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Motorcyclist arrested following high speed chase

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A motorcyclist was jailed Sunday morning following a vehicle pursuit along State Highway 11 east from Como to Winnsboro.


County clean up day is April 18

Hopkins County's annual Spring Clean Up Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The collection points will be at each county precinct barn. The county will accept everything except household hazardous waste, chemicals, paint, batteries, tires and appliances that contain freon. Collection sites for the county clean up will be at the county precinct barns. The Precinct 1 barn is located on State Highway 19 south; Precinct 2 barn is on State Highway 11 east between Como and Pickton and just west of Como-Pickton school; Precinct 3 barn is on County Road 3564, just west of Dike; and the Precinct 4 barn is on FM 2653, just south of Ridgeway. Also in the brief regular session Monday, followed by an executive session for consultation with legal counsel, Hopkins County Commissioners Court gave quick approval to a request from Economic Development Corporation's Roger Feagley for the creation of a reinvestment zone that would enable a tax abatement for a new industry in the county. Diversified Minerals Incorporated is relocating its manufacturing facility to Hopkins County from California and, according to Feagley, has promised to employ 20 workers. They have broken ground on a facility on Interstate 30 west. The company manufactures metal containers to handle such things as cement and other powdered products. The court recognized Courthouse Security Officer Henry Turner for “exemplary” completion of a course in courthouse training. Commissioners then entered into an executive session for consultation with the county's attorney. After about 20 minutes in the closed-door session, the commissioners court reconvened and, without taking action or making comment on the executive session, adjourned the meeting.

Youth Art Show rewards students

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The results are in for the 2015 Youth Art Show. Talented students from schools around the county submitted more than 80 exhibits at Heritage Park on Thursday morning. The artworks were judged Thursday afternoon then displayed in the park on Friday and Saturday. 

Overall, Sulphur Springs High School students swept the competition with first through third places in sculpture, mosaics, print, ceramics and pencil and pen categories.

Best of Show this year was awarded to Sulphur Springs High School art student Shade Alley; she took first place in the colored drawing category. 

“The Hopkins County Historical Society has put together this show to give students in the county a venue to show off their artwork,” said SSHS art teacher Dr. Phillip Dick. “I am very proud of our students.”

Here is a rundown of all the winners in the competition


High school bracket


1. Hannah Skaggs, SSHS

2. Alissa Slotelo, SSHS.

3. Dino Saldivar, SSHS


1. Jennifer Edwards, SSHS

2. Jennifer Edwards, SSHS

3. Brittany Seargent, SSHS



1. Whitney Davis, SSHS

2. Jerrica Passmore, SSHS

3. Caroline Burns, SSHS



1. Gladys Cardena, SSHS

2. Alex Riels, SSHS

3. Ragan Sachs, SSHS


Pencil and Pen

1. Greg Womack, SSHS

2. Abby Johnson, SSHS

3. Elizabeth Cochran, SSHS



1. Yasmin Diosdado, Como-Pickton High School

2. Jasmine Mejia, CPHS

3. Makaya Rich, Bright Star Christian School


Print- lino cut

1. Jerrica Passmore, SSHS

2. Sean Fryer, SSHS

3. Caroline Burns, SSHS

Color Drawings

1. Shade Alley, SSHS

2. Kay Lynn Allen, North Hopkins High School

3. Mary Brown, NHHS



Blue Ribbon- Kay Lynn Allen, NHHS

Red Ribbon- Violet Altenbaumer, SSHS


Junior High bracket

Pencil and Pen

1. Alexis Serrano, Sulphur Bluff

2. Kiersten Brown, SB

3. Katelyn White, SB



1. Allie Price, Bright Star

2. Lauren Arnecke, BSCS

3. Hennen McFadden, BSCS


Blue Ribbon- Allie Price, BSCS

Hannah Kirby is looking for America’s vote Monday

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Sulphur Springs native Hannah Kirby is still going strong as she battles 11 other contestants on “The Voice” this Monday evening. Now, more than ever, Kirby is asking Hopkins County to support her in the national singing contest on NBC by voting.  

For the final live-performance phase of the competition, the top 12 artists compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience votes to save their favorite artists. The three artists with the lowest number of votes are eligible for the "instant save." These artists each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. Then, America has the opportunity to save their favorite performer by tweeting #VoiceSave, along with the artist's name. The two singers with the lowest number of votes are sent home each week. 

This is where Hopkins County can support Kirby. Here are the six ways people can vote: 

ITunes is the number one way to vote. From a computer, iPhone or iPad anyone can set up a Itune’s account and purchase one of Kirby’s songs. The purchase price is $1.29 per song. The performer with the most songs sold will get a 10 times multiplier on their vote total. This type of vote could keep Kirby in the lead. 

“The Voice” also has an app for iPhone and android cell phones. Access the app store or Google Play store, log in with Facebook information or create an account with an email address. Fans will be able to select Kirby’s profile to vote.

Fans will also be able to call “The Voice” on the phone up to 10 times. At the end of Kirby’s performance, a number will flash across the screen. The show’s host Carson Daily will announce when the phone lines will be open for the voting process. Fans will not need to say anything but rather listen to a pre-recorded message, hang up and dial again. 

For Sprint users, fans can also text the four digit number that shows up on the screen, up to 10 times. 

NBC’s website is also available for people to log into and submit a vote. Visit www.nbc.com/thevoice and select the vote menu option on the right of the menu bar. Fans will also be able to vote 10 times on this format. 

Tuesday night instant saves are also available. If Kirby is not selected as one of the top eight performers with the regular vote, Daily will tell the audience they have five minutes to save one person on Twitter. After the announcement, log onto a twitter account and tweet #VoiceSaveHannah.   

In the end, only one person is named "The Voice" and receives the grand prize of a recording contract.

The 3rd Annual Tanner Higgins Warrior Run to be held Saturday morning at Cooper Lake State Park

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The 3rd Annual Tanner Higgins Warrior Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Cooper Lake State Park South Sulphur Unit.

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