NEWS ARCHIVES June 2008

Publisher's Notes - New Titles

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

June 30, 2008 - After going through the Fall/Winter 2008 catalog from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, I believe it's going to be a great few months for those of us who love to read.

Too good to be true: latest scam offers 'something for nothing'

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 30, 2008 - "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is," police are all the time cautioning local residents. And, notification of awards for unsolicited offers with complimentary checks are among the things we, as individuals, are reminded to be leery of.

Living costs, comparable pay driving referendum petition

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 30, 2008 - The need to match rising living costs and area pay scales for law enforcement agencies is the impetus behind Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association's petition for a pay referendum, according to HCLEA members.

Routine traffic stop leads to arrest of 3 Grand Prairie residents and recovery of stolen merchandise

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 30, 2008 - A routine traffic stop early Monday morning resulted in the arrest of three Grand Prairie residents, recovery of items stolen from a discount store and discovery of an elaborate computer system being used to print out fake merchandise receipts.

North Hopkins senior foregoes graduation ceremony for rodeo

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 29, 2008 - For most teens, graduation is the pinnacle of personal accomplishment, at least 12 years of hard work recognized with commencement exercises alongside their high school peers.

Ham operators gather for 24-hour field day

From Staff Reports

June 29, 2008 - Thousands of ham radio operators across the state are showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend, including those from the Hopkins and Rains County area.

Upward Bound program teaches important life lessons

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

June 29, 2008 - Thursday, June 26, was a "Day of Play" for youth participating in summer activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Hopkins County. But it was a day of "purpose" for students of the Upward Bound program of Texas A&M University-Commerce who volunteered to lend a helping hand with the more than 130 kids enrolled.

Book Review - Ladies of Liberty

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

June 27, 2008 - I should have known better. In the 4-page Acknowledgments and Author's Note at the front of journalist Cokie Roberts' new book, "Ladies of Liberty," she warned me about the quagmire.

Angels All Stars trading bats and balls for buckets and suds

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 27, 2008 - The 9- and 10-year-olds of the Hopkins County Girls Softball Angels All Stars team were excited to be recognized for their hard work by being selected to the All Star team, but a little help from the community Saturday could help them hit a real home run at the state championship.

Second person charged in attack on Cooper man, 24

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 27, 2008 - A second suspect faces feloy charges in a Monday morning assault that sent a Cooper man, 24, to a Tyler hospital for reconstructive facial surgery.

Good things going on tonight, Saturday on downtown square

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 27, 2008 - Sulphur Springs' annual Independence Day celebration on the downtown square starts early this year, with a rock 'n' roll show tonight and the traditional sympony concert and fireworks exhibition Saturday

It Could Happen Here

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

June 27, 2008 - If a major disaster ever comes to pass in Hopkins County, everyone is going to need to pitch in, but medical personnel will play one of the most vital roles of all, a public health technician for the state of Texas said Thursday.

Hopkins House hosting free seminar Saturday offering information about depression, memory loss in the elderly

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 26, 2008 - "Is it Alzheimer's?" That's the chilling, terrifying question some families must ask themselves when their aging loved ones begin to show signs of depression.

County OKS TIF plan for downtown improvements

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 26, 2008 - One of the last hurdles toward a creative method to finance the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs has been cleared.

Benefit slated Saturday for Jerry Daugherty

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 26, 2008 - When Jerry Daugherty got sick, his friends felt compelled to do more for the cattleman and ranch foreman than just wish him a full and speedy recovery. They truly wanted to do something that would help their friend. That's how this weekend's benefit got started.

Kiwanis Club's flag program puts patriotism on display, but it also helps support the youths of the community

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 26, 2008 - It would be enough if the glorious display of U.S. flags that seem to miraculously appear along the main thoroughfares through Sulphur Springs did nothing more than show the pride local residents have in their heritage.

Scout Troop 937 keeps flags flying in neighborhoods

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 26, 2008 - Kiwanis Club handles putting out the flags along the main roads running through the city -- Church, Gilmer, Oak, Broadway, College, Houston, Main and Connally streets -- but what if you live in a neighborhood off the beaten path?

Pedestrian struck and killed on Interstate

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 25 , 2008 - A 24-year-old pedestrian died Tuesday night after being hit by a truck-tractor trailer on Interstate 30.

Grand jury names 44 in indictments

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 25, 2008 - A Hopkins County Grand Jury this month indicted 44 individuals on 62 charges which ranged from manslaughter and aggravated assault to robbery, theft and possession of controlled substances.

Good students reaping rewards at local video store

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 25, 2008 - Students can be forgiven if they give their report cards little more than a cursory glance at the end of school and never think about the grades for the rest of the summer.

