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Hot August Night: Think it’s hot now? Wait until Aug. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:33

In two weeks, Hopkins County Regional Civic Center grounds will be filled with barbecue grills, emergency services personnel and community members as they come together for the ninth annual Hot August Night.

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Reknowned storyteller coming to SSPL PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:32

In an effort to explore the rich historical heritage of oral traditions and storytelling, Sulphur Springs Public Library has invited a special guest to Hopkins County.

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Another help session scheduled for SSISD online registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by SSISD press release   
Monday, 03 August 2015 15:08

Sulphur Springs Independent School District will be offering another help session for online student registration through Skyward Family Access on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Administration Building, 631 Connally St. Help will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. SSISD will be providing help with all steps of the registration process including computers, logins, passwords and assistance with forms.

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Pilot remains in critical condition at Parkland burn center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 03 August 2015 14:46

A spokesman at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital said Monday morning that David Lee German, the pilot of a small aircraft that crashed and burst into flames at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport last Thursday evening, remained in critical condition in the hospital’s burn center.

German, 46, from Nebraska received third-degree burns over as much as 92 percent of his body in the crash.

Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said German had recently purchased the two-seat biplane in Lufkin and was having some trouble with it.

“He knows a fellow here in Sulphur Springs, out at the airport; so he brought it here and was working on his plane, and he was giving it a test run,” Sanders said. “When he took off and was starting to gain some altitude, apparently, the engine cut out.

Although badly burned, German was able to crawl out of the burning wreckage, and told rescuers he pulled up and to the left when the engine stalled.

“According to what the paramedics told me, the pilot actually told them that he saw that water [Lake Sulphur Springs] and he didn’t want to land in the water,” the chief continued. “He turned it to the west and, of course, nose-dived into where he crashed.”

German was airlifted from the crash site to the Dallas hospital.

Witnesses said that as soon as he hit the ground, the airplane burst into flames.

Accident investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were at the accident scene Friday morning to begin their investigation into the crash.

 
Board of trustees approve code of conduct, policy updates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Faith Huffman   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:10

Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the student code of conduct for the 2015-16 school year and Texas Association of Localized Policy Manual Update 102 were approved at the July board meeting.

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PJC-Sulphur Springs Center offers continuing ed courses PDF Print E-mail
Written by — Paul Bailey, Public Information, Paris Junior College   
Monday, 03 August 2015 15:09

Paris Junior College-Sulphur Springs Center Continuing Education Department is offering basic computer and health care classes in August.

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Request being made for signal light PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 03 August 2015 14:47

Sulphur Springs City Council is expected to send a request to Texas Department of Transportation for the installation of signal lights for the intersection of Hillcrest Drive (State Highway 19) and Airport Road (FM 2285) in the regular meeting Tuesday evening.

“That intersection has built up a history of some pretty bad accidents,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. “In the interest of protecting the public and, as a result of a request, we've got an item on the agenda for the city council to ask TxDoT to study the issue.”

Maxwell said it usually takes TxDoT a couple of months to come back with results of a study.

“This is the first step,” he said. “They've got to conduct a study first before they could ever put in a signal light. The study may come back and say [a signal light] is justified or, they may come back and say it's not justified. We've seen them come back as not justified before and ended up with a signal light anyway as they did on the Arbala Road-Wildcat Way intersection.”

Maxwell said that, while it is possible for TxDoT to find signal lights are not justified at the intersection, he feels that with the accident history of the intersection, the state would find a signal light is needed.

The city council will kicking off the annual budget process in the Tuesday evening meeting.

“We do it a little different than some cities, we actually present the budget and let [council] have it for a week,” he said. “Then we come back and start discussing it.”

Maxwell said there is not much change in the city's budget from year to year.

“As a result, budgets don't change much,” he said. “We will see greater activity in capital improvements with the designing of a wastewater treatment plant and a greater effort on streets but, beyond that, it will be pretty much the same budget.”

The city manager said he anticipated the city keeping the same tax rate for the next year.

“There will be no cost of living increase for city employees,” he said. “There is no inflation to speak of.”

The city council meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room 201 North Davis St.

 
Judge Northcutt injured in bike accident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 03 August 2015 14:44

Eighth Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt was back home Monday morning, recovering from injuries received Sunday evening when his bicycle was struck by a vehicle.

Northcutt told the News-Telegram he was hit from behind by a distracted driver while riding his bicycle on State Highway 11 east just past Glenn Construction.

The driver of the car, the judge said, was distracted by a child who had gotten out of a seat belt.

Northcutt said he would “be fine.” He reported no broken bones, but his left knee was injured and he had a lot of contusions in other places.

The judge said he hopes to know more after seeing an orthopedic surgeon and will undergo an MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] exam after the swelling goes down.

“I thought for sure I had broken the femur. The pain was very intense,” Northcutt said Monday morning. “I’d rather have a clean broken bone than torn ligaments, tendons and muscle. It could have been much, much worse. I’m very sore this morning, but I’m alive.”

 
Scope of Lucas Hill case prompts special action by U.S. Attorney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:08

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tyler is launching a new program in response to a former Cumby teacher’s use of a fake Facebook profile to prey on teenagers.

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