Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers, known locally for his passion for genealogy and history, this week took during the regular City Council meeting to recognize the significance of the day to Texas and encouraged citizens to join him in celebrating Texas’ historical past.
“It is imperative that the citizens of the great State of Texas make every effort to preserve, protect and promote the diversified and cultural history of our state,” Sellers read from a proclamation recognizing March as Texas History Month. He noted the significance of issuing the proclamation on March 2, 2021, as it marked the 185th anniversary of the signing of Texas Declaration of Independence which created the Republic of Texas.
The Republic of Texas existed for nine years before becoming the 28th state to join the Union. Sellers noted that the Republic of Texas in February 1845 approved a resolution to enter the Union, which became known as the Constitution of 1845, and allowed Texas to retain its right to divide into four states in addition to the original Texas. The Republic of Texas joined the Union on Dec. 29, 1845.
Sellers noted other things that distinguish Texas are the facts that it is “the only state that was a Republic before joining the Union, the second largest state in land mass and the second largest in population. It occupies about seven percent of the total land and water areas of the United States.”
Other historic notables are the Alamo complex, purchased in the early 20th century by Texas Legislature, with the Alamo chapel designated as the official Texas State Shrine. Alamo Day is celebrated on March 6 annually to commemorate the significance of the shrine.
The Texas Rangers, established in 1826 by Stephen F. Austin as a “unique group of lawmen used to track down outlaws, settle feuds and reconcile land disputes, is another significant note in Texas History. The agency became part of Texas Department of Public Safety in 1935 and continues to stand for law and order in the state today.
Texas is the Lone Star State, named for the single five-point white star on a blue background, with one upper white and one lower red horizontal stipe each. Local governments, including Sulphur Springs City Council and Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees, open meetings with an invocation and reciting of the pledges of allegiance to the United States and Texas flags.
Sellers urges all citizens to join him in observing Texas History Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Hopkins County Commissioners during a special court session called Monday, the Commissioners Court acted on a request for a property tax payment refund, accepted a donation and tabled a a contract to obtain new equipment for Precinct 1.
Tax Payment Refunding Request
On Feb. 22, the Commissioners Court was asked to consider a request from Carlos Whitaker for the $5,367.16 he paid on someone else’s taxes to be refunded to him.
Hopkins County Tax Assessor/Collector Debbie Pogue Mitchell at the Feb. 22 meeting explained that the county had received a letter requesting the refund.
“Someone had told the man if he paid the taxes, it was going to be his. He didn’t pay Sulphur Springs ISD because they were quite a bit more than ours, but he did pay Hopkins County for three accounts in the amount of $5,367.16. So, they are asking for a refund of that money back to Mr. Whitaker,” Mitchell explained to the Commissioners one week ago.
Mitchell directed the request to the Commissioners Court because the amount paid is over $500; any refund above $500 requires a ruling by the Commissioners Court.
“I have to do refunds all the time for things from the Appraisal District, but I don’t ever have customers that pay other people’s accounts that come back and ask for a refund. That’s also very unusual,” Mitchell noted.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Wade Bartley pointed out the man did not go through the proper channels regarding the matter and asked why he didn’t go through his attorney to handle that transaction.
“I don’t know,” Mitchell replied to Bartley. “I didn’t wait on him. I don’t know what his intent was. The first story that I was kinda involved with, this man thought his house was built on one of these tracks. It is not, had nothing to do with it. The one acre that his house is on is like three tracts over. I don’t know where he got his information. I have no idea what the man had in his mind.”
Mitchell recommended that the $5,367.16 paid by Whitaker on the other person’s taxes be refunded to him.
“He should get his money back. He’s not going to get the property,” Mitchell said on Feb. 22, noting that approximately $10,000 in taxes are still owed to Sulphur Springs ISD for the properties in question. “Just because he paid me, he’s not going to get the property, and it wouldn’t matter if he paid the school, he’s not going to get the property. It does have a suit on it, but he was way out of line in paying the taxes.”
“My opinion is he was not trying to pay the taxes for someone. His intent was not to pay the taxes for someone. His intent was to gain the land so he was misinformed,” County Auditor Shannah Aulsbrook told the court last week.
Bartley said he’d like to have more time to think about the matter, and made a motion Feb. 22 to table the matter. Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Price seconded the motion, and the Commissioners Court unanimously agreed to table the request.
Monday, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom noted that the commissioners had time a work session last week to take a closer look at the situation and discuss it.
They “un-tabled” the request, with Price making the motion to return the money to Whitaker as requested. Bartley seconded the motion, which then received unanimous approval of the Commissioners Court.
Other Court Business
The agenda called for the Commissioners Court to consider approving the purchase of a 2019 Volvo pneumatic roller for Precinct 1 through Buyboard cotnract with Romco Equipment Company. However, at the March 1, 2021 meeting, Barker asked that the request be tabled. He noted that he needed to gather more information regarding the matter. Barker said he had planned to rent the needed equipment, but may still propose something different. He noted the Aulsbrook is checking into the matter for him.
