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Cumby hosting Meet the Trojans

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    Cumby Independent School District administrators invite students, parents and community members to the school Friday for a special event.


Park Wisely

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By KERRY CRAIG News-Telegram Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it We see them in almost every parking lot — those spaces with the blue signs and markings on the pavement with a symbol of a person in a wheelchair. And we know they are reserved for those with a medically diagnosed handicap that have either the state-issued handicap license plates or the placard that hangs from the rear-view mirrow. But how about that person that is in a rush to run inside a business for just a second and there is an empty parking space reserved for the handicapped? It just might be the most expensive quick trip into a store a person could ever make. To try to enforce the handicapped parking rules, Sulphur Springs Police Dpartment makes a special effort. “We actually have a team that comes in on a voluntary basis,” said SSPD Chief Jay Sanders. “They work sometimes once a week or a couple times a week and they will go out and that’s all they do — work handicap violations.” These parking spaces are required by the Americans with Disabilitles Act just as the placards and markings for those parking spaces enable those disabled people easier access to stores, restaurants and, in many cases, the places they live. The volunteer team, when they find a violation, will issue a citation and take a picture of the offending vehicle in the parking place. The ticket will be left under the windshield wiper. “The original goes under the wiper,” Sanders said. “The volunteer brings the copy to the police department with the picture, and we send that over to the court. The court handles it from there.” Once the ticket gets to the city’s municipal court, parking in a handicapped parking place without the license plate or placard becomes very expensive, according to City Attorney Jim McLeroy, who also serves as prosecutor. “The minimum fine is $500 and the maximum fine is $750 plus court costs that, typically, are $99 on those tickets,” McLeroy said. “The second offense, if it's proven you've been previously convicted of the same offense, the minimum fine goes up to $550. So, it's an expensive ticket to get.” There, too, is another side to the handicapped parking space reservations. They must have the correct sign posted the correct way and the pavement must also be marked in order for the rules to be properly enforced. “For us, we see it a lot more in different parking lots,” Sanders said. “We see it a lot more at Walmart than we do at Brookshire’s. We see it a lot more on the Spring Village parking lot than we do at Walmart.” Sanders said years ago, a lot of citations were issued for parking in these reserved spaces without the placard or license plate but, times and things have changed. “Spring Village, we used to write a lot of tickets on Spring Village,” Chief Sanders said. “Now, the handicapped spots are so unreadable that it is very difficult for us to enforce. They need to be fixed and, of course, that’s the property owner. He’s in charge of making sure that he complies with his ADA regulations.” Sanders said the majority of the complaints the police department receives are about the Walmart parking lot. “Obviously, there are more cars at Walmart than any other place in town,” he said. “You’ve got more traffic there than anywhere else in town. “Very seldom do we ever have any at Brookshire’s, very seldom,” Sanders continued. “We get a few calls occasionally at Lowe’s, but, they are very well marked, too.” Without the proper signs and marking, enforcement is very difficult if not impossible, according to the city attorney. “You have to have a placard on a sign and you also have to have a marking on the pavement,” the attorney explained. “If you don’t mark your handicapped places marked correctly, I can’t prosecute the ticket. I can’t convict somebody of an offense if, in fact, the elements of the offense, and that element is if they were parked illegally in a handicapped space — if it’s not properly marked. I can’t prove that case and we would have to dismiss it.”

House Unrest

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Two injured when house collapses By KERRY CRAIG News-Telegram Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Two people were injured, one seriously Wednesday morning when an old house that was being demolished collapsed, trapping a young man between a wall and roof of the structure. First reports indicated two people were trapped inside the house, but first responders said both had been freed by the time they arrived on the scene at 115 Nicholson St. Police Chief Jay Sanders said the house was being torn down and the two men were working on the second level. “That fell in and they were caught,” Sanders said. “A 17-year-old, he's going to have critical injures and the other man is going to have minor injuries.” The injured youth was reported to have sustained a severe head injury and was unconscious when he was airlifted to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. The names of the injured were not immediately released.

Ground just broken, but new jail already ahead of schedule

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Hopkins County's new jail should be ready to receive prisoners in October 2015, according to County Judge Robert Newsom.
    The projected date came after groundbreaking ceremonies on the site of the new jail, just north of the current jail facility, Monday.
    With the pressing need for a new county jail, commissioners were quick to go forward immediately after voters approved a $16 million bond referendum last November.
    In order to obtain the best interest rates, the county sold $8 million before the end of last year, then early in January sold the remaining $8 million in bonds. Commissioners court then began searching for the right construction manager at-risk.
    Sedalco Construction Services was approved by the commssioners court,  and contracts were signed and ground was broken Monday.
    The county judge said Sedalco President Tom Kadar was both impressed and surprised at how quickly the county has moved the project along and said the new jail would be ready to receive prisoners within 14 months.
    Newsom said the county was ready for construction to start three months ago and the bids came in in amounts less than had been anticipated.
    “The company was somewhat surprised. They said that by us passing what we did in [commissioners] court Monday and having our ground breaking, we are actually two weeks ahead of the schedule that they gave me,” Newsoms said. “You will start seeing action in the next two weeks and by October 2015, we should be moving inmates into the new jail.”
    Not only is the new jail expected to be completed well ahead of what had been anticipated, the county judge said the total costs associated with the facility are expected to be somewhat less than the $16 million approved by voters last November.
    “We are really pleased and excited that the bid amounts actually came in at $13,452,090,” he said. “However, they guaranteed the maximum price about $500,000 more than that, at $13,972,347 guaranteed maximum price.
    “So they left themselves some leeway there. We still have a contingency of over $400,000 that is there to be used in case of emergency,” he continued. “If they don't need that    contingency, it comes back to the county at the end of the project, so we are real excited about that.”
    The first steps, after equipment is moved to the site, will be to begin drilling and casing holes for concrete piers to support the concrete slab, walls and roof.
    The next step will be initial plumbing and preparing forms for the concrete slab that is expected to be poured in December.
    Newsom said Sedalco plans to use as many local employees as possible n constructing the jail.
    When complete, the jail will house as many as 200 prisoners and relieve the county of the financial burden of housing inmates in neighboring counties to satisfy jail population limits imposed by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
    The $16 million bond issue to pay for the new jail means county tax payers will pay an additional five cents per $100 in property taxes to retire the debt.

C-P losing its assistant superintendent; school board sets date for public hearing for tax rate, budget

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Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees selected a date for the public hearing to adopt the 2014-15 tax rate and budget, gave approval for a weight room expansion, hired two new staff members, accepted resignations from two staff members and heard a report on the district’s accountability rating during their regular meeting Monday night. 

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