News Briefs for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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TEEN READING – The Alvord Public Library is hosting a come-and-go Teen Reading Club every Wednesday through Aug. 21 for adolescents entering the seventh through 12th grades. At any point during the month-long event, go to the library at 106 Franklin St. to register, complete a reading log, suggest books to add to the library’s collection and recommend books to other teens. There will be goodies available, and each participant will be entered in a drawing for a Google Play gift card at the end of the program.

WATERMELON PAGEANT – Register for the Alvord Watermelon Pageant now through Aug. 5 by contacting Megan Adams at 940-626-0586 or The pageant is Saturday, Aug. 10, at Elm Creek Park Pavilion in Alvord. Check-in time is 9:30 a.m., and the pageant is at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds go to the Library Restoration Fund and the Alvord Volunteer Fire Department. Categories are 0-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-9 years. Girls and boys are invited to participate.


LITTLE LIBRARY – Free Little Library in Boyd is now open outside the Boyd ISD Early Childhood Building (behind Allsup’s). It’s open to the public, and the books are free. You can take one and leave one at any time. The community project is organized by Texas Neighborhood Services-Head Start Boyd to promote school readiness for children under 5.


PICKIN’ PARTY – 1st Thursday Jam at the Bridgeport Stage is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. The evening of live acoustic entertainment by area musicians is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

BENEFIT SOFTBALL– A co-ed softball tournament benefiting Bridgeport eighth-grader Shannan White is Saturday, Aug. 17, at Lawdwin Ballfields in Bridgeport. The event includes a concession stand and T-shirts for sale. Register your teams by calling Chris Peck at 940-613-9921. White has been hospitalized at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for about a month after having a seizure. She underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor July 2 and had a stroke, which left her paralyzed on the left side.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 33rd Annual Oil Man’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Club at Runaway Bay. There wil be morning and afternoon tee times available. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are $250, and organizers also appreciate door prize donations. For an entry form or more information, contact Neil Peters at 940-575-4850 or with Oil Man’s Golf Tournament in the subject line.


BRISKET FUNDRAISER – The Chico Volunteer Fire Department is selling briskets for $50 each. To purchase one, call Chico City Hall at 940-644-2435.


BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Baseball League will hold registration for fall ball noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4 and 11, at the Harmon Park concession stand. Cost is $85, and each player must turn in a copy of their birth certificate. The league is open to kids ages 3 to 14. For more information, call Amanda at 940-536-8585.

BIKE RALLY – The Eighter From Decatur Bike Rally benefiting Raquel’s Wings For Life is Saturday, Sept. 7. There will be an 8-mile, 25-mile and 55-mile ride, all of which will leave from Decatur Municipal Airport at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 6 a.m. that day or you can register online at Cost is $30. For more information, visit or call 940-626-3006 or 940-683-8780.

SAVE THE DATE – The third annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion grounds in Decatur. This year’s event will also include a 5K run. For more information, visit or call Stephanie at 214-683-1766.


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday, Aug. 5, at City Hall. Lisa Walton with Subway will speak. Lunch, catered by Jorge’s Restaurant, is $10 a plate. Donations for door prizes are appreciated. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 2, to


TALENT SHOW – Registration for the Wise Country Fall Out will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 2, at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. This talent show contest awards cash payouts to the top three performers as selected by a panel of judges. The show is scheduled for a Saturday night in November with auditions on two Saturdays in August. Twelve participants are needed to produce the show. The Fall Out is a fundraiser benefiting the museum. For more information, call 940-627-5586.

HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 West Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 230. Eligible persons must meet standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services.

FAN DRIVE – The Wise County Committee on Aging is holding its second annual summer fan drive to distribute to seniors in need. Drop off your donations at Angels Care Home Health, Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation and the WCCA office, all in Decatur.

FERAL HOG CLINIC – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock & Forage Committee will host Feral Hog Appreciation Day 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Bridgeport Community Center. Pre-registration is $25, and cost at the door is $35. CEUs for Pesticide Applicator Licenses will be given, and lunch is provided. Call the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341 to pre-register or if you have any questions.

SHOT CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services will have an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 104 South Miller, in Decatur. Enter through the fellowship hall on Miller Street, and go to rooms 103 and 105. A parent must be present with the child’s shot record. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. For more information, call 940-665-6397.

RANCHER’S GATHERING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock & Forage Committee will host John Bradshaw from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to speak about property theft prevention. The program is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the First Baptist Church Decatur. Cost is $10 per person and includes dinner. There will be more than 20 booths and lots of door prizes. To register, come by the Extension office before Aug. 16. Space is limited. For more information, call 940-627-3341.

HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21, 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.

TASTE OF WISE – The third annual Taste of Wise is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Decatur Civic Center. The free event includes samplings of food and drink offered by local businesses, live entertainment and door prizes every 10 minutes. To showcase your business, to sponsor or donate door prizes, call Susan Miller at 940-627-7658.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR – Northwest ISD Partners in Education and Heavenly Supply Depot, will host a Back to School Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Northwest High School. The following free services will be offered: backpacks and school supplies (only for families who pre-register); health screenings and health insurance information; dental information, toothbrushes and toothpaste; vision screenings; haircuts; and sports physicals. There will also be games and activities, financial aid workshops and college/university/trade school information, community resource booths and information on NISD services. To pre-register or for more information, call 972-955-6057 or email

COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL OPENING – A ribbon cutting ceremony for Shears of Steele Cosmetology Salon is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at James M. Steele Accelerated High School, 606 N. Walnut St., in Roanoke. The cosmetology academy provides firsthand experiences in hair, nails and skincare as well as business and entrepreneurship trainings.

BACKGROUND CHECK – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in NISD schools must have passed a criminal background check. It is available at

ONLINE REGISTRATION – Students new to Northwest ISD may enroll online at Registration for returning students begins Aug. 1. The process will replace the back-to-school packets issued on the first day of school.

BACK TO SCHOOL – The first day of school in Northwest ISD is Tuesday, Aug. 27. For back-to-school information, visit

CRAFT SHOW VENDORS – Vendors are sought for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest High School. Booth fees, which include a chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi, are $75 for a 10 10 space or $140 for 10 20. Additions include electricity for $10; tables for $10; and chairs for $5. Vendors may also pre-order a boxed lunch that will be delivered to the booths. Cost is $10 for a sandwich, chips, drink and dessert. Applications, available at, are due Oct. 1. For more information, call or email Julia at 940-230-6099 or; Melinda at 940-595-6451 or; or Deborah Christenson at 817-726-1075 or


TECH ALUMNI – The Cooke County chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association will hold its annual luncheon 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Landmark Bank Conference Center in Gainesville. This year’s guest speaker will be Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. Tickets for the luncheon are $10. RSVP to Charles Draper at 940-736-7175.

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