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Hopkins County

It was a different kind of splash in the summer heat – the sound of freshly brewed beer being drawn into glasses. It is a new story in an old building. BackStory Brewery recently opened to the public at 211 Magnolia Street in Sulphur Springs, the Celebration City.

The $1.8 million renovation of the establishment formerly housed an ice house and meat packing plant. Remnants of the history of Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs can be seen all over the tap room from original fixtures and decor.

This morning the Hopkins County Commissioners Court formally asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to be more aggressive in keeping a flood-prone area of the county cleaner of debris.

TxDOT says it will lower the speed limit on State Highway 19 in Hopkins County. The road is an oft-maligned stretch blamed for numerous accidents, some of them fatal. 

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

After a generally damp winter and spring, signs of drought have returned to three counties in Northeast Texas.

Photo by Matthew Brodeur
Photo by Matthew Brodeur

The Hunt and Hopkins county sheriff’s offices say they’ve destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants at a campsite in the northeastern Hunt County.

SPCA of Texas
SPCA of Texas

Hopkins County officials Thursday charged the owners of a home north of Sulphur Springs with animal cruelty. 

Photo by John Towner
Photo by John Towner

Health officials say they’ve found a strain of avian flu on a Hopkins County poultry farm. 

Commissioners in Hopkins County are closer to getting long-sought-after weight limits set for county roads.

Uber has already been useful in assisting with ridesharing in Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Pull out your smartphones and get to downloading. It is time to move with the times – Uber has arrived with your ride. On Thursday Sulphur Springs, Texas was home to its first Uber riders. From folks with vehicles in the repair shop to moms with children that had cabin fever from the rainy weather, Sulphur Springs resident Adam Whitson became the first Uber driver picking up businessmen from Arkansas staying at Best Western and delivering them downtown to the Dining District.

Celebration Plaza adorned in lights for the holiday season.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It doesn't take long to find a festive mood downtown in the Celebration District of Sulphur Springs, Texas. The music and lights will certainly make toes tap and have visitors singing a holiday tune.

Hopkins County and the City of Sulphur Springs has teamed up this year to add even more color to downtown and Celebration Plaza.

There is a Christmas tree, castle, and even a red sleigh ready for photo opportunities.

City of Sulphur Springs is debuting its official app. It showcases all of the City and Hopkins County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The City of Sulphur Springs is constantly finding new ways to attract visitors to the community from the renovation of the downtown Celebration Plaza to utilizing news and social media outlets. The latest enhancement the City is offering is the combined effort with KSST radio to bring everything to citizens and visitors in one location – a new app.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

A Sulphur Springs man is facing animal cruelty charges following the seizure of more than 160 cattle from two Hopkins County properties.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some weekend rainfall, drought conditions are back to moderate throughout much of Northeast Texas. 

Local fire departments and emergency services agencies continue to head to the Houston/Galveston area.

A vehicle had to be rescued earlier on State Highway 11 northwest of Commerce where the Middle Sulphur River went over its banks.
Hunt County Scanner / Facebook

Motorists are urged to be aware of incidents of flashing flooding in the East Texas area. The Texas Department of Transportation has mapped several areas of closure. Turn around, don't drown is being emphasized by authorities.

In Delta County residents had to be evacuated by local volunteer fire fighters and law enforcement. According to law enforcement the home was located at 1918 Farm-to-Market 1531 near Klondike.

"This is most flooding along FM 1531 I had seen in my time with Delta County," said Lieutenant Ryan Brown, who has been with DCSO since 2011.  The water was over the five foot flood gauge. "I have never seen it at this magnitude." He waded shin to knee-deep water during the evacuation.

The North Sulphur River had flooded over its banks.

Some areas reported a range of over eight to 11 inches of rain over the span of the night.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any other rescues," said Lieutenant Brown, noting driving around a barricade is a Class B Misdemeanor and can result in a trip to jail, especially if first responders' lives are put at risk.

Delta County closures include: FM 71, FM 1531, FM 904 (water is receding), FM 2068 (water is receding).

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