WISE REGIONAL BIDDING TO BUY BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL – Wise Regional Health System has made a bid to purchase Bridgeport’s North Texas Community Hospital, which will file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a Fort Worth federal court today or Wednesday. The Decatur Hospital Authority board met Monday night and approved an offer of $20 million that includes $19 million in bonded debt to pay for the building, equipment and other assets. The Bridgeport hospital’s board has already met and approved the deal, which will keep the hospital open as part of Wise Regional Health System. Under terms of the bankruptcy agreement, if another bidder emerges, an auction could be held, but Wise Regional would still have the option to meet any offer. If it is the successful bidder, Wise Regional plans to maintain hospital services in Bridgeport without closing the facility, achieving savings by combining management and other functions. The other $1 million is to provide operating funds at NTCH for the up to 135 days it could take to complete the transaction. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands tomorrow.
ELECTION DAY IS HERE – Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and will remain open until 7 p.m. A full list of voting locations by precinct was featured in the weekend Messenger still available on news stands. Republicans will gather tonight to watch the results at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Decaur, while Democrats will meet across the square at Reunion on the Square. You can find local election results as they become available tonight at WCMessenger.com.
TRUCK STRIKES SCHOOL BUS – Fortunately injuries were minor after a pickup slammed into the back of a full school bus Monday morning in Newark. The wreck occurred just before 9 a.m. on Farm Road 718, about a half-mile south of the intersection with FM 3433. The driver of the pickup, Chad L. Humphus, 40, of Bedford, was texting or doing something else on his cell phone when he rammed into the stopped bus said an investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Although the wreck crumpled the front of his pickup, he was uninjured in the wreck. Humphus will be issued a citation for failure to control speed. The bus was stopped to pick up a student, with the lights flashing, when it was hit. There were 26 children on the bus on their way to Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome when the accident occurred. Three reported minor injuries, with one being sent by ambulance to Wise Regional Health Services in Decatur after suffering a chipped tooth. The rest were loaded onto another bus and taken to class. School bus driver Kristin Freeman, 27, of Newark was also uninjured in the wreck.
BRIDGEPORT CITY – The Bridgeport City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall. Four of the nine action items pertain to the Economic Development Corp.’s work to bring U.S. Ply Inc. to the city, including approving an amended agreement with the company and an agreement stating the business’s responsibility in a grant application for natural gas infrastructure, another action item. The council will also discuss a recycling program in the city and changes to the brush and tree limb collection ordinance.
ELECTION DAY ROSARY – An Election Day rosary vigil is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. It is come and go, and all are welcome.
TRIAL CANCELED – The Precinct 3 jury trial set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, has been canceled.
ABWN MEETING – The Wise County Area Business Women’s Network will meet 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. Harold Lotz with Tarleton State University Small Business Development Center will be the guest speaker. Reservations are due today and can be made at www.abwn.org
PIZZA EATING CONTEST – McCarroll Middle School teachers Mrs. Bocanegra and Coach Hornsby are having a pizza eating contest 6 p.m. today at CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. Students are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite teachers. Ten percent of sales will go toward the seventh grade trip to the state capitol.
CELEBRATING VETERANS – Veterans Appreciation Day is Saturday in Rhome. A formal veteran’s ceremony is 11 a.m. to noon in the Veterans Park, and festivities continue 1 to 5 p.m. with free hot dogs, drinks and live music. Veterans photos will be displayed at the Family Park.
JAZZ CONCERT – The Weatherford College Jazz Band and the Texas Connection will give a free concert 7:30 tonight at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The Texas Connection will feature drummer and Weatherford College Wise County Dean and drummer Duane Durrett and guest artist saxophonist Mack Goldsbury. Vocalist Victor Cager will headline the group.
AMPUTEE MEETING -Amputees in Motion (AIM) meet the first Tuesday of the month in the Fit-N-Wise board room in Decatur. For times, email firstname.lastname@example.org or search Amputees In Motion on Facebook. Amputees and their family members are invited.
FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Antonio Garcia, 48, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Fort Worth with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins. Rosary will be said 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Leonard V. Placker Jr., 66, of Newark will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Theodore G. Windle, 66, of Weatherford is pending at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Ernest “Burt” Lancaster, 84, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.