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Destination Imagination: 2 SSMS teams imagine their way to state

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Five teams from Sulphur Springs Middle School placed in the top four in their categories at the East Texas Regional Destination Imagination competition Feb. 28, including the two teams advancing to the state DI contest this weekend.

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Grocers pull certain Blue Bell products off shelves

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Grocery retailers in Sulphur Springs have pulled Blue Bell ice cream manufactured at a Broken Arrow, Okla. facility following a listeria scare.

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Miller Grove FFA stew and auction set Friday

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Miller Grove FFA will hold its annual stew and auction Friday, April 10, at Miller Grove Independent School District.

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City Council to oppose county sales tax proposal

Sulphur Springs City Council members will consider approving a resolution that opposes a Hopkins County plan to increase the county's sales tax levy in the council’s Tuesday meeting. State Sen. Bob Hall is supporting Senate Bill 1158, which would enable Hopkins County to not only utilize the half-cent county sales tax to offset the property tax increase placed on tax payers with the construction of the county's new $16 million jail, but to allow the county to add up to a half-cent more sales tax. City Manager Marc Maxwell said passage of legislation could lead to a new brand for the city, and not a good one. “Senate Bill 1158 is the opportunity for Sulphur Springs to become the sales tax capital of Texas,” Maxwell said. “It is not exactly the brand we were hoping for.” In an agenda notice posted last week, Hopkins County Commissioners Court will attend the council meeting in support of the legislation. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room at 201 North Davis St. County Judge Robert Newsom said Senate Bill 1158, if passed by the Legislature, would still require a petition calling for an election to give county voters the opportunity to vote for or against the option. “The people vote next November whether they want to be taxed through property taxes or through a sales tax,” Newsom said. “It would allow, in addition to the half-cent, between one-eighth of a cent up to one-half of a cent, depending on how much is needed to cover the bond. We would not want to do too much more, but we want to be sure we cover the bond based on the economy as it is currently.” Also on the council agenda is the second and final reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of certificates of obligation, general revenue bonds, to refund outstanding financial obligations. According to City Finance Director Peter Karstens, the refunding would save the city some $55,000 over the next five years due to an extremely low interest rate. The bonds will be purchased by Zion Bank in Utah at an interest rate of 1.47 percent. A signs ordinances will also be on the council agenda again in what city staff hopes will be one of the final appearances. Action on the ordinances was tabled at last month's meeting due to what was termed a “computer glitch” that had discrepancies in what was supposed to be the final draft of the ordinances. The ordinances will limit the construction of new billboards within the city limits. Certificates of unopposed candidates for Place 1 and Place 2 on the council will be presented to the council and would cancel the elections for the unopposed races.. This would leave only the contested race for Place 3 on the ballot. Incumbent Oscar Aguilar is seeking another term on the council and is being challenged in his bid by Charles Oxford. City Secretary Gale Roberts, who serves as the city's election administrator said the cost to conduct the election would be, approximately, $10,000.

The Voice: 51 ways to vote for Hannah Kirby

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Fifty-one. That’s the magic number.

Magic, as in the number of times each person can vote for Hannah Kirby as she continues in her journey on “The Voice.”

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