Another online solicitation suspect arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:11

Internet Crimes Against Children investigators with Hopkins County Sheriff's Department and Sulphur Springs Police Department arrested another potential child predator Wednesday evening. Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum said a 30-year-old Tyler man had been communicating with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl through email and text messages. The communication describing a number of different sexual activities was, in fact, with Sgt. Amanda Weatherford, not a teenager. “The ICAC team of Amanda and Corley Weatherford arrested another one last night,” Tatum said. “Joshua Strickland out of Tyler showed up at the same location to pick up a 15-year-old female. We keep arresting them, and they keep coming.” Tatum said officers placed the man under surveillance when he arrived at a local hotel and followed him to his planned meeting place on League Street. As the man arrived at a convenience store parking lot, he spotted officers and attempted to flee the area but was blocked in by police and sheriff's deputies. Strickland, Tatum said, initially resisted officers attempts to take him into custody. “The officers were well organized and it did not take them but just a second to put him into custody,” he said. After the arrest, officers went to the man's hotel room where they located less than a gram of methamphetamine along with a glass pipe and another bag of meth in the man's pocket. Joshua Cain Strickland, 30, of Tyler was booked into Hopkins County jail on charges of online solicitation of a minor and felony possession of a controlled substance.

City-wide clean up set for April 6-11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:08

City-wide clean up set for April 6-11  Spring officially started last Friday and it is time to start getting your home and property cleaned up. To help with that chore, the city of Sulphur Springs will have its annual City-Wide Spring Clean Up starting Monday, April 6, and continuing through Friday, April 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The city's collection site will be in its usual location on Jefferson Street, about a quarter mile east of the Flowserve plant. “We accept everything except household hazardous waste, chemicals, paint, batteries, tires and appliances that contain freon,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. The clean up program is open to city residents only and is not for commercial purposes — only residential use. “So bring your water bill and your identification for proof that you are, in fact, a city resident,” the city manager emphasized. “There will be people there to help you off-load your truck or trailer and it should be a fairly orderly process.”

HCLEA offers massive egg hunt, food, entertainment Saturday at Civic Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:49

Free popcorn, hamburgers and hot dogs, bounce houses, mule-pulled buckboard rides, balloons, puppets, face painting, thousands of Easter eggs and prizes are what Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association has in store for families Saturday.

Hannah Kirby’s watch party moves to FUMC tonight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Lance   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:18

A fever has taken over Sulphur Springs, and her name is Hannah Kirby. 

Kirby will be on tonight’s episode of “The Voice” at 7 p.m. and the Downtown Business Alliance is continuing their watch party but are changing location. 

“Because of the sun setting later in the evening, we are not going to have the watch party on the square again,” said Rita Edwards, president of the DBA. “We will be at First United Methodist Church for the watch party tonight and will continue the watch parties at that location from now on. Hannah will also make a brief appearance.”

This evening, Kirby will be showcasing her singing ability in the knockout round. Coach Pharrell Williams will pair Kirby against another competitor on his team for a head-to-head competition. If Kirby wins this round, or gets “stolen” by another judge, she will continue to the live performance section of the show. 

Area lakes benefitting from recent rainfall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:01

Cooper Lake at 85 percent capacity


Over the past three weeks the water level in Cooper Lake has risen almost 10 feet to a reading early Monday that indicated the lake was at 84.8 percent of capacity, 2.33 feet low and water continues to flow into the lake. Lake Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs’ alternate water source, is at more than 100 percent capacity with water six inches above the spillway level. Lake Fork is less than three feet below the full mark at 87.6 percent capacity. Recent, unseasonable moisture, beginning in mid-February with sleet and snow, followed by rain, more snow and a couple of weeks of rain left between eight and 10 inches of precipitation across the area. Runoff from the rains on the South Sulphur River covered FM 71 west at the Delta County line and caused the highway to be closed about three weeks ago. The massive log jam on the river just below the FM 71 crossing caused the water to back up and inundate the roadway and slow the inflow into Cooper Lake. A Texas Department of Transportation spokesman said the barricades were taken down early Monday as the water level dropped below the surface of the highway. Over the weekend, rainfall in Delta County caused the closure of State Highway 24 at John's Creek and TxDoT maintenance crews were at the creek crossing Monday morning to begin repairs to the roadway. The moisture fell at a rate that allowed the ground to soak up the water and now, with the soil at the saturation point, additional water can only run off into lakes, ponds and pools that are full to running over. With Cooper Lake nearing the full mark, the lake will begin the summer season in better condition than in the past several years. The water level also further secures water resources for the city of Sulphur Springs as well as those cities served by North Texas Municipal Water District. Although forecasts predict sunny days early this week, they also hold a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening, a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday evening and a 30 percent chance on Thursday. A potential for more rain also exists with the seasonal spring thunderstorms over the next several weeks.

Easter Bunny photos at Echo Publishing Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:04

Echo Publishing Co. and the News-Telegram are offering free photos with the Easter Bunny from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Echo offices, 401 Church St. in Sulphur Springs.

Photos will be taken by News-Telegram staff and printed while customers wait. There is no charge for the photos.

Sgt. Tanner Higgins’ friends and family help keep his memory alive with military fund, highway project PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:35

Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins’ family and friends are determined not only to ensure his ultimate sacrifice in service to his country will not be forgotten, but to also honor his life by helping service personnel who need a little extra help through the foundation started in his name.

Victims of deadly crash believed to be Mount Vernon teens PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:12

The three victims of the fiery crash on State Highway 19 north early Saturday morning are believed to be Andrea Cook, 18, Nicole Barela, 17, and Shyanne Kull, 16 — three Mount Vernon teens reported to authorities later Saturday as missing, officials reported.

State Highway 154 south could be renamed in honor of fallen hero PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Staff   
Saturday, 21 March 2015 13:00

State Highway 154 south from Yantis to Sulphur Springs could bear a new moniker by next year. A proposal has been made to legislators to rename that stretch of highway the Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins Memorial Highway, in honor of the U.S. Army Ranger killed April 14, 2012, during a heavy fire-fight in Afghanistan.

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