Book Review: Nineteen Minutes

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

June 24, 2008 - Jodi Picoult's novel about a New England high school shooting isn't the easiest story to follow. And, it's not because of the tragic plot.

Beating victim found covered in blood on county road

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 24, 2008 - Sheriff's investigators Monday arrested one of two men thought to have been involved in the assault of a Cooper man, 24, who was found covered in blood and wandering down County Road 2329 early Monday.

Man indicted on 7 charges stemming from fatal crash at road work site

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Editor

June 24, 2008 - A blind Sulphur Springs man accused of killing two workers and injuring two others in a crash at a road construction site, then fleeing the scene, has been indicted on seven felony charges stemming from the fatal incident.

Bids on communications equipment tabled for now

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

June 24, 2008 - The two bidders vying to supply radio and dispatch equipment for Hopkins County's emergency response personnel will get a chance to refigure their numbers after Hopkins County Commissioner's Court members tabled the two bids Monday.

Owens Foods expansion plans make it a hot commodity

From Staff Reports

June 23, 2008 - Dozens of dignitaries were on hand this morning as officials with Owens Foods turned the first shovels of dirt on a 50,000 square foot expansion at the company's Sulphur Springs plant.

Man who fled from traffic stop last week caught

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 23, 2008 - A Bogata man who fled from state troopers during a traffic stop last week in Yantis was apprehended Monday morning by Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit officers, Sulphur Springs Police investigators and a patrolman.

Haley Reynolds crowned Dairy Fest Queen at Moo-Lympics

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 23, 2008 - Thespirit of the upcoming Olympic gameswas alive and wellSaturday night at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center as ninetalented and beautifulyoung women took the stage to compete for the coveted title of2008 Dairy Festival Queen.

Winnsboro man, 22, charged in Pickton burglary

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 23, 2008 - A 22-year-old Winnsboro man was jailed Friday for a home burglary reported in the Pickton area earlier this month.

Arbala VFD recovering from January fire

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Staff

June 22, 2008 - The Arbala Volunteer Fire Department's members had one of their worst nightmares come to life in January, seeing smoke pouring out of their new station and waiting helplessly outside for other departments to arrive to extinguish the blaze inside their station.

County jobless rate well below state average

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 22, 2008 - The unemployment rate in Hopkins County remained one of the lowest in the area in May and almost a full percentage point below the statewide average, according to Texas Workforce Commission estimates released this week.

Reading inventory shows SSISD students on track

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 22, 2008 - How well do your first and second graders read? Are there techniques they need a little extra help to master?

Burglary suspects jailed Trio charged in theft of $5,000 worth of meat in May

From Staff Reports

June 20, 2008 - Sheriff's officers early this morning arrested three men wanted in connection with at least one building burglary in the Como area and the theft of thousands of dollars worth of meat this spring.

Owens Foods plant to nearly double in size, add about 120 employees

From Staff and Wire Reports

June 20, 2008 - Owens Foods, makers of Owens Country Sausage and a popular line of convenience food items, will break ground next week on a plant expansion that will nearly double the Sulphur Springs facility's current size and ultimately add 120 more workers -- and they may not be finished growing, either.

SSISD students can sign up for CBE tests

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 20, 2008 - Sulphur Springs students needing to make up classes or who wish to advance a grade level will have five opportunities to take credit by exam (CBE) tests.

Dairy Festival Queen to be crowned Saturday

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 20, 2008 - A new Dairy Festival Queen will be coronated at the pageant that marks the end of the weeklong county fair Saturday evening.

Dairy Festival carnival scheduled to open tonight

From Staff Reports

June 19, 2008 - The Hopkins County Dairy Festival carnival's opening Wednesday was canceled by inclement weather, but the folks at Triple T Amusements were putting the finishing touches on their rides and games this morning and expected to be able to open tonight as scheduled.

Aircraft Assoc. pilots taking 'Young Eagles' under their wing Saturday

From Staff Reports

June 19, 2008 - An event being held Saturday, while not an official part of the Dairy Festival, is still a popular affair that lets local youths get a real taste of aviation.

Base salaries would rise about 15% under HCSO pay referendum

From Staff Reports

June 19, 2008 - The salaries of Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office employees would rise about 15 percent under the proposed pay referendum being sought by members of the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association.

Breakfast benefit set Saturday to help victim of massive stroke

From Staff Reports

June 19, 2008 - Those who enjoy pancakes can get their fill of flapjacks Saturday and help out a local family going through some tough times.

Officers seek public vote on pay raises for HCSO

From Staff Reports

June 18, 2008 - Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association members announced today that a referendum is being sought to raise the pay scale for Hopkins County Sheriff's Office employees.

