Three transported from wreck near Boonsville


Two men and a child were transported by ambulance from a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Farm Road 920 at County Road 3852 Saturday afternoon south of Boonsville.
A Ford pickup truck driven by Ricky Pressley, 41, of Poolville, was traveling northbound on FM 920 and attempted to turn left onto CR 3852 shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said Pressley failed to yield the right of way to a southbound Ford Ranger driven by Charlie Hanks, 22, and was struck. Hank’s truck rolled over and came to rest in the ditch.
Hanks suffered lacerations to his head and arm. An 18-month girl in a car seat suffered minor injuries.
Pressley suffered a wrist injury.
All were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur.
FM 920 was shut down in both directions until shortly after 4 p.m. Traffic was diverted onto CR 3852.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, June 21, 2017


BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BRIDGEPORT

DONATIONS SOUGHT – Senior Care in Bridgeport is seeking donations for items such as jewelry or bath gel for a community store for the residents. Call 940-683-5023.

CHICO

COLOR RUN – Chico Elementary’s PASS Color Run 5K and -mile fun run is Saturday, June 24. Registration is 7:30 a.m., and races begin at 8. Registration for the -mile fun run is $15 before race day and $20 on race day. Registration for the 5K are $25 before race day and $30 on race day. In addition to the registration fee, runners are asked to bring the following items to stock the Dragon food pantry: peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles. Runners who sign up in advance will receive a T-shirt. Register on the PASS-Chico Elementary Facebook page or at silkpoodles@hotmail.com.

DECATUR

STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) event every Tuesday throughout the summer. Children in kindergarten through second grade can participate in the 2 p.m. STEAM event, and children in third through fifth grades may attend the 6:30 p.m. session. To register, call the library, 940-393-0290.

DONATIONS NEEDED – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of jewelry (long necklaces) for bingo prizes. Call Kathy, 940-626-2817.

RHOME

MUSEUM TRIP – Rhome Veterans will caravan to the Military Museum of Fort Worth Saturday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. Call 817-636-2826 or email silkpoodles@hotmail.com.

WISE COUNTY

PANTRY CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission will be closed June 16-23. People who would normally pick up a food box that week may come the following week. Volunteers and community service participants should report June 26. Normal food distribution resumes June 27. Visit warmtx.org.

FISHING TOURNEY – Devon Energy will have its 8th Annual Keepin’ It Reel bass fishing tournament and fundraiser Saturday, June 24, at Lake Bridgeport. Registration is 5 a.m. at Wise County Park, and the entry fee is $125 per two-person team. Proceeds benefit United Way. To register, contact Crystal Watkins, 940-394-2315, Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com.

INCIDENT TRAINING – Wise Health System is having a critical incident, stress management training June 27-29 at the Bridgeport location. Contact Juli Howdeshell, 940-626-2477, jhowdeshel@wisehealthsystem.com.

BROADBAND SURVEYS – Wise County partnered with Bridgeport and Decatur EDCs in February to have technology company Design Nine conduct a countywide broadband internet infrastructure study. As part of the study, they are asking citizens to fill out surveys about residential and business internet use. You may fill out one or both. The residential survey is online at wcmess.com/residential, and the business survey is at wcmess.com/business.

HEAD START – The Head Start programs in Wise County are now enrolling. To enroll for the Decatur/Bridgeport program, call 940-626-4787. To enroll in the Boyd program, call 940-433-2327, ext. 530. Head Start is an early education program for income eligible families.

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.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. The last currently scheduled date is June 28. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

HOSPITAL SURVEY – Wise Health System is asking citizens to complete a brief survey about telehealth services. To participate, go to wcmess.com/telehealth.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

FAITH BRIEFS

BIBLE SCHOOL – The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport is having Vacation Bible School June 26-29, 5:30 to 8:30 every night. The church is at 608 17th St.

VBS – Grace Baptist Church, 600 S. Trinity St., in Decatur is having Vacation Bible School 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7-10. There will be skits, crafts and snacks. For a ride, call 940-627-7558.

BIKE DRAWING – Full Armor Biker Church is having a Biker Bash drawing for a 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide. Call Doc Dennis, 940-389-8871. fullarmorfellowship.org

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News Briefs for Wednesday, May 17, 2017


BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BOYD

CAR SHOW – The first Boyd Fun Fest and Car Show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Boyd Community Center. Register online at wcmess.com/boydfun or pick up registration forms at City Hall for the pie baking contest, washer tournament, vendor booth and car show.

BRIDGEPORT

DONATIONS SOUGHT – Senior Care in Bridgeport is seeking donations for items such as jewelry or bath gel for a community store for the residents. Call 940-683-5023.

CHAPLAIN TRAINING – The Life Long Learning Institute of Bridgeport is hosting a Texas Baptists’ Hands on Ministry (HOM)/Volunteer Chaplaincy training 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays June 3, 10, 17 and 24. Volunteer chaplains are trained in all aspects of hospital visitation, end-of-life issues, grief, jail ministry and other topics. Those completing the class receive an approved chaplaincy certificate, 4.2 CEU credits and a wallet-size ID card. All materials are provided. Cost of the class is $150. Scholarships are available. Email georgia.risenhoover@texasbaptists.org. Sign up online at wcmess.com/ministry. Deadline is June 3.

DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION – Main Street Revitalization Celebration and ribbon cutting is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, to mark the completion of the Halsell Street Revitalization Project. There will be entertainment and refreshments. Call Bridgeport Main Street, 940-683-3404.

LOYALTY CARD – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is selling prepaid loyalty luncheon cards. Price is $73. If purchased by the end of 2017, you get one free luncheon. Email Shelby Carpenter at shelbycarpenter@bridgeportchamber.org.

CHICO

FAMILY PLACE – Chico Public Library’s Family Place play dates are back – 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday now through May 25. They encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week a local family service professional will be there to answer questions about early literacy, food and nutrition, music and play, child development, speech, hearing and language. Space is limited to 10 children, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

DECATUR

DONATIONS NEEDED – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of jewelry (long necklaces) for bingo prizes. Call Kathy, 940-626-2817.

FUNDRAISER – The Coy O’Neal Athletic Scholarship fund is selling pens to raise money for this year’s award. They can be purchased at First State Bank in Decatur.

STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

GREENWOOD

BARBECUE DINNER – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge barbecue dinner starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the pavilion in Greenwood. Cost is $10 per plate. Proceeds benefit Masonic charities.

COOKED BRISKETS – Greenwood Masonic Lodge will be cooking briskets to sell. Cost is $60. They will be ready for pickup after noon June 3. To purchase a whole, cooked brisket, order by May 31. Call Terry, 940-255-2782; Bill, 940-389-7334; Tom, 940-393-9815; or Husky, 817-992-4180.

NEWARK

LIBRARY HOURS – The Newark Public Library, 207 Hudson St., has new library hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 1 to 5 p.m. Call the library at 817-489-2224, email library@newarktexas.com. or visit newarktexas.com/library.html.

RHOME

VETERANS ACTIVITIES – Rhome Veterans have several upcoming events. They include: setting flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Friday, May 26; Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rhome Veterans Park; and picking up flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

WISE COUNTY

PLANNING SEMINARS – Jones Family Funeral Homes will host Advanced Planning Seminars dealing with a variety of key topics for seniors 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. The seminars will feature attorney Chris Forbis who will discuss wills, estate plans, powers of attorney and living wills; Cecil Bentley from Solaris Hospice who will speak about preserving quality of life for ill individuals and the benefits of hospice care; and Leon Stone, who will talk about funeral plans and how to alleviate financial and emotional burdens in a time of loss. Call 940-626-8221 to reserve your seat and receive a free packet of take-home materials.

