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Wise County’s Largest City is CHECKING Aurora?

Starting With The Basics


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Kathryn, Kelsey and Kristina pretty as can be while waiting for a cup of tea.

Teacher: Why does the statue of liberty stand in New York harbor? Pupil: Because it can’t sit down!

Teen “Around the World with Books” End-of-Summer Reading Party with Sylvia and Amelia Watson.

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Decatur Library Teen Advisory Board. Shown are Jamee Ruhl, Staci Downe, Alexis Downe, Sam Armitage, Audrey Armitage and Brandon Evans. Cooper Davidson celebrated his 5th birthday all dressed up in his new western outfit. Happy Birthday!

A history joke Why were the early days of history called the dark ages? Because there were so many knights!

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Alvord Public Library 940-427-2842 • W,TH, F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • SA 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Boyd Public Library 940-433-5580 • M, W, F 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. • TU 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. • TH 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Bridgeport Public Library 940-683-3450 • M,W,F 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. • T,TH 10:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m. • SA 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Chico Public Library 940-644-2330 • M,F 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. • T,W,TH 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. • SA 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Decatur Public Library 940-627-5512 • M,T,TH 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m • W,F 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. • SA 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

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ecatur Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week 2010, Oct. 17-23, to encourage area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstore across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Books with Beat @ your library, which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including poetry, audiobooks, books about music, and more. Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association. Teens have more activities to fi ll their free time than ever — web videos, social networking sites, video games, afterschool activities, athletics —and increasingly high expectations in the classroom. It’s important that we show them that reading is something that’s fun and relaxing that they can do for free. And that reading for fun can translate into better performance at school. Many families have learned to make do with less as a result of the economy and have f locked to the library. Teen Read Week is a great time to make sure teens and their families know about all the free services the library can offer them and to reach out to teens who aren’t regular users and encourage them to come see what they can fi nd here. Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home, as well. Your library offers these ideas: • Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books. • Set aside time each night for the family to read. • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward. • Share your favorite book with your teen. • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklists and Book Awards page, • Join a book discussion group at the school or public library. Teen Read Week is held annually during the third week of October. An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list can be found at the Web site, ■

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Born to be a librarian, Cecilia Barham began reading when she was three and was a library aide in elementary school. After earning a Master’s degree in English, she finally realized her true calling and continued her education to become a librarian. She has worked in both academic and public libraries and has found her home at the Decatur Library, where she serves as Library Director. She is professionally active and currently serves as the president of the North Texas Library Consortium and chair-elect of the Public Libraries Division of the Texas Library Association. She may be contacted at

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SEPTEMBER 2010 Volume 7, Issue 9 In our 7th year of ‘Making A Difference’ P.O. Box 521 • Boyd, Texas 76023


Little Miss Madeline Cox (a.k.a. The Ladybug Whisperer) helps us say goodbye to summer and all the wonderful things that come with it and is ready to jump into another exciting year of school. Photo sent in by Misti Pearman

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Publisher & Parent Company . . . . . . . . . . . Editor & Founder, Kim Tinkham . . . . Graphic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donnelle Cooper Distribution Guys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott and Don Tinkham Office Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max and Buddy Our Reason For Doing This . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YOU! Advertising Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To submit: Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photographs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wise Family Magazine is published 12 times a year by Tink Ink LLC and distributed free of charge through local merchants. Wise Family Magazine reserves the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all material contributed. Opinions expressed by the contributors are not necessarily the opinions of the publication. Tink Ink LLC assumes no liability or responsibility for any claims made by advertisers in the magazine. Reproduction in whole or part without express written consent of the Publisher is prohibited.

Way to Go Wise!

At Your Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Laying Down The Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Dave Says . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Heartstrings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 With Love, Naturally. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Wise County Wonderings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Energy Wise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Wise Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Discover Wise County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


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Wise Women’s Volleyball Summer League participants. For more information on Wise Women’s Volleyball please flip to read Wise Woman Magazine page 14.

