Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District students and staff have been working hard this week getting things ready for their annual Deck the Halls celebration on Thursday, Dec. 11.
Sulphur Springs Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Mike Alvin Ruiz, a suspect for whom investigators Monday morning obtained a felony warrant for aggravated assault of an officer by dragging him alongside his vehicle while fleeing during a traffic stop.
There is good news and not-so-good news for those who must drive on FM 69 between Interstate 30 and Dike. Work on the highway is progressing but is not expected to be complete before next summer. The construction project to rebuild and widen just less than five-and-a-half miles of FM 69 north is running behind schedule, according to Texas Department of Transportation. This, of course, does not come as any surprise to Hopkins County residents who drive this section of FM 69 every day. According to TxDoT, the contractor, Sammy Gist Enterprises of Clarksville, had by the end of November completed about 39 percent of the total and has used 66 percent of the allotted time for the work. “The overall progress of the work is behind schedule,” said TxDoT spokesman Tim McAlavy. “The contractor hopes to complete the pavement work by mid-February of 2015, excluding the pavement surface treatments which must be done in warmer months of the year. At this rate of progress, TxDOT expects the contractor to complete the work sometime in July 2015.” The $1.86 million project, which began in early April of this year, called for cement stabilization of the sub-surface and the widening of the roadway from 20 to 24 feet, priming the new layer of sub-surface and the application of asphalt and gravel. According to TxDoT, the surface treatment of the new pavement is a temperature-sensitive process that must be done in warmer months of the year to make sure the pavement will hold up to extreme climate changes as well as normal wear and tear. The portion of the project that has been completed includes extending cross drainage structures, but surface work and paving is not expected to be completed before next July.