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Hopkins County

Photo by John Towner
Photo by John Towner

Health officials say they’ve found a strain of avian flu on a Hopkins County poultry farm. 

Commissioners in Hopkins County are closer to getting long-sought-after weight limits set for county roads.

Uber has already been useful in assisting with ridesharing in Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Pull out your smartphones and get to downloading. It is time to move with the times – Uber has arrived with your ride. On Thursday Sulphur Springs, Texas was home to its first Uber riders. From folks with vehicles in the repair shop to moms with children that had cabin fever from the rainy weather, Sulphur Springs resident Adam Whitson became the first Uber driver picking up businessmen from Arkansas staying at Best Western and delivering them downtown to the Dining District.

Celebration Plaza adorned in lights for the holiday season.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It doesn't take long to find a festive mood downtown in the Celebration District of Sulphur Springs, Texas. The music and lights will certainly make toes tap and have visitors singing a holiday tune.

Hopkins County and the City of Sulphur Springs has teamed up this year to add even more color to downtown and Celebration Plaza.

There is a Christmas tree, castle, and even a red sleigh ready for photo opportunities.

City of Sulphur Springs is debuting its official app. It showcases all of the City and Hopkins County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The City of Sulphur Springs is constantly finding new ways to attract visitors to the community from the renovation of the downtown Celebration Plaza to utilizing news and social media outlets. The latest enhancement the City is offering is the combined effort with KSST radio to bring everything to citizens and visitors in one location – a new app.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

A Sulphur Springs man is facing animal cruelty charges following the seizure of more than 160 cattle from two Hopkins County properties.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some weekend rainfall, drought conditions are back to moderate throughout much of Northeast Texas. 

Local fire departments and emergency services agencies continue to head to the Houston/Galveston area.

A vehicle had to be rescued earlier on State Highway 11 northwest of Commerce where the Middle Sulphur River went over its banks.
Hunt County Scanner / Facebook

Motorists are urged to be aware of incidents of flashing flooding in the East Texas area. The Texas Department of Transportation has mapped several areas of closure. Turn around, don't drown is being emphasized by authorities.

In Delta County residents had to be evacuated by local volunteer fire fighters and law enforcement. According to law enforcement the home was located at 1918 Farm-to-Market 1531 near Klondike.

"This is most flooding along FM 1531 I had seen in my time with Delta County," said Lieutenant Ryan Brown, who has been with DCSO since 2011.  The water was over the five foot flood gauge. "I have never seen it at this magnitude." He waded shin to knee-deep water during the evacuation.

The North Sulphur River had flooded over its banks.

Some areas reported a range of over eight to 11 inches of rain over the span of the night.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any other rescues," said Lieutenant Brown, noting driving around a barricade is a Class B Misdemeanor and can result in a trip to jail, especially if first responders' lives are put at risk.

Delta County closures include: FM 71, FM 1531, FM 904 (water is receding), FM 2068 (water is receding).

Brayden Withrow, Cooper Bulldog #55
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Not many details were available; however, Hopkins County law enforcement reported a single vehicle rollover accident occurred Tuesday afternoon killing the vehicle’s sole occupant.

The accident which happened near Mahoney Road intersection on State Highway 19 just outside of Sulphur Springs took the life of sixteen-year-old Cooper High School student Brayden Withrow. Withrow had just acquired his driver’s license at the beginning of July, and details of the cause of the accident had not yet been released.

The SPCA of Texas Thursday announced the seizure of more than five dozen fighting birds and alleged cockfighting paraphernalia from a van Tuesday night.

Law enforcement stand together in prayer around the United States flag flying over Celebration Plaza on Sunday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

“Backing the Blue” organization gave back to local area law enforcement by adopting them and providing them with tactical bullet proof vests. Departments including: Delta County, Sulphur Springs Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s department, Sulphur Springs ISD, Saltillo ISD, Como-Pickton ISD, Cumby Police, District Attorney, Game Warden, Texas Ranger, Cattle Ranger and K9.

"Rough Road Ahead" warning signs announce to drivers the condition of State Highway 19 between Delta and Hopkins counties.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

To travelers along State Highway 19 from Delta County to Hopkins County hear and see the disrepair the “rough road ahead” signs are warning. Following a recent resurfacing and repair to State Highway 19 which spanned several months drivers are experiencing problems maneuvering. It was hoped the new surface would lessen the road noise experienced by many drivers, sadly that has not been the case. 

Mickey Barker
Mickey Barker / Facebook

Following Tuesday night’s Republican runoff election Mickey Barker earned the most votes to be named the new Precinct 1 Commissioner in Hopkins County.

“It was an enlightening experience. I enjoyed meeting lots of people. This was definitely a combined effort – I couldn’t have done this without the help of my family, friends and neighbors,” said Mickey Barker at his election night watch party with his wife, Susie of nearly 30 years by his side supporting him. “I also truly appreciate the endorsements of [former opponents] Ray Fouse and Pat Chase.”

The bridge at Brushy Creek in Delta County continues to be under construction.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

State Highway 24 (at John’s Creek) reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed due to excessive flooding, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Delta County Sheriff’s office has been informing drivers to be aware some GPS devices (such as on cell phones) has not been updating with detour information, when deemed necessary.

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