NEWS ARCHIVES May 2008

Gilbreath, Chandler lead Class of 2008 at Saltillo High School

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 30, 2008 - Saltillo High School's top students have been announced, and Jessica Gilbreath and Jeff Chandler are at the top of the class.

Sulphur Springs Public Library kicks off summer reading program on June 3

From Staff Reports

May 29, 2008 - Hey, kids. Looking for something to do after school lets out?

Ashley Heer named valedictorian, Michael Cross salutatorian of Class of 2008 at Cumby High School

From Staff Reports

May 29, 2008 - Cumby High School has named Ashley Heer as this year's valedictorian and Michael Cross as the salutatorian of the graduating class.

Amanda Sims, Lacey Roberts top graduates at Miller Grove

From Staff Reports

May 29, 2008 - Amanda Sims has been named valedictorian and Lacey Roberts salutatorian of the 2008 graduating class of Miller Grove High School.

Commissioners to hold workshops on courthouse plans

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

May 28, 2008 - Hopkins County officials decided Tuesday they will set up workshops in the future to discuss plans to expand county office space.

TxDoT replacing signal at Lee and South Broadway, rebuilding FM road through Cumby

From Staff Reports

May 28, 2008 - Texas Department of Transporation officials are embarking on two highly visible projects in June that will most affect motorists in Sulphur Springs and Cumby.

Basrai, Williams top Sulphur Bluff grads

By FAITH HUFFMAN,News-Telegram News Editor

May 28, 2008 - They may come from a small school, but that doesn't stop Sulphur Bluff's top students from aiming big in their future goals.

Robbery suspect arrested

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 27, 2008 - An observant person and quick work o

Commissioners to consider alternate expansion plan Tuesday

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

May 25, 2008 - Hopkins County Commissioners Court will discuss a proposal by a state district judge for an alternate plan to expand governmental offices at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

Saltillo ISD begins Pre-K, kindergarten registration round-up Tuesday, May 27

From Staff Reports

May 25, 2008 - Saltillo Independent School District next will be holding a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration round-up for the 2008-2009 school year beginning Tuesday.

Bye-Bye to Billy Sam

From Staff Reports

May 25, 2008 - Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce members will be honored Thursday with a special after-hours mixer by the Chamber's Ambassador Club.

C-P seniors earn $152K in scholarships

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 27, 2008 - For the past two years, Como-Pickton seniors have continued to set new school records for the amount of scholarships earned overall.

Christian-based talent show set for May 31 at Brashear Baptist

From Staff Reports

May 25, 2008 - Talented performers from all over Hopkins County are invited to show off their skills at Brashear Baptist Church's Talent Search for Christ, which will be held immediately following an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Saturday, May 31.

Rachel Cummings, Mollye Lay top grads at Como-Pickton

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 23, 2008 - Como-Pickton High School announced during this week's honors and awards assembly that Rachel Cummings and Mollye Lay are the top graduates of this year's senior class.

American Legion Post offering free flags Saturday to put on graves of veterans

From Staff Reports

May 23, 2008 - Hopkins County American Legion Post 66 plans to renew an old tradition by honoring the graves of U.S. veterans in recognition of Memorial Day.

n the part of patrol officers are being credited with the apprehension of a Sulphur Springs man less than 12 hours after he is alleged to have robbed a Church Street business with a knife.

Holly Madden, Gaby Olayo lead Class of 2008 at Yantis High School

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

May 23, 2008 - After four years of rigorous academic courses, the hard work has finally paid off for two Yantis High School students -- Holly Madden, who has been named valedictorian, and Gaby Olayo, the salutatorian for the Class of 2008.

In Memoriam: Congressman Hall to join in Friday's Memorial Day program at courthouse

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

May 22, 2008 - Hopkins County Military Coalition and the Veterans Memorial Committee will host a Memorial Day presentation on the steps of the Hopkins County Courthouse Friday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m.

Bonds now total $830,000 for blind man charged in fatal hit-and-run

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 22, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs man accused of killing two construction workers and injuring two others in a hit-and-run crash on Saturday has been served with four additional charges.

NHHS names Megan Lehr valedictorian, Cayla Newkirk salutatorian

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 22, 2008 - North Hopkins has announced Megan Lehr and Cayla Newkirk as the 2007-2008 senior class's top students. Lehr earned the valedictorian distinction with a 5.0729 weighted grade point average, while Newkirk was named salutatorian with a 4.8404 weighted GPA.

Book Review: Life Beyond Measure

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

Watching Sidney Poitier on the big screen is like watching a trained ballet dancer. He's tall, elegant and every move seems perfectly timed to create just the right mood.

‘SSHS grads earn more than $1.2 million in scholarships

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 21, 2008 - More than $1.2 million in scholarships and awards were handed out to this year's Sulphur Springs High School Class of 2008 during the school's annual Honors/Awards Assembly, held Tuesday night at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

Nominations now being sought for Texas Outstanding Older Worker award

From Staff Reports

May 20, 2008 - Nominations are being sought by Experience Works to find Texas' outstanding older worker for 2008. Applications for the Experience Works Prime Time Awards program will be accepted through June 1 and are available online at www.experienceworks.org.

