NEWS ARCHIVES 2008

March 2008

Manhunt launched after man flees from trooper

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 31, 2008 - A manhunt was launched early this morning after one of three people in a car stopped by state troopers ran from authorities.

Damione Lewis is coming home to put on a free football camp, but his real goal is teach boys how to better play The Game of Life

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 30, 2008 - Damione Lewis has a philosophy about life -- "Better yourself and take someone along with you." Some young people in Hopkins County will soon get to experience that firsthand.

ECLC registration begins Monday

From Staff Reports

March 30, 2008 - Early Childhood Learning Center will hold registration for Head Start, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes for the 2008-2009 school year next week, March 31-April 4.

Sulphur Springs Middle School wins 16th straight district UIL title

From Staff Reports

March 30, 2008 - Sulphur Springs Middle School recently captured its 16th consecutive district academic UIL championship, earning a whopping 716.5 points at the Texarkana meet.

County population grows 1.3%

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

March 28, 2008 - Hopkins County and the surrounding areas generally experienced some population growth from 2006 to 2007, according to figures recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Saga of former C-P superintendent comes to an end

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 28, 2008 - Bryan Christopher Neal, the former Como-Pickton superintendent accused of using school district money to purchase equipment for himself from a farm dealership, was sentenced today in state district court after pleading guilty to forgery and giving a false statement.

Strong turnout forces Democratic Party to move Saturday's county convention

From Staff Reports

March 28, 2008 - Turnout at the Democratic Party's precinct conventions in March was so high that the political group's county convention tomorrow had to be moved to a bigger location.

It's a carnival-like atmosphere at Boys & Girls Club fund-raiser

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

March 27, 2008 - Excitement is in the air and a carnival atmosphere is taking shape at the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, where the Boys and Girls Club of Sulphur Springs is preparing for its Mardi Gras Dinner & Auction beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday.

Former Winnsboro police chief found dead outside home

March 27, 2008 - Gary Lile, former police chief for Winnsboro and most recently a Smith County Low Risk Jail administrator, was found dead Thursday morning.

Say 'Amen,' Somebody

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

March 27, 2008 - Get ready to clap your hands, tap your feet and shout "Amen!" on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, when the Northeast Texas Choral Society will present three performances of their all-spiritual concert "Can I Get a Witness," in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church.

Two local teams headed for Destination Imagination state contest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 27, 2008 - Students from Sulphur Springs Middle School and Water Oak School are headed for the state Destination Imagination contest in April after scoring wins at the regional level earlier this month.

All systems go for Library Gala Thursday

From Staff Reports

March 26, 2008 - Thursday's weather forecast does not call for snow, so it's all systems go for the Gala Luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Sulphur Springs Library.

SSHS leads in race for district UIL sweepstakes

From Staff Reports

March 26, 2008 - Sulphur Springs High School students competing in academic and business-related contests are moving up in the world in their respective disciplines.

$224K of cocaine seized Monday during traffic stop on Interstate 30

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 25, 2008 - Interdiction officers Monday night seized 5 pounds or $224,000 worth cocaine found in the lining of a jacket and arrested two men on aggravated felony possession charges.

Weather service says last week’s storm brought tornado

From Staff Reports

March 25, 2008 - Despite extensive damage from a major thunderstorm that hit Hopkins County last week, at that time the National Weather Service said there was no confirmation of any tornadoes in the area as a result of the weather event.

Upcoming Titles: 'A Dangerous Age' and 'Dorothy on the Rocks'

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

March 24, 2008 - "A Dangerous Age" was my first Ellen Gilchrist book. It will most likely be my last.

2007 SSHS graduate dies after motorcycle/automobile crash

From Staff Reports

March 24, 2008 - A 2007 Sulphur Springs High School graduate died Sunday following a collision involving a motorcycle and automobile, sources said today.

Noted Sulphur Springs businessman Burgin dies

March 24, 2008 - A prinicipal in one of the city's leading public accounting firms has died at the age of 72.

A Soldier's Story

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

March 23, 2008 - Patriotism and support for American troops runs high compared to the days when Army infantry men like Joe Finnie served during the Vietnam War; coming home to a plethora of negative propaganda.

Dairy Fest 2008: Moving Toward The Moo - Lympics

March 23, 2008 - Happy New Year to all! Remember Christmas? That was just a few weeks ago! The Dairy Festival Board is off to a swift start and here are the dates for the 2008 Festival:

City's sales tax numbers take a turn for the better

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

March 21, 208 - Sales tax rebates in the city of Sulphur Springs took a turn for the better this month. The city's share of the sales tax pie in March came to $293,346, up 1.24 percent from one year ago.

