News Briefs for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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TEEN READING – The Alvord Public Library is hosting a come-and-go Teen Reading Club every Wednesday through Aug. 21 for adolescents entering the seventh through 12th grades. At any point during the month-long event, go to the library at 106 Franklin St. to register, complete a reading log, suggest books to add to the library’s collection and recommend books to other teens. There will be goodies available, and each participant will be entered in a drawing for a Google Play gift card at the end of the program.


LITTLE LIBRARY – Free Little Library in Boyd is now open outside the Boyd ISD Early Childhood Building (behind Allsup’s). It’s open to the public, and the books are free. You can take one and leave one at any time. The community project is organized by Texas Neighborhood Services-Head Start Boyd to promote school readiness for children under 5.

SOCCER SIGN-UPS – Boyd Youth Association is having soccer registration 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at the middle school gym. Cost is $65.


BENEFIT ACCOUNT – A benefit account for the family of Rocio Gonzalez of Bridgeport has been established at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. The 25-year-old single mother of two was seriously injured in a car accident on U.S. 380 in Denton County early Saturday morning.

SOCCER SIGN-UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will have soccer registration 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Registration fee is $60.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Jim Vollmer of Employer Benefits Solutions, will give a program on the affordable healthcare act, and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson will give a special presentation on new rules for civil court filings. Lunch, catered by Banezensky’s BBQ, is $10 a plate. Door prize donations are appreciated. RSVP to 940-683-2076 or by Wednesday, Aug. 14.

AUTHOR VISIT – Historian and author Dr. J’Nell Pate will discuss her most recent book, “Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy” at the Bridgeport Historical Society meeting 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Weatherford College Wise County lecture hall. The public is welcome.

GED TESTING – Bridgeport ISD will administer the GED test for the last time Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19-20. Pre-register by Thursday, Aug. 15. For information, visit then click on Community then click on GED information. Or stop by the north side of 1101 17th St. in Bridgeport after Aug. 13. Weatherford College Wise County will administer the test beginning in September.

BENEFIT SOFTBALL – A co-ed softball tournament benefiting Bridgeport eighth-grader Shannan White is Saturday, Aug. 17, at Lawdwin Ballfields in Bridgeport. The event includes a concession stand and T-shirts for sale. Register your teams by calling Chris Peck at 940-613-9921. White has been hospitalized at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for about a month after having a seizure. She underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor July 2 and had a stroke, which left her paralyzed on the left side.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 33rd Annual Oil Man’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times available. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are $250, and organizers also appreciate door prize donations. For an entry form or more information, contact Neil Peters at 940-575-4850 or with Oil Man’s Golf Tournament in the subject line.


BRISKET FUNDRAISER – The Chico Volunteer Fire Department is selling briskets for $50 each. To purchase one, call Chico City Hall at 940-644-2435.


BIKE RALLY – The Eighter From Decatur Bike Rally benefiting Raquel’s Wings For Life is Saturday, Sept. 7. There will be an 8-mile, 25-mile and 55-mile ride, all of which will leave from Decatur Municipal Airport at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 6 a.m. that day, or you can register online at Cost is $30. For more information, visit or call 940-626-3006 or 940-683-8780.

SAVE THE DATE – The third annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion grounds in Decatur. This year’s event will also include a 5K run. For more information, visit or call Stephanie at 214-683-1766.


FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and it will be followed by the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will include vendor booths, a classic car show, talent show, chili cook-off, quilt show, displays and demonstrations. For more information, email or call 940-859-3691. The event is hosted by the Paradise Historical Society.

CLASS REUNION – Organizers are looking for Paradise High School graduates to attend a ’60s Decade Class Reunion on Oct. 19. If you graduated or attended Paradise school and would have graduated in the years 1960 to 1969 and have not been contacted, call Don Niblett, 940-627-3557; Sue Laurent, 214-215-8472; or Kathy Horton, 940-389-4817.


FALL OUT AUDITIONS – Auditions for the Wise Country Fall Out are 1 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 17, at Wise County Heritage Museum. To pre-register, call the museum at 940-627-5586 or Carla Womack at 940-393-9141. The talent show is Saturday, Nov. 2.

SINGLES CLUB – North Texas Singles Club (Friends Making Friends) will meet 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Pizza Hut in Decatur. All ages welcome. For more information, call 940-366-0100.

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Neighborhood Autos will give away bags of school supplies Saturday, Aug. 17, at its eight area lots in Bridgeport, Decatur, Azle, Denton, Gainesville, Lewisville, Sanger and Watauga.

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Wise County fall softball sign-ups are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Hibbett Sports in Decatur. Players age 7 to 14 may play, and cost is $35.

SUPERHERO RUN – A Superhero 5K run/walk benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise and Jack counties is Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the race starts at 7 a.m. Register online at or, or pick up and return a form to CASA, 300 E. Pecan St., in Decatur. Cost is $25 for the race or $40 with a T-shirt. There will be kids’ activities and awards in each age category, including best costume. For more information, call 940-627-7535 or visit

HELP WANTED – Volunteers are needed to help backstage in the Wise County Heritage Museum’s production of “Dr. D.K. Molar” 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. To help, call Lou Ramos at 817-638-2022.

HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 230. Eligible persons must meet standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services.

RANCHER’S GATHERING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock & Forage Committee will host John Bradshaw from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to speak about property theft prevention. The program is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the First Baptist Church Decatur. Cost is $10 per person and includes dinner. There will be more than 20 booths and lots of door prizes. To register, come by the Extension office before Aug. 16. Space is limited. For more information, call 940-627-3341.

CLAY SHOOT – A clay shoot benefiting Wise Regional Health Foundation is Friday, Aug. 23, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Slidell. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch will be provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. For more information or to register, call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384.

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21, 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.

TASTE OF WISE – The third annual Taste of Wise is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Decatur Civic Center. The free event includes samplings of food and drink offered by local businesses, live entertainment and door prizes every 10 minutes. To showcase your business, to sponsor or donate door prizes, call Susan Miller at 940-627-7658.

COOKING CLASS – Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension agents and local dietitians will hold a cooking demonstration 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Weatherford College Wise County. Learn to prepare three complete menus that are tasty, easy, nutritious and economical meals. Pre-register, by calling Tanya at 940-627-3341. Space is limited. Cost is $20 for pre-registration or $25 at the door, and it includes a cookbook, recipe samples and a goody bag.

GOSPEL GROUP – The New Plainsmen Gospel Group will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Wise County Heritage Museum.


BACKGROUND CHECK – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in NISD schools must have passed a criminal background check. It is available at

ONLINE REGISTRATION – Students new to Northwest ISD may enroll online at Registration for returning students begins Aug. 1. The process will replace the back-to-school packets issued on the first day of school.

BACK TO SCHOOL – The first day of school in Northwest ISD is Tuesday, Aug. 27. For back-to-school information, visit

CRAFT SHOW VENDORS – Vendors are sought for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest High School. Booth fees, which include a chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi, are $75 for a 10×10 space or $140 for 10×20. Additions include electricity for $10; tables for $10; and chairs for $5. Vendors may also pre-order a boxed lunch that will be delivered to the booths. Cost is $10 for a sandwich, chips, drink and dessert. Applications, available at, are due Oct. 1. For more information, call or email Julia at 940-230-6099 or; Melinda at 940-595-6451 or; or Deborah Christenson at 817-726-1075 or

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 18th Annual Northwest ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at DFW Marriot at Champions Circle in Fort Worth. For more information, contact David at

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