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Official Ceremony Marks Cooper Lake State Park 25th Anniversary

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Official Ceremony Marks Cooper Lake State Park 25th Anniversary

Enjoying outdoor weather during Autumn is special at Cooper Lake Park, and making this October more special than most is the Park’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Officially opened to the public in 1996, Cooper Lake State Park is one of the newest parks in the vast Texas State Park system. The public is invited to enjoy the park for free during the festivities planned on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

The official 25th Anniversary Ceremony began at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, on the Delta County side of the park at the Doctor’s Creek Unit. Headlining speakers included the Texas State Park Director Rodney Franklin, also Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom,  the City of Cooper Texas Mayor Darren Braddy, and Army Corps of Engineer Lake Manager Matt Seavey, among others. The public was invited and refreshments were provided by the Friends of Doctors Creek, Inc. Park Complex Superintendent Steve Killian offers a special thanks to Cooper ISD and North Hopkins ISD for event support. The Cooper High School Jazz Band was on hand to play during the opening ceremony.

Later Friday, Main Street Community Theatre of Sulphur Springs is scheduled to host a theatrical production.  This performance will begin at 7 p.m. on the Hopkins County side of the park at the South Sulphur Unit, on the amphitheater stage located near the Honey Creek Day Use Area. The productionm titled “Community Players Variety Show,”  will be presented free of charge. Those planning to attend should plan to arrive early in order to secure the best seating.

More 25th anniversary festivities will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 16. A variety of family-friendly events and displays will be provided at the South Sulphur Unit. This will include guided hikes, a visit with water safety dog  “Bobber,” educational programs about the flora and fauna of the park, plus a quick course on boater safety and a chance to visit with a TPWD game warden, and much more. The NETDOGS Dutch Oven Cooks will demonstrate outdoor cooking and prepare some tasty treats for visitors to sample, while the Buffalo Soldiers of Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. share the outdoor history of this part of Texas.

Saturday night, Oct. 16, the park will host the Reilly Springs Jamboree Band and Enola Gay, with special musical guests, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The location is the Gulls Bluff Boat Ramp Parking Area. The 25th celebration will conclude with classic country music on the banks of Cooper Lake State Park. All are invited to the park for the concert under the stars in lawn chairs or from a boat on the lake. Bring along dancing boots, refreshments and snacks to enjoy. Remember, alcohol is not allowed.

Special thanks is also extended to the Friends of Doctors Creek, Inc., for supporting this musical concert and all the events of the 25th Anniversary Celebration at Cooper Lake State Park.

Friday Game Day Brings Lady Cats Volleyball Back at Home, Wildcats Football in Corsicana

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Friday Game Day Brings Lady Cats Volleyball Back at Home, Wildcats Football in Corsicana

Another Friday brings another game day.

The Lady Cats volleyball team will be the first team in action today when they take on the Pine Tree Lady Pirates.

Coach Bailey Dorner and her program willl be all too happy to be back at the SSHS Main Gym after a brutal two game road-stand that saw them take on Texarkana and Marshall, both on the road.

Unfortunately for Sulphur Springs, the Lady Cats went 0-2 during that stretch, putting them firmly in fourth place in District 15-5A at 5-4 in district.

With that, Coach Dorner’s team will be more than happy to get a breather on Friday when the Pine Tree Lady Pirates (0-8 district) come to town.

While the Lady Pirates fought hard the first time these two teams met, they ultimately could not string together a set victory, getting swept by the Lady Cats in Longview on Sept. 21.

Sulphur Springs will try to make up lost ground due to the tough two-game stretch and see if they cannot stay with the top three teams in the district.

The Lady Cats-Lady Pirates district match is set to begin at 4:30 P.M. starting with varsity in the SSHS Main Gym.

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Lady Cats volleyball team huddled up with Coach Bailey Dorner during their Sept. 17 match-up with Marshall. Photo — Sheri Looney

Moving over to football, the Wildcats football team will look to get their first win of the season on Friday when they travel to Corsicana to take on the Tigers.

Corsicana, led by head coach Hal Wasson, while coming off of a 20-14 win in Greenville last Friday are reeling from the loss of their starting QB.

Sophomore Adrian Brody was the starter for the Tigers through six games, but an injury for the young gun QB propelled WR Jabril Douglas to the starting role behind center.

As a result, Coach Greg Owens and his program may have their best chance tonight to get their first win of the season (0-6 overall, 0-3 district).

