OPPOSITION AND REPAIRS – The Runaway Bay City Council joined other cities in stating their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of Wise County as a non-attainment area Tuesday, approving a resolution – initiated by county officials – reflective of its stance. Council members also awarded a $36,515 contract to Marine Development Inc. for storm damage and general repairs at Marina B1. The council tabled an amendment to a water lease agreement with Verizon Wireless pending further research.
ALVORD OPEN ENROLLMENT – Alvord ISD is accepting applications for limited open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year. Applications will be considered based upon established AISD criteria and available space. More information can be obtained from the AISD Administration building, 100 Mosley Lane, in Alvord. Call (940) 427-5975.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Crisis Center is holding its annual School Supply Drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. The community’s help is needed in collecting school supplies and regulation size backpacks. Donations may be dropped off at 201 N. Trinity in Decatur, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call Jael Mares at (940) 626-4585.
THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS …
HABITAT ORIENTATION - Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations 10 a.m. Saturdays, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, 608 17th St. Those interested in building and owning a home through the organization are welcome to attend the meetings. For information, visit www.trinityhabitat.org or call (817) 926-9219, ext. 116.
MILITIA GROUP TO MEET – The Texas Constitutional Militia – Wise County is regrouping and will meet at 8 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday at Pronto’s in Bridgeport starting Sunday, July 22. For information, call Carl at (940) 626-9957.
NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS …
SUMMER READING PROGRAM – The Decatur Public Library Summer Reading Club presents Dinosaur George, Tuesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The event will include fossils and dinosaur facts. The Summer Reading Club is a free program open to children of all ages. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for information.
CAREER INFORMATION SESSION – The Weatherford College Wise County campus will host a new workforce student information session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at its new campus between Decatur and Bridgeport. Students interested in programs in certified nurse aide, medical assisting, nursing home administrator, and electronic health records are invited. Call the college at (817) 598-6387 for information.
WASHER TOURNEY – The third annual “Put Yo’ Money Where Yo’ Mouth Is” Washer Tournament is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Wise County Reunion Grounds Pavilion. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the tournament begins at 7. Cost is $40 for a two-person team. Call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at (940) 627-3107 or come by the office at 308 W. Main St. to enter.
WARM CLOSING - Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur will be closed Tuesday, July 24, for an out-of-town conference.
READING AND CRAFTS – Boyd Public Library will hold a summer reading and crafts program for children ages 4 to 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the library. For information, call (940) 433-5580.
CHEER CAMP – Cheer camp for Decatur youth is Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27, at Victory Christian Academy. Girls in kindergarten through third grade will attend 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and fourth through sixth graders 2 to 6 p.m. Cost is $40. For information, email Alexia Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit universityofgymnastics.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS …
BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – The Alvord Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the high school cafeteria.
RHOME LIBRARY ACTIVITIES – The Summer Blitz Reading Program has begun for youth of all ages at the Rhome Library. Prizes will be awarded to top readers in each age division. Contest will end at the close of the summer. The library is also holding a poster contest for all ages. Posters will be displayed in the library and must be turned in by July 31 with name and phone number on the back. A book sale is also going on all summer. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
TRANSFER APPLICATIONS – Boyd School District is currently accepting applications for inter-district transfer students for the 2012-13 school year. Applications are available at the BISD administrative offices and online at www.boydisd.net. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 1.
FOOD SAFETY TRAINING – Food service managers can register for a food safety training program 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1-2 at Texas AgriLife Extension’s Wise County office in Decatur. The training includes materials and the Department of State Health Services approved ServSafe exam. To register, call (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.
CRUISE NIGHT – Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in downtown Decatur. Entry fee is $10. Registration is 4 to 7 p.m., and judging begins at 7. Awards are presented at 8 p.m. for 20 various classes including classic, antiques and hot rods (original and modified). Stores and restaurants will stay open late, and streets are closed to traffic. For information, call (940) 627-6158.
BOOK SIGNING – Decatur resident Paula Rutherford will be signing copies of her first published book, “Dusting for God’s Fingerprints” 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Expressions, behind The Marketplace in Decatur. For information, call (940) 626-9707 or (940) 393-1487.
ALVORD FESTIVAL – The annual Alvord Watermelon Festival and Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday, Aug. 11, is now registering vendors. Call Debra McKelvain at (940) 389-1656 for information.
WATERMELON PAGEANT – The Alvord Watermelon Pageant is Saturday, Aug. 11, at Elm Creek Park Pavilion in Alvord. Check-in time is at 9:30 a.m., and the pageant is at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds go to the Library Restoration Fund. Categories are 0 to 23 months, 2 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. Theme is Summer Time Fun. For information and/or a registration form, contact Michele Hardee at (940) 626-9337 or email@example.com.
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Texas Department of Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur on a sliding-scale fee. Parents must bring a shot record. For information, call (940) 665-6397.
GET YOUR GOGO – Two of three seatings for the Decatur Lions Club’s benefit pasta dinner at Gogo Gumbo in Boyd Sunday, Aug. 19, are almost sold out. Proceeds will benefit the South Wise Food Services Pantry. Tickets are $20 each and on sale at First Financial Banks in Boyd and Decatur and iCopy stores in Decatur and Bridgeport. There are three seatings of 50 each at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Most remaining tickets are for the 4 p.m. slot.
NEW PLAINSMEN – The Wise County Historical Society presents The New Plainsmen gospel-singing group 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Wise County Heritage Museum. Advanced tickets, $10, are available at the museum. Tickets at the door will be $12. For information, call (940) 627-5586.