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Early voting starts Monday for general election

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Hopkins County voters, along with the rest of the nation, will be going to the polls in just over two weeks for the Nov. 4 General Election. There are two local county offices at stake in the general election: county treasurer and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1. In the race for Hopkins County Treasurer, Republican Jim Thompson opposes incumbent Democrat Treva Watson for the post. Democratic nominee Demetra Robinson and Republican Billy “BJ” Teer are seeking the JP1 office. A number of other county offices on the ballot are unopposed in the general election. Early voting for the general election will begin Monday, Oct. 20, in the Conference Room at Sulphur Springs Public Library. For the first week of early voting, the hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the second week of early voting, normal hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, early voting will be open 12 hours each day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We will have weekend voting on Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Hopkins County Clerk Debbie Shirley who also serves as the county's elections administrator. “For the last week, early voting will go through Friday, Oct. 31. It's on Halloween, that's our last day.” There are two new, or changed, polling places for the upcoming election, including one that was the source of considerable confusion during the primary election. “I do have two new polling places I want to make sure everyone is aware of,” she said. “The City Hall, you know we have a new City Hall at 201 North Davis St. We officially changed it through commissioners court from the Municipal Building at 125 South Davis St. There will be signs out at the new City Hall and I will have signs at the old city hall.” The polling place for Box 25 in Brashear has been moved to Brashear Baptist Church’s fellowship hall. Citizens who vote early or on election day will still be required to provide photo identification along with their voter registration card. In the past week, the requirement of Senate Bill 14 for voters to have photo identification at the time of voting was reversed by federal courts. But, the Supreme Court has now ordered a stay that will continue the requirement for the general election. “I just got a directive from the Secretary of State's office, I've been holding off on what to tell my election judges and workers what to do until I heard from them,” she said. “The directive was the attorney general's office filed a stay and the Supreme Court looked it over and decided 'Yes', they were going to do a stay and the appeal will come later. “We are going to keep doing our election just like we did the last one, in the primaries,” she said. “Photo ID will be needed to vote. You do need to have a photo ID, not just your voter card.” Senate Bill 14 created a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. Voters can no longer present just their voter registration certificate, or other previously acceptable forms of identification that only showed name and address of the voter. Here is a list of the new identification requirements: Texas Driver's License issued by the Department of Public Safety; Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS; Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS; Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS; United States Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph; United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph; or United States Passport. Sample ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are posted on the county clerk's website at hopkinscountytx.org. “And it tells you, if you vote in certain precincts what ballot style you would need to pick from the website, and dates of the early voting is on there,” Shirley said. “So, all the information everyone should need is on the website, or I have sample ballots available in my office a t 128 Jefferson St.” Remember, early voting begins at 7 a.m. Monday and continues through Oct. 31 at Sulphur Springs Public Library.

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Trustees accept resignations, hear Red Ribbon Week schedule

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Trustees designated a new representative to serve on the Head Start Policy Council, considered three resignations, recognized three students and a Sulphur Springs High School alumni during their regular October board meeting earlier this month.

Sulphur Springs Independent School District Trustee Robbin Vaughn volunteered to serve as the school board representative on the Head Start Policy Council. Leesa Toliver was recommended for the position, but noted that three prior years’ involvement on the board as an educator would preclude her from serving again, per program rules. So, Vaughn agreed to take the job.

Trustees also accepted resignations from three staff members: Brandi Rhudy, special education aide at Bowie Primary; Missy Caddell, seventh grade English language arts and reading teacher at Sulphur Springs Middle School; and Kimberly Isonhood, special ed aide at SSMS.

No permanent replacement was hired at that time to teach seventh grade but a long-term ELAR substitute is in place at SSMS. The aide positions weren’t filled either.

High school freshman Ryan Humphries and Bowie second graders Claire Monk and Aiden Woodard were asked to help begin the meeting; Humphries led the pledge to the U.S. flag and the elementary students led the pledge to the Texas flag.

Ryan Humphries is the son of NETData President Tory Humphries and Daidre Humphries. He said he was nervous starting high school, but so far has really liked it. He recently was selected to serve as president of the ninth grade class and is enjoying it.

Claire Monk is the daughter of Alliance Bank officer Kevin Monk and Sulphur Springs Elementary Principal Kristin Monk. Aiden Woodard is the son of SSMS art teacher Nathan Woodard and new SSHS theater arts teacher Lesha Woodard. When asked about their year so far, both Monk and Woodard agreed so far “it’s good.”

School officials also provided to trustees 2 1/2 pages of information detailing activities planned at various campuses’ Oct. 27-31, in observance of  Red Ribbon Week, and September Head Start Policy Council minutes.

Chris Clement, 2004 SSHS salutatorian, was introduced. He graduated from college with an engineering degree and has been “hired on” to help Don Roundtree of Tandem Consulting “with some of our middle school problems,” SSISD Superintendent Mike Lamb noted.

Also approved during Monday’s regular board meeting were:

Minutes from the Sept. 8 SSISD Board of Trustees meeting

Tax credits and supplements for September 2014

Delinquent tax collections for September 2014

Financial statements and bills payable for September 2014.

Lt. McLarry loses battle with kidney disease; memorials to Blue Santa

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Gary-Mac.jpgThe top patrol officer at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office lost his toughest battle Sunday, that for his life. Lt. Gary McLarry had been battling end stage renal failure and was hoping for a transplant. He died Sunday in Greenville from health complications.

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