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Man Critical after smashing into patrol truck

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Robert H. Thompson, a 74-year-old Sulphur Springs man, was listed in critical condition in Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Hospital following a crash near the 131 mile marker on west bound Interstate 30 about 7:20 p.m. Thursday evening.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said Deputy Shae Shaw had been dispatched to assist an out-of-state driver whose car had stalled in the passing lane of the interstate.
“Deputy Shaw pulled up behind the broken down vehicle. He had his emergency lights on and was pushing traffic over into the right-hand lane,” Tatum said. “A vehicle driven by a Sulphur Springs man, I guess from what it looks like in the video, came along and rear-ended the patrol unit — he never saw him.”
Thompson was pinned in his vehicle and, after being extricated, was flown from the accident scene to the Tyler hospital.
The impact spun the patrol truck around and it crashed into the center divider wall.
Tatum credited Deputy Shaw, who was out of the vehicle with the occupants of the disabled vehicle, was able to push them out of the  path of the oncoming car.
“It was a very bad wreck to say the least,” Tatum said. “You know, at 75 miles-an-hour hitting that patrol unit at a dead stop.”

Tech Revolution

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District has committed to furthering the classroom experience by putting cutting edge technology in the hands of every student. 


Giving 'Em The Boot

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Senior Mckrae Bentley welds a piece of steel to elongate a boot lock Wednesday in teacher John Luper’s agricultural mechanics class at Sulphur Springs High School. Sulphur Springs High School’s Police Department requested that one boot lock be created to accomodate larger vehicles such as pickup truck tires that are too large for a standard boot lock. Staff Photo Jon Lance

CAP Squadron 450

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If the unexpected happens and an airplane crashes in Hopkins County, the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 450 is a local organization that is here to aid in the emergency situation.


HCUW’s final 2013-14 tally exceeded goal by $40K; Leaders gear up for $160K goal this year

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Hopkins County United Way celebrated Wednesday not only meeting but exceeding last year’s goal by $40,000 — a 25.8 percent increase in funds that that will be used by recipient agencies for their clients.

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