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Mark Wahlberg playing local oil rig survivor in new movie

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The Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater offshore oil drilling rig which exploded April 20, 2010. Eleven workers died in the incident and the rig sank in roughly 36 hours. Hopkins County local Mike Williams, chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, was one of the last of 126 men to escape the rig by taking a leap of faith. 

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Concert fundraiser set for local Robin Palmer

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Robin Palmer was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that has brought with it severe fatigue, fever, confusion, pain and emotional distress into the normality of her life. With the promise of a liver transplant in her future, the community has banded together to help support her during a time of need.

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Former preacher sentenced in child porn case

Chad Oather Calhoun, 31, of Sulphur Springs was found guilty on two charges related to child pornography and was sentenced for child exploitation offenses in the Eastern District of Texas Wednesday.

The former Lake Highlands Baptist Church pastor was convicted by a federal jury on Dec. 10, 2015 for receiving and possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Upon his release from custody, Calhoun will serve a term of supervised release of 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender.

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Hopkins County rest areas begin construction Monday

Work on two new safety rest areas along Interstate Highway 30 just east of Cumby will begin Aug. 8.

The Texas Department of Transportation unveiled plans for the new rest areas on March 2015 at a public meeting in Cumby. The new travelers' facilities will be constructed just east of Cumby, between FM 499 and FM 275 south, at an estimated cost of more than $23 million. The project is expected be completed in January 2018, weather permitting.

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Proclamation read while girl undergoes surgery

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom proclaimed Aug. 3 Team Eisley Day in Hopkins County. Wesley United Methodist Church’s sanctuary was filled this morning with supporters, family, friends and community leaders, who prayed for Eisley Henderson.  

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