News Briefs for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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ORGANIC FARMING SEMINAR – Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is presenting its Farmer Education Series, Organics From the Ground Up, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Rose Creek Farms, 418 CR 2788, in Sunset. The workshop is designed for anyone interested in farming or gardening. Topics include soils and compost, poultry management, certified naturally grown, crop rotation and pasture management, marketing and land availability. There will also be farm equipment demonstrations and farm tours. For information, visit or call (940) 427-2609. Register at


FALL FESTIVAL AT CARE – The 2nd Annual Fall Festival at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) is Saturday and Sunday, 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 and 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 information, visit

BENEFIT FOR WRECK VICTIM – A benefit account has been opened at The Community Bank in Bridgeport for Michael Bible of Bridgeport. Bible was seriously injured in a car accident earlier this month in Oklahoma. Donations may be made to the “Michael Bible Medical Account.” Chili’s restaurant in Decatur will also donate 10 percent of all proceeds to the family Nov. 2-4.

GARAGE SALE – A garage sale fundraiser 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. Funds benefit the Wise County Special Needs Baseball League’s Miracle League field fund. 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 should 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.

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.


FOOD DRIVE – Decatur FFA students will be trick or treating for canned goods Halloween night. For more information, call Jim Allsup, Decatur High School ag teacher, at (940) 399-8665.

SMOKED MEAT FUNDRAISER – Grace Baptist Church in Decatur is selling smoked turkeys for $35, hams for $40 and briskets for $45 for their annual benevolence fundraiser. The meats will be smoked on the church parking lot Friday, Nov. 9. Pre-order before Friday, Nov. 2, by calling (940) 627-7558.

YOUTH BASKETBALL – Forms are available to sign up for fifth and sixth grade Decatur Youth Basketball at Rann, Carson and Young Elementary Schools and McCarroll Middle School. The fee is $60. Deadline to sign up is Friday, Nov. 2.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 21st annual Park Classic Golf Tournament is Friday, Nov. 2, at the Decatur Country Club. Registration is at 11 a.m. and play begins at noon. Entry fee for the four-person team scramble is $300 or $400 for all-inclusive that includes two mulligans per person ($5 each) and poker run entry ($15 per person). Payout to winner is $250, and cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, seventh, last, longest drive and closest to the pin. For more information, call Nikki Selby at (817) 253-6886 or Kelsea Bieser at (940) 399-9711 or go to or Proceeds benefit CASA, Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, Wise County Christian Counseling and Raquel’s Wings for Life.

GOLF SPONSORSHIPS – Organizers of the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 21st annual Park Classic Golf Tournament Friday, Nov. 2, seek sponsors. Levels include Club House – $500; food – $400; beverage – $250; hole – $100; and raffle/silent auction and goody bag items. Contact Nikki Selby at or (817) 253-6886 or Kelsea Bieser at or (940) 399-9711. Tournament proceeds benefit CASA, Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, Wise County Christian Counseling and Raquel’s Wings for Life.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – The first-ever Carson Elementary Family Fun Night is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the school. Admission is one canned food item to be donated to WARM. There will be bounce houses, prizes, a four square tournament and a deejay.

PIZZA EATING CONTEST – McCarroll Middle School teachers Mrs. Bocanegra and Coach Hornsby are having a pizza eating contest 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. Students are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite teachers. Ten percent of sales will go toward the seventh grade trip to the state capitol.

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.

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.


CHAMBER LUNCH – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce luncheon is at 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. Canned goods 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. The 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. Veterans photos will be displayed at the Family Park.


GIFTED AND TALENTED – Slidell ISD is accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program through Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at (940) 466-3118 ext. 241.


HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientation 10 a.m. Saturday, 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.

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.


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 was a Wise County native.

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 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.


JAZZ CONCERT – The Weatherford College Jazz Band and the Texas Connection will give a free concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The Texas Connection will feature drummer and Weatherford College Wise County Dean and drummer Duane Durrett and guest artist saxophonist Mack Goldsbury. Vocalist Victor Cager will headline the group. Cager and the Texas Connection recently entertained at WCWC’s Red Carpet Gala. For more information, call (940) 627-2690 or email Durrett at

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. 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

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