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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Commissioners Court is Expected to Adopt its’ Budget
Sep07

Commissioners Court is Expected to Adopt its’ Budget

At a regular meeting Monday morning, the Hopkins County Commissioners Court is expected to adopt its’ budget for next fiscal year and the tax rate for the budget. The tax rate is increasing more than 5-cents per $100 valuation because of the new County Jail Project. The court will also have work sessions with Sedalco Construction on the new County Jail project and with the Sheriff, Fire Chief and with volunteer fire...

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court Holds Public Hearing on Tax Rate
Aug31

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Holds Public Hearing on Tax Rate

At a regular meeting Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse, the Hopkins County Commissioners Court is scheduled to have public hearings on its’ 2015 fiscal year budget and on the tax rate for the budget. The tax rate is rising just over 5-cents per $100 valuation. The court will also consider purchasing a used fire truck from the Brinker Volunteer Fire Department.

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court Meets on Jail & Budget Monday
Aug24

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Meets on Jail & Budget Monday

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court has scheduled two public hearings for a Monday meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom on the first floor of the County Courthouse. One public hearing is for the tax rate in the proposed budget that is going up more than 5-cents due to the new county jail project. A second public hearing is for the proposed budget. By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports...

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Surprise At New Jail Site, Newsom Talks County News
Aug21

Surprise At New Jail Site, Newsom Talks County News

Workers doing dirt work for the new Hopkins County Jail project north of the current jail unearthed a surprise recently. They found what appears to be a railroad spur that had been buried. County Judge Robert Newsom says it shouldn’t raise any environmental issues. He can’t find any records for the spur. Judge Newsom says County Commissioners will be removing the rails and selling the steel. In some Hopkins County notes, County Judge...

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