Streetscape project breaks ground

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

May 20, 2008 - City Council members, business owners and community members alike joined together for groundbreaking ceremonies of the Streetscape project Monday morning on Main Street.

Two construction workers killed Saturday on FM 1567

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 19, 2008 - Two construction workers were killed and two others injured Saturday on FM 1567 after being run over by a pickup. The driver of the hit and run vehicle was arrested a short while later on a county road by troopers.

Construction of new location extension for State Highway 11 to begin

May 19, 2008 - SULPHUR SPRINGS - Texas Department of Transportation has recently awarded a $9.2 million contract to A.K. Gillis & Sons, Inc, of Sulphur Springs to construct a new traffic relief route in Southern Sulphur Springs, currently designated as the Highway 11 Extension project.

Car and motorcycle show set to benefit Miller Grove Volunteer Fire Department

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 18, 2008 - Miller Grove Volunteer Fire Department is revved up about its 3rd Annual Spring Fling Car & Motorcycle Show which gets off to a rolling start at noon Saturday, May 24, at the station.

Execution warrant orders Joseph Ray Ries to death by lethal injection Sept. 18 for 1999 murder of Cumby man

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 18, 2008 - The "order setting execution" and a death warrant have been issued for Joseph Ray Ries, convicted in Hopkins County in 1999 for the murder of Robert Lee Ratliff in his home in Cumby.

'Yes I Can' makes summer debut

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 16, 2008 - Boys & Girls Club of Hopkins County will expand upon its motto this summer. The club strives to be a "positive place for kids," and this summer will further that goal with activities designed to improve their self-image.

Recount results in no change in city election; Oxford defeats incumbent Williams by slim margin of 6 votes

From Staff Reports

May 15, 2008 - Well, the tally is in and the results are the same. Charles Oxford won the Sulphur Springs City Council election, according to City Secretary Gale Roberts.

Commemorative brick sales benefit Graduation Celebration

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

may 15,2 008 - As the end of the 2007-2008 school year quickly approaches for students of Sulphur Springs Independent School District, seniors are

Strong storm howls through area

From Staff Reports

May 15, 2008 - A powerful thunderstorm carrying destructive straight line winds roared through Northeast Texas around midnight Wednesday, tipping trees and downing power lines.

Book Review - Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

May 15, 2008 - "I am told that the first comprehensible word I uttered as a child was 'home.'"

Dixie Darlings recital Thursday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 14, 2008 - The Dixie Darlings dance classes from the Boys & Girls Club will be strutting their stuff during their annual spring recital which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday on the stage of Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

Williams requests recount in city election

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 14, 2008 - The ballots from Saturday's Sulphur Springs City Council election will be recounted, according to City Secretary Gale Roberts.

8th grader Rebecca Sehnert wins overall best project at Region 8 Science Fair

From Staff Reports

May 14, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs Middle School eighth grader went home from the Region 8 Science Fair with a trophy naming her project the best of the best.

Letter carriers set new record in annual food drive

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

may 13, 2008 - The people of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County are long known for the community spirit which has them pulling together to help those in need or crisis.

Volunteers in Police Service receive awards for service to community

From Staff Reports

May 13, 2008 - More than a dozen members of Volunteers in Police Service, an auxiliary of Sulphur Springs Police Department, recently received presidential recognition for their service to the community.

Dallas' Bengal Coast: A treat for all the senses

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

May 13, 2008 - If you're looking for a fresh dining experience, free from the stale, one-dimensional cattle call of most chain restaurants, there's a wonderful new place in Dallas that will delight, educate and satisfy all your senses.

Oxford defeats incumbent Williams in council run

From Staff Reports

May 12, 2008 - A close race between two candidates came down to the wire Saturday, but the election may not be over just yet.

Voters choose school board members in 4 rural districts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 12, 2008 - Election results at four local school districts are in, pending canvassing of the vote during board meetings later this week.

Como chooses new mayor; Cumby voters sales tax hike

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 12, 2008 - Voters in Como and Cumby Saturday cast ballots for their choices for city officers, and approved two propositions in Cumby.

Dreams Come True

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 11, 2008 - "Your wish has been granted."

North Hopkin student takes third in state UIL contest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 11, 2008 - Four North Hopkins High School students participated at the state academic University Interscholastic League meet last weekend in Austin, including one who placed in journalism.

Cancer survivors band together at Relay For Life to do The Walk of LIFE

Staff Photos By Angela Pitts

May 11, 2008 - 4-year-old Harley Speed, daughter of Dustin and Sirena Speed, peeks inside one of the hundreds of luminary sacks to be lit for the ceremony at the relay event.

