News Briefs for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas applications are now available at the Bridgeport Public Library, 2159 Kemp St., on U.S. 380. The deadline to return them to the library is noon Wednesday, Nov. 14.

GARAGE SALE – A garage sale fundraiser for the Wise County Special Needs Baseball League’s Miracle League field fund is 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, at Sagebrush on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Volunteers and new and gently used items for the sale are needed. Items may be dropped off noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. For information, call Jeri Kay at (940) 577-1848 or Gayle at (940) 399-6105.

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.

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.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Chico Spirit of Christmas applications are available at Chico Elementary and First State Bank in Chico. They must be returned by Nov. 2.


RANN PTO – Rann Elementary PTO meets 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the school.

DECATUR SPIRIT – Applications for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas program are now available at all Decatur financial institutions. Deadline to return the applications is Thursday, Nov. 8.

SCHOOL GARAGE SALE – Young Elementary fourth grade is accepting donations for a garage sale to raise money for Camp Grady Spruce. Donations may be dropped off at the school. The sale will be at Young on Saturday, Nov. 10. For more information, email Ms. Ramsey at

VACCINES FOR CHILDREN – The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) is having a vaccination clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 104 S. Miller, in Decatur. A parent must be present and have the child’s shot record with them. Payment is on a sliding fee scale. For more information, call the TDSHS office in Gainesville at (940) 665-6397.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Rep. Phil King. To make reservations, call (940) 627-3107.

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

MONEY RAFFLE – Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary is gearing up for its annual holiday store and selling raffle tickets for a “$500 bag of money.” Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the hospital information desk in the WRHS lobby or from any volunteer. Drawing is Monday, Dec. 3.

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.


FOOD DRIVE – South Wise Spirit of Christmas volunteers are collecting canned goods for needy families. Canned goods can be dropped off at Rhome City Hall and Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications are now available at Rhome City Hall, 105 W. First St., for South Wise Spirit of Christmas donations. Applications are due Nov. 12. The South Wise Spirit of Christmas program buys Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in the Rhome, Aurora and New Fairview areas along with the entire 76078 zip code.

CELEBRATING VETERANS – Veterans Appreciation Day is Saturday, Nov. 10, in Rhome. A formal veteran’s ceremony is 11 a.m. to noon in the Veterans Park, and festivities continue 1 to 5 p.m. with free hot dogs, drinks and live music. The library is requesting any and all photos of veterans for display at the event. Photos should include the veteran’s name, branch of service and war or time served and include a return address. They can be dropped off or mailed to Rhome City Hall, P.O. Box 228, Rhome, TX 76078.


TALENT SHOW – The Wise Country Fall Out is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Thirteen contestants will compete for first, second and third place. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5 to 12, and children 4 and under free.

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.

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.

LOGO WANTED – Wise Performing Arts Guild is holding a design contest for an official logo for their organization. The winning design will be used in all their print media, and the winner will receive $100. For official rules and entry forms, call Marty Sherman at (940) 627-7095.

RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two-hour slots are available 9 a.m.-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.

SMOKE DETECTOR HELP – Wise County Committee on Aging will assist elderly who need help replacing batteries in smoke detectors or who need smoke detectors. If you or an elderly family member needs assistance, call Donna Brown at (940) 627-5329 or Lori Harlow at (940) 626-3755. Donations of smoke detectors or batteries will also be accepted to help those in need. Residents are encouraged to check the batteries in their smoke detectors during time changes. Daylight saving time ended Sunday.


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


SCHOOL DEDICATION – The Northwest School Board, school administrators and the Truett Wilson Middle School staff invite the community to celebrate the official dedication of the district’s fifth middle school 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. The school is at 14250 Sendera Ranch Blvd. in Haslet. Wilson is a Wise County native.

BOARD MEETING – The Northwest School Board meets 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Administration Building Board Room.

THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed Nov. 19 to 23 for Thanksgiving break. Classes resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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 need 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.

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