News Briefs for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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GRANT APPROVED – Dealing with an unusually short agenda last Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council approved a $1,740 Main Street Matching Facade Grant for Farmer’s Insurance at 1115 Halsell St. Council members also approved the minutes of the Nov. 20 regular meeting and reviewed the payment report for Nov. 22 to Dec. 5.


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, 2013. Email 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. The free program promotes school readiness for income eligible families. For information, call (940) 433-9530 or come by the Boyd location at 650 Knox Ave. (old intermediate building).


SENIOR CARE ANGELS – Senior Care Center and Rehab in Bridgeport has an angel tree in need of adoptions. Each angel represents one of 117 residents and includes a list of possible gifts for each resident. These gifts will be given to residents on Christmas morning. Angel gifts need to be turned in by Friday, Dec. 21, to Activity Director Patricia Henson or to the front office. Gifts should be wrapped with the angel list taped on the gift.

CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s 6th annual Christmas Cards in the Park is open through Sunday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park. Call (940) 683-3480 for more information.

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 will be 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. For more information, call Tammy Sosa at (940) 393-1726.


PARENT MEETING – Decatur ISD will hold a meeting about the Future Ready Project at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380. This meeting is being held in place of the traditional curriculum nights, and Curriculum Director Judi Bell will lead a discussion on the strategic instructional vision for the school district. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with teachers and administrators.

AIRPORT MANAGER TO RETIRE – Mike Sayers, who has managed Decatur Municipal Airport for the past 14-and-a-half years, will retire at the end of December. The public is invited to drop by the Decatur Civic Center on West U.S. 380 for a come-and-go reception honoring him 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by email to the city’s Human Resource Manager Mary Ann Henline at

RODEO TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has tickets available for Decatur night at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the chamber office, 308 W. Main, with either check or exact cash, no debit or credit card transactions. For more information, call (940) 627-3107.

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.

DYSLEXIA TRAINING – Decatur ISD is hosting dyslexia training for parents 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Central Office, 501 East Collins St.

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.


ANGEL DEADLINE – Angel gifts for the South Wise Spirit of Christmas must be returned to banks Wednesday, Dec. 12. Donations of food and money can be made until that time.

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 until Wednesday, Dec. 12.


FOOD DRIVE – The Slidell student body is sponsoring a canned food drive for WARM through Friday, Dec. 14. Items especially needed include peanut butter, tuna and chili, and they are accepted at both campuses.


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.

VETERANS’ WREATHS – Wreaths designated to honor veterans will be placed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Wise County Veteran’s Park in Decatur. It is part of national Wreaths Across America Day. To sponsor a wreath or for more information, call Drue Bruton at (214) 803-8500.

RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur. Two-hour slots are available 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.

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.


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.

HEALTH FAIR – NISD and Texas Health Resources Alliance will hold a health fair 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the new Texas Health Resources Alliance Hospital (10864 Texas Health Trail, Fort Worth, 76244). The hospital will offer free BMI, blood pressure and bone density screenings and present information on car seat safety. Students from NISD’s Academy of Medical Professions will provide tours of the new facility. The NISD Elementary School Honor Choir, Medlin Middle School Orchestra Quartet, Square Dancing Club, O.A. Peterson Elementary School Choir, Northwest High School cheerleaders and the Northwest High School dance ensemble will also perform.

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