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SSISD to sell old iPads to help fund purchase of new ones

Sulphur Springs Independent School District will be retiring the 3-year-old iPads currently used by students in third, fourth and fifth grades and replacing them with new models as part of the districts 1:1 technology initiative and replacement schedule.


Deputies seize large quantity of Ecstasy

After stepping drug interdiction efforts several weeks ago, Hopkins County deputies made another large siezure Wednesday night, according to Sheriff Lewis Tatum.

“Interdiction officer Sgt. Harry Washington was working with Criminal Investigator Sgt. Wade Sheets on Interstate 30 and made contact with a person identified as Trujillo “Nero” Alejandro Jr., 17, out of Tornillo, Texas,” the sheriff said. “The officers recovered what is believed to be 563 grams of ecstacy from Alejandro.”

The drug was in pill form, and deputies were still counting the pills and confirming the contents at mid-moring Thursday.

This latest bust adds to the number of drug recoveries and siezures of more than $300,000 cash suspected to be used in drug trafficking in the past few weeks.

“Since Sgt. Washington has come on board to work with us, he has done quite a good job,” Tatum said. “He is teaching us a lot. Like Investigator Sheets, the other guys are real enthused about working with Sgt. Washington and learning from him. I think it’s a good deal.”

New community development director sees immense potential

The city of Sulphur Springs has a new community development director. And, Tory Niewiadomski is coming just in time to get used to the Texas summer weather, which will surely be something new for a native of Michigan.

Ironically, Niewiadomski grew up in mid-Michigan in a small town named Lakeview which was situated between two other cities named Greenville and Mount Pleasant. He and his wife, Alyssa, have two children, Ava, 4, and Nolan, 2.


Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger drive aims for new record


U.S. Postal Service letter carriers do deliver — and sometimes, more than mail and parcels.

Local letter carriers are busy with final preparations for the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13. And America’s letter carriers, including those in Sulphur Springs, will be ready for it.

The Sulphur Springs post office has participated in the drive since its inception in 1992. For the past five years, Nathan Hightower has been the local drive coordinator.

"I volunteered," he said when asked about how he had the position.

Last year, he said that local letter carriers collected about 4,500 pounds of food. Sulphur Springs Postmaster Michael Arrambidez said that was a record.

"It feels great," Hightower said. "Of course, you always want more."

The food raised all stays local. Hightower said it goes to Community Chest and church food banks — local non-profits.

So, if you've got food, neighborhood letter carriers are ready for it.

"We'll take about anything that is non-perishable," Hightower said.

"We want to have a successful year, just like last year's record-setter,"  Arrambidez said. "We appreciate the support from the community. I would like to thank my employees and all participating persons, and the newspaper for covering this."

The same desire for a successful drive has influenced local and national letter carriers since its inception.

“Preparation and coordination for Food Drive Day can be challenging,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Despite the challenges, we look forward to it each year because of the important role we’re playing in the fight against hunger in this country.”

Nationally, Rolando said that letter carriers are often aware that many of their customers live in challenging situations.

“We deliver to every address in America at least six days a week,” Rolando said, “and because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger.”

The NALC’s effort to fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991. Letter carriers ran a pilot drive in 10 cities in October of that year. The results were so successful that all participating entities decided to do a national drive the next year.

Food banks and pantries said that late spring would be the best time for such a drive since by then most food banks in the country start running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

And with that, an upgraded national drive was organized for May 15, 1993. A goal was set of having at least one NALC branch in each of the 50 states participating. Per NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger website, the result was astounding. More than 11 million pounds of food was collected — then a one-day record in the United States — involving more than 220 union branches.

Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends. The food is then distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected. 

In 2010, the food drive surpassed the 1 billion pound park in total food collected over its history.

Yantis High School seniors win $90K in scholarships, awards

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Yantis High School seniors went home Tuesday with at least $90,000 in scholarships awarded during the annual YHS Awards Night. The bulk of scholarships awarded Tuesday night went to the honor graduates.

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