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nother summer is in the books and, by now, most of you are either back in school or have kids back in school. My oldest started his second year of school as well. Wow, they grow up fast. Speaking of years, I had another birthday at the end of August. Yep, the big 36. I don’t feel any different than I did at 30 and I am wondering when the hammer is going to drop. Maybe it is my age. I can remember when the magazine was not so much in color, then color, then glossy color, and now the new format. I have to say that I am pretty proud of Kim’s progress over the last several years. If you haven’t taken the time to read the articles, you are missing out. Kim has consistently made changes and improved the quality of Wise Family every single year. Is it school time already? Yep, by the time you read this, every school should be running at full steam. The real question is whether you, as one of those kids, are running at full steam? Th is school year, will you settle for mediocre performance or will you strive to be better. Yes, I know that passing is all that is required, but is that a l l you can do? Is simply meeting the minimum standard where you want to be? After all, if you say that you are passing, you are really saying that you are doing the bare minimum and the least possible that you do in order to move to the next point. Think of it like this. Would you want your doctor to just do the bare minimum according to medical standards? Would you want your pilot to have the bare minimum of training to fly the 737? What about giving you just enough food (the bare minimum) to survive. So when you are setting up your life in school, why is the bare minimum acceptable? You would never eat at a restaurant who advertises that the food they served you is of the minimum quality according to the health department, so why do you accept that in your life? Instead of being satisfied being the lowest you can be and still graduate to the next grade, why not turn it around and only be satisfied with the very best that you can do. If the best you can do is not A+ grades, that is fine, so long as you honestly have put in the effort. If math is not your best subject and a B average is all you can muster despite all your best efforts, then so be it. The real question here is whether you are actually giving your best effort. Only you know the truth. See you next month. ■

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James Stainton After seven years in private practice, James Stainton took office as the Wise County Attorney in January 2009. James works with the Wise County Teen Court and Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force and believes that only through involvement and action can we make a difference in our community.

Dear John, You have to def ine what helping your son really means. In my mind, you haven’t helped him at all if he’s still squatting in your basement f ive years from now. That’s called being an enabler. But it’s not going to help him, either, if you toss him on the street and say “You’re 36. Be a man!” I think you should formulate a progressive plan somewhere between those two extremes—something that includes a move-out deadline, but will help him regain some dignity. As part of living with you, I’d require him to do three or four things. One is that he abides by your household rules. If he’s going to live in your home, he should act the way you want him to act. Number two, he needs to be engaged in some kind of regular physical activity. Even if you have to pay for it, you could get a membership at a gym or buy some exercise equipment. Exercise stimulates the mind, and he needs that right now. It’ll also be great for his body. Getting beat up like he’s been can be tough at that age. It can lead to depression if you don’t engage in physical activity and goal setting. Next, is to think about career steps. He could start with a parttime job to get some money in his pockets. Then, work on a long-term career goal. He knows how to turn a wrench, and he probably likes that kind of work. His mind works

spatially, which means he can look at things and figure out how they operate. So, it might be a good idea to move in that direction. It doesn’t even have to be cars. He could learn to work on boats or aircraft. You don’t want to beat the kid when he’s down, but you don’t want to participate in his sewage, either. Help him clean up his life, and get him out of there as fast as possible. It’s what’s best for everyone! — Dave Dear Dave, We live in Boston, and we’ve got three kids who are almost ready for college. My wife and I make about $114,000 a year combined, and that includes a $34,000 a year pension I receive. Should we use the pension money to pay for their tuition, or should we let them take out student loans? — Geoff Dear Geoff, Th ere’s no way I’m going to send anyone into student loan debt, especially when the household income is in the six-figure range! Now, that assumes the kids choose a college you can afford, but with your income you guys could handle tuition at most state colleges. And that means all the kiddos are going to have to pick a reasonably-priced school if they expect you to foot the bill. We’ve got to use a little common sense here. No champagne taste on a beer pocketbook! You guys are doing okay, but you can’t afford to send these kids to $30,000 a year schools. All this will be hitting you at about the same time, so I want you to cash flow this thing, and pay as you go along. College is great, but you need to invest your money into something that fits your budget! — Dave

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Dear Dave, My wife and I are getting close to retirement, and our 36-year old recently moved back in with us. His automotive restoration business went bankrupt, he hasn’t been able to find another job, and he has nowhere else to go. What can we do to help him? — John

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Bridgeport Heritage Museum is now open Monday thru Saturday 1:00 - 4:00 pm Lower level of the Bridgeport Visitor Center 812B Halsell Street Bridgeport, Texas

Calling All Artists! The City of Rhome is having an art contest, themed“The History of Rhome.” All age groups and art mediums are welcome. The winning piece of artwork from each age group will be displayed in the lobby of City Hall for the month of October. The overall winner’s artwork will become a fixture in the Council Chambers. Rules and entry forms are available online and at City Hall. Visit the Rhome Library for great resources about the history of Rhome.

