HEAD START CUTS WON’T AFFECT WISE – The Head Start and Early Head Start locations in Wise County will be spared from cuts in staffing and classes due to sequestration. The Texas Neighborhood Services board of directors met in Weatherford yesterday and considered three options to cut staff to meet the required 5 percent cut. They decided to cut three Head Start classes in Navarro County and two in Palo Pinto County. That decision was one of three options considered, and one option that was not chosen included cutting one Head Start classroom and one Early Head Start classroom in Wise County. Other approved cuts include a 5 percent reduction in health insurance rates, the elimination of an administrative assistant position and moving a community services position from full-time to part-time. The changes were approved by the TNS policy board, made up of parent representatives, last night. Texas Neighborhood Services serves nine counties.
PARADISE CHAMBER – Today’s meeting of the Paradise Chamber of Commerce is for board members only, noon at Jorge’s in downtown Paradise. The general luncheon meeting is noon Monday, May 6, at City Hall. For information, call (940) 433-3288.
JURY CANCELED – Today’s jury trial at Runaway Bay Municipal Court has been canceled. Jurors do not need to report.
5K RUN/WALK – The Rodeo Pink 5K Run/Walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the pavilion at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Pre-register before April 26 to receive a T-shirt. Cost is $20. After April 26, fees increase to $25 and do not include a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at Bridgeport City Hall, Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce, iCopy in Decatur, Angel’s Health Care in Decatur or online at www.cityofbridgeport.net or www.bridgeportchamber.org.
HOMES FOR VETERANS – A fundraising dinner to benefit WC Challenger Charities’ partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The group is raising money to provide homes to five wounded war veterans, and keys to those homes will be presented at the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge bull riding event June 8 in Decatur. Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of the foundation will attend the dinner, and although the dinner is free, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the program. To attend, RSVP to Bree at First Baptist by calling (940) 627-3235 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SINGLES MEETING – The North Texas Singles Club meets at Spicy Mexico in Bowie at 6 p.m. Saturday. All single adults are invited. Mini will be your greeter. For more information, call her at (940) 366-0100.
CANDIDATES AND CHILI – Meet the Candidates for Rhome City Council noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Rhome Family Park, 400 South Virginia. Residents are invited to bring a pot of chili and participate in the First Chili Cook Off.
HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today at Decatur City Hall Community Room.
CHURCH TO CELEBRATE 120 YEARS – New Salem Free Will Baptist Church in Decatur will celebrate its 120th anniversary at 2 p.m. Saturday. The celebration will include singing the first song sung at the time of organization, a history of the church, recognition of former pastors in attendance, the unveiling of a historical marker and the singing of “Precious Memories,” the song used at the closing of the first meeting. Refreshments will be served after the program.
RELAY BENEFIT – Swann’s Food Service will park its truck in front of Family Clinic in Bridgeport 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and donate a portion of the sales to the Healing Hearts Relay For Life team.
RELAY BAKE SALES – RGA HomeCare Relay for Life Team will hold a bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in front of their office located at 1411 Chico Highway in Bridgeport. ALSO, Campin’ 4 a Cure will hold a bake sale 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at Decatur Tire Store. Donations are welcome.
PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a plant sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon on the corner of U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 51. They will be selling annuals, perennials, ground cover and assorted planted color containers. A select number of 3-gallon double knock out roses will be for sale. All plant material was planted and grown by students of the Decatur High School Horticulture Department.
SPRING BLING – The “Bling It On” fundraiser to benefit the Greenwood EE Club featuring Premier Designs Jewelry is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Decatur Church of Christ Family Room. For information, call (940) 626-4355.
FUNERAL – MEMORIAL mass for David L. Brown, 74, of Sunset is 11 a.m. May 4 at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Bowie. He was the brother of Mary Jane Strole of Runaway Bay.