News Briefs for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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ESL CLASS – Registration for returning and new ESL students is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. There is no class fee. The class starts Wednesday, Sept. 6. There are four levels – Basic Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Call 940-627-3235.

MONEY FOR REPAIRS – The Decatur Lions Club is asking current and past members for donations to repair the club’s building. The club is seeking one-time donations and pledges to be paid monthly over a period not to exceed 24 months. It is also selling brick pavers for $100 each. Checks, pledge forms and brick order forms should be mailed to Decatur Lions Club, P.O. Box 135, Decatur, TX 76234.

DOMINOES ANYONE? – Anybody who plays 42 or would like to learn is invited to the Decatur Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The center is located at 1200 N. Miller St.

COLLECTING BEARS FOR COOK CHILDREN’S – Reagan Harvey of Decatur is collecting new Teddy bears for the Cook Children’s PrayerBear program. The bears are given to children during hospital procedures or an overnight stay. They have been a great comfort to Harvey during multiple hospital stays the last few years. To help, drop off bears before Sept. 1 at Catfish O’harlies, Leeper Creek BBQ, First State Bank, Wise County Messenger or Simply Coco, all in Decatur. Bears must be new with tags and should not make noise or be scented. The hospital passes out 225 to 300 bears per week.


COOKED BRISKETS – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge is cooking briskets for the Labor Day weekend. Cost is $60 per brisket. It benefits scholarships and charities. To order, call 940-255-2782; 817-992-4180; or 940-389-7334. Deadline is Aug. 30. Briskets will be ready for pickup Saturday, Sept. 2, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Greenwood pavilion.


STORY TIME – The Newark Public Library is having story time for children ages 2 to 11 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday. There will be stories, music and activities aligned with each month’s theme. Patrons are encouraged to come early as the library opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. on Friday. Register at the library, 207 Hudson St., or call 817-489-2224.


STORY TIME – Rhome Public Library will have preschool story time 11 a.m. the remainder of the Wednesdays in August. Call 817-636-2767.


STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – To donate fabric to North Texas Stockings for Soldiers, call Janice Millican, 940-627-4220 or email

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is accepting registrations for the 2017 fall season, which starts Sept. 30. Register online at or email Register by Sept. 2 to avoid a late fee. Call Emily Pivoda, 830-279-8481.

TASTE OF WISE – The 7th Annual Taste of Wise is 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Decatur Conference Center. Sample appetizers, drinks and dishes from local restaurants. Tickets are $10. They’re available online at or at iOffice, the Wise County Messenger and the conference center.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is having a special public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Executive directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway will explain the new direction for Freedom Texas and the work that is being done to further the goal of Texas independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999.

UNITED WAY LUNCHEON – United Way of Wise County will host a luncheon to kickoff their 2018 fundraising campaign 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Decatur Conference Center.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Devon Energy is having a golf tournament to benefit United Way Friday, Sept. 8, at Canyon West in Weatherford. Registration is at 7 a.m., and the four-man scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8. Register by Sept. 1 by contacting Jackie Yard, 940-394-2202,; or Crystal Watkins, 940-577-6585, Hole sponsorships are available.

HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Wise County Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 West Rose Ave. in Decatur. Eligible people must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and be registered with the Texas Workforce Commission unless exempt. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility. Call 940-627-4203.

HEALTH SURVEY – Wise Health System is conducting a community health needs assessment for Wise County and is seeking participants for a survey to help identify those needs. To take the survey, go to” target=”_blank”>

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Wise County. A valid driver’s license is required, and a background check will be performed. Call 940-627-5329 or stop by 300 N. Trinity St., Suite A, in Decatur.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County on Wednesday, Sept. 27. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.


WEST FEST – Bowie’s West Fest is Sept. 1-4, featuring a rodeo, music, food and fun. Events are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

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