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News-Telegram accepting Santa letters, schedules Dec. 6 for photos with St. Nick PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:35

Circle E and the Echo Publishing Co. will be partnering again this season with Make-A-Wish to not only help local children get their letters to Santa but to help grant wishes to area children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Life imitates art with ‘Dixie’ cast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:34
In the season to be thankful, a group of Hopkins County women are grateful for one event that brought them together as best friends. The group met in May for the first time as actresses in the “Dixie Swim Club” play at Main Street Theatre. The story of these women might be best described by an Oscar Wilde quote. “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” wrote Wilde in an 1889 essay. “Dixie Swim Club” is about a group of friends who meet every year at a beach cottage to catch up on each other’s lives. The story encompasses multiple years as the women go through life's hurdles and use each other for strength. “The director, Pip Bickford, announced he was casting 10 female characters, which was the exact number of people that came to audition,” said cast member Angie Diamond English. “I have never performed in the theater, but I saw a synopsis of the play and decided to show up for the audition.” Bickford said that the cast immediately started to mesh together faster than any other cast he could recall. “Bringing together 10 strangers to work together on a play can be very challenging, but the ‘Dixie’ cast was so easy to work with from the first day,” said Bickford. He was surprised that the entire cast became so close over the three month rehearsal period. “Our immediate connection was almost magical,” agreed English. “Toward the end of ‘Dixie Swim Club,’ we became a sisterhood plus Pip. There is no doubt in my mind that God brought us together.” Cast member Angie McAnear had recently moved from Ohio to Hopkins County before auditioning for the play on a whim. McAnear found out making new friends in Sulphur Springs was incredibly easy. “She instantly had nine new best friends, plus the crew,” said English. “Every cast member has their own story about how ‘Dixie’ brought everyone together.” After the final curtain call, the “Dixie Ladies” could not let their friendship stop on stage. Just like the play, the ladies started to meet up regularly to catch up on each other’s lives and depend on each other. “We set up a Facebook chat so we talk to each other almost every day, have brunches, and go to events together,” said Bickford. “One month, we all went to see “Mamma Mia” in Dallas. Our continual get-togethers this year are so much fun.” For Thanksgiving, they decided to have a “Dixie Swim Club” dinner for the entire cast. English said her year has been blessed since she was introduced to her co-stars and she is thankful to meet such interesting women. Only time will tell if their sisterhood will last a lifetime like the characters in the play. “If you hand picked 10 women to put together, most people would not put us together,” said English. “We come from all different walks of life, interests and social status, but somehow God put us together. Theses bonds we have created are so strong and it all came from deciding to audition for a play at Main Street Theatre.”
 
Suspect named in armed robbery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:56

Sulphur Springs police detectives have identified a suspect in last week's armed robbery of Massey's Shell station and convenience store. Investigator Bo Fox said a warrant has been issued for a Yantis-area man in the case. “We have been viewing lots of surveillance video from Massey's and talking to witnesses and we have been able to identify a suspect in the case,” Fox said. “His name is William Lee Honea, 33, and is from the Yantis area. Now, we're just seeking information from anybody who might have been in contact with him or might see him out and about somewhere.” Honea should be considered armed and dangerous, the investigator said. “Honea has multiple other warrants from multiple jurisdictions and some of those warrants indicate violent tendencies,” Fox said. “We do consider him armed and dangerous, given the nature of his offense.” In the robbery, a man reportedly entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and fled in a silver pickup. The robber was described as a male, about 6 feet tall, with a mustache and of medium build and, at the time of the robbery, was wearing a black mask, black hoodie, blue jeans and brown boots. The man reportedly pointed a dark-colored, semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and told him to open the cash register or he'd shoot. He grabbed the clerk and pushed him toward the register. Fox emphasized that the suspect, Honea, is considered armed and dangerous and asked anybody with information as to the location of William Lee Honea to call Sulphur Springs Police Department, 903-885-7602, or call the nearest law enforcement agency.

 
Tony Crayton Convicted murderer sentenced to 50 years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:55

