News Briefs for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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THANKSGIVING DINNER – The First United Methodist Church Thanksgiving dinner is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tickets can be purchased at the church office or from any church member. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 10, if purchased in advance. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Kids age 4 and under are free.

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, contact or 940-683-2780.


DECATUR SWIRL – Decatur Swirl is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in historic downtown Decatur. There will be wine, food, music and shopping. Tickets are $30 and are available online at or at iCopy.

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.

SMOKED MEAT – Grace Baptist Church in Decatur is smoking turkeys, hams and briskets Friday, Nov. 15, to benefit the church benevolence fund. Cost is turkeys, $35; hams, $40; and briskets, $45. Call 940-627-7558 to place an order. Hams and turkeys can be picked up after 7 p.m. on the 15th.

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.


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon Monday, Nov. 4, at Paradise City Hall. Lunch, catered by Sabrina Easley, is $10 a plate. Speaker is James Wood. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 1, to Raffle prizes are appreciated.


GT PROGRAM – Slidell ISD is accepting nominations for the gifted and talented program now through Friday, Nov. 1. Nomination forms are available in the office. For more information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for the South Wise Spirit of Christmas will be available Friday, Nov. 1, at Rhome City Hall, 105 W. 1st St., and are due Wednesday, Nov. 13. The program provides toys and some necessities to children in need in Rhome, Aurora, New Fairview and others in the 76078 ZIP code.

JOB FAIR – Workforce Solutions will host a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale, in Decatur. Employers that are to attend are the city of Decatur, Bridgeport PPT and Bridgeport Correctional Center, Emission Monitoring Services Inc., Wellhead Water Solutions, Pronto Staffing, DATCU, Entegris, Southwest Healthcare Ventures – Cambio Life Recovery and the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

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.

SHOT CLINIC – The November immunization clinic at First United Methodist Church in Decatur has been cancelled. The next clinic is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the church. For more information, call 940-665-6397.


CALENDAR FEEDBACK – Northwest ISD requests community feedback on the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school calendar options. Now through Oct. 31, go to to view the calendars, a list of frequently asked questions and to complete the survey. The NISD school board will vote on the final school academic calendars in December.

COLLEGE/CAREER FAIR – NISD will host a college and career fair 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Northwest High School (2301 Texan Drive in Justin). Breakout session topics include financial aid, college admissions/applications and scholarship information. Join the discussion on Twitter at #NISDFutureReady.

WISE COUNTY PLAY – Northwest ISD students and community members will perform “Far and Wide,” an original play produced by NISD, which tells the story of a young family who makes Wise County their home. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, at Chisholm Trail Middle School (583 FM 3433 in Rhome). Salt Creek, a Southern bluegrass band, will perform prior at 6:15 p.m. The performance is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited. For more information, call 817-215-0159.

RENAMING CEREMONY – The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees, administrators and agricultural science department invite the community to celebrate the official renaming ceremony of the district’s agricultural science center 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. The ag building is located at 1960 Texan Drive in Justin.

THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving break. Classes resume Monday, Dec. 2.

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