News Briefs for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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ANGELS AVAILABLE – Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 401 Center Court Drive in Bridgeport, has angels available for adoption. Angels represent local elderly or disabled in need. Gifts should be returned by Dec. 15. Call 940-683-3300.

CALENDARS AVAILABLE – The Bridgeport Historical Society is selling calendars featuring photos of sunsets over Lake Bridgeport taken by four local residents. “Sunsets Over Lake Bridgeport” are available for purchase for $8. Call Don Majka at 940-389-3821.


DONATED DECORATIONS – Chico City Hall is collecting Christmas donations for residents in local nursing homes. Donations can be dropped off 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 400 S. Hovey.


SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department is seeking donations for its Santa Cops Christmas gift program. New, unwrapped toys or monetary donations can be dropped off at the police department through Friday, Dec. 15. Call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0303.

KNITTING CIRCLE – The Knit Wits and Crochet Nuts meet 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Call 940-433-3847.

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.


SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – Light a Lantern for a Loved One is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Paradise soccer field. There are large, white and red lanterns available, as well as a limited number of mini lanterns in white or green. Pre-order a lantern by emailing Maggi Loney, Cost is $9 each. Proceeds benefit the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – South Wise Spirit of Christmas angels are available for pick-up at Rhome Pharmacy and Pinnacle Bank. Gifts must be returned by Dec. 14. Monetary donations may be made at Wells Fargo.

LIBRARY EVENTS – Rhome Public Library has preschool story time 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Children participate in learning activities, including songs. STEAM meets 4 to 5 p.m. every second Tuesday to conduct various science and technology experiments. Call 817-636-2767.


ABWN – Area Business Women’s Network is having its monthly networking lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Decatur Conference Center. Bring a $10 gift to participate in a networking gift exchange. RSVP to Lunch is $11.

CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – The Wise County Veterans Group and Rebecca Buchanan Potter present a classic Christmas musical Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. Show times are 1:30 to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Santa Claus, the HeartStrings and Wise Youth String Ensemble will be part of the program.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – Solaris Hospice needs volunteers. Those who choose to participate will undergo a background check, drug screening and TB testing. Training is provided. Contact Director of Volunteer Services Caitlyn Littlejohn at or 940-627-1001.

BELL RINGERS NEEDED – Volunteers are needed to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraising campaign. The kettles will be set up at Walmart in Decatur and Brookshire’s in Bridgeport. Volunteers are asked to sign up for two-hour shifts by going to (Decatur) or (Bridgeport) The campaign runs through Christmas Eve. All money collected stays in Wise County to help those in need. Call the kettle coordinator, 940-626-8691.

CHRISTMAS OF HOPE – Wise Hope’s annual Christmas of Hope has angels available for the community. This program helps children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence have a special Christmas. Angels are located at the Outreach office at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur during regular office hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Call 940-626-4585.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation is offering a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date is Dec. 27. Visit to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today. Call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS – The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to serve on the Local Disaster Action Team to respond to local disasters such as house fires and tornadoes. Call Melvin Castleberry, 940-210-4908.

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.

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.


CHRISTMAS STORY – Wise County Cowboy Church will share the Christmas Story 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Hear the reason for the season while riding a trail. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, just outside Decatur.

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