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Saltillo names Wartenbee, Shelby top 2 seniors

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Monika Elizabeth Wartenbee has been named valedictorian and Moresa Shelby salutatorian of Saltillo High School Senior Class of 2015.

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Parents held for child endangerment

A Sulphur Springs couple is being held in Hopkins County jail on felony charges of child endangerment after their arrest Wednesday afternoon.

Bonds for Crystal Leann Allen-Campbell, 27, and Jeremy Don Campbell, 28, were set at $75,000 each Thursday morning.

Special Crimes Unit Commander Harold McClure said the arrests came after Child Protective Service investigators contacted police.

“They had received an intake reference on the abuse of a child, involving narcotics,” McClure said. “They [CPS] actually started their investigation back in April and, during the investigation, had both parents and the child drug tested. The child, an eight-month-old girl, tested positive for methamphetamine and both of the parents tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.”

The Special Crimes Unit investigator said the positive drug test results on the child were due, in all probability, to cross contamination.

“There are several ways to ingest methamphetamine. You smoke it, you inject it, you eat it,” he explained. “If the parents]were smoking it and the baby is in the same house — I'm not even going to say the same room — in the same house breathing air that's in the house, the air is contaminated with it. They are changing the baby's diapers and they are handling this controlled substance or feeding the baby, it's cross contamination — secondary smoke.”

Child Protective Services had already removed the child from the parents before the police department was contacted and, upon receipt of the agency's report, steps were taken to obtain arrest warrants for the parents.

The parents, Jeremy Don Campbell and Crystal Leeann Allen-

Campbell, were arrested around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday and booked in to the count jail on charges of abandonment, endangering a child in imminent danger of bodily injury.

New signs point the way to downtown

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New signs hanging over Industrial Drive and Shannon Road at Interstate 30 point the way to “Celebration District.”

The addition of the signs is expected to lead more people to the downtown area and, with them, a further increase in retail growth and sales activity.

“One of the things that we learned from Roger Brooks is that we can increase sales in the downtown area by 25 to 28 percent with way-finding signs,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. “A lot of people passing through have no idea we've got something going on downtown.”

In meetings to “brand” the city and the downtown area, comments were heard that people traveling through Sulphur Springs on Interstate 30 and those stopping for food and fuel as well as those staying in the hotels were unaware of the downtown area, “Celebration District.

“If we have adequate signage to get them there, we will see benefits,” he said. “So this is the first step. It's unusual, it's not the typical way-finding sign which is exactly what we were looking for. We don't want just another sign that blends in with everything else.”

Hanging the signs from the signal light arms at the two major intersections required more than workers with the right equipment. Approval  had to come from the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We had to jump through a few hoops, but we got step one done,” Maxwell said.

And, the city manager said, the signs are just another step in making the success of “Celebration District” continue. He promised there would be additional things in the near future that will point the way downtown.

Deputies ask for help in catching burglars

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Hopkins County sheriff's investigators say they have cleared two series of recent burglaries but are still working on a third set of crimes. “One group is in custody, one group is fixing to be in custody, but we believe we still have one group out there,” said Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum. The most recent burglary occured at a business on State Highway 11 east this morning. Tatum said it appeared the burglars were familiar with the business the way the break-in took place. “We just want everybody to help us, be vigilant and we will try to get this last bunch wrapped up,” Tatum said. “We were hoping it was all one bunch but it looks like it's going to be three different bunches of folks doing this. Of course, once we get this wrapped up, there will be another one break out somewhere else.” Tatum and Investigator Dennis Findley urged residents, especially in the southern parts of the county, to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious. “With what we've got going on right now, we need their assistance, we need their help in apprehending these individuals and be vigilant about their surroundings, keep their vehicles locked at all times,” Findley said. “Any information at all would be helpful. Make us aware of it and so we can follow up that lead.” The investigators said that information related to these burglaries, or any other crime, can be called to Crimestoppers at 903-885-2020. Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information about these burglaries.

Trip for a Princess

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When you wish upon a star, your dreams can come true. For Hopkins County 5-year-old Emery Brown, her wish to go to Disney World has been granted and will be happening this summer because of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

At Pizza Inn on Tuesday evening, Emery believed she was going to be meeting up with some family members for pizza. Instead, she got the surprise of a lifetime as two Make-A-Wish foundation representatives were waiting at the restaurant with balloons, cake, presents and a week-long vacation to Disney World. 

Emery was shy at first but quickly warmed up to a party room full of friends and family ready to shower her with love. Finally grinning from ear-to-ear, she traveled around the room to great her guests. 

The Make-A-Wish staff will also provide her with a limousine ride to the airport and a princess gown, tiara and slippers to wear while she is at Disney World. 

“It was Emory’s choice on what she wanted to do and she told us she wanted to go to Disney World. She loves the magic of Disney and we are so excited we are going to be going in June,” said Emery’s father, Mike Brown.

Brown continued to say that Emery enjoys everything princess related and watches “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White.” 

Although Emery is currently in a stable condition, she has been struggling with a severe medical conditions for years. 

“My daughter has Leigh’s Disease and a bunch of other issues I cannot pronounce. Emery’s disease effects her stomach and GI tract. It no longer works properly and she has a feeding tube,” said Brown. “Emery also has a lot of problems with her muscles and she cannot walk properly.”

Leigh's Disease is a rare, inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects the central nervous system. This progressive disorder begins in infants between the ages of three months and two years. Symptoms of Leigh's Disease usually progress rapidly. Children with the disease usually only live to be 6 or 7 years of age although some have survived to their mid-teenage years.

“We have wanted to contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation for several years but Emery has continually been sick in the hospital. She has been well for a while now and my wife contacted them,” said Brown. “Unfortunately with her disease, there is no cure and the life expectancy is not very long. But, we are blessed right now that she is healthy and as much of a normal little girl as possible.”

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