UPDATE

Friday, October 19, 2012


PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today 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.

HISTORICAL UNVEILING – First Baptist Church in Bridgeport will unveil a historical marker 3 p.m. Sunday. The church was founded in Bridgeport 130 years ago. Descendants of the original 23 charter members will be recognized, and refreshments will be provided after the ceremony.

YEAR IN THE BOOKS – The Paradise City Council Thursday approved the final amendments to the 2011-2012 budget, though none were needed. “The general fund actually didn’t need any adjusting this year,” City Secretary Teresa Moody said. “We took in $206,612.98, and we spent $143,907.94.” Moody also noted that the water fund doesn’t “look good on paper.” “It appears we were short nearly $13,000,” she said. “But we used funds in-hand to buy the front-end loader and golf cart. We didn’t have to do any money shuffling. That hasn’t happened in a while.”

SUPERIOR RATING – The Decatur school district has received a superior rating in the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, an accountability rating system designed to ensure school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will be held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices.

DECATUR HOMECOMING – The Decatur Homecoming parade is today at 2:30 through the downtown area followed by a pep rally at 3 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

SPOOKTACULAR – Bridgeport Spooktacular Fall Fest, sponsored by the city’s parks and recreation department, is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The free event includes candy, games, inflatables, face painting, goody bags and balloon animals.

BENEFIT FOR RESCUE FACILITIES – Haven on the Hill Senior Pet Sanctuary and Reata Ranch Rescue, both rescue facilities located in Wise County, will hold a combined benefit rummage sale 8 a.m. Saturday at 502 N. Church St. in Decatur. Haven on the Hill has a senior cabin devoted completely to dogs beyond the “adoptable” age to live out the remainder of their days in a home setting. Reata Ranch works with Wise County Animal Control and the City of Bridgeport to provide information on spay/neuter programs. Pets will be available for adoption at Saturday’s event.

CHILI DINNER BENEFIT – Alvord’s Black Diamond Dancers are hosting a chili dinner to raise money for their booster club. Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. To buy tickets see a Black Diamond Dancer or Melissa Haworth. The dinner will be held at the Alvord High School Cafeteria 5:30-7 tonight before the football game.

FUNDRAISER FOR A FIELD – Wise County Special Needs Baseball representatives will be set up 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the following banks selling 2013 (16-month) calendars – In Decatur: First Financial Bank, Legend Bank and North Texas Bank; and in Bridgeport: First Financial Bank, First State Bank and CitiBank. 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.

CHICO FEST – Chico Fest on the square is Saturday at 9 a.m. A barbecue lunch is at 11 a.m. and bingo at 1 p.m.

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.

BASKETBALL REGISTRATION – Registration for the Paradise Youth Basketball winter season runs through Oct. 26. Girls and boys in grades 1-6 may register. Cost is $60 per child. Registration forms are available online at www.eteamz.com/paradisepyra. Call Jodi Messenger at (940) 389-8495 for more information.

ALVORD FUNDRAISER – Alvord’s First United Methodist Church Women’s Group will hold the 29th annual “Lord’s Acre” program 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

BOOK AND GAME DRIVE – The Chico 4-H club will collect new books and games for Cook Children’s Hospital at Chico Fest Saturday. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 16, and the items will be delivered during the week of Thanksgiving. The items must be new because so many children have illnesses that make them more susceptible to germs. Also, in respect of the various beliefs of families, items may not have a religious theme. The Chico 4-H club will also sponsor the Stick Horse Rodeo and a petting zoo at Chico Fest.

YARD SALE – The Wise County Veterans Council and the North Texas Honor Guard will hold their annual yard sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the DAV Hall on FM 51 South in Decatur next to the rodeo grounds. Call (940) 389-5399.

DECATUR STREET WORK — The City of Decatur is scheduled to perform street surfacing operations Monday through Wednesday. Make sure that all vehicles are off of the street so that construction can proceed as quickly as possible. Call (940) 393-0260 for information. Selected street include South Miller, South Church, East Ash, East Elm, East Oak, South Sendero and South Workman.

FUNERALS – Service for Jan M. Delgado, 74, of Chico is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Helen May Withey, 79, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Jason L. McGahey, 38, of Boyd is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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