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Hawg riders helping out homeless animals

Summer is the best time to jump on a motorcycle and just ride, especially for a great cause. Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub will be sponsoring a motorcycle benefit ride, poker run and concert for the Hearts of Life Animal Rescue. The benefit is rightly called “Hawgz 4 Dawgz.“

“When people think of bikers, they think we are really gruff, but not all of us are like that. We love to give back to our community,” said Hawgz 4 Dawgz founder and event coordinator Lisa Ray.  

Three years ago, Ray and her husband regularly volunteered for different motorcycle benefits as a way to give back to Hopkins County. They eventually decided to set up their own benefit. 

“A friend of mine has a no-kill animal shelter on the north end of town. I found out he was low on funds to buy enough dog food for all the animals. I thought Hawgz 4 Dawgz would be a great way to raise money for his shelter,”  said Ray. “We have been doing it ever since.”

Hearts of Life Animal Rescue began with only a few pens more than six years ago. Currently, the non-profit organization is responsible for more than 400 adoptions and houses more than 50 animals at a time. 

Registration for Hawgz 4 Dawgz will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Muddy Jake’s. The ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. 

“Debra ‘Bo’ Bohannon will begin our event by playing the national anthem and holding a prayer. Then, the bikes will head out and make will head out and make five different stops and pick up poker chips for our poker run. We will be playing with dominoes this year,” said Ray. “There will prizes for the best high and low-hands. During the run, we will also be having three judges hold a best bike contest.”

At 5 p.m,. live music will kick off with Birthright Blues Project headlining the event, followed by Tyler Lenius. A silent auction will also be held. 

“We just want to help our community,” said Ray. “We are thankful for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and for Muddy Jakes’ for helping us with this event.”   

For more information about Hawgz 4 Dawgz, contact Hearts of Life Animal Rescue at 903-438-8000. 

Local man dies after being trapped under mower

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Funeral services are pending at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home for 37-year-old Scotty Joe Thompson, who died in an accident involving a riding lawn mower Wednesday afternoon. Hopkins County Sheriff's deputies said a riding mower, being operated by Thompson on property on County Road 4778 near a pond, overturned into the water trapping the man under the mower and under water. Deputies and first responders pulled the man from the pool, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No paper on Monday

There will not be a newspaper published on Monday, July 6, as the News-Telegram staff takes that day in observance of  Independence Day.

The Echo Publishing Co. office will also be closed on Monday.

Normal newspaper production will resume on Tuesday, July 7, and Echo offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Prayer vigil held on square promotes unity

More than 100 people turned out for an evening of spiritual contemplation and humility during a community wide devotion and vigil. The event focused on praying for America in light recent tragedies, like the shooting in Southern Carolina, and by publicly proclaiming the message of God.

Minister Valanderous Bell hosted the prayer evening which included Sulphur Springs Mayor Kayla Price, Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Mike Lamb, Eighth Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt and Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell. 

“I feel like the more our community has events like this, where we get to know one another and pray together, when hard times come, we will know we can count on each other,” said Price. “This is a real blessing for our community.”

Price’s speech focused on hope. She said that through education, teachers and parents should inspire children not to hate but accept each other. The power of religion was also discussed during the speech.

“Parents, no matter how old your children are, take them to church with you. Make sure your children are surrounded by other Christians,” said Price. “Our faith in God gives us the hope to persevere and overcome all of life’s challenges.”

Lamb followed Price to stage. His speech urged the Hopkins County community to humble themselves before God.

“I don’t know if there are any non-believers listening right now, but I would encourage you to find out what this Jesus is all about, ask questions,” said Lamb. “No matter how bad things are, there is hope in Him. He is the only way out of the troubles we are in as a nation.”

Lamb ended his speech by asking everyone to join hands in the audience. All the attendents in the square joined hands in large circle. Lamb asked everyone to bow their heads and pray. The prayer was followed by song.

“American society has taken God out of everything, but until we individually ask God to come into our hearts, nothing is going to change. There are some problems that we, as a people, will never be able to get rid without God,” said Bell

The evening ended as everyone, still joining hands, sang “Amazing Grace.” Lamb stated, no matter the race or background, everyone needed to join together and unite as a community. 

The main  Bible verse used throughout the evening was 2 Chronicles 7:14. Bell read the verse during the evening.

  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” repeated Bell. “Honestly, as a community we are not praying enough and it is creating divides in our culture.”

“This devotional is not about race, or any other difference, it’s about people,” said Bell. “We need to see each individual as a creation of God, look into our own hearts.”

Texas Half-Mile Shootout headed to airport

If you like fast cars, Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport will be the place to be Nov. 14-15, when wannaGOFAST.com brings the Texas Half-Mile Shootout drag races come to Sulphur Springs.

Drag racing has, for the most part, evolved from a quarter-mile drag strip to a one-eighth mile track. The Texas Half-Mile Shootout takes drag racing to the next level — a half-mile long drag strip that will have some of the fastest production cars in the world lining up in the staging lanes.

Specializing in holding drag racing events on airport runways across the country, wannaGOFAST.com brings this race to Sulphur Springs, promising vehicles from Lamborghinis to Chevrolet Corvettes and everything in between.

Awards are given based on vehicle trap speeds instead of elapsed time like a normal drag strip. The race features seven different classes including forced induction, naturally aspirated, rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, manual, fourdoor and heavyweight (for vehicles weighing over 4,000 pounds).

This event is open to cars of all makes and models and every vehicle must undergo a safety inspection before it is permitted to race. 

The race is limited to 150 cars per day plus sponsors. Pricing to race is $225 per day and $400 for a weekend pass. This fee includes unlimited races (only restricted by the length of the line) and a free lunch. Race participant tickets must be purchased online in advance with registration opening 8 a.m. August 14 at www.wannagofast.com/sulphursprings.php. On August 21 prices will increase to $250 per day and $450 for a weekend pass. 

Spectators are welcome and encouraged. Pricing for spectators is $20/day for adults and $10/day for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available the morning of the event at the front gate with cash only. Gates open at 9 a.m. for spectators and concessions are available on-site. 

For more information call 850.585.5168 and visit www.wannagofast.com/sulphursprings.php

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