NEWS HEADLINES

News Briefs for Wednesday, December 26, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012

ALVORD

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.

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

BRIDGEPORT

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.

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

CHICO

TRASH PICK-UP – Trash pick-up this week and next will be on Thursday, instead of Wednesday. City Hall will close at noon New Year’s Eve.

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.

DECATUR

TRASH PICK-UP – Trash pick-up in the city of Decatur will shifted over a day starting Dec. 25. Tuesday’s collection was to be on Wednesday, Thursday’s on Friday, Friday’s on Saturday. Recycling collection won’t be affected and was to remain on Wednesday.

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.

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.

RUNAWAY BAY

TRASH PICK-UP – There will be no trash pick-up in Runaway Bay Wednesday, Dec. 26. Trash pick-up will be Friday, Dec. 28, instead.

WISE COUNTY

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.

WARM TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) was to close Dec. 24 and will remain closed through Jan. 1. It will resume regular food distribution hours Wednesday, Jan. 2.

DUMP SCHEDULE – The Decatur dumpsite will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and open Dec. 26-29. The Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed Dec. 26 and 27 and open Dec. 28-29. The Slidell dumpsite will be closed Dec. 25 and open Dec. 27-29.

WEIGHT LOSS – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Step Up & Scale Down, a 12-week weight management program. The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continues weekly through March at the Extension office. The program will consist of weekly lessons, weight check-in, weekly challenge and healthy recipes. For more information and to pre-register for the program, call (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.

FOOD SAFETY TRAINING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Wise County is hosting a food safety training program for food service managers 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 23 and 24, at the Extension office in Decatur. The training includes materials and the state food manager certification examination. To register, call (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.

NORTHWEST ISD

TEXTS FROM NISD – In January, Northwest ISD will add text messaging notifications as another communication tool for parents and staff. The district will send a one-time message Wednesday, Jan. 23, to cell phone numbers in the student information database inviting parents and staff to complete the opt-in process. To opt out, do not respond. To update information in the database, contact your child’s campus. For more information, go to www.SchoolMessenger.com/tm.

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

NAMING SCHOOLS – Nominate names for elementary school No. 17 and comprehensive high school No. 3 Jan. 7 to Feb. 7 at www.nisdtx.org/schoolnames.

PARENT SURVEY – Provide valuable feedback by completing the Northwest ISD 2012-2013 Parent Survey that will be sent to email addresses in January. A hard copy may be requested by calling (817) 215-0171.

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.

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.

MLK CLOSING – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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