Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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HIGH NUMBER OF FLU CASES – Wise Health System in Decatur has seen a spike in flu cases in the past month. After just eight flu cases at the hospital in September and October combined, the number of positive cases of the virus spiked in December to 271. The number of patients arriving at the hospital with flu symptoms has not slowed in the new year. “It’s not falling off,” said Kellye Souther, Wise Health System emergency services director. Souther pointed out those numbers do not include cases treated at area doctor offices. Wise Health System is at capacity and is holding patients in the ER until rooms become available. A full story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – Paradise Historical Society will meet for their regular bi-monthly meeting 7 tonight at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex. 2018 officers will be elected and annual membership fees are due. New members are invited to join. Meetings are open to the public. Call Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691 for more information.

INFORMATION SESSION FOR BOARD CANDIDATES – Decatur ISD will hold an information session for prospective school board members 6 p.m. Thursday at the administration building. Candidates can begin filing for the May 5 school board election Jan. 17. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis and trustees will take part in the session. “We want to give people information about the district and go over the rules and responsibilities of trustees,” Whitis said. “It’s a proactive way to answer any questions before they file.”

ABWN MEETING – Area Business Women’s Network will hold its regular monthly lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. RSVP to info@abwn.org by noon today. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests. Chip Hanakson is guest speaker. Bring business cards to network.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Shade Plants” presented by Parker County Master Gardner Carol Welch. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

GLITZY GIRLS – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is now taking applications for vendors and sponsors. The event will be held April 14 on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205 and follow them on Facebook.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

FUNERALS – Service for Keith Young, 82, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Tommie McPike, 72, of Justin is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold D. Vess, 63, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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