News Briefs for Wednesday, April 3, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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CEMETERY MEETING – The Jonestown Cemetery annual meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided.


SOFTBALL LEAGUE – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department is putting together a summer co-ed softball league. 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


OPENING DAY – Chico Youth Association Baseball Opening Day is Saturday, April 6, at Jewel Park. Games begin with T-ball at 10 a.m.; 8U at 11 a.m.; 12U at noon; and 10U and 14U at 1 p.m. A raffle for a Nokona glove will be held. Cost is $5 per ticket. Call Brian Durham for more information at 940-393-3565.

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.


MOMMY AND ME – Wise Moms, a mommy-and-me group, and their preschoolers (ages 0 to 5) is meeting 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 5, at Harmon Park in Decatur. Bring a sack lunch for you and your children. For more information, contact Holly Chapman at 940-577-1580 or

FUN RUN – The Decatur 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown. Participants can register on-site or at Proceeds will benefit the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund.

FAMILY FITNESS – Focus on Family Fitness Day at First Baptist Church in Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7. There will be activities for all ages including boot camp exercise for men and women, bounce houses and an obstacle course for kids ages 4 through sixth grade, a 5K and one-mile fun run, healthy food showcase, ultimate frisbee and a kids bike and trike course. Mark Cornelison, a participant in season 13 of “The Biggest Loser,” will speak at 6 p.m. in the worship center. For more information, call 940-627-3235.

VACCINES – Texas Department of State Health Services is having a children’s vaccination clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family, and a parent must be present with the child’s shot records. Enter at Miller Street and go to rooms 103 and 105.

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.

PAYING IT FORWARD FOR PROM – Donations of formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and cash are being collected at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur 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.


CLEAN-UP DAY – New Fairview will hold a Clean-Up Day Saturday. Dumpsters will be located at City Hall 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until they are full. You will need to bring your driver’s license or utility bill that shows a physical address within city limits. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, hazardous materials, wet paint, oil, refrigerants or anything containing refrigerants.


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.

TOPS OPEN HOUSE – Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) will hold an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the basement of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. For information, call 940-389-2900.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Wise County Area Business Women’s Network scholarship application is online at The scholarship is open to any current Wise County high school senior and to any former Wise County high school graduate attending college. Applications must be postmarked by April 12. For information, email

FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON – Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Decatur Civic Center. The fundraiser features a fashion show and silent auction with proceeds benefiting Women’s Health Services and Mary’s Gift. The event is hosted by Wise Regional Health Foundation. Call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384 to reserve a table.

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

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

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.


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.

TECHNO CAMP – Participation in NISD’s TechnoCamp is limited to the first 20 applications received with payment. The program challenges the creativity of first- through fifth-grade students using the Lego Education Robotics program. For more information, including the registration form, visit


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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