It will not be easy though, as like Ennis, the Tigers possess a run-heavy attack that features them taking it on the ground anywhere from 50 to 85 percent of all offensive snaps.

It should be a great game between two programs still fighting for playoff positioning, but if Sulphur Springs can get the win in Corsicana, they may very well propel themselves from last place to just outside the playoff picture at fifth place.

What that would look like on Friday if the dominos fall the Wildcats’ way:

Then Sulphur Springs would go from eighth all the way to fifth. We will find out tonight if things shake out that way, but the Wildcats’ seventh game tonight in Corsicana will kick-off at 7:30 P.M.

We will not be live-streaming tonight’s match in Corsicana, but we will however be broadcasting the Wildcats’ fourth district game over the radio on KSST 1230 AM.


KSST is proud to be the official Wildcat and Lady Cat Station. We broadcast Sulphur Springs ISD games year round live on radio. When allowed, we also broadcast games via our YouTube channel.

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10 SSHS Choir Students Qualify For Region Choir, Advance to Pre-Area

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10 SSHS Choir Students Qualify For Region Choir, Advance to Pre-Area

Ten of the Sulphur Springs High School Choir students not only auditioned, but qualified For the All Region Choir on Saturday, Oct. 10. These students now advance to the Pre-Area Choir auditions.

Three students were selected to sing soprano in the All Region Choir. Mika Boren, a sophomore, was selected 10th chair Soprano 1. Freshman Karisma Stegient and junior Danielle Verlander were selected to sing Soprano 2, Stegient as 12th chair and Verlander 9th chair.

SSHS Choir members selected to the All Region Choir include Soprano 1 Mika Boren, Soprano 2 Karisma Stegient and Danielle Verlander, Alto 1 Summer Patterson and Alto 2 Colbie Glenn.

Freshman Summer Patterson and junior Colbie Glenn will sing alto. Patterson was selected third chair Alto 1 and Glenn fourth chair Alto 2.

Junior Axel Garcia and sophomore Alan Guzman were selected to the Tenor 2 section, Garcia for 5th chair and Guzman 3rd chair.

Three SSHS will sing in the bass section of the All Region Choir. Sophomore William (Bradley) Sims and junior Lausen Ost will sing Bass 1, Sims as 7th chair and Ost 2nd chair. Junior Sean Dial was selected 6th chair in the Bass 2 section of the choir.

“These students are on the path to Texas Music Educators Association All State Choir. Pre Area auditions are December 2,” SSHS Choir Director Beth Cole said.

Students who are selected based on their Pre-Area audition for the Area Choir will then have the opportunity to audition for the TMEA All State Choir.

SSHS Choir members selected to the All Region Choir include Tenors 2 Axel Garcia and Alan Guzman, Bass 1 William (Bradley) Sims and Lausen Ost, and
Bass 2 Sean Dial.

Several of these choir members have attained distinction during their years at SSHS as vocalists.

Verlander as a freshman was one of four SSHS students who advanced from the TMEA Pre-Area auditions to Area auditions in 2019.

Guzman, Ost, Dial, Glenn, Verlander, Boren, Sims all advanced in February 2021 as part of either a solo or ensemble, and in some cases both, from Region to the State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Guzman and Sims had the distinction last spring as freshmen of being among four SSHS vocalists who earned 1st division ratings at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble contest for their solos. The four were the first students in many years to receive such a high rating at state, Cole noted following the May 29-30, 2021 contest.

Ost and Verlander and Dial also advanced in 2020 from the Region to the State Solo and Ensemble Contest as well.

Congratulations to these SSHS Choir students on being selected to sing in the All Region Choir, and qualifying to compete at Pre-Area.

Walmart Veterans Day Luncheon 2021 Changes

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Walmart Veterans Day Luncheon 2021 Changes

If you are a Veteran in Hopkins County you may wish to take advantage of this event. In observance of Veterans Day 2021, Walmart is announcing a change up for the Veterans Day luncheon due to COVID 19 concerns.

Veterans will be able to go to the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center located at 150 Martin Luther King Blvd on Tuesday, November 9th at 10 a.m. and pick up a boxed BBQ lunch.

Walmart needs a head count of how many lunches to prepare.

Please call Karon Weatherman at (903) 885-1661 or email her at [email protected] to let her know that you want to pick up a lunch. Veterans are asked to please pass this along to fellow veterans.

