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East Texas Boy, 13, on bike struck and killed by motorist on interstate

TITUS COUNTY — The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for assistance from the public on a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 4:34 a.m. Monday, July 20, on Interstate 30.


Former Cumby teacher indicted by federal court for child exploitation

TYLER – Former Cumby High School and Junior High math teacher Lucas R. Hill was indicted late Tuesday morning in the Eastern District of Texas on child exploitation charges, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.


‘Streetcar’ presents different perspective than film

On his summer break from college, director Triston Pullen is bringing Hopkins County a darker side of theater.  Surrounded with adult themes, metaphor and intense emotion, “A Streetcar Named Desire” premieres this Thursday at Reed’s Entertainment. Warning, this production is for adults only. 

“This is a very dark tale,” said Pullen. “For me, this is a very spiritual show. It talks about a woman [Blanche] who is searching and loses so many times in her life. She feels that God has left her. She then finds God in men but, every time a man leaves her, it’s like her spirit is torn out of her.”

After graduating from Sulphur Springs High School, Pullen received a scholarship to Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Pullen said that working in a community that thrives in creativity has helped shape him as a director and actor. 

“I have never seen a show like this in Sulphur Springs. When I moved to Santa Fe, a world of culture hit me,” said Pullen. “I wanted ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ to be intense. It’s all about the spirit, and how it breaks down.”

While keeping the classic tale the same, Pullen wanted to add something almost religious to the production. To add multi-layered dimensions, Pullen instructed the entire set to be painted white and had technicians use LED lighting to transmit emotion, pain and ethos into the characters during the production. The effect is a visual immersion and commentary on art. 

“We wanted to show what reality was verses what is in Blanche’s mind,” said Pullen. “The film dialed down the lover’s death and only insinuated things that are actually in our show. I told my cast not to watch the movie. It might be set in the 1940s, but it has a very modern feel.”

  “A Streetcar Named Desire” will run July 23-26 and 30-31 at Reed’s Entertainment. All showtimes are at 7 p.m., except Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 


Fall Festival lip sync contest offering cash prizes

Hopkins County Fall Festival may still be more than three months away — it’s not scheduled until Oct. 17-24 — but the HCFF Board will be sponsoring a new contest at the end of the month to raise funds for and provide a fun means to start generating buzz about the annual fair.

The Next Big Thing Lip Sync Battle will be held Friday evening, July 31, at First Baptist Church’s Recreational Outreach Center (known as The ROC). The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the cost of admission to watch the show is $5 each.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors such as Circle E Western Store and Flowerland, HCFF will award three monetary prizes, $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third.

Judging will be based on three components: synchronization, costume and performance. Each act will receive a score of 0-10 points in each of the three categories.

All songs, costumes and performances must be family appropriate. Any vulgar or obscene performances will be stopped mid-performance and disqualified. Performances must be less than five minutes each. Contestants must provide on CD the music they plan to lip sync to.

Those entering the contest should turn in the $15 per person entry fee and completed application no later than Wednesday, July 29, at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Entry forms are available at the Civic Center, Circle E Western Store and at The ROC.

All proceeds for the contest will benefit Hopkins County Fall Festival.

CANHelp wanting to Pack the Bus with school supplies

CANHelp will be hosting its fifth annual Pack the Bus School Supply Drive to help  provide school supplies for less fortunate local families in readiness of the new school year. 

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