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Atlantis is on the Horizon

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By JON LANCE News-Telegram Photographer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted Braely Vickery her wish on Wednesday — she and her family will be going on an all expense-paid vacation to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas later this year.

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Sulphur Bluff transforming school for Halloween Carnival

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The halls at Sulphur Bluff Independent School District will be filled Friday evening with food, games, decorated pumpkins and maybe even a few haunts as students, friends and family gather for the annual PTO Halloween Carnival.

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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.

Sulphur Bluff News Oct. 14, 2014

Sulphur Bluff ISD has been busy place over the last week, with lots of students, staff, parents and community members all working together to educate and provide opportunities for students.

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Campaign workers hoping to score big for HCUW

Hopkins County United Way put a little bit more on its “score” board this week, but still has five meetings or “innings” in which the team can “score” a little more each week for an overall win for United Way this year, according to the 2014-15 campaign chairman.

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