Hopkins County Continues To Have Fewer New COVID Cases Reported Weekly

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Hopkins County Continues To Have Fewer New COVID Cases Reported Weekly

Five Additional County Residents Confirmed This Month To Have Died From Coronavirus

COVID-19 seems to be declining across the state, and the county is not exception; Hopkins County continues to have fewer new cases as well as fewer active cases, but that doesn’t mean COVID-19 is as yet gone from Hopkins County.

While it’s as yet unclear whether the reduction in cases is because more people have become vaccinated for the virus this month, fewer are getting tested for the virus or there’s just less of the virus being spread in the community. It’s likely a combination of all three.

What is certain is the fact that the virus continues to be a serious threat for some. At least five additional Hopkins County residents have been confirmed this month to have died from COVID- although all five are deaths which occurred in September. None had yet to be reported for October as of the 14th.

HOPKINS COUNTY COVID-19 CASE COUNTSWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Monthly TotalTotal
Since March 2020
October 202193781715,255
September 2021212242125129127205,082
August 202178145125162615714355

Fourteen days into September, 454 new COVID cases (284 lab-confirmed cases and 170 probable cases), 282 recoveries were reported, 6 COVID deaths occurred, although only three were confirmed during that time, for Hopkins County. During the first two weeks of October, a total of 129 COVID cases (102 lab-confirmed and 27 probable cases) and 228 recoveries were reported, and five additional COVID deaths confirmed. (All 5 occurred in September; COVID-19 deaths are counted as death certificates listing COVID as cause of death are received and recorded by Texas Office of Vital Statistics, and reported by county according to the deceased person’s zip code).

Recoveries began to rise the third week of September with 220 reported, only 42 less than during the two previous weeks combined, increasing the 21-day total to 502 recoveries. COVID recoveries have outpaced new COVID cases weekly since the third week of September, going from 125 new cases and 220 recoveries the week ending Sept. 21 to 129 new cases and 210 recoveries the week ending Sept. 28. During the two final days of September, 81 additional recoveries were reported but only 12 additional new cases. That put the final count for September at 720 new cases and 793 recoveries.

That trend continued into October, with a total of 171 new cases (143 molecular and 27 probable) and 228 recoveries reported for Hopkins County during the first 14 days of the month. That’s 93 new COVID cases and 109 recoveries reported Oct. 1-7, and 78 new cases and 119 additional recoveries Oct. 8-14.

The number of people being tested for COVID 19 has also declined in October. From Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 2021, a total of 892 COVID tests were performed in Hopkins County, another 323 during the last 2 days of September. A total of 790 COVID tests were conducted in Hopkins County from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, and 432 tests were conducted from Oct. 8-13. Whether that’s due to fewer people exhibiting symptoms or just being tested cannot be determined.

Hopkins County COVID-19 Fatalities (Data compiled from DSHS data)

Regardless, the steady decline in cases and rise in recoveries over the last month has significantly reduced the active case count in Hopkins County from 498 on Sept. 14 to 388 on Sept. 21, then 306 on Sept. 28, with a small uptick to 263 active COVID cases on Sept. 29, then falling to 237 by the last day of the month. On Oct. 7, a total of 220 Hopkins County residents were reported to still actively have coronavirus on Oct. 7. One week later, only 176 county residents actively had COVID.

Another factor local health care officials contribute at least in part to the reduced cases is the fact that more people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 over the last month. As of the third week of Sept. 25, a total of 14,707 people in Hopkins County had received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 12,395 were reported to be fully vaccinated for the virus. Another 55 had received at least one dose and 64 were reported to be fully vaccinated on Sept. 28. During the first week of October 155 additional people in Hopkins County had received at least one dose of the vaccine, 328 more had been fully vaccinated. As of Oct. 13, another 53 had received one dose, 145 more were fully vaccinated.

From Aug. 13 to Sept. 29 (the first day the state began reporting the number), a total of 406 people in Hopkins County had received a COVID booster shot. That number rose to 509 on Sept. 30, increased by 92 the first week of October and 71 more from Oct. 8-13, 2021.

Unfortunately, Texas Department of State Health Services has also received confirmation this month of five additional COVID-19 deaths. All five occurred in September, for a total of 12 Hopkins County residents who’ve been confirmed to have died last month from COVID-19. There had been no new deaths confirmed for October as of the 14th. That increases the total number of Hopkins County residents who’s deaths were directly attributed to COVID to 70 this year and 71 in 2020.