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.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce third annual golf tournament is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Decatur Golf Club, 211 Country Club Rd. Cost is $400 for a four-person team. It includes a golf cart, meals, goody bag and drinks. There is a $400 cash prize entry for teams who register no later than May 12. Contact Kayla Prock, 940-399-3291, artgirl7.kp@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive, a nonprofit organization benefiting individuals with special needs, needs volunteers for Wise County Special Needs Baseball. Games are 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday mornings at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Volunteers are needed for the players. Volunteer sign-up tables are on site.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for underinsured men and women of Wise County. Current dates available are May 24 and June 28. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

CAMP SIGNUP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is June 5-7 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Kids and adult campers are welcome. Campers and volunteers should sign up at sonflowercamp.com.

INCIDENT TRAINING – Wise Health System is having a critical incident, stress management training June 27-29 at the Bridgeport location. Contact Juli Howdeshell, 940-626-2477, jhowdeshel@wisehealthsystem.com.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

OUTSIDE WISE

FUNDRAISER – The Sunset Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the fire hall. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries will be served. There will be live music and a raffle for a Weatherby 12-gauge shotgun and 12-foot utility trailer. Donations are welcome.

SUMMER KICKOFF – The Perrin Community Improvement and Crime Watch, a 501C non-profit organization, is seeking vendors and car show participants for their summer kickoff event 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3. For booth information, call 940-229-4243 and to enter the Show and Shine Car Show, call 940-654-9987. Other events include a 5K Run and dance. All proceeds will help build a community park.

FAITH BRIEFS

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586; or JJ, 817-614-3205.

BIKE DRAWING – Full Armor Biker Church is having a Biker Bash drawing for a 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide. Call Doc Dennis, 940-389-8871. fullarmorfellowship.org

FIRST BAPTIST OF PARADISE VBS – The First Baptist Church of Paradise will hold its Vacation Bible School for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 4-8. The church is located at 401 Main Street.

MOUNT ZION VBS – The Mount Zion Baptist Church of Alvord Vacation Bible School is 6 to 8 p.m. June 4-7 at the church located at 615 County Road 1280. The classes are for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. A light dinner is served from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST OF CHICO VBS – The First Baptist Church of Chico will offer Vacation Bible School 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 5-7 at 404 S. Weatherford. Registration is at 6 p.m.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, May 3, 2017


ALVORD

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Alvord Elementary School pre-k and kindergarten registration is May 3 and 4 at the school office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Pre-k children must be 4 years old and kindergarteners must be 5 as of Sept. 1. Parents must bring the child’s Social Security card, birth certificate, a current immunization record and proof of residency in Alvord ISD. Pre-k students must qualify based on low income or language. Children do not have to be brought to registration. Call the office, 940-427-2881.

BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BOYD

CITYWIDE CLEANUP – Boyd will have a citywide cleanup Saturday, May 13. Dumpsters will be available at 731 E. Rock Island from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the containers are full. You must bring a city water bill or other proof of city residency. No hazardous materials, paint, batteries or tires are allowed.

CAR SHOW – The first Boyd Fun Fest and Car Show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Boyd Community Center. Register online at wcmess.com/boydfun or pick up registration forms at City Hall for the pie baking contest, washer tournament, vendor booth and car show.

BRIDGEPORT

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Bridgeport Elementary School’s kindergarten roundup is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through May 5. Students must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1. To register, bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record, proof of residence and photo ID of the person enrolling the student. Call 940-683-5955.

SUPPORTING THE ARTS – Kickstart for the Arts, benefiting the Greater Wise Arts Alliance, is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in downtown Bridgeport at 12th and Halsell Streets. Food will be by Chef Debra Workman with the Mask House, and there will be a street dance featuring Jake Hooker. There will also be an art auction, art display and cash bar. Advance tickets are $275 for a table of eight or $40 per person, $20 for music only. At the door pricing is $50 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 940-683-2076.

BUTTERFIELD RODEO – The 2017 Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, at Sunset Retreat and Wedding Arena, 691 Farm Road 920, outside Bridgeport. Tickets are $12. Children age 5 and younger are free. There is a concert featuring Pat Waters following the Saturday night performance, free with your rodeo ticket.

FESTIVAL FUN – The Butterfield Stage Days Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. There will be food, home decor and craft vendors, bounce houses, bingo, community entertainment and a barbecue cookoff. There will also be a free kid zone and carnival. The carnival is open Thursday and Friday night prior to the festival.

BARBECUE COOKOFF – Butterfield Stage Days Barbecue Cookoff is Saturday, May 13, at Harwood Park in downtown Bridgeport. Cooks’ meeting is 7 p.m. Friday. Entry fee is $125. Categories are pork, spare ribs, chicken, brisket and beans. Register online at bridgeportchamber.org or at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 812A Halsell Street.

BUTTERFIELD PARADE – The Butterfield Stage Days parade is 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in downtown Bridgpeort. To participate, call 940-683-3404 or 940-683-2076.

CHAPLAIN TRAINING – The Life Long Learning Institute of Bridgeport is hosting a Texas Baptists’ Hands on Ministry (HOM)/Volunteer Chaplaincy training 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays June 3, 10, 17 and 24. Volunteer chaplains are trained in all aspects of hospital visitation, end-of-life issues, grief, jail ministry and other topics. Those completing the class receive an approved chaplaincy certificate, 4.2 CEU credits and a wallet-size ID card. All materials are provided. Cost of the class is $150. Scholarships are available. Email georgia.risenhoover@texasbaptists.org. Sign up online at wcmess.com/ministry. Deadline is June 3.

LOYALTY CARD – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is selling prepaid loyalty luncheon cards. Price is $73. If purchased by the end of 2017, you get one free luncheon. Email Shelby Carpenter at shelbycarpenter@bridgeportchamber.org.

CHICO

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Lone Star Cemetery Association is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the cemetery on County Road 1361 near Chico.

FAMILY PLACE – Chico Public Library’s Family Place play dates are back – 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday now through May 25. They encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week a local family service professional will be there to answer questions about early literacy, food and nutrition, music and play, child development, speech, hearing and language. Space is limited to 10 children, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

DECATUR

FUNDRAISER – The Coy O’Neal Athletic Scholarship fund is selling pens to raise money for this year’s award. They can be purchased at First State Bank in Decatur.

BAKE SALE – East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale at 9 a.m. until they sell out Saturday, May 6, at the St. John’s Baptist Church parking lot. Call Mike Bell, 940-627-9082.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Deparment of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. To be eligible, children must be American Indian, an Alaskan native, underinsured, no insurance or on Medicaid. Bring the child’s shot record and Medicaid card. CHIPS is not accepted. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

FAST 4’S – Decatur volleyball is wrapping up its second annual Fast 4’s volleyball tournament on May 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur High School, and play is 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. Call Coach Mayfield, 940-577-2994.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, on the Decatur square. Awards are at 4:30, and trucks will serve their full menus 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

LAKE BRIDGEPORT

SPRING CLEANING – The city of Lake Bridgeport’s Spring Cleanup is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in front of city hall. A plate lunch and bake sale will be held inside city hall, benefiting the road fund. Call 940-683-2700 or visit cityoflakebridgeport.com.

