News Briefs for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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OILFIELD LUNCHEON – Luke Legate will provide an update on the oil industry in North Texas at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP to Shelby or Marybeth, 940-683-2076.


CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce dinner and auction is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is Halloween Under the Big Top. Come dressed in Halloween or circus attire for the costume contest. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Austin Allsup, one of the top eight performers on season 11 of “The Voice” will perform. RSVP by calling 940-627-3107.

YOUTH BASKETBALL – Decatur Youth basketball will be participating in the Wise County league this year. The league includes kids entering first through sixth grade. Forms are available at all three elementary campuses and the sixth-grade campus. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 31. Cost is $65, and games will start in December. League contact is David Shetter,

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.


FALL FESTIVAL – Paradise PTO’s annual fall festival is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Paradise Elementary School. There will be games, bingo, bounce houses, a hay ride, silent auction and vendors.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for Rhome/South Wise Spirit of Christmas are available at Rhome City Hall, 261 N. School Road. The program provides toys and clothing for economically disadvantaged children. Applications should be returned by Friday, Nov. 10.

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.

TAIL WAGGIN’ TUTORS – Eva and Honey return for the fall 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. The dogs provide a stress-free, relaxing environment in which to practice reading. Schedule a time to read to a dog by calling the library, 817-636-2767, or just come on that day. Time segments are 15 minutes.

VETERANS GROUP – The Rhome Veterans Group has planned the following events: 10 a.m. Oct. 28, business meeting; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 coat and blanket drive distribution at Chico City Hall; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4, coat and blanket drive distribution at Alvord City Hall; noon Nov. 9, freeze dried food tasting party at Rhome Senior Citizens Building; RSVP requested.


RAISING AWARENESS – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, Wise Hope encourages people to paint the nail on their left ring finger purple. Post pictures on social media with the hashtags #WiseHope and #PutTheNailInit.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive special needs baseball needs volunteers to help at its games. Register online at For information, call volunteer coordinator Claudia Davila, 940-255-4541 or email

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is holding its 4th Annual Tee It Up Fore the Field Golf Tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay on Friday, Oct. 20. Registration for the four-man scramble is at noon with a shotgun start at 1. There will also be a dinner, silent auction, raffle and awards. Information and registration forms are online at Contact Jim Duffy, 214-755-3295 or

VFD FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be barbecue brisket, hamburgers and hot dogs, plus a silent auction, bounce houses and live music. The medical helicopter will land at 6:15 p.m. There is also a raffle for a Ruger AR 15 or Ruger 9mm. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at On the Square Guns in Springtown or Elliots Electric in Bridgeport.

COFFEE NETWORK – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Network is 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Chico City Hall, 113 W. Decatur St. Speaker is Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. The topic of discussion will be the organization’s new plans to work within the political system to further the goal of Texas’ independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999.

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.


SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT – The SSG Kevin Skodack Memorial Softball Tournament is Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Little Elm softball fields, 701 W. Eldorado Pkwy. Games begin at 8 a.m. Cost is $250 per team. Sign up by Oct. 21. All proceeds and donations benefit a fund for Skodack’s children. Skodack is the nephew of Dee Ann Archer of Decatur. To sign up, contact Jonathan Penko, 912-492-3127,; or Mike Gustafson, 469-964-7405,


OBSTACLE COURSE – Wise County Cowboy Church will have arena and trail obstacle courses Saturday, Oct. 28. Sign-ups start at 8 with riding events until noon. Chili will be served for lunch, and there will be a truck or treat at 5 p.m. Email

UGANDAN CHOIR – The Ugandan Kids Choir will perform 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. The choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been dedicated to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Through child sponsorship, Childcare Worldwide brings hope to children in need by providing them with an education that will set them up for future employment and break the cycle of poverty in their lives. The program in Bridgeport will include traditional African song and dance. Visit

TRUNK OR TREAT – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur is having a trunk or treat 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The church is at 104 S. Miller St.

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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