Heritage Park to benefit from jail construction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:37

As the initial steps began for construction of the new county jail, it was determined that as much as eight feet of dirt would have to be removed from the site and new dirt hauled in to support the jail foundation,
    This posed a question. What to do with the tons and tons of dirt?
    Rick Wilson, president of Heritage Park, suggested the park could use a lot of the old dirt to fill in a pool at the backside of the park.
    With cooperation from Sedalco Construction Services, contractor for the jail project, and project supervisor Gary Johnson, two needs are being met.
    As construction workers remove soil from the new jail site, it is loaded on dump trucks and hauled only about two blocks away to Heritage Park.
    Wilson believes Heritage Park has a solution for what to do with the tons of dirt being hauled out.
    “We asked them if they could just bring it over and dump it at the park,” Wilson said. “One of the old pools that we had behind the park had, for years not held water and we have been trying to dry it up.”
    Relocating the dirt from the jail site to the park has the potential of helping expand the park.
    “It will help us make it a more attractive park on the back end,” Wilson said. “They have been very cooperative in bringing all the dirt down there and assisting us with some bulldozer work as well. We are going to have an attractive place when we get through with it, and it's going to be very nice.”
    Wilson emphasized the pool being filled is not the one adjacent to the chapel in Heritage Park.
    The dry pool has been grown over with weeds for many years, to the point nobody could really see it.
    That pool, though, does have some history of its own.
    “It was one of the original clay pits that was out there at the park,” he said. “That's where they used to get clay to make bricks, but it is just not cooperating anymore.”
    Wilson said that when the pool is filled in and the new soil leveled and smoothed out, grass will be planted and more than an acre of park area will be added.
    The addition will mean more space for events like the annual John
Chester Dutch Oven cooking event and, Wilson said, will be available for other outdoor events in the future.

SSISD lowers tax rate slightly; gives staff pay raise PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 13:28

While Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s tax rate will be one cent less per $100 property value  during the 2014-15 fiscal school year, appraisal rates throughout the district are up, which should not only balance out revenues but generate a little bit of surplus.

Hopkins County Genealogical Society and Historical Society plan joint meeting Aug. 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:22

    During the annual combined meeting of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and the Hopkins County Historical Society, retired Travis Elementary kindergarten teacher Lavyn Sisco will present her annual first-person narrative.

'Modern Family,' Brian Cranston aim at Emmy record PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2014 14:33

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.

The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. EDT Monday on NBC with host Seth Meyers, are full of such possibilities, including a fifth best comedy series trophy for "Modern Family" that would tie it with all-time sitcom champ "Frasier."

Man charged in Texas police chief's slaying PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2014 14:26


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A sheriff's spokeswoman says a 24-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a small-town Texas police chief.

Rosanne Hughes with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that Joshua Manuel Lopez faces a charge of capital murder of a police officer in the killing of Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel.

HCMH increasing tax rate by a few cents PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 13:07

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors Monday evening gave approval to the hospital's budget for the upcoming financial year and also initially approved setting the tax rate at 25 cents per $100 property valuation, up from the current rate of 21.37 cents.
    The budget, as approved, calls for a $2,486,985 deficit for fiscal year 2014-1015.
    In explaining the almost $2.5 million deficit budget, hospital Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Michael McAndrew said the hospital is seeing downward pressure on reimbursements from insurance companies and payors who are moving toward a “blended” Medicare/Medicaid rate.
    He said that while payments for services is in a decline, expenses continue to grow and cited the costs of drugs, labor, medical equipment, clinical supplies and healthcare for hospital employees.
    “Medicaid has completely revamped the way it pays supplements to providers. This has resulted in decreased reimbursement,” McAndrew said. “Texas did not expand Medicaid, which would have improved both access and reimbursement significantly.”
    The hospital CEO also said that more than 70 percent of the hospital's business can be attributed to Medicare and Medicaid patients and that reimbursements from both simply do not cover costs associated with the care given.
    Still another factor McAndrew pointed to was the continuing increases in the costs of medical technology and equipment.
    The Affordable Care Act, which has been referred to as Obamacare, has high-deductible plans which lead to increased bad debt for the hospital.
    The hospital board approved public hearings on the proposed tax rate increase for Sept. 8 and Sept. 15, with the final vote of the board slated for Sept. 22.

Austin Lounge Lizards return to Mount Vernon Music Gala Saturday, Sept. 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:19

MOUNT VERNON – The Austin Lounge Lizards, “the most laughable band in America,” will have people rocking and rolling with laughter at Mount Vernon Music's annual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at 402 Leftwich St.

Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2014 14:31


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.

Classes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District were scheduled to begin Aug. 14, five days after Michael Brown's shooting death. But subsequent demonstrations marred by frequent clashes between police and demonstrators led to several delays in the start date. The district serves about 11,000 students from the two northern St. Louis County communities.

Local man arrested after leading chase to Brashear PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:03

A Sulphur Springs man was jailed Sunday morning on two felony charges following a vehicle chase from Sulphur Springs along the interstate to Brashear.

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