News Briefs for Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Guest speaker is William Myers, executive director of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. Sagebrush will serve lunch, and cost is $10. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 18, by calling 940-683-2076 or emailing

BHS REUNION – A Bridgeport High School reunion for classes of 1950-1970 is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the BHS Commons. Anyone who attended BHS during those years is invited.

CLAY SHOOT – Bridgeport FFA Booster Club will have a benefit clay shoot at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds Saturday, Sept. 21. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and shooting starts at 9. Cost is $400 per four-person team, and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. All proceeds benefit the booster club scholarship fund. There will be door prizes and a raffle for a Browning shotgun. For more information, call Alan Powers at 940-389-3516, Ron Hunter at 940-393-1219 or Dawn Swensson at 940-389-3611.

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.

COAL MINERS’ VENDORS – Vendor applications for the Coal Miners Heritage Festival – Saturday, Oct. 5 – are now available at or by emailing or calling 940-683-2076. Cost for a 10-foot by 10-foot space is $40 for arts, crafts, merchandise or informational or $100 for food vendors. Electricity is an additional $10. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 23.

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

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The newly formed Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a golf tournament benefitting Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas Sunday, Oct. 6, at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start for the 3-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 for sponsor a child. All levels include two beverage tickets per person and a free burger lunch for players. For more information, call Susan at 940-366-0186.


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Decatur Civic Center. Deborah King will present the program, “Civility in the Workplace.” Lunch is $12. RSVP to the chamber by calling 940-627-3107.

MINI-DANCE CAMP – Decatur High School presents Dancing with the Eagle Dolls Friday, Sept. 27. It includes a T-shirt, dinner and free admission to the football game. Participants will perform with the Dolls at halftime. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event. For more information, pick up registration forms at the elementary school offices.

SAVE THE DATE – The third annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion grounds in Decatur. This year’s event will also include a 5K run. For more information, visit or call Stephanie at 214-683-1766.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Eagles Football Booster Club is seeking sponsors for its Eagle Golf Tournament Sunday, Oct. 6. (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.

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. Visit for more information.


“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


VENDORS NEEDED – The Paradise Historical Society is accepting vendor applications for the Main Street Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 28, in downtown Paradise. Call 940-969-3680 for a vendor form or download one at

FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and it will be followed by the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will include vendor booths, a classic car show, talent show, chili cook-off, quilt show, displays and demonstrations. For more information, email or call 940-859-3691. The event is hosted by the Paradise Historical Society.

TALENT CONTEST – The second annual Paradise Has Talent contest is Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Main Street Festival. The competition is split into two age groups: youth through eighth grade and teens/adults. Only 10 acts in each age category will perform, and there will be cash prizes of $150 and $100. Entry forms and contest details can be downloaded at or from the Paradise Main Street Festival Facebook page. Cost to enter is $10, and deadline is Friday, Sept. 20. For more information, call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.

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


GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – Wise County’s newly formed Genealogical Society will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the family room at Decatur Church of Christ. It is open to the public. Speakers Sue Tackel and LaDarla Keith will discuss their research of Wise County cemeteries and their website.

REINING CLINIC – The Wise County Texas AgriLife Extension Horse Committee is hosting a reining clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Gordon Maatsch’s indoor arena. Cost is $25 per rider, and registration is limited to 25 riders. The clinician is Heather Young. For more information or to register, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have a homeowner orientation 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, 608 17th St. Those interested in building and owning a home through the organization are welcome to attend. For information, visit or call 817-926-9219, ext. 116.

MINERAL PROGRAM – The Extension Livestock and Forage Committee will host a beef cattle mineral supplement program 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin St. The featured speaker is Dr. Jimmy L. Horner with Protocol Technologies. The program is free, and lunch will be provided by Protocol. RSVP before Tuesday, Sept. 24, by calling the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

PARENT CAFE – A parenting program, Parent Cafe, is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St., in Decatur. If childcare is needed, RSVP to 940-627-5080.

OFFICE CLOSED – The Veterans Service Office will be closed this week for fall training. The office will reopen Monday, Sept. 23.

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.


GOLD CARD – Northwest ISD provides senior citizens living in the district the opportunity to be part of the district’s Gold Card program. In addition to a free annual luncheon, Gold Card members receive free entry into district-sponsored events, performances and athletic competitions. If you are 65 years of age or older, become a member of the NISD Gold Card program by calling 817-215-0175.

BACKGROUND CHECK – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in NISD schools must have passed a criminal background check. It is available at

FAITH-BASED RALLY – Northwest ISD will host a rally 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Administration Building (2001 Texan Drive in Justin) for faith-based organizations to learn how to become more involved in the school district. Space is limited. RSVP to 817-215-0175.

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

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.

CRAFT SHOW VENDORS – Vendors are sought for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show Saturday, Oct. 19. Booth fees, which include a chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi, are $75 for a 10×10 space or $140 for 10×20. Additions include electricity for $10; tables for $10; and chairs for $5. Vendors may also pre-order a boxed lunch that will be delivered to the booths. Cost is $10 for a sandwich, chips, drink and dessert. Applications, available at, are due Oct. 1. For more information, call or email Julia at 940-230-6099 or; Melinda at 940-595-6451 or; or Deborah Christenson at 817-726-1075 or

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