NEWARK

LIBRARY HOURS – The Newark Public Library, 207 Hudson St., has new library hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 1 to 5 p.m. Call the library at 817-489-2224, email library@newarktexas.com. or visit newarktexas.com/library.html.

RHOME

VETERANS ACTIVITIES – Rhome Veterans have several upcoming events. They include: breakfast business meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Beacon Cafe; setting flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Friday, May 26; Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rhome Veterans Park; and picking up flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

WISE COUNTY

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a grilling workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15. Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, to reserve your spot.

ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association 2017 Youth Art Show is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Decatur Civic Center. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors.

COOP TOUR – Texas A&M AgriLife is hosting the 7th Annual Coop Tour Saturday, May 6. The tour will begin with a presentation on “Raising Chickens 101” at 9 a.m. at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The tour will be come and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 940-627-3341.

SPRING CONCERT – Wise Youth Strings Ensemble’s spring concert is 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at The Stage, 1009 Halsell St., in Bridgeport. The free concert will feature senior and junior youth ensembles. youthviolins.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive, a nonprofit organization benefiting individuals with special needs, needs volunteers for Wise County Special Needs Baseball. Games are 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday mornings at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Volunteers are needed for the players. Volunteer sign-up tables are on site.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. Current dates available are May 24 and June 28. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

CAMP SIGNUP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is June 5-7 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Kids and adult campers are welcome. Campers and volunteers should sign up at sonflowercamp.com.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

OUTSIDE WISE

SUMMER KICKOFF – The Perrin Community Improvement and Crime Watch, a 501C non-profit organization, is seeking vendors and car show participants for their summer kickoff event 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3. For booth information, call 940-229-4243 and to enter the Show and Shine Car Show, call 940-654-9987. Other events include a 5K Run and dance. All proceeds will help build a community park.

FAITH BRIEFS

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586; or JJ, 817-614-3205.

BIKE DRAWING – Full Armor Biker Church is having a Biker Bash drawing for a 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide. Call Doc Dennis, 940-389-8871. fullarmorfellowship.org

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News Briefs for Wednesday, April 26, 2017


BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BOYD

CITY-WIDE CLEANUP – Boyd will have a citywide cleanup Saturday, May 13. Dumpsters will be available at 731 E. Rock Island from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the containers are full. You must bring a city water bill or other proof of city residency. No hazardous materials, paint, batteries or tires are allowed.

BRIDGEPORT

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Bridgeport Elementary School’s kindergarten roundup is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1-5. Students must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1. To register, bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record, proof residence and photo ID of the person enrolling the student. Call 940-683-5955.

SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due at the library by May 27. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

CHAPLAIN TRAINING – The Life Long Learning Institute of Bridgeport is hosting a Texas Baptists’ Hands on Ministry (HOM)/Volunteer Chaplaincy training 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays June 3, 10, 17 and 24. Volunteer chaplains are trained in all aspects of hospital visitation, end-of-life issues, grief, jail ministry and other topics. Those completing the class receive an approved chaplaincy certificate, 4.2 CEU credits and a wallet-size ID card. All materials are provided. Cost of the class is $150. Scholarships are available. Email georgia.risenhoover@texasbaptists.org. Sign up online at wcmess.com/ministry. Deadline is June 3.

LOYALTY CARD – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is selling prepaid loyalty luncheon cards. Price is $73. If purchased by the end of 2017, you get one free luncheon. Email Shelby Carpenter at shelbycarpenter@bridgeportchamber.org.

CHICO

FAMILY PLACE – Chico Public Library’s Family Place play dates are back – 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday, April 27 through May 25. They encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week a local family service professional will be there to answer questions about early literacy, food and nutrition, music and play, child development, speech, hearing and language. Space is limited to 10 children, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

DECATUR

FUNDRAISER – The Coy O’Neal Athletic Scholarship fund is selling pens to raise money for this year’s award. They can be purchased at First State Bank in Decatur.

FAST 4’S – Decatur volleyball is having its second annual Fast 4’s volleyball tournament on the following Tuesdays: May 2 and May 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur High School, and the play is 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. Call Coach Mayfield, 940-577-2994.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, on the Decatur square. Awards are at 4:30, and trucks will serve their full menus 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SPRING CLEANING – The city of Lake Bridgeport’s Spring Clean Up is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in front of city hall. A plate lunch and bake sale will be held inside city hall, benefiting the road fund. Call 940-683-2700 or visit cityoflakebridgeport.com.

RHOME

VETERANS ACTIVITIES – Rhome Veterans have several upcoming events. They include: breakfast business meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Beacon Cafe; setting flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Friday, May 26; Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rhome Veterans Park; and picking up flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

WISE COUNTY

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a grilling workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, to reserve your spot.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is offering certification training for private pesticide applicator 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 2, at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, in Decatur. Cost is $60. The purpose of the training is to obtain a private applicator license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. This license will enable the applicator to purchase and apply state limited use and federally restricted chemicals on his land or land he has control of for the purpose of production of agricultural commodities. To sign up, call 940-627-3341.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Ginger Johnson, bilingual community advocate for Wise Hope Crisis Center. RSVP via email to info@wisecountychamber.org.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. Current dates available are May 24 and June 28. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

FUNDRAISER – Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department is having its first fundraiser and raffle 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at 567 Salt Creek Road, in Springtown. There will be a silent auction, bounce house, medical helicopter landing, music, barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. Cost for the meal is a donation. The department is seeking donations of new or lightly used items for the silent auction. Call 940-393-9203. There will be a raffle for a Coleman UTV. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. They can be purchased at the Salt Creek Store, Cottondale Store, Raymonds BBQ in Bridgeport or Elliot’s Electric in Bridgeport.

CAMP SIGNUP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is June 5-7 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Kids and adult campers are welcome. Campers and volunteers should sign up at sonflowercamp.com.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

OUTSIDE WISE

SUMMER KICKOFF – The Perrin Community Improvement and Crime Watch, a 501C non-profit organization, is seeking vendors and car show participants for their summer kickoff event 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3. For booth information, call 940-229-4243 and to enter the Show and Shine Car Show, call 940-654-9987. Other events include a 5K Run and dance. All proceeds will help build a community park.

FAITH BRIEFS

FISH FRY – Wise County Cowboy Church will have a fish fry benefiting the chuck wagon team 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. There will be an auction, bounce house and roping dummies. The arena will also be open. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, just outside Decatur.

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586, or JJ, 817-614-3205.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, April 12, 2017


ALVORD

GT SCREENINGS – Alvord Elementary School gifted and talented screening for first through fifth grades will be conducted in May. Parents/guardians and teachers may nominate students. Nomination forms are in the AES office front foyer, and they must be returned by 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13. No student will be screened without a nomination form.

BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BOYD

BENEFIT TOURNEY – A 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting Garrett Ragsdale is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Boyd High School gym. Cost is $125 per team, five-player maximum. Garrett, a 2014 BHS graduate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Money raised will go toward his medical expenses. Volunteers are also needed to referee, work the concession stand, take money at the gate and donate items for a bake sale. To participate as a player or volunteer, call Alissa Gordon, 940-273-1540.

BRIDGEPORT

SCHOLARSHIP MONEY – Seniors from any Wise County school may apply for the Bridgeport Garden Club scholarship. Deadline is Wednesday, April 19. Local high school counselors have application information. If you have further questions, message the garden club on its Facebook page.

