Same Sex Marriage License Will Be Issued This Week
Jun29

Same Sex Marriage License Will Be Issued This Week

Hopkins County will be issuing same-sex marriage licenses beginning Monday. County Clerk Debbie Shirley is only awaiting the loading of software by the application vendor. Some wording changes have been made to the application. Shirley said she could not know how much time the programmer will need. She said the decision to issue the licenses is based upon an Attorney General written opinion that the county clerks shall issue the...

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SBA Federal Disaster Loan for NonFarm Northeast Texas Businesses
Jun26

SBA Federal Disaster Loan for NonFarm Northeast Texas Businesses

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center – West today reminded Texas small, nonfarm businesses in Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Hunt, Rains and Wood counties of the July 27, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in Hopkins...

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SSISD Approves Over $4 Million in Bids For Auditorium Renovation
Jun26

SSISD Approves Over $4 Million in Bids For Auditorium Renovation

During a special meeting at midday Friday June 26th, the Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board approved bids of just over four (4) million dollars for the renovation of the Regional Civic Center Auditorium. In return, the school district will receive a 35 year lease of the facility. The board met for over two hours as they considered bids from the construction manager for the third time in recent months. Bids had been...

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Construction Pace Quickens on New County Jail Facility
Jun26

Construction Pace Quickens on New County Jail Facility

Work on Hopkins County’s new jail facility should pick up the pace now that most of the remaining work is inside the facility. During a Wednesday (June 24) meeting with construction managers, Newsom was told that there is some work to be completed outside but the majority of the work is now inside.   Newsom said the contractor is using all subcontractors and this is the time of year when they can make the most money thanks to...

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“Updated” Hopkins County Moves Slowly Regarding SCOTUS Ruling; Governor Issues Directive
Jun26

“Updated” Hopkins County Moves Slowly Regarding SCOTUS Ruling; Governor Issues Directive

(Editors note: Governor Greg Abbott has issued a directive to state agencies and employees to not violate religious  beliefs in government decisions or actions realted to belief on marriage. See governor’s statement made Friday afternoon June 26 here. In it he says the government must never pressure a person to abandon or violate his or her sincerely held relgious beliefs regarding a top such as marriage…”) In a 5-4...

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Man Arrested For Assault With A Deadly Weapon
Jun26

Man Arrested For Assault With A Deadly Weapon

A 27-year old Sulphur Springs man was arrested after he reportedly struck his wife with fists and threatened her with a knife during a disturbance. Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a report of a disturbance on County Road 1190 at 2 p.m. Thursday. The woman told police her husband had struck her several times and held a knife to her throat. There were signs that the woman had been struck and had been nicked by the...

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*Updated* POW MIA Area Added to Memorial
Jun26

*Updated* POW MIA Area Added to Memorial

Pioneer Memorial contracted with Don Brewer with Brewer Lettering in Pickton to add a special area for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action soldiers on a stone at the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial Thursday.  The new area is just to the left of the art work on the waterfall wall.  It features names of POW’s from World War I and World War II as well as MIA’s from World War II and the Korean conflict.  It also includes a...

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Two Busy Days for District Court
Jun25

Two Busy Days for District Court

Thursday (June 25, 2015) morning in the District Courtroom of the Hopkins County Courthouse, 8th Judicial District began making its way through a 42 case docket. Most of the docket involved pretrial actions. However, Judge Eddie Northcutt did hand down a few decisions during the day. He had also handed down six decisions on Wednesday. Cases heard and set Thursday afternoon are not included here but will be reported in an update to...

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Hopkins County Awaits Supreme Court Ruling
Jun23

Hopkins County Awaits Supreme Court Ruling

Tomorrow or any day this month, the nation could receive the ruling by the U S Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage. Same sex couples in states which currently ban their marriage are now making wedding plans as courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios. Steadfast foes to same sex marriage are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition. Marriage license bureaus are bracing for a rush of applicants...

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Hospital Seeks Express Care Location
Jun23

Hospital Seeks Express Care Location

The Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board is moving slowly toward setting up Memorial Express Care or urgent care for so-called minor emergencies. Monday night the board asked questions of Wayne Cooper, owner of the Radio Shack Building, a possible site for Express Care. Questions dealt with insurance, maintenance, taxes, utilities and parking. The board indicated negotiations on a lease should continue. The board also got a CHRISTUS...

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