NEWS ARCHIVES 2008

April 2008

Fire destroys home near Miller Grove

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 29, 2008 - A late evening fire Monday destroyed a County Road 1126 family's home.

Fair To Midland Rocks Edgefest

From Staff Reports

April 29, 2008 - The best little metal band to ever come out of Sulphur Springs returned to Texas this weekend to perform in the 102.1 KDGE Edgefest in Frisco before heading back to another tour through Europe.

Eight arrested so far in local warrants round-up

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 28, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs man became the eighth person in a series of arrests in a warrants round-up that began last Thursday and has concluded a number of narcotics investigations.

Second drill preps emergency responders for aircraft crashes

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 28, 2008 - Local law enforcement and ambulance crews participated in an airplane crash drill in Northeastern Hopkins County Saturday, the second such exercise conducted last week to test local plans for emergency situations by having emergency responders react to a simulated accident.

Economic stimulus payments start going out on Monday

From Staff Reports

April 27, 2008 - President Bush announced Friday that the government will begin depositing the tax rebates aimed at stimulating a faltering economy on Monday, a bit earlier than originally was announced.

Motorcyclist outruns police, but justice prevails in the end

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 27, 2008 - A Quinlan man was apprehended at a church in the Dike community Friday after leading police on a motorcycle chase through Sulphur Springs and along Interstate 30.

Saturday last day for city, county clean-up programs

From Staff Reports

April 25, 2008 - Residents of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County have only one day left to get rid of the excessive trash that residential waste disposal services won't normally pick up.

Local man charged in January arsons

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 25, 2008 - A 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man remained in custody Friday morning on two felony counts of arson following more than three months of investigation by fire officials.

High-wire act lands suspected copper thieves in county jail

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 25, 2008 - Three men were jailed Thursday evening after they were observed cutting high wires on utility poles to strip them for copper.

City National Bank breaks ground on expansion seen as role model for downtown revitalization

From Staff Reports

April 25, 2008 - City National Bank officials gathered Wednesday for an important moment as they broke ground on an expansion of the downtown location of Hopkins County's oldest bank.

Relay fundraising run, tamale dinner set Saturday

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 24, 2008 - With Hopkins County's premier fundraiser for the American Cancer Society just two weeks away, teams and event coordinators have really kicking their efforts into high gear.

TAKS tests slated for May 2 rescheduled for April 28-May 1

From Staff Reports

April 24, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District has again been approved by the Texas Education Agency to hold state testing on days different from the state schedule.

SSHS varsity band brings home sweepstakes trophy

BY FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 23, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs High School Varsity Band came home from the regional UIL competition this weekend....

Traffic stop leads to drug lab shutdown

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 23, 2008 - An early morning traffic stop on April 17 ultimately resulted in a clandestine methamphetamine lab in Dike being shut down later that afternoon.

The Beat Goes On And on ... and on for this talented trio of siblings rising to the creme de la creme of the percussion world

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 23, 2008 - To say the three children of Steve and Linda Blezinger march to the beat of a different drum would be no exaggeration.

SSMS only school to have both bands get top scores at annual contest

From Staff Reports

April 22, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Middle School's 7th and 8th grade band came home from the University Interscholastic League concert and sight-reading competition with two sweepstakes awards, placing the band students among the state's elite middle school musicians.

Woman works to re-establish once-vibrant Neighborhood Watch program

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 22, 2008 - It may be hard to believe, but in the early 1990s, Sulphur Springs had 52 Neighborhood Watch groups, active associations of neighbors who banded together to watch out for one another.

Book Reviews: 'Lou's Dirty Dozen' and 'The Whole Truth'

By Terry Mathews - News-Telegram Arts Editor

Preacher turned self-published author Lanny Grady says of his writing skills, "I may not be a great writer, but I am a very good storyteller."

Credit card thief caught in stolen truck

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 21, 2008 - A Forney man's greed and a store worker's close scrutiny landed him in jail Saturday morning after he and his stepdaughter were seen getting into a stolen truck.

Bass Classic draws thousands to Lake Fork

PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

April 21, 2008 - Thousands turned out this weekend for the 2nd Annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork, a three-day fishing tournament which included two days of world class country music entertainment performed by favorites such as Trace Adkins.

Destination Imagination goes global

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 20, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Middle School will once again be sending a team to the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Mesquite armed robbery suspects apprehended in Sulphur Springs after multi-county car case

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 20, 2008 - Two teens were apprehended in Hopkins County in the predawn hours Saturday following a multiple county car chase from Mesquite, where they are suspects in "several aggravated robberies."

2008 Butterfly Ball: A 'second chance' prom

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 20, 2008 - Did you miss the high school prom? Or worse - did you go, but have a terrible time?

Scam season heats up

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 18, 2008 - County residents beware -- 'tis the season of scams, and statistically, the rate at which these cons are attempted will only increase in the warmer weather months.

