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Como VFD Shut Down

  Statement from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office: On August 16, 2019 at 0900 hours, the Hopkins County Fire Marshalls and Texas Rangers made an arrest of two Como Volunteer Fire Fighters, identified as Darren Harris and Roy Darby. Harris was charged with Theft of Property >=$2,500 < $30,000 Enhanced.  ...

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Arkansas Man Jailed After High Speed Chase by Cumby PD

  An Arkansas man who fled from a Cumby police officer after an altercation with the officer following a traffic stop on I-30 has been captured after a high speed chase after he wrecked out and fled to the Royse City  Walmart where he hoped to hide from officers. The ...

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Two Jailed After Titus County Drug Bust

  Titus County Sheriff’s Office executed a Narcotic Search Warrant in the 2000 block of Farm Road 127 after learning persons at the location were suspected of using and selling methamphetamine. The Titus County Emergency Response Team made entry into the residence locating Tony Ray Walker, age 43, and Brandi ...

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Dallas Men Sentenced In $27 Million Hearing Aid Scam

  A Dallas man and his son have been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Texas out of $27 million in a hearing aid fraud scheme. Sixty-nine-year-old Terry Anderson was sentenced to 8 years  and his 38-year-old son Rocky was sentenced to 7 years. They submitted ...

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Bowie County Woman Charged With Filing False Police Report

  A Texarkana woman has been arrested for falsely filing a report with police that two children in her care were missing from the Walmart.  Twenty-year-old Bosnia Taylor reported that the 7and 11 year old boys had gone to the bathroom together and couldn’t be found. Twenty officers converged on ...

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Cooper Lake State Park Activities In August @ Cooper Lake State Park
Aug 3 – Aug 31 all-day

Sunrise Over Cooper Lake

Cool Off, Relax, Recreate, and Recharge at Cooper Lake State Park!

Cooper, TX— Cool off, Relax, Recreate, and Recharge at Cooper Lake State Park during the hottest month of the year! The lake is full, the swimming areas are waiting, the sand volleyball courts are prepared, playgrounds are ready, and our trails are open, too.
Across both park units this August, a total of 22 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented.

Our highlighted program topics for August are Night Hikes at the South Sulphur Unit, Astronomy – Stars and Meteors, Archery Classes, Dutch Oven Cooking, and Kayaking. Hike through the woods after dark and see what the nocturnal environment reveals to you with the help of a Park Ranger guiding your adventure. Experience the darkest skies so close to Dallas! Learn the original one-pot cowboy cooking style that is so easy and tasty! Just watch and learn with the help of experienced Dutch oven cooks or try the technique for yourself. Develop and improve your kayaking skills while touring nearshore parts of the lake on your adventure. Learn how to enjoy the sport of archery through two scheduled classes safely. Also, during the month, learn about a wide variety of fungi, plants, and animals familiar to Northeast Texas through multiple programs and so much more! All off the programs are free with a valid entrance permit.

Bring each fun and learning-packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends by relaxing at a picnic table watching your food cook on one of our many day-use picnic grills. If you are camping, relaxing around a campfire in the evening is unbeatable! The flickering light of a campfire will lift your spirits and reconnect you to feelings shared by past generations. There is no better place to share a story or eat a meal!

Fish from the bank, off our pier, fishing wall, or rent a kayak and try your luck along the shoreline. Fish attractors have been placed around the Doctor’s Creek floating fishing pier and the fishing wall at South Sulphur to help increase fishing success. Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are commonly caught at both park units. Fishing licenses are not required if you are fishing from the bank or fishing pier at Cooper Lake State Park. Other popular activities are hiking our trails or just resting under a giant Post Oaktree or camping at one of our tree-canopied campsites. Park entrance fees are $5 for adults; kids 12 and under always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $3 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. Unlimited park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle can be accomplished with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70, which is suitable for over 12 months. Buy your pass and let your Texas adventure begin!

For more information on this or other events and programs, please visit and like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur (903)-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek (903) 395-3100).

