News Briefs for Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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LITERACY BANQUET – The third annual Bridgeport Literacy Banquet, hosted by the Bridgeport Bookcase Project Committee, is 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Bridgeport High School Commons. Tickets are $15.95 per person or $125 per table and can be purchased at Bridgeport Public Library, Meyers Agency, Bridgeport Index, First State Bank, First Financial Bank and The Community Bank. Proceeds are used to build bookcases for Head Start students. Bring gently used preschool children’s books to be given with the bookcases, or drop books off at the Index, Brookshire’s or public library.

SPORT SIGN-UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will have baseball/softball/soccer sign-ups Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Community Center on Lawdwin street. For information, visit or call Jared McComis at 940-399-7530.


YOUTH BASEBALL – Registration forms for youth baseball are available at Chico Elementary and Chico Middle School. Forms and payment are due Friday, Feb. 21. Cost is $50 for t-ball and $85 for baseball. For information, call Brian Durham at 940-393-3565. The league also needs umpires. Call Durham if interested.


GOLF TOURNEY – DHS Golf Booster Club tournament is Sunday, March 2, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Cost is $400 per four-person team, and all proceeds benefit DHS golf teams. For information, call Mark Graves at 940-389-2561 or Jim Lamirand at 940-393-3201.

SINGING MEN – The Singing Men of North Central Texas will hold a free concert 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 1200 W. Preskitt Road. The 150-voice chorus, one of the finest in the U.S., is made up of men who hold music-related positions in Texas Baptist churches and institutions. The concert will feature both classic and contemporary gospel music and will include selections by the men’s chorus and the orchestra, as well as a combined choral pice with choirs from area churches. The public is invited.

BEEF RAFFLE – Decatur FFA Alumni Association is having a raffle for half a side of Wise County raised and hormone free beef, and standard processing will be provided for two winners. Drawing will be held at the Wise County Youth Fair. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. You can get them from any alumni member or at the following locations: AgVantage, Sam’s Hairquarters, LK Insurance-Lonny Drew’s office or James Wood Motors-new car showroom. You may also email All proceeds go to Decatur FFA.

MOVIES AND MUSIC – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur is seeking donations of old DVDs of western movies and CDs of old country and Christian music. Drop off donations at the center or call Kathy for pick up at 940-626-2800, ext. 114.

VINTAGE TRAILERS – Glitzy Girls Trailer Park, a new, vintage trailer event to be held on the Decatur Square Saturday, April 19, is seeking vendors. If you’re interested, call 817-269-1106 or 940-389-2174.


CHAMBER LUNCH – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is hosting a primary candidate forum noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at City Hall. All local primary candidates are invited. They will introduce themselves, and questions will be accepted from the audience. Lunch will be catered by Pronto’s. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 28, by emailing


CRIME WATCH – Neighborhood Crime Watch in Runaway Bay meets 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Rock Church.


DEMENTIA PROGRAM – The Virtual Dementia Tour is noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Weatherford College Wise County, 502 Big Sandy Court. The program is for caregivers, professionals and anyone who works with older adults. The tour will take participants from the beginning to late stages of the disease process, encompassing tasks and exercises that are essential for caregivers and professionals to understand. Those who wish to attend must make reservations by calling Gwen Pruitt at 940-626-3282 or emailing

SOFTBALL TRYOUTS – “Wise County Crush” select softball is holding tryouts for girls 14 and under and 12 and under 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Jewel Park in Chico. For information, call 940-626-9697.

ENTERTAINERS WANTED – Anyone interested in joining an amateur group of dancers that puts on sock hops and car shows at local nursing homes can call the Rock N Rollers after 3 p.m. at 940-626-9300 for information.

YOUTH RODEO – The Wise County Youth Rodeo, for ages 19 and under, is March 7-8 at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 730 p.m. nightly. Books are open 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 3. Timed events include tie down calf roping, girls breakaway calf roping, team roping, goat tying and barrel racing. Rough stock events include mutton bustin’, junior bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. For information, call 940-210-0050. All proceeds benefit the Wise County Youth Fair Association.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic Tuesday, March 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Road. A parent must be present, you must bring the child’s shot record and you must be VFC-eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 for the whole family.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities will be June 9, 10, 11 and 13. Call Andrea Duwe at 940-395-3356 for information.

HOST FAMILIES – Families are needed in Wise County to host a foreign student for a three- or four-week period in summer 2014. There are two programs: Group Activities in Alvord and the surrounding area and Immersion. In the group program, students participate in organized activities Monday through Friday. In the immersion program, students spent the entire time with the host family. Most students will be from Spain and will be 13 to 18 years old. For information, call Angela Nichols at 904-393-1525 or email or call Megan Adams at 940-626-0586 or email


TECHNO EXPO – The Northwest ISD third annual Techno Expo is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Northwest High School. Dinner will be served by students in the district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality beginning at 5 p.m. Selected students will present and demonstrate their use of technology in the classroom during a series of more than 300 breakout sessions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Topics includes animation, digital video, multimedia and website design.

CONNECTION LUNCHEON – Northwest ISD encourages real estate and business professionals to join NISD officials on 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, for the annual Connection Luncheon at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Fort Worth. Information on current demographic projections, plans for new schools and the award-winning programs in NISD will be shared. Space is limited. Call 817-215-0175 to reserve a seat.

SPRING BREAK – All Northwest ISD campuses and offices will be closed March 10-14 for spring break. Classes resume Monday, March 17.

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