Aulsbrook recommended accepting a donation of $41,538 from Summit Ranch Investments to Precinct 4 for road repairs on County Road 4721, and approving a budget amendment to move that funding from the general fund to the Precinct 4 road building fund to be used to make road repairs on CR 4721.
“I have a gentleman who bought some property down there. He’s wanting to be able to access Interstate 30, so he’s going to pay to have it rocked,” Price said, noting that there’s a house and the intend to add at 1-2 more homes along that stretch.
The court agreed and approved the budget amendment.
The Commissioners Court also approved payment of bills, revenues and expenses, and financial statements are presented. Typically, these items would have been approved at the Feb. 22 meeting. Aulsbrook at that time explained that her office had been off last week due to the weather and asked that the court delay payment and approval of all except payroll for another week to allow time for the necessary work to prepare them.
Land Deed Transfers
- Jennifer Mays Cooper to Saltillo ISD; tract in the Charles Thompson survey
- Anthony Todd Bernhardt, who is also known as Anthony Todd Hughes, and Katherine Ann Hughes, who is also known as Kathy Akaann Hughes, to Karli Emmons and Seth Roberts; tract in the Starr survey
- Rhonda Batchelor, Don Edwards Reynolds, John Charles Reynolds and Terri Reynolds to Candice Mead and Nick Mead; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- B Dees and Christopher Dees to Jessica Amy Tarifa and Pablo Tarifa; tract in the Numan McGee survey
- Linda T. Buchanan to Breanna N. Dees who is known as Breanna N. Mefford; tract in the Numan McGee survey
- Melva Edwina Burkett to Larry Craig English LLL; tract in the ER Henley survey
- Diana L. Williamson, trustee for the Diana L. Williamson Trust, to McIlrath Properties LLC; tract in the Ira Stephenson survey
- Thomas Jenkins to Roberto Gregorio; tract in the RC Graves survey
- Zachary L. Loyd to David Christopher Kirk and Kayla Suzanne Spencer; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- David Leigh Crone to Cameron Gray and Madison Gray; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Matthew Richey to Adrian Lopez and Maher H. Sweidan; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Jeffery B. Davis who is also known as Jeffery Blane Davis and Jeffrey Blane Davis to Alexander Mario Valenzuela; tract in the John Morris survey
- Alexander Mario Valenzuela to Jeffery B. Davis who is also known as Jeffery Blane Davis and Jeffrey Blane Davis; tract in the John Norris survey
- Mark Thomas and Stephanie Thomas to Adrian Lopez; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Danielle L. Cooksey and Hunter W. Cookseyt o Daniel Jacobs; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Julia Romero and Irma Villasenor to Mariano Romero; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Larry Newton and Sharon Newton to Syet Hussain, Syed Akbar Hussain and Muzafar Syed Jameel; tract in the HT Barclay survey
Applications for Marriage Licenses
- Juan A. Ramirez Morales and Maria Guadalupe Carmona
- Rodney Glen Mize and Mary Catherine Harvin
- Brandon Paul Gomez and Hanna Michelle Ottwell
- David Rojo and Alice Mae Richey
- Jerome Vaughn and Etha Delorsie Mosley
- Tyler Glenn Davison and McKenzie Nicholle Francis
Land Deed Transactions
- Hazel Maria Skeen Estate, Shanna Smith independent executor, to Kenneth N. Barker Jr. and Shannon C. Barker; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Lauren Miller and Heath Robinson to Danrick Troy Gaspard and Laura Jean Gaspard; tract in the Jose Y’Barbo survey
- City Cemetery Society Sulphur Springs to Cheryl Arrington and Nathan Arrington; tract in the Sunset South
- Joe W. Clair and Ricky Lynn Conway to Joe W. Clair; tract in the Jose Y’Barbo survey
- Duane J. Franzen and Vicki L. Franzen to Marie Foreman and Marion Foreman; tract in the Juan Palvadore survey
- 100 MPH+ Property Management LLC to Ashley Nicole Likout and Ryan Likout; tract in the Jose Y’Barbo survey
- Donna Jo Abbott, Michael Wayne Abbot, Bobby Joe Griner, Tonya Griner and Jo Dean Pendergrass to Shadul Shashanka Koneru Naga; tract in the Ira Stephenson survey.
