The News-Telegram will once again partner with Circle E to help local children get their letters to Santa while helping raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes to area children with life-threatening illnesses.
Texas A&M University-Commerce alumni secured the right to fly the university’s flag over the Hopkins County Courthouse after placing the winning bid of $4,750 during the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation’s Fly Your Flag event for its Lights of Life campaign.The flag, which was raised in an afternoon ceremony on Tuesday, will fly until Dec. 2. Texas A&M-Commerce President Dan R. Jones (pictured far left) said, “Texas A&M University-Commerce is proud to have provided educational opportunity to many thousands of students from Hopkins County for more than a century. We are thrilled to see our flag flying high above the Hopkins County Courthouse.” Staff Photo Jon Lance
The owner of lawnmower and trailer was picking up his property Tuesday morning after sheriff's deputies recovered it Monday.
Two men are in custody in connection with the stolen property and a third is expected to be arrested Wednesday for the theft of a car-hauler trailer, lawnmower and numerous hand tools, according Hopkins County Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum.
“We had a trailer, a zero-turn lawn mower, tools and some other items stolen from FM 275 south about three nights ago,” Tatum said. “After doing some checking, we located one of the suspects we believed to be involved. We got him in here, and he confessed to doing it.”
The chief investigator identified the suspect as Ricky Dale Overly, 44, who was arrested by Cumby Police Chief Scotty Sewell.
“After talking to him and interviewing him, we worked it back,” Tatum said. “We went over to Dallas, off Buckner Boulevard, yesterday and recovered the trailer and the lawnmower.”
Monday night, Joey Pierce, 27, was found in possession of some of the hand tools that were taken and was arrested in connection with the thefts.
Investigators said they expect to arrest a third person later this week.
“There is a person who will be arrested Wednesday morning,” Tatum said. “The charge will be engaging in organized criminal activity, a second-degree felony that carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.”
Tatum said he had information the three were in the area and had them under surveillance prior to the theft.
A Hopkins County Grand Jury last week signed at least 21 indictments against 21 individuals, pushing those cases forward for prosecution. The charges ranged from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault, to theft, marijuana and controlled substance possession, felony drunk driving and unlawful use of a criminal instrument.
Evening Chapel C.M.E. Church hosts a free Thanksgiving lunch today. The event was located in the church’s banquet hall from 11 a.m. until all the food was served. Pictured are, from left, Regina Vaughn, Ellen Clayton (back sitting), Mynder Kelley, Dollie Kelly and Vinda Wright.
Staff Photo Jon Lance