News Briefs for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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LEARN ENGLISH – ESL (English as a Second Language) Open House is 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at First United Methodist Church, on Farm Road 730 South, in Boyd. If you know someone interested in learning English, encourage them to attend. For more information, call Patti at 940-433-5662.

EDUCATION GRANTS – The Boyd Education Foundation will announce winners of grants at Sweet Rewards Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Boyd High School. The event will honor winners of the foundation’s inaugural grants. Byron Nelson Principal Linda Parker is guest speaker. The event will include an art show by Boyd students and a silent auction. Starbucks will provide coffee, and SweetWater Baking Co. will provide cupcakes. Admission is free.


GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 27th Annual Eyeglass Golf Tournament is Saturday, April 13, at Bridgeport Country Club, 250 FM 2123. Registration for the three-person scramble is 7 a.m. with tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $150 per team, plus $30 for a cart. Players are also welcome to bring their own cart. For more information or to enter a team, call Teri Bland at 940-683-4070, ext. 25. All proceeds benefit the Lions Club Sight Program.

CLAY SHOOT – The 6th Annual Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting 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.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department is putting together a co-ed softball league for summer 2013. Games will be on Monday nights, starting June 10 with a seven-game guarantee. T-shirts will be given for first and second places. Players must be at least 16 years old, and registration deadline is May 31. Cost is $375, and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 940-683-3480 or visit

RIB COOK-OFF – This year’s Butterfield Stage Days Festival in Bridgeport includes a rib cook-off. Entry fee is $50 per team, and the St. Louis cut ribs must be prepared and smoked at the May 11 festival. Cooking station set-up is 7 to 9 a.m., and judging begins at 2 p.m. Judges’ Pick and People’s Choice winners will be named by 4 p.m. Judges’ Pick first place wins $300 cash and a $200 gift card to Mas Meat; second place receives $200 cash and a $100 Mas Meat gift card; and third place gets $100 cash and a $50 gift certificate to Mas. To register, call the Chamber office at 940-683-2076 by Friday, May 3.

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

BUTTERFIELD FESTIVAL – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Butterfield Stage Days Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Harwood Park. The event includes stagecoach rides, petting zoo, kiddie train, face painting, stickhorse rodeo, bounce houses and carnival for the kids; Bridgeport Idol, Rodeo Pink 5K run, Bingo, pancake-eating contest and rib cook-off competitions; food and craft vendors, gunfighters and live entertainment. For more information, call 940-683-2076 or visit


HOME RUN DERBY – Chico Class of 2013 will be hosting a Project Graduation fundraiser dinner and home run derby 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the high school softball/baseball fields. A barbecue sandwich dinner will be served for $5 per plate, and the home run derby is $10 per entry. All proceeds benefit project graduation.

BOOK SALE – The Chico Public Library’s annual book sale is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 in the library’s book room at City Hall in Chico. Funds raised support library collection development. This will be the library’s largest book sale ever, with thousands of children’s, juvenile, and adult fiction and non-fiction titles on every subject. Paperbacks are 25 cents; hardbacks, videocassetes and audiobooks are $1; DVDs are $2, and music is 50 cents with discount pricing by the bag/box. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

CHAMBER BANQUET – The Chico Chamber of Commerce banquet is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the City of Chico’s Community Room, 401 S. Hovey. Awards will be presented including, Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Award, the President’s Award and scholarships. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance at First State Bank in Chico or at the door for $20.


BLOOD DRIVE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is hosting a Carter Blood Drive 5 to 8 p.m. today. The church is at 202 E. Thompson in Decatur. For more information, call Laura Blaylock at 940-368-3058.

100 YEARS – The Decatur Independent School District will have a 100th year celebration 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the original site of Decatur High School, 309 S. Cates St.

