Commissioners honor outgoing Civic Center Board members

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Dec 10, 2007 - The Hopkins County Commissioners Court recognized and honored outgoing members of the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Board during a regular meeting this morning at the Hopkins County Courthouse.

Staff Photo by Patti Sells

Outgoing members of the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Board were honored with plaques this morning during a regular meeting at Hopkins County Courthouse. Shown left to right are (front row) Civic Center Operations Manager Dorothy Ford, Civic Center Marketing and Promotions Manager Pansy Bell, outgoing board members Lynda Hager, Harold Bryant and Darla Reed, (back row) Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker, Precinct 2 Commissioner Burke Bullock, Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap, Precinct 4 Commissioner Danny Evans and Precinct 3 Commissioner Don Patterson. Not pictured is outgoing board member James Jones)

Darla Reed, Lynda Hager, Harold Bryant and James Jones were each given plaques thanking them for their years of service to the community.

"I don't believe any of us ever considered it a job of dread," said Harold Bryant. "We enjoyed it cause we knew it was for others to come and enjoy our facilities and the grounds."

"It was great fun," said Darla Reed, representing the Fall Festival Board.

Lynda Hager, serving the longest at 29 years, agreed, saying she "enjoyed every minute of it."

James Jones wan unable to attend.

Incoming members David McCaig, Joyce Davis, Jackie Thornton and Jackie Brice were welcomed, each to serve three-year terms on the Civic Center Board.

McCaig, a resident of Sulphur Springs since 1970, has served on the Dairy Festival Board, Parks and Recreation Commission and Wildcat Booster Club, and is an Elder at Shannon Oaks Church. He has also been involved with Kids Kingdom and Relay for Life. He will be representing the Hopkins County Dairy Festival.

Davis has been a resident of Hopkins County for 44 years and is an active member of Wesley Methodist Church where she is Sunday School superintendent and involved in Upward Basketball, a program involving more than 200 area youths. She has worked for Wal-Mart for 20 years overseeing community grants, donations and sidewalk events. She serves on the Hopkins County Fall Festival Board and is co-chairman of the registration committee for Relay for Life. Davis will represent the Hopkins County Fall Festival.

Jackie Thornton is a native of Sulphur Springs who has worked in non-profit funding for more than 30 years, 18 of which she raised money for pediatric cancer research at Children's Medical Center as the special events coordinator of Children's Cancer Fund and as executive director of Wipe Out Kid's Cancer. She has worked for CBS affiliate Channel 11 in Dallas as corporate development executive, and later joined Buckner Orphan Care International as the development officer for international programs. She is currently director of the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She also serves as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and is a member of Leadership Class 2007, Pilot Club, Alzheimer's Alliance Mini-Walks, Downtown Business Alliance, as well as First Baptist Church. She will represent Precinct 1 on the Civic Center Board.

Jackie Brice is a Realtor and civic leader employed with Century 21. She spent 36 years as a teacher and educationa administrator, the vast majority with Sulphur Springs Indpendent School District. She currently serves on the SSISD Board of Trustees. Brice will represent Sulphur Springs ISD on the board..

In other business, the court approved an order to tax tangible personal property in transit which would otherwise be exempt pursuant to the Texas Tax Code. The Texas Legislature, effective Jan. 1, added Texas Tax Code 11.253 to exempt from taxation certain tangible personal property held temporarily at a location in this state for assembling, storing, manufacturing, processing or fabricating purposes, called "goods-in-transit." The law effects goods subject to taxation in the past and allows the governing body of a taxing unit, after conducting a public hearing, to provide for the continued taxation of such goods-in-transit. Commissioners Court concluded it is in the best interest of the  county to continue to tax such goods-in-transit.

´┐ŻA resolution to authorize a grant application with Ark-Tex Council of Governments for Regional Solid Waste Grant Program Grants was also approved.

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