News Briefs for Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Published Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s seventh annual Christmas Cards in the Park will be displayed through Monday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park.


HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County Development Services is closed Dec. 24 and 25. The Decatur dumpsite is closed Dec. 24 and 25. The Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites are closed Dec. 25 and 26.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System in Decatur will host a Carter Blood Drive 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, in front of the hospital. For more information, call Annette Raley at 940-626-0167.

FUEL FOR A CURE – The Cancer Center at Wise is collecting Wal-Mart gift cards in increments of $25 to help cancer patients pay for gas. Many patients travel long distances every day. Donated gift cards can be dropped off at the Center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Laura Tanner at 940-626-2300.

ATTENTION VETERANS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Southern Region is accepting applications for veterans who want to gain skills in prescribed fire and wildland fire suppression now through Monday, Dec. 30. For more information, call Deidre Smith at 334-421-8414.

STEP UP, SCALE DOWN – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Step Up and Scale Down, a 12-week weight management program. The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 7, and continues weekly through March at Decatur City Hall. The program includes weekly lessons to help manage your weight, weekly challenges and healthy recipes. JRobs Sport and Fitness will also present workout tips and strategies for success. For more information and to pre-register, call 940-627-3341.

EXPERIENCE WORKS – Experience Works helps low-income seniors with multiple barriers to employment get the training they need to find good jobs in Decatur and Wise County. Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based program. Originally named Green Thumb and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program, Experience Works has grown to be the nation’s leading provider of training, employment and community service for low-income older people. The program is funded by grants, contracts, foundations and contributions from organizations and individuals. For more information, call Amanda White at 817-771-3370 or email

DRIVERS NEEDED – Metroport Meals On Wheels in Roanoke needs drivers. The organization serves southwest Wise County including Aurora, Newark, Boyd and Rhome. Meals are picked up from Tater Junction and delivered during the lunch hour Monday through Friday. Drivers may volunteer one day a week or just a few days per month. For more information, call Amy Bennos at 817-491-8534.


NORTHWEST READS – The Northwest ISD Partners in Education program seeks volunteers for the sixth annual Northwest Reads 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Participants will choose from a variety of books to read to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at one of the school district’s 17 elementary schools. This event provides community members with an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers. For more information, call 817-215-0172.

MOBILE APP – Northwest ISD will release the second phase of its mobile app on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The update will include the ability to check your student’s grades, attendance, lunch account balance and more. The NISD Mobile App is available on Google Play and the Apple iTunes store. For more information, go to

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