LOYALTY CARD – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is selling prepaid loyalty luncheon cards. Price is $73. If purchased by the end of 2017, you get one free luncheon. Email Shelby Carpenter at shelbycarpenter@bridgeportchamber.org.

DECATUR

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

TAX HELP – Area residents with moderate and low incomes can get free help to prepare and file their taxes. Volunteers with AARP Tax Aide will be at the Decatur Public Library 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday through April 17. Make an appointment by calling 940-393-0290 or drop by the library. Visit aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, on the Decatur square. Grand champion wins a $5,000 prize. Cash awards will also be given for Best Sweet Treat, Best Spirited Food Truck, People’s Choice, Most Unique Food and Best BBQ. Signature dish judging is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards are at 4:30, and trucks will serve their full menus 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food truck entry deadline is Friday, April 7. Fee is $250.

STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

RHOME

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK – Rhome Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with several events. Fines will be forgiven for late books and DVDs turned in by Friday, April 14. There will be a “learn about your library” scavenger hunt for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and a contest to guess the number of books in the library. The movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be shown 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Call 817-636-2767.

VETERANS ACTIVITIES – Rhome Veterans have several upcoming events. They include: yard sale 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at 360 W. Second St., in Rhome; outing to Turner Falls to zip line Saturday, April 22, (leave at 9 a.m. from 360 W. Second St.); breakfast business meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Beacon Cafe; setting flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Friday, May 26; Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rhome Veterans Park; and picking up flags at Boyd Cemetery 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

WISE COUNTY

BIBLE STUDY – An informational meeting for the Wise County Women’s Community Bible Study is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the north room at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. It’s open to women of all denominations and backgrounds, and children are welcomed. Contact Kimberley Newton, 214-789-5317 or newtonoaks@outlook.com.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE – Graduating high school seniors who plan to major in agriculture at a Texas college or university are eligible for the Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship sponsored by the Hornback Family and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Leadership Advisory Board. Interested students should call the Extension office at 940-627-3341. Required materials are due in the Extension office by Monday, April 17. The scholarship application is available at wise.agrilife.org/.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit Wise Health System’s Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift, offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve a seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket or make an online donation. Call Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is offering certification training for private pesticide applicator 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 2, at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, in Decatur. Cost is $60. The purpose of the training is to obtain a private applicator license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. This license will enable the applicator to purchase and apply state limited use and federally restricted chemicals on his land or land he has control of for the purpose of production of agricultural commodities. To sign up, call 940-627-3341.

TAXPAYER INFORMATION PROGRAM – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering a series of information programs designed to help everyone better understand the Texas Property Tax System and what the Appraisal District does. Call the WCAD, 940-627-3081 to register for information about program dates.

SEEKING SINGERS – The Wise County Chorus is seeking singers to join them on Sundays at 3:45 p.m. in the Paradise First Baptist Church Worship Center, 405 Main St. The choir is open to seventh graders through adults. The group is under the direction of Steve Horton, who has led choirs throughout Tarrant and surrounding counties, and is accompanied by Mike Niblett, an accomplished accompanist, performer and teacher. The group will learn a variety of music styles and perform throughout Wise and surrounding counties.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

FAITH BRIEFS

BAKE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church is having a bake sale fundraiser for youth camp Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14, at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn, in Decatur.

EASTER CELEBRATION – River of Life Cowboy Church, 2337 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport will have a sunrise breakfast 7 a.m. Sunday, April 16, with church service at 10.

EASTER EVENTS – The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport has several events scheduled for the week of Easter. There will be a joint Maundy Thursday service with the First Presbyterian Church 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at 1307 Newby. There will be a first responders appreciation breakfast 8 a.m. Friday, April 14. The church will join FUMC Chico for an Easter sunrise service, starting at 7 a.m., at the Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center. There will be an Easter Eggstravaganza at 9:30 a.m. with crafts, games and food, and traditional worship is at 10:30 a.m.

EASTER WORSHIP – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur will have holy week noontime services every day this week. Maundy Thursday service is 6 p.m., and Good Friday service is 6 p.m. Easter Sunday service is 8:30 and 10:50 a.m.

HOLY WEEK – The Episcopal Church of Wise County Holy Week services include 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday (April 13), 6 p.m. Good Friday (April 14) and 10 a.m. Easter Sunday (April 16). The church is at 905 S. Church St.

EASTER SERVICES – Wise County Cowboy Church is having Good Friday service 7 p.m. April 14. Easter Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. April 16. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, just outside Decatur.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, a community church in Runaway Bay, is having an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15. There will be food, prizes and free Easter pictures for ages 18 months to 10 years. Four combination season passes to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor will be given away.

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is April 23, May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. Jake Hooker will perform at the April 23 event. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586; or JJ, 817-614-3205.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, April 5, 2017


BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BOYD

BENEFIT TOURNEY – A 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting Garrett Ragsdale is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Boyd High School gym. Cost is $125 per team, five-player maximum. The deadline to register is April 5. Garrett, a 2014 BHS graduate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Money raised will go toward his medical expenses. Volunteers are also needed to referee, work the concession stand, take money at the gate and donate items for a bake sale. To participate as a player or volunteer, call Alissa Gordon, 940-273-1540.

BRIDGEPORT

CLAY SHOOT – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Barnett Shale Clay Shoot is Friday, April 7, at Endeavor Park, 278 George Mitchell Parkway, in Bridgeport. Registration is 7:30 a.m., and there are two flights – 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All men and co-ed teams are $400 for a five-man team or $125 per person. All women teams are $400. Register online at bridgeportchamber.org.

SCHOLARSHIP MONEY – Seniors from any Wise County school may apply for the Bridgeport Garden Club scholarship. Deadline is Wednesday, April 19. Local high school counselors have application information. If you have further questions, message the garden club on its Facebook page.

DECATUR

GLOW BALL – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s glow ball golf tournament is Friday, April 7. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m., and golf starts at dusk. Cost is $50 per player. To sponsor or enter, call Lisa, 940-627-3107.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday, April 8, at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $300 for a three-person team scramble, which includes a meal. Registration is 8:30 a.m., and tee time is 10. All proceeds benefit DHS boys and girls golf teams. To register a team or sponsor the tournament, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-393-9581.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, on the Decatur square. Grand champion wins a $5,000 prize. Cash awards will also be given for Best Sweet Treat, Best Spirited Food Truck, People’s Choice, Most Unique Food and Best BBQ. Signature dish judging is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards are at 4:30, and trucks will serve their full menus 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food truck entry deadline is Friday, April 7. Fee is $250.

WISE COUNTY

DONATIONS NEEDED – Silent auction items are needed for the Cancer Survivor Dinner 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Auction proceeds benefit Relay for Life, which will be held April 28 at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. For information or to make a donation, call Earlene Niblett, 940-393-9524.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging is holding a free training for volunteer ombudsmen 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays – April 6, 13, 20 and 27 – at the Workforce Center, 125 College Park Dr., in Weatherford. Ombudsmen visit nursing and assisted living facility residents and advocate for their rights, working with staff and family members. Training covers the role of the ombudsman program – advocacy, negotiation and communication skills, residents’ rights and nursing home rules and regulations. Volunteers must be 18 years old. Call Laura, 972-978-1371 or email lwolfe@nctcog.org.

GLITZY GIRLS – The fourth annual Glitzy Girl event, a vintage travel trailer show and shopping extravaganza, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. There will be bingo, live music, food vendors and the opportunity to shop in downtown Decatur. Go to glitzygirlstrailerpark.com. Proceeds benefit local charities.

