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School board tackles personnel issues as SSHS principal moves to other job

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night approved more than two dozen personnel items, including acceptance of eight resignations, seven staff changes and hiring of 13 new staff members either to replace people who are leaving or to new positions created.

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Volunteers needed to honor military in Delta County

The American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 of Cooper will again be placing flags on several cemeteries in Delta County to pay tribute to military for the Memorial Day weekend.

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SSISD board to swear in trustees, hold budget workshop

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The oath of office will be administered to the two incumbents recently reelected to the board and the two top high school seniors will be recognized during the regular Sulphur Springs Independent School Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.

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Journey of Hope

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Hope is the belief that with hard work the impossible can be achieved. This is the reason hundreds of community members showed up Friday evening on Celebration Square for Relay For Life of Hopkins County. Each dollar donated helps society grow closer to finding a cure to a horrible sickness that has claimed the lives of millions of Americans. 

As of Saturday morning, $42,179.03 was been raised by the local community. During the closing ceremonies, the Farmers Electric Cooperative and friends received the top business award after raising $8,603.75. Team Betty received best community team with $4,256.24 and the spirit award was presented to the Power of Love team. Bodacious Barbecue was recognized for having the best business spirit during the Paint the Town Purple event on Wednesday.   

The lively evening kicked off at 7 p.m. Friday with the opening ceremony and a flag presentation by local Boy Scouts. Sydnee Hawkins sang the National Anthem followed by Relay of Life Event Chair Amber Henry announcing the Survivors Lap. As dozens of local cancer survivors proudly traveled around Celebration Plaza as onlookers cheered, a sense of purpose could be felt in the air. 

During the second lap of the evening, caretakers joined the survivors. Cheering, clapping, tears and smiles could be seen and heard during the march.

 The Sulphur Springs Middle School Band drum line led the initial laps. As the evening continued live bands, games and a host of festivities kept the event empowering.   

At 9 p.m., the luminary ceremony commenced. Hundreds of candles were lit around the square to remember those struggling or who have lost their lives to cancer. 

As the hours ticked away, a themed lap occurred each hour.  The Team Spirit Lap, Sports Laps, Power of Purple Lap, Conga Line Glow Lap, Superhero Lap, 80s Lap, Celebrity Lap and Pajama Lap were all highlighted throughout the evening. 

Live performers included Jacoby Smith and the Midnight Twang, Shannon Oaks House Band lead by Jonathan McGraw, Brent Fralicks Band out of Savoy and Sulphur Springs student Cameron Horton.

At midnight, the relay kicked it up a notch with the “Man Pageant.” To the hilarity of the crowd, men from several teams dressed up like women and had to rock it like a drag queen. The event kept the participants lively, despite fatigue, as the early morning hours drew near. 

The event concluded at 6 a.m. with the closing ceremony. The rock anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” played over the loud speakers as teams held hands in anticipation  for the campaign’s total. When Henry called out $42,179.03, the crowd cheered as months of hard work had been rewarded. 

Hopkins County Grand Jury hands up 45 indictments

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A Hopkins County Grand Jury recently returned 45 true bills of indictment, naming 38 defendants on charges ranging from continuous sexual abuse of a child under six years of age to tampering with evidence, assault and drug-related offenses.

 Joe Gilbert Valdez — continuous sexual abuse of a child during a period between Aug. 1, 2009, and Nov. 2, 2010, when Valdez was 17 years of age or older and the child was younger than six years of age.

 Troy Michael Ivery — a single-count indictment alleging failure to register as a sex offender because of a reportable conviction for indecency with a child by sexual contact.

 Cina Kay Elliott — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on March 15, 2015, by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury by shooting another person and exhibiting a deadly weapon, a firearm, during the commission of the assault on a family member.

 Chad Alondo Collins — assault on a public servant on April 12, causing injury to a public servant by kicking a deputy sheriff.

 Chaney Nicole Doyle — possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility on Feb. 17.

Kierrah Demond Ellis — possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram of methamphetamine, on March 22.

Juan Raul  Flores-Hernandez — possession of a controlled substance on March 7, more than one gram but less than four grams of cocaine.

Tranameth Delon Ford — family violence assault, choking victim, on April 12, 2015.

Derek Lane Carrell — credit card or debit card abuse of elderly on March 16.

George Robert Foster Jr. — tampering with or fabricating physical evidence on March 29, by concealing a narcotic, methamphetamine, during a traffic stop. The indictment also cites a 2011 indictment and conviction in Wood County against Foster of the felony offense of possession/transport of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Ronald Ray Gardner — possession of a controlled substance, more than one gram but less than four grams of meth, March 18 in a drug free zone within 1,000 feet of Travis Elementary School.

Bryce Clay Gorton — tampering with or fabricating physical evidence on March 16, by concealing evidence, marijuana, during a traffic stop.

Lacey Leann Henson — possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram of methamphetamine, on March 6.

Bart Co Hoppenreys — online solicitation of a minor on March 29, with the intent of a minor engaging in sexual intercourse with him, solicited over the internet and by text message the minor to meet with him.

Carolyn Brooke Houston — assault on a public servant on April 6, by kicking a Hopkins County EMS paramedic while he was discharging his official duty as a paramedic.