- Pense Ranch Properties LLC to Craig Harlan Pense; tract in the Samuel Perkins survey
- Ronnie Miller to Amber Nichole Ford; tract in the Agaton Caro survey
- David McCaig and Lisa McCaig to Andrew Larson and Renee Larson; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Christopher Rosamond and Rosey74 Inc. to Heath M. Robinson, Sherry Bolton and Teddy Jennings; tract in the Jose Y’Barbo survey
- Texas Republic Acquisitions LLC to Leonardo C. Aguilar Garcia; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Chelsey Waters and Jordie Waters to Janusz Kras Grzegorz, Sara Ann Kras, Diana Hubbard Robbins and Matthew Lloyd Robbins; tract in the John Petty survey
- Bonnie Lee Pilson and James Robert Pilson to EEE Development LLC; tract in the LP Dikes survey
- State of Texas Veterans Land Board to Ronnie P. Bouldin and Nina R. Gregg; tract in the Elizabeth Mitchell survey
- Ricardo Chavarria to Jose Santacruz; tract in the Jane Russell survey
- Barbara Phillips and Don W. Phillips to Robin D. Hall; tract in the Jane Russell survey
- Jose L. Estrada to Nuebia Montesdeoca and Omar Velazquez; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Gary Lewis to Romerico E. Temporal; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Jose Roberto Mejia and Juana Mejia to Daniel Hanson and Shannon Standridge; tract in the Elizabeth Mitchell survey
- Patricia Marie Bergh and Shannon Michael Bergh to Colton Andrew Frazier and Shelby Dian Frazier; tract in the S. Young survey
- Donald S. Groezinger and Shawni Groezinger to Maribel Arreguin and Enrique Arreguin Tamayo; tract in the EP Gaines survey
- Charlotte Ruth Wilson to Bonnie Rose Singh, Robyn Elaine Wilson and Ronnie E. Wilson; tract in the Juan Palvedore survey
- Ronnie E. Wilson to Bonnie Rose Singh, Robyn Elaine Wilson and Ronnie E. Wilson; tract in the Juan Palvedore survey
- Charlotte Rose Wilson to Jason Petty and Vanessa Petty; tract in the Juan Palvedore survey
- Colton Andre Frazier and Shelby Frazier to Tyler Foster and Carly Parker; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Jessica Ann Askins and Jonathan Brent Askins to Dakota Paul Martin; tract in the BF Burkham survey
- Kenneth N. Barker and S. Barker to Amy Marie Maker and Joshua Tellekamp Maker; tract in the J. Pettyjohn survey
- Matilde Camilo and Roberto Gregorio to Joseph Adam Gatewood and Gillian Kay Thomas; tract in the E. Melton survey
- Timothy M. Kelty trustee for the Timothy M. Kelty 2020 Trust to Sergio Mendez; tract in the E. Melton survey
- Delayne Dillard, independently and as remaining shareholder, and Kim Dillard to Martha Stribling; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Peggy M. Price to Patti Froneberger; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Gaylon C. and Peggy M. Price Revocable Living Trust and Peggy M. Price; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Margie Davis to Deborah Anderson, Marla Gaines and Connie Jones; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Donna L. Barton and Johnny R. Barton to Marlanea Vicks and Ricky Vicks; tract in the John Clark survey
- John Wilbur and Stacie Wilbur to Margaret Alberts and William Alberts; tract in the Anastacio Caro survey
- Karen Marie Hamilton and Robin Eileen Tittle to Tani Michelle Hamilton and William Sean Hamilton; tract in the FR Turner survey
- Linda K. Hart and Marvin Hart to William E. McGlamery; tract in the Ocela Barb survey
- Alan J. Tiemeyer and Bonnie S. Tiemeyer to Garrett Steven Hubbard and Joran Brooke Hubbard; tract in the Jasper County School Land survey
- Gloria Gonzalez and Fernando Montes De Oca to Jose Miguel Martinez and Diana Perez; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Jacy Heinrich known as Jacy Roan and Cole Roan to Alan J. Tiemeyer and Bonnie S. Tiemeyer; tract in the Jose Y’Barbo survey
- Bob H. Neal to Linda Ayala Solis and Richard Williams Jr.; tract in the Isaac C. Burson survey
- Andrew John Kuiper to William Coggins and Stephanie Coggins; tract in the Elizabeth Melton survey
- Louis M. Hathcoat and Nina Gail Hathcoat, independently and as trustees, Jimmy Duncan and Millie Duncan to Janie Linneberger; tract in the Hayden Arnold survey
- David Carr Barington and Jennifer M. Barington to Norma Lynn Barington; tract in the William HH Hopkins survey
- Monica Littlefield and Steve Littlefield to Kyle Dane Smith and Mitchell Smith; tract in the JM Steiner survey
- Glenna Jo Hargrave Family Trust, Tina Howse successor trustee, to Tina Howse; tract in the RR Hargraves survey
- Glenna Jo Hargrave Family Trust, Tina Howse successor trustee, to James Leslie Howse; tract in the RR Hargrave survey
Applications for Marriage Licenses
- Boyce Mark Garrett and Tia Lanee Nolan
