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Independence Day Celebration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Photo By Jon Lance   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:44

Sulphur Springs Symphony League hosts the 24th Annual Independence Day festival and fireworks spectacular Saturday evening on Celebration Plaza. Dr. Douglas Bakenhus lead Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra in an evening of patriotic music. See page 10 in Monday's News-Telegram for more photos from Saturday’s Independence Day Celebration.

 
Bids for Civic Center Auditorium top $4 million; SSISD, county extend lease agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFMAN, News-Telegram news staff, faith@ssecho.comy   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:11

School trustees Friday afternoon gave the go-ahead for contract bids, which will allow renovation of the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium to really get under way starting Monday.

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Murder suspect caught in Arkansas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:28

Murder caught

Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said that Tilton Joshua Isaiah Mapps was apprehended about 1:45 p.m. this afternoon in Hot Springs, Ark.
The chief said he did not know if the man offered any resistance when officers found at a Hot Springs residence.
Mapps, wanted in connection with the June 8 shooting death of Jonathan Young.
Sulphur Springs detectives as well as officers from a number of law enforcement agencies had been searching for Mapps in his hometown of Greenville as well as Hunt County and the Dallas area since shortly after the shooting occurred.
A complete story on the capture of Tilton Joshua Isaiah will be in Tuesday's News-Telegram

 
Pastor asks community to assemble for evening of prayer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By JON LANCE, Media Design Editor, jon.lance@ssecho.com   
Saturday, 27 June 2015 10:35

Minister Valanderous Bell is calling all church congregations in the community to rally on the square next Thursday for a community devotional and candlelight vigil. The evening of prayer will focus on healing the nation and re-establishing God in America.

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25 true bills handed down by Grand Jury PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFMAN, News-Telegram news staff, faith@ssecho.comy   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:32

The Hopkins County Grand Jury signed more than 25 indictments against at least 20 people during the June 22 session.

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SSISD offering online registration help July 3, 13 and 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:10

In its effort to cut down on the amount of paper used by the district and the number of forms parents are required to replicate each year, SSISD’s back-to-school registration will be conducted exclusively online for all students who attended classes at a Sulphur Springs campus in the previous school

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Tomato Festival opens before concert, fireworks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 27 June 2015 10:36

After record-breaking spring rain, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service is hosting the Hopkins County Tomato Festival at Sulphur Springs City Hall on Saturday evening before the 4th of July celebration.

“The whole reason for this festival is to promote gardening. It’s an afternoon to come out and enjoy everyone with like interests. Even if you do not have tomatoes to enter in the contest, the Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions about anything related to gardening,” said Hopkins County Extension Agent Mario Villarino. “Saturday was the best time to hold the festival. For tomatoes, the flowering process stops after temperatures exceed 90 degrees.” 

The main portion of the Tomato Festival with be judging in two contests,  growing and recipe contest. The contests are further divided into classes and age categories. 

In the growing category, tomatoes will be divided into cherry, pear, large red and Goliath. Each participant has to bring three perfect tomatoes for the class they are entering. All three tomatoes will be inspected on similarities and quality. 

“Our new classification will be the Goliath category. We are going to weigh the tomatoes and the biggest entry will get the award. The Goliath tomato does not have to be perfect, but it does have to be a Big Boy tomato. I think this category will spice up the contest a little,” said Villarino. “This is the third year we are having the Tomato Festival and last year we had a dozen entries. I am hoping for more this year.”

The second part of the Tomato Festival is the recipe contest. Anyone can enter in the main dish, side dish or salsa classes. Tomatoes need to be the primary ingredient in each dish. There with also be age divisions: 12 years old and younger, 13 to 18 years, and 19 years and older.

“People can bring anything from salsa to something a little more complicated,” said Villarino. “Not everybody knows that tomatoes come in all sizes and colors. People are used to seeing the round red tomato in the grocery store but there are blue, yellow and black tomatoes.”  

Villarino specializes in growing his tomato crop in buckets. Earlier this year, he helped Sulphur Springs Elementary School construct a garden in which they used his bucket system. At the end of the semester, the students harvested their produce and held a salad day for lunch. 

“I am going to bring some of my tomato buckets because it is so cost effective and easy to learn how to do. The buckets can increase food production and save money when people go to the grocery store,” said Villarino.

The festival will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in the City Hall courtyard. There is no charge to enter in the contest. 

For more information about the festival, call 903-885-3443.   

 
‘Roaring Grand’ time planned at July 25 prom PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Friday, 26 June 2015 13:41

Hopkins County residents age 50 and older are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join their peers Saturday, July 25, at the Church of the Nazarene for a roaring good time at the annual “Senior Citizens Prom.”

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Fall Festival Cover Girl registration deadline is Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:25

The deadline to register to compete in the Hopkins County Fall Festival Cover Girl contest is only days away. 

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