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Evans withdraws request to draw up resolution for TxDOT

At the end of a brief Hopkins County Commissioners Court meeting Monday morning, Precinct 4 Commissioner Danny Evans withdrew a request he made at an earlier meeting seeking a resolution alerting state officials of safety concerns on State Highway 19 north.

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Three shot, one stabbed at Commerce party

A large party at the 428 Club on Martin Luther King Drive in Commerce ended with gunfire about 4 a.m. Sunday. Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said officers were already in the area waiting for the party to break up when there were a number of shots fired.

“When officers arrived, they found numerous rounds had been fired striking at least three people,” Crews said. “An additional injured person arrived at Hunt Community Hospital-Commerce emergency room with a stab wound to his arm.” One of the gunshot victims was transported to the Commerce emergency room by private vehicle, another was taken to Greenville by ambulance and a third was airlifted to a Dallas hospital in critical condition.

“At this time, we have not been able to identify who the suspect or suspects are,” Crews said. “Commerce police detectives and Texas Rangers are investigaing the incident.”

The Commerce Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the police department at 903-886-1139 or call Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.

Solar panel problem causes barn fire, haz-mat issue

A private solar power system that provided electricity for three houses on FM 3389 experienced problems over the weekend that resulted in a fire and a hazardous materials situation, according to Hopkins County Fire Chief Andy Endsley.

The three homes were completely off the commercial power grid, operating on power generated by the solar cells. The private system became overloaded at the main switch where the batteries are located inside a small barn.

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More money for education? Eh, it’s wait and see

Several bills which are in the works in the state Legislature have local educators watching to see how things will shake out with opposing views on funding and mandates.

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Hopkins County Walk of Hope set for April 4

Vigil set for victims and survivors of crime

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