BIBLE STUDY – An informational meeting for the Wise County Women’s Community Bible Study is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the north room at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. It’s open to women of all denominations and backgrounds, and children are welcomed. Contact Kimberley Newton, 214-789-5317 or newtonoaks@outlook.com.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit Wise Health System’s Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift, offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve a seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket or make an online donation. Call Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

FAITH BRIEFS

EASTER CELEBRATION – River of Life Cowboy Church, 2337 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport will have an Easter egg hunt and events 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8. There will also be pony and horse rides, a roping dummy, corn hole and a bounce house. The church will have a sunrise breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 16, with church service at 10.

EASTER EVENTS – The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport has several events scheduled for the week of Easter. There will be a joint Maundy Thursday service with the First Presbyterian Church 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at 1307 Newby. There will be a first responders appreciation breakfast 8 a.m. Friday, April 14. The church will join FUMC Chico for an Easter sunrise service, starting at 7 a.m., at the Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center. There will be an Easter Eggstravaganza at 9:30 a.m. with crafts, games and food, and traditional worship is at 10:30 a.m.

EASTER WORSHIP – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur will have holy week noontime services April 10-14. Maundy Thursday service is 6 p.m., and Good Friday service is 6 p.m. Easter Sunday service is 8:30 and 10:50 a.m.

HOLY WEEK – The Episcopal Church of Wise County Holy Week services include 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday (April 13), 6 p.m. Good Friday (April 14) and 10 a.m. Easter Sunday (April 16). The church is at 905 S. Church St.

EASTER SERVICES – Wise County Cowboy Church is having Good Friday service 7 p.m. April 14. Easter Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. April 16. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, just outside Decatur.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, a community church in Runaway Bay, is having an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15. There will be food, prizes and free Easter pictures for ages 18 months to 10 years. Four combination season passes to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor will be given away.

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is April 23, May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. Jake Hooker will perform at the April 23 event. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586; or JJ, 817-614-3205.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, March 29, 2017


BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BOYD

BENEFIT TOURNEY – A 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting Garrett Ragsdale is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Boyd High School gym. Cost is $125 per team, five-player maximum. The deadline to register is April 5. Garrett, a 2014 BHS graduate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Money raised will go toward his medical expenses. Volunteers are also needed to referee, work the concession stand, take money at the gate and donate items for a bake sale. To participate as a player or volunteer, call Alissa Gordon, 940-273-1540.

BRIDGEPORT

PRE-K REGISTRATION – Bridgeport Elementary School is having pre-kindergarten registration 3:45 to 5 p.m. April 3 and 10. Pre-k students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and meet income eligibility standards and/or be unable to speak or comprehend English. Bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of residence and a photo ID of the person enrolling the student.

CLAY SHOOT – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Barnett Shale Clay Shoot is Friday, April 7, at Endeavor Park, 278 George Mitchell Parkway, in Bridgeport. Registration is 7:30 a.m., and there are two flights – 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All men and co-ed teams are $400 for a five-man team or $125 per person. All women teams are $400. Register online at bridgeportchamber.org.

LOYALTY CARD – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is selling prepaid loyalty luncheon cards. Price is $73. If purchased by the end of 2017, you get one free luncheon. Email Shelby Carpenter at shelbycarpenter@bridgeportchamber.org.

DECATUR

WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 15th Annual Wise Hoops Midnight Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Friday, March 31, at the Multipurpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Check-in begins at 4 p.m., and games start at 5. Registration is $110 per youth team and $150 per adult team. Registration closes March 29. Register online at djwc.siplay.com.

BEEF RAFFLE – Tickets are being sold for a raffle of a side of 50 percent WAGYU beef, family-raised and pasture-fed, with custom processing, plus a $350 gift card for a freezer. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at iCopy or by calling 940-627-4465. Proceeds benefit the Jackie Murphree Honorary Scholarship. The drawing will be at the Decatur 5K Saturday, April 1, in downtown Decatur.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will have a North Texas High School Rodeo Association rodeo 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Purchase tickets from any team member, by email at decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or call 817-888-2364. Pre-sale tickets are $5. Cost will be $7 at the gate. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/rodeodecatur, for rodeo updates.

GLOW BALL – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s glow ball golf tournament is Friday, April 7. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m., and golf starts at dusk. Cost is $50 per player. To sponsor or enter, call Lisa, 940-627-3107.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday, April 8, at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $300 for a three-person team scramble, which includes a meal. Registration is 8:30 a.m., and tee time is 10. All proceeds benefit DHS boys and girls golf teams. To register a team or sponsor the tournament, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-393-9581.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

TAX HELP – Area residents with moderate and low incomes can get free help to prepare and file their taxes. Volunteers with AARP Tax Aide will be at the Decatur Public Library 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday through April 17. Make an appointment by calling 940-393-0290 or drop by the library. Visit aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, on the Decatur square. Grand champion wins a $5,000 prize. Cash awards will also be given for Best Sweet Treat, Best Spirited Food Truck, People’s Choice, Most Unique Food and Best BBQ. Signature dish judging is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards are at 4:30, and trucks will serve their full menus 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food truck entry deadline is Friday, April 7. Fee is $250.

STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

RHOME

LIBRARY PROGRAMS – Rhome Public Library has story time 11 a.m. every Wednesday for ages 3 to 5 and 11 a.m. Thursdays for babies and toddlers. The STEAM program meets at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Go to rhomepubliclibrary.org.

WISE COUNTY

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St. in Decatur. The group will discuss what steps should be taken to further its goals of securing Texas independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or visit gaby123@msn.com.

HELP THE PANHANDLE – Wise County Farm Bureau offices are collecting monetary donations for the Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation, which was created to help Panhandle wildfire victims. The Decatur and Bridgeport offices will be accepting donations through April 4. The county farm bureau will send a $2,500 donation to the foundation along with the total collected.

DONATIONS NEEDED – Silent auction items are needed for the Cancer Survivor Dinner 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Auction proceeds benefit Relay for Life, which will be held April 28 at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. For information or to make a donation, call Earlene Niblett, 940-393-9524.

MUSEUM BENEFIT – A Patriotic Musical Review, featuring Rebecca Buchanan Potter and benefiting the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, is 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Arcadia Theater on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Tickets are $10. They’re available at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Bridgeport Index and First Financial Banks in Bridgeport and Decatur. Call 940-859-4562. The museum will be open 6 to 8 that evening.

CRAFT FAIR – The Area Business Woman’s Network is having a craft fair to raise money for its scholarship fund. The Greater Wise Festival of Arts, Crafts and Creations is Saturday, April 1 at Weatherford College Wise County. Booth space is available. For a registration form, contact Gaby Scherer, 817-528-0276, gaby123@msn.com; or Chairman Debbie Bounds, 817-899-8529, dbounds@hospiceplus.net.

BASEBALL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Volunteers are needed for Made 2 Thrive Special Needs Baseball. Opening day is Saturday, April 1 at Kenny Renshaw Park. If interested, contact Claudia Davila at 940-255-4541 or butterfly8480@gmail.com. You may also sign up at wisehealthsystem.com/scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – Wise Health System’s Bridgeport Auxiliary will award 10 $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of Wise Health System and individuals with a Wise County address, who are pursuing a medical field of study. Apply online at wisehealthsystem.com/scholarships. Deadline is Monday, April 3. For information, call scholarship chair, Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by contacting Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. The application deadline is Monday, April 3.

