NEWS ARCHIVES July 2008

D'OE!: Animal control officers, firemen buck up to rescue deer from concrete pit

From Staff Reports

July 31, 2008 -While its not unusual for city firemen and animal control officers to be called for animal rescues, Wednesday afternoon's save was anything but usual for the Sulphur Springs crews.

C-P gets $103k to continue reading program

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 31, 2008 - Como-Pickton school has again received funding to allow the school district to continue the Reading First program. The $103,492 grant will continue efforts to improve reading skills in kindergarten through third grade.

Vice-chair of state Transportation Committee to speak at Friday forum in Commerce

From Staff Reports

July 31, 2008 - The future of transportation in the Northeast Texas region will be the focus of a forum scheduled for Friday morning at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Man Bait: Fisherman reeling 'em in with custom earrings built from lures

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 31, 2008 - Fish aren't the only thing lures are attracting these days thanks to a new line of Man Bait earrings created by Lockhart Lures employee Rick Scharninghausen of Yantis.

Two drives planned in area to bolster regional blood supply

From Staff Reports

July 30, 2008 - Carter BloodCare will be hosting blood drives in Sulphur Springs over the next two Saturdays to keep the blood supply strong and available to those whose lives depend on it this summer.

SSISD close to filling teaching rosters

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 30, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District has just a few more slots to fill, most of them at the high school level, to complete its staff roster this year.

Movin' Out: DBA holds last meeting at Judy's Kitchen; Gilreath moving restaurant to country club

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 30, 2008 - There were no tearful goodbyes or lingering hugs, but there were some heartfelt words passed this morning between friends who are parting ways, at least temporarily.

Fairy tales coming to life at Main St. Theatre

By TERRY MATHEWS,News-Telegram Arts Editor

July 30, 2008 - The Community Players and Main Street Theatre?are offering two chances to see a live production in the month of August.

SSISD trustees begin budget workshops

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 29, 2008 - Monday night's special board meeting was devoted primarily to financial matters, specifically approval of a bid for copiers and discussion between Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees and administrators regarding the 2008-2009 budget.

Investigation into thefts at Ag Power continues

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 28, 2008 - Investigators are still looking into a separate case reported last week that involved the theft of almost $31,000 of outdoor power equipment, as well as a 2006 Ford pickup.

Two charged in theft of more than $30,000 in equipment from Como gas plant

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 28, 2008 - Two arrests were made in Hopkins County over the weekend in connection with the theft of more than $30,000 worth of industrial machine equipment last week from a natural gas plant south of Como.

Veterans honored at flag-raising ceremony, memorial dedication

By BRANDON DARROW, News-Telegram Correspondent

July 28, 2008 - A large crowd was on hand Saturday morning at Miller Grove Cemetery to pay tribute to the communities heroes who serve in the U.S. military.

'Jersey Boys' rock the house: Oh, what a night

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

July 28, 2008 - There's no mystery as to why "Jersey Boys" won four Tony Awards in 2006. If you came of age in the 1960s or 1970s, the show offers one of the best nights you could ever spend in a theater.

The Golden Jubilee: Dairy Festival Queen: In the early days, it was all about the gloves

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

When 1961 Dairy Festival Queen contestant Betty Brice Chapman saw pageant coordinator Lena Maye Rogers headed toward her with a pair of long white gloves, her heart must have skipped a beat.

SSISD board begins tackling next year's budget Monday

From Staff Reports

July 27, 2008 - The Monday night meeting agenda of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District's board of trustees is short, but as the saying goes, big things come in small packages.

C-P, Yantis officials prep for coming school year

From Staff Reports

July 27, 2008 - Como-Pickton and Yantis school board trustees will be preparing for the coming school year at separate meetings called for Monday.

Business alliance planning more movie nights

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 25, 2008 - Members of the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance had one "if" last week when they were planning for Friday's "Free Movie Night" on the city square, the first they've ever held. If enough people showed up, they'd consider having another free movie showing.

Sign-up begins for 38th annual stew contest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 25, 2008 - With the end of July come plans and preparations for the coming school year, which in turn prompts thoughts of fall.

