Hopkins County

Bryan Slaton, left, defeated incumbent Dan Flynn by a roughly 39-point margin in the July 14 Republican Party primary runoff.
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Bryan Slaton will be the Republican Party nominee for Texas House of Representatives District 2 in the Nov. 3 general election. Slaton’s victory in the July 14 GOP primary runoff election over incumbent Dan Flynn makes Slaton the heavy favorite to defeat Democratic nominee Bill Brannon this fall in the reliably Republican district.

Dan Flynn, left, and Bryan Slaton address Republican voters at a candidate forum in Canton on June 29.
Mark Haslett

State Rep. Dan Flynn has represented House District 2 – composed of Hopkins, Hunt and Van Zandt counties – in the Texas Legislature since 2003. It’s a solidly Republican district and whoever gets the GOP nomination will be the favorite to join other lawmakers when the 2021 session begins next January.

An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
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In an effort to keep up with coronavirus and COVID-19 developments around the region, this blog will be kept during the crisis. A statistical account of COVID-19 cases in the KETR listening area and local restrictions in place can be found here. This blog will be kept in reverse chronological order, with newest entries at the top.

Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, relates the story of the creation of Hopkins County, on March 25, 1846, and Hunt County, on April 11, 1846, about a year after Texas became one of the United States.  Carol says the original Hopkins County seat was in the town of Tarrant, located a little north of today's county seat, Sulphur Springs.


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On Tuesday the Sulphur Springs City Council unanimously agreed to a development deal with Luminant Mining Co. that would transfer ownership of a 4,000-acre former mining site to the city.

Brewery Debuts In Celebration City

Aug 1, 2018

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 Rolls Into Hopkins County

Mar 1, 2018
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.

Slideshow: Stroll Downtown Celebration District

Dec 14, 2017
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.

Sulphur Springs Showcases New App

Dec 8, 2017
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).

Single Vehicle Rollover Takes Teen’s Life

Jul 26, 2017
Brayden Withrow, Cooper Bulldog #55
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Not many details were available; however, Hopkins County law enforcement reported a single vehicle rollover accident occurred Tuesday afternoon killing the vehicle’s sole occupant.

The accident which happened near Mahoney Road intersection on State Highway 19 just outside of Sulphur Springs took the life of sixteen-year-old Cooper High School student Brayden Withrow. Withrow had just acquired his driver’s license at the beginning of July, and details of the cause of the accident had not yet been released.

The SPCA of Texas Thursday announced the seizure of more than five dozen fighting birds and alleged cockfighting paraphernalia from a van Tuesday night.

Backing the Blue Delivers

Nov 17, 2016
Law enforcement stand together in prayer around the United States flag flying over Celebration Plaza on Sunday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

“Backing the Blue” organization gave back to local area law enforcement by adopting them and providing them with tactical bullet proof vests. Departments including: Delta County, Sulphur Springs Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s department, Sulphur Springs ISD, Saltillo ISD, Como-Pickton ISD, Cumby Police, District Attorney, Game Warden, Texas Ranger, Cattle Ranger and K9.

State Highway 19 Continues To Be In Disrepair

Jul 21, 2016
"Rough Road Ahead" warning signs announce to drivers the condition of State Highway 19 between Delta and Hopkins counties.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

To travelers along State Highway 19 from Delta County to Hopkins County hear and see the disrepair the “rough road ahead” signs are warning. Following a recent resurfacing and repair to State Highway 19 which spanned several months drivers are experiencing problems maneuvering. It was hoped the new surface would lessen the road noise experienced by many drivers, sadly that has not been the case. 

Barker Defeats Newsom for Precinct 1 Title

May 25, 2016
Mickey Barker
Mickey Barker / Facebook

Following Tuesday night’s Republican runoff election Mickey Barker earned the most votes to be named the new Precinct 1 Commissioner in Hopkins County.

“It was an enlightening experience. I enjoyed meeting lots of people. This was definitely a combined effort – I couldn’t have done this without the help of my family, friends and neighbors,” said Mickey Barker at his election night watch party with his wife, Susie of nearly 30 years by his side supporting him. “I also truly appreciate the endorsements of [former opponents] Ray Fouse and Pat Chase.”

The bridge at Brushy Creek in Delta County continues to be under construction.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

State Highway 24 (at John’s Creek) reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed due to excessive flooding, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Delta County Sheriff’s office has been informing drivers to be aware some GPS devices (such as on cell phones) has not been updating with detour information, when deemed necessary.

A New Landscape For Inmates

Dec 15, 2015
Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom along with Sheriff Butch Adams and Commissioners Beth Wisenbaker, Mike Odell, Wade Bartley and Danny Evans handle the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hopkins County Jail.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

Hopkins County held a formal dedication of the new Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. The Jail is located at 298 Rosemont in Sulphur Springs and includes a 192-capacity jail and law enforcement offices to serve the needs to Hopkins County.

Sheriff Adams honored for 20 years of service

Oct 27, 2015
Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse (from left) Sam Tatum, Billy Wayne Orr, Gary Moon, Earl Martin, Sheriff Butch Adams and Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum
Enola Gay Mathews / Reilly Springs Jamboree

Reilly Springs Jamboree recently paid tribute to a special guest – Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams. Sheriff Adams was honored for his 20 years of service to the community on Saturday, Oct. 17. He will be retiring on December 31, 2016.

Delta County joins several other counties in allowing the emergency burn ban to expire. As of Thursday, Sept. 17 citizens may burn inside the county limits. Citizens should contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (903) 395-2146 prior to conducting any outdoor burning.

Lamar, Delta, Hopkins and Rains are no longer under a burn ban.