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Sign up under way for 6th Annual Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant

Hopkins County ladies ages 60 or older are being sought for the 6th Annual Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant, which contrary to its name is not a beauty pageant but an event to showcase senior ladies in Hopkins County.

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Genealogy society OKs agreement for move to library

After more than six months of discussion and negotiation, Hopkins County Genealogical Society gave approval to a contract with the city of Sulphur Springs to relocate the geneology group from its Main Street location to the Conference Room at Sulphur Springs Public Library. Genealogical Society spokesman Ronny Glossup said the contract received unanimous approval from membership. “At our meeting last Thursday night, the board voted unanimously to accept the contract. We had the contract like we wanted it, we took it to our attorney and got everything in order,” Glossup said. “We took it to the membership at our regular meeting. We had a motion and it was voted on, and nobody voted against it. There were 21 for and none against.” Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell sees the agreement as a win-win deal for both the city and the society. It will free up space on Main Street for additional business development in the growing downtown area. “For them, it puts them in a newer building with utilities paid for the next 99 years,” the city manager said. “For us, it frees up two buildings on Main Street to be sold and, hopefully, to be used for a retail or dining purpose.” The move will require a number of things in order to convert the Conference Room into a genealogy research facility. Society members must pack boxes and boxes of historical data and research material as well as relocate the society's computer network and other materials. “We are now in the process of finding some new shelves and different things to go in the library,” Glossup said. “It will just be a matter of time until we get everything ready to move and we will start moving.” Glossup said a date for the start of the move will not be set until accommodations at the library are complete.

SSHS play attempts to answer what happened to Edgar Allan Poe

Sulphur Springs High School will explore the descent into madness in this year’s One-Act Play, “Maelstrom.”

Historically, the events that lead up to famous writer Edgar Allan Poe’s death are shrouded in mystery. Poe was found delirious in front of Ryan’s Tavern on the streets of Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 3, 1849. He died four days later in the hospital. Poe’s medical records and certificates have never been found. “Maelstrom” tries to answer what really happened. 

“This play is a dark comedy drama about when Poe left from Richmond, Va., on his way home to New York. He ended up in Baltimore and no one knew how he got there.” said SSHS Drama teacher Lesha Woodard. “We knew that he kept asking for someone named Reynolds and he seemed drunk or very ill. Spectators said he started having hallucinations. These last days are what the play is based on.”

In “Maelstrom,” Poe heads to Baltimore to solve the murder of a woman he was writing a story about. Poe gets more than he bargain for as the woman’s fate forshadows his own.

“Poe believes that he might have even killed the woman himself, because every woman he ever loved had died,” said Woodard. 

In accordance with One Act Play rules, the script of “Maelstrom” had to be cut down to less than 40 minutes from an hour and a half run time. Woodard said she was still perfecting the abridged version so that it would make the biggest effect on a OAP judge.  

“We have worked on taking key scenes and cutting the play down to work within the guidelines,” said Woodard. “We will have seven minutes to set up the scene and 40 minutes for the entire show.”

  The students will perform the production for the first time on Feb. 20 infront of five judges, who will critique the show and help students excel in the contest. Then on March 25, the district contest commences. 

“Liam Pollard will play Edgar Allan Poe and Mikayla Jones will play Poe’s young wife, Virginia,” said Woodard. “We could only have have 15 cast members out of around 40 students who auditioned. We really have an ensemble cast from freshman to seniors. I am so excited to work with this core group of students who are dedicated to theater.”

A public performance for “Maelstrom” will be at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium on March 29. The time is yet to be determined.

Honoring a King

Sulphur Springs Mayor Freddie Taylor spoke Monday morning at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab's tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He reminded everyone the importance of this day and the role MLK Jr. played in the civil rights movement.
Staff Photo by Isabel Reyna

SSH&R to hold ‘Hope and Healing’ fundraiser for toddler battling cancer

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River Laurence is a 2 1/2-year boy who loves to color, jump on the trampoline and watch Thomas the Train. He is also battling cancer.

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