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Multiple people say contractor never performed work

Testimony began Monday morning in Hopkins County's Eighth Judicial District Court in the case against 46-year-old Chad Alan Cappiello of The Colony in connection with a scheme to remodel the kitchen of a home in Como two years ago.

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Sellers re-elected to Place 7 city council; Place 7 in runoff

Charles Oxford was apparently not running for a seat on the Sulphur Springs City Council, but he influenced Saturday’s results, nonetheless.

In the race for Place 6 on the council, there were three names on the ballot: Charles Oxford, Dan Froneberger and Brad Burgin.

City Secretary Gale Roberts said that Froneberger received 155 votes, Burgin received 153 votes and Charles Oxford garnered nine votes.

A runoff election will have to be held to settle the race since none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the votes. The date for the runoff had not been determined.

Oxford, a former city councilman who has also ran unsuccessfully for a council seat for a number of years, decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Place 6 seat, but his decision came after the filing deadline so his name appeared on the ballot.

Because of the nine votes that Oxford received in the election, city taxpayers will be forced to pay for the runoff election, which the city secretary said, will be rather expensive.

The date for the runoff election is expected to be released Tuesday by the city secretary's office.

In the other race on the ballot, incumbent Place 7 City Councilmember John Sellers defeated challenger Andy Lowen. Sellers received 267 votes to Lowen's 53 votes.

Yantis ISD gets 3 new board members; 2 incumbents back at CPISD

Two incumbents and one challenger were selected to serve on Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, while three new members were elected to Yantis ISD Board of Trustees, according to the unofficial tallies from Saturday’s elections.

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Reds, Whites and Brews is a doggone good time

The third annual Reds, Whites and Brews Festival, benefiting two dog-related charities, drew a crowd in and around Celebration Plaza on Saturday on a beautiful afternoon. The Sulphur Springs Animal Shelter and The Hearts of Life were the beneficiaries of the event, via Matt Dunn and Art Foster, operating through their nonprofit, The Buried Bone Foundation.

Matt Dunn said before the festival that the shelters both had specific needs that he and Foster were targeting.

“The animal shelter needs a 10x10 concrete slab for a kennel and Hearts of Life needs dog runs,” Dunn said.

The heart of the event, and how it raised money for the two animal groups, was samplings from 11 breweries and six wineries. The event will have over 45 beers.  People bought tasting cards for $25, which provided 12 tastings of beers or wines. 

Helping dogs is the primary reason for the event, Dunn said.

“We knew we wanted to do a charity for either dogs or kids, and we both have dogs,” he said. And, that turned out well.

While wine and beer tastings were the heart of the event, it had plenty of other things as well.

The Sulphur Springs Rotary Club sponsored a canine corner. It will included dog adoptions, dog training, and vendors of various canine products. The animal groups above and Lake Country Ladies were among those in the canine corner. Dunn said the Sulphur Springs Animal Shelter had two new adoptions, gained two new volunteers and received $200 in donations. Lake Country Ladies had one animal adopted. "We would like to thank everyone who made Reds, Whites and Brews such an amazing event," Dunn said. "The event would not have been possible without everyone's hard work, love and support."

Downtown area restaurants served as food vendors. And Dunn and Foster worked to get local artists among other vendors. Dunn said he wanted to promote creativity in the area.

For more about The Buried Bone Foundation, go online to www.theburiedbone.com. For updates on the event's fundraising results, go to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theburiedbone.

County adds $500K to reserves

Hopkins County Commissioners Court received a good report Monday from outside auditors Rutledge, Crain and Co. 

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