“Updated” Jail Project Update
Oct23

“Updated” Jail Project Update

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom says all the more than 100 piers have been installed for the foundation of the new County Jail project. He says work is beginning for plumbing and electrical. After that a foundation slab is expected to be poured by December 1. Walls will be put up next. Judge Newsom says by December 1 the project should be back on schedule. He adds it remains within budget....

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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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Remember to Register to Vote This Week
Sep29

Remember to Register to Vote This Week

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom has visited several counties on mission trips that do not have the right to vote, as we know it. He is encouraging all citizens of Hopkins County to register and vote in the November General Election. The last day to register is Monday, October 6. Election day is Tuesday, November 4. County voters will have two county elections and numerous state races to vote on....

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The New Jail is Moving Along Nicely
Sep29

The New Jail is Moving Along Nicely

The work crew building the new Hopkins County Jail began putting in piers for the foundation Monday. A little bit of dirt work remains to be done elsewhere. A total of 103 piers will be put some 20 to 30 feet deep unto shale. Workers are hoping to have them all done by the end of the week. County Judge Robert Newsom says the project is 11 days behind schedule due to discoveries made during earthwork....

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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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Judge Newsom Proclaims Constitution Week in Hopkins County
Sep18

Judge Newsom Proclaims Constitution Week in Hopkins County

Wednesday morning, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom read a proclamation making the next week Constitution Week in the county. Judge Newsom called the Constitution, adopted 227 years ago, one of two great documents along with the Declaration of Independence that support our country. Judge Newsom presented the proclamation to members of the Captain David Phillips Chapter of the Daughters of the American...

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New County DWI Policy
Sep12

New County DWI Policy

Lawmen in Hopkins County will soon be changing the way they handle suspected DWI cases. If a suspect refuses to give a blood sample or take a Breathalyzer test, lawmen will contact either District Judge Eddie Northcutt, County Court at Law Judge Amy Smith or County Judge Robert Newsom for a search warrant for a blood draw. Judge Newsom said the new policy would result in stronger cases to prosecute...

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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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New Jail Dirtwork
Sep10

New Jail Dirtwork

Dirt work is continuing for the new Hopkins County Jail Project. Lots of things are being dug up including some leftovers from when the first jail was built on the site. The digging has also uncovered an area high in lead content and the site of an old oil spill. County Judge Robert Newsom says the County has hired Apex Geoscience to make sure recovered materials are handled in an environmentally proper...

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