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Half marathon registration to benefit Health Care Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:09

It’s time to put on some gym shorts, stretch out the hamstrings and queue the workout music because the Lights of Life Half Marathon is a little more than a month away. Benefitting the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, this is a race that’s on the road to better healthcare for everyone. 

“This is our second annual half marathon and last year we had more than 175 people participate. Now we are expecting 250 to 300 people,” said Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Director Jackie Thornton. “We are already getting a lot of great responses from runners.”

The half marathon (13.1 miles) will begin Oct. 3, but sign-ups for the event are already available at RCTregister.com. If participants register before Sept. 11, they are guaranteed a limited edition T-shirt from the race. Individual entries are $75 per person, $80 for a two-person relay or $100 for a four-person team.  

“For the four-person team, it ends up being like a 5K run,” said Thornton. “This is a certified course and is race chipped timed.”

On Friday, Oct. 2, the packet pick-up will be available for runners. In addition, Thornton is working with downtown restaurants to have special meal deals for athletes. At dusk, the Oscar-winning film “Forrest Gump” will be shown on the square. The foundation is hoping the movie will inspire participants to “Run, Forrest. Run” as fast as they can the next day. 

Saturday morning, Coffee Off the Square and Plain & Fancy Sandwich Shoppe will be serving breakfast before the race begins at 7:30 a.m.

“This year, Holly Ragan is the Lights of Life Half Marathon chair and she is wonderful,” said Thornton. “Our goal is to continually grow this marathon every year. We actually had a Boston Marathon runner who participated last year  and she is coming back again. She is going to be bringing some of her buddies with her.” 

The half marathon is part of one of the several mini-event that Lights of Life has planned to raise $250,000 for the hospital.  

After the goal is reached, the foundation will donate six Lucas CPR devices. These devices will provide the EMS staff the tools and abilities they need to improve survival rates during cardiac arrest. The Lucas CPR devices provide consistent and quality chest compressions without the need to stop compressions to perform other clinical procedures.  

Major sponsors for the event include Christus Health and Carriage House Manor.

 
Combat veterans to hold second annual motorcycle rally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:08

As many as 200 motorcycles are expected to be in Sulphur Springs Sept. 11-12 when the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association gathers for their second regional meeting here.

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JD Souther coming to East Texas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:02

JD Souther will give a live performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Music City Texas Theater in Linden.

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Another mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Commerce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:32

Another mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Commerce, according to a spokesman for the city of Commerce.

Both Commerce and Texas A&M University-Commerce have been testing mosquitos for various diseases and, last week, were notified that a positive test was received.

Emergency Management officials said the areas that tested positive now appear to be free from the virus; one additional test has returned positive results.

Workers in Commerce have begun spraying for mosquitoes in the areas where the infected insects were found and will continue spraying for three days. At the same time, city staff will continue to test for infected mosquitoes in all areas of Commerce.

It is recommended that everyone take extra precautionary measures in protecting themselves from mosquitoes.  When outside, wear light colored clothing, use an insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants.  To aid in eliminating mosquito-breeding sites, it is encouraged to do away with any standing water from flowerpots, buckets, barrels, and other containers.  Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out and always, empty children's wading/swimming pools and store on their side after use.

For additional information on West Nile visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/information or www.westnile.info.

 
Sellers to be featured speaker at ET geneological seminar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:29

Hopkins County historian John A. Sellers will be the featured speaker at East Texas Genealogical Society's Annual Fall Seminar scheduled Sept. 11-12, at First Assembly of God Church, 5309 Rhones Quarter Road in Tyler.

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Senior Citizens Center hosts a variety of weekly events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:03

The Senior Citizens Center offers a number of activities for anyone age 50 or older, some are regular weekly activities, others offered on certain days each month and a few are seasonal.

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Bright Star receives nonprofit status; begins fundraising PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Lance   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:01

Bright Star Baseball Board of Directors announced this week that, after 9 months, Bright Star Baseball has received its 501(c)3 designation. Now, they are kicking off a new initiative to raise money for a new special needs baseball field.

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Horseshoe tourney and fish fry for cancer patient PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Lance   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:31

Hopkins County local Ty Funderburk, a family man, is struggling with a debilitating cancer and needs some financial help. To solve the situation, his best friends since childhood are coming to the rescue by hosting a horseshoe tournament, auction and fish fry Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Equine Pavilion. 

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County tax rate to increase to meet jail expense PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:31

Although Hopkins County commissioners are still deep in budget workshop sessions, County Judge Robert Newsom said that county residents will be seeing an increase in the county tax rate.

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