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Tiemeyer to receive Community Builder award May 30

Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge will be presenting Pastor Joel Tiemeyer with the Community Builder award at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Masonic Lodge located at 107 Oak Ave. in Sulphur Springs. Everyone is invited.

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Saltillo announces top academic 8th grade students

Saltillo Independent School District has announced Sienna Collins and Lorena Castro as this year’s top eighth graders.

Sienna Collins’ 94.83 overall grade point average earned her the rank of eighth grade valedictorian. Lorena Castro earned salutatorian honors with a 93.16 GPA.

Both students have been involved in academic UIL, ran cross country and played basketball. 

In UIL, Collins won second place honors in social studies and finished fifth in mathematics; she also won first place honors at the local science fair. Castro placed fourth in math and third in calculator as a seventh grader, and went on to win first place honors in calculator and third place in math in eighth grade.

Collins won first place honors at district in cross country and basketball; she also placed first in the 3,200-meter run, 800-meter run and high jump at district.

In fact, she says running, reading and listening to music are her hobbies and interests. Her favorite subjects in school are reading, American history and health. She also included among her school activities Junior FFA.

Castro was also played softball. Athletics, health and math are her favorite subjects. Her hobbies and interest include reading, chilling with friends, “coming up to the gym to shoot,” going out and bowling.

Collins is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Collins.

Castro’s family includes Sonia, Juan, Letty and Raul Castro.

Saltillo names Wartenbee, Shelby top 2 seniors

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Monika Elizabeth Wartenbee has been named valedictorian and Moresa Shelby salutatorian of Saltillo High School Senior Class of 2015.

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Parents held for child endangerment

A Sulphur Springs couple is being held in Hopkins County jail on felony charges of child endangerment after their arrest Wednesday afternoon.

Bonds for Crystal Leann Allen-Campbell, 27, and Jeremy Don Campbell, 28, were set at $75,000 each Thursday morning.

Special Crimes Unit Commander Harold McClure said the arrests came after Child Protective Service investigators contacted police.

“They had received an intake reference on the abuse of a child, involving narcotics,” McClure said. “They [CPS] actually started their investigation back in April and, during the investigation, had both parents and the child drug tested. The child, an eight-month-old girl, tested positive for methamphetamine and both of the parents tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.”

The Special Crimes Unit investigator said the positive drug test results on the child were due, in all probability, to cross contamination.

“There are several ways to ingest methamphetamine. You smoke it, you inject it, you eat it,” he explained. “If the parents]were smoking it and the baby is in the same house — I'm not even going to say the same room — in the same house breathing air that's in the house, the air is contaminated with it. They are changing the baby's diapers and they are handling this controlled substance or feeding the baby, it's cross contamination — secondary smoke.”

Child Protective Services had already removed the child from the parents before the police department was contacted and, upon receipt of the agency's report, steps were taken to obtain arrest warrants for the parents.

The parents, Jeremy Don Campbell and Crystal Leeann Allen-

Campbell, were arrested around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday and booked in to the count jail on charges of abandonment, endangering a child in imminent danger of bodily injury.

New signs point the way to downtown

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New signs hanging over Industrial Drive and Shannon Road at Interstate 30 point the way to “Celebration District.”

The addition of the signs is expected to lead more people to the downtown area and, with them, a further increase in retail growth and sales activity.

“One of the things that we learned from Roger Brooks is that we can increase sales in the downtown area by 25 to 28 percent with way-finding signs,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. “A lot of people passing through have no idea we've got something going on downtown.”

In meetings to “brand” the city and the downtown area, comments were heard that people traveling through Sulphur Springs on Interstate 30 and those stopping for food and fuel as well as those staying in the hotels were unaware of the downtown area, “Celebration District.

“If we have adequate signage to get them there, we will see benefits,” he said. “So this is the first step. It's unusual, it's not the typical way-finding sign which is exactly what we were looking for. We don't want just another sign that blends in with everything else.”

Hanging the signs from the signal light arms at the two major intersections required more than workers with the right equipment. Approval  had to come from the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We had to jump through a few hoops, but we got step one done,” Maxwell said.

And, the city manager said, the signs are just another step in making the success of “Celebration District” continue. He promised there would be additional things in the near future that will point the way downtown.

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