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Bright Star League on council agenda

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Representatives of Bright Star Baseball League are back on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s Sulphur Springs City Council meeting. League representatives are set to make a presentation regarding a proposed baseball field for special needs children. Also on the short agenda is consideration of an interlocal agreement for cooperative purchasing between the city and Region VIII Education Service Center. The only other action item on the agenda will be consideration of naming the South Broadway Street bridge over Interstate 30. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room at City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

Beta Sigma Phi accepting Woman of the Year nominations

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Nominations are being accepted by Beta Sigma Phi for Woman of the Year. The deadline to submit an entry is Monday, Jan. 26.

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City to start new year with major construction projects

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By KERRY CRAIG The city of Sulphur Springs will mark the start of 2015 with the initation of two major construction projects Monday. City Manager Marc Maxwell said one project would involve a complete teard down and rebuild of Lamar Street. “We will replace sewer and water, curb and gutter, asphalt and even some drainage,” Maxwell said. “This is nearly a half-mile project, from College Street to Beckham at a cost of some $766,000.” Lamar is just one of many streets in the city that is in need of major work, and the city manager said another major project in already planned. “Bill Bradford Road is also on the Capital Improvement Plan,” he said. “That's going to be a 3,500-foot project at a cost of $1.4 million. It's probably a year to a year-and-a-half away.” The second major project for the start of the New Year will be a major water line project along FM 2285. “We're replacing 14,000 feet of six- and eight-inch water main with a new 12-inch line,” Maxwell said. “This is a very problematic water line — it's been the source of many, many water leaks. “We had one [leak] that broke under a man's house one time and filled up his house with water in a matter of seconds,” the city manager continued. “He had water pouring out his living room windows.” The water line project will extend along FM 2285 past the Lake Sulphur Springs dam. “This is the line that serves all of North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation,” Maxwell said. “This gets us out to the meter. This is our line that we keep having problems with. This should help provide more water to North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation and drastically reduce the number of water main ruptures that we repair.” The cost of the water line project will be about $862,000.

No newspaper on New Year’s Day

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Echo Publishing, like city and county offices, will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.

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County officials to be sworn in Thursday

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In special ceremonies at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2015, newly elected and reelected Hopkins County officials will receive their oaths of office. Among those taking the oath of office will be County Judge Robert Newsom, who was appointed to fill out Chris Brown's unexpired term and then elected to the post in November. Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 B.J. Teer and Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Brad Cummings will be sworn in along with District Clerk Cheryl Fulcher and Treasurer Jim Thompson. Additionally, County Clerk Debbie Shirley, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Mike Odell and Precinct 4 Commissioner Danny Evans will also take the oath of office for new terms in their offices.
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