CPS removes children from Como home; 2-year-old tests positive for methamphetamine

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 20, 2008 - A 25-year-old Como woman and her boyfriend were jailed Wednesday on charges of endangering a child after the woman's 2-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine.

Local man, 26, jailed on felony charge of assaulting wife, sister

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 20, 2008 - A 26-year-old Sulphur Springs man has been charged with assaulting his sister and wife and threatening one person at gunpoint before leaving his sister's Pickton residence.

Officials: Two road workers dead after being struck on Interstate 30

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 20, 2008 - Two road workers died Thursday morning after being struck by a motorist on Interstate 30 in Cumby.

Brooks, Cagle on the Country Charts

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

It's good to be Garth Brooks. The country superstar's most recent release, "The Ultimate Hits," has sold over six million copies and has been on the Billboard country charts for the past 18 weeks.

Spring storm pounds area with high winds, heavy rain

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 19, 2008 - The storm cells which whipped through the area Tuesday brought heavy winds and more than 4 inches of rainfall to Sulphur Springs, but the city was otherwise virtually unaffected by the weather.

DA explains indictments against former C-P superintendent Bryan Neal

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 18, 2008 - Despite the large number of indictments, 35, former Como-Pickton superintendent Bryan Neal is only accused of stealing between $20,000 and $25,000 from the school, District Attorney Martin Braddy told C-P school board during a special meeting Monday night.

Hopkins County among 170 Texas counties in emergency state declared by President

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 17, 2008 - Hopkins County and some of its neighbors were among the counties this weekend which the President Saturday declared to be in a state of emergency due to wildfires which have plagued the area.

Spring break not only at the beach; Friday night party busted by TABC and SCU

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 17, 2008 - For most college students, spring break is synonymous with hearty partying. Friday night, more than 100 people turned out on County Road 1174 for a party.

SSISD administrators recommend teacher incentives

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 16, 2008 - School administrators are recommending salary incentives for teachers hired to fill positions in subjects of "critical shortage" and for employees who have been employed by Sulphur Springs Independent School District for more than 20 years.

Grand jury hands down 34 indictments in March court session

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News Telegram Crime Reporter

March 16, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury approved 34 indictments against 22 people during its March court session. The charges ranged from injury to a child to controlled substances, intoxicated assault and other drunk driving charges.

Ruby Jane Smith: 13-year-old fiddling phenom impresses audiences, fellow musicians with her 'awesome talent'

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

March 14, 2008 - Talk to just about anyone who's had the chance to hear teenage fiddle player Ruby Jane Smith draw a bow across the strings and they'll tell you she's one in a million.

Precinct 4 residents call Monday meeting on sludge operation

From Staff Reports

March 14, 2008 - Some residents of Precinct 4 in Hopkins County have called a public meeting for Monday, March 17, to discuss a company's request from the state for permits to put sludge from wastewater and water treatment on 400 acres in the area.

Committee seeking recipes for cookbook to raise money for veterans memorial

From Staff Reports

March 14, 2008 - In honor of the many local men and women who have served their country in the past, present and future, the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Committee is compiling recipes for a Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Cookbook.

Library’s Gala Luncheon reset for March 27

From Staff Reports

March 13, 2008 - Maybe the infamously fickle Texas weather will cooperate with the Friends of the Sulphur Springs Public Library this time around.

SSHS ag mechanics students bring home big prizes from Houston, San Antonio

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 13, 2008 - At least six of agriculture mechanics teams and several individuals from Sulphur Springs High School were recognized recently for their accomplishments at both the Houston Rodeo and San Antonio Rodeo contests.

Local effort to aid Emory man who lost wife, sons to murder

From Staff Reports

March 12, 2008 - When tragedy strikes in this part of the world, neighbors respond, even if they don't know each other or live in the same community

Contested races emerge in at least two local school districts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 12, 2008 - Neither the Sulphur Springs nor Cumby school districts should have to hold school board elections this year, but contested races are expected in at least two Hopkins County districts.

One arrested after state trooper discovers 11 pounds of cocaine in false compartment

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 12, 2008 - A routine interstate traffic stop by state troopers early this morning resulted in one felony drug arrest and the seizure of about 11 pounds of cocaine.

Investigators ask for help in finding missing teen

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 11, 2008 - Sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in locating a Sulphur Springs girl who was discovered missing early Monday morning.

