News Briefs for Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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FOUR-ON-FOUR – The Bridgeport Class of 2020 is having a four-on-four volleyball tournament and silent auction 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Bridgeport Middle School, 702 17th St. Entry fee is $40 per team with registration available at the door. To pre-pay with a credit card, email Jeff Williams, Divisions are fifth grade and under; sixth and seventh grades; and eighth grade to adults (co-ed). Concessions will be sold. Contact Peggy Barton, 940-626-9046,

HOME RULE INPUT – Bridgeport’s Home Rule Charter Commission would like input from citizens regarding the charter. To submit comments, email For information regarding home rule, visit The home rule charter will be presented to the Bridgeport voters in the May 2016 election.

ONE STEP AT A TIME – A new group for amputees will meet at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Participants will enjoy a Dutch treat meal. To contact the group, visit


BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Chico Youth Baseball and T-ball sign-ups will continue until Feb. 5. Youth baseball is $85 per player for division 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. T-ball is $30 per player for children ages 4 to 6. Forms are available at both the elementary and middle school offices.


BAKE SALE – There will be a bake sale for the Jackson/Stowe family 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22, at Patty’s Hair Parlor in Decatur and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 23, at Rann Elementary in Decatur. The family lost their home and possessions in a house fire last month.

SPORTING CLAY BENEFIT – A sporting clay benefit for Angel Reza is Saturday, Jan. 23, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, 7282 N. FM 51, in Decatur. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and shooting starts at 9. There will be a live band and raffles. Lunch is provided for shooters. Proceeds will go toward Angel’s medical bills. The infant was hospitalized after being diagnosed with leukemia. Call Jessica, 940-600-3932; or Gina, 940-393-9297.

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – The Decatur Baseball League will have sign-ups at Decatur City Hall on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of January. Times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Ages are T-ball (4 by May 1, 2016), 5/6, 8U, 12U and 14U. Call Eric, 940-389-4679; or Annie, 817-223-4928.

NEW WRITERS’ GROUP – The Decatur Public Library is starting a writers’ group for adults that will meet monthly to discuss and critique original works. Call 940-393-0290 or visit

STORYTIME RETURNS – The Decatur Public Library’s Storytime break is over. Preschool Story Time has resumed on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m., and Sensory Story Time is at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the library at 940-393-0290 or visit

RODEO NIGHT – Decatur Night at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is Saturday, Feb. 6. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $28. A limited number of tickets are available at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Call 940-627-3107.

ESL CLASSES – The First Baptist Church of Decatur is offering free ESL classes on Wednesday evenings. There is a small charge for textbooks. Call 940-627-3235.

42 CLUB – The 42 Club meets 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. Play is free, but donations are accepted to cover rental of the building. Call Don Sudduth, 817-371-5580.


LIBRARY HOURS – The new hours for Rhome Public Library, 265 BC Rhome Avenue, are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on Mondays.

STORY TIME – Preschool (ages 3 to 5) and baby (0 to 18 months) story times are 11 a.m. every Wednesday at Rhome Public Library. Caregivers bond with their children through song, rhymes and books.

CRAFT TIME – Elementary students are invited to craft time 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 24. Participation is free, but RSVP is required. Call 817-636-2767.

ADULT PROGRAMS – Rhome Public Library has adult coloring 1:30 p.m. every Thursday, and book club meets 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.


GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Decatur Church of Christ. Patti Gillespie will speak about “Newspaper Research: Tips, Tricks, Sites and Context.”

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Spring classes at Weatherford College Wise County began Tuesday, Jan. 19. Face-to-face registration for new students and online registration for returning students is ongoing. Contact the college at 940-627-2690,, or visit the campus 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans are invited to attend.

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL – Wise County youth volleyball sign-ups are now through Monday, Jan. 25. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys and girls may play. Go to or call Nancy, 940-627-3430.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535; or go to

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball have opened registration for the 2016 spring season. Any individual with special needs, age 3 or older, can play. Each player will be paired with a buddy who helps to make the experience even more fun. To register, go to and download the 2016 participant form. Call 940-577-0570.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County is seeking people interested in becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer. The program will provide volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. Previous health or wellness training is not required, but participants must have an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same. The training will be held Feb. 9, 23 and March 8 in the Wise County Extension office. Online instruction is also required. Deadline to register is Jan. 29. Call 940-627-3341 or email

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Wise County taxpayers and those throughout Texas will get an extra day to pay their 2015 property taxes without accruing additional penalty and interest this year. The normal delinquent deadline, Jan. 31, falls on a Sunday, and according to the Texas Property Tax Code, the deadline is extended to the next business day, which is Feb. 1. The Wise County Appraisal District is located at 400 E. Business 380 in Decatur. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 940-627-3081.

RELAY FOR LIFE – Wise County Relay for Life is asking all Wise County cancer survivors and caregivers to call Brenda Scott at 940-627-7661 to sign up for the annual dinner Thursday, March 31, and Relay for Life on Friday, April 22.

RELAY LUMINARIAS – Wise County Relay for Life Luminarias are now available to purchase for the upcoming event, Friday, April 22. These luminarias line the track the night of Relay to honor or in memory of a loved one. They are also available in honor of the caregivers. Call Wynett, 972-951-6647; or Kathy, 940-255-2944.


MONTHLY MISSION – The January Mission of the Month for the Episcopal Church of Wise County is Bridgeport Elementary School. The campus needs boys and girls socks and underwear, sizes 6-8 and 10-12. Neutral colored sweatshirts and sweatpants are also needed in sizes 6-8 and 10-12. The school contact is Kristen Shelton, 940-683-5955.

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