Hopkins County

Drivers moved slowly around downtown Sulphur Springs Wednesday morning.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Many area schools and business entities were closed again on Wednesday due to inclement weather and road conditions. Ice, sleet and snow has coated most of East Texas creating more winter just as the groundhog predicted.

It didn’t take much longer than five minutes for the Delta County Commissioners Court to finalize the ordering of the election for “the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.” However it was met with some adversity as it was accepted with a 3-1 vote with Commissioners Rip Templeton, Gary Anderson and Loyd Vandygriff in favor and Mark Brantley of Precinct 4 against putting the item on the ballot.

The election will be held on May 9, 2015 with early voting beginning on April 27 – May 5, 2015.

Tony Ramey and Brad Davis keep in tune together at a recent Crossroads Music Company concert. They will also be performing at Reilly Springs Jamboree this Saturday night.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

An event that got its roots back in 1956 – the Reilly Springs Jamboree – will once again be hosting a star-studded lineup of talent with headliners Tony Ramey and local Brad Davis as well as The Haystacks Teen Choir, Victor Casad and Shea Birdwell.

Organizer Enola Gay Mathews was brimming with excitement over the upcoming event this Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Recap of some of the recent winter weather to hit local counties. No counties are currently under any watches or warnings by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) however the temperatures were in the 20's Monday morning.

Hopkins Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two Hopkins County men are in jail and facing charges of possessing child pornography, according to a report by Tyler-based KLTV. The men's cases are unrelated, the report said.

Richard Lee Stewart, 31, of Sulphur Springs told investigators that the presence of graphic images of children on his computer was "accidental," according to police. Stewart was arrested on June 25. His bond is set at $10,000.

Dathan Artemus Durant, 56, of Cumby was arrested earlier this month, KLTV said. Durant is also at the Hopkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Resuming their positions on the Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees will be Thomas Darden and Blake Randle for full three-year terms along with an unexpired term for Anita Moody. Challenging for a place was Laura Gillean receiving a total of 47 votes. Darden received 165, Randle had 169 and Moody with 168 with the majority of the votes being cast absentee. The votes were canvassed on Monday, May 19.

Mark Haslett

In the unincorporated Hopkins County community of Birthright, three homes were destroyed and 67 others damaged by a likely tornado on the night of April 3. 

Cindy Roller

Over the past two months, a puzzling series of cattle thefts had been reported in Delta County.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s Special Ranger Tony Hurley have been investigating the thefts. As a result of their investigation, officers have arrested John Green of Klondike and Jonathan Jones of Cooper.

Green was arrested in Fannin County while he was in the process of stealing another load of cattle, officials said.

thedesertreview.com

Lake Country Crime Stoppers has now increased the reward to more than $10,000 for tips that lead to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for theft of more than 60 head of cattle from the North Hopkins-southern Delta County area since June of 2012, according to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Toney Hurley.

The losses have been significant to the cattle owners, upwards of $1,000 per 500-pound calf. The stolen cattle have been a mix of calves, cows, yearlings and other bovine.

Daniel Starks / KETR

A search warrant was executed by the Commerce/University joint SWAT with the aid of Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs SWAT Wednesday afternoon.

GOP primary: Hopkins County ballot

Feb 13, 2014
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The following candidates are on ballots in the Hopkins County Republican Party primary election on March 4.

Regional and county offices

Financial problems have compelled the closing of the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County. A few light poles remain in an abandoned parking lot where bluegrass concerts and other events were held.

The South Sulphur Regional Development Association, sponsor of the Cooper Lake Center since the mid-1990s, has said it decided to close the facility for financial reasons.

The center, occupying former farm land on County Road 4777, has depended almost entirely on private donations.

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A shooting in Greenville on Jan. 15 resulted in two wounded victims and four arrests, according to the Greenville Police Department.

Around noon, officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 2500 block of Broadview Street in Greenville, police said. Once there, officers were told that a shooting had occurred and that once victim had been taken to Hunt Regional Hospital with an arm wound, officials said.

hopkinscountytx.org

Hopkins County commissioners approved a plan this week to replace County Judge Chris Brown, who will be leaving the top county post in January to take over the Ark-Tex Council of Governments.

Brown had one year left on his county judge term. The plan is for the court to accept applications from interested persons and basically hire a replacement on a one-year contract, with next fall’s election determining a long-term answer.

Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter for the current term for county judge, which is expected to be Jan 2nd – Dec 31st 2014. 

hopkinscountytx.org

The search will soon be on for a new leader in Hopkins County as Judge Chris Brown will be recommended by the Ark-Tex Council of Governments search committee for their position of Executive Director. The Ark-Tex COG will be meeting for a final vote on the position, which oversees a $15 million budget, on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in Omaha.

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