News Briefs for Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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CEMETERY MEETING – The Pella Cemetery meeting and pot luck lunch on the grounds is 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The cemetery is located off of Farm Road 1655, seven miles west of Alvord.

MISS PUMPKIN – Black Creek Farms and Pumpkin Patch is holding a Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant for girls 1 through 12 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Proceeds go to area food banks. Sign up at Black Creek Farms or Parker Properties. For more information, call 940-389-0517. The pageant was originally scheduled for last weekend but was postponed due to rain.

TAILGATE PARTY – The Chico Athletic Booster Club will hold a tailgate party Friday, Oct. 11, before the Chico Dragons play their district opener against Valley View. Set-up is at 5 p.m. on the road between the fieldhouse and the field.

COOKING DEMO – Helen Fields of Paradise will cook her honey and bacon Brussels sprouts pizza recipe in a demonstration 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy in Bridgeport. Fields will cook the same recipe for her chance at $1 million in 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest Nov. 11 in Las Vegas.


FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue cook-off and all-night 4×4 riding is Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest OHV Park. Live music featuring Cody Wells, Cody Robbins, Fezzent and Phil Hamilton starts at noon. There will also be washer pitchin’ and horseshoe tournaments and a kids’ area. Entry fee for the Lonestar Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off is $75. There is $3,000 in guaranteed prize money. For more information or to register, call Kyle Bloodworth at 940-372-0134 or Amber Fogelman at 940-683-3404. All proceeds benefit the Bridgeport VFD.


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 a 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.

PUMPKIN CONTEST – The Decatur Public Library invites teens age 13 and older to enter the Otaku/Manga Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Pumpkins weighing 10 pounds or less will be accepted and must be decorated with manga, anime or graphic novel-themed art (no carving). Entries will be accepted on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 21. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

BOOT CAMP BENEFIT – JRobs Sports and Fitness is hosting Sweat for a Cause 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at its Decatur gym. The boot camp benefits Wise Choices Pregnancy Center, and any donation will be accepted including diapers, wipes, car seats or money. For more information, call JRobs at 940-627-3505.

FLU SHOTS – Certified CVS pharmacists are holding a flu shot clinic at Decatur City Hall 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Walk-ins are welcome. For billing purposes, bring Medicare A, B and D cards, along with other insurance cards for flu vaccines. Cash cost for the shot is $31.99.

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


CLASS REUNION – The Paradise Classes of the ’60s will have a reunion 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the high school. Students that did not graduate or attend during those years are invited to the catered meal. Tickets are $10, and reservations must be made before Friday, Oct. 11. Mail checks to The Sixties Reunion, c/o Jan Stanfield, P.O. Box 1108, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Lunch will be served at noon, awards will be presented at 1 p.m. and class pictures will be taken at 2. For more information, call Don Niblett, 940-627-3557; Sue Laurent, 214-215-8472; or Kathy Horton, 940-389-4196.


RALLY – Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment will have a rally 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the U.S. 287 and Farm Road 407 overpass in New Fairview.

BABY SHOWER – A countywide baby shower is being held this week 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, all in Decatur. For more information, call Casey Lewis at 706-338-6155 or email You can also call Katrina Hines at 940-389-6354.

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. Saturday, Oct. 12. To help, call Lou Ramos at 817-638-2022.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Wise County Veterans Council is having its annual Veterans Picnic for Wise County veterans and their families 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. There will be a free barbecue lunch with all the trimmings, desserts and drinks. There will also be door prizes, a sweet walk and silent auction.

SINGERS SOUGHT – Auditions will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur for the Wise County Chorale. More singers are needed, particularly tenors and basses. 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.

THINK PINK – Paint the Town Pink is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, on the Courthouse Square in Decatur. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and a pink-line ceremony. Lunch will be served for $5 a plate. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. For more information, call 940-626-6158 or 940-626-1384.

HORSE CLINIC – The Wise County Stock Horse Extravaganza is Oct. 26-27 at the NRS Training Center in Decatur. There will be a stock horse clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, the 26th, and a stock horse competition at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the 27th. Pre-registration and payments are due Friday, Oct. 18, to avoid late fees. Mail entries to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Attn: Karen Brown, 206 S. State St., Decatur, TX 76234. For more information about the costs of the event, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 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.


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

CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest High School. There will be all things girly, painted glassware, vintage decor, shabby chic furniture, harvest and holiday decorations, bling, handbags, children’s clothing, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee and danishes will be served in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.


SHREDDING EVENT – The Better Business Bureau is hosting Secure Your ID Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Frost Bank Building, 1300 Summit Ave., in Fort Worth. Consumers and small businesses can bring up to two boxes of paper documents, CDs or floppy discs with private information to be shredded for free.

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