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More than 225 pounds of medications collected at Drug Take Back Day

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Provisions allow pharmacies, medical facilities to become collection sites

The final Drug Take Back Day, hosted Saturday by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, netted 226 pounds of medication.

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Early release day Friday for SSISD students

All students in the Sulphur Springs ISD will be released from classes at 12:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. 

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Sulphur Bluff News: Student leadership

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Seniors

As Sulphur Bluff seniors begin looking ahead toward their future, they are taking advantage of opportunities offered by two local community organizations.

Kendra  Jock and Hunter Powers represent SB High on the Alliance Bank’s Junior Advisory Board.

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Walk Like MADD raised $13,000, draws more than 200 walkers

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The 2nd Annual Hopkins County Walk Like M.A.D.D. raised more than $13,000 for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving  East Texas, the division which serves Hopkins and surrounding counties.

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Former lawman pleads to two felony charges

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Rex Lee Morgan, 60, a former police officer and sheriff's deputy, entered pleas of guilty to charges of theft of property and theft of a firearm by a public servant before 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt Monday morning. Morgan was sentenced to 10 years in prison probated for 10 years and to serve 180 days in county jail on each charge. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently. Rather than having Morgan taken directly to jail, Northcutt ordered him to present himself at the county jail at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning to begin jail time that will end March 27. Northcutt also ordered Morgan to pay fines of $2,000 on each charge. The charges against the former crime prevention and safety education officer arose after an inventory of the property vault at the sheriff's department revealed a quantity of hydrocodone pills was missing from evidence. District Attorney Will Ramsay said at the time the drugs were discovered missing, the cases associated with the missing pills were years old and had reached a conclusion.  After deputies discovered the missing drugs, Texas Rangers were called in to conduct an investigation, and Morgan admitted taking the pills, Ramsay said. As the investigation into the missing evidence continued and a complete inventory was conducted, officers found a handgun was also missing and Morgan admitted taking the gun. The district attorney credited the sheriff’s department for the way the case was handled. "I have been amazed at how the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office is motivated to never stop improving,” he said. ”Based on good leadership, an effort was made to reorganize, as well as dispose of evidence that was no longer needed. During this tedious effort, an investigator found discrepancies, which led to this investigation.   “At the time of the discovery, the cases associated with the missing pills were years old and closed. Regardless, the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office had the integrity to immediately contact the Texas Ranger and handle the issue in the light. “Circumstances like this, while difficult, give me complete assurance in the men and women who make up HCSO,” Ramsay continued. “They will not hesitate to do the right thing, even if it means one of their own goes to jail." Morgan retired as a lieutenant from Sulphur Springs Police Department, where he served as crime prevention officer and emergency management coordinator. After his retirement from the police department, Morgan went to work in the sheriff's department as a crime prevention and education officer and was also in charge of the evidence property vault and its contents until the missing drugs were discovered.

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