Independence Day celebration becomes a 2-day affair

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 18, 2008 - Dust off your red, white and blues and get ready for some Texas rock 'n roll, an evening of patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks show on the Hopkins County Courthouse square, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

Rock Steady Freddie Steady: Groovin' on the music of his life

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 18, 208 - For some, finding their true calling and passion in life is a long and winding road. Musician Freddie Krc found his bliss when he was just 9 years old.

SSISD names academic specialist for high school

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 18, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District hired an academic specialist for the high school to replace the person who was named to the principal's post at an elementary campus.

Her father's daughter: Making music the Mancini way

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 17, 2008 - Henry Mancini (1924-1994) was one of the music world's most honored composers. He was nominated for 72 Grammys. He won 20. His peers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated him 18 times for the Oscar.

Monday crash on Interstate 30 claims life of Campbell man, 25

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 17, 2008 - A 25-year-old Campbell man died Monday afternoon as a result of a fatal crash on Interstate 30 west in Weaver, according to Texas Department of Public Safety reports.

2 arrests made in diesel fuel thefts, officers work to secure warrants in 2 unrelated burlgaries

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 17, 2008 - Sheriff's officers arrested two men for theft of diesel fuel and were working to secure warrants for at least three other suspect in two unrelated building burglaries.

New student registration for 2008-2009 under way at Sulphur Springs

From Staff Reports

June 16, 2008 - New student registration for the 2008-2009 school year is currently under way at Sulphur Springs Independent School District.

SSISD chooses new drug education program

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 16, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees have hired a security officer for Douglas Intermediate School who will teach the district's new drug education program.

Police academy to be offered here in August

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 16, 2008 - East Texas Police Academy currently is accepting applications for the Basic Peace Officer Certification course, which begin Aug. 4 in Sulphur Springs.

Adopt-A-Vet

From Staff Reports

June 15, 2008 - Veterans Memorial organizers seek sponsors and stories for the future tribute to the soldiers and sailors of Hopkins CountyBy PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

SSISD scores above average in reading, ELA portion of TAKS test

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 15, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District's scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests are far ahead of the mandatory benchmark numbers, and local students are a little ahead of the statewide average in some areas.

SSISD campuses buzzing with activity this summer

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 15, 2008 - Learning never ends, even in summertime, and even though classes at Sulphur Springs Independent School District have officially been out for a week, the halls at several schools have been far from empty.

Gamblins honored as Dairy Fest Parade Marshals

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 13, 2008 - This year's Hopkins County Dairy Festival Parade Marshals will be Phil and Norma Gamblin, who have been in the dairy business for more than 34 years, and have experienced all the highs and lows of a roller-coaster business.

Chamber moving downtown

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 13, 2008 - The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will be moving its headquarters to the downtown area by the end of the year after signing contracts to sell the Chamber's existing office building to the Hopkins County government and purchasing a Connally Street property.

Dairy Festival ready for liftoff

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 13, 2008 - Mother Nature wasn't cooperating with this morning's kickoff to the 49th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival, but barring a worst-case scenario, she won't be enough to stop more than two dozen hot air balloons putting on a great show tonight.

Dairy Fest's 'Moo-Lympics' kicks off Friday with hot air balloons and opening ceremonies

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 12, 2008 - The 49th annual tribute to the dairy families of Hopkins County lifts off Friday morning, when the planners for this year's Dairy Festival hold opening ceremonies to get the "Moo-Lympics" under way.

Drug interdiction officers seize 55 lbs. of marijuana

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 12, 2008 - Police drug interdiction officers jailed a Dallas woman, 27, after a traffic stop revealed she was transporting 55 pounds of marijuana with her pre-teen daughter in the car.

Laughing out loud at the library: This time, it's OK

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 11, 2008 - Laughing out loud is usually discouraged in hushed halls of a public library. But come Monday, June 16, belly laughs and guffaws will be the order of the day.

Churches, youths working to help less fortunate residents at 2nd annual work camp

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

June 11, 2008 - The 2nd Annual "Eat, Sleep and Serve" Work Camp '08 for youth of all denominations has been set for Sunday, June 29, through Thursday, July 3.

Jazz, Blues and Roots music festival returns Saturday

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 10, 2008 - An all-day "Jazz, Blues and Roots" music festival will be held in downtown Sulphur Springs this Saturday, June 14, the second time in as many years the musical extravaganza has been staged on the square.

FSA County Committee nominations start June 16

From Staff Reports

June 10, 2008 - Sherri McMillan, executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency in Hopkins County, announced Friday that farmer and rancher candidate nominations begin June 16 for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees.

Cooper Lake basin road to close during inspection

From Staff Reports

June 10, 2008 - The road leading to the stilling basin below the dam at Cooper Lake will be closed next week during an inspection of the basin and outflow just north of the structure.

