News Briefs for Wednesday, January 2, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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GT NOMINATIONS – Alvord ISD Gifted and Talented Services is accepting nominations for the spring 2013 gifted and talented identification process through Friday, Jan. 11. Nomination forms may be obtained at all three campus offices and by visiting Contact Kaysi Hamilton, Alvord Gifted and Talented coordinator, at for more information.


HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICY REVIEW – The Bridgeport Housing Authority annual and five-year plan policy changes and utility allowance are now available for a 45-day public review. A meeting to discuss the review will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 1508 Cobb St.

CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s sixth annual Christmas Cards in the Park is open through Sunday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park.


ANGEL GARDEN – The angel garden on the Square will remain lit until Saturday, Jan. 5.


RODEO TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has tickets available for Decatur night at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the chamber office, 308 W. Main, with either check or exact cash, no debit or credit card transactions. For more information, call (940) 627-3107.


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday, Jan. 7, at Paradise City Hall. Cost is $10 and is sponsored by Mann Refrigeration. Speaker is Cher Tilghman with Century 21, and the new board of directors will be announced. There will be a special board meeting at 11 a.m. before the social.


SOUTH WISE PANTRY – South Wise Services food pantry has been closed since Dec. 27. The food distribution and clothes closet will resume operations Thursday, Jan. 3.

WEIGHT LOSS – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Step Up & Scale Down, a 12-week weight management program. The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continues weekly through March at the Extension office. The program will consist of weekly lessons, weight check-in, weekly challenge and healthy recipes. For more information and to pre-register for the program, call (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.

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.

RELAY KICKOFF – The Relay For Life of Wise County kickoff and first team meeting is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at First Baptist Church of Decatur. For more information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.


TEXTS FROM NISD – In January, Northwest ISD will add 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 Jan. 7 through Feb. 7 at

PARENT SURVEY – Provide valuable feedback by completing the Northwest ISD 2012-2013 Parent Survey that will be sent to parent email addresses in January. A hard copy may be requested by calling (817) 215-0171.

HEALTH FAIR – NISD and Texas Health Resources Alliance will hold a health fair 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the new Texas Health Resources Alliance Hospital, 10864 Texas Health Trail, in Fort Worth. The hospital will offer free BMI, blood pressure and bone density screenings and present information on car seat safety. Students from NISD’s Academy of Medical Professions will provide tours of the new facility. The NISD Elementary School Honor Choir, Medlin Middle School Orchestra Quartet, Square Dancing Club, O.A. Peterson Elementary School Choir, Northwest High School cheerleaders and the Northwest High School dance ensemble will also perform.

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

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.

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