News Briefs for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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PLANNING SEMINARS – Jones Family Funeral Home is hosting Advanced Planning Seminars dealing with a variety of key topics for seniors 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. The seminars will feature attorney Bill Clary, who will discuss wills, estate plans, powers of attorney and living wills; Medicaid specialist Larry Pearce, who will cover recent changes to federal guidelines for Medicaid; and prearrangement specialist Leon Stone, who will talk about funeral plans and how to alleviate financial and emotional burdens in a time of loss. There will be refreshments and door prizes. To reserve a seat and take-home materials, call 940-683-1704.

FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is searching for new members. Applicants must be 18 years or older, live in Bridgeport and have a high school diploma and a clean record. Call Bridgeport Training Captain Tanner Reeves, 940-577-0930.


BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Baseball League 2015 spring sign-up is at Decatur City Hall 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. Teams include T-ball, coach pitch, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Bring your child and his birth certificate. Uniform fitting is at sign-up. Call Eric, 940-389-4768; or Annie, 817-223-4928.

POLICE ACADEMY – The Decatur Police Department will host a Citizens Police Academy class beginning Tuesday, Feb. 3. Register for the class at or call Sgt. Delvon Campbell, 940-393-0300.

LITERACY CLASSES – Decatur Public Library Early Literacy Classes have resumed. Join children’s librarian, Ms. Kristin, for a variety of storytime classes designed to foster your child’s love of learning. Visit or call 940-393-0290 to find out which classes are best for your family.

GET CERTIFIED – Lifeguard certification classes will be held at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. For schedules and registration, go to or call Kim Emery, 940-627-2708, ext. 2607.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Sponsors are being sought for the ninth annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 7 at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s dance will take place at two different times: ages 1 to 9 will be 4 to 6 p.m. and ages 10 to 15 will be 7 to 9 p.m. Call Shelby Carpenter at 940-389-2000 or email

T.O.P.S. – Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) open house is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Grace Baptist Church, southside basement, in Decatur. T.O.P.S. is a “no diets” support group for weight loss management. There will be salads, desserts and door prizes. Call Glenda Longmire, 940-627-5116.

GLITZY GIRLS – The second annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is Saturday, April 11, on the Decatur Square, and they are seeking vendors. Call 940-577-3487 or email


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon Monday, Feb. 2, at Paradise City Hall. RSVP via email to

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponosors for its first golf tournament Saturday, May 16. Call Deborah Mann, 940-393-1434.


BOOK BLOWOUT – The Rhome Public Library is having a book sale through the end of March. Hardbacks are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents. The library is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LIBRARY STORY TIME – The Rhome Public Library will host story time 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every first and third Wednesday, February through May, for preschool-age children. Children will make Valentine cards Feb. 4, and there will be a patriotism display Feb. 18. Register to attend by calling 817-636-2767.

PRESIDENT’S DAY – The Rhome Public Library will have a President’s Day program 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, for third, fourth and fifth graders. Register to attend by calling 817-636-2767.


FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – The Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department is searching for new members. Applicants must be 18 years or older and pass a background check. Call Runaway Bay Fire Chief Brian Bernardo at 940-391-9158 or City Hall at 940-575-4745.


IMMUNIZATION/FLU CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will conduct an immunization/flu clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd. in Decatur. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family, and the children must be VFC eligible. Parents should bring their shot records.

BERRY FUNDRAISER – Legend Bank’s Relay for Life Team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will sell chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb. 13, at the Decatur and Alvord locations. Cost is $20 per dozen. Both locations are taking pre-orders now and will have some to sell on the 13th as well. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

HEART HEALTH – Wise Regional Health System’s Heart Health Expo is Friday, Feb. 13, at the Decatur Civic Center. Booths will be open 10 a.m. to noon. Health screenings will also be conducted during this time. A heart-healthy nutrition presentation and recipe demonstration is noon to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. Call Alyssa Yancey, 940-626-3850.

VALENTINE GALA – Wise Regional Health Foundation’s Hearts for Hope Gala is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit the WRHS Critical Care Unit for purchase of a new Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy machine, which is a blood purification therapy unit. The evening will include live music, dinner and dancing. Seating is limited. Cost is $50 per ticket or $300 for a table of eight. Call Michelle Stone, 940-626-1384.

SOCIAL GROUP – Fit-N-Wise Pediatric Therapy, 1721 S. FM 51, in Decatur is hosting a social group for youth 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, for ages 6 to 12, who struggle with social interaction with peers. Speech pathologists and occupational and physical therapists will facilitate a language-rich environment. Call 940-627-6927.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Weatherford College Wise County.

GOLF ASSOCIATION – The Oil Belt Senior Men’s Golf Association opens its 2015 season on March 9. Men 50 years of age or older are invited to join the association, which is beginning it’s 24th year. The initial enrollment fee is $20, and play is handicap. Members play approximately three to four times per month, if desired, rotating play on different golf courses in the area. There is a nominal fee each time you play. Call T.S. Ferguson, 940-389-9879.

FEEL GOOD – Cosmetologists will give a free workshop to cancer patients noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the board room at Wise Regional Health System’s Cancer Center, 2010 S. Ben Merritt Dr., in Decatur. Participants will learn how to look good and feel better about the skin and hair changes that cancer treatment can cause. Lunch is provided, and reservations are required. Call Laura Tanner, 940-626-2300.

HEALTH FAIR – The 8th Annual Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. The theme for this year’s event is Heroes for Health. Vendors are being registered now. Contact Dena Silvers, 940-627-5080,

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Wise Area Business Women’s Network Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser is Saturday, March 28, at the Bridgeport Country Club. For an entry form, contact Beth Landers at or 901-270-1018.

RELAY FOR LIFE – Relay for Life of Wise County is 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 24-25, 2015, at McCarroll Middle School track on Thompson Street in Decatur. The annual American Cancer Society event raises funds for cancer research and education. Visit or call Kathy Odell, 940-255-2944.

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