News Briefs for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Published Wednesday, March 21, 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.

EGGS NEEDED – Bridgeport Medical Lodge is needing wrapped candy and plastic eggs for its March 30 hunt for residents. Donations are needed by March 29 at 2108 15th Street in Bridgeport.


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 will be at 11:30 a.m. April 18 at the Decatur Conference Center. All the proceeds benefit the 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. Teams registered by Mach 31 receive a t-shirt. The deadline is 6 p.m. April 12. Register at Call Meagan Hood at 940-389-0994 for information.

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. The entry fee for the fun run is $15 through March 31 and $20 April 1-14. The entry fee for Jackie’s Run 5k is $25 through March 31 or $30 April 1-14th. Participants should register prior to March 31 for an event t-shirt. Register online at


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.

VETERANS EVENTS – The Rhome Veterans will hold a bake sale at the Rhome Public Library from 1 to 5 p.m. March 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24. The Easter bunny will be at the library March 24.


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.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – Weatherford College has opened its online scholarship application system for 2018-19 academic year scholarships provided by the WC Foundation. To start the application process, students should visit and use their existing “MyWC” login credentials to enter the system. Students must have completed the overall WC application to apply for scholarships. Deadline is Friday. The scholarships will begin in the fall 2018 semester and many awards will renew for spring 2019, pending fall grade point averages.

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.

BASEBALL SIGNUPS – Registration for the Made 2 Thrive spring season is underway. The $20 fee is due by April 1. The price increases to $50 after April 1. Forms are available at

DINNER WITH MAYORS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will host Dinner with the Mayors 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Women’s Building, 3101 S. FM 51. Wise County mayors will be giving the latest information on their city and plans for the next year. Prepay is $25 and tickets are $30 at the door.

COFFEE NETWORK – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce monthly coffee network will be 8 to 9 a.m. March 28 at the Rhome Community Center.

RELAY FOR LIFE AUCTION – Wise County Relay for Life is needing items for its auction at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Call Earlene, 940-393-9534.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING DINNER – Wise County Christian Counseling will hold a fundraising dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 at the Decatur Conference Center. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. RSVP at 940-627-1618 or


LENTON AND EASTER SERVICES – Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Lenton service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (March 21). Maundy Thursday service is 7 p.m. March 29. Good Friday service is 7 p.m. March 30. The church is located at 1307 10th Street in Bridgeport.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – Episcopal Church of the Resurrection’s Maundy Thursday service is 6 p.m. March 29. Good Friday service is 6 p.m. March 30. Easter service is 10 a.m. April 1. The church is located at 905 S. Church Street in Decatur.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, Community Church of Runaway Bay, will hold an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon March 31 at 513 Port O’Call Drive for children 18 months to 10 years old.

RETIREMENT PARTY – A retirement party for Brother Glenn and Bobbie Connell will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Balsora Baptist Church.

COWBOY CHURCH EASTER SERVICES – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. March 30 and Easter service at 10:30 a.m. April 1. The church is located at 2070 Old Denton Road, Decatur (Off U.S. 380, approx. 1.5 miles East of Decatur). Information available at

FUMC BRIDGEPORT EASTER EVENTS – First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport will hold Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. March 29 and Good Friday service 11 a.m. March 30. Sunrise Service will be at 7 a.m. at the Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center. The traditional Easter services are 8:45 and 11 a.m. The church is located at 608 17th Street in Bridgeport.

MOUNT ZION EASTER SERVICE – The Mount Zion Baptist Church’s Easter service is 11 a.m. April 1. The church is located at 615 County Road 1280 in Alvord.

FIRST BAPTIST EASTER SERVICE – The First Baptist Church of Decatur will hold its Easter service at 10:15 a.m. April 1 at 1200 W. Preskitt Road.

FUMC DECATUR EASTER EVENTS – First United Methodist Church of Decatur will hold noon services March 26-30 with a free luncheon following. Maundy Thursday service is at 6 p.m. March 29. Good Friday service is 6 p.m. March 30. Easter services are 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. April 1. The church is located at 104 S. Miller Street in Decatur.

COMMUNITY SUNRISE SERVICE – A community Easter sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. April 1 on the Decatur Courthouse Square. Trinity Street Coffee Bar will provide free coffee on the square.

OAK GROVE SUNRISE SERVICE – Oak Grove United Methodist Church will hold Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. April at 1295 Greenwood Road in Decatur.

VICTORY EASTER SERVICE – Victory Family Church’s Easter services are 8 and 10 a.m. and noon at the church at 400 U.S. 380 in Decatur.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES– Saint John The Baptizer in Bridgeport will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. March 29 (bilingual); Good Friday service at 3 p.m. March 30 and Easter service at 9 a.m. April 1. The church is located at 1801 Irvin in Bridgeport. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur will hold a Good Friday service at 5:30 p.m., Easter vigil at 8 p.m. March 31 (bilingual) and Easter services at 9:45 (English) and 11:15 a.m. (Spanish). The church is located at 1305 Deer Park Road in Decatur.

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.

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