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2 Local school boards meet Monday

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The boards of Como-Pickton and Yantis schools will conduct regular meetings Monday on their campuses.

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‘Reds, Whites and Brews’ wine and beer festival coming to town

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The fine art of tasting wine and handcrafted beer is coming to Sulphur Springs in two weeks with “Reds, Whites and Brews.” Dedicated to those with a sophisticated palate, this festival is for those with adventurous tastes, a thirst for knowledge and a hunger for live music. 

“We started discussing having a wine and beer festival more than a year ago with the Chamber of Commerce. We wanted a patriotic-themed festival for Memorial Day weekend on the square,” said Community Development Specialist Gus Gustafson.  “This whole idea started after the laws for beer in Texas started to loosen up. We brought in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and found a way to make this festival work.”

A dozen local wineries — including Crump Valley, Landon’s, One Barrel, Los Pinos Ranch, Homestead and Red Road — will all be displaying their best selections for the event. Although the festival officially begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be a special tour beginning at noon for those wanting to know more about East Texas spirits. 

“We will have a professional team of sommeliers coming to host a special workshop before the festival. They will be teaching a little more about wine, answering questions and describing what to look for when at a tasting,” said Gustafson. 

There will also be 12 local beer brewers coming to display their hand-crafted beers at three local restaurants. 

“We will have a walking tour from Muddy Jake’s, Lou Viney’s, then on to Bayou Jacks. Each location will have different representatives from 12 Texas brewing companies. They will be educating people on all their beverages,” said Gustafson.

“Reds, Whites and Brews” will also be set up differently than other festivals. Gone are the days of purchasing tickets; each winery or brewer will be responsible for their own tasting rules and beverage sales. 

In order to set the mood, several jazz bands will be performing live on the square, and the Southwest Dairy Museum has donated a large variety of palate cleansing cheeses. 

“There will also be awards given out during the festival. We will have gold, silver and bronze medals for different wine and beer categories,” said Gustafson. “We want people to check out our official selections and see the best East Texas has to offer.”

“Reds, Whites and Brews” is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 on the Sulphur Springs downtown square. Although the festival officially ends at 4 p.m., live music will be playing the rest of the evening and Celebration Market vendors will also set up prior to the festival, and continue throughout the evening.  

YISD voters to decide school board

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Voters will have one more opportunity Saturday to cast ballots for their choices to fill three seats on Yantis Independent School District Board of Trustees. Como-Pickton and Sulphur Springs school districts cancelled their trustees elections.

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Hopkins County 4-H excels at district

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Six Hopkins County 4-H members recently returned from District contests, held at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Each student prepared a presentation or speech and competed with 4-H members from 14 counties in northeast Texas. Following are the results:

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Allen waives appeal of life sentence

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After being sentenced to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child, Robert Dwayne Allen, 46, formally waived his rights to appeal before Eighth District Judge Eddie Northcutt Tuesday afternoon.

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