News Briefs for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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YOUTH BASKETBALL – Registration is under way for Alvord Youth Basketball, grades one through six. Forms are available at the junior high and elementary offices. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 26. For information, contact Charlotte at (940) 389-5441 or

HAUNTED HOUSE – Alvord Project Graduation Class of 2013 Haunted House is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the old Alvord Middle School, behind Alvord Express. Admission is $5.


FALL FESTIVAL AT CARE – The 2nd Annual Fall Festival at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) is Oct. 27 and 28 and Nov. 3 and 4. Tours will start at noon and 3 p.m. each day. Visitors are invited to come out an hour earlier to participate in games, arts and crafts, refreshments, treats and a raffle. During the tour, visitors will be able to give presents and treats to the animals. The center asks for a $20 donation for adults and $10 for children under 12. Raffle tickets are $5 each. For more information, visit

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL – A candlelight vigil in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. The event is hosted by Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. Candles will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to wear purple. For more information, call (940) 626-4585.

COSTUME PARADE – Suit Up and Say Boo costume parade and trick or treating is Wednesday, Oct. 31, down Halsell Street. Participants will meet at the Duckwall’s parking lot at 5 p.m. For more information, call (940) 683-3400.

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.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT – Donations to a benefit account for Kayla Morrow Nichols, 41, of Bridgeport can be made at any First Financial Bank. Nichols has been in a coma since Aug. 5.


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.


GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 3rd Annual DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Resort Golf Club at Eagle Mountain Lake. Registration is at 10 a.m., and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Cost to enter the four-person scramble is $320, which includes lunch, goody bags and door prizes. The event benefits the Decatur High School boys and girls golf teams. For more information, call Andrew Rottner at (817) 980-8131 or Steve Jones at (940) 399-9465.

FALL FESTIVAL – Governor’s Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living will host an indoor fall festival 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 300 E. Deveraux in Decatur. Attendants are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be food, games, candy and prizes.

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.


FALL FEST – The Paradise PTO Fall Fest is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Paradise Elementary School. There will be food, games, bingo, hayrides and a silent auction.

CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce will have its board meeting at noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Bridgeport Country Club. All members are asked to attend.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon, Thursday, Nov. 5, at Paradise City Hall. Sheriff David Walker will speak.


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

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications are now available at the 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.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Penny Nixon with Texas Parks and Wildlife will speak on how to recognize antiquities in items of nature.

CALENDARS FOR SALE – Wise County Special Needs Baseball representatives will sell 2013 (16-month) calendars 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Citibank in Decatur. The calendars feature artwork from local special needs individuals, and all funds raised will go to build a Miracle League baseball field to accommodate all players regardless of disability.

ZUMBA FUNDRAISER – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is hosting a zumba fitness Dance for the Field Halloween fundraiser 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Decatur ISD Multipurpose Building, 1201 W. Thompson St. The event is hosted by zumba instructor Simon Kao, and there will be a costume judging with cash prizes, raffles, T-shirts and more. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance. For more information, call (940) 577-1848. All funds raised will go to build a Miracle League baseball field to accommodate all players regardless of disability.

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientation 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, 608 17th St. Those interested in building and owning a home through the organization are welcome to attend the meeting. For information, visit or call (817) 926-9219, ext. 116.


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.

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