Sulphur Springs

An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
Texas A&M University-Commerce / Marketing and Communications

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.

Only three people remain on the seven-place Sulphur Springs city council.
Cindy Roller

A chaotic couple of weeks in Sulphur Springs municipal government is expected to conclude on Friday with a special meeting of the city council. The city’s governing body is charged with the task of keeping municipal government functioning in the aftermath of four resignations from the seven-person Sulphur Springs city council.

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell says worries about coal ash finding their way into the city’s groundwater are unfounded.


It's an old tradition -- firing a celebration shot or two into the air to ring in the new year. And it's a tradition police departments say they want to see go away forever.

"Don't do that," says Jay Sanders, director of public safety at the Sulphur Springs Police Department.  “What goes up must come down."

That’s not a cliché, that’s physics. Bullets will always arc and return to the ground, unless they hit something on the way down. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “bullets fired into the air during celebrations fall with sufficient force to cause injury and death.” CDC studies in Puerto Rico, where celebratory gunfire is common, find that two people die and two dozen are injured every year from guns being fired into the air.

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.

Sulphur Springs police Sunday arrested a man they say drove more than 100 miles across the state to dump a woman’s body, and then got his car got stuck in a ravine.

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.

A Sulphur Springs man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a May murder in Dallas. 

Independence Holiday Calendar Posted

Jun 30, 2018
Many events are planned for Saturday evening.
Photo by Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Events happening in and around Delta County, June 30, 2018. The public is welcome to attend. Come and celebrate!

Charleston, Texas - Annual volleyball tournament on the Slab downtown on FM 895 Charleston, Texas all day long with fireworks at dark

Enloe, Texas – Annual Independence Celebration Parade, Community Supper, and Water activities starts at 4:30 p.m. downtown Enloe near Community Center

All 4 The Kids

Jun 14, 2018
HEB filling the pantry was one of the many donations Lil 4's received.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

She isn’t doing this for the fame. She doesn’t do it for the fortune. Letitia Conliffe, founder and president of Lil 4’s, does it for the children.

“This might be the worthiest cause I have been able to help with in my career,” said Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell. “I am so excited for Letitia.” He admitted this all started with one promotional flyer back in November 2017.

Beware of scammers and con artists. That’s good advice for life, but apropos of what some police departments in Northeast Texas want you to know. 

This week’s news of avian flu contamination at a Hopkins County poultry farm has led China to halt imports of American chicken and eggs.

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.

Police in Sulphur Springs charged a Hopkins County man with murder after a shooting at a party in the city Saturday night. 

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.

An insurance agent from Sulphur Springs is being accused of stealing clients’ money by not actually providing auto insurance coverage she was selling. 

The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters is asking the City of Sulphur Springs to open the city fire department’s operations to public scrutiny. 

Business Etiquette Class Offers Helpful Insight

Aug 31, 2017
Emily Glass gave many useful tips on etiquette for everyone.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Recently former Mayor of Sulphur Springs Emily Glass provided a free business etiquette class at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast offering helpful insight to those in attendance. She explained etiquette is necessarily about what fork to use for which course but more about what is expected of us in any situation and knowing how to react.

“Etiquette helps us to help others,” said Glass. “Especially in business, it is very easy for us to lose a customer. It is very difficult to get that customer back after losing them. Making a customer feel appreciated can potentially be the difference.”

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).

Slideshow: 2017 Dairy Festival Happenings Commence

Jun 12, 2017

The 2017 Hopkins County Dairy Festival hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday at noon to commence activities for the week-long event.

At the Coronation Pageant held at the SSHS Auditorium on Saturday, June 17, 2017 the reigning 2016 Queen Sadie Evans passed her crown to 2017 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Jaci Reed.

The "Reimagine Commerce" plan includes changes for the city's downtown.

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council recently met in executive session with the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization that was behind the renewal of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Ian Lockwood, the planner who worked with Sulphur Springs on the project, was one of those meeting with the City Council.  Toole will come back to the City Council with a proposal for Commerce at a date in the near future.  The mayor says Dr.

Re-construction Begins on State Highway 19

Sep 14, 2016
State Highway 19 undergoes repairs between the Delta County line and Sulphur Springs, and drivers are urged to travel with caution.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The repairs to State Highway 19 have started from the Delta County line to Sulphur Springs.

One-lane traffic will span the length of the 13 miles while the Richard Drake Construction Company LLC works to first remove the faulty asphalt and then replace it with an improved surface.

TxDOT Sets SH 19 Repairs for September

Aug 18, 2016
State Highway 19 repairs will begin in September.
Cindy Roller / Cooper

The Texas Department of Transportation announced the repairs necessary for State Highway 19 will begin in September. This will be for the portion that stretches from north of Sulphur Springs to the Delta County line near the Sulphur River bridge.

July Celebration Planned to Honor 25th Year

Jun 9, 2016
For 25 years Celebration Plaza has been filling with onlookers for the free Independence Day concert.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In one of her final actions as Madame Mayor Kayla Price Mitchell recently invited the public to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Independence Day Celebration in Sulphur Springs. The event is highlighted by the Sulphur Springs Symphony Concert and Fireworks Show which will be Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m.

ATF: Toliver Ford Fire Was Not Arson

Jan 21, 2016
Brian Toliver Ford Lincoln dealership in Sulphur Springs is relocating following a three-alarm fire.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

An early morning three-alarm fire which occurred last Friday at Brian Toliver Ford Lincoln in Sulphur Springs had been under investigation by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms team (ATF).  It was recently released a spokesperson for the ATF stated there was “no indication of any criminal act” to be the cause of the fire which destroyed the vast majority of the automotive department and part of the showroom, which had just reopened following a lengthy remodel unveiled in November.

Hopkins County Jail Gets Fresh Start

Jan 21, 2016
Hopkins County Jail opened on Dec. 1, 2015.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The former Hopkins County Jail, located on Rosemont Street in Sulphur Springs, is quickly being demolished in light of the new Jail located adjacent and recently opened and dedicated on December 1.

Texas Highways magazine

According to the reserved palettes of Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, readers, Delta County’s very own Fatboy’s BBQ and The Burger Grind, with locations in Sulphur Springs and Tyler, made the recently released Top 40 Comfort Food Destinations.

Hannah Kirby and Notably Texan Host Matt Meinke in the KETR Studios.
Jerrod Knight

Sulphur Springs entertainer Hannah Kirby is using her experience on "The Voice" as inspiration to work harder on her debut full-length record. Finishing in the top 8 finalists on NBC's Emmy winning talent show was just the spark Kirby needed to put together a brand new band, and head into the studio to record tracks for the upcoming "Fire In My Soul" album.

Seth Welborn opened Saturday's benefit concert on Celebration Stage.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Rockin’ CF to Sleep concert held last Saturday night downtown Sulphur Springs was such a great success organizers are already counting on making it an annual event. Southern Soul, comprised of two Delta County’s finest – Sergeant Investigator Ryan Brown and Deputy Adam Hall along with band mates Jacob Mazoch and Sal Castro, performed as well as Seth Welborn and Tyler and the Tribe at the concert on the Celebration Stage downtown Sulphur Springs to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation research.

Free concert to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research

Aug 5, 2015

The local guys are at it again with Rockin’ CF to Sleep. Southern Soul, comprised of two Delta County’s finest – Sergeant Investigator Ryan Brown and Deputy Adam Hall, will be highlighting the concert on the Celebration Stage downtown Sulphur Springs to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.