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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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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Cooks Up Classes

  By Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Agent Hopkins County residents enjoy good food.  However, many recipes we see on Facebook and other internet sites are not necessarily the healthiest.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has a solution!  Two upcoming programs will feature cooking demonstrations and ...

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Hopkins County Bookings

A Hopkins County man out on on $150,000 bail for charges related to terroristic threats has been rearrested for insufficient bond. Sixty-year-old Allen Ray Stuart’s new bond was set at $750,000. Thirty-six-year-old Scotty Ray Price was arrested in Hopkins County on a warrant for Bond Forfeiture for a charge of ...

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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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SSISD Blood Drive Friday 08.16.19

  The Sulphur Springs ISD is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the conference room of the Administration building at 1200 Connally St. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kristin Monk at (903) 885-2153 extension 1107.

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Aug
3
Sat
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
23
Fri
4th Friday Landowners’ Educational Series @ Franklin County Airport
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Aug
24
Sat
8th Annual Dawgfest Benefit @ Mt Pleasant Civic Center
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Strokes For Strokes
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

American Heart Association Hosting Art Therapy for Stroke Survivors

The program is designed to help patient recovery through therapeutic art instruction. Dr. George and Sandra Bakowski Foundation are sponsoring “Strokes for Strokes” on Saturday (Aug 24) from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at East Bank Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City.

Northwest Louisiana stroke survivors will have the opportunity to express themselves through art in the American Heart Association’s Strokes for Stroke art therapy class for stroke survivors. Participants in the Strokes For Stroke classes will personalize their own version of a painting that will later be on display for the community in a traveling exhibit. Details on the exhibition will be announced at a later date.

Space is limited, and survivors should sign up by calling Lori Russell at 225-666-4293 or emailing lori.russell@heart.org. All materials are provided.

Strokes for Stroke provides art classes to stroke survivors. This program recognizes local individuals who have shown invincible strength, resilience, perseverance, and aptitude in their fight against Stroke. Art therapy is used as one method to help stroke patients recover. Creating images uses the physical and cognitive sides of the brain, and making art combines the two. Art therapy has shown an early promise in assisting the patient with recovery issues such as verbal communication, depression, and the physical pain associated with Stroke.

“It is important to find recovery tools that can stimulate and inspire the patient, and we know that painting achieves that,” said a representative from East Bank Gallery. “We are excited to participate in this program with the American Heart Association and show the community just how far patients have come in their recovery.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States; however, it remains a leading cause of permanent adult disability. While traditional therapy helps a stroke patient regain mobility and brain function, art therapy has been found to help fight depression and anxiety during stroke recovery. Art therapy can also stimulate the brain’s ability to adjust and form new pathways after Stroke. It also offers a new form of expression for someone who has lost individual skills.

Aug
29
Thu
Christus Trinity Mother Frances Community Support Group Meeting “Avoid Burnout”
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Community

Support Group Meeting

Everyone is Welcome!!

 

Avoid Burnout

Working to Maintain

Mental & Emotional Health

 

Presented by

Susan Branham, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner Specializing in Mental Health

 

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 9 am

Please come and bring a friend!!

 

Location this Month:

Conference Center

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Winnsboro

903-342-4111

 

 

Mental Health Support Group in Winnsboro @ Christus Mother Frances - Winnsboro
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am

 

 

Community

Support Group Meeting

Everyone is Welcome!!

 Avoid Burnout

Working to Maintain

Mental & Emotional Health

Presented by

Susan Branham, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner Specializing in Mental Health

     

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

  9 am

Please come and bring a friend!!

Location this Month:

Conference Center

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Winnsboro

903-342-4111

Aug
30
Fri
Landowners Educational Series
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Landowners Educational Series is for anyone wanting to learn more about managing their land. Topics include pasture utilization, pasture management and establishment, pond management, tree/forest management, nuisance animal control, and agriculture law. All programs will be at the Franklin County Airport off of Highway 37, just north of Mount Vernon.

The Friday (Aug 30) program will begin at 1:00 pm, Pasture Utilization is the topic. Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, will cover pasture grazing rotation, stocking rates, cross fencing and other issues regarding grazing cattle.

Sep
20
Fri
Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day

Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild’s 20th annual show, “Shining Stars,” is Friday and Saturday (Sep 20-21). It is at First Baptist Church R.O.C., 115 Putman Street, Sulphur Springs. (www.sulphurspringstxquilts.com)

Above is a photo of the raffle quilt. Please let me know if you want more details on the show or the quilt. (Hillis Bass 903-485-8165)

Oct
5
Sat
Red River County Car Show
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Red River County Car Show in conjunction with the Fall Bazaar is Saturday (Oct 5) downtown Clarksville on the square from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Check-in is from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. It’s a family fun-filled event. Car show, craft vendors, food vendors, and live performances. For more info call 903-427-2645. Vehicle models 2000 and older. There are first, second, and third place trophies plus a People’s Choice Award. The awards are at 2:00 pm.