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Domestic Abuse Prevention: Families join with SAFE-T to shed light on domestic violence

The family of Jessica Tyler Crayton joined Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas  advocates, local officials and community members Thursday evening downtown in an effort to show community support in efforts to end domestic violence, remember those lost like Crayton and those who survived.

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Crime: Wooly Booger arrested 2nd time for agg. assault

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For the second time in two months, an 80-year-old Como man has been jailed for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The latest charges reportedly stem from a shooting, firing a weapon toward individuals in Winnsboro earlier this week. Previously, he was alleged to have threatened a convenience store clerk with a baseball bat.

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Free art class offered at Senior Citizens Center

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A free art class is now being offered at the Senior Citizens Center every Tuesday starting Oct. 14.

The class will be taught from 10 a.m. to noon by Vera Allen.

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SSISD Gun safety knowledge, locks dispensed at primary, elementary campuses

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District Police Department is taking an active role in safety education this month in observance of National Safety Month. The officers will be talking to students about a number of topics in short programs tailored to each grade level, starting this week with firearm safety for students and families and wrapping up on Halloween with topics promoting Red Ribbon Week themes.

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Sulphur Springs Vampire Night

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Sulphur Springs Library Director Hope Cain hosted an unusual event during the monthly Teen Author Program at the Library Thursday evening. The program featured a different book each month and authors would typically be broadcast via Skype to answer questions from the teenage audience. Thursday night was different. Local teens were surprised to see a professional make up artist from Studio 9 waiting to transform anyone into vampires or zombies. The Sulphur Spring High School Hi King Klub also came to help facilitate and participate in the event. Cain informed the teenage attendants that in honor of Teen Read Week's vampire theme, they would be participating in a flash mob dance on celebration plaza in downtown Sulphur Springs later that evening. Participants quickly lined up in the library at the face painting station for their theatrical transfiguration. Soon the library was filled with ghastly undead faces as a music video was played on a projector so students could try out their favorite dance moves.    “We really wanted to build up teens interests in reading, books have been flying off the shelves since Teen Author Program started,” said Cain. Sulphur Springs teenagers were not the only ones having fun, a Mount Pleasant book club also showed up to participate, totaling more than 50 people. Cain came up with the idea of a undead flash mob from an event the library hosted last year. “During Team Read Week last year, the theme was zombies. We told everyone to show up either as a zombie or a survivor, “ said Cain. “ That Thursday evening we had thirty kids show up fully dressed, one of the zombies had an axe stuck in his head, I knew we found the draw for our teenager audience.” A year later, the flash mob has almost doubled in people since last year’s event. Cain said she wanted to do something fun for the students that would be different. “I though, if we are going to do all the theatrical makeup, who wants their face painted and have nowhere to go?” asked Cain. “We are playing “Disturbia” by Rihanna on the square.” At 8 p.m., a horde of vampires, zombies and undead teenagers unloaded out of several vehicles on the square. A few minutes later to and amazement of onlookers, Rihanna's voice boomed over the loud speaks at 8:20 p.m., some participants broke out dancing while others growled and moaned like zombies around the plaza. After three minutes the song was over and the students disbanded like nothing happened.

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