The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 51, Ed. 1 Friday, December 19, 1986 Page: 1 of 4
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SULPHUR SPRINGS, TEXAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1986.
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for city queen
The reigning Miss Sulphur Springs,
Karol Ann Kelty, will have another
opportunity to capture the Miss
Texas title during the 1987 state
pageant held in July in Fort Worth. .
Miss Kelty won the title of Miss
Duncanville 1987 during the annual
pageant this weekend. She will finish
her reign as Miss Sulphur Springs
and crown her successor during the
Feb. 21 Miss Sulphur Springs
This will be the Sulphur Springs
native’s third trip to the Miss Texas
Pageant. She traveled to the state
pageant as Miss Panola County in
1985 and Miss Sulphur Springs in 1986
As Miss Panola County, Miss Kelty
placed 12th in the state pageant out of
more than 60 contestants. She also
received a non-finalist talent award
for her vocal rendition of "Caberet.”
Last summer. Miss Kelty
represented her hometown of Sulphur
Springs at the Miss Texas Pageant
where she was the first local queen to
ever place in the top 10 with her vocal
presentation of ' Ring Them Bells.”
Preparing for the 1986 Miss Texas
Pageant wasn't the only thing that
kept Miss Kelty busy during the
spring and summer months. Cast as
one of the girls in Casa Manana’s
The Best Little Whorehouse in
Texas," the local actress made
several appearances across the state.
While trying to learn her part for
the production. Miss Kelty also
finished a semester at Texas
Christian University where she was
majoring i«—«*usn.'al theater and
foreign language The 21-year-old
performed in several university
productions, including her role as
Marty in “Grease "
The daughter of Mr and Mrs Tim
Kelty of Sulphur Springs lists her
hobbies as collecting Teddy Bears,
singing, acting, dancing, traveling,
shopping, weight lifting, painting,
cooking, swtmming and collecting
"Precious Moment’’ figurines.
A 1984 graduate. Miss Kelty was
also active in the drama department
during her years at Sulphur Springs
High School, where she advanced to
‘ ‘V ■
Ready for Santa
Micki Moss, left, helps Bill D'Lizarraga load
a Christmas tree he had just purchased from
her. D'Lizarraga will be ready for a visit
from Santa once he gets his tree home and
decorated. Colorful Christmas decorations
around the city continue to pop up as more
residents get into the spirit of the season.
-Staff Photo by Richard Hail
By MARY GRANT
News Telegram Staff
Despite refusal from the Secretary
of the Army to review a decision
prohibiting recreational cost sub-
sidies for Cooper Lake, Congressman
Jim Chapman said Monday further
help may be on the way.
Congressman Les Aspin of
Wisconsin, chairman of the Armed
Services Committee, has agreed to
support measures to solve the con-
troversy over recreational costs at
“I have instructed the committee
Judge trades gavel for Bible
By MARY GRANT
News Telegram Staff
It’s a long way from the wheel of a
highway trooper’s car to the chair of
the county judge to the pulpit of a
Baptist Church, but H.W. iWayne)
Scott has traveled that distance.
Scott will trade his judge’s robes
for those of a minister when he leaves
office as the county’s administrator
After four years as county judge,
Scott*said he feels optimistic about
the work accomplished during his
four-year term, but hopes officials
will continue with prudent business
policies, including expansion of a
computerized accounting system and
usd* of purchase orders.
"If they will keep going forward -
the state level in one-act play. Sh^‘A>e ve got a base, too,Is to do an ef-
won honors on the district, regional ficient job for Hopkins County," he
and state level for her performances told The News-Telegram in a recent
Scott was defeated in the May
Democratic primary this year by
former County Judge Joe Pogue, who
Scott had outdistanced at the polls
four years ago. There was no op-
position to Pogue in 'the general
While updating the accounting
system stands out as what he said is
the county’s greatest ac-
complishment during the past four
years, he noted that convincing
residents of the judge's limited power
proved the hardest chore.
"We finally got across to a lot of
people that the county judge does not
have the power to run the county.
That's just not the case. The com-
missioners are elected just like I am.