Fully vaccinated in Hopkins County as of 11:59 p.m. Oct. 13, 2021 (DSHS graphics)

Product Recalls: Infant Rice Cereal, Lidocaine, Dog Food, Trail Mix

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Product Recalls: Infant Rice Cereal, Lidocaine, Dog Food, Trail Mix

Time to check the fridge and cabinets to see if you have any of the products recalled over the last week due to possible cross contamination, undeclared potential allergens or high levels of some ingredients including infant rice cereal, lidocaine, dog food and trail mix.

Baby Rice Cereal

While no illnesses related to the product lots had been reported as of Oct. 8, 2021, Maple Island Inc. opted to issue a voluntary recall of three lots of its Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal manufactured for Walmart. This product recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which found that a sample from three production lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

Maple Island Inc. conducted testing on both the raw material and finished product in question. While the test results were in compliance with the FDA’s guidelines, Maple Island Inc. is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. Maple Island Inc. conducted testing on both the raw material and finished product in question. While the test results were in compliance with the FDA’s guidelines, Maple Island Inc. is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

This product was distributed nationally through Walmart’s stores and online. Walmart was advised and has indicated to Maple Island Inc., the product will be pulled from store shelves and a register block will be put on the product at its stores and online to prevent any further sales.

The specific 8 ounces lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal being recalled were sold after April 5, 2021, and include:

  • Lot 21083 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUN 24 2022.
  • Lot 21084 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of JUN 25 2022
  • Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of NOV 30 2022
Three lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal sold after April 5, 2021, at Walmart stores across the nation after they tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic during routine sampling.

The “Best If Used By” date and product numbers can be found in the bottom left corner on the back of the Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal packaging.

Customers who may have purchased Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal at Walmart with Lot Number 21083/UPC Code #00681131082907 and best if used by date of JUN 24 2022, Lot Number 21084/UPC Code #00681131082907 and best if used by date of JUN 25 2022, or Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of NOV 30 2022 should discard the product or return it to Walmart for a full refund. Customers seeking additional information may call Maple Island Inc., Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm Central time at 1-800-369-1022 or contact the company by email at [email protected].

Topical Lidocaine Hydrochloride

Buena, NJ, Teligent Pharma, Inc. Tuesday, Oct. 12, announced a voluntary recall of five lots of (40 mg/mL), 50 mL crew cap glass bottles of Lidocaine HCl Topical Solution 4% at the user level because testing found the solution can be “super potent based on an Out of Specification (OOS) result obtained at the 18-month stability timepoint.” As of Tuesday, Teligent Pharma, Inc. had not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall. The product was distributed at the wholesale and retail distribution levels in the US and Canada.

Use of the super potent product would result in a higher than intended lidocaine dose above that intended. An increased lidocaine dose could lead to the development of local anesthetic systemic toxicity depending on the duration of the treatment and the specific patient. Local anesthetic systemic toxicity can result in central nervous system reactions including excitation and/or depression and more serious signs of cardiovascular toxicity, such as bradycardia, hypotension, and even cardiovascular collapse can present very quickly. If local anesthetic systemic toxicity is not recognized and treated quickly, severe morbidity and even death can result. Adults and the elderly who are more likely to use this product as well as children of lower body weight are more likely to experience local anesthetic systemic toxicity if a higher than intended lidocaine concentration is administered.

NDCLot NumberExpiration
2565-009-501326203/2022
 1421708/2022
 1305802/2022
 1376805/2022
63739-997-641630601/2024

Teligent Pharma, Inc., is notifying its distributors via Fed-Ex and is arranging for return of all recalled products.

Consumers and patients that have Lidocaine HCl Topical Solution 4% which is being recalled are asked to discontinue use and dispose of the product immediately.

Consumers can call 1-856.697.1441 press * to reach the medical information call center Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm or send an e-mail to [email protected] for any product or recall related questions for Lot #13262 Exp. 03/2022, Lot #14217 Exp. 08/2022, Lot #13058 Exp. 02/2022, Lot #13768 Exp. 05/2022, Lot #16306 Exp. 01/2024.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Refrigerated Dog Food

Tuffy’s Pet Foods on Oct. 11 issued a voluntary recall of approximately 1,600 cases of Pure Vita Salmon Entree Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton following notification from the product manufacturer of potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. While no reports of illness or injury have been reported from consumers to date, Tuffy’s is acting out of an abundance of caution and is removing the specific lots of product listed below from distribution. 

