The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 107, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, October 29, 1982 Page: 1 of 4
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VOL. i SULPHUR SPRINGS, TEXAS, FRIDAY, OCT. 29,1982. ;4 PAGES -15 CENTS PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY
Si . )ct being quizzed
in Pizza Hut slayings
By JOHN GORE
A 28 year-old man arrested two weeks
ago for an armed robbery in Thackerville,
Okla., is being questioned in connection
with at least five Texas slayings.
Calvin Loyd Padget and Twyllah Dawn
Robinson, 23, both of Kilgore, were
arrested Oct. 13 in Meunster, Tex., after
they used a sawed-off shotgun to rob a
Thackerville cafe of $180. They were
captured about 30 minutes after the rob-
The pair is being held and questioned in
connection with the triple murder at a
Pizza Hut in Mount Pleasant last May.
Padget is also being questioned in a
double killing last June during a grocery
store robbery in the Dallas suburb of
Padget and Robinson are currently
being held in the Love County, Okla., Jail.
Bond has been set at $50,000 on the ar-
med robbery charge, but higher bonds or
the denial of bond may be called for as law
enforcement officers from both Texas and
Oklahoma continue their questioning of
the two men in connection with the Texas
Padget reportedly tried to commit
suicide in his jail cell Sunday by slashing
his wrists, but his attempt was un-
successful, according to authorities. He
was taken to a local hospital where he
received several stitches and was returned
Texas Rangers are interested in
questioning Padget about the brutal
murder of three Pizza Hut employees at
Mount Pleasant last May.
The employees, George Landrum,
Howard McClaflin and Shirley Thompson
were found murdered May 11 in the back of
I-andrum was found lying just outside
the cooler door, shot in the chest and
beaten on the head with a hammer. Me-
Repair work along three levee sections
of the South and North Sulphur Rivers
could begin as early as next March, a
spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of
Walter Helm, president of the Sulphur
River Municipal Water District, was in
Fort Worth Monday afternoon to meet with
Corps representatives and returned to
Sulphur Springs with the word that the
Corps is optimistic of gaining approval for
the three repair projects.
Serious flooding resulted in areas of
Hopkins and Delta counties and regions
downstream on the two Sulphur branches
last spring when water breached several
Helm said that Kevin McCarthy, project
manager at the Corps office for the work,
reported to him that repair work on Levee
5-R-SS on the South Sulphur River has
received approval and $182,900 has been
appropriated for the work.
Helm said McCarthy reported that a
project on Levee 4-R-SS on the South
Sulphur and work on Levee 1-R-N on the
North Sulphur should be approved subject
The Corps is preparing letters to the U.S.
Attorney’s office and to Federal Judge
William Wayne Justice seeking to obtain
permission to proceed on all three
projects. The federal court’s permission
must be obtained because all levee con-
struction work on the Sulphur Rivers is
included in an injunction against con-
struction in the related Cooper Reservoir
McCarthy told Helm that all three
projects are expected to be let under one
contract and that the total cost could ex-
ceed $1 million.
In regard to the Cooper Reservoir delay,
Helm told the News-Telegram that he
talked to Corps lawyers and they reported
optimism that Judge Justice would hear
the Cooper case before the end of the year.
In 1981, the Corps submitted responses to
complaints of shortcomings in an En-
vironmental Impact Statement originally
submitted for Cooper Reservoir.
“Other than for the estimate by the
lawyers that the case will be heard this
year, we have no new information on any
developments for the Cooper project,”
Claflin was found halfway inside the cooler
with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Mrs. Thompson was crouched in the rear
of the cooler with a gunshot wound through
her arm and chest. She also had suffered
multiple stab wounds and was beaten
repeatedly on the head with a hammer.
The weapon was still embedded in her
head when police found the bodies.
Several people were brought in by Mount
Pleasant authorities for questioning in the
case and all were later released.
Rumors circulated that Mrs. Thomp-
son’s husband, Clyde, was involved in the
murders. Thompson asked for and was
given a polygraph test several days after
He was cleared of any implication in the
killings after he passed the polygraph test.
The Hopkins County United Way
campaign is off to a good start, according
to Tex Nowlin, chairman of the 1983 fund
His comments were echoed by Charlotte
Lewis, executive secretary, who indicated
that the fund is now at $11,736, or about 20
percent of the goal.
This year’s campaign goal is $65,500.
Lewis commented, "We feel good about
the campaign, since this is the first
United Way campaign workers gathered
Wednesday afternoon to present their
reports and plan strategy for the
remaining 1983 campaign, but the results
were not made available until today.