Benefit sale Saturday for boy battling cancer

From Staff Reports

July 25, 2008 - A woman is planning to hold a garage sale of sorts Saturday in Como, selling her own goods to raise money for a child battling cancer.

The music of the Bare Foot Texans takes listeners on a stroll through the back roads and bridges of Hopkins County

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 25, 2008 - Flip flops, tennis shoes, cowboy boots: whatever their foot wear may be, Bare Foot Texans are kicking up fun in pasture parties and making a name for themselves with Southern rock performances on stages throughout Northeast Texas.

Barbecue contest heats up 'Hot August Nights'

From Staff Reports

July 24, 2008 - With August drawing ever near and the nights growing oh so hot, local fire departments are gearing up for what is generally one of the busiest seasons for emergency responders.

Columbia Lodge finds a cool way to give back

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 24, 2008 - Pacific Park may well be the coolest place in town come Monday night when the Masons of Columbia Lodge No. 81 do a little giving back to the community.

Grand jury indicts 12 this month

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 24, 2008 - A Hopkins County Grand Jury, during its July session, issued at least 21 indictments against 12 people, with charges ranging from controlled substance offenses to forgeries, thefts, evading arrest and escape, and sexual assault of a child.

Former Sulphur Springs resident, battling cystic fibrosis, heading for dream vacation thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 24, 2008 - Massey Davis of Teague, formerly of Hopkins County, will be celebrating his 13th birthday in style, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

Flag-raising service and memorial dedication set Saturday in Miller Grove

From Staff Reports

July 23, 2008 - A flag-raising and memorial dedication service will be held this Saturday, July 26, at 8:30 a.m. in Miller Grove Cemetery to honor the community's veterans.

Crime rate down about 5 percent in county

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 23, 2008 - The total number of crimes reported to the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office has declined about 5 percent during the first half of 2008 compared to the same time period last year.

Police dept. approved for $13,000 USDA grant

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 23, 2008 - The city of Sulphur Springs has been approved for a federal grant that will help purchase thousands of dollars' worth of equipment to upgrade the city's emergency response operations and volunteer teams.

Sulphur Springs will be swingin' Saturday on the National Day of the Cowboy, thanks to a cavalcade of music from north of the Red River

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 23, 2008 - It's lining up to be an Oklahoma talent calvacade when the National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated in Sulphur Springs this weekend.

Number of people in county working rises by 270

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 22, 2008 - The labor market across the area generally held steady in June, with Hopkins County and its six nearest neighbors all reporting job gains from one year ago.

City's crime rate for first six months virtually unchanged from 2007

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 22, 2008 - The overall crime rate in Sulphur Springs was virtually unchanged for the first six months of this year compared to the same time period in 2007, according to data provided this month by Sulphur Springs Police Department.

Baked potato fund-raiser planned for August 1 to aid CANHelp in move to new home

From Staff `Reports

July 22, 2008 - A baked potato lunch fundr-raiser is being organized Aug. 1 to aid CANHelp, formerly known as Hopkins County Community Action Network, effectively relocate and set up in its new location at 613 Gilmer St. at the old Ace Hardware building.

10 Saltillo FFA students attend state meet; Goldsmith and Garmon earn Lone Star Degree

From Staff Reports

July 21, 2008 - Saltillo High School was represented at the 80th Annual Texas FFA Convention held in Lubbock last week. Of the 10 students attending, two members of the Saltillo FFA Chapter were presented with the illustrious Texas FFA Lone Star Degree.

Will Project Graduation Celebration be changing venues?

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 21, 2008 - Each year, high school seniors look forward to attending Graduation Celebration, an over-night lock-in designed to reward Sulphur Springs graduates for 12 years of hard work and give them one last chance to hang out together in a drug-free, alcohol-free environment after commencement ceremonies.

Fourteen cadets graduate from ETPA

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News-Editor

July 20, 2008 - After about 26 weeks, the 14 students in the East Texas Police Academy basic peace officer certification class passed the course and were awarded certificates for their efforts.

CANHelp to make Ace Hardware building permanent home

From Staff Reports

July 20, 2008 - The local CANHelp organization announced Friday that it has a new permanent home that will also house other critical community social service organizations.

