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Testing summer’s bounty

Juanice Tomlinson (center) and her daughter, Jamie test Vanessa Bennett’s tomatoes before buying them at Saturday’s Main Street Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market opens every Saturday on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this summer. Hours will be extended to 2 p.m. in the fall.

Blacklands railroad growing, assumes management of new short line

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In the more than 10 years since Blacklands Railroad became a reality, the short line railroad has continued to grow and, this past week, assumed operation of a new short line railroad in Rusk County.


Commissioners expected to approve hiring freeze Monday

Hopkins County commissioners, facing budget shortfalls, are poised to enact a hiring freeze in a Monday meeting, as well as consider spending an initial $20,000 to evaluate current needs at the county jail.


Trooper makes third drug bust of the week while patrolling I-30

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For the second night in a row, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Hogue made a felony arrest after seizing more than 5 pounds of marijuana as a result of a routine traffic stops on Interstate 30. It’s also the third I-30 bust made this week by Hogue, who also seized 1 kilogram of methamphetamine Sunday night.


Top floats in annual Dairy Festival event named

The Hopkins County Dairy Festival every year recognizes the best conveyances and entries in the annual parade. This year the top three “Little Kids” and commercial floats were recognized, as was the queen contestants’ sweepstakes winner during the annual Dairy Festival Queen’s Pageant and Coronation.

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