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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County Judge on Proposed Sales Tax Increase
Apr02

County Judge on Proposed Sales Tax Increase

County Judge Robert Newsom agreed that Hopkins County has the highest hotel/motel tax and would have the highest sales tax should Senate Bill 1158 be approved as it is written and the tax approved by Hopkins County voters. Newsom also told KSST/Channel 18 news and ksstradio.com that the sales tax would only role back the county property tax for the current year. The tax revenue from the potential additional sales tax could only be...

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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. http://www.ksstradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Scott-Recognized.mp3 Share...

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Hopkins County District Clerk’s Office Moves to the Annex Building
Feb20

Hopkins County District Clerk’s Office Moves to the Annex Building

After the Hopkins County District Clerk’s Office moved from the Courthouse to across the street, office holders in the Courthouse made moves. The County Commissioners now have offices on the first floor with County Judge Robert Newsom. District Judge Eddie Northcutt has moved down to the second floor. District Judge Will Biard now has an office with Courthouse Bailiff Henry Turner. Now in new basement offices are 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. http://www.ksstradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jail-Progress.mp3 Share...

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court’s Holds Jail Construction Meeting
Jan31

Hopkins County Commissioners Court’s Holds Jail Construction Meeting

The Hopkins County Commissioners Court’s weekly visit with their construction manager-at-risk for the new county jail project will take place earlier this Wednesday. The meeting in the Sedalco Meeting Facility at 201 Houston will take place at 11 a.m.The meetings are open to the public. Share...

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Jail Progress (Video & Photo)
Jan30
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Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom visited with members of the Texas State Legislature this week
Jan23

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom visited with members of the Texas State Legislature this week

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom visited with members of the Texas State Legislature this week. One topic high on his list is transportation and the need for funds to improve county roads and bridges as well as I-30. http://www.ksstradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Transportation.mp3 Share...

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Judge Newsom Proposes a Fairer Way to Pay For New Jail
Jan23

Judge Newsom Proposes a Fairer Way to Pay For New Jail

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom and most of the County Commissioners were in Austin several days this week.  Judge Newsom is proposing an idea that if approved by the State Legislature could result in a slight increase in sales tax here that would offset the six-cent increase in the tax rate affecting property taxes to build the $16-million County Jail.  I talked with Judge Newsom Friday morning.   Share...

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