News Briefs for Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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CPR CLASS – Alvord Fire Department will host a free hands-only CPR class at the fire station at 108 N. Trappier St. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Call or text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.


BLOOD DRIVE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have a blood drive with Carter Blood Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, during its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m.


LIBRARY PLAYTIME – 1, 2, 3 Play with Me has returned to the Chico Public Library on Thursdays in September from 11 a.m. to noon. Babies and toddlers play and explore alongside their parents/caregivers to develop early literacy and social skills. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.


BUDGETING BASICS – The Decatur Public Library is having a Budgeting Basics Class 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. A representative from Wells Fargo will teach the class.

GLOW BALL – Decatur Police Department’s third annual Glow Ball Tournament, benefiting its Back the Blue Scholarship fund, is Saturday, Sept. 30, at Bridgeport Country Club. Nine holes will be played in daylight and nine holes in the dark with a 4 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team, which includes glow balls, a meal between rounds and prizes. Call 940-393-0300 to register.

BOOK FESTIVAL – Decatur Public Library’s The Same Page Book Festival is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The event will feature local authors, opening and closing keynote speakers, sessions for aspiring writers and readers, and an author fair where readers can chat with authors and purchase books. Opening keynote speaker is Charlotte Canion, author of “You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying: How to Parent Your Parents,” and the closing speaker is Decatur’s Julia Heaberlin, author of many best-selling thrillers.

FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Education Foundation is having a fundraiser – Dinner with Dale Hansen – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Decatur Conference Center. Hansen is a sports broadcaster on WFAA. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table with eight seats. VIP tables are $600 and include a meet and greet with Hansen. Tickets may be purchased at the DISD Administration Building or DATCU. There will be a cash bar and live auction.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Decatur square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promtions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be constests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict,, Lions Club.

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.


FESTIVAL PLANNED – The Paradise Historical Society’s Main Street Festival is Saturday, Sept. 30. Vendors and sponsors are still needed. There will be a car show, antique tractor show, blue ribbon baking contest, washer tournament, quilt show with items for sale and auctions. There will also be a stage featuring local entertainment. All proceeds benefit the recently-opened historical museum and veterans’ park. For more information and to sign up for each event, go to or email Call 940-859-3691.


STORY TIME – Rhome Public Library has preschool story time 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Call 817-636-2767. Children participate in learning activities, including songs.

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.


NEW OFFICE HOURS – Starting Sept. 18, the Precinct 2 justice of the peace office will no longer close during the lunch hour. The office window will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phones will be answered until 5 p.m. The Precinct 2 JP office is inside the sheriff’s office, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive, in Decatur.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is having an encore meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group promotes the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and its eventual independence. Speakers are Executive Directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway. They will talk about the new direction of the group. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or visit

CLAY SHOOT – Devon’s 10th annual Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting United Way is Friday, Sept. 29, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration is at 8 a.m., and first flight is at 9. Cost is $500 per five-person team, and lunch is provided. Register by contacting Crystal Watkins: 940-577-6585 or Station sponsorships are available.

GOLF TOURNEY – A golf tournament benefiting Pam Ames, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in February, is Saturday, Sept. 30, at The Club at Runaway Bay. It’s a four-man scramble with a 1:30 p.m. tee time. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team, which includes dinner at 6 p.m. To attend the dinner and auction only, cost is $15 per plate.

SENIOR EXPO – Wise Seniors Health and Safety Expo is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Admission is free and includes lunch, a chance to win door prizes and entertainment. Vendor proceeds benefit Wise County Meals on Wheels.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Boyd Community Center. Speaker is Rep. Phil King. Lunch is $10 per person. Door prize tickets will also be available. RSVP to

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

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 Call Emily Pivoda, 830-279-8481.

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.


SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT – The SSG Kevin Skodack Memorial Softball Tournament is Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Little Elm softbal 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,


FALL FEST – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1305 Deer Park Road, in Decatur is having a Fall Fest noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. There will be a Christian band, a bounce house, buggy and train rides, bingo, raffles, food and drinks. A bilingual mass will be at 10:45 a.m.

YARD SALE – Pleasant Grove Baptist No. 2 is having a yard sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6 to benefit its children’s outdoor playground fund. The church is one mile west of Farm Road 730 on Farm Road 2048 (Keeter Highway), across from Boyd Raceway. Any questions please call Sarah @ 940-293-3480, or Becky @ 817-992-0550.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS – The Episcopal Church of Wise County and the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, invite the community to The Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, on the Episcopal Church grounds, 905 S. Church Street, in Decatur. Have pets on a leash or in a carrier. Items are also being collected to give the Wise County Animal Shelter, including bleach, puppy and kitten food, Dawn and cat litter.

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