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Mothers Against Drunk Driving East Texas donates 2 breathalyzers to SSPD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:37

Sulphur Springs Police Department Tuesday was armed with two additional tools to aid them in detection of drunk driving; Mothers Against Drunk Driving East Texas obtained the portable breathalyzers utilizing a portion of the funds raised during the inaugural fundraising walk.

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60 indictments handed down by Grand Jury in June PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:36

A Hopkins County Grand Jury during the June 16 session signed approximately 60 indictments against about 50 people, according information released last week by the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In some instances individuals were named in more than one indictment; in others, more than one individual was named as participating in the same offense.

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TIRA NEWS July 9, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JAN VAUGHN, janvaughn73@gmail.com   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:31

The Tira Homecoming was held on Sunday, July 6. Our gathering was smaller than normal and we missed those who couldn’t attend.

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Miller sentenced to 200 years in prison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:22

After deliberating more than two hours Tuesday afternoon, a Hopkins County jury sentenced Charles Ray Miller Sr., 63, to a total of 200 years in prison for indecency with a child by sexual contact.
    District Attorney Will Ramsay said the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison was set for each of the 10 indictments against Miller.
    Before his trial was to begin, Miller decided to plead guilty to the 10 indictments and have a jury assess punishment, according to the district attorney.
    During the trial, the jury heard evidence of abuse that occurred over a period of approximately six years, as Miller would baby sit his great niece.
    “The victim testified that [Miller] would make her watch pornographic material and molest her on a daily basis while she was staying at his house,” Ramsay said. “The victim was anywhere from six to 12 years of age at the time of the abuse.”
    The district attorney said he chose the number of 10 for the number of charges although it was possible the occurrences of indecency would number into the hundreds.
    During the trial, Miller pleaded for leniency from the jury of 11 women and one man.
    A Vietnam veteran, Miller told jurors from his wheel chair he had been injured during his military service and that he struggled with post trauma stress disorder [PTSD] and schizophrenia.
    Under cross-examination by the district attorney, Miller agreed that his injuries and mental illness played no part in the acts of indecency he was on trial for.
    Following Miller’s plea for leniency, Ramsay called another witness to testify as a rebuttal witness for the state who said she had also watched pornography with Miller when she was a child and that he had attempted to kiss her inappropriately and that she was able to get away from him.
    “Some of these acts occurred 10 years ago,” Ramsay said. “If certain people had not done the right thing, this victim would have carried the weight of these secrets for the rest of her life. We were able to hold this man accountable for the horrendous acts of abuse that occurred during the victim’s childhood.
    “Now, the victim is a beautiful young woman with a child of her own,” the district attorney continued. “We were able to show the jury pictures of the victim as she appeared during the time of the abuse and the jury was able to look past the young woman and see the child that existed 10 years ago.”
    Ramsay said the victim showed “incredible courage and grace as she took the stand in front of her ‘Uncle Charlie’ and relieve the six years of horror that she just wants to forget. Because of her courage, he was held responsible.
    After the jury sentenced the man to 20 years on each of the 10 guilty pleas, the district attorney asked Eighth Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt to order the sentences be served consecutively - 200 years.
     The request was granted in part with the court ordering nine of the sentences to run concurrently with the final 20-year sentence to begin only after the other nine are satisfied.
    The district attorney said that because of parole rules, Miller will spend a minimum of 20 calendar years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
    Ramsay said he is in hopes this verdict will show people that they can have the courage to come forward.
    “These are not secrets and burdens that the victims have to carry alone,” he said. “This Hopkins County jury told this young lady that these acts of abuse will not be forgotten and that the innocence of her childhood has such great worth.”
    A spokesman with Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday morning that he expected Miller to be transferred to the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice next week.

 
Bob Beefs Up PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:43

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The president of BEF Foods ceremoniously cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the most recent expansion at the Sulphur Springs’ Bob Evans food production plant, which has tripled the facilities’ size since it was purchased in 2003. In December 2003, Bob Evans acquired the 50,000-square-foot facility on East Industrial Drive, which initially employed more than 100 workers. Within six years, the company announced its first expansion, which doubled the plant’s capacity with an additional 50,000-square-feet. Today, the facility officially added another 57,000-square-foot expansion, which will double the output of the plant. President of BEF Foods Mike Townsley said with the new expansion, production will increase from the original 17.3 million pounds of food annually to 56 million pounds of foods over the next year. Specifically, the plant produces sandwiches, tacos and burritos, patties, cooked links and handheld breakfast bakes for retail, foodservice and convenience store distributin under the Owens Foods and Bob Evans Farms brands. In addition, the plant has capabilities to produce items such as Crumbles, skinless links, gravies and soups. The expansion means new jobs will be available for Hopkins County workers. “We found a work force that understands food production, and with a deep training infrastructure we can bring economic development and growth to our community,” said Townsley. Currently, the plants employs 250 workers, and Townsley said that because of Bob Evans’ continued local growth, new jobs will be available. “With the additional 57,000-square-feet and two new production lines, we will double our capacity,” said Townsley. The new expansion has roughly cost the company $34 million with a total capacity of 160,000 square feet.

 
MILLER GROVE NEWS July 9, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By BRANDON DARROW, brd_2@hotmail.com   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:32

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day this year. I enjoyed my day off for the fourth of July. I was invited to a friend’s home to celebrate with them, so I spent my day in Saltillo eating and enjoying fireworks.

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For Hospital Kids PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:35
For Hospital Kids 
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On Tuesday afternoon, 6-year-old Phoebe Carmody and her family donated more than 90 bags filled with toys for kids at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. 
The Carmody family started the organization Phoebe’s Friends in honor Phoebe, who is currently battling leukemia as well as to thank the community for the support. Since Phoebe was diagnosed, Hopkins County residents have helped Phoebe’s family by holding fundraisers, selling yard signs and their prayers. 
Now the Carmody family has decided to help other children who are at the hospital by donating bags stuffed with coloring books and a toy.  
“The toys are for anyone at the hospital, not just the children being treated. If a mother or father is in the hospital, we want to provide their children with something that will help them through difficult times,” said Phoebe’s mother, Kelly Carmody.
The Carmody family has also taken the gift bag idea to the next level by letting local children stuff the bags with items they would like to play with at home. 
  “We had a great group of women and their children volunteer to make these gift bags,” continued Kelly, “the children that stuffed the bags would, for example, put one particular toy car with their favorite coloring book and crayons. Each bag was made by kids for kids.” 
Above all the Carmody family believes this program is needed around the community but especially in Hopkins County. The items don’t have to be expensive, just little items that distract the children in troubling times. 
“Local organizations have already contacted us about giving donations,” said Kelly.
The Carmody family wants to grow their organization Phoebe’s Friends. Once the organization continually has enough bags to supply Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, the Carmody family wants to spread the idea to smaller local communities around the area. 
“Right now, this program has taken off to a great start,” Kelly stated. “We started off with our family making 20 gift bags and now we have close to 90 bags. This is our second trip donating to the hospital.” 
To contact Phoebe’s Friends email Kelly Carmody at butlerhillboutique.com
 
Yantis High School hosts blood drive Friday, July 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:57

    Yantis High School will be hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 11,  in the Carter BloodCare bus in City National Bank parking lot, located at 118 North Main St. in Yantis, to help bolster blood supplies.

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2 arrested, marijuana and $280K seized following Cumby traffic stop on I-30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Monday, 07 July 2014 15:13

A routine traffic stop by Cumby police on Interstate 30 Sunday afternoon netted $280,000, two firearms, more than four ounces of marijuana and two felony arrests.

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