Grand jury returns more than 50 indictments

FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 17, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury affirmed more than 50 indictments against 30 people in its April session.

Sulphur Bluff High School student qualifies for state UIL contest

From Staff Reports

April 17, 2008 - Sulphur Bluff High School will be sending one student to the State UIL Meet at the University of Texas in Austin on May 2-3.

Three Yantis competitors advance to state UIL contest

BY FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 16, 2008 - Three Yantis High School students advanced to the University Interscholastic League's state academic meet in Austin after scoring high marks at the gegional UIL contest in Nacogdoches.

SSHS accounting team earns wild card trip to state UIL meet

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 16, 2008 - Sulphur Springs High School late Tuesday afternoon received notification that the accounting team has been certified to compete at the State Academic University Interscholastic League Meet, which will be held May 2-3 at The University of Texas

Saltillo, Cumby receive grants designed to get kids walking, bicycling to school

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

April 16, 2008 - Here's a novel idea: How about letting kids ride their bicycles and walk to school?

Multi-talented Mac McAnally comes to NE Texas

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 16 2008 - By anyone's yardstick, Mac McAnally is a busy man. He is a music producer, session player, publisher, studio owner and story teller who has released several CDs of his own.

Group maps strategy to battle company seeking to dump sludge in county

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

April 15, 2008 - A group of about 80 land owners and residents in Hopkins County marshaled their forces Monday night, preparing for a battle with an Arkansas company seeking to dump wastewater treatment plant sludge on two sites on the north side of the county.

Morning rollover on FM 3389 sends deputy to East Texas Medical Center

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 15, 2008 - A sheriff's deputy is being treated at East Texas Medical Center for injuries sustained in a vehicle crash this morning just south of Interstate 30.

SSHS spelling team heads to Austin for another shot at a state title

From Staff Reports

April 14, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs High School UIL spelling and vocabulary team is headed back to Austin for a shot at another state title after taking first place in this weekend's regional meet.

Resolutions on sludge permits OK'd in advance of tonight's meetings

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

April 14, 2008 - Members of the Hopkins County Commissioners Court passed two resolutions beseeching the state environmental agency to hold hearings on two permits sought by an Arkansas company to dispose of sludge in Hopkins County.

Suspect jailed in theft of almost a mile of copper wire; investigator estimates replacement cost at $50,000

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

April 14, 2008 - A Terrell man was jailed Sunday and bail set at more than $40,000 after he was caught with almost a mile of copper wire authorities believe was cut from live electrical poles in southern Hopkins County over the weekend.

Mother Nature cooperates during 19th Chamber of Commerce golf tourney

From Staff Reports

April 14, 2008 - Near perfect weather prevailed at the 19th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament whichtook placeon Friday, April 11th at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Thirty- five, six person teams were registered for the event.

Jake Shimabukuro: Lessons taught and learned

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 14, 2008 - When he opens at Dallas’ House of Blues tonight, Jake Shimabukuro will share some of the secrets he’s learned along the way. At the same time, Jake will be teaching lessons about the versatility of the ukulele.

Local dairyman Spencer named to DFA board

From Staff Reports

April 13, 2008 - Jerry Spencer of Sulphur Springs recently was elected to the board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America, the nation's largest milk marketing cooperative.

Musicians raising their voices for Raylee

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 11, 2008 - Next Saturday, April 19, Hopkins County Regional Civic Center will be filled with uplifting music from two area gospel groups and one country contemporary group, with grammy winning country music professional Brad Davis headlining the event.

Reading, Writing and Rutabagas

BY FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 10, 2008 - It's not every school that encourages students to eat, much less furnish snacks for students and staff during tutorials and extracurricular activities and, in some instances, in the classroom.

Hopkins County Community Wide Clean-Up scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 25-26

From Staff Reports

April 10, 2008 - Hopkins County residents will soon have an opportunity to rid their homes of excessive trash, particularly those items not generally picked up by trash disposal services.

City's annual Spring Clean-Up week set for April 21-26

From Staff Reports

April 9, 2008 - Got a glut of garbage? Too much trash? A wealth of waste wearing away your patience?

Mother of 2004 beating victim protests parole for attacker

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 9, 2008 - The mother of a man who was beaten with a baseball bat and "left on a country road to die" in Hopkins County more than three years ago is appealing to...

Police charging man who said he was robbed with filing a false report

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 9, 2008 - Police anticipate filing charges soon against a man who reported being robbed April 1 while walking down the street.

Forecasters issue flood warning for Sulphur River, and dangerous storms could move in this evening

From Staff Reports

April 9, 2008 - Near-record rainfall in March combined with more precipitation this month -- including more than 2 inches that fell this morning -- have caused flooding along the South Sulphur River, and more rain and possibly some severe storms are in the short-term forecast.

SSHS Strings students hit the right notes in first UIL competition

From Staff Reports

April 8, 2008 - A group of Strings students from Sulphur Springs High School posted phenomenal results at the UIL Strings Orchestra Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, held Thursday, April 3, in Tyler.

