News Briefs for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce “Oilfield Luncheon” is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The program will be by Devon Energy and the cost is $10. Make a reservation by Wednesday, Jan. 16, by calling 940-683-2076 or emailing

DAD AND DAUGHTER DANCE – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department presents its annual Dad and Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Bridgeport Community Center. This year’s theme is “A Night Out on The Town.” Tickets are on sale at Bridgeport City Hall for $15 per couple, $5 for each additional child. Call 940-683-3480 for information or visit

CHAMBER BANQUET – The 2013 Chamber of Commerce Casino Night banquet is Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Decatur Civic Center. Networking starts at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30. There will be casino games, a live auction, raffles and awards. Cost is $35 per ticket or $325 for a table of 10. Call 940-683-2076 to make your reservation. Dress is “Bridgeport style.”


TEXT NOTIFICATIONS – Mayor J.D. Clark is using an app, Remind 101, to communicate with the citizens of Chico via text. Those who sign up for the free service will receive reminders about council meetings, emergency information and weather-related closings. If you would like to sign up, text “@chicotexas” to 754-227-3592.


FAMILY BENEFIT – A soccer tournament benefiting the family of Moises “Juan” Torres is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Kenny Renshaw Park in Decatur. Cost is $15 per person; however any additional contributions will go to the Torres family. Register your team by Thursday, Jan. 17, by calling Rodrigo at 940-210-0194 or Rocio at 940-210-0193. The event also includes food, drinks and raffles. For more information, call Alberto at 940-399-6107 or Marta at 940-389-2383.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Pre-registration for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, at Wal-Mart and online at or Cost is $25 through Jan. 25 and will increase to $30 thereafter. The “Under the Sea” themed event is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Decatur Civic Center.

RODEO TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has a limited number of tickets left for the 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 performance of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This is the final night of the rodeo and is a sold out show with the exception of these tickets. They are $25 each and can be purchased at the Chamber office, 308 W. Main. Call 940-627-3107 for more information. Children age 2 and older must have a ticket.


NEW HOURS – The City of Lake Bridgeport has new office hours – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 940-683-2700.


DAR – The John B. Denton chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meets 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell will speak about the Citizen’s Police Academy. Dutch-treat lunch will follow at Sean’s Barbecue.

FOOD SAFETY TRAINING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County is hosting a food safety training program for food service managers 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 23 and 24, at the Extension office in Decatur. The training includes materials and the state food manager certification examination. To register, call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2, and March 2, 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 the meetings. For information, visit or call 817-926-9219, ext. 116.


EARLY RELEASE – Northwest ISD campuses will dismiss early Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 and 18, at 12:15 for the elementary schools; 1:05 for Steele Accelerated High School; 1:15 for Byron Nelson and Northwest high schools and 2 p.m. for the middle schools.

MLK CLOSING – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 22.

TEXTS FROM NISD – This month Northwest ISD is adding text messaging notifications as another communication tool for parents and staff. The district will send a one-time message Wednesday, Jan. 23, to cell phone numbers in the student information database inviting parents and staff to complete the opt-in process. To opt out, do not respond. To update information in the database, contact your child’s campus. For more information, go to

NAMING SCHOOLS – Nominate names for elementary school No. 17 and comprehensive high school No. 3 now through Feb. 7 at After a naming committee reviews the recommendations, the NISD School Board will vote on the names at its meeting March 18.

PARENT SURVEY – Provide valuable feedback by completing the Northwest ISD 2012-2013 Parent Survey that will be sent to parent email addresses Feb. 4-15. Call 817-215-0171 to request a hard copy. Computers are also available for use at your child’s campus.

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.

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