HOMES FOR VETERANS – A fundraising dinner to benefit WC Challenger Charities’ partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The group is raising money to provide homes to five wounded war veterans, and keys to those homes will be presented at the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge bull riding event June 8 in Decatur. Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of the foundation will attend the dinner, and although the dinner is free, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the program. To attend, RSVP to Bree at First Baptist by calling 940-627-3235 or by emailing


BUSINESS WOMEN – The Wise County Area Business Women’s Network meets 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Decatur Civic Center. John Robinson, with JRobs Sports and Fitness, will present 7 Keys to Winning in the Game of Life. Businesswomen may make reservations at Deadline to apply for the ABWN scholarship is Friday, April 12. The scholarship is open to any current Wise County high school senior and to any former Wise County high school graduate currently attending college. Applications can be found on the group’s website, and for more information, email

CLERK’S OFFICE CLOSED – The Wise County Clerk’s Office recording and vitals department will be closed Friday, April 12, for software/hardware system conversion and will reopen Monday, April 15. The County Clerk court department will be open for regular business 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. It closes for lunch noon to 1 p.m.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in the auditorium of the Wise County Historical Museum. The speaker is from the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition, and he will explain what makes a tree historic, how to find historic trees in our communities, Indian marker trees, and how we are connected to history through the trees that surround us.

LOCAL THESPIANS – Six Wise County thespians are involved in the Artisan Center Theater’s production of “The Hiding Place” 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Saturday, April 20, at the theater, 420 E. Pipeline Rd. in Hurst. Eve Roberts of Wise County is directing the production, and Judi Conger of Runaway Bay will play Corrie ten Boom, one of the lead roles. Other local actors include Cathy Lackey of Decatur and Rick and Andrea Duwe of Greenwood. Rebecca Roberts of Decatur is the theater’s resident costumer.

CHILD HEALTH SUMMIT – Wise County Child Health Summit is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Decatur Civic Center. The Wise Coalition for Healthy Children, led by Cook Children’s Health Care System, will unveil Wise County-specific findings from the 2012 Communitywide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS). The summit is free, and lunch is provided. Reserve your place by emailing

HORSE CLINIC – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wise County is hosting a Mare/Foal Clinic Tuesday, April 23, at AGVantage Farm and Ranch, 1817 N U.S. 287, in Decatur. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the program is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Speakers are Dr. Dennis Sigler and Dr. Clay Cavinder, Texas A&M AgriLife equine specialists, and topics include Broodmare Nutrition and Feeding Management, Getting the Mare Ready to Breed, Foaling Time is Here – Now What?, Nutrition and Management of Young Growing Horses, and Herd Health Care. To reserve your spot, call 940-627-3341 or come by the Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 14th annual golf tournament benefiting United Way of Wise County is Friday, April 26, at The Golf Club at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. Registration opens at 11 a.m., and the shot-gun start is at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $400 per four-person team and includes a lunch buffet, range balls, goody bags and the chance to win door prizes. For directions to The Resort, call 817-750-2178 or visit For more information, contact Andrew Rottner at 940-627-8767 or

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. Organizations needing teen-aged volunteers are also sought. To register, visit For more information, call Amanda at 940-536-8585.

SAMANTHA ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2013 Samantha Jill Rogers Scholarship are available online at or by emailing Deadline is May 1. The scholarship is open to all Wise County graduating seniors.


FFA PLANTS – Slidell FFA is selling plants. Super petunias, geraniums and coleus are $2 per plant, or $36 for a flat of 18. Hanging baskets are $10, and marigolds, petunias, gazanias and zinnias are $14 per flat. Call the agriculture department for details at 940-466-3881, extension 229.


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.


RODEO QUEEN – The Nocona Rodeo Committee is seeking a queen and princess for the 2013 Chisholm Trail Rodeo June 7 and 8. Participants must live within 100 miles of Nocona and must attend a meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Chisholm Trail Arena in Nocona to receive further contest instructions and rodeo tickets. The contest will be judged on four categories – ticket sales, horsemanship, personality and appearance. Winners will promote Nocona and the rodeo in several other rodeo parades and grand entries during their reign. For more information, call Stepheny at 940-841-2310 or Tracy at 972-979-8962.

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