HOSPITAL CASE AT COURT – Representatives from North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport will be in federal bankruptcy court in Fort Worth this morning where details are expected to emerge on how money transferred from bondholders will be used to keep the hospital’s doors open until the completed sale to Wise Regional Health System. The tentative closing date is March 26. For breaking news that may emerge from this morning’s hearing, check back at WCMessenger.com. A related story is also featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
STREET PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD – The Chico City Council last night approved the general services agreement and the task order with KSA Engineers to begin street projects throughout the town. East Jacksboro, East Decatur, Flower Lane, South Hovey, South Buffalo, Blanton, Church and College will be completely repaved. Drainage improvements will also alleviate “pooling” issues that occur after rain at the intersection of Blanton and Weatherford streets. Construction is expected to start around June 1.
CANCER SURVIVORS – Local cancer survivors and caregivers are encouraged to register with Relay For Life of Wise County. Those registered will be invited to a dinner Thursday, April 18, and will be honored during opening ceremonies of the all-night walking event Friday, May 17. Register online at www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx (then hit the orange “Sign up” button). Forms may also be obtained by calling Brenda at (940) 627-7661, emailing email@example.com or from Brenda at James Wood Motors in Decatur or Erika at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur. Deadline is Wednesday, March 20.
FOOD BANK BENEFIT – Empty Bowls Fort Worth: An Artful Taste to End Hunger fundraiser benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank and its more than 300 partner charities, including food pantries in Wise County, is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Texas Hall inside Amon G. Carter Exhibition Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster in Fort Worth. The event includes a live auction of celebrity bowls signed by famous entertainers; soups and desserts by favorite area chefs; 2,500 pottery, ceramic, china, glass and wood bowls for keepsakes; a raffle; a silent auction; and entertainment. Tickets – $45 for general admission or $125 for VIP, which allows entrance to the event a half-hour early along with corporate sponsors – are available at www.tafb.org, at www.facebook.com/EmptyBowls FortWorth or by calling (817) 332-9177 until 4 p.m. Monday, March 25. Each dollar spent at Empty Bowls funds five meals served by the food bank.
GOSPEL SING-FEST – Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd will hold Gospel Sing-Fest 5-7 p.m. Saturday including Fellowship Road, Earley Praises, The Ambassador Trio, Homer Belcher and The Pathfinder Quartet. Free snack fellowship will follow.
BOYD REUNION – The Annual Boyd High School All Alumni reunion is 3-8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Boyd High School cafeteria. For more information, visit www.boydreunion.com or call Judy Wilson at (940) 255-9235 or Debbie Males at (817) 925-9208.
SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Registration for the Wise County Special Needs Baseball spring season is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries. The registration form can be downloaded at www.wcspecialneeds.com. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (940) 577-1848. Games are 9 a.m. to noon April 6 to May 25 at Renshaw Park in Decatur.
YOUTH FAIR PREVIEW – A preview of next week’s Wise County Youth Fair can be found in the All Around Wise section of the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
FUNERALS – Mass for Maria Benedicta Luna, 62, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL for Carlie E. Plowman, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
FUNERAL for Windell Morris Splawn Sr., 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Warren Austin Stogner, 89, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Church No. 1 with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Harrell White, 85, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Freddie Sue Rachel, 69, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MASS for Wayne Claude Biles, 59, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Clay Anderson, 51, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Ascension and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Richard Graves, 38, of Chico is 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Thomas Marvin Robinson, 44, of Altus, Okla., formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. today at Lowell-Tims Funeral Chapel in Altus with burial at Altus Cemetery.