Consuming elevated levels of vitamin D in dog food can cause adverse reactions in dogs of all sizes, including symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. When ingested at excessive levels, vitamin D can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

Consumers should stop feeding the product listed below to their pets immediately. Tuffy’s recommends consumers whose dogs have consumed the potentially affected product and are exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptoms contact their veterinarian.

Product NameNet WeightUPCLot NumbersBest By Dates
Pure Vita Salmon Entrée Dog Food TetraPak  12.5 oz. per carton0 73893 96202 10629101N1
0901101N1
29 Jun 2023
1 Sep 2023  

The recalled product was distributed exclusively within the United States to distributors and retail stores. The recalled product is limited to Pure Vita Salmon Entrée Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton, bearing UPC Code “0 73893 96202 1” (found on side of the carton). Products included in the recall are identified by the “Best by Dates” and “Lot Numbers” (found on the top of the carton) as listed in the grid below. No other Pure Vita dog or cat foods, or treats are affected by this announcement.

This product recall was initiated after Tuffy’s was notified by the product manufacturer that this product may contain elevated levels of vitamin D. The manufacturer of the affected product has identified and isolated the error and corrective actions are in progress to prevent this from happening again. 

Consumers who purchased the Pure Vita Salmon Entrée dog food product subject to this voluntary recall are urged to return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. at (800) 525-9155 from Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time, or by email at [email protected].

Specialty Trail Mix

Nestlé Professional, out of Solon, Ohio on Oct 7. issued a recall of four Nature’s Heart 1.5 ounce fruit and trail mix products because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product recall was initiated after Nestlé Professional received two complaints from individuals with peanut allergies who ate the Nature’s Heart Superfoods Trail Mix and Mango Turmeric Cashew Glazed Mix and experienced mild reactions. No severe reactions or hospitalizations have been reported.

Recalled Products include:

None of the products contain peanuts, and peanuts are not identified as an allergen on the product labels, but we are investigating whether the products may have been inadvertently cross-contaminated with peanuts during manufacture.

The product recall only applies to the four Nature’s Heart products (listed above) sold in 1.5 oz packages. No other retail Nature’s Heart products are affected.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Retailers and consumers with questions may call Nestlé Professional Customer Service at 800-288-8682.

  • Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Superfood Trail Mix
    • Pouch UPC: 050000211944, Case UPC: 050000618569
    • DEC 2021 Best By Date/ Batch Codes: 1083T353T2, 1084T353T2, 1085T353T2, 1086T353T2, 1088T353T2, 1089T353T2
    • APR 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Code: 1200T353T3
  • Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Toasted Coconut Chips
    • Pouch UPC: 050000695454, Case UPC: 050000695454
    • JAN 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Code: 1120T353T2
    • FEB 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Codes: 1121T353T2, 1123T353T2, 1124T353T2
    • APR 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Code: 1197T353T3
  • Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Pineapple Chili Cashew Glazed Mix
    • Pouch UPC: 050000867967, Case UPC: 050000948758
    • JAN 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Codes: 1096T353T2, 1097T353T2
    • FEB 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Codes: 1140T353T2, 1141T353T2, 1144T353T2, 1145T353T2
  • Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Mango Turmeric Cashew Glazed Mix
    • Pouch UPC: 050000891450, Case UPC: 050000692514
    • DEC 2022 Best By Date/ Batch Codes: 1089T353T2, 1090T353T2
    • JAN 2022 Best By Date/Batch Code: 1091T353T2

Almost Full Moon Telescope Viewing with VR Social

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Almost Full Moon Telescope Viewing with VR Social

Join us on the downtown square October 16, 7:30 to 10 p.m. We’ll have our large telescope set up on the lawn where you can see close up details of the lunar surface.


This is a FREE event, we just want to share the wonder of seeing the moon up close with you!
You will be able to take photos through the telescope lens with your phone. We have many eyepieces that will give different magnification options to see the craters up close!


The sun sets at 6:47 p.m. The moon will have risen at 5:10 p.m. By 7:30 p.m. it will have an altitude of 25 degrees with a heading of 126 degrees SE.

For more information click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/606566277184831?ref=newsfeed

Tira News – Oct. 14, 2021: All Former North Hopkins Students And Faculty Invited To Alumni Homecoming

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Tira News – Oct. 14, 2021: All Former North Hopkins Students And Faculty Invited To Alumni Homecoming

By Jan Vaughn

North Hopkins ISD Panthers

The North Hopkins Alumni Association would like to encourage all former students and faculty to attend the NH Alumni Homecoming on Saturday evening, October 23, in the school cafeteria from 5 to 8 p.m. Since there was no homecoming in 2020, the classes of 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, and 1990, 1991 will be honored for their 50-, 40-, and 30-year class reunion. The North Hopkins Culinary Arts department will be serving a delicious meal. Also, there will be Bingo and prizes! The cost is $15 per person. Please help spread the word.

