MADD Walk surpasses goal before event happens; Saturday’s walk has stations for everyone PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:06

Hopkins County Walk Like MADD won’t begin until Saturday evening, but local teams and walkers have not only exceeded the set goal but did so in record time. As of Tuesday morning, the campaign had raised $11,895 for Mothers Against Drunk Driving of East Texas; the goal was set at $10,000, according to group’s page on

Sulphur Bluff Club News Sept. 23, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:56

Sulphur Bluff Independent School District Interim Superintendent Dustin Carr reports that the 2014-15 school year is off to a positive start, following a productive summer.

Unexpected discoveries slow jail construction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:20

Three weeks into the dirt work preparing the site for the new $16 million Hopkins County jail, more unexpected discoveries are slowing dirt work. “We've discovered things which we think was from the old cotton gin, more than likely,” said Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom said. “There are some substances there that may be hazardous, so we are having to have lots of dirt tested right now.” Those test results have not come back. “It is not just in one area now, it's in at least three areas that they are having to test,” the judge said. “That has slowed down, somewhat, the work — even though they are still working moving dirt as well as some dirt that will have to be tested.” Any contaminated dirt found on the site will have to be disposed of in a special landfill. The county judge said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has not been brought in at this point to test for contamination. The county has contracted with a commercial firm to conduct the soil tests. As the contractor began excavating the site, an old railroad spur that extended to an old cotton gin was discovered. The soil contaminants are thought to have come from the gin as well. Newsom said the additional discoveries at the sight have come as a surprise to both the county and the contractor. “In fact, I asked the construction manager the other day if he had ever seen one just like this and he said, 'No, this is the most we've ever found in any of the construction projects I've done thus far,'” Newsom said. “It is challenging for them because they are uncovering these things and we have to stop, have them tested and, once we have them tested, we take certain procedures and then we move on.” The discovery of the rail spur and now the contaminated dirt are presenting some problems for the county. “It's costing more because we are having to pay for all this testing we are having to have done,” the judge said. “If it turns out the material has some kind of hazardous property to it, we have to dispose of it in a specific way and not like we would normally. “It has already caused a one-to-two week delay, but, we are going to get it done,” he added. “One thing that has come from this, we are going to have to have larger and stronger pillars underground to support the jail because of the digging we are having to do. It's not a bad thing necessarily, we're just going to have more concrete and wider piers than we had originally planned for.” Financially, the costs associated with these unexpected discoveries and delays are increasing due to the testing and disposal of hazardous materials as well as having to use more concrete than initially planned. The county judge said, however, funds were set aside for the unexpected. “Budget-wise, we're okay so far,” Newsom said.

Lights of Life: 200 runners participate in certified half marathon PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Jon Lance, News-Telegram Photographer,   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:52

More than 200 runners burst off the starting line Saturday morning during the Lights of Life half marathon on the downtown Sulphur Springs Square.

Hopkins County ‘In God We Trust’ National slogan adopted by commissioners as county motto PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:45

Hopkins County Commissioners Court began Monday morning's business meeting with the acceptance of a donation from Judge Robert Newsom of a seal proclaiming “In God We Trust.” The resolution approved by commissioners said the words have been used since shortly after the end of World War II. Newsom said the action makes the motto special to Hopkins County. “It's been the national motto since 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower saw the need to recognize what was already recognized back in 1864 when it was placed on our coins,” Newsom said. “Today, we simply recognize what was already part of the United States for well over 150 years.” Occasionally, atheist and freedom-from-religion groups have challenged symbols such as this being attached to public buildings with protests and legal action. Newsom said he did not anticipate any opposition to the seal at this time. “It is the national motto, however, I am not going to put anything past anybody,” he said. “I did advise the commissioners ahead of time that if we decide to go ahead and go with making this our county motto, we might face a lawsuit some day. They said, 'Well, people frequently choose to sue the commissioners and the county of Hopkins anyway,' and they would rather be sued for this than any of those other things we frequently get sued for by prisoners and other people that are at odds with the county. They decided to go ahead and it was a unanimous vote.” The court then gave approval to a plan submitted by the district clerk's office for the funding and restoration of the records archives. Approval was also given for the use of some of the funds in the county's Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone Increment Fund in Precinct 1. Although the legality of the use of the grant funds by other counties has been brought into question, county commissioners were told Texas Association of Counties legal counsel Jim Allison had approved the local plan. Recognition was given to Jim Dial, the county's environmental officer, for fulfilling requirements in accordance with state law for the On-Site Sewage Facility designated representative for the county. Approval was also given to a nuisance abatement policy for the county. The nuisance policy will enable the county to better deal with issues such as old tires and safety and health issues. Newsom told commissioners that regular informational-type workshop meetings will be scheduled each Wednesday afternoon for updates on the jail construction that will continue for the duration of the construction project.

Autumn Artists PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:49

On the first day of fall, Aaliyah Cheatum colors an autumn-themed project Tuesday morning entitled the “Giving Tree,” based on a book by Shel Silverstein in teacher Shelia Rorie’s second grade classroom at Lamar Primary School. The “Giving Tree” is a book about a lifelong relationship between a boy and a tree.

Chase: Burglar caught in Cumby; another at large PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor,   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:59

Police took one Dallas man into custody early Sunday morning on two felony charges stemming from a break-in at Tobacco Patch in Sulphur Springs that resulted in an interstate car chase to Cumby. A search was launched for a second man, who eluded officers on foot in Cumby. Investigators believe as many as three others seen in a white car may have been involved in the burglary and cigarette theft.

City Council Final action expected on budget, tax rate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:46

In a special meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sulphur Springs City Council will consider final action to set the budget for the city, adopt the tax rate and set rates for water, sewer and sanitation in preparation for the start of the new fiscal year next Wednesday. The budget ordinance calls for a $28,244,850 budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 and to keep the same tax rate of 44 cents per $100, a rate the city has used for the past 10 years. Ordinances to increase water and sewer rates as well as sanitation rates by 2 percent will also be considered by the council on second and final reading. Also on the agenda is the discussion and possible action on a proposal amending an ordinance that created an Enterprise Project Zone for Saputo Dairy Foods, U.S.A. A public hearing is planned for the establishment of a reinvestment zone for Saputo Dairy Food and designating a certain area as an industrial reinvestment zone for Saputo. The council meeting convenes at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room at City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

To God Be The Glory - Christian artist Cassie Edwards ready to share gifts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor   
Saturday, 20 September 2014 08:50

Cassie Edwards has decided to take her light out from under a bushel. For years, local churches have known about her musical gifts, but modesty prevented her from “going public.” Now, she’s willing to talk about her talent and the two albums that came from reading her Bible and listening to God.

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