WHS SCHOLARSHIP – The Wise Health System Hospital Auxiliary is offering Wise County home school seniors planning to attend college the opportunity to apply for one of the seven scholarships presented each year to local graduating seniors. Applicants should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, plan to choose a major in the medical field and be a Wise County resident. Applications are available now at the hospital’s main entrance information desk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging is holding a free training for volunteer ombudsmen 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays – April 6, 13, 20 and 27 – at the Workforce Center, 125 College Park Dr. in Weatherford. Ombudsmen visit nursing and assisted living facility residents and advocate for their rights, working with staff and family members. Training covers the role of the ombudsman program – advocacy, negotiation and communication skills, residents’ rights and nursing home rules and regulations. Volunteers must be 18 years old. Call Laura, 972-978-1371 or email lwolfe@nctcog.org.

GLITZY GIRLS – The fourth annual Glitzy Girl event, a vintage travel trailer show and shopping extravaganza, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. There will be bingo, live music, food vendors and the opportunity to shop in downtown Decatur. Go to glitzygirlstrailerpark.com. Proceeds benefit local charities.

BIBLE STUDY – An informational meeting for the Wise County Women’s Community Bible Study is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the north room at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. It’s open to women of all denominations and backgrounds, and children are welcomed. Contact Kimberley Newton, 214-789-5317 or newtonoaks@outlook.com.

TAXPAYER INFORMATION PROGRAM – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering a series of information programs designed to help everyone better understand the Texas Property Tax System and what the Appraisal District does. Call the WCAD, 940-627-3081 to register for information about program dates.

SEEKING SINGERS – The Wise County Chorus is seeking singers to join them on Sundays at 3:45 p.m. in the Paradise First Baptist Church Worship Center, 405 Main St. The choir is open to seventh graders through adults. The group is under the direction of Steve Horton, who has led choirs throughout Tarrant and surrounding counties, and is accompanied by Mike Niblett, an accomplished accompanist, performer and teacher. The group will learn a variety of music styles and perform throughout Wise and surrounding counties.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

FAITH BRIEFS

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is April 23, May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. Jake Hooker will perform at the April 23 event. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586; or JJ, 817-614-3205.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, a community church in Runaway Bay, is having an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15. There will be food, prizes and free Easter pictures for ages 18 months to 10 years. Four combination season passes to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor will be given away.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, March 22, 2017


BOONSVILLE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

BRIDGEPORT

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Learn the role of businesses in preventing customer identity theft. RSVP by calling 940-683-2076.

TEA PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is having its third annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The theme is “The Candy Shop.” Cost is $15 per mother/daughter and $5 for each additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

LOYALTY CARD – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is selling prepaid loyalty luncheon cards. Price is $73. If purchased by the end of 2017, you get one free luncheon. Email Shelby Carpenter at shelbycarpenter@bridgeportchamber.org.

DECATUR

WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 15th Annual Wise Hoops Midnight Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Friday, March 31, at the Multipurpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Check-in begins at 4 p.m., and games start at 5. Registration is $110 per youth team and $150 per adult team. Registration closes March 29. Teams who register by Wednesday, March 22, receive a free T-shirt for each player. Register online at djwc.siplay.com.

STREET CLOSURE – The city of Decatur has closed the intersection of West Hale and South Cowan to through traffic for concrete pavement construction through Friday, March 24. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department for information at 940-393-0260.

RELAY EVENT – Paint Wise County Purple 5K Run/Walk event is Saturday, March 25, in downtown Decatur. Registration is 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. The walk begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County. The event will also include cancer survivors painting the street purple and a vendor event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will have a North Texas High School Rodeo Association rodeo 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Pre-purchase tickets from any team member by email at decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or call 817-888-2364. Pre-sale tickets are $5. Cost will be $7 at the gate. Follow them on Facebook, facebook.com/rodeodecatur, for rodeo updates.

GLOW BALL – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s glow ball golf tournament is Friday, April 7. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m., and golf starts at dusk. Cost is $50 per player. To sponsor or enter, call Lisa, 940-627-3107.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday, April 8, at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $300 for a three-person team scramble, which includes a meal. Registration is 8:30 a.m., and tee time is 10. All proceeds benefit DHS boys and girls golf teams. To register a team or sponsor the tournament, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-393-9581.

TAX HELP – Area residents with moderate and low incomes can get free help to prepare and file their taxes. Volunteers with AARP Tax Aide will be at the Decatur Public Library 3 to 6 p.m. every Monday through April 17. Make an appointment by calling 940-393-0290 or drop by the library. Visit aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, on the Decatur square. Grand Champion wins a $5,000 prize. Cash awards will also be given for Best Sweet Treat, Best Spirited Food Truck, People’s Choice, Most Unique Food and Best BBQ. Signature dish judging is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards are at 4:30, and trucks will serve their full menus 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food truck entry deadline is Friday, April 7. Fee is $250.

STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

RHOME

LIBRARY PROGRAMS – Rhome Public Library has story time 11 a.m. every Wednesday for ages 3 to 5 and 11 a.m. Thursdays for babies and toddlers. The STEAM program meets at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Go to rhomepubliclibrary.org.

WISE COUNTY

BLOOD DRIVE – United Way of Wise County is having a blood drive 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 25, with Carter BloodCare at the Decatur Civic Center. To schedule an appointment, call Karina Holcombe, 817-751-9558.

FUNDRAISING DINNER – Wise County Christian Counseling’s annual fundraising dinner is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. RSVP by calling 940-627-1618 or emailing britt@wiseccc.org.

CRAFT FAIR – The Area Business Woman’s Network is having a craft fair to raise money for its scholarship fund. The Greater Wise Festival of Arts, Crafts and Creations is Saturday, April 1, at Weatherford College Wise County. Booth space is available. For a registration form, contact Gaby Scherer, 817-528-0276, gaby123@msn.com; or Chairman Debbie Bounds, 817-899-8529, dbounds@hospiceplus.net.

BASEBALL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Volunteers are needed for Made 2 Thrive Special Needs Baseball. Opening day is April 1 at Kenny Renshaw Park. If interested contact Claudia Davila at 940-255-4541 or butterfly8480@gmail.com. You may also sign up at made2thrive.org.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – Wise Health System’s Bridgeport Auxiliary will award 10, $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of Wise Health System and individuals with a Wise County address, who are pursuing a medical field of study. Apply online at wisehealthsystem.com/scholarships. Deadline is Monday, April 3. For information, call scholarship chair, Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by contacting Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. The application deadline is Monday, April 3.

WHS SCHOLARSHIP – The Wise Health System Hospital Auxiliary is offering Wise County home school seniors planning to attend college the opportunity to apply for one of the seven scholarships presented each year to local graduating seniors. Applicants should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, plan to choose a major in the medical field and be a Wise County resident. Applications are available now at the hospital’s main entrance information desk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging is holding a free training for volunteer ombudsmen 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays – April 6, 13, 20 and 27 – at the Workforce Center, 125 College Park Dr., in Weatherford. Ombudsmen visit nursing and assisted living facility residents and advocate for their rights, working with staff and family members. Training covers the role of the ombudsman program – advocacy, negotiation and communication skills, residents’ rights and nursing home rules and regulations. Volunteers must be 18 years old. Call Laura at 972-978-1371 or email lwolfe@nctcog.org.

