News Briefs for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Published Wednesday, January 31, 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.


DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will hold the 12th annual Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 3 at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is the Mad Hatter’s Ball. The dance, which will include music and hors d’oeuvres, will have two times: 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcomed. To purchase tickets, call Hillary Swift, 940-595-4955, or visit

BOOK SALE – The Decatur Library will hold a book sale Thursday through Saturday. A friends of the library preview is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale for the public is from 10 a.m. to close Friday and Saturday. Items include fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs and books on CD.

CITIZENS ACADEMY – The Decatur Police Department will hold a citizens police academy beginning Feb. 6. The class is free, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays for 13 weeks. Applications are available at the DPD and at and the department’s Facebook page. Call Sgt. Royce Gastineau, 940-393-0300.

STOCK SHOW TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is selling Fort Worth Stock Show tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance. The tickets are $30 each, cash or check only. The office, 308 W. Main St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 from Feb. 5 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. Please bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. It helps to 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.


DONKEY BALL – Paradise Band Boosters will host Donkey Ball 7 p.m. Feb. 16, at Paradise High School. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. There will be a pre-game BBQ sandwich meal at 5 p.m. Meal tickets cost $7. For information, email


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.

TECH TRUCK – The Perot Tech Truck, from the Perot Museum in Dallas, will be at the Rhome Public Library 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. The Tech Truck has walk-up, hands-on experiences ranging 10-20 minutes. Activities include a 3-D printing demonstration, 3-D pen activity and building a Vibrobot.


CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s next luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. The program will be “Tools to Build and Protect Your Business” by Chip Hakanson of Edward Jones. Lunch is $15 at the door. Prepay online under Event Tickets by Feb. 1 to pay $12 per lunch. RSVP via email,

QUEEN CANDIDATES – 2018 Wise County Youth Fair Queen Contest is Feb. 26. Entries are due by Saturday, no exceptions. Visit or call 940-389-5388 for information.

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.

ALZHEIMER’S GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s support group will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the boardroom of the Wise Regional west campus in Decatur. For information, call Richard at 940-255-0244.


VALENTINE DANCE – The Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a Valentine Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the church, 2070 Old Denton Road in Decatur.

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