Sulphur Springs school board sets three dates to discuss 2008-2009 budget

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 20, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees have designated three dates over the next 1 1/2 month to discuss and begin shaping the budget for the 2008-2009 school year.

The Golden Jubilee: Catching up with the ladies who shared the 1960 crown

By TERRY MATHEWS,News-Telegram Arts Editor

July 20, 2008 - In the early days of the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Pageant, the competition for the crown was based on ticket sales. In 1960, two young women sold the same number of tickets, resulting in a tie and the need for two crowns.

Book Review: The Shack

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

July 18, 2008 - Life must be pretty sweet for William P. (Paul) Young right now.

Pickton cowgirl gunning for National Finals title

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 18, 2008 - Ropin' and ridin' her way to what's been called "the world's largest rodeo" is 16-year-old Sadie Johnson of Pickton, who will be traveling to Farmington, N.M., this weekend, to compete at the 60th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo.

HCSO officers, county leaders settle pay dispute

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 18, 2008 - A pay referendum is no longer being sought for sheriff's employees, thanks to an agreement reached Thursday between Hopkins County Commissioners Court and Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association.

Senior Center launches its own website

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 18, 2008 - Have you ever wondered just what goes on at the Senior Citizens Activity Center, or better yet, what it's all about? Can't keep up with when your club meets there?

Administrators proposing a later start to the school day at SSISD campuses

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Juuly 18, 2008 - Students in Sulphur Springs Independent School District could be starting the 2008-2009 school year a bit later in the day if a proposal from central and secondary administrators is approved.

Fund set up to help family of bone cancer patient, 7

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 17, 2008 - If you were to pass by Zi-Karryus Ivery's home and saw him outside playing, you'd never know that the just-turned 7-year-old is battling a life-threatening illness.

Ride Safe: Higher fuel prices mean more motorcycles on the road, and the potential for injuries

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 17, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk doesn't pay lip service to the concept of motorcycle safety gear. He speaks from experience.

Deadline to sign up for youth soccer league is Saturday, July 26

From Staff Reports

July 17, 2008 - Budding futbol stars have a little more than a week to sign up for the coming Sulphur Springs Soccer Association season.

Cadets graduating from police academy Thursday

From Staff Reports

July 16, 2008 - The East Texas Police Academy will hold a ceremony Thursday to honor the graduates of the basic peace officer certification course held in Sulphur Springs.

Monday stabbing may have been in self-defense

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 16, 2008 - Police are investigating an altercation that sent one man to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital with stab wounds Monday night.

SSISD board gets update on facilities upgrades

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 16, 2008 - Regular classes may be out for the summer, but Sulphur Springs campuses have been anything but quiet.

Revitalization board discussing special event rules tonight

From Staff Reports

July 14, 2008 - The city's Downtown Revitalization Board will discuss new regulations governing events in the central business district at a meeting scheduled for this evening.

Four vendors, but no bids for bricks on Main Street

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 15, 2008 - Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell and the city staff were given the go-ahead to negotiate with vendors for bricks to pave Main Street after none of the four companies asked to bid on the materials made a pitch.

Pair jailed for felony theft after deputy finds them loading pickup onto trailer

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 15, 2008 - A man and woman were arrested Monday for theft after a deputy caught them allegedly trying to steal a truck in the Black Oak community.

Edwards to serve another term as president of Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance

From Staff Reports

July 15, 2008 - Rita Edwards has been chosen to serve another term as the president of the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance, and the orgnization's members have also decided to tweak their regular meeting schedule.

Eighth grader gets 'Superstar' status from Hibbett Sports

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 14, 2008 - Victoria Chapman, an all-around athlete and eighth grader at Sulphur Springs Middle School, has teamed up with Hibbett Sports to donate $1,000 to Hopkins County United Way

Commissioners vote to keep Fidelity Express building

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 14, 2008 - Democracy was at its best this morning during Hopkins County Commissioners Court proceedings at the county courthouse, as elected officials disagreed on what to do with the Fidelity Express building purchased in 2007 to house county offices.

'Seabiscuit' to be shown during 'Free Movie Night' downtown on Friday

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK , News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 14, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance and Tourism Committee continue to do their parts to draw crowds to the central commercial district, planning a free movie night this Friday on the city square.

