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Birthright Blues Project at Reed’s Entertainment Saturday, April 19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Mathews   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:22

SULPHUR SPRINGS – Local bluesman Diamond Jack Holdsworth will be performing at Reed’s Entertainment with his family band, the Birthright Blues Project, Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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SSISD sets 2014-15 calendar; classes begin Aug. 26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:39

Students in Sulphur Springs schools will begin the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 26 and finish up on June 3, 2015, according to the calendar approved by trustees Monday night. The calendar will include nine holidays and 13 staff preparation days, including two days designated for new teacher orientation this August, pending Texas Education Agency’s approval of early release days and staff development days waivers.

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SSISD board to consider final settlement in SSMS damage PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:16

An iPad pilot program, district UIL, activities of the School Health Advisory Council and Head Start are among the items to be discussed Monday at Sulphur Springs’ school board meeting.

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County receives road repair grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:00

With a renewed push for the discovery of oil and gas deposits across the state, county roads as well as the state's Farm to Market road system have suffered damages by heavy and, sometimes, overweight trucks that wear down the roads.
    Hopkins County Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker said an increased need for money to repair the roads is due to a renewed emphasis on energy development across the state. In the last session of the Texas Legislature, a need to help both counties and Texas Department of Transportation [TxDoT] in the repair of rural roads and Farm to Market roads was identified.
    “With the help of the legislature a “CETRZ” [County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone] was established,” she said. “The legislature put $500 million into a pot, and they gave $250 million of it to TxDoT and the rest of the money to be divided up. The counties ended up with some money to be divided among themselves.
    “Based on a complicated formula, because it is the government, on how much would go to each county,  Hopkins County, through this whole process, ended up with $174,000 that we could apply for through the grant process,” Wisenbaker said.
    While county commissioners applied for $174,000, the total amount of the grant will be a bit more, $217,000.
    Under terms of the grant, the county must match 25 percent of the grant total.
    “If I give you a quarter and you give me 75 cents, to go fix a road, I got a great deal,” she said. “I know the whole commissioners court felt that way.”    
    The time frame for submitting a grant application was very short, beginning in December. All commissioners turned in projects to prove the need for the grant funds.
    “That was very easy,” Wisenbaker said. “We all turned in a little over 30 miles of roads each and over $10 million worth of damages that has been caused.”
    Information such as this provides the legislature with facts and figures on the damages that are being caused in the county, and commissioners are hopeful the legislature will appropriate more money next year.
    Each commissioner was required to submit a prioritized list of roads that have been damaged and in need of repair.
    The terms of the grant allows the county to work on the roads needing the most attention, but those roads must be on the list that was submitted.

 
We will never forget Sgt. Tanner Higgins PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Photo by Jon Lance   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:11

Army Sergeant Tanner Higgins is remembered and honored for giving his life for his country at the 2nd Annual Tanner Higgins Warrior Run Saturday at Cooper Lake State Park. The funds received from the event benefit the Tanner Higgins Military Memorial Fund, which awards a monetary scholarship to at least one Sulphur Springs High School senior who enlists in the United States Armed Forces. At least 150 people from several different states signed up for the run; some will hold private runs where they live in memory of Sgt. Higgins.

 
Lights, Camera, Horse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:57

Local movie producer Eric King (not pictured) finishes filming his new movie “Steps of Faith” at Shadow Ranch, outside Como, Tuesday morning. The film, directed and written by Mike Legend Brown, is about a young woman who is called by God to move out of the busy city to the county in order to change her life. Staff Photo Jon Lance

 
John Chester Dutch Oven Cooking PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Jon Lance   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:13

Henry and Carlie Penson get ready for the John Chester Dutch Oven Cooking Class at Heritage Park early Saturday morning. The events taught the fundamentals of Dutch oven cooking, as well as awarded door prizes during lunch.

 
NEIGHBORS — The Memory Project: SSHS art students create portraits for orphans in Mexico PDF Print E-mail
Written by By TERRY MATHEWS, Arts Editor, thmathews@ssecho.com   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:02

Sulphur Springs High School art teacher Philip Dick’s students have been involved in humanitarian projects before, but the latest one is likely the most personal.

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Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic will be held in June PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 12:39

The show will go on. The 2014 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant will not be canceled this year, according to event coordinator Karon Weatherman.

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