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Cumby’s Project Celebration a ‘huge success’ PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 13:07


Cumby High School’s first Project Celebration was hailed as a “huge success” with 85 percent of the juniors and seniors invited purchasing tickets for the event, an after-prom party designed to keep prom-attendees entertained and off the roads in a fun way that did not involve alcohol or drugs. 

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Saltillo FCCLA students win a dozen awards PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 13:06

Saltillo Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter came home from the state conference last weekend with a dozen awards in Family and Consumer Sciences Assessments.

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Vickers receives 50-year sentence for home invasion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 18 April 2014 12:27

By KERRY CRAIG

    A 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man, Kenneth Craig Vickers, was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday for his part in a home invasion at a Duckworth Street apartment a year ago.
    District Attorney Will Ramsay said Vickers and Jake Sewell knocked on the door of the apartment about 9:30 a.m.
    “The door was opened by a 5-year-old girl, who the assailants pushed out of the way with guns in hand,” Ramsay said. “Mr. Vickers wore a trench coat to conceal the S.K.S. semi-automatic assault rifle he was carrying.”
    The pair, according to the district attorney, were looking for an individual they believed had wronged them. The victims were caught in the middle and terrorized.
    In court Thursday, Vickers entered an “open plea,” in which he admitted guilt but with no agreement on punishment.
    “We essentially hold a punishment hearing and the judge decides the appropriate sentence,” the district attorney said. “Mr. Vickers was hoping to get probation.”
    In handing down the 50-year prison sentence, 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt said he wanted to send the community a message that these kinds of acts would not be tolerated.
    Jake Sewell received 25 years in prison in an open plea a few months ago.
    Ramsay said this is one of those cases that easily could have turned into capital murder had things been a little different.
    “Thank goodness that did not happen,” he said. “This is a strong verdict that sends a message to violent offenders. If you commit these types of offenses in Hopkins County, you'll see justice.”

 
Dike man receives 10 years on federal firearm charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 18 April 2014 12:24

A 29-year-old Dike man, Kerry Lynn Sanders, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for firearms violations, according to U.S. Attorney John M Bales.
    Sanders pleaded guilty in December to possession of a stolen firearm.
    According to information presented in federal court, Wood County sheriff's deputies had stopped Sanders for an outstanding arrest warrant in March 2013.
    After the arrest, deputies took inventory of Sanders' vehicle and discovered a 20-gauge pump shotgun behind the driver's seat. Sanders admitted that he “knew he possessed the shotgun without consent of the owner and with the intent to deprive the owner of the shotgun.”
    A federal grand jury indicted Sanders last September for possessing the shotgun after having been previously convicted of multiple felony offenses including theft, attempted evading arrest with a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated perjury. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.
    According to U.S. Attorney Bales, this conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws.
    The case was investigated by ATF and the Wood County Sheriff's Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

 
Getting a Head Start PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:05

Early Childhood Learning Center on Thursday hosted a Sulphur Spring Independent School District’s Head Start meeting for parents which focused on transitions. Head Start classes began the event with several songs, followed by EEL Consulting Services Becky Justice (not pictured) speaking to parents about the importance of understanding a child’s transition from being solely at home to a new school environment. Staff Photo by Jon Lance

 
All Key-ed Up PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:43

Sulphur Springs High School’s Key Club and Kiwanis Club hosted more than 200 children from the Early Childhood Learning Center in a huge easter egg hunt across Buford Park Friday morning. Kiwanis Club followed up the event by providing lunch.

 

Staff Photo Jon Lance

 
City-wide cleanup starts Monday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 18 April 2014 12:26

By KERRY CRAIG

    It is time to put those rakes, mowers, clippers and brooms to work getting your place spruced up for spring during the annual city-wide cleanup that starts Monday and continues through Friday.
    During cleanup week, city residents can take unwanted furniture, brush and other junk to the traditional location, about one-quarter of a mile east of Flowserve on East Jefferson Street, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
    The same rules apply as in recent years, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.
    “No household hazardous waste will be accepted, which means no tires, no batteries, no paint and no chemicals,” Maxwell said. “The list of items that will not be accepted includes appliances with refrigerant in them. We will take them, but they have to be certified that the refrigerant has been safely removed.”
    Maxwell said the city would have employees on hand at the collection site to help with unloading when they can, “but be prepared to unload your own trailer.”
    The cleanup is open to non-commercial city residents only. A city utility bill and photo identification will be required to unload.

 
Bright Star League of Cultural Arts schedules debut event - Downtown Art Walk set Friday, April 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Mathews   
Friday, 18 April 2014 11:41

    The Bright Star League of Cultural Arts will sponsor its first event, a Downtown Art Walk, on Friday, April 25.

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Getting a Head Start PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:05

Early Childhood Learning Center on Thursday hosted a Sulphur Spring Independent School District’s Head Start meeting for parents which focused on transitions. Head Start classes began the event with several songs, followed by EEL Consulting Services Becky Justice (not pictured) speaking to parents about the importance of understanding a child’s transition from being solely at home to a new school environment. Staff Photo by Jon Lance

 
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