News Briefs for Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED – Wise Health System Bridgeport Auxiliary will award five $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of Wise Health System and individuals with a Wise County address. The Auxiliary encourages individuals to further their education in the medical field. Applications are due April 1. Go to Call or text Rachel Gasperson, 940-210-2452.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – The city of Bridgeport’s annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival is 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The egg hunt starts at 2 p.m., and there will be games, candy, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals. Call 940-683-3480.


WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 14th Annual Wise Hoops Midnight Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Friday, April 1, at the Multipurpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Play begins at 5 p.m. Registration is $110 per youth team and $150 per adult team. Registration closes March 30. Teams who register by March 24 receive a free T-shirt for each player. Register online at or call Valerie Reuter, 970-371-3168.

CRAFT GROUP – The Decatur Public Library’s beading group has turned into an open crafts group. Bring any type of craft project to the library’s meeting room 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and work with a great group of crafters who are eager to help. Call 940-393-0290.

SHOT CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will have an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. Those eligible include American Indians, Alaskan natives, underinsured, non-insured or Medicaid patients. Bring your child’s shot record and Medicaid card, if applicable. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

LIFEGUARD COURSE – American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses will be held in March and April at Fit-N-Wise. Visit and scroll down to the Lifeguard Certification Course flyer.

CLAY SHOOT – The 7th Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Sporting Clay Shoot is Friday, May 20, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. For sponsorship information or to make reservations, call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

LIBRARY STORY TIME – The Decatur Public Library’s preschool story time is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday and sensory story time is 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 940-393-0290 or visit


GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 2nd Annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 21, at the Decatur Golf Club, 211 Country Club Rd. Cost is $400 for a four-person team, which includes a golf cart, meals, goody bag and two drink tickets per golfer. Cost for individuals is $100. They will be placed with a team. Registration is 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9. Lunch and entertainment is at 1 p.m. with a raffle, auction and awards at 2 p.m. Register by contacting the Chamber at To sponsor the tournament or volunteer, contact Stephany Swain, 214-771-1148,


VETERANS ORGANIZATION – A new group is forming in Rhome for spouses, dependents and others who want to support local veterans. Rhome Veterans is a non-profit organization “dedicated to serving city and area veterans and their families in times of crisis and with educational needs, while promoting fellowship among veterans by helping with civic events and projects.” The group meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month at Rhome Dairy Queen. Deborah BeCraft is acting commander.

MOVIE TIME – The Rhome Public Library will show a movie for school-age children 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Rhome Community Center. Bring a blanket, sleeping bag, towel or lawn chair on which to sit during the movie.

WALK ACROSS TEXAS – Join a Walk Across Texas team at Rhome Public Library. Call 817-636-2767. We will begin walking March 21.

BOOK CLUB – The adult book club meets Tuesday, March 22. They are reading “Zane and the Hurricane” and “Heart of Betrayal.”

LIBRARY CRAFTS – Elementary students are invited to craft time 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Participation is free, but RSVP is required. Call 817-636-2767.

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.


GOLF ASSOCIATION – The Oil Belt Men’s Golf Association opened its 2016 season this week. Men 50 years old or older may join the association. Initial enrollment fee is $20, and play is handicapped. Members play three to four times a month at different golf courses in the area. In the Decatur area, call Tom Ferguson, 940-389-9879; or in the Bridgeport area, call A.Z. Smith, 940-389-0949.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, March 23, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

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.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Health System offers the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network for mothers who have or are currently breastfeeding or providing expressed breast milk for their child. Expectant moms who are planning to breastfeed are also welcome. Group meeting times are as follows: 10:30 a.m. to noon April 6; and 1:30 to 2 p.m. March 23 and April 20. The support group is free and meets in the West Campus conference room. Refreshments and free infant weight checks will be provided. Visit

SEEKING VENDORS – The 9th Annual Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2, at the Decatur Civic Center. Vendors are needed. A booth costs $60 if reserved by March 24. Contact Registration Chair Dena Silvers,, 940-627-5080. Registration forms can be downloaded at

FUNDRAISING WALK – Head for the Cure, a walk to raise money for the Crazy T Tumor Fighters and brain tumor research at UT Southwestern, is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Decatur middle school track. To sign up to participate or to have a vendor’s booth, call Tulena Graham, 817-988-0478.

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.

AG SCHOLARSHIP – Graduating high school seniors who plan to major in agriculture at a Texas college or university are eligible for the Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship sponsored by the Hornback family and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Leadership Advisory Board. The scholarship application is available at Required materials are due in the Wise County Extension office by April 15. Interested students should call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by contacting Crystal Watkins at The application deadline is Friday, April 1.

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 the 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.

CASINO NIGHT – A casino night benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Saturday, April 30, at the Decatur Civic Center. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 and the casino opens at 7. Guest speaker is Justice LaRue, a former foster child. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $90 for couples. High roller tables are available, and sponsorships and auction items are being collected. Contact Kayla Prock, 940-627-7535,

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.


CASA INFO – An information session on becoming a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise and Jack Counties (CASA) is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Main Street Bed and Breakfast Bistro, 119 N. Main Street, in Jacksboro. RSVP by calling 940-627-7535.


GARAGE SALE – The First Baptist Church of Chico will have a garage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 and 19 as a fundraiser for the church’s youth group.

WEIGHT LOSS – T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will have an open house 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Grace Baptist Church. Call 940-389-2900.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Trinity Baptist Church of Boyd, 455 Rock Island Ave, is having an Easter Eggstravaganza 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26. There will be egg hunts for three age groups. Call 940-433-5281.

FAMILY FUN – Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church is having Easter Family Fun Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26. There will be egg hunts for three age groups. The church is located just south of Decatur on Farm Road 730. Call 940-391-4989.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, A Community Church in Runaway Bay, is having its annual Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 26. There will be food, fun, prizes and free Easter pictures for ages 18 months to 10 years old. An all-expense paid trip to Sea World will be given away.

MUSICAL GUEST – Jake Hooker will be at Wise County Cowboy Church 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, outside Decatur.

NEW CHOIR FORMING – A new choir has begun meeting in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Paradise, 501 Main St., 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. on Sundays. This choir is non-denominational and non-audition, open to all ages from 7th grade through adult. Its purpose is to offer an outlet to Wise County residents who love to sing and do not have any place to use their talent.

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