News Briefs for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School training room Thursday, July 24. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete that had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

OUTDOOR CONCERT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its first Concert in the Park 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Harwood Park. The free event will feature country and ’80s pop music from Mars Hill Band. There will also be a concession stand, face painting, balloon animals and inflatables starting at 7 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.


CLASS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 2004 will hold its 10-year reunion 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The event will be hosted at the Reunion cabins owned by the families of Maggie Zamzow Mahan and Josh Reeves. It will be a casual, come-and-go event, and guests are encouraged to bring their families and their beverage of choice. Email Josh Reeves,

BASEBALL LEAGUE – The Decatur Baseball League will be accepting registrations for the 2014 fall season this weekend at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut St. Cost is $60 for T-Ball and 5/6U and $85 for 8U and up. Registration dates and times are as follows: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. There will be hats and jerseys for players to try on. Email or call 940-231-6075.

FOOTBALL CAMP – Decatur football coach Mike Fuller and his staff will hold a skills camp for players between grades seven and nine 7 to 9 p.m. July 28-31 at Eagle Stadium. Cost is $80, $60 for each additional family member.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Decatur Church of Christ is hosting Gear Up, a free school supply event, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Full-size backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who are accompanied by an adult. There will also be free haircuts, clothes, books and other back-to-school services. A barbecue meal will be served. The church is at the corner of Farm Road 51 South and Preskitt Road.

RED HATS – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of red hats for its female residents. Donations may be dropped off at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call Kathy, 940-626-2800.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT – An account has been opened for the family of Stacey Bernal at DATCU in Decatur. Bernal, of Decatur, died June 21 after battling breast cancer.


YOUTH FOOTBALL – Paradise kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up for football 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26, at Paradise youth baseball fields on Texas 114. Cost is $75 for kindergarten through second grade flag football and $125 for third through sixth grade tackle football. Contact Brad Largent, 817-875-8388, or visit

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon noon Monday, Aug. 4, at Paradise City Hall. Speaker is Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 1,


LIBRARY PROGRAM – The Rhome library will host story time and crafts for children at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays now through Aug. 7. Daniabelle Hromanik will provide stories in English and Spanish for children up to age 11. Young children must be accompanied by a parent. A hot dog supper is planned for the children and their families 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7.


SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for the annual school supply drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office located at 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.

SEEKING DONATIONS – Wise Area Teen Court is collecting items for a fundraiser yard sale. Gently used furniture, clothing and other items are being accepted. Call 940-393-5923.

BIKE RALLY – The 2nd Annual Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally is Aug. 2, starting at Decatur Airport. Register early at or by calling 940-626-3006. On-site registration is 7 a.m. the day of the ride, which starts at 8. There will be 8-, 25- and 55-mile rides with a free lunch for riders. Cost is $5 for non-riders. Proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings for Life. Sponsorships are still available. Email To volunteer, call Dixie, 817-929-1253 or 940-626-4355.

BIKE RAFFLE – A Cannondale CAAD10 56 with Shimano 105 components ($1,500 value) and a Hero 3+ GoPro camera are being raffled at the Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally Aug. 2. Price is $5 per ticket or five for $20. All proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings for Life. To purchase tickets, call 940-626-3006 or come by Wise Electric Cooperative or First Financial Bank.

BENEFIT RODEO – A youth rodeo will be held to benefit Dane Lancaster’s family 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Dave Wiley Covered Arena at Montague County Cowboy Church, 1600 W Farm Road 455. There are five age groups, and events will include barrels, poles, goats, flags, breakaway, ribbon roping, tie down, calf riding, steer riding, chute dogging and team roping. All entries must be called in 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 28, 254 918-0835. Anyone wanting to make donations for the silent or live auctions, call Sondra Nored, 940-841-0319.

REGISTRATION STARTS – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration starts 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 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 for more information.

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.

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 at 940-627-7658.


ENROLL AT STEELE – Deadline to apply for Northwest ISD’s James M. Steele Accelerated High School is July 24. Steele Accelerated High School provides an avenue for students to accelerate their studies. It is home to two career academies – the cosmetology academy and the collegiate academy. Thanks to a partnership with North Texas Community College, students can take expanded dual-credit classes receiving college credit while taking their high school courses. Students are screened and recommended by middle and high school counselors with final approval from the North Central Texas College vice president of instruction. To submit an application, go to Call 817-698-5800.

TECHNOPALOOZA – Northwest ISD will host Technopalooza, a summer conference that teaches educators how to integrate learning with technology July 30-31 at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd., in Trophy Club. The conference will feature presentations for the first-time educator to the veteran teacher. Keynote speaker is Dr. Sheryl Absire, chief technology officer of Calcasieu Parish Schools, and there will be giveaways, T-shirts, food trucks and the opportunity to pre-register for the 2015 TechnoPalooza Conference featuring keynote speaker Dave Burgess. To register, go to

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.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR – Northwest ISD’s second annual Back-to-School Fair is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9, at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive, in Justin. This year’s fair will provide school supplies and assistance to families who need extra support based on their financial need (verified by their registration for free or reduced lunch). To make a tax-deductible donation, an in-kind contribution or to sponsor a family, go to

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