NEWS ARCHIVES 2008

January 2008

Account set up to help family of 3rd-grader with leukemia

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Jan. 31, 2008 - A medical fund has been set up at City National Bank for a North Hopkins third-grader diagnosed with leukemia.

Fourth Annual Black History Month Parade gets rolling at 10 a.m. Saturday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 31, 2008 - The 4th Annual Black History Month Parade on Saturday will kick off Black History Month in Hopkins County.

Chad Altenbaumer's skill with a six-string have earned him and his band a shot at stardom at this weekend's International Blues Challenge in Memphis

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 31, 2008 - He wasn't born blind or a sharcropper's son or anywhere near the Mississippi Delta, nor did he sell his soul to the devil. But like B.B. King or Muddy Waters, Robert Johson or any of a number of other legends, Chad Altenbaumer can make a guitar sing the blues.

High winds down power lines, fan grass fires Area still under a 'red flag' wildfire danger warning

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 30, 2008 - High winds and dry conditions swamped local firefighters and dispatchers Tuesday afternoon, resulting in sporadic power outages around Sulphur Springs and grass fires burning about 15 acres of land.

Routine stop nets $16,000, money laundering arrest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 30, 2008 - Bad driving and lack of a driver's license ultimately resulted in a native of Mexico going to the Hopkins County jail Tuesday afternoon, but also in seizure of $16,000 from his car.

Mount Pleasant men charged with theft attempt using fake Wal-Mart receipts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 30, 2008 - Two Titus County men spent the night in Hopkins County jail for forgery and possession of methamphetamine after they were caught trying to steal computer equipment using fake receipts at Wal-Mart, according to police reports.

Wind gusts culprits behind loss of phone line at sheriff's office

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 30, 2008 - The high winds which whipped power lines and caused short but irritating power outages Tuesday are thought to be the culprits behind Hopkins County Sheriff's Office's loss of service on most of its main phone lines.

Voters must register by Mon. for upcoming party primaries

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 29, 2008 - Anyone who wants to have a say in any of the contested races in March party primaries needs to get down to the Hopkins County voter registrar's office pretty soon.

Veterans committee stands by site decision Leaders say it will stay on square after VFW location proposed Monday

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Jan. 29, 2008 - The location of a proposed veterans memorial for downtown Sulphur Springs met some friendly opposition Monday.

Several attempt to evade officers over weekend

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 28, 2007 - Several people made local law enforcement officers' jobs infintely more interesting this weekend by trying to evade arrest in vehicles

Drug interdiction officer seizes 79 lbs. of marijuana in Interstate 30 stop

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 28, 2008 - Local drug interdiction officers seized nearly 80 pounds of marijuana early Sunday morning following a routine traffic stop.

SCU tip leads to $145,000 in stolen machinery

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 27, 2008 - Sheriff's officers and an area auto task force recovered about $150,000 worth of stolen farm and construction equipment from two Hopkins County locations.

Fire Academy Recruits Get a Taste of What It's Like Battling Blazes In THE REAL WORLD

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 27, 2008 - The recruits in Northeast Texas Fire Training Academy got a taste of what life as a firefighter is really like this week during Real World Training.

One woman flown to Parkland after I-30 crash

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 25, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs woman was flown to Parkland Hospital Thursday afternoon after firefighters cut open the car she was in, which was demolished in a collision on Interstate 30 west of Sulphur Springs.

Six teen-agers charged in theft of two trucks for 'joyriding'

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 25, 2008 - Half a dozen Hopkins County teen-agers have been charged in the theft of trucks from a local dairy this week, as well as damaging a barn on the property.

Three accused in local robbery tied to similar Greenville crimes

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 24, 2008 - Three men caught Tuesday in Greenville following a chase were charged with t aggravated robbery ata Sulphur Springs gas station.

What goes around, comes around

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Jan. 24, 2008 - If you have any doubt about the old adage, "One good turn deserves another," check with Sulphur Springs native John Victor Allen.

Man, 35, facing 17 counts of child porn

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 23, 2008 - A 35-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested Tuesday on 17 warrants charging him with the possession or promotion of child pornography.

Sulphur Springs BPA students advance to state

Jan. 23, 2008 - Sixteen of the 29 Business Professionals of America students from Sulphur Springs High School who competed in the Area I Region III Leadership Contest and Conference Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sachse High School ranked high enough to advance to the state BPA meet.

Three held in aggravated robbery

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 22, 2008 - Three men were being held Tuesday in Greenville jail in connection with an aggravated robbery which occurred at a Sulphur Springs convenience store Monday night.

Book Review: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Jan. 22, 2008 - Steve Martin's comedic genuis is rooted in some pretty serious childhood sadness. In his new book, "Born Standing Up," the retired comic explains

Politics scramble March TAKS, TAAS, TAKS-M testing schedules

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 22, 2008 - For students who aren't good test-takers or aren't especially good in one or more of the six core test areas - reading, writing, English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills week is especially difficult.

