NEWS ARCHIVES October 2008

Benefits set for Pickton store owner burned in trash fire

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2008 - Two benefits are being planned this weekend to help Art Foster with medical expenses.

Titus County officers follow stabbing case to Weaver

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2008 - A 53-year-old Leesburg man, reportedly stabbed in Titus County, was flown Thursday night from Weaver to East Texas Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a stab wound to his chest.

House in Peerless destroyed by fire

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2008 - A Peerless home was destroyed by fire Thursday night, marking the third structure fire county firemen have battled in as many days.

Beta Sigma Phi issues call for Lady of the Year nominees

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 31, 2008 - Members of an international friendship network are putting out the call for nominations to honor women who go above and beyond to better the community of Hopkins County.

Rockdale Road fire causes up to $250K damage at home

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 30, 2008 - A house fire on Rockdale Road Wednesday night caused as much as $250,000 in damages, fire officials estimate. No one was injured, however.

Four charged in masked home invasion

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 30, 2008 - A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest Wednesday of four men accused in an aggravated robbery earlier this month, as well as two recent burglaries.

Back roads of Hopkins County inspiration for duos' shot at fame

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 30, 2008 - Cousins Jemma Jacobs and Kevin Hankins grew up on the back roads of Pickton and Pine Forest playing guitar and singing songs entertaining family members and friends on the front porches of their rural homes.

The Chamber Connection: Chamber of Commerce moves into new office

MEREDITH CADDELL, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President

Oct. 30, 2008 - Well, Monday morning, we officially moved our office to 300 Connally St. I must admit, even though I have only been the president of the Chamber for a few months, I felt a little nostalgic as we were leaving 1200 Houston St. Many happy memories were created in that building, as well as many great decisions for Hopkins County.

GSC helping Empty Stocking make Christmas brighter for hundreds of families in Hopkins County

From Staff Reports

Oct. 29, 2008 - Grocery Supply Company will host a barbecue lunch fund-raiser for the Empty Stocking Program, which provides gifts for children who would otherwise go without on Christmas morning, on Friday Oct. 31, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. A chopped beef sandwich, chips and candy bar can be purchased for a $5 donation.

Miller Grove ISD holding final meeting on tax rollback rate Thursday night

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News-Editor

Oct. 29, 2008 - Administrators and school board members for Miller Grove school will be hosting a town hall meeting Thursday night to give voters one last chance to ask questions and glean information about the pending tax rollback election.

United Way reaches 62 percent of it's goal

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 29, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way had collected more than 60 percent of its $150,000 goal for 17 local agencies as of Tuesday's campaign workers' report meeting, but HCUW officials are still optimistic about this year's fund drive.

Traffic violation leads officers to hot car

From Staff Reports

Oct. 29, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs man was arrested and a car reported stolen Fort Worth in 2007 was recovered after officers were called to a crash on State Highway 11 on Monday morning.

Choral Society sponsoring art contest for Christmas concert

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 28, 2008 - Area residents with artistic talents are lining up to enter the Northeast Texas Choral Society's "cover art" contest.

Precinct 3 commissioner candidates' views detailed

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 28, 2008 - Voters casting ballots for Precinct 3 Commissioner have a choice between an incumbent who's been in office longer than anyone in Hopkins County and a political newcomer "bringing to light some things that he saw that needed to come to light."

Wind Power to the People

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 28, 2008 - Wind has been used as a natural resource of power since days of old, but its charting new territory with revolutionary Residential Power Appliances (RPA) that allow home owners the opportunity to tap into its non-polluting, endless source of energy right in their own backyards.

Make-A-Wish takes boy, 7, battling bone cancer on a shopping spree

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 28, 2008 - Zi-Karryus Ivery may not have gotten his first wish, but the 7-year-old battling cancer still had a blast shopping for clothes, shoes, a Halloween costume, toys and games Monday, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

In Sulphur Bluff Beta Club's drive to fight breast cancer, real men do wear pink

From Staff Reports

Oct. 27, 2008 - Sulphur Bluff Beta Club is an active and civic-minded group, hosting various fundraisers and drives to benefit others and deserving causes.

National Weather Service predicts first killing frost of autumn tonight

From Staff Reports

Oct. 27, 2008 - Garderners and other lovers of flora should take extra precautions with delicate plants tonight as the National Weather Service is predicting the first freeze of autumn.

