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Filing opens Wednesday for city, hospital elections

The 2015 political season officially opens Wednesday with the start of filing for places on Sulphur Springs City Council and for the Board of Directors for Hopkins County Memorial Hospital District. The filing period will continue through Friday, Feb. 27. In the city election, three city council seats — Place 1 held by Craig Johnson, Place 2 held by Clay Walker and Place 3 held by Oscar Aguilar — will be on the ballot. Two at-large seats on the hospital board will be on that ballot. Those seats are currently held by Suzanne Thomas Bankston, who has indicated she will file for reelection, and by Dr. David Black. Prospective candidates for the city election may file their intentions with City Secretary Gale Roberts at Sulphur Springs City Hall, 201 North Davis St. Prospective candidates for one of the two at-large seats on the hospital board may sign up at the administration offices at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. The filing period for the May 9 elections begins Wednesday and will continue through Friday, Feb. 27. School Board Filing for candidacy in upcoming school trustees elections will get underway at three local school districts, also going from Jan. 28 until Feb. 27. Elections will be held on Saturday, May 9, if required. To file for one of the two seats up for election in Sulphur Springs Independent School District, candidate packets are available at and can be returned to the SSISD Tax Office, located on the first floor of SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St., during regular business hours. The two spots are for full three-year terms on the school board. Don Sapaugh and Jason Dietze currently serve in those positions Filing for the three spots on Yantis ISD’s Board of Trustees begins Wednesday in the administration office. Filing continues weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Feb. 27. See Kristi Beech for more information. Currently serving in those seats are Tonya Norris, Corey Ogle and Dr. Boyd McCreight. Candidate filing for four seats on Como-Pickton CISD Board of Trustees also begins Jan. 28 in the administration office. Each position is for a full, four-year term on the board. Currently serving in those CPCISD board seats are Shawn Carpenter, J.J. Cummings, Mark Humphrey and Gerald Walters.

Drug offenses result in life sentence

A plea of guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine, more than four grams but less than 200 grams, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and tampering with physical evidence resulted in a sentence of life in prison this morning in Hopkins County's 8th Judicial District Court. Roger Dale Gammons, 53, of Edgewood had entered the guilty pleas before District Judge Eddie Northcutt on Dec. 22. According to District Attorney Will Ramsay, there was no plea bargain offered and Gammons had elected to have sentencing set by the court. Based on the plea of guilty, there was the possibility of a sentence with deferred adjudication instead of a prison sentence. Ramsay said Gammons had previously served two prison sentences, which elevated the punishment range to a sentence of between 25 years and life in prison. During the sentencing hearing Monday morning, Gammons testified he had a “bad drug problem.” Under cross-examination it was revealed that Gammons had been a member of a prison gang. The questioning also provided evidence that he was not just a drug user, but a dealer of methamphetamine, according to the district attorney. Before pronouncing the sentence, Northcutt pointed out that Gammons was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence in Van Zandt County seven days after pleading guilty in Hopkins County. The judge drew the distinction between being a drug user and a dealer. Gammons was arrested last February on the charges. At the time of his arrest, Ramsay said Gammons resisted deputies and attempted to empty a bag of methamphetamine onto the ground before officers could deploy a Taser. After taking the man into custody, deputies found more than 14 grams of methamphetamine concealed behind the glove compartment in his car and also found a quantity of hydrocodone and Alprazolam pills. Ramsay said deputies also found pictures of drug activity on Gammon's cell phone. The district attorney credited Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Corley Weatherford and Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum for their efforts in discovering the hidden drugs. "Most of us were asleep in our beds on Feb. 6, when Sgt. Weatherford was all by himself approaching this man's vehicle. He placed his life on the line,” Ramsay said. “Chief Investigator Tatum did a great job securing the remainder hidden narcotics, which could have been easily missed.” Methamphetamine, Ramsay said, is the common denominator in most of the felony cases handled in Hopkins County. “The more hardened dealers we can put behind bars, the safer we will be. I am quite certain that Mr. Gammons wishes he had never driven to Hopkins County that night,” he said. ”Because we have guys like Weatherford and Tatum who don't take kindly to dope dealers, we hope others continue to take notice."

North Hopkins Homecoming

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North Hopkins celebrates homecoming with a full week of dress-up, cheer and banner contests. Friday the basketball teams play the Como-Pickton Eagles, present the  homecoming court and crown the queen. Pictured are senior queen nominees Sarah Weatheread, Miriam Castro and Ashley Garcia; Junior princess Aysha Day; freshman princess Mattie Hall; sophomore princess Melissa Wischerman; and senior queen nominee Maddison Thompson.

Candidate filing for school board elections starts Jan. 28

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Filing for candidacy in upcoming school trustees elections will get under way at three local school districts starting next week.


Satillo ISD gets ready for homecoming

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Saltillo ISD is gearing up for homecoming with a week’s worth of activities, which culminate Jan. 30 at the game with class recognition and SISD Homecoming Court honors presentation.

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