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Pate family coming to town for reunion, dedication of Bible to Genealogical Society

Sulphur Springs will be the venue for a family reunion Thursday and Friday which will include a special presentation to the local genealogical society’s research library and an immersion in local history, which their ancestors helped forge.


CPCISD receives grant renewal for literacy program, $300k Cool Schools grant

Como-Pickton school trustees gave approval to two grants at their April meeting. One renews the literacy grant the district received this year and the other will help replace some aging air conditioners.


Traffic stop nets 41 lbs. of weed

A routine Interstate 30 traffic stop Tuesday by state troopers resulted in recovery of 41 pounds of marijuana and a felony arrest. State trooper Zach White is credited with the arrest.


Lighter than Air

News-Telegram Staff Writer
    A slightly different kind of flying machine made a stop at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport Tuesday evening and will remain here until Friday when it departs for San Antonio.
    The DirecTV blimp I-Lean was travelling from Arkansas to Fort Worth when conditions made it necessary to cut the trip short, according to crew member John Lanna, who said flying conditions and friendly local folks made the local airport the place to stop.
    “Weather and the friendly people,” Lanna said. “We know about this area. We were trying to get to Fort Worth, but the weather said we couldn't go any further because of safety issues, so we said 'Let's at least make it to Sulphur Springs.' We've been here before and this airport and the local people have always been nice to us — that's why we're here.”
    The name I-Lean comes from the fact the blimp leans slightly to the left because of the lighted marquis sign on that side of the envelope.
    It's that lighted sign that is seen at many major nighttime sporting events including baseball, football and NASCAR races. Tthe blimp serves as a camera platform for television broadcasts of those sporting events, as well.
    The blimp is 170 feet long and is about three stories tall and uses the lighter-than-air gas, helium, to keep it airborne.
    It travels with at least two pilots, mechanics, flight engineers and a ground crew of at least 18 people.

C-P Elementary opening up more pre-k slots with 2 daily sessions

The pre-kindergarten program at Como-Pickton Elementary will be structured a bit differently next year. District trustees this month gave approval to holding two pre-k sessions each day, which opens up a few additional spaces for more students to enroll in the program.

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