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There’s something good here . . .

Even with all the partisan politics, talk radio and vitriol coming from both sides of the aisle, this is still the best country on the planet. For the most part, we’re hard working, honest, dependable people who support one another in good times and bad. If, for one minute, you doubt this, come to the courthouse square Saturday evening and see one of the most beautiful monuments anywhere in America. The Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Committee has been singular in the their focus to bring us a first-rate work of art that honors those who served.


The good folks of Hopkins County dug deep during these tough economic times to underwrite the expense of bringing the committee’s dreams to life.


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This is the 21st year the Sulphur Springs Symphony League, with support of Alliance Bank, Grocery Supply Company, and Peoples Telephone Co-op and the people of Hopkins County, will bring an Independence Day concert featuring the North East Texas Symphony and the North East Texas Choral Society.

The concert and following fireworks display have become a tradition for many local families.

The unveiling and dedication of the monument makes this year so special. The dedication begins at 6:30 p.m. Get there early and bring a lawn chair. It’s going to be a spectacular evening.

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There’s a new girl in town. Well, at the Sulphur Springs Public Library. Hope Cain is the new director. Watch your News-Telegram for a feature on her. In the meantime, drop by, introduce yourself and share your ideas about how to improve the library’s services. Her enthusiasm for reading is contagious. This is a good thing.

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Nine lovely women competed for the title of Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen this year. There were a lot of proud mamas and daddies in the audience. Congratulations to all of them, including outgoing Queen Lindsey McCormack and the new titleholder, Molly Millsap.

Molly Ginn brought her considerable skill on the violin to the talent portion of the competition. Accompanying her on the piano was her mother, 1983 Queen Eydie McDowell Ginn. Lots of musical talent in that gene pool.

One of the more memorable performances of the evening was delivered by 17-year-old Abby Tipps, who played the guitar and sang “Heaven Song.”

You can’t teach a sound like that. It’s warm, lush, deep and layered with loads of color. A voice like Abby’s comes along once in a great while. In her bio, she said she plans to major in music or a faith-related field. I hope to hear her sing again soon – and often.

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Judy Gilreath is one of the many wonderful people at First United Methodist Church who volunteer with the church’s Dinner Bell ministry, which offers a free hot lunch to one and all every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.

Gilreath, however, wants to single out Deborah Thompson of Reilly Springs, who has become “an angel for The Dinner Bell.” Thompson recently brought a mess of squash for the ministry, enough so they were able to freeze some of it for future use. She also has brought them tomatoes and onions at no charge to the church.

“She grows all these things, and has leftovers and shares them with us at The Dinner Bell,” Gilreath says.

Thanks, Deborah; you truly have a giving heart.

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