GLITZY GIRLS – The fourth annual Glitzy Girl event, a vintage travel trailer show and shopping extravaganza, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. There will be bingo, live music, food vendors and the opportunity to shop in downtown Decatur. Go to glitzygirlstrailerpark.com. Proceeds benefit local charities.

TAXPAYER INFORMATION PROGRAM – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering a series of information programs designed to help everyone better understand the Texas Property Tax System and what the Appraisal District does. Call the WCAD, 940-627-3081 to register for information about program dates.

SEEKING SINGERS – The Wise County Chorus is seeking singers to join them on Sundays at 3:45 p.m. in the Paradise First Baptist Church Worship Center, 405 Main St. The choir is open to seventh graders through adults. The group is under the direction of Steve Horton, who has led choirs throughout Tarrant and surrounding counties, and is accompanied by Mike Niblett, an accomplished accompanist, performer and teacher. The group will learn a variety of music styles and perform throughout Wise and surrounding counties.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services, 940-626-3879, or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 940-683-3300.

FAITH BRIEFS

TEAM ROPING – County Line Cowboy Church spring team roping buckle series is April 23, May 21 and June 18. Books open at 12:30 p.m., and the roping begins at 1:30. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Free barbecue will be served before the roping. Jake Hooker will perform at the April 23 event. The church is at 890 U.S. 81/287, between Spur 511 and Farm Road 101, in Sunset. Call Randy, 713-898-3586; or JJ, 817-614-3205.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, a community church in Runaway Bay, is having an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15. There will be food, prizes and free Easter pictures for ages 18 months to 10 years. Four combination season passes to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor will be given away.

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Heat lamp, space heaters cause 2 fires

Heat lamp, space heaters cause 2 fires


Fire Extinguished

FIRE EXTINGUISHED – A firefighter peers inside a home south of Boonsville Friday morning after extinguishing a blaze started by the use of space heaters. Fire Marshal Chuck Beard complimented the firefighters for stopping the flames from spreading to the neighboring house. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The use of space heaters and a heat lamp led to two house fires Friday.

Just before 8 a.m., a mobile home at 1852 County Road 3855, south of Boonsville, caught fire when its circuits were overloaded.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the family had four space heaters in the living room, all of which were plugged into the same outlet either directly or via extension cords.

“No one was home at the time of the fire,” he said. “The heaters were left on.”

Douglas and Shannon Mills lived in the home with Douglas’ mother, Lucille Chaffin, Chaffin’s adult granddaughter and two children.

Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said the home was insured. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

Boonsville, Salt Creek and Bridgeport volunteer fire departments were called to the scene. Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 also responded.

Beard said the home was a total loss with the heaviest damage to the center of the house.

“The fireman actually had a good stop because they were able to save another mobile home on the property that sits less than 15 feet away,” Beard said.

Home Damaged

HOME DAMAGED – A firefighter walks across the front porch of a New Fairview home that caught fire Friday afternoon. The blaze was started by a heat lamp in a doghouse. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

SECOND HOME BURNS

Between 1 and 1:30 p.m., East Wise, Rhome, Newark and Justin volunteer fire departments were called to 451 Martindale Lane in New Fairview.

Beard said two people were at the house cleaning out closets when they smelled smoke.

“The woman went to investigate, opened the front door and the whole porch was on fire,” he said. “The flames went up the outside wall and into the roof.

“There was heavy water and smoke damage.”

Beard said the fire was started by a heat lamp.

“The night before they moved two doghouses to the front porch because the dogs wouldn’t get in them [in the yard],” he explained. “They put fresh hay and heat lamps inside.”

The doghouse burned, which ignited the wooden porch and house.

The dogs escaped uninjured, as did the residents.

The home was owned by Eric and Misty Padgett, according to Washburn. They lived there with their five young children.

Red Cross is assisting the family. The home was insured.

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4 departments battle structure fire

4 departments battle structure fire


Total Loss

TOTAL LOSS – A single-wide mobile home was destroyed by fire last Friday near Boonsville. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A mobile home in Boonsville was destroyed by fire last Friday afternoon.

Fire departments from Boonsville/Balsora, Runaway Bay, Lake Bridgeport and Salt Creek responded and found the single-wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames on the property at 258 Private Road 3829. The fire was reported at 4:15 p.m.

Wise County EMS also responded.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said the home was used for storage and milking goats, and no one was injured.

Public records show the property is owned by Tami Shepard.

Washburn said it appears the fire started from an extension cord that was running to a refrigerator.

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Donald V. Penney


Donald V. Penney

Donald V. Penney, 85, of Boonsville, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Graveside service and celebration of life is noon Saturday, July 2, at the Boonsville Cemetery and Community Center in Boonsville.

Don was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Midland, Mich., to Harley V. and Ellen (Segerlund) Penney. He joined the U.S. Army Jan. 25, 1952, and served in the Korean War. He received the United Nations Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars and the National Defense Service Ribbon.

He married Virginia M. Nicolai Aug. 12, 1956, in Midland, Mich.

Don grew up on a farm and trained as a mechanic. In the early 1960s, he moved to Fort Worth with his wife and children for a warmer climate. He worked hard and eventually became co-owner of a successful manufacturing business from which he retired.

Don and his wife moved to Boonsville where he loved ranching, helping his community and providing a welcoming home for friends and family passing through Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved twin sister, Elsie Waite.

Don is survived by his wife; son Dennis and wife, Margaret; son David; daughter Ellen DeGarmo; sister Phyllis Penney Berfield; brother Harley Penney; grandchildren Jessica Penney Croshman, Tenille Penney Randolph, Daniel Penney, David Penney, Michelle DeGarmo Cole, Kevin DeGarmo and Logan Penney; his great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, who were as dear as family.

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New cameras bring new capabilities


The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department recently received a $15,000 grant for rescue equipment, including new thermal imaging cameras, through Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

A first for the department, the decision to apply for the cost-share grant was based in part on a recent firefighting experience with a mutual aid department.

“We recently were on a fire on the edge of our district. It was a grass fire that went right up to a mobile home and was touching the underpinning,” said Boonsville/Balsora Chief Andrew Wood. “The other department had a camera, and it detected a hot spot in the mobile home.

“If we had left the scene not knowing there was a hot spot, then the story may have ended differently,” he said. “This was influential in our decision to apply for a grant to get a camera.”

The thermal cameras are valuable tools when attempting to locate hot spots, victims or downed firefighters in heavy smoke. They can also be helpful when attempting to locate ejected victims of auto accidents.

The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program provides funding to rural VFDs for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. It is a cost-share program funded by the Texas state legislature.

Rural fire departments often rely on funds from the community to assist with their cost-share.

Boonsville/Balsora VFD holds an annual barbecue fundraiser, complete with a live band, auction and a raffle. This year the event is May 21.

The department also has open enrollment for those seeking to become volunteer firefighters.

To learn more about this and other programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service, visit http://texasfd.com.

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1 killed in wreck


Fatal Crash

FATAL CRASH – A man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on Salt Creek Road south of Boonsville Saturday. The truck came to a stop inside the Phillips 66 Pipeline – Boonsville Station. Messenger photo by Racey Burden

A man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Salt Creek Road south of Boonsville around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Joaquin Rodriguez, 48, was driving south on Salt Creek Road at an unsafe speed when he lost control of his vehicle. His pickup rolled off the roadway and into the Phillips 66 Pipeline – Boonsville Station.

Bridgeman said it is possible alcohol contributed to the wreck. Blood samples have been sent to a lab for further analysis.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety responded to the accident.