SSISD classes dismissing early this Friday

From Staff Reports

Oct. 27, 2008 - All Sulphur Springs schools will dismiss classes at 12:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, to allow elementary teachers to conducted required Title I parent conferences beginning at 1 p.m.

Red Ribbon Week starts Monday at all SSISD campuses

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 26, 2008 - Wearing red and camouflage clothes and sunshades. Donating canned food items. Halloween costume parades.

State health department offering vaccines as flu season begins

From Staff Reports

Oct. 26, 2008 - Texas Department of Health and Human Services is tackling flu season by encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get an influenza vaccination this year.

The Golden Jubilee: A change of heart helped Kim Baxter become 1975 Dairy Festival Queen - and helped her choose the path her life would take

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 26, 2008 - Sometimes, changing your mind at the last minute is exactly the right thing to do. Just ask Kim Baxter.

Heritage Square Rod Run rolling out Saturday

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 24, 2008 - Dozens of hot rods, class cars and custom vehicles will be on display in downtown Sulphur Springs Saturday for the Third Annual Heritage Square Rod Run, sponsored by the Downtown Business Alliance.

Civil Air Patrol looking to launch cadet program

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 24, 2008 - Representatives from the Sulphur Springs chapter of the Civil Air Patrol have discussed starting a cadet program for junior high and high school students in the Northeast Texas area wither Sulphur Springs school board members.

Thirsting for knowledge: Teaching honor society raising cholarship money through drink sales

From Staff Reports

Oct. 24, 2008 - A teachers honor society is hosting a fund-raiser to give future educators an extra boost to get through college.

Election 2008: Candidates face off at PEG Forum

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 24, 2008 - Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams and his re-election challenger, Norman Sanders, squared off on the future direction of the county's law enforcement agency during a candidate forum Thursday night.

SSHS band earns top marks at UIL contest Tuesday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 23, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs High School Marching Band may have been the last to play on the field, but their performance was top notch at Tuesday's Region 4 UIL Marching contest in Mount Pleasant.

Downtown board approves first facade grant

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 23, 2008 - A building owned by Echo Publishing Company has become the first property approved for a city-funded facade improvement grant.

More events added to upcoming Halloween and fall calendar

From Staff Reports

Oct. 23, 2008 - This time of year, with its colorful nature displays, brings to mind two things. For parents and thrill seekers it means Halloween and its many assorted spooky activities. And while not all churches host or participate in Halloween activities, many do denote the approach of November as a time of harvest and thanksgiving.

Skate park shut down again after vandals strike

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 22, 2008 - For the second time in a year, the Sulphur Springs skate park at Buford Park has been closed down due to acts of vandalism.

'Jr. Gregg Day' scheduled for Nov. 8

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 22, 2008 - Friends of Jr. Gregg have designated Nov. 8 as a day of appreciation for him, as well as an opportunity to raise funds to help him with expenses associated with his medical care.

Benefit set this Saturday for Como man who broke back in hunting accident

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 22, 2008 - A fund-raiser is planned Saturday for Zach Loyd, whose back was broken when his deer stand collapsed Sept. 14.

Candidate forum scheduled for Thursday night

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 21, 2008 - Voters will get to ask candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot about their candidacy Thursday, Oct. 23, during a forum hosted by the Political Enlightenment Group.

Execution for 1999 murder of Cumby man still scheduled for this evening

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor and MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press Writer

Oct. 21, 2008 - Death row inmate Joseph Ray Ries' chances for a stay of execution got even slimmer Monday when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed an application for a writ of habeas corpus and denied his motion for a stay of execution.

United Way at 27% of goal after 2nd report meeting

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 21, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way has raised $40,805.54, or about 27 percent of its $150,000 campaign goal, as of the second report meeting Tuesday.

Flat-iron steaks like the one above are becoming more popular with restaurant chefs and diners, with sales topping 90 million pounds per year.

CINDY WELCH, Chef, caterer and food enthusiast

Oct. 21, 2008 - Because I love to try new foods, I have a rule when I visit another town or city; Don't eat at a restaurant that you can eat at in Sulphur Springs.

Ries to die Tues. for Cumby murder

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 20, 2008 - Despite some last minute filings Friday, Joseph Ray Ries is still slated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, to be executed by lethal injection for murdering 64-year-old Robert Lee Ratliff at his Cumby home in February 1999.

Local voters have choices on Nov. 4 ballots

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 20, 2008 - Early voting in the Nov. 4 general election began today at Sulphur Springs Public Library. A number of local races are on the ballot for voters to decide.

