News Briefs for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – Boyd Lions Club Spirit of Christmas Applications are now available at all Boyd ISD schools and at Boyd City Hall. The program is designed to help struggling Boyd families provide their children with needed clothing and gifts for Christmas. Forms must be returned by Friday, Nov. 17 to qualify.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Decatur Spirit of Christmas applications are now available at the Decatur Public Library. Applications are due back Monday, Nov. 13. Donations may be made at DATCU or First State Bank. The campaign has a fundraising goal of $13,000 by Dec. 1.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in the hospital’s main lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur. It will include a bake sale, fresh poinsettia sale, a gift shop, silent auction and quilt raffle. A $5 lunch special will also be offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a chili bowl, baked potato bar or salad bar with homemade desserts and beverages. Proceeds go toward new hospital equipment.

MEAT SALE – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is holding its annual smoked meat sale. Turkeys ($40), briskets ($70) and hams ($45) will be smoked in the parking lot of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary Church in Decatur Saturday, Nov. 18, and can be picked up at the church on the following day. Call 940-389-6735 to order.

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department is accepting applications for the Santa Cops program now through Tuesday, Nov. 28. Applications can be picked up at the police department or found online at Donations of new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations can be dropped off at the police department through Friday, Dec. 15. Call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0303.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Entry is free, and forms are available at the Chamber office, 308 W. Main Street. Call 940-627-3107.

TOUR OF HOMES – Tickets are now on sale for the Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets may be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor, iOffice or from a club member. Six homes are on this year’s tour.

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.


BRISKET FUNDRAISER – Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will be selling cooked briskets for the Thanksgiving holiday. Order deadline is Nov. 15. Meat can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Greenwood Pavilion. Cost is $60. To place an order, call 940-255-2782, 817-992-4180 or 940-389-7334.


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 Maggie Loney, Cost is $9 each. Proceeds benefit the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship.


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.

VETERANS GROUP – The Rhome Veterans Group is having a tree lighting install and ceremony at Rhome Veterans Park at 1 p.m. to dusk, Saturday, Dec. 2.


REALTOR LUNCHEON – Doug Shaw, general manager of Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, will speak at the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors (GDWCAR) luncheon 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the Decatur Conference Center. Cost is $20. RSVP by calling 940-387-8212 or at

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Wise County Historical Museum. Bring Christmas cards for signing and donations for the North Texas Stockings for Soldiers. Call Cecily Pegues, 817-528-8412.

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.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS – Sign-ups for Wise County Little Dribblers are open through the month of November. Practice starts in January with games through spring break. Call Shayler Carlton Shepard, 817-243-4513. Forms are available on the group’s Facebook page or at Decatur elementary schools.

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

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.


WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP – Outreach of Love, a non-denominational ladies fellowship and praise, is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at 300 E. Cates St., in Bridgeport. Bill Moore will lead the praise and worship.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE – Christ Fellowship and New Salem Free Will Baptist Church is having a Unity Thanksgiving Service 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at 1301 N. Main, Lake Bridgeport. Call Todd Blair, 817-939-4982.

BULLS AND BARRELS – Wise County Cowboy Church has bull riding and a barrel expo every Thursday at 7 p.m. Cost for bull riding is $10 (all the bulls you can ride) with a $30 jackpot. Cost for barrels is $3. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, off U.S. 380.

DIVORCE CARE – The First Baptist Church of Decatur offers Divorce Care 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Childcare is provided. Call 940-627-3235 or email

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