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Teen killed in hunting accident


A Weatherford High School student was killed in a hunting accident early Monday morning near Boonsville.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Brennan Weikel, 17, and his stepfather, James Chambers, 39, were hog hunting in separate ground blinds when the shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m.

Akin said Weikel heard Chambers take a shot, so he telephoned his stepfather to ask if he killed a hog. Chambers said he did and was tracking the blood. He asked Weikel to help.

“A few minutes later (Chambers) hears a shot in the direction of where his stepson had been,” the sheriff said.

Chambers thought Weikel must have killed a hog, too, but when he called to confirm, the teen didn’t answer.

Chambers walked to the boy’s blind and found him dead, slumped in the corner with the rifle up against the wall, according to Akin.

“The investigation found that he had shot himself in the face in an upward angle,” Akin said. “From all indications, the kid had the rifle in front of him, and when he stood up, his feet got tangled up in the folding chair he was sitting in and he fell forward. The gun accidentally discharged.”

Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew, the Sheriff’s Office crime scene team and CID investigators all responded.

Weikel’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office, and the weapon was sent to a forensic examiner.

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Fire destroys home, damages vehicles

Fire destroys home, damages vehicles


Donna Walton leafed through the crisp pages of a photo album on the hood of a burned-out Volkswagen Beetle Wednesday – a day after fire destroyed a home on her family’s property.

The pages, burned around the edges, were among the few items her family had been able to salvage. Much of what was destroyed belonged to Walton’s grandmother.

Sifting Through the Ashes

SIFTING THROUGH THE ASHES – Donna Walton looks through a photo album pulled from the wreckage of Tuesday night’s house fire near Boonsville while family members in the background look for other items to salvage. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“All of the sentimental stuff is gone,” she said. ” … We can replace the material things.”

Walton’s daughter, Shontel, had moved into the single-wide mobile home at 1931 CR 3855 south of Boonsville just a few days earlier. The home is one of three houses on the property, owned by Thomas Lackey.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, fire was reported in the home located at the back of the property. Everyone was able to safely exit.

Boonsville/Balsora, Bridgeport, Salt Creek and Poolville fire departments responded to the blaze and found the home fully engulfed in flames and threatening other vehicles and structures on the property. The home was a total loss.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said the fire is under investigation, but it appears to be accidental. He said it likely started from candles that were left unattended.

In addition to the house, the Volkswagon was destroyed and another vehicle and a car hauler trailer were damaged.

On Wednesday afternoon, Walton was still trying to process what had taken place right next door to where she lives.

“Watching a lot of years and memories go up in flames is not good,” she said before joining family members who were sifting through the remnants of the trailer.

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Roy Lynn Sweatman


Roy Lynn Sweatman

Roy Lynn Sweatman, 66, of Boonsville, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home.

Memorial service is 5 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Larry Fair officiating.

Roy was born Oct. 11, 1947, in Chillicothe to Velma M. (Smith) and Charlie C. Sweatman. He married Sherry Phillips in Glendale, Ariz., in 1967, and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church and the North Texas Honor Guard. He enjoyed camping and cruising.

Roy is survived by his wife of 47 years; son Steven Sweatman and wife, Leslie; daughter Kristy Whisenant and husband, Lowell; brother Chuck Sweatman; sister Charvel Simon; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Ruby Lee Walton


Ruby Lee Walton, 63, of Boonsville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Fort Worth.

Graveside service was Dec. 17 at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Bro. Scott Strother, minister of Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport, officiated, and services were under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Ruby was born in Boonsville to Jim and Sue (Hall) Isbell on Aug. 25, 1950. She was a homemaker who enjoyed playing dominoes and bingo. She also loved crappie fishing with a cane pole.

She is survived by sons Jimmy Stinnett and wife, Amanda, Jerald Stinnett and wife, Melinda, and Bucky Stinnett; daughter Kelli Stinnett; mother Sue Bentley; brother Freddie Isbell; grandchildren Chris Stinnett, Bodie Brassfield, Michaela Stinnett, Tiffany Stinnett, Cody Teague, Dusten Brassfield, Hailee Rice, Magen Stinnett, Matthew McWilliams, Marissa McWilliams, Lindy McWilliams and Kyle Teague.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father, Jim Isbell; brother Jerry Isbell; and stepdad James Bentley.

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Fire wipes out home

Fire wipes out home


A home to a family of five near Boonsville was heavily damaged by fire Sunday evening.

Boonsville, Salt Creek, Bridgeport and Poolville fire departments responded around 6:30 p.m. after a neighbor called in a report of a fire across the street. Firefighters found a double wide mobile home in the 3400 block of County Road 3655 approximately a mile east of Boonsville in flames.

Extinguished

EXTINGUISHED – Firefighters work to put out the last of the hot spots at a house fire near Boonsville Sunday. They were able to salvage many of the family’s personal belongings. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“The fire departments did an outstanding job containing the fire, but it was still pretty much a total loss on the interior,” Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said.

The home’s owners, Jamie and Shawna Marlett, and their three young children were not at home at the time of the fire and were not injured. Initially, there was concern a pet might have died in the fire, but Beard said Tuesday that all pets had been accounted for.

Firefighters were also able to salvage several personal items from inside the home.

The American Red Cross responded to help the family, and the Marletts were able to stay with a family member who lived nearby.

Beard said the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.

“It was probably the AC unit in the window,” he said.

The home was insured, Beard said.

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Home, pets lost in Friday fire

Home, pets lost in Friday fire


A couple in Boonsville lost their belongings, including their dog Blue and rabbit Roger, in a fire that scorched their single-wide mobile home Friday night.

SMOKY SILHOUETTE - A volunteer firefighter wades through the charred remains of a mobile home in Boonsville that caught fire Friday. Boonsville-Balsora, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay volunteer departments responded. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

SMOKY SILHOUETTE – A volunteer firefighter wades through the charred remains of a mobile home in Boonsville that caught fire Friday. Boonsville-Balsora, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay volunteer departments responded. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Reka Diaz and Tony Lane were in Decatur buying gardening and home improvement project supplies when they received a call around 7:30 from their landlord notifying them that their home on Private Road 3508, southwest of Bridgeport, was on fire.

The landlord, who is also the couple’s neighbor, called 911 when he saw flames coming through the windows and roof.

The Boonsville-Balsora Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay agencies, responded within minutes. But when the first units checked on scene, the home was engulfed in flames.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Among the valuables lost in the blaze was the couple’s beloved 7-year-old Blue Heeler and Border Collie mix, Blue.

“He had the most beautiful blue eyes,” Diaz said. “He had been our baby.”

Friday’s fire was just another misfortune in a series of setbacks the couple has faced the last two years.

A year-and-a-half ago, Lane suffered a heart attack that has inhibited his ability to work.

“He just hasn’t been the same,” Diaz said. “We’ve been living on my fixed income.”

The two had also been without a vehicle until a couple of weeks ago. Now they find themselves without a home.

“We finally managed to save enough money for that, and now this,” Diaz said. “If anybody could help us, that would be a blessing – a travel trailer, anything we can stay in, and clothes. We don’t have any other clothes than this.”

Although Red Cross was dispatched to assist the couple, the organization’s help is limited. Diaz wears a size 12 in pants, a large in tops and a 7 in shoes. Lane wears a size 40 in pants, extra large in shirts and 10 in shoes.

To assist them, call 817-312-2704.

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