Hard work, dedication pay off for two local VFD's

From Staff Reports

Oct. 20, 2008 - Two local volunteer fire departments benefitted from $35,790 in grants, two from Texas Commission on Fire Protection and one from Texas Forest Service.

Hopkins County treasure donated to Historial Society

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 20, 2008 - The Historical Society and Heritage Park Museum recently received a treasured piece of Hopkins County history with the donation of a 122-year-old quilt that has traveled the world.

The Golden Jubilee: 1974 Dairy Festival Queen won title in gown purchased at a garage sale

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 19, 2008 - When 1974 Dairy Festival Queen Lasca Williams Anderson needed an evening gown for the competition, her mother, Mary Jo Williams, came through.

Early voting begins Monday at public library

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 19, 2008 - Voters across the state will be heading to the poles beginning Monday, the first day to vote early in person. All Hopkins County voters casting early ballots will be doing so at one location for all races.

Rollback elections come to area school districts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram

Oct. 19, 2008 - Much-needed facilities repairs, replacement of aging buses and equipment, meeting state food service code, and being able to offer pay incentives to keep and recruit highly qualified teachers are among the many challenges school districts face today.

Haunted Woods opens at Arbala

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 19, 2008 - The tradition continues in Arbala with the annual Haunted Woods, revived two years ago by Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew.

Playing dirty politics, or just merry pranksters

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 17 2008 - Opposing political party chairmen are usually busy sniping at each other's campaigns, but the Democratic and Republican party chiefs in Hopkins County have found common ground on one issue: They're voting against sign thieves.

County's labor market shows solid growth over past year

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 17, 2008 - Hopkins County's jobless rate for September increased more than half a percentage point from the same month in 2007 --yet the county posted some of best labor market numbers in the area.

Local groups scaring up special activities for Halloween

From Staff Reports

Oct. 17, 2008 - Several local civic groups and churches annually offer special activities as an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. And for those who are wondering, yes, Halloween will be observed on Friday, Oct. 31 in Sulphur Springs.

C-P student named to Nat'l FFA Band

From Staff Reports

Oct. 16, 2008 - Austin Baxley, tenor sax player for the Como-Pickton Eagles marching band, is headed for the national stage.

Rash of crimes has police chief asking for help from the public

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 16, 2008 - Sulphur Springs police are asking for the public's help in solving a rash of burglary cases occurring in the east end of town.

Sulphur Bluff PTO hopes to raise scholarship money at Friday carnival

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 16, 2008 - Sulphur Bluff Parent Teacher Organization Friday offers tons of family fun and entertainment for the entire community at the annual Sulphur Bluff Halloween Carnival. Teachers, parents, students and school groups all get in on the act.

TAKS exit level re-tests offered next week for both current and former SSHS?students

From Staff Reports

Oct. 16, 2008 - Sulphur Springs High School 12th graders and students not currently enrolled who have yet to pass the TAKS Exit Level test will get another chance next week.

SSHS band tuning up for Tuesday's UIL contest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 15, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs High School Marching Band earned high marks at the Northeast Texas Marching Fest in Mount Pleasant, coming home Saturday with a third-place ranking following two rounds of competition.

Quick response, helpful citizens aid investigators in clearing up three burglaries

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Editor

Oct. 15, 2008 - Community awareness and a quick response by investigators are being credited with solving three burglaries in the area, which included the recovery of all the property reported stolen and three arrests in connection with the cases.

Sales tax figures rise for fifth straight month

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 14, 2008 - Don't sound the death knell for the local economy just yet.

FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW

CINDY WELCH, Chef, caterer and food enthusiast

Oct. 14, 2008 - At first blush it would seem that Ms. Wood wrote her poem about our great Hopkins County stew. All the classic ingredients are there: Chicken, an iron pot, tomatoes, onion, corn, butter beans and Worcestershire sauce.

County officials to consider purchasing 8 'take-home' pickups

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 14, 2008 - Hopkins County Commissioners Court will hold a work session and special meeting Thursday to discuss and possibly take action on bids for purchase of eight addition vehicles for the sheriff's office, as well as a policy which would allow deputies to have "take home" vehicles.

United Way at 11% of goal after first report meeting

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 14, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way campaign officers are optimistic about this year's campaign to raise $150,000, announcing at today's first report meeting that 11 percent of the goal has already been met.

