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Motorcycle-vehicle accident kills one PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:33

A 68-year-old Sulphur Springs man died Friday afternoon as a result of a collision involving a motorcycle and a Pontiac Vibe on Wildcat Way at Arbala Road.

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Choral society gears up for spring concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by faith Huffman   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:31

North East Texas Choral Society is observing its 20th year with a spring concert of favorites next weekend for two engagements only, and the event will be returning to Hopkins County Civic Center, to deliver what promises to be a fun musical experience like no other in the area.

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Youth Art Show has 200-plus entries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 11:38

Hopkins County students submitted more than 200 entries into this year’s Hopkins County Youth Art Show, held April 28-29 at Heritage Park. That was almost double the 120 entries in last year’s show.

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County posts large cash seizures in April PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:33

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has added two new sergeants to the department to work in specific areas — drug and human trafficking interdiction and crimes against children.

Sgt. Harry Washington came to Hopkins County from Hunt County Sheriff’s Department where he has been responsible for a successful interdiction program for many years

Since coming onboard with Hopkins County, Sheriff Lewis Tatum says that Sgt. Washington’s interdiction efforts have been very successful.

“In the time he has been here, he has collected over $270,000,” Tatum said. “We’ve found a large amount of drugs, stolen weapons, arrested a man wanted for murder in a northeastern state, parole violators from other areas —I mean it’s just numerous things he has found since he has been on board here. We are blessed to have him.”

Although the department has more than a quarter-million dollars in seized cash, that money cannot be utilized until it is forfeited to the county in a civil court procedure.

“If the money is awarded to the county, it will be split up between us and the district attorney’s office,” the sheriff said.

The criminal charge that goes along with the cash seizures is termed “money laundering,” a charge used in connection with drug trafficking or suspected drug trafficking.

“That’s part of the probable cause for taking the money,” Tatum said. “You have to prove this is being used in trafficking of narcotics and I consider Sgt. Washington to be an expert in that field. I feel very fortunate to have his expertise here.”

Washington will also be training our officers, and one that will begin working with him May 1,” he said. “We are going to purchase a canine that will be good for narcotics and for tracking. We are real excited about that.”

It has been several years since the sheriff’s department has had a canine and Sheriff Tatum said he thinks it will be a good asset for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The other new Sergeant at the Sheriff’s Department is Amanda Weatherford. Sgt. Weatherford had worked previously for the sheriff’s department before moving to Sulphur Springs Police Department where she worked her way up from being a patrol officer to becoming a patrol Sergeant.

While at the police department Sgt. Weatherford, working with her husband, Sheriff’s Investigations Sgt. Corley Weatherford, in investigating and making arrests in cases involving online solicitation of minors, sexual abuse of a child and child pornography.

“We’ve been working with her for years in online solicitation of minors in a joint operation with the police department,” Sheriff Tatum said. “That’s really going to help us out with her seniority and experience.”

 
Flight for Life adds fixed-wing aircraft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:03

 CHRISTUS Mother Frances Health System and Flight for Life introduced a new aspect to emergency air transportation Thursday morning at Sulphur Springs Airport. Flight for Life, prior to now, had provided helicopter ambulances throughout the area and this new addition is a fixed-wing aircraft that will provide faster and longer distance transport and can operate under weather conditions helicopters cannot.

“This new fixed-wing aircraft will open a world of possibilities and services to patients in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma,” said Stan Holden, Chief Executive Officer of Flight for Life. “Flight For Life’s fixed-wing service will serve as a connector for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s dedication to fiscal responsibility as a steward of community resources and leader of health care innovation throughout the country. With this aircraft, we will achieve greater economies of scale, extending the reach and mission of each of the system’s locations and services throughout a much larger area.”

In addition to what the helicopter ambulance service currently provides, the fixed-wing aircraft adds another facet to the patient-transport capabilities of Flight for Life. The fixed-wing aircraft will allow Flight for Life nurses and paramedics the opportunity to ensure the continuity of care for patients as they move from one facility to another, both within CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and beyond.

The airplane, a Pilatus PC-12/45 with a cruising speed of more than 300 miles per hour, will allow Flight for Life to extend critical care transport medicine expertise to a greater population of patients in Texas and surrounding states, according to a release from CHRISTUS Mother Frances Health System. The increased speed, range, operational ceiling, all-weather capability and the ability to operate out of relatively small airfields make it an excellent platform to provide the same high quality critical care as we do in helicopters, but in an extended environment. 

“Transporting patients in a pressurized cabin allows our aeromedical crews to operate over the top of weather that could potentially ground our helicopter fleet, and the controlled cabin pressure protects our patients’ physical condition at those altitudes,” said Mark Anderson, M.D., Chief of Emergency Care at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “The increased interior space provides more physical access to both the patient and the critical life support equipment utilized by our teams of flight nurses and specially trained paramedics.”

The PC-12/45 has a pressurized cabin with a service ceiling of 30,000 feet, cruise speed of 327 miles per hour (285 knots), and a range exceeding 1,800 nautical miles. Flight For Life can accommodate a combination of up to one patient, two pilots and three clinical crewmembers in the PC-12/45, however, standard configuration and crew are one pilot and two clinical crew. The Pilatus PC-12 offers an incredible Flight Management System, room for a patient’s family member and extensive medical equipment.

 
Sulphur Springs City Council contestants discuss their candidacies PDF Print E-mail
Written by By KerRY CRAIG, News-Telegram Staff Writer, kerry@ssecho.com   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:28

On Saturday, May 6, voters in the city of Sulphur Springs will choose two city council members to serve for the next three years.

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'Dearly Departed' offers plenty of offbeat humor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Snyder   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 11:36

“Dearly Departed,” written by David Bottnell and Jessie Jones and later adapted into the film “Kingdom Come,” is the offering for the upcoming performances at Main Street Theatre, starting Friday, May 5. It is locally directed by David Woody.

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Community Chest to offer forklift training class PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Snyder   
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:31

As part of its goal in helping Hopkins County residents in need of employment find meaningful, career-advancing work, Community Chest will be offering its first training opportunity under the Forklift operator, Automation and Safety Training Initiative starting on Saturday, May 13.

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Lodge No. 221 to honor law enforcement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Reports   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:00

Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge #221 will “Back the Blue” and show their appreciation Monday night to all law enforcement officers, active and retired, with a hamburger and ice cream supper.

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