News Briefs for Saturday, March 9, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 9, 2013

WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 11th Annual Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament is Friday, March 22, at the Multi-Purpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Play begins at 5 p.m., and divisions range from fifth and sixth grade girls and boys to men’s, women’s and co-ed. Registration is $140 per adult team and $100 per youth team. Deadline is noon March 21. Teams who register by March 11 receive a free T-shirt for each player. Download a registration form at

SAMANTHA ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2013 Samantha Jill Rogers Scholarship are available online at or by emailing The scholarship is open to all Wise County graduating seniors.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Registration for the Wise County Special Needs Baseball spring season is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 16, at Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries. The registration form can be downloaded at For information, email or call 940-577-1848. Games are 9 a.m. to noon April 6 to May 25 at Renshaw Park in Decatur.

PAYING IT FORWARD FOR PROM – Donations of formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and cash are being collected at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur through March for the second drive of Paying It Forward for Prom. Through the program, girls who couldn’t otherwise afford prom expenses volunteer community service hours in exchange for formal wear and accessories, hair-do’s, manicures and pedicures, facials and make-up application. This year, the program will expand to help boys with the cost of tuxedo rental. For more information, call Amanda at 940-536-8585.

HOME AND GARDEN – Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a Spring Home and Garden Series starting later this month. The four-week program is 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, starting March 26 and running through April 16, at the Extension office in Decatur, 206 S. State St. Cost is $40 for the entire series or $15 per seminar. Topics that will be addressed include vegetable gardening, fruit and nut tree management, turf management and landscape trees. Sign up by Wednesday, March 20, by calling the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by emailing Crystal Watkins at Application deadline is Saturday, March 30.

NTCH SCHOLARSHIPS – The Volunteer Auxiliary of Bridgeport’s North Texas Community Hospital will award five $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of NTCH and individuals with a Wise County address. The Auxiliary encourages individuals to further their education in the medical field as physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians, as well as in hospital administration or social work. Applications are available at the hospital’s volunteer desk, Bridgeport and Decatur libraries and Wise County high schools. Download an application at Applications must be returned by April 2. For information call 940-683-0300.

PRE-K PRE-QUALIFICATIONS – Prekindergarten pre-qualification packets are available at all NISD elementary schools and can be picked up through March 25. For more information, visit or call 817-215-0198.

FITNESS COURSE – Northwest ISD will offer an eight-week adult fitness course at Northwest High School Indoor Activity Center three times a week beginning Monday, March 25. Participants will receive an individual fitness assessment and personalized nutritional evaluations and do strength training and cardio circuit from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 817-215-0011.

KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP – Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 1 are eligible to begin kindergarten this August and can be registered online beginning April 18. Kindergarten Round-up, an event to meet staff, tour the facility and provide the necessary documents to complete the registration process, is April 29 to May 3.

SAVING COINS – Wise County Animal Shelter volunteers are asking people to save their loose change to benefit the shelter’s spay and neuter fund.

FOOD DRIVE – First Financial Bank in Decatur is collecting canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM).

CLAY SHOOT – The 6th Annual Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot benefitting the Bridgeport Visitor Center is Thursday, April 25, at Northwest OHV Park, 2914 Texas 101, in Bridgeport. There will be a morning flight at 9 a.m. and afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Fee is $100 per person or $500 for a five-man team. To sign up, call the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076.

BUTTERFIELD BOOTHS – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through May 3 for vendor booths for the Butterfield Stage Days Festival, which is Saturday, May 11, at Harwood Park. Fees for members are $50 for food/drink spaces without electricity or $55 with electricity; and $20 for art/craft/merchandise/game booths without electricity or $25 with electricity. For non-members, food/drink booths are $100 without electricity or $110 with electricity; and $40 for art/craft/merchandise/game set-ups without electricity or $50 with electricity. For information, call the Chamber at 940-683-2076 or email

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