WELCOME TO ARMORY – Decatur will officially welcome the Texas Army National Guard back to the community with a ceremony 2 p.m. today at the National Guard Armory, located on Farm Road 730 near Decatur Municipal Airport. The 231st Engineer Support Company, commanded by Capt. Amber Meyers, moved into the armory in the fall. The public is invited to the ceremony, and dignitaries with the Texas Army National Guard will be on hand, along with representatives from the City of Decatur and Wise County Veterans Group.
HEALTH FAIR – In partnership with Texas Health Resources Alliance, Northwest ISD will hold its first Health Fair at the new Texas Health Resources Alliance Hospital (10864 Texas Health Trail, Fort Worth) 2-5 p.m. Saturday. The hospital will offer free screenings ranging from BMI, blood pressure, bone density and car seat safety. Students from the district’s Academy of Medical Professions will provide tours of the new facility. Student performances include the NISD Elementary School Honor Choir, Medlin Middle School Orchestra Quartet, Square Dancing Club, O.A. Peterson Elementary School Choir, Northwest High School cheerleaders and the Northwest High School dance ensemble.
REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise Republican Women and the Wise County Republican Party will have a monthly joint meeting Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor District Courtroom of the Wise County Courthouse. All those interested are invited to help the group look at its focus for 2013. The organization is selling raffle tickets to help the Wounded Warrior program, which provides assistance to veterans and their families, for a .22 Remington rifle with a Nikon scope donated by WRW. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, with the drawing to be held at the Rhinestone Roundup, which will be held March 2 at the Decatur Civic Center.
FAMILY BENEFIT – A soccer tournament benefiting the family of Moises ‘Juan’ Torres is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Kenny Renshaw Park in Decatur. Cost is $15 per person; however any additional contributions will go to the Torres family. Register your team by Thursday, Jan. 17, by calling Rodrigo at (940) 210-0194 or Rocio at (940) 210-0193. The event also includes food, drinks and raffles. For more information, call Alberto at (940) 399-6107 or Marta at (940) 389-2383.
DAD AND DAUGHTER DANCE – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department presents its annual Dad and Daughter Dance 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 additional child. Call (940) 683-3480 for information or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Rhiannon Mayne with the TCU Monnig Meteorite Gallery will present the program. A pot luck dinner will be served and a rock auction held. For more information call Penny Nixon at (940) 389-0407.
RANCH SEMINAR KICKS OFF SERIES – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host a “Ranching 101″ seminar Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at TSCRA headquarters in Fort Worth. The seminar, first in a series designed to give new ranchers practical information on getting started, will focus on basic animal health such as protecting your herd from disease, common cattle diseases and their treatment, and implementing a herd health plan. Others in the series include Feb. 19, animal nutrition; March 12, marketing; April 16, hay management; May 21, resource management; June 18, risk management; and a panel discussion July 16. All seminars will be at 1301 West 7th Street in Fort Worth. The series is free to TSCRA members, $20 for non-members. To register, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-242-7820, ext. 192.
WEEKEND RAIN CHANCES – It’s expected to be a beautiful day today with mostly sunny skies and a high near 71, but rain chances return Saturday. The National Weather Service says the temperature will top out near 51 around noon Saturday with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Saturday night’s low is expected to drop to around 29.
FUNERALS – Service for Joe McKnight, 58, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Melody Rasco, 44, of Springtown is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
GRAVESIDE service for Alma Lee Mosley, 91, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
VISITATION for Ted Steven Qualls, 62, of Decatur is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL graveside service for Samantha Jo McNorton, 28, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Clifford Stanford, 87, of Azle is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Dido Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for Joey Truman Deaton, 50, of Granbury is 2 p.m. Saturday at Dauenhauer Family Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. before the service at Christian-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Walter Mason, 88, of Azle is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Carlton “Hoot” Hall, 80, of Decatur is pending.