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Wind damage widespread across county By KERRY CRAIG News-Telegram Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

High winds from a thunderstorm along a cold front line moved into Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County just after 5 p.m. Thursday, downing many trees, power lines and poles and damaging a number of buildings.

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Heroes to the Rescue

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As the Sulphur Springs Wildcats battle Mount Pleasant tonight on the football field, the Sulphur Springs High School band is preparing to perform an inspiring halftime show.

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Commissioners get first jail construction update

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In the first of what will become weekly meetings, Hopkins County Commissioners Court members met with Sedalco Construction to get an update and progress report on the construction of the new county jail. County Judge Robert Newsom said the discovery of several remnants of a cotton gin that sat on the jail site many years ago has delayed progress on the project. “We are 11 days behind,” Newsom said. “Actually, we haven't fallen any further behind than we were a week or two ago. It's just the finding of all these things that we've discovered slowed the progress.” Work is progressing with the drilling of large holes that extend down into the bedrock and the pouring of concrete in those holes to form piers to support the concrete slab for the new jail. That phase should be completed very soon. “By this time next week, we should actually be finished with drilling and pouring concrete piers and we should quit finding those things under the ground from this old cotton gin and other things that have been at that location historically,” he said. “That's a good thing.” Sedalco told the county the jail should be substantially complete and ready for the transfer of prisoners by October of next year. The delays that have been experienced, Newsom said, should not impact the completion date. “We are still within budget because we planned for problems,” he said. “We just didn't know there would be as many as we have had thus far.” Construction of the $16 million, 200-bed jail facility was approved by county voters last November and, when complete, will resolve a myriad of issues that have plagued the current jail in recent years.

Deputy to be recognized for his heroism

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Shae Shaw will be recognized in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday for his actions in a fatal traffic crash on Interstate 30 last Thursday evening. Shaw, who has been with the sheriff’s department only about six months, had responded to assist an out-of-state motorist whose car had broken down in the passing lane of Interstate 30 near the 131 mile marker about 7:20 p.m. Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum credited Shaw, who was out of the vehicle with the occupants of the disabled vehicle, with saving the lives of the motorist and his passenger. “Deputy Shaw pulled up behind the broken down vehicle. He had his emergency lights on and was pushing traffic over into the right-hand lane,” Tatum said. “A vehicle driven by a Sulphur Springs man, I guess from what it looks like in the video, came along and rear-ended the patrol unit — he never saw him.” In the video, Shaw can be seen with the two people from the stranded car standing at the rear of the patrol truck. Shaw sees the other vehicle coming and begins pushing them out of harm’s way. As Shaw shouts to watch out and gives a final push to the people, the video shows the car crash violently into Shaw’s patrol vehicle. The driver of the car, Robert H. Thompson of Sulphur Springs, was critically injured and was flown to a Tyler hospital, where he later died of the injuries. While extending sympathies from the sheriff’s department to the Thompson family, Tatum said Shaw’s heroic actions prevented other injuries and potential deaths in the crash.

Saltillo ISD earns exclusive national award

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Saltillo Independent School District is among an elite group of schools notified Tuesday afternoon by the US Secretary of Education that it has earned distinction as a National Blue Ribbon School. Only 7,900 American schools have earned this award over the course of the program’s 32-year history.

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