True Fish Tale PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 14:46

A Sulphur Springs third-grade student made the catch of a lifetime last week in Bermuda — in fact, it was the catch of anyone’s lifetime. Gillian Ricks, the 8-year-old daughter of Sarah Quigley-Ricks and Sail Ricks, caught a 336.3-pound blue marlin on July 15 in the waters off of Bermuda. What is even more exceptional than the Water Oak School student landing a 300-pound fish is that Gillian's achievement is a pending world record. Never before in the history of the International Game Fishing Association has a female smallfry angler, a female child under the age of 10, set the world record for a blue marlin. When confirmed, it will also be the first time Bermuda is listed as the location for any blue marlin world record. Gillian’s mother described the events of the catch: “On board the ‘El Cazador’ on that beautiful Tuesday morning, Gillian, with ‘Cappy’ Captain Michael Kennedy, her family, friends and crew, set out for a day of marlin fishing in the hopes of finding the fish for the record books. Just after 10 a.m., the blue marlin bit and made an incredible spectacle behind the boat jumping out of the water while the reel screamed off line. Following IGFA rules, Gillian independently set the hook, jumped into the fighting chair, and prepared for battle. With salty waves crashing over the covering boards and into the cockpit, she fought the fish for an hour and 20 minutes without assistance. She finally won the fight and brought the fish to the boat. The blue marlin was boated and taken to a certified scale and weighed by an IGFA member, who pronounced that the fish qualified for the world record.” “My arm was hurting but when I knew the fish was big enough, I just kept reeling,” explained the bashful eight year old girl at the weigh station in front of reporters, photographers and cheering spectators. “It's an emotional struggle to just stand back and not to help your child when you know the difficulty of their challenge, but this was hers to win and we knew that she was capable and determined,” said Gillian's father, Sail. “We are very proud of her.”

SSISD trustees approve new hirings, assignments PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 12:13

    Sulphur Springs trustees added an additional seven members to the district staff, reassigned four staff members and accepted resignations from five additional staff members at this week’s school board meeting. Trustees also designated two trustees to represent Sulphur Springs Independent School District at the annual Texas Association of School Board Delegate Assembly this fall and endorsed a Region VIII candidate for TASB Board of Directors.

Reports lead to arrest of fleeing man PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:28

What started Tuesday afternoon as a report of someone trying to flag down traffic on FM 275 south resulted in a chase and subsequent arrest of a Winnsboro man who reportedly fled from Cumby police Monday.

BRASHEAR NEWS July 23, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:23

Summer heat has arrived. I am so glad it hasn’t reached 100 maybe one time so far. Take it easy because heat stroke can creep up on you real quick. Out for a little run this morning, and just FYI, the morning are awesome. Nice and cool.

SSISD to raise lunch prices by 25 cents per meal PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:43

Parents should plan for an extra $1.25 a week per child when doling out lunch money to Sulphur Springs students. Trustees Monday night approved a 25-cent increase per lunch meal.

Charity Makeover PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:52

Volunteer Lee Kenmore drives nails to a shelving unit during the remodeling of the Hopkins County Community Chest sponsored exclusively by Lowe’s Homes Improvement Store on Thursday morning. HCCC is will be opening a country grocery store, where their clients will be able to shop for their families instead of the current pre-packaged meals, when the remodel is complete. Staff Photo Jon Lance

High school tennis complex expected to be complete by December PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:26

Construction of the Sulphur Springs High School tennis complex is expected to be complete in December, a Tandem Consulting representative told district trustees earlier this week.

Talking Point PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:09

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John Ratcliffe made his first official visit to Hopkins County Tuesday after defeating long-time Congressman Ralph Hall in the runoff for the 4th Congressional District. Ratcliffe visited with county residents during a meet and greet event Tuesday evening at Coffee Off The Square and took some time to talk about the recent increase in the numbers of children from Central American countries coming into the United States Illegally. The congressman-elect, who is bringing experience into the situation due to his work for the US attorney general and the Department of Homeland Security, said the recent influx of children from Central America is not really anything new, there are just more of them. “It's not a sudden deal, it is something that has escalated recently,” he said. “There is a direct correlation there that relates to President Obama's enforcement, or lack of enforcement, policies with respect to immigration. It has been a problem, frankly, for years.” Although Ratcliffe applauded Gov. Rick Perry for mobilizing the National Guard and State Guard to the border area, he did not think it would offer a real, permanent solution to the problem. “One thing I learned about the border during my time there is that border security is an issue of national security, an issue of drug trafficking, an issue of human trafficking and an issue of immigration,” he said. “In this case, essentially, what we've seen is countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and the governments there basically encouraging their people to come to the United States because they know the Obama Administration's lack of enforcement of immigration laws that are already on the books will mean that all of those kids will, eventually, end up staying here in the United States.” Ratcliffe said the problem will continue to grow and there needs to be consequences for those countries that endorse illegal immigration to the U.S. “I think this problem is only going to get worse if the president doesn't take specific action to discourage it,” he said. “If you don't send that message, if you say you are going to tolerate it ,then [the problem] is only going to get worse and, right now, we are sending a message of tolerance.” Cutting off or reducing the amount of foreign aid sent to the offending countries, Ratcliffe indicated, might send the message. When he assumes his role in Congress next year, Ratcliffe said immigration will be one of the issues he addresses. “Immigration is obviously going to be a problem that I am going to deal with in my time in Congress,” Ratcliffe said. “I'm of the opinion that there cannot be comprehensive immigration reform. I think that we are going to have to approach these problems in a piece-meal fashion so, dealing with the crisis at the border right now is one that you can deal with by considering the aid, withholding aid, or other de facto sanctions against other countries.” Amnesty for illegal aliens already in this country is another Issue Ratcliffe said will need to be addressed in Congress, and that this amnesty is something he will not support.

Recognized by SSISD: 2 graduates, 5 media outlets PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:34

School officials Monday took time at the beginning of the regular trustees meeting to recognize two students and this year’s Media Honor Roll recipients.

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