News Briefs for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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ELEMENTARY EVENT – Everyone is invited to Alvord Elementary’s next “Rise and Shine” starting at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the school’s gym. The October version will be presented by Ms. Allison’s third grade class and will spotlight bullying prevention.


HOMECOMING – Festivities leading up to Friday’s homecoming football game against Pilot Point include a parade at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. The parade, which starts and finishes at the football stadium, will be followed by a community-wide pep rally at the stadium at 6:30. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

RAFFLE BENEFITING BASEBALL – The Boyd High School baseball team is holding a raffle to win a chance to experience a NASCAR ride at Texas Motor Speedway. The ride is four laps at speeds in excess of 160 mph in one of the Nextel Cup Race Cars. Winners will have through September 2013 to book the event. Tickets are $5 or five for $20. Tickets can be purchased through Friday, Oct. 5, at the Boyd High School and Boyd Middle School offices. Winners will be announced Oct. 5 at the Boyd High School football game.


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.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL – The Bridgeport Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on Halsell Street. Events include a chili cookoff, live entertainment, cooking competition, motorcycle show, poker run, 5K walk/run, children’s activities, hot dog eating contest, pageant, photography contest, pet costume parade, historical demonstrations and vendor booths. To register for any of the events, visit or call (940) 683-2076.

CLASS OF ’77 REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1977 will have a 35th reunion 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the lake home of Sandra Culpepper Juarez, 229 CR 1742, in Chico. Dinner is potluck. For information and directions, call Tammy Cortez at (940) 393-3762 or Becky Summars at (469) 525-5698. Email

GOLF TOURNEY – Bridgeport Project Graduation is having a golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 6, the club at Runaway Bay to benefit the Class of 2013. For team or sponsorship information or to volunteer, call Alice Coffman at (940) 389-7203.

CHILI COOKERS WANTED – Entries are being taken for the first Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff and Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Bridgeport Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival. Entry fee is $50 per team and proceeds will benefit the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, visit or call (940) 683-2076.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE – The “Battle of Big Sandy” food drive runs Oct. 8-23 in Bridgeport to benefit Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). Collection boxes will be delivered to each school by Friday, Oct. 5, to collect non-perishable items. Signs for each campus will be posted at Brookshire’s for donations, and the PTOs will accept cash donations and use the money to purchase food at local stores. The results will be announced Oct. 26 when Bridgeport hosts Decatur in the annual “Battle of the Big Sandy” game.

FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER – A barbecue cookoff fundraiser benefitting the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday, Oct. 20, at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport. Entry fee is $100 for all three meats – brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken – or $35 each meat. There is a 60 percent payback for first, second and third place, and a $10 jackpot for best beans. For more information, call Terry Long at (940) 210-9495 or Kyle Bloodworth at (940) 372-0134.


NEW HOURS – Chico Public Library is extending its hours. Starting Monday, Oct. 1, the library will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department is having a fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will include music by Rocking B 4 to 7 p.m., a barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. and a live and silent auction 4 to 9 p.m. There will also be a bounce house and a jail. Raffle tickets for a gun are being sold for $5 each at Cottondale Store and Deli, Raymonds Barbecue in Bridgeport, Elliott Electric Supply in Bridgeport or at the fundraiser. Donations can also be made to the fire department via PayPal. Visit and enter:


FLU CLINIC – The school district is hosting a flu clinic Thursday, Oct. 4, for Decatur ISD students, adults and pre-school children. The cost for children is $10, and adults are $22. B-12 shots are also available for $15. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. If interested, contact the nurse at your child’s campus.

BUSINESS SEMINAR – Starting a Small Business seminar is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Decatur Civic Center. Harold Lotz from the Tarleton Small Business Development Center will be the speaker at the interactive workshop. Attendees will learn: financing options, laws and regulations, writing a business plan and accessing local, state and federal resources. The seminar is free, but you must register by Wednesday, Oct. 3. Call (940) 577-7121 for more information.

GARAGE SALE – A fundraiser garage sale benefiting the Walk to Defeat ALS is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at 243 CR 1180 (three miles north of Decatur on U.S. 287). The walk is Saturday, Nov. 10, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 104 S. Miller, in Decatur. Payment is on a sliding scale, and a parent must be present. Bring shot records.

CLASS REUNION – The 30th reunion for Decatur High School Class of ’82 is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Reunion on the Square in Decatur. The class is hosting a multi-class reunion 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Decatur Civic Center for classes ’79-’85. Cost is $30 per person, payable at the door, and it includes dinner. There will be a cash bar, dancing and photos on display. RSVP by calling Nola at (940) 393-6152.