Klondike man, 28, charged with child porn possession

From Staff Reports

Oct. 14, 2008 - A Klondike man has been arrested on two counts of child pornography possession, according to Delta County authorities.

Military Coalition conducting 500th service at funeral Tuesday

From Staff Reports

Oct. 13, 2008 - A group of devoted veterans who ensure their comrades in arms get a fitting farewell will mark a significant milestone on Tuesday.

Meet Eddie Trapp, Sulphur River Scientist

BY PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 13, 2008 - Although he's been retired from the classroom for 10 years, former science teacher Eddie Trapp of Cooper continues to educate students through outdoor excursions along the Sulphur River bottoms, instructing them on survival techniques and instillingan appreciation for their natural surroundings.

PPAWSS trying to put more pets in the doghouse

From Staff Reports

Oct. 13, 2008 - PPAWSS is trying to get a jump start on winter, initiating a program which hopefully will help provide shelter for dogs during the cooler months.

The Golden Jubilee: 1973 Dairy Festival Queen traveled to Tyler to learn talent

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 12, 2008 - When it came time to decide on a talent for the 1973 Dairy Festival pageant, Denise Dickerson Booher had to leave town -- literally.

Guild donating quilts for program helping families of wounded soldiers

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writera

Oct. 12, 2008 - The comfort of a quilt goes far beyond its resource for warmth, especially when each fabric block is pieced together with love and prayer as the ones soon to be donated by the Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild to Fisher House of Dallas, "a home away from home for military families in their time of need."

A 'full pull' to help kids

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 12, 2008 - Chilly weather means chili weather, but for folks who need more than cooler temperatures as an excuse to get out their chili pots and savory recipes, how about a worthy cause to cook for.

Country artist Gosdin cancels appearance due to medical reasons

From Staff Reports

Oct. 12, 2008 - Country music artist Vern Gosdin, who was scheduled to perform at a concert tonight at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, will not be making the trip to Sulphur Springs,

The Right Man for the Job

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, Special to the News-Telegram

Oct. 10, 2008 - At age 17, Bill Anderson didn't dream of being a preacher. His future wife, it turned out, knew what Anderson would become before he did.

'Main Street Market' idea proposed for downtown

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 10, 2008 - Sulphur Springs City Council members are studying a proposal to turn a parking lot on Main Street into a multi-purpose site that could double as a farmer's market and venue for the performing arts.

Extension agent Hicks receives state, regional and national honors - again

Oct. 10, 2008 - Hopkins County's family and consumer sciences agent recently received a national award for her nutrition newsletter, marking at least the third time since 2003 she has been named one of the top Extension agents in the United States.

King Tut exhibit showcases pharaohs' opulence

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 9, 2008 - I have two pieces of advice for those of you planning to see the highly anticipated exhibit, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" at the Dallas Museum of Art:

Two books briefed

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 9, 2008 - Carolyn Jourdan thought she had left her hometown of Strawberry Plains, Tenn. in her rear view mirror.

Reviews: Nothing to write home about

by terry mathews - news-telegram arts editor

Just because an author can come up with a quirky, interesting title doesn't mean he can write a quirky, interesting book.

Missing man found dead in creek near Flora home

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 9, 2008 - A lengthy search for a diabetic Alzheimer's patient came to an abrupt end Thursday morning when the 70-year-old Flora resident was found dead in the woods within a mile of his FM 69 north residence.

Locust St. man says armed intruders robbed him

From Staff Reports

Oct. 9, 2008 - A South Locust Street resident reported being robbed inside his house by four armed intruders Wednesday night.

Barbecue fund-raiser Sunday will help Eagle Scout hopeful, other volunteers put finish touches on project at Nelta Community Center

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 9, 2008 - A local Boy Scout needed a project to make Eagle Scout by the time he's 18. Nelta Community Center still needs to be completed.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - unless the 'Tuna' folks hear about it

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 8, 2008 - Bertha Bumiller and her husband, Arles Struvie, are about to celebrate their 10th anniversary. In order to have some time alone, the couple decide to travel from their hometown of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, to Las Vegas in order to renew their wedding vows.

28th Gospel SongFest rescheduled for Oct. 25 at Trinity Harvest Church

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 8, 2008 - A 28-year tradition may have been temporarily halted last month, but not even threats of a hurricane winds and rain are enough to stop the 28th Annual Hopkins County Gospel SongFest.