Fire Academy graduates 14 recruits

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 14, 2008 - Northeast Texas Fire-EMS Training Academy Class 27D was commended by its instructors and academy personnel for finishing with grades well above the state average at the end of their basic firefighter certification class last week.

On Full Alert: Local officials tout free service that delivers emergency alerts to mobile devices, computers

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Staff

July 13, 2008 - Technology puts information at our fingertips at the stroke of a key. Sulphur Springs Police Department hopes others will take advantage of those advancements to have severe weather and other emergency alerts sent directly to them via an Internet service called Alert Sense.

County set to take sale of Fidelity Express building off the table

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 13, 2008 - A plan to sell a building purchased by Hopkins County in 2007 for county offices could be taken off the table at a Monday meeting of the county's elected leaders.

Nine bluegrass bands to be featured at Cooper Lake Center festival Aug. 1-2

From staff reports

July 13, 2008 - Bill Grant, legendary promoter and musician, to emcee and perform "Bluegrass and Jam!," a two-day bluegrass festival, will bring nine high-octane bands from five states to Cooper Lake Center Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, along with Bill Grant, one of the grand old names of the genre.

A royal visit with 1959 Dairy Festival Queen Sunell Rogers Comfort

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

July 13, 2008 - "So you want me to tell you about the first Dairy Festival that occurred nearly 50 years ago?" says Sunell Rogers Comfort, the first Dairy Festival Queen, who was "almost 16" when she won the title in May of 1959. "Since I was the first queen, I guess I am the one to ask, but I wish my mother, Lena Maye Rogers, was here to recall the activities.

Catfish fest gets under way Saturday in Yantis

From Staff Reports

July 11, 2008 - If you enjoy a good catfish dinner with all the fixings, the place to be Saturday evening is Yantis, where the community's population could easily triple during its Fifth Annual Yantis Catfish Day.

City's airport to undergo improvements

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 11, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport is slated to begin a two-phase improvement project beginning later this year, thanks to a $3 million Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Facilities Grant.

The 'Inn' crowd turns 25

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 11, 2008 - Pizza Inn, 1320 Mockingbird Lane, will celebrates 25 years of operating in Sulphur Springs with a customer appreciation day, set for next Tuesday, July 15, with discounted prices being offered throughout the day.

Recruits set to graduate from fire academy

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 10, 2008 - An order of service will be held Friday night to honor the 14 Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy recruits' accomplishment in meeting state standards to obtain basic firefighter certification.

Sulphur Springs' growth rate near 6 percent for decade

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 10, 2008 - The number of people living inside Sulphur Springs' city limits continued to increase in the past year, bringing the municipality's growth rate for the decade to almost 6 percent.

Genealogical Society pulling an all-nighter Saturday

From Staff Reports

July 10, 2008 - Family historians and genealogists will have a special research opportunity to pull an all-nighter this Saturday, July 12, in Sulphur Springs when the Hopkins County Genealogical Society sponsor its annual lock-in at the Research Library and Archives at 212 Main St.

The Fuel Farmer: Sulphur Springs native working on a process to develop diesel from algae

From Staff Reports

July 9, 2008 - Maybe you bought your first computer from him or came to your house to fix an ailing hard drive. Or you might remember Keith Klein from those many Monday nights on Channel 18, searching the Internet in all its tantalizing new wonder with Bill Bradford.

Sales tax rebates up for 4th month

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 9, 2008 - Sales tax rebates moved upward again this month, a good sign that falling retail sales in the city may finally be turning around.

Residents in Precinct 2 plan meeting on road conditions

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 9, 2008 - A group of residents plan to hold a community meeting Saturday morning to discuss concerns regarding road conditions in their neighborhood.

Book Review: Winter Study

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

July 8, 2008 - Can't say that I'm a big Nevada Barr fan. I've read a couple of her books, (High Country and Ill Wind) but neither story tripped my triggers.

Donations sought for family whose home was damaged in fire

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 8, 2008 - Donations are currently being sought by Hopkins County Salvation Army to assist Morris and Joyce Pippin, whose FM 1567 home caught fire Saturday.