Sign-up resumes through May 5 for dairy disaster aid program

From Staff Reports

April 8, 2008 - Local dairy farmers who suffered production losses over the past three years may be eligible for special assistance from the federal government, but they have less than a month to sign up for the funding.

Shady Grove WSC replacing 25,000 feet of water line

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 8, 2008 - Shady Grove Water Supply Corporation Monday broke ground on a new project to replace 25,000 linear feet of water line, which will mean improved water pressure for county residents served by Shady Grove water system.

Teenager missing since March 10 found on Hopkins County road

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 7, 2008 - Chaney Harrington, the 15-year-old Sulphur Springs girl reported missing March 10, was reunited Sunday with her parents.

County firemen battle two home fires in the last four days

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 7, 2008 - County firemen battled at least two home fires over the last four days. No injuries were reported, but the homes sustained significant damages.

Routine traffic stop on Interstate 30 results in seizure of 100 lbs of marijuana

By FAITH HUFFMAN,| News-Telegram News Editor

April 7, 2008 - What started as a routine traffic stop by troopers Sunday evening ultimately netted one felony arrest and seizure of 100 pounds of marijuana.

Delta County inmate breaks free, is chased down by chief deputy and county judge

From Staff Reports

April 7, 2008 - Not only was an inmate's escape from Delta County authorities short-lived Friday afternoon, it is also notable because of who helped the chief deputy apprehend the fleeing man.

North Hopkins captures 16th UIL district title

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 6, 2008 - North Hopkins High School captured its 16th straight district academic University Interscholastic League championship last week, earning a total of 463 points.

Eight Cumby High School students recognized for UIL accomplishments

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 6, 2008 - Eight Cumby High School students have been recognized for their recent accomplishments at the Conference 1A District 20 Academic University Interscholastic League Spring Meet held at North Hopkins.

Sunny Springs offers new-found freedom to residents

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

April 6, 2008 - A first of its kind of service for the families of loved ones suffering from dementia and Alzheimers' has made its way to Hopkins County as Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab, 1200 North Jackson St., expands its facility to include a secured unit for individuals with wander-seeking behavior.

Manhunt fails to capture man who ran from trooper

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 4, 2008 - Local authorities are still looking for a 40-year-old man who ran from troopers during a traffic stop Thursday morning.

A new Chamber of Commerce director is introduced, and the consensus is in: Meredith Caddell is the perfect choice

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

April 4, 2008 - When the new director of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce was asked to describe herself, the words "energetic" and "dedicated" were thrown out.

'Golden' Kasey Musgraves to perform at Toyota Bass Classic

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 4, 2008 - Wood County native Kasey Musgraves is looking forward to her appearance at the Toyota Bass Classic on Lake Fork April 18-20. This is Musgraves' second straight appearance at the annual fishing tournament.

Country's latest rocket to perform in Commerce Saturday

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 3, 2008 - Zane Lewis didn't jump into a career in country music. He earned a degree in advertising, took a turn at publishing and ran an equestrian magazine before deciding to give recording and touring his full attention.

Zane Lewis: Creating some wild waves with genuine, hard-driving country soul

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 3, 2008 - When Zane Lewis was working on the press kit for his first nationally-released CD, someone used the word "eponymous" in the press release.

Council cancels Place 6 election after Chris Brown runs unopposed

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

April 3, 2008 - There won't be an election for one of the two Sulphur Springs City Council races up for a vote this year, but that wasn't the most notable event in this week's council meeting.

Twenty Yantis students advance to UIL regionals

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 3, 2008 - Twenty students from Yantis High School scored high enough at the Conference 1A District 20 Academic University Interscholastic League Spring Meet, held March 25-26 at North Hopkins High School, to advance to the regional contest on April 12.

Newsom presents alternate plan for courthouse, jail expansion

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram New Editor

April 2, 2008 - Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom on Monday again presented information to county commissioners suggesting an alterative to the county's plans for expanding the courthouse using the old Fidelity Express building on Jefferson Street.

Sixth Court of Appeals to hear cases Wednesday in Sulphur Springs

From Staff Reports

April 1, 2008 - The 6th District Court of Appeals, which generally hears cases in Texarkana, will meet Wednesday morning a little far from home -- at Hopkins County Courthouse.

Self-proclaimed tinkerer Phillip Coyle's 'reverse trike' turns heads all over town

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

April 1, 2008 - What do you get when you take a motorcycle, a Formula V race car and ultralight airplane parts and put them all together? How about a three-wheeled contraption that has heads turning all over town?

News-Telegram Arts Editor Mathews wins AP's top award in comment & criticism

From Staff Reports

April 1, 2008 - Terry Mathews, the arts editor of the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, took the top prize for critical reviews in this weekend's Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Headliners Excellence in Journalism competition.

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