County departments answer more than a dozen reports of grass fires over the weekend

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 21, 2007 7- Hopkins County's regular and volunteer firefighters were earning their reputations this weekend, responding to more than a dozen reports of grass fire around the area.

Salvation Army seeking donations for nurse whose home burned

From Staff Reports

Jan. 21, 2008 - A fire near the Reilly Springs community decimated the home of a local nurse Sunday, and Hopkins County Salvation Army is making preparations to help the woman get a new start.

City's crime rate lowest in nine years

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 21, 2008 - The crime in Sulphur Springs for the third straight year has declined once again, according to Uniform Crime Report statistics.

Friday chili contest to benefit Day of the Cowboy event

From Staff Reports

Jan. 21, 2008 - The Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse will sponsor a Cowboy Chili Contest Friday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

More road work begins this week on SH 11 east

From Staff Reports

Jan. 21, 2008 - Motorist can expect to encounter more construction on State Highway 11 east this week as work begins on another Texas Department of Transportation project.

County crime rate falls for 3rd straight year

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 20, 2008 - Crimes reported to Hopkins County Sheriff's Office fell to an eight-year low in 2007, the third straight year the crime rate dropped from the previous reporting period.

SSHS teams take top spots in Spelling, Calculator, Ready Writing at UIL meets

Jan. 20, 2008 - Sulphur Springs High School's University Intersholastic League academic teams had strong outings in the first meets of the year, with the Ready Writing participants taking the first three spots in Mount Pleasant and the Calculator and Spelling teams winning in Princeton.

Williams Chicken founder speaking at MLK Awards Monday

From Staff Reports

Jan. 20, 2008 - The founder of a prominent and successful restaurant franchise familiar to East Texans has offered to speak at Monday night's 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrating the Dream Awards presentation, presented by East Caney Baptist Church.

PJC-Sulphur Springs Center offers business, computer courses in Feb.

From Staff Reports

Jan. 18, 2008 - Business and computer courses lead the selection of continuing education classes being offered at the Paris Junior College-Sulphur Springs Center during the month of February

Fuel prices sag somewhat this week, but high cost of gas puts a crimp in local residents' travel plans

From Staff and Wire Reports'

Jan. 18, 2008 - "Will Work For Gas!"

Winnsboro man, 67, convicted of beating 86-year-old with cane

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 18, 2007 - A 67-year-old Winnsboro man was sentenced to 10 years of probation this week after being convicted of beating a man more than 20 years his senior with a walking cane, but the motive for the attack is unknown.

The phrase, painted in white on the back windshield of Tommy Henry's pickup truck has caught many people's attention as it rides down the roads of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.

SCU grant approved; narcotics team will be adding 4th officer

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 17, 2008 - A skilled team assigned to narcotics enforcement and other special crime investigations in Hopkins County is getting bigger and will continue to operate for at least another eight months.

Skywarn program offers free training for weather watchers

BY FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 17, 2008 - Ever wondered how emergency responders and local officials know when to alert the public about imminent weather changes and severe weather situations, such as flash floods, hail, tornadoes and thunderstorms?

Regional service center seeks input on special ed

From Staff Reports

Jan. 16, 2008 - If you have an opinion about special education, then you’re just the one Region 8 Education Service Center wants to hear from.

Downtown board begins formulating parking policy 

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 16, 2008 - The Downtown Revitalization Board on Tuesday began what is expected to be the tricky task of formulating a parking policy that will address the needs of the central commercial district in the future.

Committee updates plans for veterans memorial 

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 16, 2008 - The Downtown Revitalization Board gave approval to updated drawings and plans for a future memorial to veterans that would be located on the southeast corner of Heritage Square.

New Kids on the Block

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 16, 2008 - An out-of-town businessman who has worked with the likes of Pink Floyd and the Disney Corporation is bringing his rapidly growing enterprise to Sulphur Springs.

Main Street shut down as crews begin first phase of downtown remodel 

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan. 15, 2008 - It's finally happening. Real work on the future facelift of downtown got under way in earnest Monday...

Year's first Relay For Life captains meeting slated for Thursday

From Staff Reports

Jan. 15, 2008 - Planning for the Hopkins County Relay For Life will really get moving this week with the first...

Highway 19 collision kills one; five others injured

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 14, 2008 - One man was killed and five others injured following a two vehicle collision just north of Sulphur Springs Saturday night.

Two charged with dumping 1,600 pounds of household trash on ‘Peerless loop’

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan 13, 2008 - Hopkins County Environmental Investigator Holly Rosamond, along with assistance from sheriff’s investigators, continues to make strides seeing that the county is cleaned up — even if she has to do it one stretch of road at a time.

Pittsburg man, 50, killed in dirt slide early Saturday morning at Thermo lignite mine

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 13, 2008 - A Pittsburg man died early Saturday morning after what appears to be a dirt slide at Thermo lignite mine. He was mostly trapped beneath the soil.

Jim Ainsworth keeps stories alive

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

Jan 11, 2008 - When he was growing up near Cooper, Jim Ainsworth heard family stories from his father and grandfather. He didn’t put much stock in the stories until his father died.

