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Early voting begins this week

Lines formed early at Sulphur Springs Public Library for the start of early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election. The poll opened at 7 a.m. and, just before noon, more than 100 early votes had been cast in an election that features only two contested local elections. The two local county offices at stake in the general election are county treasurer and Justice of the Peace Precinct One. In the race for Hopkins County Treasurer, Republican Jim Thompson opposes incumbent Democrat Treva Watson for the post. Democratic nominee Demetra Robinson and Republican Billy “BJ” Teer are seeking the Precinct One Justice of the Peace office. A number of other county offices on the ballot are unopposed in the general election. Early voting in trustee elections for four rural county school districts, Cumby, Miller Grove, North Hopkins and Sulphur Bluff school districts are being held in conjunction with county elections. In the Cumby ISD election, seven early ballots had been cast. Three votes were cast in the North Hopkins ISD election, one in the Miller Grove election and, by noon, no one had voted in the Sulphur Bluff school board election. Early voting will continue through Friday, Oct. 31 with voting hours this week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. In the second week of early voting, on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, the poll will be open 12 hours each day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Elections Administrator Debbie Shirley, Hopkins County Clerk, said there will be weekend voting next weekend with the voting box open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 26. Early voting is being conducted in the Conference Room at Sulphur Springs Public Library.

Celebrating CNB

On the 125th anniversary of CNB on Celebration Plaza Sunday State Rep. Dan Flynn of District 2 presented City National Bank President Ricky Reynolds and Marketing Director John Sellers a Texas flag that was flown over the Texas Capitol. A proclamation was also read honoring the bank’s service to Hopkins, Wood and surrounding counties since 1889. The event featured a panning for gold game, stick horse riding, musical chairs, food provided by Coffee Off the Square, fresh Dutch oven peach cobbler, and wagon rides.

Photo Courtesy of Cindy Roller

Fall Festival Tuesday includes Senior Citizens Day, Cover Girl competitions

The Hopkins County Fall Festival continued Monday with the annual golf tournament teeing off at 1:30 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Country Club, and will resume Tuesday with Senior Citizens Day and the opening night of the Cover Girl activities.


SSHS Band named Best in Class 5A at Prairilland contest

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For the third straight weekend, Sulphur Springs High School Wildcat Marching Band has come away from competition with straight first division ratings, as did the color guard, percussion section and drum majors. The band Saturday also earned Best in Class 5A and advanced to the finals at the Prairiland Marching Contest, where they finished third overall.


Local schools prepare for Ebola

With local emergency responders across the state on standby alert due to the recent Ebola cases and residents glued to news sources for the latest update, two county school districts posted letters last week assuring families that no one in their districts had the virus.

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