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Former county commissioner now working with FEMA grants

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Former Hopkins County Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker is using her years of experience to facilitate grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the county.

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Gail Herman and her state champs share special moment at UIL meet

This spring marks the third time in five years that Sulphur Springs High School has come home from the state UIL contest with the literary criticism championship. The occasion was especially remarkable for SSHS literary criticism sponsor Gail Herman because she got to spend time with all three of those state champions in Austin and had their photo made with the contest director, Mark Bernier. 

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Hotel, employee robbed at gunpoint.

A woman was reportedly robbed at gunpoint while working early Sunday morning at Econolodge in Sulphur Springs.

The suspects were described only as two black men, who were wearing red and gray hoodies and who each had a handkerchief partially covering his face.

The incident was reported at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. A female employee was reportedly getting ready to make breakfast when she heard the front door of the motel chime, indicating someone opened it. She said a black man holding a chrome gun ran at her. He was described as wearing a red hoody with a red handkerchief covering his nose and mouth. He reportedly grabbed her, put the gun to her side and asked “Where is the money?”

They walked out to the front desk, where a second man in a gray hoody stood; he had a handkerchief on his face also. The man reportedly moved the gun from the woman’s stomach and pointed it at her head. No verbal threats were made to the woman, but the gun was pointed at her and the pair wanted the money at the hotel, according to the police reports.

The suspect in gray then broke the lock to the cash drawer and took a sum of cash. They wanted in the safe; the man in gray turned a lever but wasn’t able to get it open. They were told it was empty anyway because the owner had already taken the cash..

For the rest of the story, see the May 15 News-Telegram.

Stadium work on schedule

Gerald Prim Stadium renovation could be completed and the facility ready for use in early August.

Ron Cardwell, Gallagher Construction Services manager for the Gerald Prim Stadium project, told trustees earlier this week that although weather has been an issue at times, he expects the stadium to be completed to be ready for final inspections the first week of August.

Gallagher is pushing to have tradesmen and contractors finished by August if at all possible. Crews are working 10-12 hour days, 6 days a week and will go to 7 days a week if necessary to meet the deadline, Cardwell told the board at the meeting.

He gave the trustees a “milestone” calendar, which is a schedule of “where we are” an intended target dates for specific tasks to be completed.

For the rest of the story, see the May 13-14 weekend News-Telegram.

Alliance CEO Sellers meets Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tom Sellers, president and CEO of Alliance Bank, joined more than 100 community bankers and the Independent Community Bankers of America this week for a meeting with President Donald Trump and other top administration officials at the White House as part of the 2017 ICBA Capital Summit.

In the meeting that included Vice President Mike Pence, National Economic Director Gary Cohn and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon, Trump said the administration is focused on addressing regulatory burdens to help community banks lend to small businesses.

“Alliance Bank was deeply honored to be invited to attend today’s historic meeting, where the president reiterated his support for community banking,” said Sellers. “Alliance Bank is proud to be in Washington this week to advocate on behalf of our industry so we can continue to serve our community and be a powerful job creator and economic engine in our markets.”

For the rest of the story, see the May 13-14 weekend News-Telegram.

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