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Local 4-H kids are honored at banquet

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nt100814-Gold-star-2014.jpgHopkins County 4-H recently held a banquet to recognize a few outstanding young people. Top awards were Rookie of the Year, Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Intermediate and the Gold Star.

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All In for Children

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Sulphur Springs High School has enlisted the help of all the agricultural mechanics classes at the rural Hopkins County high schools to create auction items for Wade Bartley Auction’s “Help-A-Child Annual Tractor Pull and Chili Cook Off” on Oct. 18.

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SSISD receives ‘superior’ rating for district finances

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District received a superior achievement rating on its 2014 state financial audit. Trustees also approved the purchase of two new vehicles from Toliver Ford during Monday night’s board meeting.

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CNB to temporarily relocate mortgage branch while repairs are done

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After high winds accompanying a severe thunderstorm ripped part of the roof from City National Bank's mortgage branch offices in the 1100 block of South Broadway Street last Thursday evening, the office was closed but business continued as usual, according to bank spokesman John Sellers. “Even though our physical building closed down, business did not close down in the mortgage branch,” Sellers said. “It is something we've spent a lot of time working on and bank president Ricky Reynolds and Amy Scroggins, who is over our data, they put this plan into action Friday as soon as this occurred.” And that contingency plan worked. “Our business continuity plan that we are required to have as a bank went into play that day,” Sellers said. “We immediately relocated business to our Mockingbird Lane branch. We had three real estate closings that day that still occurred.” While the mortgage branch building is closed due to the storm damage, CNB will temporarily relocate the branch to the 200 block of West Shannon Road, just west of Jack in the Box. Sellers said it would be six to eight months before the bank moves the mortgage branch back to its Broadway location. “We are taking this opportunity to redo that building — not just repair it, but to redo it,” he said. “We had some updating we needed to do anyway and we will move back into that building. It's only temporarily closed.”

City Council to hear from Bright Star League Tuesday

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A presentation by Bright Star Baseball League regarding a new baseball field will highlight Tuesday evening's Sulphur Springs City Council meeting. “They have got a dream for a field for special needs children and, more importantly, they have a path to get there,” said City Manager Marc Maxwell. “They will be making a presentation.” The council will then hear, on first reading, an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of combination tax and limited surplus revenue certificates of obligation. The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will fund street and road improvements, renovations and additions to the old City Hall building to accommodate additional office space for the police department, park improvements, equipment, and vehicles along, with software for city departments and offices. On second and final reading, the council will consider an ordinance creating an enterprise zone for Saputo Dairy Foods and an ordinance designating an industrial reinvestment zone for Saputo. “They are about to undertake a pretty good-sized project at Saputo and they have inducements from state,” the city manger said. “For them to be able to do that, it requires us to establish these zones.” Council members will also consider entering into a contract with Saputo for a tax abatement as well as a performance agreement. The city council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room in City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

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