UPDATE

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL TO BECOME COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC - After losing $6.2 million in 19 months operating as a hospital, Wise Regional Health System will convert its Bridgeport campus to an urgent care/ambulatory surgery center in January 2015. The change, which will eliminate the emergency room, was approved Monday evening at a hospital board meeting and announced to employees Tuesday. Wise Regional CEO Steve Summers said the ER in Bridgeport has consistently seen about 400 patients a month, but surveys indicate 95 percent of those could still be treated in an urgent-care environment. The other 5 percent - most of whom come in with chest pains - are being transferred to the Decatur campus already, since the system's cardiac facilities are based there. Bridgeport, which will be staffed with nurse practitioners and operated as part of Wise Clinical Care Associates, will still have x-rays, suturing and other medical services - "everything an urgent-care clinic does," Summers said. He estimates the change will save the system about $2 million over the next 12 months. The ER will continue to operate through Dec. 31 and the urgent-care clinic will open Jan. 1 or 2.

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Soaring to a 2nd state title; Decatur defeats Argyle in 4A volleyball championship Sobering evening: MADD class highlights danger of drunk driving Football: Turnovers sink Yellowjackets in area round
 
Soaring to a 2nd state title; Decatur defeats Argyle in 4A volleyball championship

Soaring to a 2nd state title; Decatur defeats Argyle in 4A volleyball championship

When sophomore Courtnie Roberts' tip found an open spot on the floor, the Decatur Lady Eagles stormed the court at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Saturday afternoon.

Sobering evening: MADD class highlights danger of drunk driving

Sobering evening: MADD class highlights danger of drunk driving

The courtroom at the Wise County Jail was almost full last Wednesday. A few people sat together - two girls who looked like they were still in high school, a married couple - but most tried to get a little space around them.

Football: Turnovers sink Yellowjackets in area round

Football: Turnovers sink Yellowjackets in area round

On a wet, sloppy day, in a game delayed three hours by lightning, the Boyd Yellowjackets came in as two-touchdown underdogs to Shallowater Saturday in Abilene.


NEWS HEADLINES

Soaring to a 2nd state title; Decatur defeats Argyle in 4A volleyball championship

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Richard Greene

When sophomore Courtnie Roberts' tip found an open spot on the floor, the Decatur Lady Eagles stormed the court at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Saturday afternoon.

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911 text service available

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Brian Knox

Thanksgiving is the time for enjoying turkey in the company of friends and family.

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Thieves target unlocked cars

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Brian Knox

'Tis the season, for car burglaries. While the holiday shopping season is traditionally a busy time for car burglars, it seems thieves are getting an early start on their own version of Black Friday specials.

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Sobering evening: MADD class highlights danger of drunk driving

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The courtroom at the Wise County Jail was almost full last Wednesday. A few people sat together - two girls who looked like they were still in high school, a married couple - but most tried to get a little space around them.

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SPORTS HEADLINES

Volleyball: Back on Top – Lady Eagles reach goal, repeating as champs

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Richard Greene

Before starting the daunting task of defending a state title, Decatur senior setter Stormi Leonard pointed out her team might not be No. 1 all season with the tough road ahead.

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Volleyball: Doubling up – Lady Eagles hold off Argyle to win second state title

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Richard Greene

Trailing Argyle 24-21, the Decatur Lady Eagles found themselves on the verge of falling down 2-1 in the 4A final Saturday.

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OUR OPINIONS

About that letter, election notes and champions


Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | By Brian Knox

I apparently confused a few readers with my "breakup" column a few weeks back, based on some of the feedback I got. At least a couple of people thought it was a real breakup letter with my wife.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Lunch hour, road could use a little work

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Mary Ann Hunn

Listed below are a couple of my issues with Wise County.

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‘Silent heroes’ changing lives in prison

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Larry Anthony Harris

Before coming to prison I didn't think much about people who were in prison. I just figured they were the scum of the earth, like I had always heard, got what they deserved and were right where they needed to be.

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