News Briefs for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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BYA SIGN-UPS – Sign-ups for Bridgeport Youth Association spring sports including baseball, softball and soccer are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the community center. For more information, including fees, visit or email

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE – Junior Parent Night is 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Bridgeport High School Library. All juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Exit level TAKS testing, SAT/ACT testing and the college admission process will be discussed.

UMPIRE CLINIC – A mandatory umpire clinic for anyone wanting to umpire baseball in the upcoming Bridgeport Youth Association season is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Cost is $10. For information, call Heath Wilson at 940-577-9111.


FUN RUN – The first PTO Family Fun Run at Carson Elementary is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2. Early registration ends Thursday, Feb. 28, and cost is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. On race day, cost is $25 for adults and $15 for youth. For a vendor space, call Debbie at 817-709-4330. Register at Proceeds benefit the purchase of new playground equipment.

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


SENIOR ENCHILADA LUNCH – Senior citizens ages 55 and older are invited to an enchilada lunch with all the trimmings noon Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Decatur Senior Citizen Center, 1200 N. Miller St. For more information, call 940-627-2926.

SKYWARN TRAINING – The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth is giving a SKYWARN severe weather program 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office courtroom. The program is held in partnership with Wise County Emergency Management. The program is free and open to the public.

FAMILY BENEFIT – Rockin-Bluez Fest is 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. There will be food, a silent auction and performances by Fort Worth bluesman Buddy Whittington, Righteous Blues Band, Blueser, Mike Bell and 10th Leper. Admission is $10, and all proceeds benefit the family of R.J. Rebstock, who lost his battle to cancer Feb. 6. Bikers are encouraged to ride that day in support of the fellow bikers. Donations may be sent to the family in care of Full Armor Biker Church, 1221 Alliance Blvd., Rhome, TX 76028. For information, call Moe at 940-399-9679 or email

RN NURSING PROGRAM – Weatherford College Wise County is accepting applications for the Registered Nursing program through Monday, Feb. 25. The two-year program begins in August. Information packets and applications are available at the WCWC campus, by phone at 940-627-2690 or by email at

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – A private pesticide applicator license class and test is 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 206 S. State St in Decatur. This class is for those individuals who do not currently have a pesticide applicator license but would like to get one. The class is limited to the first 20 paid participants. Call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 to sign up.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society will meet for lunch noon Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Treva Tindoil Dawson, author of “Momories Along the Chisholm Trail,” will speak.

LVN-RN NURSING PROGRAM – Weatherford College Wise County is accepting applications for the Licensed Vocational Nursing to Registered Nursing program through Feb. 28. The one-year program begins in May. Information packets and applications can be obtained in person on the WCWC campus, by phone at 940-627-2690 or by email at

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have a homeowner orientation 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, 608 17th St., for those interested in building and owning a home through the organization. For information, visit or call 817-926-9219, ext. 116.

SAVING COINS – Wise County Animal Shelter volunteers are asking people to save their loose change to benefit the shelter’s spay and neuter fund. To help, bring any change you have collected to the adoption event Saturday, March 2, at Tractor Supply in Decatur.

WALK ACROSS TEXAS – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Walk Across Texas, an eight-week walking program that strives to improve wellness and physical activity among adults and youth. The free program begins Monday, March 4, and runs through Monday, April 29. It can be implemented with teams of eight people or school classes, and the team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win. Call 940-627-3341 or come by the Extension office at 206 S. State in Decatur to sign up. Check out the Walk Across Texas website,, for lots of information and online registration.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT – The Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting a Pasture Management Workshop Wednesday, March 6, at the Boyd Community Center. Registration is at 10:30am, and the program is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for the workshop is $10, which includes two hours of general continuing education units for pesticide applicator license holders. Topics include managing and renovating summer pastures during a drought and pasture weed management. Speakers are Paul Baumann, professor and Extension weed specialist, and Larry Redmon, professor and Extension forage specialist. To sign up, call the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341 or come by 206 S. State Street in Decatur. The meeting will include lunch, provided by Boyd Feed Store.

PECAN FIELD DAY – Wise County Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension is hosting Pecan Field Day 9 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at Decatur Garden Center, 1551 Preskitt Rd. Cost is $15, which includes three CEUs, two integrated pest management and one general. Speakers are Monte Nesbitt and Bill Ree, both program specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Charles Rohla, Ph.D. , pecan specialist with the Noble Foundation. They will discuss native and improved pecan orchard management, including young pecan orchard development, integrated pest management, training and pruning demonstrations, orchard floor renovations and maintenance, and fertility management. Call the Extension office to sign up at 940-627-3341 or come by 206 S. State St. in Decatur. A chili lunch will be sponsored by Decatur Garden Center, Texas Pecan Nursery and BWI Companies.


BOARD MEETINGS – The Northwest ISD School Board meets 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Administration Building, 2001 Texan Dr., in Fort Worth.

TECHNOLOGY EXPO – The Northwest ISD Techno Expo is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd., in Trophy Club. Students will demonstrate their use of technology in the classroom – from animation and digital video to multimedia and website design – during a series of more than 300 breakout sessions and presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served by students in the district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality 5 to 7 p.m., and musical performances will be provided by NISD fine arts students. Door prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the event.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – NISD Partners in Education program seeks volunteers to read their favorite children’s book to kindergarten through fifth-grade students for the fifth annual Northwest Reads 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 1. Call 817-215-0172.

REALTOR LUNCHEON – Northwest ISD will host a Realtor’s Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Administration Building to discuss current demographic projections and plans for new schools. The district’s award-winning programs will also be shared. Space is limited. Call 817-215-0175 to reserve a seat.

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