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Capital Murder Two men held in connection with murder, robbery

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Employer was killed in his house

 Two local men are being held in lieu of $2 million bond each on charges of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of their employer, 66-year-old Gary Maynard, late Saturday evening. Patrick Wayne McMahan, 31, of Sulphur Springs and Cody Scott Shaw, 26, of Emory are both being held in Hopkins County jail for the capital murder of Maynard. Hopkins County Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum said the victim's wife called officers to the County Road 2301 residence just after 11 p.m. Saturday. Tatum said robbery was the apparent motive for the slaying. “We know approximately 13 chain saws were stolen out of a shop,” the investigator said. “We recovered all the cash — it could be somewhere around the $2,000 range.” The chief investigator said he believes the murder victim was asleep in bed when he was shot with a .270-caliber deer rifle. Deputies at the scene quickly identified two possible suspects, employees of Maynard's tree-trimming business. “We developed some suspects,” Tatum said. “The first suspect, Patrick Wayne McMahan, was located on Beckworth Street,” Tatum said. “He was brought in on unrelated charges. Another suspect, Cody Shaw, was located Sunday morning in Rains County.” HCSO Cpl. Todd Evans apprehended McMahan at a Beckworth Street residence shortly after the murder was reported. “We had him in custody pretty quickly on unrelated charges,” Tatum said. “Evidence, 13 chain saws, was located in the back of an SUV backed up into the bushes at that residence.” SWAT officers from Sulphur Springs Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff's Department assisted in taking Shaw into custody at his rural Rains County residence. Although two suspects are being held in the murder, Tatum said the investigation is continuing. Texas Ranger John Vance of Hopkins County and Ranger Greg Wilson from Franklin and Titus counties are assisting deputies in their investigation. Funeral services for Gary Maynard are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Two-day Blue Santa toy drive kicks off Monday

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The big two-day Christmas toy drive to benefit Hopkins County children via the Blue Santa program kicks off at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Fix and Feed, 1000 Gilmer St. 

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Golden Agers Gift Tree to benefit local shut-ins during holidays

The Senior Citizens Center is asking for the community’s help in making a homebound senior citizen’s Christmas a little brighter this holiday season by adopting one of the individuals on the Golden Agers Gift Tree.

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Train ride through North Pole of Texas begins in Pickton

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Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend, or maybe just an activity suitable for the entire family? Look no further than Pine Forest, where the entire family can enjoy a free train ride through the North Pole of Texas.

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News-Telegram accepting Santa letters, schedules Dec. 6 for photos with St. Nick

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Circle E and the Echo Publishing Co. will be partnering again this season with Make-A-Wish to not only help local children get their letters to Santa but to help grant wishes to area children with life-threatening illnesses.

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