Fiddle legend Johnny Gimble brings 73 years of swing experience to Greenville Saturday, May 31

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

May 9, 2008 - GREENVILLE - When Texas fiddle legend Johnny Gimble takes the state at the historic Municipal Auditorium in Greenville, Saturday, May 31, he'll bring more than just 73 years of experience with him - he's got a special guest star.

Two very different candidates face off in City Council race

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

May 9, 2008 - Sulphur Springs voters will go to the polls Saturday to choose one of two very different candidates to represent them for the next three years on the City Council.

School board elections set Saturday at Cumby, Yantis, Como-Pickton

From Staff Reports

May 9, 2008 - At least three local school districts will be holding school trustee elections Saturday.

Best In Class: Jacob Cooper named valedictorian, Kelsey Evans salutatorian at SSHS

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 8, 2008 - When Sulphur Springs High School announced Jacob Cooper as its 2007-2008 valedictorian and Kelsey Evans as salutatorian on Wednesday, the students' parents were naturally excited and proud.

City crews to take on Main St. rebuilding project

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

May 8, 2008 - The city of Sulphur Springs will take on the task of rebuilding Main Street with its own crews after bids to remodel the thoroughfare were prohibitively high.

City council candidate condemns fluoridation of water

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, Managing Editor

May 8, 2008 - A candidate for the Sulphur Springs City Council took the floor at Tuesday's regular meeting to condemn adding flourid to the city's water supply, calling the chemical "extremely toxic" and the practice of flouridation a "violation of moral law."

High on 'Grass: A collection of fine musicians and bands will kick of 2008 Folk Festival with a series of Bluegrass concerts Friday night

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

May 8, 2008 - Members of the Hopkins County Historical Society are adding a new dimension to the annual Folk Festival. An evening of Bluegrass music will kick off the festival on Friday, May 9.

Letter carries picking up donations this week to help 'stamp out hunger'

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 8, 2008 - Ever increasing gas-prices and just about everything else -- except wages -- are going up, and the price of food, escalated by increased costs to ship them from one locale to another, is no exception.

Relay For Life teams to start setting up Thursday night

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 7, 2008 - A year's worth of planning will culminate at 7 p.m. Friday on the Sulphur Spring Middle School track with the opening ceremonies for Hopkins County Relay For Life, the premier local fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

The start of something big

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

May 7, 2008 - A report released this week found that emergency centers in seven major U.S. cities lack the ability to cope with even minor national emergencies.

Yantis' Cory Ward wins top physics award at State UIL Meet

From Staff Reports

May 6, 2008 - A Yantis High School student went home this past weekend with a gold medal for not only doing well but being the best Conference 1A physics competitor at the State Academic University Interscholastic League Meet in Austin.

Downtown Business Alliance to host historic building seminar May 17

From Staff Reports

May 6, 2008 - Do you own a historic house or building? Would you like to know the background of the property? If you answered 'yes' to these questions, the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance has a deal for you.

Book Review - The Miracle at Speedy Motors

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

Normally, it's hard to find fault with Alexander McCall Smith's lovely books about Precious Ramotswe, the "traditionally built" proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and "Botswana's foremost solver of problems," but his latest offering lacks an editorial presence and some of the plot simply does not fit in the story's framework.

Two SSHS teams take 4th at state UIL competition

From Staff Reports

May 5, 2008 - Sulphur Springs High School concluded its 2007-2008 academic University Interscholastic League season this weekend, with one student and two teams ranked among the top five or better in the state.

CASA volunteers earn presidential awards

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 5, 2008 - More than two dozen volunteers recently received presidential honors for their service to abused and neglected children in Hopkins and other counties, a fitting tribute during National Volunteer Week.

Voices From Afar

From Staff Reports

May 5, 2008 - The Africa University Choir, an established choral ensemble at Africa University in Zimbabwe, will perform at First United Methodist Church during the 7 p.m. worship services this Wednesday, May 7.

Dairy Fest 2008: It takes a lot of gas to float a big balloon!

May 4, 2008 - Dairy Festival 2008 'Moo -- lympics' is just seven weeks away. As thetime gets closer and we all get busier, we have many people and organizations who help the DF Board.

Don’t miss The Power Team

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

May 4, 2008 - They hold your attention with their feats of strength. They capture the heart with their testimonies of salvation.

Who will rescue the rescuers?

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 1, 2008 - Over the last few months, Hearts of Life Animal Rescue and Adoption, the "no-kill" shelter for abandoned pets, has taken a real beating, literally and financially.

County's jobless rate rises But the number of people working also increases

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

May 1, 2008 - The March jobless rate in Hopkins County was slightly higher than one year ago, but the numbers carried good news, as well, in the form of more jobs.

Magnificence in Miniature

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

May 1, 2008 - The "WOW factor" is what local artist and model maker Jerry Lee was going for as he dedicated more than 600 hours to creating a miniature model of the historical Hopkins County Courthouse.

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