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here is something that I’ve become keenly aware of during the past few years. It isn’t something that stands out, it’s not a fl ash of brilliance, it doesn’t come with great fanfare. It’s most of the time just plain old (if you take time to think about it) common sense. The thing I speak of is something we call ‘the basics’. It seems that somewhere along the way ‘the basics’ have somehow been denigrated to such a low status that many of us don’t feel it is worth our time to find out what they are, much less actually try to learn and use them. Too simple for you? I hope not. I remember a time when I was having difficulty in my guitar playing. I was nowhere near where I wanted to be. I had to do something! I had been playing guitar for almost 30 years but something told me I should s t a r t o v e r. I purchased some beginning guitar books. I poured over the books and examined every little detail. I started at page one and spent hours reading and re-reading, trying and re-trying. I examined everything; nothing was off limits, nothing was too basic! Soon I was progressing beyond anything I’d done before. I found that the more I worked on the basics the easier it was to progress. I soon made it a habit to review what I’d learned so I didn’t become complacent and slip into my old bad habits. Fast forward to the present day; I now have a healthy respect for the basics. It seems that no matter where my interests take me, I fi nd myself thinking in terms of fundamentals. When I watch other guitarists, I take note of how their use or non use of the basics affected their performance. I still periodically check on my adherence to the principles I’ve learned. I believe that no matter what you want to succeed at in life, you would be wise to learn the basics. If you think you already know them then I would encourage you to do a review. It isn’t always the big things that cause people to fail; more often than not catastrophe can be avoided by practicing the basics until they are second nature. ■

The Basics… your keys to success

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Beginning at the tender age of four Glenn entered the music business with a weekly radio show. He moved on to television, recording and performing in live venues ranging from Sunday morning church service to opening for Grand Ole Opry stars. Glenn and his wife Leesa moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Decatur, Texas in July of 2000. He began teaching in 2005 and owns Decatur Music.


ow is your intuition? Do you have a good feel for things? Can you trust your gut? Our smart phone applications can do everything from assessing our babies’ cries to predicting our best days to conceive, so we generally do not use our intuition. However, besides evidenced based education, there may not be a more powerful tool than a mom’s “gut” feeling in a situation. A mom who knows her facts and trusts her instincts is a strong mom indeed. How can we exercise this sense in day-to-day life? ❑ When your child has a minor injury, do not just put a band-aid on the knee, ask yourself what else this child needs. Th is might be a tender moment of hugs and kisses or a good joke to take their mind off the pain. You probably do this already, so you are half way there! ❑ If you suspect your child needs medical care (but it is not an emergency), do some research before the appointment. See if you can tell what the problem might be on your own, judging from what you already know about your child. See if the doctor’s diagnosis confi rms your gut. If not, consider what factors you may not have thought about or ask the doctor more questions to see where you went off track. ❑ Even if life is rocking along nicely but you get the feeling one of your children needs some quiet time with you, act on it. Often times a need will be revealed to you through such subtle moments. For instance, if you feel a tug to snuggle with your child before bed (instead of sending him off while you check Facebook), you might find out he is facing a bully at school as he chats about his day. ❑ As you go through your days, check your heart. What is your gut telling you needs to be done today? Are you run down and know in your heart you should rest? Then rest! By listening to your body and your heart, you’ll develop a great sense of knowing when something is “off.” Then you are on the right track to finding a healthy way to correct whatever is wrong. Recently I had some abdominal pain but since I was raised thinking the emergency room was to be used for heart attacks, car accidents, and other highly critical situations, I couldn’t surrender to the idea of an ER trip. A few hours later when a fever developed, I had enough knowledge to know my symptoms were getting serious. How did I know it was time to get to the hospital? When my gut said, “Something just isn’t right.” I had surgery to remove an inflamed appendix hours later. If you want to be a powerful parent, learn to listen to your instincts. It will help you not only take care of your children better, but also yourself. After all, our kids need healthy, intuitive parents! ■