I have only one vote.” he said.
The Commissioners Court is
composed of four county com-
missioners and the county judge. In
the four years of Scott’s term in of-
fice. the court has changed members
completely by deaths of some
members and election of others.
■‘I’ve got a good relationship with the
court. We have a good working
relationship," he said.......................................
He noted that the commissioners
now have an office in the courthouse
where they can conduct county
business. The court also has moved
its meeting room from a small, first-
floor room in the courthouse that
restricted room for the public during
meetings to a third-floor courtroom
that allows seating for the public.
Other than duties with the Com-
DPS warns parents
about ATV road use
Michelle Van Vleet,
grandaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J.T. McLaughlin of
Sulphur Springs, has been
named homecoming queen
at Bonduel High School in
Wisconsin. Michelle is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Van Vleet, for-
merly of Sulphur Springs
and now of Wisconsin.
The local Crime Stoppers
organization elected new officers to
its board of directors at a noon
meeting in the Municipal Building
Secret ballots were taken at the
meeting and out-going board
president Coy Vicars announced that
officers for 1987 will be W.S. "Pete”
Ixmg, president; G.V. Hughes, vice
president; Larry Blount, treasurer;
and Jeff Orwosky, secretary.
The board also discussed how to
deal with rewards offered by private
citizens or institutions that prefer to
have those, rewards dispersed by
An all-terrain vehicle lATV) can
become an expensive problem for the
parent or guardian of a minor who
illegally operates such a vehicle, a
Department of Public Safety
spokesman warned recently.
According to Sgt. Jack Allen of the
Sulphur Springs DPS, fines and other
penalties for misuse of the popular
recreational vehicle could equal or
exceed the initial cost of an ATV.
"Especially with Christmas
coming, this is a problem that all
police agencies experience,” Allen
said. "Parents don’t totally realize
the impact of a purchase ’of this
nature and the responsibility that
^“Parents should realize that they
may be held liable for violations,
damage or injury caused by their
child’s illegal use of ATV’s," he said.
Allen said an ATV is usually
designed and intended for off-road
use and is not properly equipped for
highway use. Thus, total maximum
penalties possible for illegally
operating an ATV on a public road
may well exceed $2,000.
A public highway includes all the
area of the road between private
property lines and includes the
roadway, shoulder and ditches. The
law also applies to a county unpaved
road, Allen said.
"Although we apprehend a few of
them (ATV operators) on public
highways, the ATV operators far
outnumber the police officers
available to watch for them," he said.
"No one wants to spoil a child's tun,
but no one wants to see them hurt
either. Therefore, we will enforce the
An ATV operator under age 18 must
wear a helmet, possess a drivers
license, have liability insurance and
registration for the vehicle when it's
used on a public road, he said.
A registered ATV must have an
inspection sticker and to qualify for a
sticker it must be equipped with a
headlight, taillight, toplight, horn,
brakes, rear-view mirror and muf-
If an operator is under age 15, the
parent or guardian may be issued a
citation for the violations committed
by the child, Allen stressed. If the
operator is 15 or older, he or she
receives the citation, and the ATV
could be impounded.
DPS troopers receive numerous
complaints from neighbors of ATV
operators, Allen said.
"Complaints range anywhere from
the unsafe operation of the ATV on a
public road to the aggravation and
irritation from the noise created by
the ATV," Allen said.
"I advise citizens that they,
themselves, can legally file charges
in court against an illegal ATV
operator or against the parent or
guardian of minor operators for
vio'ating the law," Allen continued
“If partnts knew that a neighbor is
willing to file charges, illegal use of
the ATV’s would decrease ’’
missioners Court, the county judge
presides over county court and
probate court. "There were a lot of
jobs that I didn't realize the county
judge had,” Scott said, reflecting on
his early understanding of the office.