- Billy Ray Howard and Alejandra Guerrero Torres
- Damon Bradley Davis and Aja Noelle Lafleur
Applications For Marriage Licenses
- Bradley Glen Horton and Amy Dennitte Fonseca
- Justin Paul Pruden and Lindsey Nell Perry
- Luis Fernando Lopez Garcia and Citlalli Monserrat Cortes
- Darron Wayne Harred and Katherine Karen Smith
- Robert Joseph Hull Jr. and Rita Mae Williams
Land Deed Transactions
- Edward Ray Askew to Edward R. Askew trustee for the Askew Family Living Trust; tract in the James Gahagan survey
- Dawn Denise Burklow and Jeffrey Scott Burklow to Jessica Leeann Horne and Zachary Aaron Horne; tract in the S. Waggoner survey
- Maggie Jennings Smithers, the same person as Maggie L. Smithers, to Jordan Gremillion Hefner and Joshua Michael Hefner; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Matthew R. Jones and Vigilant Properties LLC to Jerri Lynn Jones and Robert Earl Jones; tract in the Francisco Gassier survey
- Carolyn B. Santangelo and Anthony J. Santangelo to Carolyn Santangelo Lester and Russell Joseph Lester Jr; tract in the A. Fitzgerald survey
- Suraj Pandeya and Reena Pun to SCKI Group LLC; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Kacy Lynn Rulison to James Gordon Payne and Mary Ann Payne; tract in the William Clapp survey
- Donald Keith Ashmore to TAS Royalty Company, Silverado Oil & Gas LLP, Starrett Royalty LLC and Taybees Royalties; tract in the Nacogdoches University survey
- Carla Sue Paul to Janie Paul Jolly and Peggy Walker; tract in the J. Y’Barbo survey
- PLC Properties to Manuel Romero and Shanna Romero; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Sandra Goldsmith and Sharon Kirwin to Doni Rae Giles; tract in the Elizabeth Mitchell survey
- Jose Tapia and Lilian Michel Tapia to Apolonia Lobatos and Joel Rios; tract in the Aiguier survey
- Lisanne M. Beck also known as Lisanne Monico to Martin Newport McCay and Cynthia Annette McCay; tract in the Thomas Alders survey
- Paul Roach to Rhonda Roach Stillwagoner; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Joe G. Roach to Rhonda Roach Stillwagoner; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- AAAGJ Properties LLC, Antoon Aag Jacobs and Johanna JHC Jacobs to Alexander W. Fuqua; tract in the Moses Starrett survey
- Norma Sue Griffin to Jeremy P. Cruz; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Mary Sue Killian also known as Mary Kay Richardson to Daniel Torres, Juan M. Torres, Juan Manuel Torres and Minerva Rojas Reyes Torres; tract in the William Nichols survey
- Brad Lassiter and Mary Lassiter to Charles Allen Light Jr.; tract in the Ulysses Aiguier survey
- Family Limited Partnership LTD and The Todd Andrew Moore-Jonathan Allen Moore to SSCC Gillis LLC; tract in the Elizabeth Mitchell survey
- TTTT Limited to Sarah Vo and Tony Vo; tract in the SS Country Club Estates
- TTTT Limited to Chris Mabe; tract in the SS Country Club Estates
- Joe B. Ardis to Nubia Denisse Enriquez Mendez Ardis; tract in the Elizabeth Melton survey
- James Gordon Payne and Mary Ann Payne to Ronnie Craig Hargrave; tract in the William Clapp survey
- Felicia Lewis and Tommy Lewis to Sylvia A. Davison; tract in the E Robertson survey
- James Michael Bassham and Peggy L Bassham to Judy Castle Scott and Janet Castle Wiman; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Vicente Rios Badillo to Anne Marie Rowland and Douglas Lee Rowland; tract in the John Clark survey
- Jody Bender to Jason Pace; tract in the Charles Prufer survey
- Jason Pace to The Queens Place Inc,; tract in the Charles Prufer survey
- Yvonne West Lowen to Joyce VanWinkle and Robert VanWinkle Jr.; tract in the J. Y’Barbo survey
- Nations Lending Corporation and SVP Servicing to Artur Muszynski; tract in the Jose Y’Barbo survey
- Angela Gamblin and Philip Gamblin to Linda A. Myers; tract in the F. Carroll survey
Hopkins County records for the week ending Jan. 22, 2021 included:
Land Deed Transactions
- Kelly Jack Broyles and Lynda Gale Broyles to Maricela B. Gutierrez and Juan Uribe; tract in the Wm Moore Survey
- Deborah Ann Dicus and Owen Ellis Dicus Jr. to Hailee Marie Brown and James Wendell Brown; tract in the James R. McKee survey
- Doug Ferguson to Wrenly Group LLC; tract in the Romack Addition
- Johnny Carter and Kathy Carter to Charlotte E. McMullin and Marcia L. Mikles
- Sterling Mac Ishmael to Tammy Dawn Camp and Heather Renae Ward; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Bessie Joy Pollan to Melvin Scott Pollan; tract in the Moses Mills survey
- Carolyn Risse to Ryan David Wright; tract in the RJ Watson survey
Applications for Marriage Licenses
- Randolph Olen Whitworth and Amy Nicole Harless
- Patrick Hayden Tomlinson and Jessica Nicole Moore-Wall