RV Jones Jr. — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury to another person by cutting the victim's face and head on April 5, 2015.

John Thomas Gideon Ketchum — unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on April 1, and evading arrest with a vehicle that same day.

Thomas Joseph Lynch — evading arrest with a vehicle on April 12. Lynch was also indicted for criminal mischief, resulting in more than $1,500 but less than $20,000,  damaged or destroyed tangible property, a patrol car, by running into it on April 12, 2015.

Patricia Ann Clark McLeroy — possession of a prohibited substance, meth, in a correctional facility on March 29. The indictment also cites a prior conviction of felony burglary of a habitation for the woman.

Breena Leann Rhodes Nichols — possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram of heroin, on March 2.

Charles Ray Miles Jr. — unauthorized use of motor vehicle on April 7.

Julio Aalfonso Rios — possession of a controlled substance, more than one gram of meth but less than four grams, Feb. 26, with intent to deliver or manufacture in a drug-free zone, within 1,000 feet of Bowie elementary school.

Mark Alan Shipman — possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram of meth, on March 4.

Michael Bryan Smith — possession of a controlled substance, more than four grams but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine, with intent to deliver March 29, in a drug-free zone, within 1,000 feet of Early Childhood Learning Center.

The indictment also cites prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility in Wilson County and deadly conduct, specifically discharge of a firearm, in Lamar County.

David Earl Spillman — unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon on April 10, after having been convicted of the felony offense of assault on a public servant in 2000 in Hunt County, by possessing a firearm after the fifth anniversary of release from confinement.

Joshua Cain Strickland — online solicitation of a minor on March 25, with the intent a minor would engage in sexual intercourse with him, knowingly solicited over the Internet and by text message to the minor to meet with him.

Strickland was also indicted for possession of controlled substance, less than one gram of methamphetamine, on March 25.

Joseph Thomas Tucker — possession of a controlled substance, more than 200 grams but less than 400 grams of meth, with intent to deliver on March 30. 

Patricia Nocole Woodham — possession of a controlled substance, more than 200 grams but less than 400 grams of meth, with intent to deliver on March 30.

The indictment also alleges Woodham exhibited a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of the offense.

Herbert Lee Wilson — failure to register as sex offender on April 16, by failing to register with local law enforcement where he intended to reside for more than seven days because of a reportable conviction for indecency with a child by sexual contact, the indictment alleges.

Joshua Lee Wrenn — unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on April 23.

Edward Earl Simmons — tampering with or fabricating physical evidence on April 26, by  intentionally or knowingly concealing evidence, marijuana, with the intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation.

The indictment also cites prior felony offenses of murder in Harris County and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in Harris County.

Wesley Aaron Lawrence — possession of a controlled substance, more than one but less than four grams of methamphetamine, with intent to deliver or manufacture, on March 19, 2015, the indictment alleges.

Sherrie Lee Cooksey — burglary of habitation on April 5, 2015, by entering a habitation without consent of the owner and attempting to commit theft of property, medications, the indictment alleges.

Steven Joe Garrett Jr. — engaging in organized criminal activity on April 8, 2015, by entering a residence without consent of the owner and attemptingto steal a washer and dryer, and participate in the profits with other people.

The indictment also cites a prior felony conviction of theft of property, more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, in Hopkins County in 2011.

Tony Jay Harrington — engaging in organized criminal activity on April 8, 2015, by enterin g a residence without consent of the owner and attempting to steal a washer and dryer, and participate in the profits of with other people, the indictment alleges.

Ashley Michelle McMillan — engaging in organized criminal activity on April 8, 2015, by entering a residence without consent of the owner and attempting  to steal a washer and dryer, and participate in the profits of with other people, the indictment alleges.

Jonathan Heath Meadows — delivery of a controlled substance on Dec. 3, 2014, by actual transfer of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

The indictment also cites a prior felony conviction in 2009 in Hopkins County for burglary of a habitation.

Jonathan Heath Meadows — delivery of a controlled substance on Dec. 3, 2014, by actual transfer tof more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

The indictment also cites a prior felony conviction in 2009 in Hopkins County for burglary of a habitation.

Jonathan Heath Meadows — delivery of acontrolled substance on Dec. 9, 2014, by actual transfer of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

The indictment also cites a prior felony conviction in 2009 in Hopkins County for burglary of a habitation.

Glory Lynn Oetting — delivery of a controlled substance on Dec. 22, 2014, by actual transfer of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine, the indictment alleges.

Glory Lynn Oetting — delivery of a controlled substance on Dec. 18, 2014, by actual transfer of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

Glory Lynn Oetting — delivery of a controlled substance on Dec. 18, 2014, by actual transfer of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

Jasmyn Staff Williams — delivery of a controlled substance on Jan. 29, 2015, by actual transfer of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

Jasmyn Staff Williams — delivery of a controlled substance on Jan. 27, 2015, by actual transfer  of more than one gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

The grand jury indictments were handed up to Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Eddie Northcutt.

It is important to note that when someone is arrested or indicted by a grand jury, they are merely charged with a crime. It should not be considered as evidence of either guilt or innocence.

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