News Briefs for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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SUMMER READING – Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for Wednesday will be “Drum the Beat.” Children will listen to the book “Drum Dream Girl” and will create drums from mostly recycled materials. All programs are held 10 to 11 a.m. at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St. No admission charge.


STATE CHAMPIONS MONUMENT – Monuments honoring the members of Boyd’s 1958, 1983 and 2004 football teams will be unveiled at the season opener Aug. 31. A group is trying to track down all the players and coaches for the teams to be included on the monuments. Contact Boyd High School, 940-433-2327, or Sue Carter, 479-876-1562.


HANCOCK LETTER – The original transcript of John Hancock’s July 4, 1776, letter to the Maryland Convention ordering their military to march to Philadelphia to defend the common cause will be on display at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce/Heritage Muesuem 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 2 and 3.


GENEALOGY 101 – Join genealogy researcher Patti Gillespie 6 p.m. Mondays through July 9 at the Decatur Public Library to learn the basics of how to trace your family tree. The class is free, but registration is required and space is limited. To register, call 940-393-0290, fill out the event registration form online at, or stop by the library, 1700 FM 51 South.

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.

WASHER TOURNAMENT – The Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is washer tournament will be July 24 at the Wise County Reunion. Registration is at 6 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7 p.m. Rules and information is available at


BRISKETS – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 is cooking briskets for July 4th. Briskets are $60 and will be ready for pickup between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 940-255-2782 or 817-992-4180 to order.


NO FIREWORKS – Fireworks are prohibited within the city limits.


READING WITH DOGS – Tail Waggin’ Tutors will be at Rhome Public Library 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 11. Honey and Ava, certified by Therapy Dogs International, along with their handler, Katherine Prado, will provide a stress-free, relaxing environment for children to practice reading. Each reader is allotted 15 minutes. Call 817-636-2767. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Avenue.


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.

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.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will continue its Friday distribution through the summer at the following times and locations: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are as follows: Chico 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

STEM CAMP – Northwest ISD offers all students the opportunity to cultivate their creativity through fun, hands-on experiences at the STEM based TechnoCamp 2018. Among the many camps for kindergarten through eighth grade are drone, MakerSpace, robotics, Raspberry Pi and MakeyMakey. Information and registration can be found at

COFFEE NETWORK – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s June coffee network will be 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Visitors Center.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce July Luncheon will be 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at Weatherford College Wise County. Prepay for tickets at

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will be collecting blood donations at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Lydia Mosely at 940-627-5971.


AIR EVAC – Air Evac 68 members will be at the Bowie Senior Citizen Center, 501 Pelham St. at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, providing information about their service.

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