The Early Childhood Learning Center holds a Silly Socks Parade on Thursday. The students got to wear their favorite crazy socks and made sock puppets and signs to celebrate the event.
Staff Photo Jon Lance
A replacement for Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown will not be named until after the Dec. 9 filing deadline for places on the March Primary Election passes, according to County Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker, county judge pro tem.
By the 11 a.m. Tuesday cut off, Hopkins County Commissioners Court had received 11 resumes from people interested in serving as county judge for one year, according to Wisenbaker.
“We have glanced at them,” Wisenbaker said this morning. “We [commissioners court] are all going to go over them, one at a time, and look through them.”
A final decision, however, will not be made until December.
“We are not going to rush,” she said. “We are going to wait until after sign up day [Dec. 9 deadline for filing as a candidate for office in the March Primary Election] and, at that point in time, start giving serious consideration to the applications.”
Wisenbaker said she and the other county commissioners were both impressed and appreciative of the interest shown in helping to fill the vital spot in county government.
“A huge ‘thank you’ to everybody that has turned in resumes,” she said. “We’re very appreciative of the people that will give up a portion of their life to come do public service.”
Judge Chris Brown has been named executive director of Ark-Tex Council of Governments and will assume that position after the first of the year.
Hopkins County United Way closed out the final workers report meeting Tuesday the same way the 2013-14 campaign started — with prayer of thanks for giving which not only met but abundantly exceeded the stated goal.
Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies were busy returning stolen power tools to the rightful owners after having recovered the merchandise from pawn shops in the Dallas area.
Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said 24-year-old Lance Knotts is being held in connection with the thefts as well as a separate forgery charge.
“This guy had been committing forgeries and stealing checks from different people, then started writing checks at different businesses here in town. He knew the checks were bad, buying this equipment with the bad checks,” Tatum said. “He would then take the equipment to Dallas, Garland, Rockwall or wherever and sell it at different pawn shops and get the money for it.”
On Monday, Investigator Daniel Winn, Sgt. Corley Weatherford and Deputy Major Willis went to the Dallas area to recover more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise.
Lance Knotts is being held by Hopkins County in lieu of $10,000 bond on theft charge and $5,000 on the forgery charge.
Sulphur Springs school trustees, after discussion, approved expenditures for a summer staff development conference. A decision regarding purchase of a Rocket web filter and My Big Campus program from Light Speed was postponed pending further information.