News Briefs for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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COAL MINERS – Bridgeport Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on Halsell Street. Events include the Battle of the Badge Wise County law enforcement donut-eating contest, a chili cookoff, college football viewing, hot dog eating contest, Pitchin’ Coals washer tournament, live entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m., downtown merchant specials and sidewalk sales, pet parade and contest, vendors and food booths, wine tasting and living history demonstrations by the Bridgeport Heritage Museum. The Fall Festival Kids Zone includes pumpkin painting and contest, pumpkin obstacle course, pumpkin bowling, jump houses, rock climbing wall, Pumpkin Patch pageant and a toddler area. Applications for contests and vendor booths and additional information may be found at or by calling 940-683-2076.

CHILI COOKERS WANTED – Register for the Bridgeport Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival 2nd Annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff and Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 5. Entry fee is $50 per team. Judge’s Pick and People’s Choice winners receive $150 cash, a $100 Brookshire’s gift card and a trophy. For more information, visit or call 940- 683-2076.

PUMPKIN PATCH PAGEANT – The deadline to enter the Pumpkin Patch Pageant at the Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Turn in entries to Tiffany Evans at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce office, Amber Fogelman at the city of Bridgeport or mail entries to Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Attn: Pumpkin Patch Pageant, P.O. Box 1104, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Cost is $20, and contestants will be judged in four age categories – 0 to 23 months, 2 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. Theme is fall, and attire is casual. Optional categories are best eyes, best outfit, best smile and best personality for $5 per category or $20 for all. The pageant is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Bridgeport Stage. For more information, call Pam Lanfear at 940-393-5987 or Tiffany Evans at 940-683-2076.

PITCHIN’ COALS – Register for the Pitchin’ Coals Washers Tournament at the Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown. Cost is $25 per two-person team before Wednesday, Oct. 2, and $40 if you register the day of the tournament. For more information, call 940-683-2076.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The newly formed Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a golf tournament benefiting Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas Sunday, Oct. 6, at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start for the three-man, 18-hole scramble at 1 p.m. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for each flight, and there will be raffles. Participation costs are $1,000 for title sponsor (two teams and free mulligans per golfer); $500 for gift sponsor (one team); $300 team sponsor (one team); and $100 to sponsor a child. All levels include two beverage tickets and a free burger lunch for players. For more information, call Susan at 940-366-0186.


CLASS REUNION – Decatur High School Class of 1983 will celebrate its 30th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the home of Kurrie and Patrick Murphree in Decatur. Call Amy Hudson Cline at 817-233-2036 for more details or directions.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Eagles Football Booster Club is seeking sponsors for its Eagle Golf Tournament Sunday, Oct. 6, at The Club at Runaway Bay. (Note: The date has changed from earlier published information). Sponsorship levels are $500, $300 and $100. Two food sponsorships will also be available, and raffle items are still needed. To donate or for more information, call Sean Manuel at 817-366-8566.

SHOT CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. A parent must be present, and a shot record is required. Families must be TVFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. Enter through the fellowship hall on Miller Street. For more information, call 940-665-6397.

PARK CLASSIC – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 22nd Annual Park Classic golf tournament is Saturday, Oct. 12, at Decatur Golf and Country Club. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tee time. Cost for the four-person scramble is $300 a team or $400 for all-inclusive, which includes poker run and mulligans. There will be a raffle, auction and multiple cash prizes, and lunch and beverages will be provided. For more information, to sign up a team or sponsor the event, call Megan Adams at 940-626-0586 or Katie Pierce at 940-393-1670.

GOGO BENEFIT – The Decatur Lions Club is selling tickets for the 2nd Annual Gogo Gumbo Pasta Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13. It benefits the South Wise Services Pantry, and seating times are 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at First Financial Bank in Decatur and Boyd and iCopy in Decatur.

DECATUR SWIRL – Decatur Swirl is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information, visit

BUCKLE SHOW – Decatur FFA Buckle Show is Saturday, Nov. 2, at Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. The show starts at 9:30 a.m., but entry cards with weigh-in are due by 8:30. Steers, heifers, sheep, goats and hogs will be shown. Entry fee is $25 per animal, $5 for showmanship. Custom buckles will be awarded to the grand champion in each species, and embroidered duffle bags will be awarded to the reserve grand champions. All paid entries receive a free meal ticket. For more information, call Jim Allsup at 940-393-7286 or 940-393-7200.


fall festival – The 16th Annual Greenwood Fall Festival is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Greenwood. The parade is at 10 a.m. For more information or to reserve booth space, call Gerry Galloway at 940-466-7997 or Linda Hood at 940-466-7597.


“HAPPY DAYS” THEME – Newark’s 26th Annual Cruisin’ Days Oct. 18-20 will feature a carnival and midway, live music, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, bingo, craft booths, concessions and a barbecue dinner Saturday evening as the Newark Volunteer Fire Department presents its annual awards prior to a dance. The event benefits the fire department and Auxiliary. Booth vendors and sponsors are still being sought. Call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959 or email


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday, Oct. 7, at City Hall. Lunch will be catered by Dos Chiles Grandes at $10 per plate. Speaker is Rep. Phil King. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4, to

CLASS REUNION – Organizers are looking for Paradise High School graduates to attend a ’60s Decade Class Reunion Saturday, 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.


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.

GED CLASSES – Registration for GED classes at Weatherford College Wise County is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 7, and will meet 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays every week. Classes are free. Call the college at 940-626-3308 or email Marty Sherman at for more information.

FUNDRAISER – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is hosting a Scholarship Clay Shoot Friday, Oct. 4, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds outside Decatur. All proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for deserving Wise County graduating seniors. Lunch will be provided for all participants. For team registration information, contact Crystal Watkins at or 940-394-2315.

BABY SHOWER – A countywide baby shower is being held Oct. 6-13 to benefit Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center. The event was organized by Sycamore Baptist Church, and items to be collected are diapers, baby wipes, Wal-Mart gift cards and financial contributions. Drop-off locations are CiCi’s, Harvest Baptist Association, Sycamore Baptist Church, Citibank, Patti’s Hair Parlor, Karl Klement Ford and First Financial Bank. For more information, call Casey Lewis at 706-338-6155 or email You can also call Katrina Himes at 940-389-6354 or email

HELP WANTED – Volunteers are needed to help with 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 or to audition, call Lou Ramos at 817-638-2022.

SINGERS SOUGHT – Auditions will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur for the Wise County Chorale. The group, along with the Denton Bach Players, will present the Christmas portions of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the church. To make a tryout appointment, contact Dr. Lenora McCroskey at Those trying out should bring an aria, song or other vocal piece to sing. They will also be asked to sight-read a piece representative of the music in “Messiah.” Rehearsals will start Sunday, Oct. 27, and run every Sunday afternoon (except the Sunday after Thanksgiving) from 3 to 5:30. For more information, call Dr. McCroskey at 940-453-7299.


EARLY RELEASE – Northwest ISD will dismiss early Friday, Oct. 11, at the following times: elementary schools, 12:15 p.m.; Steele Accelerated High School, 1:05 p.m.; Northwest and Byron Nelson High Schools, 1:15 p.m.; and middle schools, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, is a student holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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

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