News Briefs for Saturday, March 17

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 17, 2012

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FREE CONCERT – Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord will host Greg Winn in concert Sunday, March 18, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (940) 427-3471.

CHUCK CRAIN PERFORMS – Chuck Crain, featured gospel singer for the Presleys’ Country Jubilee, will sing at the evening service at Grace Baptist Church of Decatur, 600 S. Trinity St., 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER – Meals on Wheels is having its March for Meals fundraiser now through March 24. Donations are accepted at Wise County Market Place stores, Lone Star Laser Wash in Decatur and Harlow’s Feed and Seed.

BUY A BAG OF BOOKS – Help the Chico Library clear its shelves in anticipation of an upcoming remodel. The ongoing book sale is coming to an end, and patrons can fill a bag with books, videos, DVDs and music for $5.


WISE FIRE BENEFIT – Silent and live auction items are needed for the March 24 Wise County Fire Relief Benefit Dinner at the Decatur Civic Center. New auction items can be taken to the Decatur or Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce offices or the Extension Service office in Decatur. The deadline for items for the auction is Monday, March 19.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – Wise County Democrats meet 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the second-floor courtroom of the courthouse in Decatur. Topics to be discussed include the primary and general election dates, changes in polling places and judges’ and clerks’ training date. They will elect their state delegates, and Tracy Smith will give an update on the county commissioners’ meeting. Gwen Dunivent will give a “behind the scenes update on national politics.”

DISTRICT LOOKS AHEAD – The Decatur school district is hosting a meeting to discuss its academic vision for the future 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the high school library. Input from parents, students and the community is encouraged.

FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will celebrate its 10th birthday 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St., in Decatur. For more information, call President Mary Hilliard at (940) 627-6851 or Treasurer Jim Archer, (940) 627-2329.

“HUNGER GAMES” EVENT – The Decatur Public Library invites teens and tweens, ages 12 and older, to a “Hunger Games” movie release party 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. There will be “Hunger Games” trivia, activities and prizes. Call (940) 627-5512 for more details. The event is free.

TRAIL BLAZERS LUNCH – Adults age 60 and older are invited to a free lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Rock Island Family Church, 545 W. Rock Island Ave., in Boyd. For more information, call (940) 433-8200 or (817) 944-8353.

RELAY FOR LIFE – A Relay for Life team meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Baymont Inn and Suites in Decatur. Committee members are seeking more teams for the 2012 event May 18-19 at McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. For more information, contact Charlene Pryor at (817) 360-0533 or email her at

RELAY TEAMS NEEDED – Relay for Life Wise County committee members seek more teams for the 2012 event May 18-19 at McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. To sign up, contact Charlene Pryor at (817) 360-0533, or visit

YOUTH DAY – The U.S. Forest Service and the Cross Timbers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a JAKES youth outdoor day at Black Creek Lake campground 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24. Activities include archery, fishing, target shooting, turkey calling and outdoor games. Youth 17 and younger are invited. Cost for a JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) membership is $10 and includes the activities and lunch. To register or for more information, call (940) 627-5475 or (940) 393-8908.

BOYD HS REUNION – The Boyd High School Reunion for all alumni is Saturday, March 24. The class of 1962 will be recognized. For more information, go to or call Debbie Males at (940) 627-6075.


CHAMBER LUNCH – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Decatur Civic Center. Call the chamber office at (940) 627-3107 to RSVP.

PARENT MEETING – Chico Public Library will host a parent information meeting regarding the rights of students with disabilities 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Attorney Paige Hoyt from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas will explain the steps to take to assure that student and parent rights are being met in regard to disabilities and special education. Questions may be directed to Michelle Slonaker at (940) 644-2330.

MAIN STREET EASTER – The Decatur Main Street Program is seeking donations of four dozen plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped candy for its annual Easter egg hunt. Bring donations to City Hall or the Visitors Center before March 28. The Main Street Easter Event is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, on the southeast corner of the Square. There will be egg hunts, jump houses, a barrel train, face painting and photos with the Easter bunny.

BENEFIT CONSIGNMENT – Just Between Friends children’s and maternity consignment sale is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 30-31 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. A portion of the proceeds benefits Denton County Friends of the Family and America Reads.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering a scholarship opportunity for all Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from high school counselors or by emailing Crystal Watkins at All applications must be submitted by March 31.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Registration for Wise County Special Needs Baseball, open to ages 3 to adult, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Decatur and Bridgeport public libraries. People can also email for a registration form. To sponsor, donate or volunteer, call (940) 577-1848. Games are Saturday from April 14 to June 2.

CHICKEN COOP TOUR – The Wise Chicks Chicken Coop Tour is looking for backyard poultry enthusiasts to show off their coops for the second annual event Saturday, April 14. If you are interested in showing, volunteering or being a sponsor for the tour, email the tour coordinator at

RELAY REVERB – Relay Reverb, featuring Brandon Gentry, Carolyn Moore, Cookin’ With Grace, Dakota Burns, Danielle Reed, Dusty Baker, Steel ‘N Hubcaps and Shay Tuttle, is 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 14, at the corner of Walnut and State streets in Decatur. For information, call Melinda Smith at (940) 626-9274. Admission, $5 for ages 12 and up, and $2 for under 12, benefits the American Cancer Society through the Wise County Relay for Life.

HEALTH FAIR – The 5th annual Wise County Health Fair is Saturday, April 21, at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration forms and more information can be found at The event is sponsored by the United Way of Wise County and the Wise County Health Forum.

SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER EVENTS – Wise County cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to a dinner and silent auction 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Decatur Church of Christ, and to a reception 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Relay for Life at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. To RSVP or volunteer at either, contact Brenda Scott at (940) 627-7661 or

LUMINARIAS – Forms for Relay for Life luminarias are available by contacting Kathy Hughes at (940) 389-5998 or or online at There will also be some at Relay Reverb April 14. The luminarias are decorated and lit in honor of those affected by cancer. They support the American Cancer Society with a minimum $5 donation. Girls Scouts of Wise County will decorate luminarias for those who do not wish to decorate them themselves. The luminaria ceremony is 9 p.m. May 18 during Relay for Life of Wise County at McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur.


MEMBERSHIP INVITATION – Sheriff David Walker said Wise County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. Membership invitations will be going out in the mail during the next several weeks. Associate member funding allows the association to provide critical training, technical resources and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state. Dues will also be used to support crime prevention and public safety programs on a variety of topics including child identification, family violence and sexual assaults against both women and children. For more information, visit

CLASSES OFFERED – Citizenship and ESL classes are 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at First Baptist Church, Decatur. An informational text is available for purchase. There is no charge for the classes. Call (940) 390-1231 for information.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE – Small, nonfarm businesses in 131 counties, including Wise, are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenue caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Disaster loan information and application forms also are available from the SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing or visiting SBA’s website at

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