Early voting starts Oct. 20 in C-P tax rollback election

From Staff Reports

Oct. 8, 2008 - Voters in the Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District will decide Nov. 4 whether or not to approve a rollback tax rate.

Blood drive Thursday in Greenville for son of Sulphur Springs couple

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 8, 2008 - A blood drive is being hosted Thursday to benefit Matthew Virgel, who has been undergoing treatments for lymphoma since December 2007 and in the next few weeks will require a bone marrow transplant.

On Stage: 'Much Ado' adds unique twist on murder mystery

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 8, 2008 - An evening at the theater doesn't often include an opportunity to get a close look at the sets or interact with the cast unless you are lucky enough to have back stage passes.

Hibbett proves to be a great sport about United Way

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 7, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way's 2008-2009 campaign to raise $150,000 to benefit 17 local agencies is already off to a running start, thanks to a relative newcomer among local businesses.

Redesigned Main Street gets rave reviews as hundreds attend grand opening ceremony Monday

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 7, 2008 - It was crowded. It was noisy. It was joyous. And it was worth the wait.

Saltillo ISD administrator named 'Superintendent of the Year'

From Staff Reports

Oct. 6, 2008 - Saltillo ISD Superintendent Paul Jones recently received one of the highest honors bestowed on rural educators.

Salvation Army chair honored for 30 years of helping others

From Staff Reports

Oct. 6, 2008 - Few people want to have to call Jo Marie Neal for help.

Top Guns: Probation officers take top honors at shooting contest

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 6, 2008 - Hopkins County Community Supervision and Corrections Department placed first at the 8th Annual CSCD Shootout held Sept. 25, in Fredericksburg.

Police: Teens used dentist's office to smoke weed

From Staff Reports

Oct. 6, 2008 - Three area teen-agers found out the hard way that using someone's office building without permission isn't a good idea.

The Golden Jubilee: 1972 Dairy Fest Queen's greatest gifts are growing up with an exceptional family, marrying a good man and having two amazing children

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct. 5, 2008 - Gina Chancellor Reese, 1972 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen, lives life with a grateful heart.

Saltillo ISD staff believe being a small country school helps achieve consistently high ratings

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 5, 2008 - It is a small school district few outside of Franklin and Hopkins counties probably are aware of -- unless they're looking at the more academically elite school districts in the region, and in the state.

Pigeon drop scam reported here

From Staff Reports

Oct. 5, 2008 - When times get hard, most people tighten their purse strings and work a bit harder.

Second Annual Senior Citizens Expo scheduled for Oct. 14

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 5, 2008 - In just over a week, Hopkins County Marketers Association will be hosting its 2nd Annual Senior Citizens Expo at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, located on the corner of Jefferson and Jackson streets.

DBA putting 1st ride on redesigned Main Street up for bid

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 3, 2008 - Want to be in the first car to drive down the new and improved Main Street on Monday when the ribbon is cut to officially mark the opening of the road? Well, it's gonna cost you.

Congress OKs historic bailout bill

Oct. 3, 2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the economy on the brink and elections looming, Congress approved an unprecedented $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday and sent it to President Bush for his certain signature.

Blind man who killed two in crash gets 40 years

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 3, 2008 - A blind man who hit four road construction workers and a parked truck with a Dodge pickup on FM 1567 has been sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison on six charges stemming from the incident.

Grand opening set Mon. for Main Street

From Staff Reports

Oct. 2, 2008 - The long, hard hours of planning and preparation to revamp downtown will be richly rewarded Monday when the city's new Main Street is officially opened.

City could soon seek funding for downtown improvements soon

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 2, 2008 - Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell said this week a Tax Increment Financing board will probably be created in?November, and could start seeking financing in the form of bonds for downtown improvements after the first of the year.

Two flown to hospitals following work zone crash

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 1, 2008 - Authorities are reminding motorists to be cautious when approaching road construction zones, a warning that takes on extra meaning in the wake of two incidents on State Highway 19 south Tuesday.

Rising to the Occasion

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 1, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way Campaign Chairman John Sellers reminded volunteers why each contribution is vital to the group's annual fund drive during the worker's kickoff luncheon Tuesday at Southwest Dairy Center

Local volunteers take dozens of wounded veterans fishing for

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct. 1, 2008 - Sunrise over a lake can be a beautiful sight, but the scene Saturday at Lake Fork Marina was especially majestic as the flag flew, soldiers saluted and the national anthem played, kicking of the first Take A Soldier Fishing event in the area.

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