Wendy Fowler & Traci Wann

Wendy Fowler is a local doula (professional childbirth assistant) with a passion for helping young families thrive. She is a Texas Woman’s University graduate with a degree in Family Studies, but she gets most of her experience in the trenches raising five daughters out in the country with her husband Shane. For more information on the services she offers, visit her website at Traci Wann is a lactation educator and mom of three breastfed babies. She has a Masters of Christian Education degree and has taught English in Wise Countyy. She spends her time rocking her babies; serving her church family and helping moms nurture their babies by breastfeeding. She can be reached through

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ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Wise County Girl Scouts are looking for adult volunteers who like working with children, to be leaders for a troop or to share a hobby or skill with them. We have girls in each town in Wise County. This could be a one time basis or a yearly commitment. Please contact: Darlena Hoyl at 940-389-4924 or Sharon Peyton at 940-399-9007 940.210.1769 • WISE


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hat a peace conference between eleven Indian Tribes: Waco, Anadorco, Tow-e-Ashe, Keechi, Tehuacanos, Deleware, Bedias, Boluxies, Ione, and one or two others, and a group of white men was held in Wise County. Due to this conference, a treaty was signed at Bird’s Fort in Tarrant County, September 29, 1843, and the treaty was faithfully kept until the beginning of the Civil War. The location of this conference was probably one of four places: Isbell Springs, one and one-half miles northwest of Decatur; Cold Springs one mile northeast of Decatur; Sandhill Springs, three miles south of Decatur, where Sandhill church was located, or Sweetwater Springs on Sweetwater Creek. Wise County was once a part of Cooke County? Although Wise County was organized in 1856, the exact county line between Montague County and Wise County was not determined until a survey was made in 1856 when an agreement was reached between the two counties, making Sunset a part of Montague County? Aurora was at one time the largest town in the County? In the late 1880’s Aurora reported to h av e h a d popu lat ion of at least 2,500 persons, with schools, drugstores, churches, saddle shop, grocery stores, music store, dry goods, hotels, saloons, post office, public square, cotton yards, Masonic lodge lawyers, doctors, etc. Most of the homes and better business houses were moved to Newark, Rhome or Boyd, where many of them are still standing today, leaving Aurora a ghost town. The death of the town is believed to be due to an epidemic of yellow fever and the fact the railroad failed to go through the town. ■

Did you know?

Aurora was at one time the largest town in the County?

Rosalie Gregg Rosalie Gregg was born near Hayden, New Mexico. Ms. Gregg graduated from Paradise High School and from Decatur Baptist College. She married Robert Nolen Gregg, Jr., who had been a Prisoner of War for 3-1/2 year during which time he helped build the railroad that led to the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ms. Gregg has been involved with the Wise County Heritage Museum since its inception in 1967.

have a four-year-old and this morning he was on his third shirt by the time we finished breakfast. Needless to say, we do a LOT of laundry. Now, I’ll admit that I’m one of those people who drool a little bit when I see the fancy new ENERGY STAR washers and driers in cool colors with amazing features. As of yet though, I haven’t been able to convince my husband to spend as much money on a pretty new set as he would on a cheap car. While I work on that, there are a few things we can all do to lessen the impact that doing laundry

Laundry tips to cut those high electric bills has on our energy consumption. For starters, always wait until you have a full load before starting the washer. Under, or over, loading your machine will result in it working less efficiently. Also, try to separate heavy fabrics like towels from lighter ones in the drier. If you really want to make a difference, consider skipping the drier all together and hanging your clothes out to dry. Th at alone could cut your electric bill by 12%! In addition, line drying may help your clothes last longer too. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind: Up to 90% of the energy your washer uses goes to heating the water. Washing in cold whenever possible. Forgetting to clean a dirty lint screen can make your drier work 30% harder to push the air through. Take the time to clean the fi lter between EVERY load. Be sure that your drier vent goes outside and that it isn’t blocked. Also, keep the door to your laundry room closed while it’s running. ■

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Good luck to all the students and teachers of Wise County for the new school year!

