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Refusal is not an option

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Judges will be available 24 hours to issue warrants for blood draws

By KERRY CRAIG

    Beginning Sunday, law enforcement agencies in Hopkins County will be adding another tool for dealing with drunk drivers.
    According to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum, the sheriff’s department, Sulphur Springs Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be able to have a judge issue search warrants for blood draws around the clock.
    Before this, a person suspected of driving while intoxicated would be asked to submit to a chemical breath test and could refuse.
    Although refusing to submit to the breath test has the potential of harsh penalties, the new policy goes beyond the breath test and refusal is not an option.
    Tatum said three judges will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to issue necessary paperwork to force a suspected drunk driver to provide a blood sample for testing to determine if the blood-alcohol content exceeds the minimum level of 0.08 percent for being legally drunk.
    The policy for dealing with a person with at least two prior driving while intoxicated convictions will continue to be the same because the third offense elevates the charge from misdemeanor to a felony.

SSISD board tackles transfer policy, immersion of Spanish-speaking students

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    Trustees for Sulphur Springs Independent School District approved revisions to local policies including those regarding transfer students, immersing Spanish-speaking students in with English speakers and testing qualifications for fifth and eight grade promotion.

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Local citizens remember the day and how it has affected their lives

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Sulphur Springs Lamar Elementary School holds a special flag ceremony for the second grade class Thursday morning outside the school in honor of Sept. 11, 2001. The flag was lowered to half staff to honor the men and woman that lost their lives 13 years ago.

The American flag is held at half staff today in honor of the men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. That morning at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the 93-99 floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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SSISD teacher appraisers, calendar approved

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A teacher appraisal calendar and list of appraisers for the 2014-15 school year were approved earlier this week by Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees during their regular September board meeting.

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Terrific Tuesday: Walk to Remember has new coordinator, releases schedule

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Sulphur Springs’ annual Alzheimer’s Walk to Remember will continue this year with a different coordinator and primary sponsor. 

Senior Citizens Center Program and Marketing Director Karon Weatherman has agreed to head up this year’s campaign to raise $10,000 for Terrific Tuesdays. KSST is partnering to host the event.

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