City Council Appoints Police Chief, Fire Chief/Marshal, Utilities Director
Jun05

City Council Appoints Police Chief, Fire Chief/Marshal, Utilities Director

Sulphur Springs City Council Tuesday night voted to eliminate the public safety director position, with one council member voting against the measure. The city will go back to the prior tradition of having a separate fire chief and separate police chief. For the fire department, the top officer will be the fire chief/fire marshal. David James was appointed to fill that role. Jason Ricketson, a longtime officer at Sulphur Springs...

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Jay Sanders Named Chief of Police
Jun05

Jay Sanders Named Chief of Police

Patrol Captain Jay Sanders was appointed Police Chief by the Sulphur Springs City Council Tuesday night. Captain Sanders, a 26-year veteran of the department, began as a patrol officer in 1988 and has now worked his way to the top. He’ll take over August 1 as current Chief Jim Bayuk moves over to the Sulphur Springs ISD Police Department. Captain Sanders says the department is in good shape in personnel and squad cars. He says some...

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Local 911 Is Service Down Again, Call Provided Numbers For Emergencies
Jan19

Local 911 Is Service Down Again, Call Provided Numbers For Emergencies

Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jason Ricketson on January 19, 2023, reported that the local 911 service is down again. City and county residents should store alternate emergency numbers to call in the event of an emergency in Sulphur Springs or Hopkins County. “Once again, we have an interruption in our area and our 911 system is not receiving all calls. Please call 903-439-3719 for city emergencies and 903-885-2768 for county...

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SART Sets Protocol To Reduce Re-Traumatization, Prioritize Safety Of Adult Victims Of Sexual Assault
Jan09

SART Sets Protocol To Reduce Re-Traumatization, Prioritize Safety Of Adult Victims Of Sexual Assault

If you’ve driven downtown, you’ve likely noticed the brightly colored mural on the side of Texas Trading Company. But do you know what those multihued hands reaching up with hearts represents? Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association, in partnership with Sherwin Williams and Lowes, sponsored the mural, painted by Jacoby Smith, to help promote community awareness for the Sexual Assault Response Team. The SART’s job...

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Commissioners Court Appoints 2 To Civic Center Board, members of Regional SART Team
Jan09

Commissioners Court Appoints 2 To Civic Center Board, members of Regional SART Team

Hopkins County Commissioners Court appointed 2 to the Civic Center Board, approved SART Team recommendations, and noted that an agricultural lease had been re-signed. Also during the regular court meeting Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, Fire Marshal Andy Endsley gave an update about a public health nuisance abatement case. At the recommendation of Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Manager Lonnie Fox, Hopkins County Commissioners Court...

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11 City Employees Recognized For Service
Jan04

11 City Employees Recognized For Service

Sulphur Springs City Council during the regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, took time to recognize 11 employees for their service to the city. Mayor Doug Moore presented service pins to city employees who’ve hit new 5-year milestones this year. “When I first got on this council, I didn’t realize what it took to run this city, and I do now. I especially realize what a great bunch of employees the city has....

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Man Shot Jan. 2 During Foot Pursuit Confirmed Dead
Jan03

Man Shot Jan. 2 During Foot Pursuit Confirmed Dead

Deceased Allegedly Threatened Others On Holiday Drive, Pointed Gun At Officers The man who was shot during a foot pursuit with local authorities Jan. 2 died as a result of his injuries, officials confirmed Tuesday morning. Texas Rangers are investigating, and the name of the deceased is not at this time being released by authorities. The police officer who fired his weapon is on administrative while Texas Rangers investigate. An...

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Downtown Crash Results In Minor Damage
Dec29

Downtown Crash Results In Minor Damage

A downtown crash resulted in a minor damage to landscaping but no serious injuries Wednesday evening, according to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jason Ricketson. A black car southbound on Gilmer Street and a white Jeep westbound from Jefferson Street to Connally Street collided in the middle of the intersection. The impact caused the black vehicle to continue onto the sidewalk to the door of Corner Grub House before it stopped. The...

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**SSPD Reports Issues With Landline 911 Service
Dec20

**SSPD Reports Issues With Landline 911 Service

** “911 IS FULLY FUNCTIONAL AGAIN” reported. Sulphur Springs Police Department before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 announced issues with some 911 service. According to SSPD Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner, the police department is “currently experiencing a 911 outage for landline telephone service. 911 service for cell phones is still operational.” Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jason Ricketson noted that SSPD personnel...

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City Approves 35 MPH Speed Limit For The Section Of Mockingbird Lane South Of I-30
Dec07

City Approves 35 MPH Speed Limit For The Section Of Mockingbird Lane South Of I-30

In the future, you’ should be able to legally drive a little bit faster along Mockingbird Lane, south of Interstate 30. Sulphur Springs City Council on Dec. 6, 2022, approved Ordinance No. 2819, which sets a prima facie speed limit of 35 miles per hour along Mockingbird Lane. The change followed a request by a City Councilman to look into the speed limit on Mockingbird Lane from East Shannon Road to Posey Lane, as traffic...

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