Court Jury awards record damages PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:16

By KERRY CRAIG News-Telegram Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it A 62nd Judicial District Court jury on Tuesday awarded more than $4 million to a woman whose vehicle was involved in a wreck with a truck on Interstate 30 in 2010. Gilmer attorneys Brent Goudarz, Marty Young and associate Jeff Hoover represented Krista Dillon in the case with Sulphur Springs attorney John Ginn as local counsel who said Dillon had significant back surgeries as a result of a collision that occurred and he thought the jury wanted to compensate her. Brian Reese and Jennifer Lee of the Fee Smith Law Firm of Dallas represented the trucking company, Joe Tex Express of Mount Pleasant, and truck driver Dennis Rayner. Ginn said the verdict was broken down into two parts. First, the actual damages in the case, the compensatory damages for Miss Dillon, were $1,110,629. That was based on her past medical expenses of about $395,000 and a doctor's testimony on what her future medical requirements were going to be as well as some of the pain and mental anguish that she experienced as a result of the collision. The jury found that the driver and the trucking company were grossly negligent, largely because of some of the testimony about the fraudulent logs and the changes that were made to the driving logs. The awarded $3 million against the trucking company to send a message to insure that trucking companies in East Texas are required to follow the federal law - those laws are there to protect the public and I think the jury wanted to insure they do that in the future. The jury also awarded $2,000 in punitive damages against the truck driver. “I think the jury, more than anything, wanted to send a message to trucking companies,” Ginn said. “There has been a lot of evidence in the case throughout that logs were falsified, some violations that were presented to the jury demonstrated that the log books had not been maintained properly over an extended period of time and, I think, the jury was persuaded by that. “We did have conversations with the jury after the case and they really felt like they were sending a message that those driver logs are important and they don't want fatigued drivers on the roadway.”

High school play to benefit United Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Lance   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:01

 Local residents can learn the basics of getting through a zombie attack Thursday night, eat a tasty dessert and do something good for United Way, all at one time. SSHS’ theater department is performing “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” at Sulphur Springs Middle School Thursday evening with all the additional proceeds being donated to Hopkins County United Way.

Cumby to trick or treat on Saturday; other Halloween events scheduled Oct. 29-Nov. 1 throughout county PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:40

Local holiday revelers will have plenty of opportunities to partake in trick or treating and other Halloween activities as there are several events scheduled this week throughout town and the county.

Veteran’s Vigil and Ball set at A&M-Commerce PDF Print E-mail
Written by faith Huffman   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:36

COMMERCE — The 23rd annual Veterans Vigil will take place on Nov. 12 and 13 at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The vigil will kick off with a reception at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Rayburn Student Center (RSC) pre-function area followed by the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. in the conference rooms. At 11 a.m., a processional will take place to light the vigil

Creative Arts contest attracts more than 125 entries PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:27

The 2014 Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest brought in more than 125 entries. Even though numbers were down, the contest attracted hundreds of fair-goers during the two-day period.

Photo Walk announces winners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Lance   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:33

 This year’s top photo in the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk exemplifies how being a good photographer is not just about having the most expensive equipment, but the eye for the art of photography. Winning first place in the fifth annual event sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance was fifth-year participant Malorie Padron of Sulphur Springs with her entry highlighting the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial and American flag flown over Celebration Plaza. Padron said she usually uses her Canon EOS 35mm camera but this year used her cell phone camera.

“This year, I did something different. I felt a little out-of-place but I used my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera phone,” she said. “It takes amazing photos.”

Her entry also garnered the People’s Choice Award, with “likes” on Facebook. Padron receives a $50 framing gift certificate donated by Texas Art & Frame. Second place went to Mike Watson of Sulphur Springs with his black and white image of an old door hidden in the alley off Main Street. His camera of choice was a Canon 7D. He wins a monopod with phone holder donated by The Appliance Hospital.

Third place went to a repeat winner Andy Pendleton of Dike with his carefully aligned photo of the arched window shadow on a vintage clock in the courtroom of the newly renovated City Hall. Pendleton used a digital Canon EOS for his entry. Pendleton was presented a $25 gift certificate to Muddy Jake’s Sports Grill and Pub.

Receiving honorable mention was Jonathan Kennedy with his photo of a colorized iron door, Dr. Shelley Patterson’s photo of the water feature on the City Hall veranda, and Karyn Smith’s close-up of the glass leaves on the office door at City Hall tinted gold. The entire collection of photos can be found on the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk Facebook page.

This year’s co-leaders were Sulphur Springs News-Telegram Photographer Jon Lance and Cooper Review Editor Cindy Roller. More than 40 participants were treated to a tour by Community Development Director Shane Shepard of the 100 year old building newly renovated as Sulphur Springs City Hall. “We enjoyed exploring City Hall from top to bottom and all of its history. It was fun connecting with so many photographers,” said Shepard Participants also attended the Fall Festival Battle of the Bands at Muddy Jake’s Backyard as paparazzi for the musical artists that evening. For more information on the event, contact the event leaders at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Charities helping charities PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:37

The Power of Love Relay For Life team is already busy earning funds to benefit the American Cancer Society through the annual Hopkins County RFL event, as well as to help other charities.

PJC offering professional training courses at SS campus PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:36

The Paris Junior College-Sulphur Springs Center Continuing Education Department is offering a number of professional training courses during the month of November including classes for healthcare workers, computer training and a safety course for flatbed truck haulers.

The classes will meet at PJC-Sulphur Springs campus located at 1202 West Houston St. For more information or to register, call 903-885-1232.

A nurse aide class will be offered from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 1, and the clinical meets Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 2-11. The class offers preparation for entry level nursing assistants.

Former deputy arrested again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:08

 Former Sheriff's investigator Daniel Madison Winn was back behind bars Tuesday morning after being arrested at his Holiday Drive residence by Texas Rangers late Monday afternoon.

Winn was free on $25,000 bond following his arrest a week ago on charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony offense, when Rangers served him with 13 felony warrants, 12 for tampering with evidence and one for tampering with a witness.

Bond for Winn totaled $130,000, $10,000 for each of the 13 offenses.

The charges against the former investigator stemmed from the disappearance of controlled substances, hydrocodone, from the sheriff's property vault.

Texas Rangers conducted the investigation leading to the arrests.

Winn, a 10-year veteran of Hopkins Sheriff's Department had worked in the department's criminal investigation division for the past year. He was one of two deputies with specialized training in the area of child exploitation.

The sheriff's department placed Winn on administrative leave on Tuesday of last week and then fired from the department last Wednesday after he failed a drug test.

Hopkins County District Attorney Will Ramsay said a special investigator would be called in to handle the case against the former deputy.

Daniel Winn is the second deputy to be arrested this year in connection with the disappearance of drugs from the property vault. He was the deputy that first discovered missing hydrocodone pills in the vault.

Former crime prevention and safety education officer Rex Morgan was arrested after an inventory of the property vault at the sheriff's department revealed a quantity of hydrocodone pills was missing from evidence.

Morgan, who pled guilty to taking drugs from the vault earlier this year is now serving a 180-day term in the county jail and will then have to serve 10 years probation.

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