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Wise Eyes

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n today’s daily routine as a law enforcement official, we sometimes get overwhelmed as the criminals never take time off. Every day is a new day, and every day is a day that has new challenges. Thus, keeping us on our toes trying to keep Wise County safe. What do we change, or do we change anything at all? What works and what fails? In 1993 then Sheriff Phil Ryan had an idea about using email to get messages to the community in a safe and effective manner. He developed the WISE EYES crime watch program. WISE EYES is basically an email and fax based notification system we use to send out emergency information to our citizens. As this program was being developed, we included citizens, businesses, former law enforcement officers, current law enforcement, pilots, and many others. Needing to push this program off with little funds, we reached out to Devon Energy as a founding sponsor. What a huge success this has been for the past seventeen years. Since its inception we have worked tirelessly in seeing that this program makes its way into every home in Wise County. WISE EYES has grown in epic proportions throughout Wise County, as well as Texas and seven other States. Th e cool thing is that is has kept the name WISE EYES and developed right here at home. The way WISE EYES works is basically an email that is sent from the Sheriff ’s Office asking the citizens of Wise County to help us look for someone, watch out for a scam, road closings and so forth. Think of it like this: you get a joke on your email and like it, so you then send it out to ten of your friends. They in-turn like the joke and send it to fi fteen of their friends. Now that same joke has landed in the inbox of twenty six people. Use that same situation with emergency information such as a missing or abducted child. We have to work quickly. We need all hands on deck from the Sheriff ’s Offi ce, surrounding agencies, and immediately need the help from our citizens to look for the missing or abducted child. We develop Sheriff David Walker David Walker was elected Sheriff in 2004 and took office January 1, 2005. Walker obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995. He currently holds an Advance Peace Officer Certification. In October of 1999, Sheriff Walker graduated from the Quantico F.B.I. National Academy. He has obtained his TCLEOSE Instructor’s Certification, Chemical Weapons Certification, and numerous hours of continuing education in various areas of law enforcement. He has received numerous commendations from both Federal and Area Law Enforcement Agencies.

an email, send it out to over three thousand emails and we suddenly have everyone w it h t hei r eyes and ears open looking for this m is si n g or abducted child. Not to mention t he nu mb e r of people which are not on our WISE EYES list that will get the information from a friend. We believe that with our list of emails, and the many people forwarding the email, we would have thousands of people working right along our side. WISE EYES has proven to be very effective in our proactive approach to reducing crime. Thus, we send information on scams, burglaries, wanted persons, and sex offender information routinely. The success of WISE EYES is a direct result of the support we receive from the citizens of Wise and surrounding counties. WISE EYES is free. It gives us a quick and direct link to our citizens. We recently had an expansion idea for the WISE EYES program which would include WISE EYES emergency text. Th is way, you as a citizen could receive a text message on your phone from the Sheriff ’s Office. Many of us have Blackberries or Iphones that receive email, but not everyone has an email. With the cellular world coming through with such new technology, it makes communications in emergencies very quick. I can’t think of many people who do not have a cell phone. Our emergency communication system here at the Sheriff ’s office is quickly becoming outdated, as most citizens have cellular service and no land line. Law Enforcement was not intended to be able to handle everything. With the growth of Wise County it becomes more of a hurdle to jump with the number of deputies to go around. There is no way we can be everywhere all the time, and with our citizens knowing what we are looking for, it becomes a team effort. A team that is unbeatable as the crooks, thieves, and drug dealers do not know who is watching. To sign up on WISE EYES, simply send me an email at and or contact Ashley Portales at portalesa@sheriff. We would like for you to be informed of our activity in and around your neighborhood and be an active member of our team. ■

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The Family Album

Party Goers at the Fancy Nancy Party held at the Decatur Public Library.

Marisleyzie’s 10th Birdthday help her celebrate @ NRH2O are friends Miranda, Lizette, Birthday Girl Marisleyzie, Yovani, Celine & Emily.

A math joke Teacher: What’s 2 and 2? Pupil: 4 Teacher: That’s good. Pupil: Good? That’s perfect!

