Yantis ISD sets plan for superintendent search PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:02

Yantis school board is slated to hold another special meeting Monday to discuss beginning the search process for a superintendent.

One candidate files for YISD board PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:01

Yantis Independent School District has had one person to sign up for candidacy in the May 9 trustees election this week.

MILLER GROVE NEWS Jan. 30, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by By BRANDON DARROW,   
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:54

This week, I have a few bits and pieces of news to share with the community.

Yantis ISD Superintendent Penny White accepts superintendent’s position at Medina ISD PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:21

Yantis Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting today to discuss and devise a plan to fill the superintendent’s spot, as well as discuss two legal matters during executive session.

Pace quickens on jail construction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:55

Trucks were lining up and a big crane was in place this week at the construction site for the new Hopkins County jail. For most of Monday, 18-wheelers were sitting in queue to have reinforced concrete roofing panels lifted off and set into place on the new jail and, at the same time, other construction workers were making preparation for the walls on the office portion of the facility. Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom said construction is still running a few days behind schedule, but it’s not of great concern a this time. “My understanding is we're still 19 days behind schedule,” Newsom said. “We have had a real rainy winter that we are grateful for, but a the same time, they are a little bit behind.” With warmer temperatures and no rain this week, Newsom and Sedalco Construction Superintendent Gary Johnson expect to see even more progress. “We are excited that they are starting to pour more concrete, especially with the weather warming up, and they are trying to complete that,” the judge continued. “They are working on the walls and now, they are working on the roof.” With the roof in place and workers in the dry, it is expected that work will move at a more rapid place. “Once they get the roof and walls complete, nothing will slow them down,” Newsom said. “Once they are out of the weather, they can really make some progress. We expect to get our days back, and we will be planning to move in this coming October.”

TIRA NEWS Jan. 30, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JAN VAUGHN,   
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:55

Danny and Judy Rawson visited Mary Rawson, Danny's mother, last Wednesday night. 

A&M-C information tech arrested for online solicitation, child porn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 30 January 2015 13:30

A 31-year-old Greenville man, Michael Henry Shahan, is being held in Hopkins County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $160,000 after he was arrested during the noon hour Thursday in Commerce for online solicitation of a minor, according to Hopkins County Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum. “He was arrested Thursday by Sgt. Corley Weatherford assisted by Commerce Police Department and Texas A&M-Commerce Police Department on one count of online solicitation of a minor,” Tatum said. “He was also charged with three additional counts of possession of child pornography and, I’m sure, there are numerous other charges that will be filed later.” Arrest reports stated that Shahan was employed as a technician in the information technology department at Texas A&M-Commerce. Officers made the arrest during the noon hour Thursday at a restaurant where man had gone for lunch, away from the college campus. After taking Shahan into custody for online solicitation of a minor, arrest reports stated he admitted to being in possession of child pornography and gave officers permission to search his cell phone, where a number of files containing child pornography were found. Shahan was arraigned Friday morning and a bond of $100,000 was set on the online solicitation charge and bonds of $20,000 were set for each of the three charges of possession of child pornography. Chief Investigator Tatum said his investigators work with a number of other Internet Crimes Against Children agencies investigating and pursuing online predators as well as others victimizing children.

Both SSISD incumbents file for school board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:20

Both incumbents are seeking re-election to Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees. 

Additional charge filed in Friday incident at Walmart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:54

Sulphur Springs Police Investigator David Gilmore said additional charges have been filed in connection with a Friday night incident at the Walmart store. Hollis Blaine Sartin, 40, of Pickton was served with a third-degree felony warrant for terroristic threat Tuesday afternoon. “Since the incident, we have been looking at different charges and working with the district attorney's office trying to determine which charge would be most appropriate for what happened at Walmart that night, besides the obvious charge of the stolen vehicle,” Gilmore said. “The terroristic threat statute itself holds several different levels, misdemeanors and felonies,” Gilmore said. “This particular charge is a felony three, placing the public or substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury . I think we easily reached that threshold with what [Sartin's] actions were out there Friday night.” Sartin was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond on the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge when the terroristic charge was filed. After being arraigned on the additional charges Wednesday morning, an additional bond of $35,000 was set for the man. Sartin was identified using store video as the man who parked a stolen pickup in front of the grocery side entrance at Walmart, then was seen holding what appeared to be a pistol as he entered the store about 10:15 p.m. Friday. The store was evacuated while police, deputies, troopers and the local special response team searched it to ensure the man did not remain inside. A review of additional cameras later Friday night showed the man made his way from the grocery side of the store walking, and at times lightly running, to the automotive exit, which was locked. He then went behind the counter into the parts storage area and out of the building. A warrant was obtained for Sartin's arrest as he was identified as the driver of the pickup, which came back as having been stolen from Arkansas Thursday. Sheriff's officials got a call about 6:15 a.m. Saturday that the man was seen in shorts, barefoot leaving Walmart in another vehicle headed toward State Highway 11 east, the direction of his residence. Deputies went to his address, where they saw him running toward his residence. He was taken to a State Highway 154 location, where he directed officers under a bridge where they found a firearm, which he said was the one from the Walmart incident Friday night. The weapon, according to police reports Saturday, was a BB gun or pellet-type air pistol. Jail records show numerous prior arrests on Sartin's record, which could result in the stolen vehicle charge being enhanced.

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