– The start of the official filing period for the March elections are now only a few days away.
The first day to file as a candidate is this Thursday, and the last day to file is Jan. 4. Candidates seeking an office in a particular county will file with their respective county Democratic or Republican Party offices. Candidates whose jurisdiction covers multiple counties file with the state party offices.
Sulphur Springs – A Rhodes Scholar recipient has close ties to Hopkins County. Elizabeth Longino, of Dallas, is the granddaughter of long-time Sulphur Springs residents Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Longino.
Libby is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majors in English and public policy analysis. She, along with her boyfriend are on their way to England, joining 30 other American students.
Terrell – The small town of Terrell, just east of Dallas, is once again struggling with the news of a resident killed in war.
Army Spc. Joseph "Joe" Michael Lewis, 26, whose wife and young daughter live in Terrell, became the fifth service member from the city of about 15,500 to die in Afghanistan or Iraq since 2004. He is the second to die since October.
Sulphur Springs – Four additional Hopkins County officials will seek re-election in March.
They include Commissioner for Precinct 4 Danny Evans, County Clerk Debbie Shirley, District Clerk Patricia Dorner and County Treasurer Treva Watson.
All four will hold a press conference Tuesday to formally announce their re-election bids. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom on the first floor of the Hopkins County Courthouse. The public is welcome to attend.
Paris – Paris Police have charged David Murray with robbery and assault in connection to an alleged shoplifting at the city's Wal-Mart.
Store employees on Monday attempted to detain the man when they suspected he was shoplifting packages of meat. Murray would then reportedly become combative.
As employees detained the man outside the store, several packages of meat fell out of his jacket that totaled over $86.00 in value. Upon arrival, police would find Murray also in possession of drug paraphernalia.