News Briefs for Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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FUEL FOR A CURE – The Bridgeport Women’s Club put together Fuel for a Cure, a gift card program that helps current cancer patients in Wise County. Drop off gift cards for gas at The Cancer Center at Wise Health System. Call Laura Tanner, 940-626-2300, option 6.

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” is available for purchase for $8. Call Don Majka, 940-389-3821.


LIBRARY CLOSED – The Chico Public Library will be closed through Saturday for professional development. Late fees will be waived.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – The Chico High School junior class is sponsoring donkey basketball Wednesday at the Chico Middle School Gym. Brisket dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the basketball games begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Chico High School office in advance for $10 or $12 at the door.


PUBLIC PLANNING WORKSHOPS – The City of Decatur’s Planning and Development Department will hold two land use planning workshops in April to seek public input. The first workshop 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, will be a discussion of a proposal to extend the Downtown Land Use District. The second workshop 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, will cover a proposal to create a Hale Street Corridor Mixed Use Land Use District. The purpose of the workshops is to provide those residents and business owners most impacted by the amendments an opportunity to have an open dialogue with the elected and appointed officials and city leadership discussing the proposed land use amendments and to educate the community about long range planning.

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

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.

TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with low incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library 3 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday afternoon now through April 16. Bring the following information: W-2, 1099 forms (1099-INT, DIV, A, B, MISC, R, SSA), unemployment, pensions, etc.; any forms indicating federal income tax that is already paid; and receipts or canceled checks if you itemize deductions. Bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. Also bring a copy of last year’s income tax return. The help is sponsored by AARP. Information is at Call 940-393-0290 for appointment.

GLITZY GIRLS TRAILER PARK – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is currently taking applications for vendors and sponsors. The event is April 14 on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205, or follow on Facebook.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The second Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is May 5. Applications for retail vendors for the Eighter Food Truck Challenge are available and due back by April 20. Forms can be found at

DAZZLE ME PINK – The Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. April 18 at the Decatur Conference Center. Proceeds benefit Women’s Services and the Mary’s Gift program. Reservations for a table of eight is $350, and individual seats are $45. For reservations, log on to or call 940-626-1384.

3-ON-3 HOOPS – Registration is underway for the 16th annual Wise Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club. The tournament is April 13 at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Check-in is at 5 p.m., and games start at 5:30. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. April 12. Register at Call Meagan Hood, 940-389-0994.

JACKIE’S RUN 5K – The Jackie’s Run 5K will highlight the Fit-N-Wise Run Fest at McCarroll Middle School April 14. The Fit Youth 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. The event benefits the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund and local schools who have partnered with the Fit-N-Wise’s Fit Youth program. Entry fee for the fun run is $20. The entry fee for Jackie’s Run 5K is $30. Register online at

GLOW BALL TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce glow ball tournament and mixer is April 20 at the Decatur Golf Club. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m., and the glow ball tournament begins at dusk. The price is $50 per player on a four-man team. Register at 940-627-3107 or


LIBRARY EVENTS – Rhome Public Library has preschool story time 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Children participate in learning activities, including songs. STEAM meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday to conduct various science and technology experiments. Call 817-636-2767.


GOLF SIGN-UPS – The Oil Belt Men’s Golf Association has opened its 2018 season. Men age 50 and older are invited to join the association, which is beginning its 27th year. Enrollment fee is $20, and play is handicapped. Members play three to four times per month in the area. There is a nominal fee each time you play. Call Tom Ferguson, 940-389-9879; or A.Z. Smith, 940-389-0949.

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, or 940-627-1001.

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. Cooks are also needed at the kitchen in Chico.

CHAMBER GOLF TOURNEY – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual golf tournament is set for 8 a.m. May 19 at Decatur Golf Club. Call Kayla Jones, 940-399-3291; or email


COMMUNITY CHORUS – Paradise United Methodist Church is holding a community chorus at 2 p.m. May 6 at 108 Oak Street in Paradise. The chorus is directed by Steve Horner.

SPECIAL EVENTS – The Father’s House Church will welcome evangelist Scott Hinkle Sunday and Donnie and Dara MacLean Petty April 15. Service starts at 10:30 am. See the full calendar at

GIRLS CONFERENCE – First Baptist Church of Bridgeport will hold the teen girls conference “Confident” at 6 p.m. Friday. Dinner will be provided, and dress is casual. Send email to to register or call 940-683-4037.

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