SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS – The Alvord ISD board of trustees Thursday gave its support to the concept of issuing maintenance tax notes to finance just over $1 million in improvements and purchases the district needs to make. Topping the list is paving parking lots and driveways around the middle school and high school, but also needed are a bus with a wheelchair lift, funds to complete the district’s wireless network, and to finish installing security cameras at the middle school. Repaying the bonds over 15 years would cost around $85,000 a year according to an estimate put together by superintendent Bill Branum. The board did not vote to issue any bonds, but plans to meet again next Thursday for a vote to put the process in motion. For a complete report on the meeting, see this weekend’s Wise County Messenger.
TACKY SWEATERS – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport Stage, in conjunction with the Home for the Holidays event Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be prizes awarded in each of two categories – age 12 and under and age 13 and up. Entries are due Friday, Dec. 7. Call the chamber at (940) 683-2076.
CHRISTMAS PARTY – The Decatur Public Library will host a come-and-go Children’s Christmas Party 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa, then stay for crafts and holiday stories. Call (940) 393-0290 for more information.
GRIEF SUPPORT – The Grief Support Group meets 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the Wise Regional Health System West Campus (old hospital, enter at the far left side of the building). For information call Laura Tanner at (940) 626-2973.
BENEFIT GARAGE SALE – The youth group with the First Baptist Church of Chico is having a garage sale 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church to raise money for a mission trip.
TOYS FOR TOTS – CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur is a collection site for the Toys for Tots campaign. Donate new, unwrapped toys, and your name will be put in a drawing for one of two new bicycles being given away by the restaurant.
PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Parade of Lights in Decatur is Saturday. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. behind Eagle Stadium. Judging is at 5:30, and the parade begins at 6:30. It will travel west on Walnut Street, left on Washburn, and then turn left on Main, passing through the Decatur Square. Call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at (940) 627-3107 for more information.
TOUR OF HOMES – The Decatur Women’s Club Tour of Homes is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 and are on sale at iCopy in Decatur, North Texas Bank, Patti’s Hair Parlor & Etc. and from all Decatur Women’s Club members. Four TAPS buses will offer transportation to each of the stops on the tour for an additional $10. Riders will be picked up at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn St., at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Reserve a seat or space for your group by calling Patti’s at (940) 627-1002. Businesses on the Square are also offering special promotions and discounts to tour ticketholders 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Wednesday’s Messenger contained information about the homes on the tour, and more will be featured in this weekend’s paper.
MOONLIGHT MADNESS – Decatur stores will be open late citywide Saturday, and Santa Claus will be on the Square to visit with children. Parents may bring their own cameras for photos. The choirs from the First Baptist Churches of Alvord, Decatur and Paradise will perform as one group – Voices of Christmas – along with other live music performances.
ANGEL GARDEN DEDICATION – Candlelight dedication of the Chico Memorial Angel Garden is 7 p.m. Saturday on the Chico square.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – The Newark Ladies Auxiliary will host a Christmas Bazaar noon-8 p.m. Saturday at the Newark Fire Hall. Vendors will be set up all day, and the auxiliary will serve stew, pinto beans, hot dogs and nachos all day. Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. on a fire truck, and pictures will be taken 5-7:30 p.m. Parents can bring their own camera, or the auxiliary will sell photos for $5 each.
RIBBON CUTTING – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Cambio Life Recovery Center, 1903 Doctor’s Hospital Drive, Suite 1 in Bridgeport, 1 p.m. today.
FUNERALS – Service for Josh Smith, 24, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Miranda Lee Florida, 94, of Greenwood is 1:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.