News Briefs for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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NTCH SCHOLARSHIPS – The Volunteer Auxiliary of Bridgeport’s North Texas Community Hospital will award five $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of NTCH and individuals with a Wise County address. The Auxiliary encourages individuals to further their education in the medical field as physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians, as well as in hospital administration or social work. Applications are available at the hospital’s volunteer desk, Bridgeport and Decatur libraries and Wise County high schools. Download an application at Applications must be returned by April 2. For information, call 940-683-0300.

CLAY SHOOT – The 6th Annual Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting the Bridgeport Visitor Center is Thursday, April 25, at Northwest OHV Park, 2914 Texas 101, in Bridgeport. There will be a morning flight at 9 a.m. and afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Fee is $100 per person or $500 for a five-man team. To sign up, call the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076.

BUTTERFIELD BOOTHS – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through May 3 for vendor booths for the Butterfield Stage Days Festival, which is Saturday, May 11, at Harwood Park. Fees for members are $50 for food/drink spaces without electricity or $55 with electricity; and $20 for art/craft/merchandise/game booths without electricity or $25 with electricity. For non-members, food/drink booths are $100 without electricity or $110 with electricity; and $40 for art/craft/merchandise/game set-ups without electricity or $50 with electricity. For information, call the Chamber at 940-683-2076 or email


WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 11th Annual Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament is Friday, March 22, at the Multi-Purpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Play begins at 5 p.m., and divisions range from fifth and sixth grade girls and boys to men’s, women’s and co-ed. Registration is $140 per adult team and $100 per youth team. Deadline is noon March 21. Teams who register by March 11 receive a free T-shirt for each player. Download a registration form at

EASTER EVENT – The Main Street Easter Event is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, on the southeast corner of the Square. There will be a fun jump, face-painting, barrel train and pictures with the Easter bunny. There will also be an age-restricted egg hunt at the First United Methodist Church playground – infants 0 to 23 months at 1 p.m.; toddlers 2 to 3 years at 2 p.m.; and children 4 to 5 years at 3 p.m. For more information, call 940-627-6158.

FOOD DRIVE – First Financial Bank in Decatur is collecting canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM).


SAMANTHA ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2013 Samantha Jill Rogers Scholarship are available online at or by emailing The scholarship is open to all Wise County graduating seniors.

BONE MARROW REGISTRATION – A bone marrow registration drive is noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Wise Regional Health System east campus lobby. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 55 with a body mass index (BMI) under 40 can register, which entails only a quick cheek swab.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Registration for the Wise County Special Needs Baseball spring season is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries. The registration form can be downloaded at For information, email or call 940-577-1848. Games are 9 a.m. to noon April 6 to May 25 at Renshaw Park in Decatur.

RELAY FOR LIFE – Relay For Life teams will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. For more information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

WISE DEMOCRATS – Wise County Democrats will meet 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Wise County Courthouse second-floor courtroom to nominate members to committee positions.

LOCAL THESPIANS – Six Wise County thespians are involved in the Artisan Center Theater’s production of “The Hiding Place” 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays from Thursday, March 21, to Saturday, April 20, at the theater, 420 E. Pipeline Rd., in Hurst. The Tuesday, March 26, show will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Eve Roberts of Wise County is directing the production, and Judi Conger of Runaway Bay will play Corrie ten Boom, one of the lead roles. Other local actors include Cathy Lackey of Decatur and Rick and Andrea Duwe of Greenwood. Rebecca Roberts of Decatur is the theater’s resident costumer.

CANCER SURVIVORS – Relay For Life of Wise County encourages local cancer survivors and caregivers to register with the American Cancer Society. Those in the database will be honored at a dinner Thursday, April 18, and during opening ceremonies of the all-night walking event Friday, May 17. Register online at (then hit the orange “Sign up” button). Forms may also be obtained by calling Brenda at 940-627-7661, emailing or from Brenda at James Wood Motors in Decatur or Erika at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur.

MEN AGAINST ABUSE – Wise County men who would like to take a visible stand against domestic violence are invited to a rally 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Wise County Courthouse. For more information, call Gerre Joiner at 940-393-8863 or Wise Hope 940-626-4855.

HOME AND GARDEN – Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a Spring Home and Garden Series starting later this month. The four-week program is 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, starting March 26 and running through April 16, at the Extension office in Decatur, 206 S. State St. Cost is $40 for the entire series or $15 per seminar. Topics that will be addressed include vegetable gardening, fruit and nut tree management, turf management and landscape trees. Sign up by Wednesday, March 20, by calling the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

IDENTITY THEFT WORKSHOP – DATCU Credit Union will offer a workshop on identity theft prevention 12:25 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by emailing Crystal Watkins at Application deadline is Saturday, March 30.

RELAY BAKE SALE – The Jimmie and Vickie’s Angels Relay For Life team will have a bake sale 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, in front of Main Street Mall, 103 W. Main, in Decatur. For information, call 940-627-3929.

OPEN HOUSE – Wise Hope Crisis Center will showcase their new office, at 608 N. Business 287 in Decatur, with an open house 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 1. There will be a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments. For more information, call 940-626-4585.

TOPS OPEN HOUSE – Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) will hold an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the basement of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. For information, call 940-389-2900.

CHILD HEALTH SUMMIT – Wise County Child Health Summit is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Decatur Civic Center. The Wise Coalition for Healthy Children, led by Cook Children’s Health Care System, will unveil Wise County-specific findings from the 2012 Communitywide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS). The summit is free, and lunch is provided. Reserve your place by emailing

PAYING IT FORWARD FOR PROM – Donations of formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and cash are being collected at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur through March for the second drive of Paying It Forward for Prom. Through the program, girls who couldn’t otherwise afford prom expenses volunteer community service hours in exchange for formal wear and accessories, hair-do’s, manicures and pedicures, facials and make-up application. This year, the program will expand to help boys with the cost of tuxedo rental. For more information, call Amanda at 940-536-8585.

SAVING COINS – Wise County Animal Shelter volunteers are asking people to save their loose change to benefit the shelter’s spay and neuter fund.


SPRING BREAK – Northwest ISD schools and offices will be closed through March 15 for spring break. Classes resume Monday, March 18.

FITNESS COURSE – Northwest ISD will offer an eight-week adult fitness course at the Northwest High School Indoor Activity Center three times a week beginning Monday, March 25. Participants will receive an individual fitness assessment and nutritional evaluation and will do strength training and cardio circuit 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 817-215-0011.

STUDENT HOLIDAY – Since school has not been cancelled due to inclement weather, Friday, March 29, is a student holiday. Classes resume Monday, April 1.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 1, are eligible to begin kindergarten this August and can be registered online beginning April 18. Kindergarten Roundup, an event to meet staff, tour the facility and provide the necessary documents to complete the registration process, is April 29 to May 3.

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