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MG hires new staff, increases school lunch price

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Miller Grove elementary students will pay 50-cents more per week for school lunches this year and students will be greeted by six new staff members.

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Leveling Off

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Wilderness explorers 
Local Boy Scout Troop 66 and three scouts from Leonard spent two weeks this summer backpacking the mountain trails of Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. The scouts and leaders were, from left, Seth Blackerby, Caleb Parker, Tracy Johnson, Zach Kay, Mathew Thorn, Layton Pace, Drake Smith, Andrew Moore, Trent Isaac and Mark Moore. Staff Photo Jon Lance 

Blackhawks visit local airport Sunday; troops treated to lunch

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If you live in the city, especially in the general area of Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport, you may have heard a lot of loud noise as a flight of five U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters made a brief stopover here for fuel and a bit more Sunday.
      “There was a helicopter unit out of Fort Hood on a training mission,” said Airport Manager Joey Baker. “I was notified they were going make a fuel stop in Sulphur Springs.
    When Baker learned of the schedule, that the flight of five Blackhawks would be stopping during the noon hour, he said he wanted to do something extra.
    “There is a long list of folks in this community that you can always count on,” he said. “So, I began to call on them.”
    Carolyn McKinney at Southwest Dairy Museum offered to provide ice cream for the approximately 50 soldiers, and Farmers Electric Coop provided bottled water. Lindsey Caldwell, who works at the airport, agreed to cater a meal for the troops.
    A call to Jerry Voss and Pam Elliott of Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Committee was answered with an offer to welcome the soldiers and to help serve the food.
    Grocery Supply Corporation stepped up with snacks to fill goodie bags.

Police arrest one after stand-off

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Police say 33-year-old Chase Craig Hudson of Sulphur Springs is being held on bonds totaling $62,000 following his arrest Wednesday afternoon.
     Police Chief Jay Sanders said officers were called just before 1 p.m. to a disturbance with an assault in progress in the 1800 block of Main Street.
    During the call, Sanders said Hudson supposedly had grabbed the telephone away from one of his grandparents and struck him in the face causing a cut above the eye.
    “Upon arrival, the officers met with the two victims — they had been assaulted by their grandson,” Chief Sanders said. “The grandson had locked himself in his room and was refusing to come out.”
    The chief said both victims said Hudson told them he would kill the police if they came to get him.
    “We had a little bit of a situation on our hands,” Sanders said. “We called out CID and negotiator David Gilmore. They attempted to make contact with the suspect for about 45 minutes and didn't hear a peep.”
    Because it was so quiet, the officers on the scene began to think the man may have left the house through a window. But, in case he was still in the house and for officer safety, the Special Response Team was called in.
    “We went ahead and put a little gas in the room — he was still in the room,” the chief said. “He came out on his own and was taken into custody without any further problems.”
    Hudson's grandparents, both elderly, had received injuries in the disturbance and were treated at the scene by paramedics.
    Hudson was arraigned on two charges of assault causing injury to a child, elderly or disabled person with intent to cause bodily injury and one charge of interfering with an emergency call.  Bonds for the 33-year-old man totaled $62,000.

Quinlan man charged with online solicitation

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Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies went to Quinlan Wednesday morning and arrested a 28-year-old man for online solicitation of child.
    Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum identified the man as Gary Allen Lovejoy of Quinlan.
    “Investigator Daniel Winn and Sgt. Corley Weatherford had been working an online solicitation of a minor case on Lovejoy,” Tatum said. “They had developed enough evidence, went to the district attorney’s office and got a warrant.”
    The deputies were in Quinlan early yesterday and arrested Lovejoy at his residence and returned him to Hopkins County.
    Tatum said the man had been in online communication with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl but was actually one of the investigators.
    After being arraigned on the charge Thursday morning, Lovejoy was released on $35,000 bond on the online solicitation of a minor charge.

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