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Nocona General CEO doesn’t believe Bowie will let its hospital close

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By BARBARA GREEN

When Nocona General Hospital Administrator Lance Meekins was recently asked about the impact the possible closure of Bowie Memorial Hospital would have on his hospital, the nine-year chief executive officer said “I never really thought about it until you asked me, but I don’t foresee it closing. I don’t think the community will let it happen.”

During its exploration of the impact Bowie Memorial Hospital has on the community and county, it led to our closest neighbor, Nocona General. Hospital. It is 19.06 miles or 23 minutes away from downtown Bowie, which is 9.8 miles closer than Wise Regional Hospital and 9.14 miles closer than Clay County Memorial.

Nocona General has been operating in northern Montague County for the last 41 years, just eight years younger than Bowie Memorial. Read the full News feature in your weekend Bowie News.

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Closed session set for jail administrator’s job

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Members of the Montague County Commissioner’s Court will meet for a public hearing on a road issue at 8:45 a.m. and then for its regular session at 9 a.m. both on Nov. 28.
The hearing is for precinct four to consider vacating a 45-foot X 230-foot alley in the Clay Street area in Spanish Fort. Commissioner Bob Langford previously stated he was petitioned for the change on a section of county road that has not been used to his knowledge and in the past has been fenced. This action will clarify the property lines for the owner. Any action would be taken in the regular meeting.
An executive session is scheduled for the 9 a.m. agenda. It relates to personnel regarding the jail administrator’s pay, job description and duties. Any action will be taken back in open session.

Read the full story in your weekend Bowie News.

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DEA issues new alert about fentanyl/laced fake prescription pills

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills.
The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.

Read the full story on this warning in your weekend Bowie News.

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Bowie Chamber director ballots due Monday

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Members of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce are reminded to turn in their ballot for the director’s election by Nov. 21.
Last week, ballots went out to members to elect five members to the 15-member board. Directors serve a three-year term on the board.
The five candidates with the largest number of votes will begin their term on Feb. 1, 2023 and be introduced at the Jan. 23, 2023 chamber banquet.
There are five names on the ballot, plus a space for a write- in: Chris Anderson, WL Plastics; Gaylynn Burris, mayor; Carol Head, The Shopper; Julie Hopkins, executive director Clear Choice Pregnancy Resource Center and Brad Sherman, Chapman Building.
Membership Director Debbie Herriage said those with questions may call the office at 872-1173 or email info@bowietxchamber.org.

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