Ronnie Edwards (right) celebrates 40 years of service.

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Wise County Sheriff ’s Posse Rodeo • September 9-11 8:00 pm The Wise County Sheriff ’s Posse hosts its annual professional rodeo. This 3- day event includes nightly rodeo, live entertainment, and a parade on Saturday at 11:00 am. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.50 for children. For more information on the parade, contact 940-4272146. Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds 3101 S FM 51, Decatur

10 are free! All proceeds to benefit the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department. R h o m e Fire D e p ar tm ent Contact: 817-696-6742

Spaghetti Dinner September 11 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Hosted by the Fire Support Brigade. Dinner, drink and dessert, only $7 and kids under

City Wide Garage Sale September 18 Garage sales throughout Decatur at businesses and individual homes. Map and listings will be available on 9/15. $10.00 fee to

Wise County Benefit Triathlon September 12 5:00 am The 2nd annual Wise Tri Triathlon is a local charity event with proceeds donated to Galactosemic Families of the Southern States. Lake Bridgeport Contact:

Hot Summer Nights Classic Car Show • September 18 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Hosted by the Wise County Antique Auto Club, 32 Classes, 2 Best of Show, awards for 1st and 2nd place. Come out to see hot rods, street rods, rat rods, trucks, classics, and motorcycles! Boyd Community Center 420 E Morton Avenue, Boyd Contact: 940-627-6555

Bridgeport Box Office September 25 Dusk Presents “Planet 51”. Bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Fun for the whole family! Free admission, movie starts at dusk. Harwood Park 910 Cates Street, Bridgeport Contact: 940-683-3480

Main Street Festival September 25 9:00 am - 3:00 pm The Paradise Historical Society sponsors this event to raise funds for the Veterans Memorial Park in Paradise’s downtown park. Event includes vendors, food booths, auction, a quilt show, and live music. Main Street in Paradise Contact: 940-748-2422

Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival October 2 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Event includes food and craft vendors, baking contest, petting zoo, farmers’ market, 5K Run/ Walk, classic car & jeep show, tractor show, pet parade, and live entertainment! Historic downtown Bridgeport Contact: 940-683-2076


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Family Friendly Associations CLUBS

Boys & Girls Club of Wise County Janetta Killen 940.399.9747 Wise County 4H 940.627.3341 Wise Merchants Association Kim Tinkham 940.210.1769


Decatur Academy for Children 940.626.4444 Pettit Private School Aurora 817.489.2318 Decatur 940.627.8393 Weatherford College at Wise Decatur 940.627.1846


Decatur Music 940.626.2120 Off 380 Players Community Theatre 940.575.2538


Texas Runaway Hotline 1.888.580.HELP (4357) Texas Youth Hotline 1.800.210.2278 Wise County Domestic Violence Taskforce Hot Line - 940.626.4855 Abuse Hotline 1.800.252.5400 Nat’l Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1.800.843.5678 National Response & Terrorist Hotline 1.800.424.8802


Wise County Scouting Ryan Newcomb 817-905-7372 Girl Scouts Barbara Reynolds 940.727.1813 Girl Scouts Darlena Hoyl 940.627.1116

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Alvord Sports Association Charlotte Fitzgerald 940.389.5441 Boyd Youth Association Jeff Clark 940.799.5441 Bridgeport Youth Baseball Bill Cline 940.683.4299 Chico Baseball Brad North 940.644.5624 Paradise Baseball Michael Heathington 940.433.8603 Slidell Baseball Wise County Little League Chris Shields 940.627.4930 Aurora Baseball Association Mark Davis 817.296.6216

Wise Co. Co.ed Softball League Clifton North 940.393.2752 Decatur Girls Softball Association Terri Ivie 817.360.2433 Wise County Youth Volleyball Nancy Eoff 940.627.3430 Decatur Little Dribblers Paige Ochoa 817.996.7420 Decatur Paula Little 940.399.6541 Paradise Wayne Tipton 817.789.3518 Bridgeport Cesar Pinon 940.577.2363 Carrie Tremaine 940.393.5089


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Wise Family Magazine Sep 2010 A community interactive motivational magazine for families in Wise County, Texas