State trooper finds cocaine, gun in hidden compartment after I-30 traffic stop

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan 11, 2008 - Seven pounds of cocaine and a handgun in a false compartment of a vehicle landed a man and woman from Chicago in the county jail overnight 

Local officers aid investigation leading to Delta County raid

From Staff Reports

Jan 11, 2008 - A raid in Delta County earlier this week resulted in the discovery of a clandestine drug lab and one felony arrest.

Latest Census data estimates show poverty rate higher in the county

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 11, 2008 - A bit of sad news from the U.S. Census Bureau for the Hopkins County community: Poverty continues to plaque the citizens of the county.

Fund-raiser set Saturday for family of NH student who died Dec. 20

From Staff Reports

Jan 11, 2008 - A fund-raiser is being held tomorrow evening to help pay for 2 1/2 weeks of hospital bills incurred after a a local teen fell into a coma after collapsing and later dying.

HGTV looking for interesting homes in Sulphur Springs

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 10, 2008 - There’s no real money in it, and you’ll likely not end up being a star, but someone in Sulphur Springs could end up finding their 15 minutes — actually, closer to 22 minutes - of fame on Home & Garden TV.

In Winnsboro, more revenue and no increase in crime

By TERRY MATHEWS and BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Staff

Jan 9, 2008 - In downtown Winnsboro, where a winery operated since 2005, the change has caused no rise in alcohol-related offenses, according to Winnsboro City Administrator Ronny Knight. 

Councilman raises some eyebrows with remarks during meeting

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 9, 2008 - City Councilman Gary Jordan raised a few eyebrows with two remarks Tuesday during the debate over a zoning change to allow private beverage clubs in downtown restaurant, but stood by his words today.

Downtown restaurants get OK for private clubs

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 9, 2008 - Sulphur Springs City Council members evened the playing field for downtown restaurants Tuesday night, giving them the same right to apply for private club license as other eateries in town.

Sheriff hopeful said he was told he can’t run for office

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 9, 2008 - When the list of local candidates for the March Democratic primary for county offices was turned in and certified Tuesday evening, a sheriff candidate’s name was not among those listed.

Church finds temporary home in wake of Sunday fire

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 8, 2008 - Two blazes Sunday damaged a Sulphur Springs church and an old dentist’s office.

Child advocacy center, TAMUC offering free counseling services

From Staff Reports

Jan 8, 2008 - Free counseling services are being offered to the public at Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center offices in Winnsoboro through a coordinated effort with Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

Law enforcement job market ripe for police academy applicants

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 8, 2008 - Anyone who has an interested law enforcement as a career is encouraged to get their registration packets in for for the upcoming East Texas Police Academy Basic Peace Officer Training and Certification course, which begins Jan. 28.

Everybody’s different: ‘The Same Kind of Different as Me’

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

Jan 8, 2008 - Ron Hall never dreamed of being an author or advocate for the homeless. He was happy being a successful art dealer, husband and father. 

City’s crime rate lowest in nine years

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 7, 2008 - The crime in Sulphur Springs for the third straight year has declined once again, according to Uniform Crime Report statistics.

More road work begins this week on SH 11 east

From Staff Reports

Jan 7, 2008 - Motorist can expect to encounter more construction on State Highway 11 east this week as work begins on another Texas Department of Transportation project.

Quick response saves Arbala fire station

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 7, 2008 - Arbala Volunteer Fire Station caught on fire Saturday evening, causing significant damage to the truck bay and their 2-year-old tanker, and the rest of the building was smoke damaged.

Council to consider tariff to pay for underground lines on Main

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 6, 2008 - Just two months after City Manager Marc Maxwell proposed an inexpensive way to hide some of the hideous overhead power lines downtown, City Council members are set to vote on the idea.

Wave of the Future?

By ANGELA PITTS | News-Telegram Staff

Jan 6, 2008 - Teresa Stephens of Sulphur Springs is one of those who was intrigued by and couldn't resist the Smart Fortwo.

ISO lowers city’s fire rating by 1

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 4, 2008 - Sulphur Springs has entered rarefied air in terms of its ability to keep the citizenry safe from the ravages of fire.

With less than 2 weeks left, no one nominated for Citizen of the Year

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 4, 2008 - With less than two weeks before nominations close, the front-runner for the distinguished award of Hopkins County Citizen of the Year is ... Nobody?

Local man, 91, said couple helped him withdraw $6,000 to make ‘a new start’

From Staff Reports

Jan 3, 2008 - Some might think that a middle aged woman who assisted a 91-year-old man in withdrawing $6,000 from his account is up to no good.

Grand jury returns indictments against 20

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 3, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury in its December session approved about 25 indictment against 20 people.

Temporary burn ban could be implemented this week

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan 2, 2008 - Hopkins County is placed under a red alert for wildfire danger, with residents asked to refrain from burning when possible, and to exhibit extreme caution when unavoidable to reduce the number of grass fires.

County begins offering prescription discount cards

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 2, 2008 - Hopkins County is launching a drug discount card for all local residents that can save 20 percent on prescription medications.

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