SSISD teachers have limited time to get out of contracts for coming year

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 10, 2008 - Any Sulphur Springs Independent School District teacher who does not plan to return for the 2008-2009 school year has until July 10 to notify the school of their resignation in order to be released from their current contract,

TAKS results to be front and center during SSISD board meeting tonight

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 9, 2008 - Sulphur Springs results on the 2007-2008 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests and the Texas Primary Reading Inventory tests will be

'The Drowsy Chaperone': Broadway done right

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 9, 2008- When Broadway gets it right, there's nothing to compare to a musical comedy.

May grand jury hands downs 65 indictments; 52 people charged

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 8, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury during its May session approved 65 indictments against 52 people.

Driver taken to hospital for injuries

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 8, 2008 - Anyone looking at the skeletal remains of the gasoline truck which burned up west of Sulphur Springs Saturday morning could easily make the mistake of assuming the driver of the charred rig perished in the crash.

Third annual fish fry to benefit Cumby volunteer fire department

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 8, 2008 - Cumby's Black Jack Grove Daughters next Saturday, June 14, will be hosting a fish fry at Cumby City Park.

NE Texas Choral Society director predicts snow, sets June auditions

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 6, 2008 - Carol Allen, music director of the Northeast Texas Choral Society, is a woman of many talents, but who knew she could forecast the weather?

Joint investigation clears March thefts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 6, 2008 - A joint investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies this week culminated in the arrests of three Metroplex-area men in connection with the March theft of more than $100,000 worth of equipment from Farm Country in Sulphur Springs.

Friday brunch speaker to offer information on dealing with Alzheimer's disease

From Staff Reports

June 5, 2008 - A regional organization that helps people deal with Alzheimer's disease is holding a free brunch Friday to help educate area residents about recognizing the symptoms and what to do when it happens.

Arlington man dies in fiery collision on Interstate 30

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 5, 2008 - An Arlington man burned to death early this morning after the 18-wheeler he was in slammed into an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 30 and burst into flames.

Special Olympians end a season of smiles with medals

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

June 5, 2008 - Smiles beamed brighter than the sun at the University of Texas at Arlington May 23-25, as Como-Pickton Special Olympic athletes ended their season by bringing home first, second and third place medals.

Yantis woman, 34, dies after pickup hits tree Daughter, 10, flown to Dallas hospital

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 4, 2008 - A Yantis woman was killed and her 10-year-old daughter flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas following an automobile crash on FM 514 south shortly after noon Tuesday.

Obama seals nomination

June 4, 2008 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Cheered by a roaring crowd, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois laid claim to the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, taking a historic step toward his once-improbable goal of becoming the nation's first black president. Hillary Rodham Clinton maneuvered for the vice presidential spot on his fall ticket without conceding her own defeat.

Sulphur Bluff ISD names finalist in search for supt.

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 4, 2008 - Sulphur Bluff Independent School District selected Robert Ross as the finalist for superintendent earlier this week.

The Last Lecture: For his kids - and the rest of us

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 3, 2008 - At one time not too long ago, Randy Pausch's life was running in greased grooves. The 47-year old computer science professor at Carnegie-Mellon University in Philadelphia had achieved tenure and led one of the most popular classes on campus.

Police warn some crimes rising with the mercury

From Staff Reports

June 3, 2008 - Traditionally, as the mercury rises in the spring and summer, seasonal thefts and other crimes do, too. This year is no exception.

Cumby couple charged in theft of three vehicles from Sulphur Springs dealership

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 3, 2008 - A Cumby couple was jailed Monday afternoon on felony charges of theft of vehicles stolen from a local auto dealership.

United Way sets its sights a little higher 17 agencies to benefit from campaign drive to raise $150,000

BY FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 2, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way has set its fundraising goal this year at $150,000 to benefit 17 local agencies. Last year the campaign goal was set at $145,000, and as of last month, the drive had exceeded the goal, raking in almost $156,000 in pledges.

Hopkins County ranks fifth in Texas in dairy production

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

june 1, 2008 - Hopkins County continues to be one of the top-producing dairy counties in Texas, holding on to the number five spot through the first four months of the year.

Billy Sam Elliott pens a final Hopkins County Stew column to say thanks to all who helped during his 16-year tenure as Chamber director

BILL ELLIOTT, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President

June 1, 2008 - (Editor's Note: For more than a decade and a half, Billy Sam Elliott, the executive director of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, has written Hopkins County Stew for the News-Telegram, a column to enlighten folks on what's going on and what's coming up at the Chamber. This is his final column, transmitted late Friday on his last day as leader of the Chamber before retiring and handing the keys over to his successor, Meredith Caddell.)

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