County Road Work Challenging Due to Heavy Rainfall
May13

County Road Work Challenging Due to Heavy Rainfall

Precinct 1 Hopkins County Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker says it’s been a real challenge trying to keep county roads in any kind of shape with all the rain we’ve had.  She says this is the wettest year she’s seen in her 18 and a half years in office.  Ms. Wisenbaker says she has already had to spent funds she was counting on using this summer.  She says pot holes are numerous and are deeper than usual. Regarding the...

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New Jail 18 Days Behind Schedule
May08

New Jail 18 Days Behind Schedule

Progress continues to be made on the new Hopkins County Jail despite a tremendous number of rain days since construction began. County Judge Robert Newsom expects the roof over the new facility to be completed by May 20th. He bases his statement on commitments made by the contractor. Hampered by rain days, construction is 18-days behind schedule. Yet, Newsom expects the building to be completed some time in October. When the outside...

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Time Running Out on SB1158
Apr28

Time Running Out on SB1158

Having received no new word on the progress of SB1158 in the Texas Senate Finance Committee, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom notes that time is running out on the bill that would allow county voters to approve or disapprove an increase in sales tax up to one-half percent to pay for the new county jail. The sales tax would take the place of a property tax increase this year and could be used only for the cost of the jail. Although...

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SB1158 Goes Before Senate Finance Committee
Apr21

SB1158 Goes Before Senate Finance Committee

“Give us a chance to vote,” was the plea of Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom as he addressed the Texas State Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning in Austin. Senate Bill 1158, which allows voters in Hopkins County to cast ballots related to an increase in sales tax or continue with the 7-cent increase in property tax that will fund construction of the new jail presently under construction. District Senator Bob Hall...

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Option County Jail Sales Tax Resolution Unanimous

On April 13, 2015, the Commissioners Court of Hopkins County, Texas endorsed S.B. 1158, a resolution that would provide Hopkins County Texas voters with the opportunity to determine whether to fund the county jail obligation through a local option sales tax, instead of property taxes. The resolution was passed with a vote of 5 to 0. Back in November, 2013, Hopkins County approved general obligation bonds to fund the $16 million...

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Newsom, Commissioners Return to Austin to Promote SB1158
Apr18

Newsom, Commissioners Return to Austin to Promote SB1158

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom and the County Commissioners are expected to make a trip to Austin early this week to attend a discussion of Senate Bill 1158, which would allow the county government, with voter approval to pay for their new County Jail by an increase in the sales tax.  The discussion will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. before the Senate Finance Committee in the State Capitol.

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Commissioner Wisenbaker Promotes Sales Tax Bill
Apr01

Commissioner Wisenbaker Promotes Sales Tax Bill

County Judge Robert Newsom and the County Commissioners have been in Austin this week lobbying on behalf of their bill which would allow them to ask voters to let them pay for the new County Jail with increased sales tax in lieu of property taxes.  A seven cent increase in the tax rate would be done away with.  The bill continues to make it way through the system.  Some have expressed opposition to the bill saying it’s bad for...

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Retired Captain Joe Reid Scott Recognized

During Monday morning’s meeting of the Hopkins County Commissioners Court, the Court recognized Retired Captain Joe Reid Scott for his 19 years of service as the county’s Veterans Affairs Officer. Captain Scott is retiring February 28. County Judge Robert Newsom read from a plaque that he would later present to Captain Scott....

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Election Pilot Program
Feb23

Election Pilot Program

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court voted to apply to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office for a pilot election program that if granted would allow voters of the county to cast ballots at any designated polling place in the county. I talked about the pilot program with County Clerk Debbie Shirley who also oversees elections in the county....

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Jail Project Under Budget and Making Up Time
Feb12

Jail Project Under Budget and Making Up Time

Progress continues to be made on the new Hopkins County Jail project. The project is just a few days behind schedule and under budget. It is still scheduled to be finished in October. I got an update from County Judge Robert Newsom Thursday morning....

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