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County crime rate unchanged during the first half of year PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:29

The crime rate overall in Hopkins County during the first half of 2014 was unchanged from 2013, when the 14-year record low was set at 83 crimes recorded from Jan. 1 through June 30, according to Uniform Crime Reports data provided by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ready for a Show PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:39

Ready for a Show
 

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Cummings, who has served as the county’s D.A.R.E officer for the last few years, performs at the 2nd Annual Hopkins County Music and Comedy Revue Friday evening at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. The event benefits the Hopkins County D.A.R.E. program, which focuses on the health effects and danger surrounding drug and alcohol use, bullying and peer pressure; benefits of effective listening and communication skills; and how consequences can be both positive and negative. Staff Photo by Jon Lance

 
McCullough lone finalist for top spot at North Lamar ISD PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:41

    Sulphur Bluff Independent School District is losing its superintendent to North Lamar Independent School District.

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New City Hall site of 100th anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:11

Original post office opened in 1914

A celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the former post office and the new Sulphur Springs City Hall is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, on the front steps of the historic building at 201 North Davis St.
    The new City Hall building, opened originally as a post office July 15, 1914, became the city's public library after the post office moved to its current location on Church Street.
    Following the completion of the city's new library in 2000, the historic building sat vacant and derelict until 2012, when the city undertook a project to restore the structure to its original grandeur, restoring the building to its original appearance both inside and out, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.
    “We wanted to go back to the original floor plan, which is not a whole lot different than it is now except that the mezzanine that was added in the 1960s for the children's reading area upstairs,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. “If you take out the mezzanine, you have this central grand room that is a great council chambers as well as municipal courtroom.”
    Along with the restoration of the historic building, the city added a new section and plaza behind the main facility.
    The new City Hall houses the city manager's office, community development offices, planning offices and municipal court.
    The celebration will be held on the steps of City Hall, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15.

 
Lock-in slated Saturday at genealogical library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by From Staff Reports   
Friday, 11 July 2014 14:00

    Saturday will offer a special opportunity for genealogists and family historians to do research at the Hopkins County Genealogical Society Library and Archives at 212 Main St. The library will be open from 9 a.m. Saturday until midnight to accommodate researchers.

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Big changes coming to Community Chest PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:36
 
 
By JON LANCE
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Hopkins County Community Chest is in for some big changes this year thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services.
 First, on June 25, Lowe’s Distribution Center in Mount Vernon collected approximately 2,000 pounds of food donated for the community chest during a drive at the warehouse 
“The food donations from that facility are huge for us,” said Judy Ann Moore, executive director for the Hopkins County Community Chest. “But, that donation was just the first in a saga of wonderful things that has happened here recently at the food bank.”
Second, Hopkins County EMS is hosting a “Strike-Out Hunger” Softball Tournament at Coleman Park Saturday, July 26. A team entry fee is $200 or the equivalent in canned food. The deadline to sign up for the softball event is July 23. Lowe’s will be donating a hot dog stand, tent and food for the event. All proceeds from the food sales and game will go directly to Hopkins County food banks.
“We are so thrilled for the upcoming softball event,” said Moore. “We really need the resources to help feed our community.”
Third, Lowe’s is also sponsoring a free dinner for food bank clients on Aug. 7. The meal will be at First United Methodist Church; the time will be announced closer to the date. Moore invites anyone in the community who is in need to dinner that evening.
“Lowe’s is going to cook the meal, serve it and everything else that evening,” stated Moore. “Lowe’s wants to help the community and enlighten their staff that there are real hunger issues in East Texas.”
“The people who are struggling with hunger in our community are individuals most people would be shocked to learn need food assistance; 18 percent of our clients are grandparents who are guardians of their grandchildren.” 
Fourth, and perhaps the biggest change for the community chest, will be a completely redecorated warehouse with new storage units, lockers and a “county store” — all made possible by Lowe’s. 
Since Moore took over the community chest last year, she has wanted her clients to choose their own food instead of distributing pre-made bags that may not coincide with recipients’ dietary restrictions. That’s where the idea of the “country grocery store” started to take shape. 
“Right now, if one of our clients has diabetes or food allergies, they have no control over what they are given at the pantry,” Moore said. 
Lowe’s will be redesigning the community chest distribution center to resemble a traditional “grocery store” with aisles and grocery carts. Individuals who are on the food pantry member registry will receive a list at the front of the store with a specific number of fruits, vegetables and meats they can select based on their family’s size. They then walk the aisles of the community chest and select anything they want in each category on their list. 
At the end of the checkout process, someone from community chest compares the number of items the recipient has with the list to make sure they match; when they do, the items are packaged for the recipient to take home for their family. A volunteer from the community chest will even help them load the food into their vehicles, if needed. 
“We wanted not only the freedom of choice to be apart of the community chest but personal dignity,” said Moore. 
Construction on the “country store” is expected to be completed in August.
 
Sulphur Springs: Crime down in first half of year PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Friday, 11 July 2014 15:42

sspd_2000-14_6_mos_stats.jpgCrime in Sulphur Springs was down during the first half of 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013, according to Uniform Crime Reports data provided by Sulphur Springs Police Department.

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Rodeo: 3 locals in IFYR finals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 15:39

Three youth from Sulphur Springs were registered to compete this week in the  International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee,

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Sarah Weatheread takes over as Cover Girl for current year PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 13:56

    Due to personal issues, Cassidy Williams had to resign as the Hopkins County Fall Festival 2013-2014 Cover Girl.  

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