News Briefs for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – North Texas Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the hospital lobby. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Merchants interested in a booth may call Marti Hines at (940) 626-9455.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthy luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Bridgeport Community Center (1102 Lawdwin Ave.). Sabrina Easley with Oncor Electric Delivery, will present a program on energy efficiency tips for the business or home. Sponsor is The Community Bank. Lunch, catered by Banezensky’s BBQ is $10.

CROSSROADS OF HISTORY – The Bridgeport Historical Society and Bridgeport ISD students will present the Crossroads of History 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Bridgeport Stage. The fun and educational event will explain the significance of the Butterfield Overland Stage and other trails that have traversed the area. Admission is free.

CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s sixth annual Christmas Cards in the Park will be displayed Thursday, Nov. 21, 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, in 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.

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 – 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 Street. Participants do not have to be present to win.


BAKE SALE – The Chico 4-H Club is having a bake sale 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, outside Market Place in Chico.


AUXILIARY HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary will open its annual holiday store 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., in Decatur. Lunch will be served for $5 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It includes chili or soup with cornbread, dessert, iced tea and coffee. Shop for gifts, handmade items, baked goods and Christmas decorations. There is also a $500 cash raffle. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $15. Drawing is Dec. 3.

REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 2002 will hold its 10-year class reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Black Creek Pumpkin Patch. Entry fee is $10, and proceeds will benefit the Brian Peyton fund.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Parade of Lights in Decatur is Saturday, Dec. 1. Line-up begins at 5 p.m., judging is at 5:30, and the parade begins at 6:30. It will pass through the Decatur Square. Call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at (940) 627-3107 for more information or a parade entry form.

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department will accept applications for the Santa Cops program through Monday, Dec. 3. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Monday, Dec. 17. For more information, call Ashly DoByns at (940) 393-0300.

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


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.


QUILT RAFFLE – The Wise County Historical Society will raffle a quilt donated to the museum by the Wise County Quilt Guild. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The drawing is Thursday, Nov. 15, but you do not need to be present to win.

MEETING CANCELLED – The regular meeting of the Wise County Water Supply District Board scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, has been cancelled. General Manager Brett Shannon will be attending the Texas Municipal League Conference in Grapevine.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday, Nov. 15, for lunch and a business meeting at the Wise County Heritage Museum.

CO-OP BRISKETS – Wise Electric Co-op is selling holiday briskets for $40 and hams for $45 with proceeds benefiting various charities. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, by calling (940) 627-2167. Pick-up is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a work day 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Dutch treat lunch will follow at Casa Torres in Decatur.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – Wise County Democrats are having a celebratory meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the second-floor courtroom of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. Newly elected County Surveyor Davey Edwards will be the guest speaker.

RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of WalMart in Decatur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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.

SHELTER HOURS – The Wise County Animal Shelter has new hours. Starting this week, the shelter is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


ANGEL TREE -The Northwest ISD Angel Tree is a way for district teachers, staff, student organizations, churches and businesses to anonymously assist any student or family who needs clothing and holiday gifts. To adopt an angel, contact Phil Beckman at or (817) 215-0172. For each adopted angel you will receive an information email with the child’s clothing and special requests. The Angel Tree items, including a print copy of the information email, will need to be delivered to the NISD Administration Building by Monday, Nov. 26.


FUN RUN – The 19th Annual Coyote Chase Race 5K and one-mile run is Saturday, Nov. 17, at the main campus in Weatherford. The 1-mile begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. The event benefits the Weatherford College Foundation scholarship fund, and all ages and fitness levels are welcome to walk or run. All kids age 12 and younger will receive a ribbon, and there will be trophies for the 5K and one-mile age group winners. Rosa’s Cafe is providing post-race food, and runners will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. There will also be bounce houses, along with food and music. Adult registration is $20 before race day and $25 on race day. Kids 12 and younger are $15. To register online, visit target=”_blank”>