News Briefs for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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STORY TIME – Story time at the Bridgeport Public Library is 10:30 a.m. today and next Wednesday, Jan. 30, for children ages 3 to 5; and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, for toddlers ages 18 months to 2 years.

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 – “Shake, Rattle and Roll with the Bridgeport Chamber … at Casino Night.” The 2013 Chamber of Commerce 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.


E-BOOK HELP DESK – The Decatur Public Library will host an eBook Help Desk 1 to 3 p.m. today. If you have a question about using your e-reader to check out e-books from the library, call 940-393-0290 to sign up for your 15-minute, one-on-one session. This event is free and open to the public, though sign-up is required.

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – The Decatur Baseball League is holding spring sign-ups 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27, at Harmon Park in Decatur. Bring a birth certificate. You can also register online at Deadline is Saturday, Feb. 2.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s Under The Sea-themed event includes dancing, raffle prizes, portraits (for $15) and heavy hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit CASA, Raquel’s Wings For Life, Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center and Wise County Christian Counseling.

SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH – Seniors 55 and older are invited to enjoy lunch, fellowship and games at noon Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Decatur Senior Center located at 1200 N. Miller St. For more information, call the center at 940-627-2926.

BOOK CLUB – The Intergenerational Book Club at McCarroll Middle School meets 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the seventh and eighth grade library. They will discuss “Wonder.”

SHOT CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Upper Room, 104 S. Miller, in Decatur. A parent must be present with the child’s shot records. For more information, call 940-665-6397.


CRISIS CENTER MOVING – Wise Hope Crisis Center in Decatur has been closed since last Thursday and was to remain closed through today while it was moved to a new permanent location at 608 N. Bus U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. If you need to meet with an advocate, call 940-626-4855.

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.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday, Jan. 24, for a pizza lunch at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Matt Joiner, associate dean of Weatherford College Wise County, will be the speaker.

LVN-RN NURSING PROGRAM – Weatherford College Wise County is accepting applications for the licensed vocational nursing to registered nursing program through Jan. 31. 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 homeowner orientations 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.

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.


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

THEATRE PRODUCTION – The Northwest High School theatre department presents “The Sound of Music” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Vernon Soloman Performing Arts Center, 2201 Texan Dr., in Justin. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and complimentary for NISD staff. Reserve yours by calling 817-215-0268.

STEM COMMUNITY REVEAL – Students of the Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will host the fourth annual Community Reveal 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Student Union at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Dr., in Justin. Freshmen students will present their School of the Future designs and models.

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.

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.


LOCAL CONCERT – Country singer Leona Williams and special guests Ron Williams and The Brazos Valley Boys Band will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Community Center, 413 Pelham St., in Bowie. General admission is $18. For more information, call 940-872-3785 or email

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