- James Henry Jennings II and Whitney Danielle Davis
- Kenneth Wayne Shaw Jr. and Syrica Rochelle Leon
- Brandon Jon Stowater and Mary Patricia Haddock
Land Deed Transactions
- G&L Custom Homes LLC to Ramito Padron; tract in the Shelby Thomas survey
- G&L Custom LLc to Ramito Padron; tract in the Shelby Tunnage survey
- Peggy Holloway, Lanell McKnight, Thomas McKnight, Louise Anne Quick, Bonnie L. Siri Kegian and James Donald White to Jill Joetta Sandell; tract in the SS Payne survey
- Lee Ann Martin to Rodrigo Ortiz; tract in the Shelby Tunnage survey
- Linda Neal and Tommy G. Neal to Jose L. Gamino and Eduardo Villa Sanchez; tract in the Levi Landers survey
- Moira Jean Labron to Connie R. Lynne; tract in the G. Procello survey
- Jerry W. Shultz and Karen S. Shultz to Jerry W. Shultz Revocable Living Trust and Karen S. Shultz Revocable Living Trust, Jerry W. Shultz trustee and Karen S. Shultz trustee; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- A D Goodrich and Patti G. Goodrich to Edgar Calderon and Patti Calderon; tract in the John W. McLanghlin survey
- Carol Cook to Elizabeth Gandara; tract in the Henry Russell survey
- Connie Watson to Joseph Flemens and Tammy Flemens; tract in the Jesse Brookshire survey
- Linda Davis, First Baptist Church of Cumby Tx Inc. and Lanora Powell to Rehoboth Baptist Association Inc.
- Ninja Investments LLC, Old & New Rehabs LLC and Viventum Financial Group LLC to Shawn Cunningham; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Sarah Emily Killebrew Beanland to Katherine Suzanne Killebrew Sawyer; tract in the Jesse Taylor survey
- Michael L. Vititow to VETX Properties LLC; tract in the Elizabeth Mitchell survey
- Michael L. Vititow to Victory Sand LLC; tract in the Nacogdoches University survey
- Michael L. Vititow to TSBI Holdings LP; tract in the Henry N. Quirk survey
- Mary Sue Knighten to City of Como Texas; tract in the G. Procello survey
- Joe Dan Kennedy and Jonathan Kennedy to Jeffrey Maynard and Kelsi Maynard; tract in the A Kennedy Addition
- Samuel Correa-Salas and Elizabeth Alexa Gandara to Ana Margarita Gallegos and Tomas Livian Tellez; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Elizabeth A. Nottingham and Larry Wayne Nottingham to Danielle Marie Chang and Michael Kawika Chang; tract in the John Norris survey
- Rodriguez Mireya and Jose Guadalupe Santacruz
- David Neal Stribling and Debra Lee Stribling to Bandon Ray Stribling and Rhandi Stribling Taylor; tract in the Nacogdoches University survey
- Maria Olga Murillo, know as Maria Olga Noe, and Michael Noe to Reuben Murillo; tract in the Gertrude Procello survey
- 4D4 Resources LLC to Ann L. Cartwright and David T. Cartwright Jr.; tract in the J. Gahagan survey
- Louise Mercer and Robert Mercer to Onna Leigh Francis and Richard J. Francis; tract in the Jose Ybarbo survey
- GVD Rentals to Jerry Cooksey and Tish Cooksey
- Isaac Newton Davidson Jr. AKA I.N. Davidson Jr. and Jami M. Hampton to Hampton Davison Family Living Trust, Isaac Newton Davidson Jr trustee and Jamie Maureen Hampton trustee
- Samuel Bradley Ratliff independent executor and Samuel Cleveland Ratliff Estate to James Carver Ratliff and Samuel Bradley Ratliff; tract in the Hugh Barclay survey
Applications for Marriage Licenses
- Aristo Eliseo Lopez Gomez and Maria M. Mendoza Rodriguez
- Jonathan Menjivar Martinez and Yareli Mendoza
- Herman Lee Morris Jr. and Heather Lashay Self
- Alexander Keith Robinson and Charlene Renea Street
- Laron Dwayne Ross and Jasmine Deshaun Wilson
- Juan Sosa and Shelbi Lin Glidewell
- Johnathon Raymond L. Weber and Mary Jane Palmer
Land Deed Transactions
- Sharon Ballard to Sharon S. Boykin
- Shawn Massey to Kimberly Vititow; tract in the Thomas Lee survey
- Kevin Humphries to Jose L. Gomez and Juan Gomez; tract in the Hodge Adams survey
- Chelsey Romans to Brandon Doyle Reed; tract in the Henry McCauley survey
- Billy Harris to Steven Andrews; tract in the HA Real survey
- Kevin P. Lester and Kristin N. Lester to Joe Scott; tract in the Elizabeth Melton survey
- Jennifer Gregory Gregory to Deborah K. Cameron Janski and Eugene Janski Jr.; tract in the Jose Ybarbo survey
- Margaret Renee Rynn to Cristina Alvarado and Luis Mongivais Vazquez; tract in the Thomas Norris survey
- Gary Lewis to Rain Brooks and William Brooks; tract in the Jose Ybarbo survey
- Linda Groves to Greg Groves; tract in the Samuel South survey
- Carolyn D. Phillips and James R. Phillips to Arthur Wayne Ruytle and Ralene M. Ruyle; tract in the Nacogdoches University survey
- City Cemetery Society of Sulphur Springs to Gustavo Marin; tract in Sunset South
- Brenda P. Tucker and Clyde A. Tucker to Brandon Box and Misty Box; tract in the JC Sanders survey
