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Woman struck by vehicle Tuesday night

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A 25-year-old woman was flown to a Dallas area hospital after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday night just off Interstate 30, west of Sulphur Springs.

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United Way volunteers cheer for big numbers

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Hopkins County United Way officers and campaign workers cheered Tuesday morning’s reports for what has been the biggest rally so far for the 2014-15 campaign, with more than $33,700 turned in at the weekly report meeting.

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Court Jury awards record damages

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By KERRY CRAIG News-Telegram Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it A 62nd Judicial District Court jury on Tuesday awarded more than $4 million to a woman whose vehicle was involved in a wreck with a truck on Interstate 30 in 2010. Gilmer attorneys Brent Goudarz, Marty Young and associate Jeff Hoover represented Krista Dillon in the case with Sulphur Springs attorney John Ginn as local counsel who said Dillon had significant back surgeries as a result of a collision that occurred and he thought the jury wanted to compensate her. Brian Reese and Jennifer Lee of the Fee Smith Law Firm of Dallas represented the trucking company, Joe Tex Express of Mount Pleasant, and truck driver Dennis Rayner. Ginn said the verdict was broken down into two parts. First, the actual damages in the case, the compensatory damages for Miss Dillon, were $1,110,629. That was based on her past medical expenses of about $395,000 and a doctor's testimony on what her future medical requirements were going to be as well as some of the pain and mental anguish that she experienced as a result of the collision. The jury found that the driver and the trucking company were grossly negligent, largely because of some of the testimony about the fraudulent logs and the changes that were made to the driving logs. The awarded $3 million against the trucking company to send a message to insure that trucking companies in East Texas are required to follow the federal law - those laws are there to protect the public and I think the jury wanted to insure they do that in the future. The jury also awarded $2,000 in punitive damages against the truck driver. “I think the jury, more than anything, wanted to send a message to trucking companies,” Ginn said. “There has been a lot of evidence in the case throughout that logs were falsified, some violations that were presented to the jury demonstrated that the log books had not been maintained properly over an extended period of time and, I think, the jury was persuaded by that. “We did have conversations with the jury after the case and they really felt like they were sending a message that those driver logs are important and they don't want fatigued drivers on the roadway.”

High school play to benefit United Way

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 Local residents can learn the basics of getting through a zombie attack Thursday night, eat a tasty dessert and do something good for United Way, all at one time. SSHS’ theater department is performing “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” at Sulphur Springs Middle School Thursday evening with all the additional proceeds being donated to Hopkins County United Way.

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Photo Walk announces winners

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 This year’s top photo in the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk exemplifies how being a good photographer is not just about having the most expensive equipment, but the eye for the art of photography. Winning first place in the fifth annual event sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance was fifth-year participant Malorie Padron of Sulphur Springs with her entry highlighting the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial and American flag flown over Celebration Plaza. Padron said she usually uses her Canon EOS 35mm camera but this year used her cell phone camera.

“This year, I did something different. I felt a little out-of-place but I used my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera phone,” she said. “It takes amazing photos.”

Her entry also garnered the People’s Choice Award, with “likes” on Facebook. Padron receives a $50 framing gift certificate donated by Texas Art & Frame. Second place went to Mike Watson of Sulphur Springs with his black and white image of an old door hidden in the alley off Main Street. His camera of choice was a Canon 7D. He wins a monopod with phone holder donated by The Appliance Hospital.

Third place went to a repeat winner Andy Pendleton of Dike with his carefully aligned photo of the arched window shadow on a vintage clock in the courtroom of the newly renovated City Hall. Pendleton used a digital Canon EOS for his entry. Pendleton was presented a $25 gift certificate to Muddy Jake’s Sports Grill and Pub.

Receiving honorable mention was Jonathan Kennedy with his photo of a colorized iron door, Dr. Shelley Patterson’s photo of the water feature on the City Hall veranda, and Karyn Smith’s close-up of the glass leaves on the office door at City Hall tinted gold. The entire collection of photos can be found on the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk Facebook page.

This year’s co-leaders were Sulphur Springs News-Telegram Photographer Jon Lance and Cooper Review Editor Cindy Roller. More than 40 participants were treated to a tour by Community Development Director Shane Shepard of the 100 year old building newly renovated as Sulphur Springs City Hall. “We enjoyed exploring City Hall from top to bottom and all of its history. It was fun connecting with so many photographers,” said Shepard Participants also attended the Fall Festival Battle of the Bands at Muddy Jake’s Backyard as paparazzi for the musical artists that evening. For more information on the event, contact the event leaders at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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