Nicolaas Esterhuyse stayed with his grandparents, Yvonne and Robert Weir, over the weekend then Yvonne stayed with him at his home until the following Saturday night. His parents, Destri and Eben, were on a working vacation. Yvonne reports, “Nico had lots of flag football practice and one game.” Dustin, Natalie and Everly, also, visited them, and on Saturday Yvonne took Nico and Everly to Chuck E Cheese. Yvonne adds, “We all had Thai food later.”

I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-438-6688 or [email protected].

Tira Community Center, location for Tira City Council meetings

HHS Observes Ombuds Day By Highlighting The Agencies 100 Patient Advocates

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HHS Observes Ombuds Day By Highlighting The Agencies 100 Patient Advocates
HHS News Release – Oct. 14, 2021

Agency Ombuds Handled More Than 90,000 Inquiries During Past Year

AUSTIN – In commemoration of Ombuds Day on Oct. 14, Texas Health and Human Services is highlighting the dedicated work of the agency’s ombudsmen who serve as advocates for people using HHS services and licensed long-term care facilities, and their families.

“HHSC works hard to provide critical life-saving and life sustaining services to Texans in need and our ombuds collaborate to ensure these services meet the expectations of the people who rely on them. It is a privilege to serve in such an important role when Texans need our help the most,” said HHS Ombudsman Joel Schwartz.

The HHS Office of the Ombudsman is a team of nearly 100 working to resolve consumer issues with nursing facilities, mental health and substance use disorder services, Medicaid and benefits assistance, foster care and other HHS programs. In fiscal year 2021, the ombuds handled more than 90,000 complaints, inquiries and legislative concerns.

Ombuds Day is celebrated on the second Thursday of each October to raise awareness about assistance available through ombudsmen. This year’s theme is “Ombuds: Exploring Options to Resolve Conflict Together.” Ombuds from around the world will mark the day by commemorating their work in all levels of government, institutions of higher education, and the private sector.

In recognition of Ombuds Day, Governor Greg Abbott has signed a proclamation to formally announce his support of the work of ombuds in Texas.

People who need help with HHS services can visit the HHS Office of the Ombudsman webpage or call 877-787-8999.

2 Sulphur Springs Men Jailed In Hopkins County Tuesday On Controlled Substance Charges

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2 Sulphur Springs Men Jailed In Hopkins County Tuesday On Controlled Substance Charges

Two Sulphur Springs men were jailed in Hopkins County Tuesday on controlled substance charges, according to arrest reports.

Jail Transfer

Kedaron Dion Franklin (HCSO jail photo)

Deputy Steve Huffman traveled to Hunt County jail in Greenville, where Kedaron Dion Franklin was being held on four Hopkins County warrants. Huffman took custody of Franklin at 12:09 p.m. Oct. 12, 2021, and transported the 35-year-old Sulphur Springs man to Hopkins County jail.

Franklin, who is also known by Frank Franklin, Kedaron Deon Franklin and KD, was booked in at 1:26 p.m. on two warrants for manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, and one warrant each for manufacture or delivery of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3/4 controlled substance and 1 gram ore more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

He remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2021, in lieu of $400,000 bond, $100 per charge.

Como Street Traffic Stop

William David Baxter
(HCSO jail photo)

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Dustin Green conducted a traffic stop on a black Dodge 1500 at 5:21 p.m. Oct. 12, 2021, on Como Street at Whitworth Street. Upon contact, Green observed the driver to appear nervous and that the man was digging around in the vehicle, so Green had the 61-year-old Sulphur Springs man get out of the truck/

William David Baxter reportedly gave Green permission to search his pockets. Green found a glass container with a green, leafy substance he believed to be marijuana in Baxter’s shirt pocket and an eyeglass case with a clear container with a crystal-like substance he relieved to be methamphetamine in Baxter’s pocket.

Consequently, Baxter was arrested at 5:48 p.m. and booked into the county jail at 6:56 p.m. Tuesday on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. He was released from jail Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, on a $5,000 bond set on the felony controlled substance charge.


The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

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