- Thessa Christian, Everett L. Coleman and Ronnie Coleman to John H. Pickett
- Jason Walden and Kristen Walden to Brandon S. Mayes and Chelsea Mayes; tract in the M Ballanova survey
- Kristopher Koon and Mary Koon, independently and as trustee for the Brody Koon Testamentary Trust, to Michelle Zuniga and Sotero Zuniga; tract in the John Binion survey
- Alan Caddell to Argelia Herrera and Luis Herrera; tract in the John G. Procello survey
- Senen Gonzalez and Ralf Preuss to Prostar Trading LLC; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
Texas Department of State Health Service and Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management’s Dec. 31 COVID-19 updates showed one new probable COVID-19 cases, six additional recoveries and one additional COVID-19 fatality for Hopkins County. While there were fewer patients in the local COVID unit Thursday the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service area F hospitals was the highest reported to date. More women than men were reported to have received the vaccine as of Dec. 30, according to the Dec. 31 COVID-19 Vaccinations dashboard.
Dec. 31 COVID-19 Case Counts
Only one new probable COVID-19 case was reported for Hopkins County on Thursday. That makes 17 new probable cases so far this week, 193 new probable COVID-19 cases from Dec. 11-Dec. 31, and a total of 1,117 probable COVID-19 cases reported for Hopkins County since the state began tracking the data.
A probable COVID-19 case is determined when a person either tests positive through an antigen test or has a combination of symptoms and a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 without a more likely diagnosis.
The DSHS Dec. 31 COVID-19 Texas Case Counts dashboard also showed 1,122 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Dec. 31, four less cases than were reported on Dec. 30. DSHS did not indicate the reason for the correction. In the past, when cases have been removed from the case counts it has been due to duplications. That reduces the total number of new confirmed cases to 48 this week and 290 confirmed cases this month.
A confirmed COVID-19 case is one in which an individual receives a positive results through a molecular test that looks for the virus’s genetic material.
Combined, that’s 2,239 total COVID-19 cases reported for Hopkins County since March, including 2,053 people who have recovered from the virus. Six of those recoveries were reported on New Year’s Eve, and 1,359 from Dec. 11 to Dec. 31, although 810 were probable case recoveries added to the total on Dec. 11, when confirmed and probable case recoveries were combined. That’s 6.04 percent of the overall population in Hopkins County who have had COVID-19 cases so far this year.
The DSHS Dec. 31 COVID-19 Case Counts dashboard also showed 71 COVID-19 fatalities for Hopkins County, which means another Hopkins County resident was confirmed to have died from COVID-19. That’s 0.19 percent of the total population who have died from the virus, and a fatality rate of 3.17 percent among all Hopkins County COVID-19 cases this year.
Overall, that leaves 115 active COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County on Dec. 31, 10 less than were reported Wednesday.
The DSHS Dec. 31 COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard showed 134 had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of 11:59 p.m. Dec. 30, that 29 more vaccinations reported for Hopkins County on Wednesday. Three vaccines were administered Dec. 13-19, 48 Dec. 20-26, and the rest were administered over the past four days.
According to the DSHS, 282,515 people in Texas have received the first dose of the vaccine. Of those, more women then men have taken the first dose of the vaccine, and more people ages 16-49 years have been vaccinated than all of the other age categories combined. In fact, almost as many women ages 16-49 have received the vaccine as all people ages 50 and older.
In Hopkins County, 61 people ages 16-49 have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: 40 women and 21 men. As of 11:59 p.m. Dec. 30, only 31 people ages 50-64 received the first dose of the vaccine, 25 women and 6 men; 33 people ages 65-79, 19 women and 14 men; and nine people age 80 or older, seven women and two men.
According to the dashboard, 400 doses of Moderna have been received by Hopkins County providers, 100 by the hospital, 200 by medical clinic and 100 a pharmacy.
According to HC/SSEM’s Dec. 31 COVID-19 update, the patient count in the COVID Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs shrunk from 30 patients on Wednesday to 26 patients on Thursday, which is still higher than the 23 COVID-19 positive patients in the COVID unit on Monday and 24 on Tuesday.
