News Briefs for Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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WORKFORCE SUMMIT – Boyd ISD will host a Workforce Summit 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Boyd ISD boardroom at 600 Knox Ave. Topics to be discussed include diploma endorsements, certifications and course work that will make students more employable upon graduation. Area business leaders are invited. To participate, RSVP to Barbara Stice at or 940-433-9508.


FREE LUNCH – The Bridgeport Middle School Student Council is serving free lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day this week at Harwood Park. Students and adults are welcome to come eat.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas Angel Trees are up at The Community Bank, Citibank and Bridgeport High School. Donations are being accepted now through Friday, Dec. 13, and will be used to provide vouchers for local families, giving them the opportunity to shop for their children’s Christmas toys and clothes.

EAT WITH SANTA – Breakfast with Santa is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Bridgeport Community Center. There will be photos with Santa and arts and crafts. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for kids at City Hall or at the door. For more information, call 940-683-3480.

LIGHTED PARADE – Deadline to register for the Bridgeport Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. For a form, stop by Bridgeport City Hall or email The parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, through downtown Bridgeport. For more information, call 940-683-3404.

CHRISTMAS FUN – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree events in downtown Bridgeport are Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning with a pageant at 10 a.m.; Miss Twister Christmas Showoff at 1 p.m.; pictures with Santa from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; and music by Heartstrings from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., all at Bridgeport Stage. A lighted Christmas parade through downtown is at 6 p.m. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express” will be shown, starting at 7 p.m. at The Stage. Donations of coats, socks, scarves, other winter apparel and cash will be accepted to help those in need. For more information, call 940-683-3404 or 940-683-2076.

RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN – The Bridgeport Salvation Army Unit is looking for bell-ringers for the Christmas 2013 Red Kettle campaign. One-hour slots are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 6, 12, 18 and 21 at Wal-Mart; and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 30 to Dec. 22, at Brookshire’s and Market Place. To sign up, email or call 940-683-2780.


STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – Shear Madness, 1208 FM 51 South, in Decatur, is a drop-off point for items being collected for North Texas Stockings for Soldiers. The stockings will be shipped to deployed soldiers and be personally distributed to all the inpatients at the Dallas VA Hospital. Items needed include body wash (small bottles), lotion, sunscreen, Chapstick, razors, baby wipes (small packages), non-melting candy, candy canes, cookies, jerky, crackers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunglasses, playing cards, word search books, signed Christmas cards and powdered drink mixes. Food and drink items must be in individual wrappers. The deadline to return the items is Wednesday, Nov. 27. For more information, call 940-453-0511, email or visit “North Texas Stockings for Soldiers Campaign” on Facebook.

SANTA COPS – Santa Cops applications are available at the Decatur Police Department. The deadline to return applications is Sunday, Dec. 1. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Monday, Dec. 16. For more information, call Ashly DoByns at 940-393-0300.

COLLECTING TOYS – Vincent Wealth Management, 1650 FM 51 South, in Decatur is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Decatur PD’s Santa Cops through Tuesday, Dec. 17. For more information, call 940-627-6111.

RINGERS WANTED – Bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign at Wal-Mart in Decatur this holiday season. Ringers are needed daily from Thanksgiving to Christmas. To sign up as an individual or as a group, call Tana Fedric at 940-627-5859. All money collected by the Salvation Army at the Wal-Mart location stays in Wise County thanks to local volunteers.

TOY DRIVE – Trey Horn with Farmer’s Insurance is sponsoring a toy drive now through Dec. 21 for Wise Kid Care Center. Toys may be donated at 1559 W. U.S. 380, in Decatur. For more information, call Gina at 940-626-2188.


ANNUAL DINNER – The fifth annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce dinner is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Guest speaker is Dave Lieber, an investigative columnist at the Dallas Morning News. Tickets are $20 in advance at Mann Refrigeration in Bridgeport, First State Bank in Paradise and Paradise City Hall. Cost is $25 at the door. There will be a silent auction and raffle. For more information, email

TOY DRIVE – Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant in Paradise is collecting gifts to donate to foster children in Wise and Jack counties. Bring a new and unwrapped toy to the restaurant now through Sunday, Dec. 8.


LIGHTNG UP THE BAY – Members of the Greater Runaway Bay Alliance will compile a map of all local homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. Copies of the map will be available at local businesses, at City Hall and outside the civic center. To be included on the map, contact Jackie Ishmael at 940-575-4592 or, or Kay Federspiel at 940-575-4916. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 10.


SINGLES CLUB – North Texas Singles Club will meet 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Decatur. For more information, call 940-366-0100.

ELDERLY ANGELS – Angel Trees for the elderly will be available at RGA Home Care in Bridgeport and Toast Yur Bunz in Decatur beginning Saturday, Dec. 2. Wrapped gifts, with the angel tags, must be returned by Monday, Dec. 16. For more information, call 940-683-6370.

SHOT CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Education Building at First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. The clinic is for adults and VFC-eligible children ages 2 months to 18 years. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. Cost for adults is $20. For more information, call 940-665-6397.

EXTENSION PROGRAM – Texas A&M Agrilife, Wise County is sponsoring a pesticide applicator license recertification program 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Decatur Civic Center. Topics include brush management, back to basics land stewardship, laws and regulations, resistant weeds and lawn care fundamentals. Those who participate will earn five continuing education units – three general, one integrated pest management and one laws and regulations. Cost is $40, which includes lunch. To register, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

COLLECTING TOYS – Wise Foundation is collecting new, unwrapped toys and Spanish Bibles to give to kids on their mission trip to Mexico. To donate, call 940-393-9684, 940-393-9761 or 940-393-9753 (Spanish), before Friday, Dec. 20.


ANGEL TREE – This year’s Northwest ISD Partners in Education Virtual Angel Tree has more than 600 children who need assistance this holiday season. To adopt an angel, contact Phil Beckman at or 817-215-0172, or visit to make an online selection. The Angel Tree items need to be delivered to the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Dr., in Fort Worth by Monday, Dec. 6.

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