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Man held for distributing videos

A 30-year-old Sulphur Springs man, Joshua Cullen Lonidier, was returned to Hopkins County overnight from Arcadia, La., where he had been arrested on local warrants alleging improper photography or visual recording.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Charles Humphries said Lonidier waived extradition Thursday.

Humphries said the charges stemmed from videos stolen from a former girlfriend.

Lonidier had been in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship with the woman and that relationship had gone sour.

“He went through the person's property and found [videos] without her consent and sent them out to different people,” the investigator said. “He sent it out to family members of this person. He sent videos without her consent.”

The videos were described as being very explicit and involved a former husband.

Lonidier was booked into the county jail early today and bond was set at $35,000 each on the three charges.

Investigators indicated the possibility of additional charges against Lonidier.

Choral Society is calling all vocalists for Celtic Christmas

When it comes to training vocal talent, Northeast Texas Choral Society Director Carol Allen is one of the best in the business. With years of experience to back her, Allen is hosting open auditions Saturday for anyone interested in becoming a part of the prestigious choral society. This year’s December production will be “Celtic Christmas.”

“We are looking for all voice parts,” said Allen. “Anyone interested in auditioning does not have to have an appointment, a prepared piece of music or an accompanyist.”

For the choral society, being able to read music is an advantage but not a requirement. Unlike other auditions, Allen wants to spend one-on-one time with each person auditioning in order to evaluate a person’s ability to match pitch and range. To her, a good set of ears is just as important as a finely tuned voice. 

“We don’t want anyone to be nervous or afraid,” said Allen. “This is not a scary process. I will sing with each person.”

For Allen, the choral society is a family that she has been a part of since it began 18 seasons ago. Every season they perform a spring and Christmas show for the Hopkins County community.

“The choral society still fascinates me. When you sing in a choir, there is nothing that will scratch that itch like what we do,” said Allen. “Some people might come into a Monday night rehearsal bone-tired, but when they leave, they are at peace. People feel rejuvenated after rehearsals because they affect people physically and spiritually.”

As for the Celtic-themed Christmas performance, Allen has pulled out all the stops. The performance will run the second weekend of December at First United Methodist Church.  

“It is going to be crazy awesome. We are going to bring in some Celtic instruments like the Bodhran drum. We will also have a fife and flute player as well,” said Allen. “During the finale, people might even hear a little bag piping.”

NETCS auditions will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. till noon in the choir room at First United Methodist Church. No appointment is needed.

A glimpse into the past: Posey resident finds father’s dog tag

A local resident was wowed by what she found Saturday while sorting through a pile of rubble at her family’s home place in the Posey community — a precious piece of her late father’s history charred among the remains of the old trash burn pile.


Potato man lives: City finds own action unconstitutional

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The Potato House owner Sherry Cotten gathered with more than a dozen supporters at City Hall Tuesday evening, ready to fight the city over the survival of her business logo — a small potato-shaped man. The case was presented to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the reason for the their decision was surprising to those who attended the public forum.


SSISD tracking former students, teachers

Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s Human Resources Department has been busy surveying seniors, recent graduates, staff, applicants, new teachers and staff. The school will continue to track these individuals for up to five years to help the district assess its effectiveness in providing education and programs to meet the needs of students, and to aid the district in retention and recruitment efforts.

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