SERVICES TO BE SUSPENDED – Wise Regional Health System will suspend inpatient services at its Bridgeport campus effective Dec. 1. The change will only affect the medical/surgical inpatient unit and ICU. The facility will remain open, focusing on outpatient services including surgery, radiology and Emergency Services. Patients who need an overnight stay will be transferred to the Decatur campus. Chief Financial Officer Jim Eaton said the Bridgeport campus has been losing about $350,000 per month. Inpatient volumes, which were projected in the eight to 10 patient per day range, have instead remained at one to two patients per day. “Our goal and hope is that this is a temporary suspension,” said CEO Steve Summers. “All of the equipment needed to restart inpatient services at Bridgeport will remain intact, and we are maintaining our license as an inpatient facility. We are committed as an organization to providing quality care in Bridgeport and health care services which are needed and will continue to do so.” Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
HABITAT HELP NEEDED – A few more volunteers are needed for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build in the 200 block of Oak Street in Decatur. Additional help is needed 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11-13. A minimum of 10 participants are needed those days, but up to 24 can be accommodated. Read more about this project and the future homeowner, Charlie Schmerber, in the midweek Messenger on newsstands now.
TOY RUN SET FOR SUNDAY – The 14th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon at the Decatur Middle School parking lot, and the run begins at 12:30. The final destination is Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Riders should bring a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation to benefit Wise County children and charities. Awards will be given in the motorcycle show for Best Dresser, Best Custom, Best Cruiser and Best Metric Motorcycle. Entry fee is $5, and the top three in each category are awarded plaques. For more information, call Wild Bill at 940-393-1118 or Travis at 817-291-1486. Visit www.wctoyrun.com or join the Facebook page, WiseCounty ToyRun.
EAGLE SEND-OFF – There will be a community send-off for the Decatur Eagles football team 3 p.m. Friday at the field house as they depart for their playoff game. The Eagles will be playing the Chapel Hill Bulldogs at 7:30 that night at Forney City Bank Stadium in the Class 3A Region II semifinal.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Thursday through Saturday for Thanksgiving. Wise County Development Services and the county dumpsites are closed Thursday and Friday. The dumpsites will be open regular business hours on Saturday. The county courthouse in Decatur is closing at noon today, and some other county offices may also close early. All county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen Monday, Dec. 2.
TAX ASSESSOR OPEN – The Wise County tax assessor’s office and vehicle registration is open all day today.
TRASH PICKUP – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday’s trash pickup in the city of Decatur will be moved to Friday. Friday’s pickup will be Saturday. Recycling products will be picked up today as usual. In the city of Boyd, trash pickup will be Friday.
SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department Santa Cops applications are due Sunday. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Monday, Dec. 16. For more information, call Ashly DoByns at 940-393-0300.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Decatur Spirit of Christmas Angel Trees are up at every financial institution in Decatur. Monetary donations of any amount are being accepted now through Thursday, Dec. 5, and will be used to provide vouchers for local families, giving them the opportunity to shop for their children’s Christmas toys and clothes.
CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s seventh annual Christmas Cards in the Park is on display now through Monday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park.
RELAY KICKOFF – The Relay For Life of Wise County kickoff is come-and-go 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at First Baptist Church of Decatur. Finger foods will be served. Registered teams and anyone interested in learning more about joining the 2014 Relay For Life are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – There will be no Update tomorrow. The Messenger staff wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.
FUNERALS – Funeral for Hattie Smith Josserand, 78, of Fort Worth, formerly of Rhome, is 10 a.m. today at Westwind Church in Keller with entombment at Garden of Memories Mausoleum. Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Dennis Caraway, 14, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at U-Turn Ministries Church in Chico. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Milton D. Travis, 83, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial is at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
SERVICES are pending for Debra A. Jones, 54, of Chico and Janis D. Vickers, 71, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Lynna Sledge, 77, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.