Nowlin told the News-Telegram,
"Chairmen and workers are doing a good
By SUSAN McCARY
Like the many chambered nautlis, the
Sulphur Springs School System is growing
out of its housing. Monday,the system’s
Board of Trustees gave their nod of ap-
proval to a plan presented to them at their
noon luncheon at Houston Elementary
The plan, calling for upgrading and
expanding facilities, was prepared by the
school administration and presented by
Supt. of Schools Ed Stevens.
The school population has grown
steadily for several years, and this
reportedly has had an impact at every
level and at all of the system’s schools. But
there are some areas where the growth
has become a “crunch".
At present, the greatest pressure for
classroom space is at the Middle School,
Stevens said. The master plan for future
development calls for eight classrooms
and two specialize rooms for art and music
to be added to Middle School.
Additions in classroom space is planned
at three of the elementary schools: eight
classrooms at Bowie, four to six
classrooms at Travis and four classrooms
The plan also calls for covered play
areas for all of the elementary schools for
use by the physical education classes in
bad weather. At present, the cafeterias are
used for those classes when the weather
will not permit outdoor activities.
“While we have been living with this
arrangement, it is really unsatisfactory
for a number of reasons," the school’s
chief administrator said.
In copnection with the administration’s
plans for covered P.E. areas, he said they
have proposed rooms for music and art to
be included in the new construction.
“We use the elementary school libraries
for the music classes at present, and art
studies are conducted in the regular
classrooms. Since the classrooms do not
have sinks for washing up and there are no
centralized areas for storage of art sup-
plies, we have a limiting and awkward
The investigation continued for several
weeks before Texas authorities ran out of
leads in the case.
When two grocery store clerks were
brutally killed during a Plano robbery last
June, authorities began to suspect the
same person was involved in both mur-
Padget is also being questioned in
connection with the murder of motel clerk
in southern Oklahoma, but authorities are
withholding comments concerning the
investigation and the murder.
Another man, who is still at large, may
be implicated in the Mount Pleasant and
Plano murders, but authorities are
withholding any information on the man,
since he is not in custody at this time.
job of cleaning up packets and getting
them back in as quickly as possible. We
would urge any business to contact out
office if they have a packet ready to be
picked up to please call 885-3146.”
Lewis noted, “Individuals and
businesses seem to be giving well despite
the economic situation.”
She pointed out that .the needs of the
agencies that benefit from the United Way
campaign are just as great-perhaps even
greater-when times are tough, and it
becomes even more important for those
who can to provide help for those who need
The next report session is slated at 2
p.m. Wednesday at the offices of the
Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.
environment for art instruction,” Stevens
Although the high school reportedly is
not feeling the pressure of population
increase as much as the middle and
elementary schools, the school officials
have identified needs to be considered by
the school trustees.
The original plan for the high school
called for two gymnasiums to accomodate
both boys’ and girls’ P.E. classes and
athletics, but plans for a second gym were
deleted as an economy measure when the
school was built, Stevens said. He added,
"We are really beginning to feel the need
of it, now.”
Plans for improvements to the high
school facility also call for a covered
walkway from the bus loading area to the
student entrance. “At present, the
students have a pretty long walk with their
books and other equipment in the rain...,”
he pointed out.
"We have been needing a laboratory
facility for animal studies for the
Vocational Agriculture Department,”
Stevens said. “At present if the teachers
want to instruct the students in a
procedure such dehorning cattle, they
have to make arrangements to take the
students out to a farm. ..time that should be
classroom instruction time is lost to travel.
It also limits the amount of ‘on hands'
animal study experience the students can
Improvements listed on the master plan,
not directly connected with the system’s
instructional facilities, are a bus garage or
barn; a restroom and concession stand
facility for the visitors side of the football
stadium, which can be used by patrons of
the high school’s baseball field, and some
remodeling of the School Administration
The proposed remodeling for the ad-
ministration building is chiefly in the area
of the building’s auditorium.
“The school and the community have a
need for a small auditorium facility ...for
some things the Civic Center Auditorium is
just too large for, and it is expensive to
heat or cool all that space,” Stevens said.
United Way campaign at
about 20 percent of goal
ISD will combat
Curtain time jitters
Butterflies in the tummy, cold lingers and nervous giggles were
rampant among the ranks of the Sulphur Springs Middle School
marching band just before their first performance of the season
at Wildcat Stadium Tuesday night. This member ol the band's
woodwind section reflects the anxiety felt by all the young
bandsmen as she adjusts the unfamiliar chin strap on her hat,
with the guidance of a fellow band member.
