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HCLEA offers massive egg hunt, food, entertainment Saturday at Civic Center

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Free popcorn, hamburgers and hot dogs, bounce houses, mule-pulled buckboard rides, balloons, puppets, face painting, thousands of Easter eggs and prizes are what Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association has in store for families Saturday.


Sgt. Tanner Higgins’ friends and family help keep his memory alive with military fund, highway project

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Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins’ family and friends are determined not only to ensure his ultimate sacrifice in service to his country will not be forgotten, but to also honor his life by helping service personnel who need a little extra help through the foundation started in his name.


Hannah Kirby’s watch party moves to FUMC tonight

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A fever has taken over Sulphur Springs, and her name is Hannah Kirby. 

Kirby will be on tonight’s episode of “The Voice” at 7 p.m. and the Downtown Business Alliance is continuing their watch party but are changing location. 

“Because of the sun setting later in the evening, we are not going to have the watch party on the square again,” said Rita Edwards, president of the DBA. “We will be at First United Methodist Church for the watch party tonight and will continue the watch parties at that location from now on. Hannah will also make a brief appearance.”

This evening, Kirby will be showcasing her singing ability in the knockout round. Coach Pharrell Williams will pair Kirby against another competitor on his team for a head-to-head competition. If Kirby wins this round, or gets “stolen” by another judge, she will continue to the live performance section of the show. 


Victims of deadly crash believed to be Mount Vernon teens

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The three victims of the fiery crash on State Highway 19 north early Saturday morning are believed to be Andrea Cook, 18, Nicole Barela, 17, and Shyanne Kull, 16 — three Mount Vernon teens reported to authorities later Saturday as missing, officials reported.


Area lakes benefitting from recent rainfall

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Cooper Lake at 85 percent capacity


Over the past three weeks the water level in Cooper Lake has risen almost 10 feet to a reading early Monday that indicated the lake was at 84.8 percent of capacity, 2.33 feet low and water continues to flow into the lake. Lake Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs’ alternate water source, is at more than 100 percent capacity with water six inches above the spillway level. Lake Fork is less than three feet below the full mark at 87.6 percent capacity. Recent, unseasonable moisture, beginning in mid-February with sleet and snow, followed by rain, more snow and a couple of weeks of rain left between eight and 10 inches of precipitation across the area. Runoff from the rains on the South Sulphur River covered FM 71 west at the Delta County line and caused the highway to be closed about three weeks ago. The massive log jam on the river just below the FM 71 crossing caused the water to back up and inundate the roadway and slow the inflow into Cooper Lake. A Texas Department of Transportation spokesman said the barricades were taken down early Monday as the water level dropped below the surface of the highway. Over the weekend, rainfall in Delta County caused the closure of State Highway 24 at John's Creek and TxDoT maintenance crews were at the creek crossing Monday morning to begin repairs to the roadway. The moisture fell at a rate that allowed the ground to soak up the water and now, with the soil at the saturation point, additional water can only run off into lakes, ponds and pools that are full to running over. With Cooper Lake nearing the full mark, the lake will begin the summer season in better condition than in the past several years. The water level also further secures water resources for the city of Sulphur Springs as well as those cities served by North Texas Municipal Water District. Although forecasts predict sunny days early this week, they also hold a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening, a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday evening and a 30 percent chance on Thursday. A potential for more rain also exists with the seasonal spring thunderstorms over the next several weeks.

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