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County crime rate lowest in three years: Assaults and auto thefts on the decline

The crime rate in Hopkins County has hit a three-year low for the first half of the year, with only 150 crimes reported this year as increases in burglaries and thefts were offset by declines in aggravated assaults and stolen vehicles.


Boys in the Band

Bill Grant (left), emcee and program director of the 2nd Annual Bluegrass Festival & Jam, introduces The Mack Smith Band before their performance Friday afternoon at the Cooper Lake Center in Birthright. The festival ran Friday and Saturday with performances by many bluegrass ensembles, including Hickory Hill and The Wildwood Valley Boys.

Hot August Nights

Brittany Wilson, Dawn Morgan and Golden K Kiwanis Club President C.J. Duffey promote Hot August Nights Barbecue Cook-Off. Events begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center and will benefit Hopkins County Volunteer Fire Departments. Entrance and meals wristbands can be pre-purchased at STAR Country Radio, volunteer fire departments and the civic center for $10.

Volunteers needed at Meal-A-Day

Hopkins County Meal-A-Day Center is once again in need of volunteers to help prepare and delivery food for program recipients — shut-ins and homebound county residents, as well as a few seniors who take advantage of the low cost meals at the center.


Local cyclists clip in with John Wilcockson, author of ‘Lance: The Making of the World’s Greatest Champion’

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John Wilcockson is a true cycling devotee. Not only was he a pro cyclist in his youth, he’s spent the last 40 years as a journalist, covering the sport’s greatest event, the Tour de France. A native of England, Wilcockson moved to Boulder, Colo., 22 years ago because he believed in the future of American cycling.

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