbread supper will be served in downtown Sunday, Dec. 9. Time is TBD. There will also be a parade.


COLLECT TOYS – Any organizations, church groups or businesses interested in collecting Toys For Tots may pick up a collection box from CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. U.S. Marine Corps representatives will pick up the donations from the restaurant 11 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, call Keith at (940) 393-2088.

ELDERLY ANGELS – Home Health Care of North Central Texas is accepting applications for the fourth annual angel tree for the elderly and disabled through Wednesday, Dec. 12. Call (940) 683-3300 for more information.

RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur. Two-hour slots are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. All money collected stays in Wise County. To sign up your group, call Tana Fedric at (940) 627-5859. If you have already signed up, call Fedric to confirm your time.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Those with a pesticide applicator’s license can earn five continuing education units at a workshop 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive one hour, laws and regulations; two hours, integrated pest management; and two hours, general. Lunch is included. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 to reserve a seat.

SOUTH WISE PANTRY – South Wise Services food pantry will be closed Thursday, Dec. 27. The food distribution and clothes closet will resume operations Thursday, Jan. 3.


IMPACT MEETING – Parents can learn helpful homework tips and how to access information on the district website at an informational, IMPACT meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Board Room at the Administration Building (2001 Texan Drive, Fort Worth, 76247).

REINDEER ROMP – The fifth annual Reindeer Romp 5K race benefiting the Northwest ISD physical education departments is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Byron Nelson High School (2775 Bobcat Blvd. Trophy Club, 76262). To sign up, go to

BOARD MEETING – The NISD Board of Trustees meet 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Board Room at the Administration Building.

WINTER BREAK – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 19, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, for Winter Break. Wednesday, Jan. 2, is a student holiday, and classes resume Thursday, Jan. 3.

EARLY RELEASE – Northwest ISD campuses will dismiss early Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 and 18, at the following times – elementary schools at 12:15 p.m.; Steele Accelerated High School at 1:05 p.m.; Byron Nelson and Northwest high schools at 1:15 p.m.; and middle schools at 2 p.m.

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