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Bid opening surprises
Bid openings brought some surprises
and some dilemmas for the Hopkins
County Commissioners at this morning's
session of commissioners court.
The surprise was that bids for a pickup
truck for Precinct 2 were about $5,000 less
than bids received for a similar truck
about three months ago for Precinct 4. The
dilemma arose with the late delivery of
two bids for jail equipment.
Two bids for kitchen equipment for the
new jail were rejected. Another bid did not
meet specifications. The court will ad-
vertise for new bids on Nov. 8.
The bid by Gober-Merrel Chevrolet of
$10,833.88 for a 1983 C60 truck, less $1,100
trade for the county’s 1969 model truck,
was accepted. Other -bidders were Price
Ford, Inc. ( $12,800 with trade) and
Friendly Ford Inc., Dallas ($12,626 with
The commissioners accepted the bid of
Copeland Equipment in the amount of
$6,395 for a commercial washer and dryer
for the jail.
Walter Helm said the county should not
accept out-of-county bidders if there are
suppliers located within the county who
will bid an item. “These boys who are in
the county pay a lot of county taxes...it
doesn’t seem fair to give the county
business to someone out of county,” he
Hopkins County Judge Joe Pogue told
Helm the commissioners had encouraged
outside competition to get a better price.
Commissioner J.D. Hatley pointed out,
"This a pretty good example...we get a
little competition and the bids are several
thousand dollars less than the last ones we
Commissioner Arnold Alsobrooks said,
“Nathaniel’s (representative of the Dallas
dealer) being here saved us $5,000.”
The commissioners rejected T.L.
Sanders bid of $35,000 for the Sterling
Sanders, who was the only bidder for the
property at Friday’s auction of county
property, had authorized his, attorney,
William McDowell, to increase his offer to
$40,000, the amount the county paid for the
McDowell told the court Sanders’ bid
was based on the prices he had paid for the
buildings adjoining the Sterling Building.)
“Although the bid offer is a fair one, my
client has authorized me to increase the
bid to match the amount paid by the
county for the property,” McDowell said.
When the commissioners questioned the
legality of the change in the bid after the
close of the auction, McDowell asked the
commissioners to delay any decision until
an opinion could be obtained from the state
Attorney General’s Office.
Judge Pogue told McDowell that to delay
accepting or rejecting the bid at this point
raised another question of legality. "Since
this is the last meeting in the month we
have to take some action...,” Pogue said.
The court approved advertising for bids
for site work and paving for the parking lot
for the jail and the county’s office building.
General Superintendent Claude Peel for
Defco Inc., the prime contractor for the
jail, brought preliminary plans and
specifications for the work.
Pogue told the court that officials for
Kansas City Railroad, which owns the
right-of-way for the now “dead” spur line
near the jail and county building sites,
were agreeable to either deeding the six
feet of right-of-way to the county or
granting the county the use of the land
through some other agreement.
In other action, the court approved
pipeline work in Precinct 4; a bond for
Sheriff’s Deputy James Y. Brown; ad-
vertising for bids for pickup trucks for
Precincts 1 and 3; appointment of Billie
Rose Chapman as manager for the
Regional Civic Center and Sam Stewart as
assistant manager, and payment of bills.
Furrs going up
Construction on Mockingbird Lane and 1-30 has reached a fever pitch the last few
days with a shopping center, McDonalds and Furrs Cafeteria all in various stages of
construction. The cafeteria is about 50 percent complete, according to a workman at
the site. The eating establishment is scheduled to be completed before the end of the
Year. -tUD Photo
The Board of Directors of the Hopkins
County Memorial Hospital set a tax rate of
$.075 per $100 of evaluation at their
Thursday night meeting.
Hospital Administrator Glenn Kenl^
said this morning that the rate is under the
$.08 per $100 for last year’s tax rate, but
earlier the board had hoped to set the rate
even lower. )
“We will initiating a new ambulance
service next year, and the anticipated
start-up cost is about $200,000. That had to
be taken into account when we set the new
tax rate," he said.
In Thursday night’s meeting, the board
approved the purchase of several items of
Pitney-Bowles' bid of $2,849 for a
postage machine was accepted and Wyler
Air Conditioning's bid of $4,956 for an air
handling machine for the operating room,
nursery and ICU was given the nod as the
The hospital's administrator sbid Dr.
Somjai Tris had indicated an interest in
buying property near the hospital in the
growing medical office complex.
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