News Briefs for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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FREE HAIRCUTS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES – For the fifth year, The Hair Shop in Bridgeport is giving away haircuts and backpacks with school supplies 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-2484.

POOL PARTY – A back-to-school pool party for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bridgeport City Pool. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at City Hall and the city pool. Tickets at the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Door prizes and gift certificates are also being accepted. Contact Kristina Kemp,, 817-798-3471.


INDIGENT HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 230. Eligible persons must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and meet the following requirements: residents, household, income and resources. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility.

BLOOD DRIVE – A community blood drive hosted by Heritage Place of Decatur is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. Walk-ins are welcome.

SALAD CONTEST – The Decatur Senior Center is hosting a Beat the Heat salad luncheon contest 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Cost is $5 per plate. The Senior Center is located at 1200 N. Miller St.

BACK-T0-SCHOOL – Governor’s Ridge, 300 Devereaux, in Decatur is hosting a back-to-school event 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Free school supplies will be given away to the first 300 kids. Breakfast snacks will be served.

GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur girls fall softball signups are underway through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7 to 14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. Signups will take place 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. For information or to receive a form via email, text commissioner Carley Jones at 940-577-0138 or secretary Sarah Nemec at 940-923-1055.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 13, at Decatur High School. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. Cost is $15 for the Fun Run, and $35 for the 5K by Sept. 8. Late registration will be available the day of the race or at packet pickup Friday, Sept. 12, at Excellent Dental in Decatur. Cost increases by $5. To register, visit

BOOTHS AND SPONSORSHIPS – Various levels of sponsorship are available for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and and Fun Run. They include platinum for $250, business name on event T-shirt and sponsorship banner; gold for $100, business name on gold level of banner; silver for $50, business name on silver level of banner. Sponsors are also welcome to submit items for goodie bags distributed to every participant. There will be booth space available at the event for $50. Call Amy Wilson, 817-841-4471.

GUN RAFFLE – Decatur Buyers Association is hosting a dinner and gun raffle 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. One $50 tickets buys dinner and the chance to win one of 25 guns. Only 500 tickets will be sold. There will also be live music, a silent and live auction, cow chip bingo and more. Tickets can be purchased from any buyers association member, 2-K Pawn, North Texas Bank, Wise County Messenger, Sam’s Hair Quarters or Chalet of Jewelry.

DOMINO NIGHT – A 42 group plays 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St.


TALENT SHOW – The Paradise Historical Society is hosting the 3rd Annual Paradise Has Talent contest Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Paradise Main Street Festival. There will be two age divisions and up to a dozen entries per division. Division 1 will include children up to eighth grade, and Division 2 will feature high school students and adults. Cash prizes of $150 and $100 will be awarded in each division. Entry forms can be downloaded at or from the Paradise Main Street Festival Facebook page. Entry fee is $10. Turn forms in to Karen Bohmfalk by Saturday, Sept. 20. Call 940-210-3181 or 940-969-2131.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber membership luncheon is noon Monday, Sept. 8, at Paradise City Hall. Deborah King will speak on civility in the workplace.


SAFETY FEST – Wise Regional Health System will host Wise Family Safety Fest 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the hospital. The free event includes a bicycle obstacle course; backpack safety; fire truck, Sheriff’s Office vehicles and helicopter tours; CPR and AED demonstrations; texting and driving simulator; fire safety education trailer; a water slide; swimming skill evaluations; and life-saving demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to bring their bicycle and swimsuit. Call Alyssa Yancey, 940-626-3850.

REGISTRATION STARTS – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration is going on now at the main campus in Weatherford. For a list of course offerings, go to Contact Tiffany Thrasher-Siegfried, 940-626-3263,

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services in Gainesville will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 1200 Preskitt Rd. Parents must be present and should bring their child’s shot record. Children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. Call 940-665-9315.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Ranchers Gathering Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. The trade show, featuring 20 agriculture-related businesses, will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6. Cost is $10, which covers the meal and enters you in the drawing for door prizes. Stan Bevers, professor and Extension economist – management, of Vernon will speak on “Risk Management Tools for Ranchers.” To make a reservation, call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341.

CARNIVAL TIME – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is hosting a Back-2-School Carnival 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave., in Bridgeport. The event is for youth with special needs ages 14 years old or younger. Visit

GARAGE SALE – Wise County Teen Court is having a garage/bake sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the parking lot of First Financial Bank, behind Arby’s, in Decatur. There will be furniture, clothing, dishes and more. The group is still accepting donations. Call Shelly, 940-393-5923.

FREE WORKSHOP – A workshop on securing your estate and retirement planning is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive a workbook and information on protecting assets and ensuring money lasts. Seating is limited. RSVP to 1-866-252-8721.

CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Regional Health Foundation Clay Shoot is Friday, Aug. 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch is provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. Call Michelle Stone, 940-626-1384.

FALL SIGNUPS – Registration for the fall season of Wise County Special Needs Baseball is now through Aug. 23. Download a player or volunteer form at Fee is $20 and should be mailed with the form to P.O. Box 601, Bridgeport, TX, 76426. Late registration is $35. Meet-N-Greet will be 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Games are every Saturday, Sept. 13 through Nov. 1.

SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office, 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.

FLIP-FLOPS NEEDED – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is in need of flip-flops of all sizes for men, women and children who have been affected by family violence/sexual abuse and are residing in the shelter. Donations may be dropped off at the outreach office at 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.

TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County are looking for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Decatur Civic Center. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.


RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION – Registration for returning students is now available through the Home Access Center. Parents must have a HAC account, which requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued by the school. A help desk is available at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Justin from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campuses have computers available for use for households without Internet. Call 817-698-1099.

VOLUNTEER CHECK – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in Northwest ISD schools must have passed a criminal background check through the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) system. Go to and click the VIPS link under Quick Links. Call NISD Partners in Education specialist Phil Beckman at 817-215-0172.

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