News Briefs for Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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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 earlier this month.

HAIRCUTS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES – The Hair Shop in Bridgeport is giving away free haircuts and backpacks with school supplies while they last for first through sixth grades Aug. 17-31. Coupons can be picked up at The Hair Shop. Donations of school supplies are also being accepted.

MAIN STREET NIGHT OUT – Experience historic Bridgeport during Main Street Night Out Thursday, Sept. 5. There will be merchant specials, complimentary beverages and Austin Allsup will be in concert from 5 to 7 p.m. before being the featured artist during 1st Thursday Jam at the Bridgeport Stage at 7 p.m.

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.


FALL STORYTIMES – The Decatur Public Library will begin weekly fall storytimes for preschoolers and toddlers Wednesday. Preschool storytimes will be held Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m., and toddler storytimes will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. Join them for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes and more. No sign-up is required. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Chef Gary Souder is retiring from the Decatur Civic Center, and the public is invited to a come-and-go reception for him 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Civic Center in the Chisholm Trail Suites.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the first City on a Hill Color Run 5K and Fun Run Sept. 7. Visit to register.

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.

CLASS REUNION – The Decatur Class of 2003 will host its 10-year class reunion Sept. 14 in Ft. Worth. Email Leah Combs (Mitchell) at for location, costs and more information.

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.


PARADISE CHAMBER – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday, Sept. 9, at City Hall. Lunch, catered by Sagebrush Cafe, is $10 a plate. Nancy Neal with Cendera Funding will speak. Raffle prizes are appreciated. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 6, to

VENDORS NEEDED – The Paradise Historical Society is accepting vendor applications for the Main Street Festival to be held Sept. 28 in downtown Paradise. Call 940-969-3680 for a vendor form or download one at www.paradisehistoricalsociety/events.

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.

TALENT CONTEST – The second annual Paradise Has Talent contest is Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Main Street Festival. The competition is split into two age groups: youth through eighth grade and teens/adults. Only 10 acts in each age category will perform, and there will be cash prizes of $150 and $100. Entry forms and contest details can be downloaded at or from the Paradise Main Street Festival Facebook page. Cost to enter is $10, and deadline is Friday, Sept. 20. For more information, call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.

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, 940-389-4196.


GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Runaway Bay Ladies Golf Association and the Greater Runaway Bay Alliance is hosting a Labor Day golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 2. It’s open to men and women of all skill levels and is limited to 36 teams. Cost for the four-person scramble is $75 per player. Lunch will be served, and there will be awards for closest to the pin on hole 3, men’s and women’s longest drive on hole 11 and hit the target on hole 13. For more information, call Darla at 940-577-4999 or Karen at 214-668-8293.


HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have a homeowner orientation 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. For information, visit or call 817-926-9219, ext. 116.

RELAY COMMITTEE – A meeting for those interested in serving on the Relay For Life of Wise County planning committee is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED – Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County has been extended through 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, for new and returning students. Call the college at 940-627-2690 or email for more information.

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 is hosting a Dinner Tonight Cooking School Thursday, Sept. 5, at Weatherford College Wise County. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. so participants can visit exhibits and vendors. (Space is still available for vendors.) The cooking school begins at 6 p.m. and will include the demonstration of three easy and nutritious menus that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Goody bags, cookbooks and door prizes will be given away. Space is limited. Pre-register for $20 by calling 940-627-3341. Cost is $25 at the door.

SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS – Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital’s Wellness for Life mobile health unit will offer mammogram screenings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Decatur. Register by calling 855-318-7696.

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

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.


GOLD CARD – Northwest ISD provides senior citizens living in the district the opportunity to be part of the district’s Gold Card program. In addition to a free annual luncheon, Gold Card members receive free entry into district-sponsored events, performances and athletic competitions. If you are 65 years of age or older, become a member of the NISD Gold Card program by calling 817-215-0175.

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

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS – Northwest ISD is hosting Movax Immunization Clinics during the month of August. The cost per child is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two and $35 for three or more. Children need to bring current shot records, and a parent/guardian must be present. For a list of dates, times and locations, go to

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY – Northwest ISD will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day. Classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 3.

FAITH-BASED RALLY – Northwest ISD will host a rally 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Administration Building (2001 Texan Drive in Justin) for faith-based organizations to learn how to become more involved in the school district. Space is limited. RSVP to 817-215-0175.

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

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

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