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Yantis ISD offering clinic for flu vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:59

Yantis Independent School District is trying to get a jump on the weather and flu season by hosting a flu shot clinic for the community.

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More than 225 pounds of medications collected at Drug Take Back Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:58

Provisions allow pharmacies, medical facilities to become collection sites

The final Drug Take Back Day, hosted Saturday by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, netted 226 pounds of medication.

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Sulphur Bluff News: Student leadership PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:52

Seniors

As Sulphur Bluff seniors begin looking ahead toward their future, they are taking advantage of opportunities offered by two local community organizations.

Kendra  Jock and Hunter Powers represent SB High on the Alliance Bank’s Junior Advisory Board.

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Walk Like MADD raised $13,000, draws more than 200 walkers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by From Staff Reports   
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:34

The 2nd Annual Hopkins County Walk Like M.A.D.D. raised more than $13,000 for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving  East Texas, the division which serves Hopkins and surrounding counties.

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USDA Undersecretary Hosts Stakeholder Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Colvin   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 13:20

USDA Undersecretary hosts stakeholder event

 The United States Department of Agriculture held a stakeholder meeting at the Hopkins County Extension Office early Friday morning to discuss the new risk management programs offered in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Early release day Friday for SSISD students PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:57

All students in the Sulphur Springs ISD will be released from classes at 12:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. 

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Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern - First United Methodist Church features world-class artists in Fine Arts Series debt PDF Print E-mail
Written by By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:31

When Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern bring their “Songs of Travel” to First United Methodist Church’s Fine Art Series Sunday, Oct. 26, they will also bring years of experience and training with them.

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Former lawman pleads to two felony charges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:13

Rex Lee Morgan, 60, a former police officer and sheriff's deputy, entered pleas of guilty to charges of theft of property and theft of a firearm by a public servant before 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt Monday morning. Morgan was sentenced to 10 years in prison probated for 10 years and to serve 180 days in county jail on each charge. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently. Rather than having Morgan taken directly to jail, Northcutt ordered him to present himself at the county jail at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning to begin jail time that will end March 27. Northcutt also ordered Morgan to pay fines of $2,000 on each charge. The charges against the former crime prevention and safety education officer arose after an inventory of the property vault at the sheriff's department revealed a quantity of hydrocodone pills was missing from evidence. District Attorney Will Ramsay said at the time the drugs were discovered missing, the cases associated with the missing pills were years old and had reached a conclusion.  After deputies discovered the missing drugs, Texas Rangers were called in to conduct an investigation, and Morgan admitted taking the pills, Ramsay said. As the investigation into the missing evidence continued and a complete inventory was conducted, officers found a handgun was also missing and Morgan admitted taking the gun. The district attorney credited the sheriff’s department for the way the case was handled. "I have been amazed at how the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office is motivated to never stop improving,” he said. ”Based on good leadership, an effort was made to reorganize, as well as dispose of evidence that was no longer needed. During this tedious effort, an investigator found discrepancies, which led to this investigation.   “At the time of the discovery, the cases associated with the missing pills were years old and closed. Regardless, the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office had the integrity to immediately contact the Texas Ranger and handle the issue in the light. “Circumstances like this, while difficult, give me complete assurance in the men and women who make up HCSO,” Ramsay continued. “They will not hesitate to do the right thing, even if it means one of their own goes to jail." Morgan retired as a lieutenant from Sulphur Springs Police Department, where he served as crime prevention officer and emergency management coordinator. After his retirement from the police department, Morgan went to work in the sheriff's department as a crime prevention and education officer and was also in charge of the evidence property vault and its contents until the missing drugs were discovered.

 
Cumby ISD makes calendar changes, announces early releases PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 12:21

Cumby parents and students take note: the school district has amended its calendar to include one early release day next week, one additional early release day in December and two in May.

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