SSISD studying 'flex year' for high school

BY FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 11, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs school board Monday night approved acalendar for the 2008-2009 school year, which begins Aug. 20 and officially ends June 4

Burn ban off, but county officials still need help

From Staff Reports

March 11, 2008 - County officials lifted the ban on outdoor fires Monday but are urging those people who conduct controlled outdoor burns to let authorities know in advance so there won't be mistaken reports of grass fires by neighboring residents or passing motorists..

Party with a purpose: Parrotheads tailgate for charity

By Terry Mathews, News-Telegram Arts Editor

March 10, 2008 - A while back, Jimmy Buffett, the world's richest beach bum and the man who made "Margaritaville" a destination, asked his loyal fans, called parrotheads, to add a new dimension to their legendary pre-concert tailgate parties. He asked them to "party with a purpose" - to raise money for charities of their choice.

Three local school boards to meet Monday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 9, 2008 - Boards from three local schools will each meet Monday night at the respective schools for the regular monthly trustees meetings.

Two scholarships being offered

From Staff Reports

March 9, 2008 - Two businesses recently announced they will be accepting applications for upwards of $10,000 in scholarship money to be awarded this year.

Sulphur Springs-based highway patrolman named Texas’ top trooper for 2007

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 7, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs highway patrol trooper has been recognized as the top state trooper for 2007, an award presented by the Department of Public Safety Officers Association annually from among nominations of DPS troopers and interdiction officers statewide.

UPRA spring rodeo returns to Civic Center

From Staff Reports

March 6, 2008 - Hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls are headed for the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Arena and the opening of the United Professional Rodeo Association's spring membership rodeo, which opens tonight and runs through Saturday. The action begins at 7:30 each night.

Golfers already signing up for April.s 19th annual Chamber tournament

From Staff Reports

March 6, 2008 - Registration forms are already being accepted for the upcoming Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.s 19th Annual Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 11, at Sulphur Springs Country Club.

Wisenbaker, Reed win GOP nods for commissioner posts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 5, 2008 - Republicans in Hopkins County on Tuesday selected incumbent Beth Wisenbaker to run against Democrat John "J.W." Ragan in the election for Precinct 1 Commissioner, while Ronald "R.D." Reed defeated Phillip Anderson to become the Republican Party's candidate to face incumbent Democrat Don Patterson for the Precinct 3 County Commissioner seat, according to the unofficial county count as of Tuesday night.

Regular City Council meeting postponed after only 2 members show up

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

March 5, 2008 - Come on, guys, surely it wasn't THAT boring. Admittedly, Tuesday night's agenda for the regular monthly meeting of the Sulphur Springs City Council was hardly a firestarter.

Report: Woman, 2 boys dead in Emory shooting

From Staff and Wire Reports

March 2, 2008 - EMORY -- Officials say three people are dead, including two children, after a reported multiple shooting at a rural East Texas home early Saturday.

New economic development facility represents fresh approach to building jobs, growth

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

March 2, 2008 - When a new public building opens, such as the Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation did with its new offices Thursday....

Fall Fest board seeks relief on Civic Center costs

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

March 4, 2008 - Hopkins County Fall Festival Board members are asking the county for some relief from the fees charged to use the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center and grounds, saying the event is in danger of disappearing without some help.

SSHS senior takes top honors at UIL meet

From Staff Reports

March 4, 2008 - Sulphur Springs' math and science University Interscholastic League academic teams this past weekend came home from North Lamar with recognition in five categories.

Police: Teen talked of killing parents weeks before massacre

March 4, 2008 - EMORY, Texas (AP) -- A high school couple forced to break up spent weeks plotting what became a bloody spree of gunfire and stabbings in the girl's home, leaving her mother and two brothers dead and her father wounded, according to police reports released Monday.

Local woman schedules organizational meeting Wednesday for ‘Wives of Dairymen’ group

From Staff Reports

March 4, 2008 - A local woman will host a session Wednesday afternoon in downtown Mount Vernon for women associated with the dairy industry.

Attack shocks Rains County community

March 3, 2008 - EMORY, Texas (AP) -- Angry that her parents demanded she break up with her boyfriend, a teenage girl helped kill her mother and two brothers during a grisly weekend ambush at the family's rural wooded home, authorities said Sunday.

Tactical squad aids in Delta Co. drug raid

From Staff Reports

March 3, 3008 - The Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Response Team Friday aided Delta County Sheriff's Department in a drug raid at a residence where a man and woman were arrested on felony charges.

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