WATCH D.O.G.S. – McCarroll Middle School Watch D.O.G.S. (Dad’s of Great Students) pizza night is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Multipurpose Building. This will be an opportunity for dads, father figures and students to learn about the program and turn in participation forms.

MANGA ART CONTEST – The Decatur Public Library is holding a Manga Art Contest, with entries being accepted through Friday, Oct. 12. Artists must be 13 or older; categories are original and fan art; and no entries containing nudity or excessive violence will be accepted. All entries must include the artist’s name, phone number and category. A grand prize winner will be announced at the monthly Otaku Club meeting on 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – Paint the Town Pink is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, on the Square in Decatur. Lunch will be available with special prices for those wearing pink. There will be a bake sale, silent auction, pink line ceremony and special promotions with local businesses. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional, which provides mammograms and cervical cancer screenings to underserved women in Wise County. For more information, call (940) 627-6158. The event is hosted by Decatur Main Street and the Wise Regional Health Foundation.

CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce 21st annual Auction “Eighter from Decatur Downs” is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tables are on sale now for $320 or individual tickets are $40 (includes dinner, entertainment, open bar and funny money). Dress in Kentucky Derby attire. Donations are being accepted for the live and silent auctions, and those items can be dropped off at the Chamber office. For more information, call the Chamber at (940) 627-3107.

NOMINATE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for 2012 Citizen of the Year. The award will be given to a citizen in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions directly to the city of Decatur during the past year. Supportive materials should include specific information on how the nominee displayed exemplary commitment, support, outreach to other citizens, desire to make a positive impact in the city, leadership and skills. All nominations must be received in the chamber office by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Nominations may be delivered, mailed or emailed to or faxed to (940) 627-3771.


HOMECOMING DANCE – The varsity cheerleaders will host a homecoming dance Friday, Oct. 5, after Paradise hosts Whitesboro at 7:30. The dance runs from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is for high school students only. Cost to attend is $3, or free with a homecoming T-shirt that can be purchased from Mrs. Harrison.

FLU VACCINE – Movax will offer flu vaccines at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Paradise ISD Training Center. The clinic is open to the public. Adult vaccines are $22, and the cost for children is $10 for the injection or mist. A parent or guardian must accompany the child.


BOOK FAIR – The Slidell ISD Library will host its fall book fair Monday through Friday, Oct. 8-12. The book fair will be open during elementary parent conferences and until 7:30 p.m. during a special family event Wednesday, Oct. 10. Book fair hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day except that Wednesday.


VETERANS PICNIC – The Wise County Veterans Council will host its annual veterans’ picnic 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. There will be barbecue, a sweet walk, silent auction and door prizes.

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3, at 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 meetings. For information, visit or call (817) 926-9219, ext. 116.

WOMEN’S HEALTH EVENT – Texas AgriLife Extension-Wise County and the Friend to Friend Coalition is hosting a Friend to Friend – Staying Healthy Together event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Weatherford College Wise County. The event is free, and attendees will learn the importance of mammograms and pap tests. They will also find out how to access financial resources and fully funded area services, and they will be able to visit retail and educational exhibits. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Call the Extension office to register for the event at (940) 627-3341.

CALENDARS FOR SALE – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is selling 16-month calendars for $10 each. The calendars feature artwork from local special needs individuals, and proceeds go toward building a special needs baseball field equipped for persons of all disabilities. To get your calendar, call Jeri Kay at (940) 577-1848 or Cheryl at (940) 683-4234.


EARLY RELEASE – Northwest ISD will dismiss early Friday, Oct. 5, at the following times: elementary schools, 12:25 p.m.; Steele Accelerated High School, 1:05 p.m.; Northwest and Byron Nelson High Schools, 1:15 p.m.; and middle schools, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, is a student holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, Oct. 9.

PERFORMING ARTS – The Northwest High School theatre department presents “The Diary of Anne Frank.” A preview is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 10, and Saturday, Oct. 13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets will be on sale each night in the lobby of the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center, 2201 Texan Dr., in Justin.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Northwest High School cheerleaders will host the fifth annual golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Marriott Hotel and Golf Course at Champions Circle. Registration is at 6:30 a.m., and the scramble starts at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Amanda Lee at (817) 304-8182 or

PARENT MEETING – Northwest ISD is offering a parent-education opportunity to address child abuse awareness 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Northwest ISD Administration Building Board Room.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION – The Northwest ISD Education Foundation (NEF) 17th Annual Golf Classic is Thursday, Oct. 18, at the DFW Marriot Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth. All proceeds will support the NEF Encouraging Excellence Scholarship for Northwest ISD seniors. To register, go to

CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School Baseball Booster Club is holding a Fall Craft Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Northwest High School cafeteria, 2301 Texan Dr., in Justin. Admission is one canned food item to benefit Communities in Schools.

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