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All Aboard: Blacklands Railroad named one of the nation’s best shortline operations

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Wayne Defebaugh had never worked for a railroad before he came to Sulphur Springs in 1999 to start his own shortline, Blacklands Railroad, on less than 40 miles of decaying rails and ties.

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She was there

Carolyn Thomas delivers a rousing speech to the students of Douglas Elementary School Friday. Thomas regaled the students with anecdotes about her experiences during President Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., and urged students to set their goals high, echoing Obama with the words “yes, you can.”

Northeast Texas Choral Society rocks the house with ‘A Mixed Bag’

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The sound that rumbled through Sulphur Springs Saturday night and Sunday afternoon might have sounded like thunder, but it had nothing to do with the 3.59 inches of rain that came from the sky.

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There’s a house under there

Lynn White’s house at 814 Main St. was blanketed by a 100-foot pecan tree that fell victim to the weekend’s storms. White awoke at 3 a.m. Sunday to find the home’s back entrance to his house completely blocked by the tree. No one was injured.

Despite flooded roadways, downed trees and power lines, county dodges bullet in weekend storm's path

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Compared to some areas, Hopkins County came through Saturday’s storm and tornado warning relatively unscathed. Damages, according to county reports, were fairly comparable with any good spring storm — lots of waterlogged roadways, and fallen trees and power lines resulting in sporadic power failures.

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