News Briefs for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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STORY TIME – Story time at the Bridgeport Public Library is 10:30 a.m. today for children ages 3 to 5; and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 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 and will not be sold at the door. 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.”

BYA SIGN-UPS – Sign-ups for Bridgeport Youth Association spring sports including baseball, softball and soccer are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, at the Bridgeport Community Center. For more information, including fees, visit or email


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.


MEET THE LIBRARIAN – The Decatur Public Library Board and Foundation invite the public to meet new library director Pat Peters at a reception 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the library. Light refreshments will be served.

DIAMOND RAFFLE – The Decatur Woman’s Club is selling raffle tickets for a 1.75-carat diamond pendant necklace, set in 14-karat gold. Cost is $10 each, and tickets can be purchased from any member through Feb. 8. The drawing will be Feb. 12 and the winner awarded by Valentine’s Day. Proceeds benefit Butterfield Stage Stop Historical Marker, Bridgeport Womens’ Prison Ministry, Wise Hope House and Decatur Educational Foundation.

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – There is still time to sign up to play with the Decatur Baseball League. 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.

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.


SACK SENIOR HUNGER – Instead of eating out for lunch Thursday, Jan. 31, the Wise County Committee on Aging encourages community members to bring their lunch from home and donate what would be spent by dining out to a circulated paper sack as part of the Sack Senior Hunger fundraiser. For a sack to pass around your workplace, call Megan at 940-626-0586. Read more in today’s main edition of the Messenger.

MOM GROUP – Wise Moms, a mommy-and-me group for mothers and their preschoolers (infants to age 5) meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 1, at The River Church, 1901 S.Trinity, in Decatur. The group provides a place for Wise County moms to connect while their kids enjoy on-site activities. Call Holly Chapman for more information at 940-577-1580 or email her at

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.

REMEMBER NOT TO FORGET – The North Central Texas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association meets 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Decatur Civic Center. Guest speaker Bert Hayslip with the University of North Texas will discuss factors that influence a person’s ability to remember and specific techniques for memory improvement. There is no charge, but registration is strongly encouraged by calling 800-272-3900.

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.


STAAR MEETING – A STAAR/EOC informational meeting for parents is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Northwest High School Performing Arts Center. A student’s score on the STAAR End-of-Course exam could determine their graduation plan and whether or not they are eligible for a four-year university. Each meeting will share information regarding graduation requirements for students in eighth through tenth grades.

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.

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