PUBLIC OFFICIAL PLEADS TO THEFT – An Alvord woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $100,000 from the adult probation department in Wise County. Sandra Nell Campbell, 46, received a 10-year sentence, probated for 10 years. Because she paid $20,000 in restitution up front, she avoided any jail time, according to the plea agreement. According to investigators, Campbell stole approximately $125,035 over an approximately 3 1/2-year period beginning in June of 2008 and continuing until January of this year. Theft of $100,000 to $200,000 is typically a second degree felony, but since Campbell was employed by the probation department, she was considered a public official. That enhanced the charge to a first degree felony, which carried a possible punishment range of anywhere from 5 years to life in prison. Campbell will also be responsible for paying back just over $70,000 in unrecovered funds.
HOLIDAY EVENT – Bridgeport’s Winter Wonderland holiday event is 3-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown. Events include pictures with Santa 4-5:30 p.m. at State Farm, wassail tasting 5-8 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 from 9th to 12th Street will be closed 2-8 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.
SHOPPING FRENZY – Holiday Shopping Frenzy sponsored by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is today and Saturday. 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. The drawing is 8 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell Street. Participants do not have to be present to win.
BAKE SALE – Chico Middle School FCA will hold three bake sales in Chico at 10 a.m. Saturday. Locations include Chico Market Place, Chico Mart and the Chico High School Gym (during the Chico High School Basketball Tournament). The money raised will go to adopt Angels from the Spirit of Christmas Angel Tree. The goal is to raise $500. All donations are welcomed and appreciated.
ALVORD PARADE – The Alvord Christmas Parade is 6 p.m. Saturday.
SANTA IN PARADISE – Pictures with Santa Claus are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Paradise.
COOKIES WITH SANTA – Santa Claus will be at Rhome City Hall 6 -8 p.m. Saturday. There will be cookies, hot chocolate, a free raffle and free pictures with Santa.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS – Wise County Cowboy Church is hosting A Cowboy Christmas Story 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2070 Old Denton Rd., outside Decatur. Visitors will hear the Christmas story while riding in mule-drawn wagons. Visit www.wisecountycowboychurch.com for more information.
TREE LIGHTING – A Christmas parade starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in downtown Slidell. It will end at the First Baptist Church, where a beans and cornbread supper will be served. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to the Slidell school’s Angel Tree. Following the supper, a Christmas tree will be lit downtown.
CHRISTMAS EVENT – Grace Fellowship will host a free community Christmas event 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. There will be food, games and music.
REASON TO SING – First Baptist Church of Bridgeport is hosting “A Reason to Sing” 7 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 1204 12th St. Visit www.fbcbridgeport.com for more information.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Invitational Farm Bureau Boys Basketball Tournament continues today and Saturday at the high school gym. Games start at 3 p.m. today, and participating teams include Decatur, Canyon, Denton Ryan, Gainesville, Northwest’s Byron Nelson, Fort Worth’s Carter-Riverside, and Midland-Lee. Decatur boys play Canyon at 7:30 tonight.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners meet 9 a.m. Monday in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s their last scheduled meeting for the year.
COAT GIVEAWAY – Gently used coats for those in need will be available 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center in Decatur. They include adults and children, various sizes, as supplies last. Breakfast will also be provided. Call the church office at (940) 627-3362 for more information.
BASKETBALL BENEFIT - The Samantha Rogers Memorial Basketball Tournament continues through Saturday in Alvord. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students. All proceeds benefit the Samantha Rogers Memorial Scholarship fund.
AUCTION CANCELED – An auction scheduled for noon Saturday at Wise County Animal Shelter in Decatur has been canceled.
FUNERALS – Service for KayLee Avina, 3, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Hubert O. Ray, 88, of Wise County is 1 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Denton with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Della Ferris, 84, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Jo Whitehead, 76, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.