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11 SSHS band members advancing to State Solo and Ensemble Contest

Twenty-five SSHS Band students earned first division ratings Friday at the UIL Region IV Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Texas A&M University-Commerce, including 11 who qualified for state.


C-P, Yantis schools have heavily contested races

SSISD school board incumbents unchallenged

With only a week left to file candidacy, two of the three local school boards have heavily contested school board elections.


Klein ISD gave parents incorrect information about special ed

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AUSTIN, Texas — Records show that one of the largest school districts in Texas used parent information forms for years that contained inaccurate information about the special education process.


Meth bust leaves two in custody 65 grams of methamphetamine found in car trunk

A traffic stop on the downtown square just before 10 a.m. Friday resulted in the seizure of 65 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of a man and woman from the Tyler area.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Investigator Wade Sheets said he made the traffic stop after seeing the driver fail to stop and to warn him about a broken windshield.

“I made contact with the driver, John Hearn Jr., who was by himself in the car at the time,” Sheets said. “The female, Sara Moses, had gone into the courthouse for an appearance in court she was scheduled to be there for.”

Sheets said the driver exhibited a number of signs of extreme nervousness when he contacted him.

“That's what led me to search the vehicle,” he said. “He gave consent to search the car, and in the passenger floorboard was a purse. Sticking out of the purse in plain view was a little bag with marijuana leaves on it and a hydrocodone pill inside the bag.”

The investigator said the bag and the hydrocodone provided probable cause for a search of the remainder of the vehicle.

“Then, we found digital scales with meth residue and a small amount of meth in the back of the car along with some marijuana,” Sheets said. “We found a small safe in the trunk, with 65 grams of meth inside it.”

Sheets said when the woman, identified as Sara Moses, returned to the car, she was also taken into custody.

Sheets said Moses who was released this week from Smith County jail for failure to pay child support, was in child support court in Hopkins County before she and her companion were arrested.

Wood County jail administrator facing charges

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A Wood County jail administrator has been arrested and charged with inappropriate contact with a former inmate, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday in a statement.

David McGee, 40, of Yantis has been charged with permitting or facilitating escape and tampering with a government document. He is being held in the Hopkins County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $200,000.

McGee resigned from his position as jail administrator during the investigation, according to the sheriff’s department. The investigation, which was conducted by the Texas Rangers, alleged McGee had inappropriate contact with a former inmate of the Wood County jail.

“When these allegations were made, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office immediately contacted the Texas Rangers, and an independent investigation was opened,” the department said in a statement.

McGee was arrested by the Texas Rangers in the course of the investigation, the department said.

Records in the case have been sealed by Wood County District Judge Jeff Fletcher, according to the statement.

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