News Briefs for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Aug. 8-9. Vendors are needed and cookoff participants are being registered. Friday night’s festivities will include a washer tournament and the Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship fish fry, as well as Phil Hamilton on stage. A pageant is 10 a.m. Saturday. Theme is “summertime fun,” and cost to enter is $20. Call Lacey Chestnut, 940-255-1057. For any other information, call Debra McKelvain, 940-389-1656 or Callie Manning, 817-690-2281.


CAR SHOW – MMM Rock N Rev 2014 is Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Bridgeport High School parking lot. Registration is 9 to 11 a.m. with awards at 1 p.m. The car show will include the following categories: best of show, people’s choice, import, street rod, ’40s through ’60s, ’70s through 1999, and 2000 to present. First- and second-place awards will be given in each class. The event is sponsored by MMM Band Boosters.

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 Sunday, 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.


BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will host the Carter BloodCare bus 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31. To make an appointment, call Brenda, 940-627-2177. Walk-ins are welcome.

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.


FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser garage sale 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, at 301 Main St. in Paradise.

QUARTER AUCTION – A quarter auction benefitting the Paradise Chamber of Commerce is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at First Baptist Church, 401 Main St. in Paradise. Bidding paddles are $2. There will also be vendor space available for $25 and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5. Proceeds will go to the chamber’s scholarship fund and general operating expenses. Call Karen Wier, 940-577-0868.


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.


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


SALSA CONTEST – A homemade salsa contest will be held during the Forestburg Watermelon Festival Saturday, Aug. 9. Entries should be brought to the Atkins Building on Main Street, next the Forestburg Store, between 9 and 10 a.m. Salsa judging will be done by popular vote. Prizes will be awarded to the top three places. Call Debra, 940-964-2483 or Betty, 940-964-2644.

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