Eighth District Court Judge Eddie Northcutt sentenced Tony Dewayne Crayton, convicted earlier this month in the stabbing death of his wife, to serve 50 years in prison Monday. In a trial before the court rather than before a jury, Northcutt found Crayton caused the death of Jessica Tyler Crayton and he caused that death intentionally and knowingly. The punishment phase of the trial began Monday after a two-week pre-sentencing investigation. District Attorney Will Ramsay called Millie Townsend, the mother of the murder victim, and the victim's sister to the witness stand to “give the judge a view of what this loss has meant to them” from the perspective of a mother and sister. “They testified as you would expect them to. They painted a picture of a troubled man who had been in and out of their lives for the past seven years or so,” Ramsay said. “Millie Townsend testified that [Crayton] had the potential for good inside of him.” The sister, Laura Townsend, testified on Crayton's behalf and told about Crayton's mother, who is in prison for killing two men. Crayton's mother killed both his father and stepfather. “This painted a dreary picture of Crayton's upbringing,” the district attorney said. “Upon cross-examination, she agreed with me that Crayton had choices to make along the way and he made the wrong ones.” The entire sentencing hearing took only about two hours before the case was recessed in order for Northcutt to consider a sentence for Crayton. Just before noon, the judge announced the 50-year sentence. Crayton will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of the sentence. After the sentencing, Millie Townsend stood before Crayton and told him that she loved him and forgave him, then walked to Crayton and embraced him for a short time with Crayton sobbing in her arms. "Millie's behavior throughout this whole trial has been a visible reminder that forgiveness is not mutually exclusive with wanting someone held accountable for their actions,” Ramsay said. “She truly has hated the sin while loving the sinner." Prior to the murder of his wife, Tony Crayton only had two drunk driving convictions in his past — not a long list of violent offenses as might be expected to see in a murder case, the district attorney said. Ramsay also said almost all witnesses said the murder was outside the character of Crayton. "I believe that justice was done. It has been an honor to help the Townsends walk through this very difficult process. I wish I could have known Tyler. She had a gift of showing people love on a daily basis,” Ramsay said. “Her life is a great example and reminder to us during this season of Thanksgiving."

 
SBISD names superintendent finalist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by From Staff Reports   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 14:17

Sulphur Bluff Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dustin Carr the lone finalist for superintendent Thursday, Nov. 20.

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SB gears up for holidays with senior tree, Truckin’ 4 Troops and ornaments PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:22

Sulphur Bluff school is gearing up for the holidays, with a month’s worth of activities slated at the school.

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Priority deadline to sign up for Blue Santa almost here PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:55

The priority deadline to turn in a Blue Santa application to apply for assistance with toys for Hopkins County families is the close of business at CANHelp Nov. 26. Applicants should bring the original Social Security card for each child and photo ID for the parent/guardian applying for help. Proof of Hopkins County residency, such as a utility bill, will be required if correct address is not on the parent/guardian’s photo ID.

 
School board approves new teacher, aide and resignation PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Monday, 24 November 2014 15:19

School trustees this month officially hired a new middle school teacher and primary school aide, accepted the resignation of a first grade teacher, and selected representatives for Hopkins County Appraisal District and the Civic Center board.

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Concerts surge for holiday season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 14:11

East Texas is gearing up for a month of concerts for the holiday season. Here is a list of major stars and local talent that will be gracing the area the next few weeks: 

  • Crossroads Music Company has invited singer Kirby Brown, with opening act Ryan McKenzie, to perform this week. Brown is a Texas-born song-writer who will perform in the Chamber Listening Room at Sulphur Springs City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m.  

“It will probably be a blend of songs that will appear on my new record, songs that appeared on my debut album ‘Child of Calamity,’ some brand  new ones I just wrote and definitely a few from the archives that some of my hometown friends will know,” said Brown. 

Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door at City Hall, located at 201 North Davis St. in downtown Sulphur Springs. For more information go to crossroadsmusiccompany.com/store or call 903-342-1854. 

  • Country music star Trace Adkins will be visiting the Greenville Municipal Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. for his Christmas Show. 

“The holidays are my favorite time of year. These shows aren’t just a straight up concert, they’re bigger and more exciting with a 12 piece ensemble,” said Adkins. 

Ticket prices are $44, $59 and $69 and may be purchased at the box office, showtimeatthegma.com  or by calling 877-987-6487.

  • The Northeast Texas Choral Society and Music Director Carol Allen are performing “Once Upon a Christmas,” also on Dec. 6-7 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. 

One of the highlights of the evening will be the rendition of “Christmas Dreams.” Allen said the piece is  not only musically complex but will bring a tear to the eye of everyone in the audience.  

“If there is one song that deeply describes Christmas, it would be that song,” Allen said. “If you paid your $10 and came to concert and only heard that one song, you would walk out the door and say you spent the best $10 all Christmas season.” 

The concert will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Civic Center. Tickets are $10 in advance for adults and $5 for children or $12 dollars at the door with a special $25 dollar family price. For $25, the family package includes two adult tickets and four children tickets. Allen encouraged everyone to bring as many children as they could for the performances. 

  • Sulphur Springs Independent School District will have their Strings Winter Concert at Sulphur Springs Middle School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.  The event will feature grades five through 12 playing holiday favorites. 
 
 
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