Area News

Old Bowie hospital on auction block; entities seize ventilators, equipment

Three tax entities, two in Bowie, took steps Wednesday to seize the personal property of Central Hospital of Bowie in an attempt to collect some $113,000 in past-due taxes. Among the items seized was the equipment and inventory left in the facility including ventilators and other medical equipment, masks and other personal protective equipment as…

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While ‘adequate’ NGH searching for more PPE

By Tracy R. Mesler While Nocona General Hospital has a “sufficient” supply of personal protective equipment (PPEs), masks and gloves, the staff is still trying to secure more in fear of an outbreak of Covid-19 in the community. NGH CEO Lance Meekins said he staff made efforts to secure more of the supplies they would…

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NISD to replace 104 of 118 HVAC units

While students may remain isolated at home for at least 10 more days, and most likely longer, the Nocona School Board voted Friday to undertake a $1,575,665 upgrade to the district’s heating and air conditioning systems hoping to have all of the work completed before the scheduled start of the 2020-2021 school year. Friday afternoon…

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PenTex Energy postpones members meeting

MUENTER – To protect the health and well-being of our members, employees and community PenTex Energy is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is postponing the cooperative’s annual meeting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. PenTex, formerly Cooke County Electric Cooperative, released its annual report which was distributed to members…

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NISD starts weekly food/lesson distribution

As a staff member walks a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches to a car, Nocona Elementary School Principal Rod Bailey calls for more. Every Monday, as long as Nocona Schools are closed for the Covid-19 epidemic, educators will be distributing a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches every Monday morning, as well as lesson…

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1st postive cleared to go home; 3 tests outstanding

Montague County’s first confirmed case of novel Coronavirus-19 received the “all clear” Monday and was cleared by physicians in Wichita Falls, where he had been tested, to return to his normal routine Montague County Health Officer Dr. Delbert McCaig informed County Judge Rick Lewis of the patient’s release on Monday. Meanwhile Nocona General Hospital has…

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May be June before Lake rules go into force

Sunrise at Lake Nocona It may closer to the heat of summer than the breezes of spring before the city of Nocona fully implements the new boat and dock regulations at Lake Nocona, but whenever it is, “we’ll pro-rate the fees,” assured City Manager Lynn Henley Monday. Like many other projects and programs, the city…

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Join court meeting on line Thursday

MONTAGUE – The Montague County Commissioner’s Court will meet in special, called session Thursday morning, April 2, at 10 a.m. to ratify County Judge Rick Lewis’ second Executive Order regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Ratification of Judge Lewis’ order, issued on Thursday, March 26, is the only item on the agenda. In compliance with an order…

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Nocona Ministries giving A Hand Up Thursday

A Hand Up will be open Thursday for its every-other-week distribution of food. “We’re getting more and more (requests) each day,” said Barbara Leonard, who heads up the charity which provides food, clothes and others to the area’s disadvantaged. “From what they said today, we’re going to get more,” she forecast. The distribution would be…

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First Covid-19 positive reported for Nocona

  Montague County Health Officer Dr. Delbert McCaig informed County Judge Rick Lewis early Wednesday evening that a Nocona man tested positive in Wichita Falls to the novel Coronavirus. Asked who would investigate where the man had been during the past two weeks, Judge Lewis replied, “Like I told you earlier, I don’t know. It’s…

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