SSISD trustees approve SSMS clean up agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:31

Sulphur Springs Independent School District will pay about $875,000 to the groups contracted last summer to aid in drying out Sulphur Springs Middle School, after a water problem was discovered at the new facility. The source of the problem is still being determined.

Sony Masterworks and Dolly Parton celebrate Record Store Day 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Mathews   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:31

Release of a limited edition blue vinyl featuring two tracks from new record, “Blue Smoke”

     NEW YORK, NY. – Sony Masterworks and internationally-renowned superstar Dolly Parton celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19, with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl.  The blue vinyl features two tracks from Parton’s upcoming album “Blue Smoke” – the title track and “Home.”

Regulations Squared PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:10


A Sulphur Springs Capital Construction crew installs an enormous 2,000 pound sign detailing new regulations of the star-shaped fountain in Celebration Square Wednesday in order to comply with Texas law. Staff Photo by Jon Lance

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.

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

Thirsty thieves hit concession stand at Eagle Stadium PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:31

    Apparently there were some thirsty people milling around Buford Park last Friday night.

City water resources in great condition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:16

Adequate water supply is rare these days

    While many cities in Texas are looking to implement the most severe measures to make water resources last, Sulphur Springs is in the enviable condition of having almost 100 percent of its water resources untapped.
    “It’s not whether we have the water, it’s whether we can get to it,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said Wednesday morning. “We are in the position of having a great water supply and a great back-up supply, which is not too common.”
    The problem of getting to the city’s share of water in Cooper Lake is a problem shared with North Texas Municipal Water District,  according to NTMWD’s Jeff Hogan, who said the water district’s dredging operation is under way.
    “We are dredging the intake channel, a former stream, Findley Branch, that has been silted in over the years,” he said. “It won’t enable us to access the full of Lake Cooper. We are not dredging the whole lake; it’s just about a mile of the intake channel.”
    The process will involve the use of a barge and pumps extending suction lines into the lake.
    “We will be using hydraulic dredging so, basically, we are sucking the silt out of the former stream bed,” he said. “We are pushing the water south to an area where we have 50 acres owned by North Texas Municipal Water District and the City of Irving.”
    Hogan also said steps will be taken to prevent the silt stirred up by the project from getting into the nearby water intake structure and into water lines.
    “We will have what we call turbidity curtains, which prevent the stuff we stir up from getting too far away from us and keeping it out of the intake,” he said.
    This will have a positive impact on Sulphur Springs’ portion of water in Cooper Lake.
    While the dredging is under way, Sulphur Springs has shifted from using water from Cooper Lake to using water from Lake Sulphur Springs, the city’s main reserve resource, so Maxwell considers what is being pumped to be free water.
    “The lake is going over the spillway,” he said. “It’s not like we are eating into our storage capability pumping from Lake Sulphur Springs.”
    The city has been using Lake Sulphur Springs water for several weeks and Maxwell said there have been no issues.
    “By and large, it’s been a very smooth transition back to Lake Sulphur Springs for a while,” he said.
    With the recent rains, the water level in Cooper Lake has risen several inches but remains well below the full mark.
    National Weather Service forecasters are predicting a return of the el Niño weather pattern later this year that could mean much more precipitation than has been seen in the past several years as well as cooler than normal temperatures.

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.

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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