If you like to read Community News, don't expect to see it in the Wednesday edition. Starting this week, on Nov. 14, Community News will be published on a different day. You'll have to wait until Friday to catch up on all the news from Brashear, Miller Grove and Tira in the News-Telegram.
The parent of a 13-year-old student Monday night expressed to school trustees her concern for the way the school handled a bullying situation that escalated into an altercation involving her daughter recently.
Hopkins County sheriff's investigators say the body of a man wanted for the murder of a 32-year-old woman just after midnight was found beside his pickup on County Road 2381 just before 8 a.m. today. The man, identified as 55-year-old Keith Lynn McDowell, had been named in a Franklin County murder warrant after the body of the woman, 31-year-old Angie Jo Smith of Mount Vernon, was found at an RV park just south of Mount Vernon on Franklin County Road 3070 early today. Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones said law enforcement agencies throughout Northeast Texas had been advised to be on the look out for the “beat up” blue Dodge Durango McDowell was thought to have been driving. The notification also said the wanted man was to be considered armed and dangerous. Hopkins County authorities were called just before 8 a.m. after the body of a man was found on the ground laying on top of a sawed-off shotgun next to a truck matching the description of the one McDowell was thought to be driving. The Franklin County Sheriff and Hopkins County deputies confirmed the body was that of murder suspect Keith Lynn McDowell. The fatal shot was thought to be self-inflicted. Investigators didn't release a possible motive for the slaying. The RV park manager, Amanda Wheeler, told the Associated Press the victim did not live at the site but was visiting a resident. Wheeler said McDowell also did not live at the park but wanted to see the victim. Both the bodies of the woman and man have been sent to Southwest Institute of Forensic Technology for autopsy, according to Jones.