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Nocona General Hospital breaks ground for expansion

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Board members and staff of Nocona General Hospital broke ground Tuesday afternoon on a $6.8 million construction project that will expand the Nocona Clinic and the emergency room area.
This project has been a long time in the works after bids were rejected in June 2023 after they came in far above estimates. Last June three bids were presented ranging from $8,397,777 to $9,574,000, and all were rejected by the board.
This was a big jump from the original estimate of about $5.7 million, which had been pushed closer to $6.8 million with additional soft costs and furniture, fixtures and equipment.
David Hartwell, architect with Bundy, Young, Sims & Potter, Wichita Falls, said there was a lot of construction going on in Wichita Falls at the time, along some hangover from COVID supply delays, which may have influenced those increases.

This project will be done in four phases and financed by the hospital paying cash, avoiding any financing. Hartwell said there will be about 2,800 square feet added to the clinic and emergency room areas.

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Crash closes East Wise 2 hours, two injured

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A major crash on East Wise in front of the Second Monday parking on July 11 shut down traffic for several hours in the morning and sent two people to the Bowie emergency room.
The accident occurred at 9:53 a.m. Thursday at 1616 E. Wise involving a large sign installation truck and an SUV.
Briana Rollison, Bowie, was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition east in the 1600 block of E. Wise and the large truck from Turner Signs System of Richland Hills was traveling west on East Wise driven by Joshua Thompson.
The preliminary accident report states Thompson lost control of the vehicle crossing the double yellow line striking the SUV in front of the Parker Properties and Farm Services Building. The SUV was knocked into the ditch and later made it back on the roadway.
The truck rolled on the passenger side and slid about 50-100 feet west of the incident location. Skid marks from the truck were observed to start approximately 300-350 feet east of the crash location.

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This large sign installation truck turned over after striking an SUV on East Wise Street Thursday morning. (Photo by Barbara Green)
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Bowie city budget offered to council

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie City Councilors this week got their first look at the 2024-25 proposed budget seeing a balanced plan with a total operational budget of $23,296,885 in expenses, which is a little more than $1.4 million above the previous year’s budget.
Mayor Gaylynn Burris said Monday night the budget looks “eerily familiar” to last year, despite adding a few equipment purchases. City Manager Bert Cunningham said he had already slashed more than $300,000 from the department requests in order to get a balanced budget.
The utility fund is balanced with expenses of $12,595,995 and revenues projected at $12,601,000. In the general fund revenues are projected at $10,705,568 with expenses at $10,700,890. Total budget expenses are $23,296,885 and overall revenue projected at $23,306,568. Cunningham said it leaves a small margin to set forth a balanced budget.

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Top photo: New chip and seal was laid on Elba and Lamb this week repairing well-worn roads near the Nelson/Mill drainage project. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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DA’s case details still remain unclear

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Few additional details have been released in connection with the Tuesday theft arrest of 97th District Attorney Casey Hall, and in a statement to the media the DA called the allegations “unfounded.”
The Montague County Grand Jury issued an indictment for Hall following the presentation of evidence in the case Monday by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Shawhan. The indictment is the result of an investigation initiated by county officials.
The indictment is for theft of property $2,500-$30,000 in value. Sheriff Marshall Thomas served the arrest warrant Tuesday afternoon. Justice of the Peace Two Jack Pigg arraigned Hall at the jail after her arrest at 2:33 p.m. She was released on $5,000 bond, which was set by retired District Judge Jack McGaughey on Monday.

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