Flynn holding TEA accountable for implementation of HB 2804 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:11

State Rep. Dan Flynn is giving a failing grade to the implementation of a new grading system for schools.

C-P incumbents challenged for 3 seats on school board; that’s not the case so far for SSISD and Yantis ISD PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:06

Of the three school district accepting applications for candidacy in the May 6 school trustees elections, a contested race had developed in only  one district.

17 new members inducted into National Technical Honor Society PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:04

Sulphur Springs High School Monday evening honored 17 students’ achievements in career and technical classes by inducting them into the Geral Kennedy Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society.

Hopkins County, deputy cleared in federal suit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 23 January 2017 15:54

A jury in United States District Court found that Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Fenimore did not use excessive force or unlawfully arrest Jody Bender or her husband Jeffrey Bender in connection with a stolen vehicle.

Attorney Robert Davis, who represented Hopkins County and Fenimore, said the jury took about 55 minutes before delivering its verdict.

“They found that the county and its deputies had not committed false arrest, and the county and its deputies had not used excessive force against the plaintiffs,” the attorney said.

There had been an allegation by a witness that the plaintiff and his wife had stolen a vehicle from him. The witness, claimed they had repossessed a vehicle which he had purchased from Lone Star Auto Corral. The man said he had paid the loan off and held a clear title to the car.

At least two other vehicles, a Cadillac Escalade and a Dodge pickup, were also said to have been repossessed even though loans had been satisfied.

Jody Bender had been part of an automobiles sales dealership called Lone Star Auto Corral. She claimed that the business had split and that she was entitled to collect money from a number of different people who bought cars there, the attorney said.

According to Davis, it was later determined that they did not have a license to sell cars and Jody Bender did not have a license from the state of Texas to engage in financing activities.

She subsequently pled guilty to a theft offense, for which she received deferred adjudication. That was introduced into evidence at the trial, Davis said.

Jeffrey A. Bender and wife Jody Bender had sued Hopkins County and three deputies.

The suit against Hopkins County was dismissed before jury selection started. Paul Fenimore was a remaining defendant in the lawsuit, and the jury ruled in Fenimore's favor.

“They found there was no false arrest and there was no excessive force used,” Davis said. “They found completely in our favor.”

At the conclusion of the trial, Davis said he was pleased with the quick handling of the trial.

“We are very happy that the jury returned its verdict in a short period of time that Deputy Fenimore was not in any way liable to them and there was no wrong doing,” Davis said.

A similar suit against Hopkins County was dismissed the day before, just as jury members were to be selected.

10 SSHS students advance from region to state in BPA PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:51

7 individuals, 2 teams named state alternates

Of the 28 career and technical education students from Sulphur Springs High School who attended the Business Professionals of America 2017 Regional Leadership

Flags to be flown at half staff Jan. 25 in honor of Capt. Gene Cernan, last man to walk on moon PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:05

The flags on Celebration Plaza and around town will be flown at half staff Wednesday, Jan. 25, to honor United States Navy Capt. Eugene “Gene” Cernan, who died Monday, Jan. 16, in Houston at age 82.

Texas A&M Singing Cadets in concert locally Feb. 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:03

Hopkins County Area Aggie Moms’ Club is sponsoring a concert Friday, Feb. 17, featuring the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, Texas A&M University's premier men's chorus.

Adventure Awaits on the Pacific Crest Trail PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:52

Cedric Standbridge took 6 month hike up the West Coast

Cedric Standbridge has what his grandmother Billie Ruth Standbridge of Sulphur Springs considers an adventurous spirit.

Filing has begun for 3 C-P school board seats PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:24

Three seats on the Como-Pickton school board will be up for election this spring, and the filing period is now open for prospective candidates.

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