News Briefs for Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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PHOTOS FOR CALENDAR – The Bridgeport Historical Society is making a new calendar for 2019. The theme is wildflowers of Wise County. The group would like the public to contribute photos. Include name of the flower and location. Email them to before Friday.


BACK THE BLUE GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Police Department’s fourth annual Back the Blue Glow Ball golf tournament is Sept. 15 at Bridgeport Country Club. The four-person best ball tournament starts at 4 p.m. Registration is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes a meal, glow balls and prizes. All proceeds benefit the department’s scholarship fund. Contact the Decatur Police Department, 940-393-0300.

CITIZENS ACADEMY – Decatur Police Department will present its Citizen Police Academy class beginning Sept.10. The free 13-week program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the police department. Necessary paperwork is available at the Decatur PD Facebook page or the city of Decatur website. For information, contact Chief Rex Hoskins or Sgt. Royce Gastineau at 940-393-0300.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Decatur Main Street program is looking for volunteers to man the Visitors Center 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. To help, call Melinda Reeves, 940-399-9670.

STREET DANCE – A street dance benefiting all Wise County fire departments is 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 6 on the Decatur Square. Admission is free, but money will be raised through a silent auction, raffle and donations. The family friendly event will include live music and food trucks.

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.

ENGLISH CLASSES – The HOPE program of First Baptist Church Decatur will hold registration for English classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Family Life Center. ESL classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5, in the Education Building on the First Baptist Church campus.

BAKE SALE – DATCU in Decatur will have a bake sale Friday in the lobby with all proceeds going to Wise County United Way.


FISHING TOURNEY – Devon Energy will hold its 9th Keepin’ It Reel bass fishing tournament and fundraiser Sept. 8 at Lake Bridgeport. Registration is 5 a.m. at Wise County Park. The entry fee is $125 per two-person team. Proceeds benefit United Way. Contact Crystal Watkins, 940-394-2315 or


VETERANS PARADE ENTRIES – Rhome Veterans are looking for entries for their Veterans Day parade Nov. 10. The group is also looking for entertainers for the USO style variety show. Contact Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826, 817-475-0904, or


JOINT CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport and Decatur Chamber of Commerces will hold a joint luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Decatur Conference Center. Registration is $15. The keynote speaker is Suzie Humphreys.

INDIGENT HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Wise County Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 West Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements: residents, household, income and resources. They must also meet the standards set by the State Department of Health Care Services and complete required work registration with Texas Workforce Commission unless exempt.

BEE CLUB – The Wise Texas Bee Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Bridgeport Library.

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 940-627-1011.

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.

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