Jordan remembered for service, dedication

By Faith Huffman, News-Telegram News Editor

July 8, 2008 - Firefighters from around the area converged in Winnsboro Monday to honor long-time Pickton-Pine Forest volunteer firefighter Joe Pat Jordan, who died Friday as a result of a heart attack suffered while responding to a call Wednesday.

Man charged with impersonating officer after reporting crash

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 7, 2008 - A 20-year-old man who called in a car crash to authorities this morning ended up in jail when he was found in possession of official police gear.

Three charged after shot fired in parking lot

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 7, 2008 - Three people were arrested early Sunday after a warning shot was fired in the air to break up a family fight, one of a number of incidents investigated by police and sheriff's officers this weekend.

Upcoming Titles

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

July 7, 2008 - The Fall/Winter catalog from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill shows great promise. Last week, we spoke with Publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt about Algonquin's philosophies. Here's a final peek at what the little house that could will be offering in the next few months.

Local man charged with assaulting sheriff's deputy

From Staff Reports

July 6, 2008 - A Hopkins County man was charged with assaulting a public servant after he apparently elbowed a deputy during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

City's sales tax numbers improve in June

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 6, 2008 - Sales tax numbers turned upward for the city and county in June, perhaps marking a reversal of a trend reflecting generally flat retail sales in recent months.

TAKS exit level retests set July 14-18 at SSHS

From Staff Reports

July 6, 2008- Exit level retests for eligible students begin Monday, July 14, at Sulphur Springs High School.

William and Rosalie: The story that should never be forgotten

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

July 6, 2008 - Polish natives Rosalie and William Schiff lost everything in the Holocaust during World War II. Their homes, their families and their freedoms were ripped from them when the German army occupied their hometown of Krakow.

Candidates sought for Fall Festival Cover Girl title

From Staff Reports

July 3, 2008 - Hopkins County Fall Festival is looking for about half a dozen young ladies willing to work hard at having a lot of fun. The payoff? Chances to win scholarships and grace publicity materials promoting the annual festival as the 2008 Cover Girl.

Bill Wilson left home looking for adventure - and found it

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

July 3, 2008 - Fighting for America's freedom was really not what 18-year-old William "Bill" Wilson had in mind when he joined the United States Navy in December of 1940.

New logo for Sulphur Springs Country Club introduced

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 2, 2008 - A new logo is expected to grace the grounds of Sulphur Springs Country Club soon, and City Council members gave the design their nod of approval Tuesday.

Mayor to appoint team of medical professionals to study water fluoridation

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 2, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Mayor Oscar Aguilar was charged with setting up an ad hoc committee of medical professionals to answer the question of whether or not the city of Sulphur Springs should continue to add flouride to its water.

Forty-one from SSHS named to High School Leadership Class

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 2,2008 - Forty-one students from Sulphur Springs High School have been chosen from what appears to be a near record number of applicants to take part in next year's High School Leadership Class.

Main Street rebuild right on schedule

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 2, 2008 - The project to buid a new and improved Main Street is right on schedule, City Manager Marc Maxwell told City Council members Tuesday night.

Oldest living county resident, long-time married couple sought for Senior Longevity Awards at Fall Festival

From Staff Reports

July 1, 2008 - Sometimes older is better. Not only can you command respect from the younger generation, but you also garner discounts at retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters. And if you're really good, you get recognized for your longevity.

Mt. Vernon man avoids death penalty with plea deal

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Editor

July 1, 2008 - A Mount Vernon entered a guilty plea Monday afternoon to the 2006 capital murder of Veranda Bed and Breakfast owner Robert Whiteside in Mount Vernon.

Four suspects jailed following Monday traffic stop arraigned on multiple felony charges

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 1, 2008 - Four people were being held at the county jail today on charges stemming from the theft of merchandise from a discount store and use of a computer system to print fake merchandise receipts.

Emergency farm loan applications being taken for May 15 storm damage

From Staff Reports

July 1, 2008 - Farms and ranches hit hard by a May 15 storm that toppled trees across the southern and eastern sections of Hopkins County and points beyond are eligible for some financial help from the federal government.

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