Doctor’s Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)

Aug 3– 2:00 pm – The Scoop on Poop (Do you know whose scat? Can you recreate that? Get the scoop!)
Aug 4– 9:00 pm – Starry Eyed & Star-crossed (Join a ranger for stellar stories of the night sky.)
Aug 10– 7:30 pm – Sunset Hike (Join a Ranger on a beautiful hike at sunset and let the good vibes flow.)
Aug 13– 10:00 pm – Meteor Shower (Observe the glorious display of the night sky and learn about the Perseids.)
Aug 17– 9:00 am – Kayaking 101 (Learn kayaking basics & safety and experience the lake in a whole new way.)
Aug 18– 9:00 am – Wildflower Watch (Learn about the flora of the area and join our wildflower watch!)
Aug 24– 2:00 pm – Telltale Signs (Go on a unique hike to learn the tale of Cedar Creek Trail)
Aug 25– 9:00 am – Dragons & Damsels (Discover the secret world of underwater creatures. Do some pond dipping with a ranger!)
Aug 31– 7:00 pm – Sunset Kayaking (Calling all kayakers! Enjoy the ambiance of sunsets at the lake.)

South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)

Every Friday in August at 8:30 pm it is Night Hike that is creepy, crawly, but it’s also so much more! Learn to appreciate authentic nightlife.
Aug 3– 9:00 am – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a ranger)
Aug 4– 6:00 pm – Geocaching 101 (What’s the cache? Learn to geocache with a Ranger!)
Aug 10– 11:00 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’ (Sample and learn the old style, outdoor cooking)
Aug 10– 12:30 pm – Turtle in a Half Shell (Slow your roll and learn about these mysterious animals.)
Aug 17– 2:00 pm – Brainiac or Bonehead (Are you a brainiac? How well do you know your fauna? Join in on some trivia!)
Aug 18– 2:00 pm – Formation Station (How are fossils created? Do you have what it takes? Take to the road of fossilization with a ranger!)
Aug 24– 9:00 am – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a Ranger)
Aug 25– 2:00 pm – I-Naturalist Hike (Go take a hike…with a ranger! Learn about the park and the wildlife in it while you become a citizen scientist!)
Aug 31– 4:00 pm – Afternoon Tea (Join a ranger for a sip of specialty tea and some relaxing art in the park.)

Aug 19 all-day

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Wallace Meet the Teacher (6th grade: 5:00-6:00 p.m., 5th grade 6:30-7:30 p.m.)


Aug 20 all-day

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • Tennis

Varsity @ Sherman Dual (away), 3:30 p.m.

  • Volleyball

MPHS 9th, JV, Varsity Lady Tigers vs. Liberty Eylau (home), 4:30 p.m.

Aug 21 all-day

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

·       MPISD First Day of School!

Career And Employment Support
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Career and Employment Support – Aug 21 – Red River County Public Library.

Need help creating an effective and noticeable resume?

Need help searching for jobs online?

Need to learn how to become more confident during an interview?

Join Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas on Wednesday (Aug 21), at the Red River County Public Library, in Clarksville, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Receive guidance aimed for career and employment to help you land that next job. Stop by the library to visit with our staff and let us help answer your job search questions.

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Aug 22 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019

  • Tennis

Varsity vs. Terrell at MPHS, 4:00 p.m.

  • Football

MPHS 9th, JV, & Varsity Tigers vs. Atlanta (home)–scrimmages


Aug 23 all-day

Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Volleyball

MPHS 9th, JV, Varsity Lady Tigers @ Hooks (away), 4:30 p.m.

  • Tennis

Varsity @ Marshall Dual (away), 9:30 a.m.

4th Friday Landowners’ Educational Series @ Franklin County Airport
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Earth-Kind Gardening Canceled
Aug 24 all-day
Aug 24 all-day

Saturday, August 24, 2019

  • Volleyball

MPHS 9th, JV Lady Tigers @ Pine Tree Tournament

  • Cross Country

High School & Junior High @ Commerce Tiger Invitational