COVID-19 hospitalizations across Trauma Service Area F, which encompasses most of Northeast Texas, including Sulphur Springs and CMFH-SS, peaked Dec. 31 at 191 patients. That’s 24 more COVID-19 hospitalizations than were reported Wednesday. In fact, Thursday’s total is the most patients in TSA-F hospitals in one day since the state began tracking the data.
Not surprisingly, as the COVID-19 cases rose so did the overall patients counts across TSA-F, which also reduces the number specialized equipment available at hospitals across the area.
There were 1,120 total staffed hospital beds in TSA-F on Dec. 31, three more than were reported on Wednesday. The number of staffed inpatient beds in TSA-F rose from 1,021 on Wednesday to 1,028 on Thursday. A total of 696 hospitalizations were reported on New Year’s Eve, an increase of 47 patients from the day before.
The number of available hospital beds across TSA-F surprisingly increased from 327 on Dec. 30 to 332 on Dec. 31. The number of ICU beds available got even smaller, reduced from just seven across TSA-F on Wednesday to only four on Thursday. DSHS’ Dec. 31 COVID-19 Test and Hospital Data dashboard also showed 72 ventilators available across TSA-F, three less than on Wednesday.
The rise in overall hospital numbers weren’t enough to offset the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, which Dec. 31 accounted for 17.05 percent of the total hospital capacity for TSA-F. In fact, TSA-F’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have been at or above the 15 percent threshold established in GA-32 as high hospital capacity for eight of the last nine days, and the last five consecutively. The capacity dipped to 14.95 percent on Dec. 26, after three consecutive days above the 15 percent high capacity threshold, then rose to 15.47 percent Sunday, 17.23 percent on Monday, 15,96 percent Tuesday, 15 Wednesday and was back up to 17.05 percent on Thursday.
HC/SSEM’s Dec. 31 COVID-19 update showed a total of 6,968 molecular COVID-19 tests have been conducted at hte free testing site in Sulphur Springs since it opened on Sept. 25. That means 94 additional tests were performed at the free testing site on Dec. 30, increasing the number conducted in the last three days at 128-A Jefferson Street to 355 and Dec. 1-30 to 2,437.
DSHS reported a total of 14,072 COVID-19 tests conducted for Hopkins County this year, including 11,340 molecular or viral tests, 1,152 antigen tests and 1,580 antibody tests. That’s 476 additional tests reported for Hopkins County from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30.
The free center in Sulphur Springs will be closed New Year’s Day, but will resume weekdays in January from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. and Saturdays until 5 p.m. at 128-A Jefferson Street.
Online registration is required at www.GoGetTested.com in order to be tested at the free testing center. Testing is open to anyone regardless of address. Even children ages 3 and up can be tested, provided an adults registers and accompanies them to have the oral swab test performed. The Sulphur Springs free testing site is not a drive through location. Testing is conducted inside the building.
Individuals should refrain from eating, drinking or using tobacco products a minimum of 15-20 minutes before or testing will be delayed. Those testing will need to bring a photo ID and the number provided upon registration with them to the test location. Masks must be worn into the testing center. Testing typically takes about 5 minutes.
Nursing Home Reports
Two additional resident fatalities were reported at Sulphur Springs nursing facilities, for a total of 47 nursing home residents who have died from COVID-19 from March through Dec. 17, the most recent data available from Texas Health and Human Services.
Carriage House reported one additional resident fatality on Dec. 17, for a total of 28 resident deaths from the 78 who have tested positive for COVID-19. Five employees of Carriage House were reported to still have COVID-19. One additional resident at Carriage House also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, giving the facility nine active resident cases on Dec. 17, according to the HHS Dec. 31 COVID-19 nursing homes report.
Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation LLC also reported one additional COVID-19 deaths, for a total of 5 fatalities from the 51 residents who have tested positive for the virus since March. One additional resident also tested positive for COVID-19 at Rock Creek, giving the facility at total of 37 active resident cases and 18 active employee cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 17.
Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation reported one additional employee had tested positive for COVID-19, giving the facility at total of three active employee cases on Dec. 17.
Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab on Dec. 17 reported no active cases in either residents or employees.