As a former officer of the Depart-
ment of Public Safety, Scott said he
was familiafr with county court ac-
tion. He understood, he said, the
importance of clearing cases from
the docket to expedite the
“I think we accomplished that,” he
said of efforts to hold county court
and dispose of cases. Lingering
cases, he said, cause a court backup
that can make for “lax” presen-
tations when court convenes. “A lot of
times, you have to dismiss the case,”
he said of prosecution in cases left too
The judge also spoke optimistically
about the establishment of the
county’s new waste compaction
station, a project mandated by the
Legislature. The Commissioners
Court established a program that
incorporates work with Northeast
.Texas Industries, an organization for
the handicapped “It’s in operation
and I think it’s going .to be great for
Hopkins County,” Scott said.
Other than county court, probate
court also occupies the time of the
county judge. In that role, the judge
acts in cases involving dispensing
property to heirs after the deaths of
"We have probate court every
Tuesday. Sometimes we have one,
sometimes we have six or seven," he
The judge also presides over cases
involving mental commitments to
institutions and guardianship rulings.
Looking toward the future, Scott
said he hopes the county will develop
a project to identify county roads
with numbered signs, a project that is
designed to improve emergency
services to rural residents.
One cloud on the horizon, he said,
lies in the decision yet to be made
about the historic county courthouse.
The Commissioners Court this year
employed an architect to advise its
members on rehabilitation of the
building, but stopped short of ap-
proving funding for the project.
Scott noted that ajdecision will have
to be made about the future of the
building — or the construction of a
The judge also noted increased
involvement of the Commissioners
Court with the Civic Center board.
New bylaws have been established
and the board’s meeting minutes are
now approved by the court. He added,
"This year, it will be debt free.”
He said the electorate has an up-
coming opportunity to call an election
and approve a 4 cent sales tax
distribution to the county. "It would
be a great step toward relieving the
property owners," he added. If the
sales tax proposal wins'voter ap-
proval, an ad valorem tax reduction
would be required, he said.
During Scott’s term in office, he
received criticism during various
controversial issues, including
establishment of the purchase order
requirements and objections from
county residents over budget con-
staff to work closely with your staff to
direct legislation that might be
helpful in achieving your goal,”
Chapman quoted Aspin as saying in a
letter to Chapman earlier this month.
“Aspin had intervened on our
behalf and was disappointed with the
l Army) decision. I just think he
thinks strongly enough about the
issue that we are right,” Chapman
said of Aspin's decision to support the
The Army has said that its policy
requires less than 100 percent fun-
ding. “They say they’re not going to
do anymore of this 100 percent con-
struction and they aren’t going to,”
the congressman said.
An earlier decision would require
local coffers to provide $5 million for
the recreation park development at
Chapman said he expects
legislation regarding the issue to be
introduced “very early in the
session,” which begins Jan. 6.
The legislation would be an
authorization procedure, allowing the ’
U.S. Corps of Engineers, director of
the project, to contplete the park
Development would include a park
on the north shore and another on the
Chapman said he told Aspin that
Cooper Lake is unique because it has
been under consideration since 1959.
“The only reason that it is not
finished is because it became a test
case for the Environmental
Protection Act,” Chapman said.
The policy to require local funding
was approved in 1983. “It wasn’t our
fault that it wasn’t built then,” he
Chapman said he received a letter
from Assistant Secretary of the Army
Bob Dawson in which Dawson stated
that “the entire future of our (cost
sharing) program is at a very' crucial
juncture, with a great deal of success
depending on more, not less vost
The Sulphur Springs congressman
said he asked Secretary of Army
John Marsh in October to review the
decision to lay the park development
at the feet of Jocal Cooper l>ake
Chapman is seeking full federal
funding for the parks. , i
“I remain strongly committed to
seeking a legislative remedy to this
Judges attend seminar
Region 6 justices of the peace Caroll Nichols, Longview., corjeKjcted by the Texas Justice
Pickton, Jesse Orr, Sulphur Springs, V.D. Court Training Center headquartered at
Romans Jr., Cumby, and Aaron C. Ponder, Southwest Texas State University in San
Winnsboro, attended a 20-hour seminar in Marcos.
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Keys, Clarke & Hillsamer, Dave. The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 51, Ed. 1 Friday, December 19, 1986, newspaper, December 19, 1986; Sulphur Springs, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth775153/m1/1/: accessed January 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hopkins County Genealogical Society.