New Bridge on CR 1152 in Precinct 1
Oct15

New Bridge on CR 1152 in Precinct 1

In the near future, Hopkins County Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker may be able to replace what she believes to be the last wooden bridge in her precinct 1. The old one-lane span is in a bottom over a deep ravine on County Road 1152 north of FM 1567 between Miller Grove and Highway 19. The bridge will be replaced with a $180,000 concrete bridge as part of the TXDOT off system bridge program. Work could begin by next fall....

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court Supports Proposition 1 on the Nov. Ballot
Oct15

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Supports Proposition 1 on the Nov. Ballot

Monday the Hopkins County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution supporting Proposition 1 on the November election ballot. The Proposition would utilize some of the funds out of the state Rainy Day Fund for highway construction. Some people oppose any use of Rainy Day Funds except for dire emergencies but County Judge Robert Newsom says lack of highway funds is a serious situation with so many people moving to Texas...

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court Meeting Monday
Oct12

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Meeting Monday

During a regular meeting Monday morning, the Hopkins County Commissioners Court will consider two matters involving the Civic Center: considering purchase of a new credit card processor and considering an ATM agreement. The court will also consider purchase of two pick up trucks. The court will also take up an advance funding agreement and resolution with the Texas Department of Transportation for bridge replacement or rehabilitation...

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HC Commissioners Court Has Only One Work Session Scheduled so Far This Week
Oct05

HC Commissioners Court Has Only One Work Session Scheduled so Far This Week

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court has only one work session scheduled so far this week. It’s their weekly session with Sedalco Construction Services to get the latest news on new County Jail construction. The meeting will be at the Sedalco Meeting Facility at 201 East Houston Street.

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court has a Special Meeting Wednesday
Sep28

Hopkins County Commissioners Court has a Special Meeting Wednesday

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court has a special meeting and two work sessions planned for Wednesday. A routine agenda will be considered at the special meeting at 1 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom. The court will have work sessions on construction of the new jail at 1:30 p.m. and on phone systems with the District Attorney at 3 p.m.

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In God We Trust
Sep23

In God We Trust

Meeting Monday, the Hopkins County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to adopt the national motto In God We Trust as their own. A plaque in the Commissioners Courtroom now indicates it. County Judge Robert Newsom said over 100 cities in California have also done this as well as some cities and counties in Texas. In God We Trust is said to go back to a verse of the Stars Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key. By Don Julian,...

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court is Expected to Approve a County Nuisance Abatement Policy
Sep21

Hopkins County Commissioners Court is Expected to Approve a County Nuisance Abatement Policy

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court is expected to approve a county nuisance abatement policy at a regular meeting Monday morning. A work session to follow will touch on the Civic Center, environmental issues, new jail construction and the Sheriff’s Office.

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court Has Two Work Sessions Scheduled
Sep14

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Has Two Work Sessions Scheduled

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court has two work sessions scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The court will meet with their Construction Manager-at-Risk for the new Jail Project, Sedalco at the Sedalco Meeting Facility on Houston Street at 1:30 p.m. to discuss jail construction. Then at 3 p.m. they will meet with TXDOT Area Engineer Tammy Sims in Meeting Room 1 in the County Courthouse to discuss highway projects.

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In the Spirit of Cooperation
Sep12

In the Spirit of Cooperation

With the new Hopkins County Jail project coming close to railroad property, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom has been working on an agreement with the railroad. Judge Newsom said he found the first draft from the railroad to be unacceptable. He suggested some changes and he said he’s optimistic the revised document would be approved by both parties. The east side of the jail project is near railroad property....

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Hopkins County New Budget Final
Sep11

Hopkins County New Budget Final

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom’s first budget was finalized Monday as the County Commissioners Court adopted the next fiscal year budget and a tax rate more than 5-cents per $100 valuation higher due to the new jail project. Judge Newsom said the budget was balanced and did not include any raises for county employees. There was one personnel addition: Assistant DA Clay Harrison who will come from Smith County. Judge Newsom expects...

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