Land Deed Transactions
- Bethany Ashby to James Scott Farmer; tract in the Maria Santos survey
- Stephen L. Andersen to Julie Hoxsie and Sherman Hoxsie; tract in the James H. Gavin survey
- Benjamin Spraggins to Sherry Maynard; tract in the John Pevehouse survey
- Danyele Pool and John Pool to Kaitlyn Reeves and Daniel White; tract in the Randolph D. Spain survey
- Clayton Shilling and Kelsey Shilling to Sergio Ramirez and Katy Sellers; tract in the Jose Ybarbo survey
- Carolyn J. Bennett to Robert Franklin Stillwell; tract in the Alex O. Wetmore survey
- Delores Harrison and Bob Vaden to Robert Gregory McPeat
- Betty Jo Morse, deceased, to Dave Morse executor, to Donna Bira; tract in the AW Harlow survey
- Gurdeep K. Randhawa and Harjit Singh to Demetra Robinson and John Robinson Jr.; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- James R. Gotcher III, Pamela Starr Gotcher and Hancock Whitney Banks successor trustee to Hancock Whitney Bank successor trustee
- Troy Adachi-Edwards to Roberto Gregorio; tract in the E. Melton survey
- Donald James Hoffman Estate, Donna Carol Hoffman Estate, Jared Hoffman and Jason Hoffman, independently and as independent executor, to Norma Castillo Camacho and Juan Manuel Aguilar Castillo; tract in the George C. Wetmore survey
- James Coffey and Deborah Coffey to Alec Christopher Barrett and Laura L. Clayton; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Angela L. Dunn and Michael G. Dunn to Atascosa Real Estate Group LLC; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Stephanie Cox and Carolyn Jean Weatherly Drummond, independent co executors for the Charles Dan Weatherly Estate, to McIlrath Properties LLC; tract in the DF Clendenen survey
- Gaylon C. Price and Peggy M. Price to Cassie Maness and Jason Maness; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Kenneth M. Rose to Danny Rose; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Ashley C. Shackelford and Daniel W. Shackelford to Gumaro Rojas Ramirez; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- High Point Estates, Jimmy Masters and Mike Moore to Rosey74 Inc.; tract in the Maria Santos Coy survey
- J Duckworth and Johnny D. Duckworth to Stephen kent Renshaw; tract in the F Marrs survey
- Jena Rae Duffield and Joe Heath Duffield to Lauren Jacobs and Paul Jacobs; tract in the James Gahagan survey
- Ana Espinosa and Arcadio Espinosa to Guadalupe Pichardo and Yesenia Pichardo; tract in the Wm H. Moses survey
- Amy Tiemeyer and Jeffrey Alan Tiemeyer to Colton Lee Morrow; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- Willis Aaron Grimes to Lou Jean Martin and Michael Martin; tract in the John Aldridge survey
- Miguel A. Jimenez to An Peter Huynh; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- The Queens Place Inc. to Ivan Diosdado; tract in the Elizabeth Melton survey
- Gary Lewis and Rachel Lewis to Derick Dial and Tammie Dial; tract in the E. Melton survey
- Coy Johnson to Randi Drake and Ryan Drake; tract in the David Harris survey
- Laura Couch and Nathan Couch to John Rushin and Wendy Rushin; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- David Carrillo and Tina Carrillo to Barbara Hunt and H. Keith Hunt; tract in the Jose Ybarbo survey
- Jason Pennington to Clint Williams and Cydney Williams; tract in the GC Wetmore survey
- Teresa Lynn White Weatherford Successor Trust, Eldon D. White Bypass Trust and White Family Trust to Larry Wade Yager and Shelly Diane Yager; tract in the Harriet Brown survey
- Melva Edwinna Burkett to Jeffrey Dale Rorie and Kensey Rae Rorie; tract in the W. Ewing survey
- Clements S Home Incorporated to Jason Speer and Jennifer Speer; tract in the Rock Creed Addition
- Madison Greg Mitchell to Ryan Pope; tract in the Mariana Ballanova survey
- Joseph Macias to Virginia Mayte Gudino Catalan; tract in the HL Ward survey
- MD Brem Jr, independently and as agent, and Dexter Jane Duff to John Harold Brem; tract in the Mason Mosley survey
- Ray Brown to Clay Brown; tract in the M Ballanova survey
- Daniel Thompson and Laree Thompson to Amy Tiemeyer and Jeffrey Alan Tiemeyer; tract in the Jose Ybarbo survey
- Benny McElmoyl and Esmeralda O. McElmoyl to Rulo LLC; tract in the E. Melton survey
- Casey Ross and Patsy Ross to Jared Ray Richmond and Kristen Kay Richmond; tract in the A. Caro survey
- Megan Merrill, known as Megan L. Price, and Landon Price to Laura Galvan; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Nita Kelty and Timothy Maurice Kelty to Sergio Mendez; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
- John J. Floyd and Misty G Floyd to Carrah Lynn Griffith and Ricky Aaron Griffith; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Carolyn Santangelo Lester and Russell J. Lester Jr. to Laura Williams and Steve Williams; tract in the John Clark survey
- Rita Wright and Roger Wright to Chelsea L. Vanicek; tract in the Mary Ann Bowlin survey
- Dan Michael McClure and Sandy McClure to Lee Victor Nguyen and Sunrise Hill LLC; tract in the William B. Stout survey
- Christopher Franklin Moore, Dale F. Moore and Joseph S. Moore to James Cary Moores; tract in the Santos Coy survey
- Michelle Springfield to SMS CRS Family Investments LTD; tract in the MA Bowlin survey
Applications for Marriage Licenses
- Jacob Lee Culpepper and Christy Gail Greer
- Nicholas Peder Ferguson and Klynn Grace Skidmore
- Jacob Lee Radney and Sarah Louise Pence