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SSHS sending 22 to regional UIL meet

Sulphur Springs High School won nearly two dozen individual and four team awards at the District 14-4A UIL Academic Meet, and had several students recognized with cast and crew honors at the One-Act Play competition. Of those, a dozen members of the academic UIL team and all four teams qualified to advance to the regional competition.

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News-Telegram staff honored at annual TAPME competition

    Arts editor Terry Mathews and staff photographer Luis Noble received several awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competition, held in San Antonio last weekend.

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Spring clean-up time in city and county

Spring is here and, along with the season, comes the effort to get your property spruced up and, to help with that, both the city of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County will be providing places for all those things you want to get rid of.
    Clean-up days in Sulphur Springs will start Monday, April 15, and continue through Friday, April 20.
    The city's collection site will be in its usual location on Jefferson Street, about a quarter mile east of the Flowserve plant.
     “We accept everything except household hazardous waste, chemicals, paint, batteries, tires and appliances that contain Freon,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said.
    The cleanup program is not open to everybody; it's open to city residents only and is not for commercial purposes - only residential purposes.
    “So bring your water bill and your identification for proof that you are, in fact, a city resident,” the city manager emphasized. “There will be people there to help you off-load your truck or trailer and it should be a fairly orderly process.”
    For Hopkins County residents the clean-up days will be Friday, April 26 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, according to County Judge Chris Brown.
    “Our clean-up will have guys at all four county precinct barns at the same time,” Brown said. “There are always Dumpsters at the county barns and you can always take things to the Dumpsters there but Friday and Saturday, there will be help for unloading.”
    Brown says they will not accept tires, wet paint, hazardous waste, commercial trash or shingles. Clean up days are for county residents only.

County signs architect for jail planning

Hopkins County commissioners gave full approval Monday morning to entering into a contract for the preliminary planning for a new county jail.
    The contract, as approved with DRG Architects, will cost the county $60,000. That amount will be part of the total architect’s fees when the jail project is completed.
    County Judge Chris Brown said preliminary planning for a new jail, and possibly law enforcement center, has been underway for a number of years.
    “We want to make sure this grows with us,” he said. “We also want to make sure we have the ability to expand and put a justice center on the other side, so there are a lot of factors we need to look into and we need the designers on board with us right now.”
    Commissioners agreed the contract will help get the county to a point where it can move forward with the selection and purchase of land. The preliminary drawings will also show how the jail will sit on the site and the basic floor plan, as well as set the foundation for plans for the facility.
    “Over the next 12 months, they will be gathering information and will be designing a jail for our needs,” the judge said. “We are looking at an overall concept that allows for additions, so that in 20 or 30 years we are not looking at having to build another county jail.”

Attorney Larry Friday killed in ATV crash

A memorial service for Sulphur Springs attorney Larry Conley Friday Jr., 44, has been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church.
    Friday died when an all-terrain vehicle he was riding ran off the roadway in the Tanglewood area on Lake Texoma about 11:45 p.m. Friday.
    According to State Trooper Mark Tackett, the crash occured at the intersection of Water Crest Drive and Rustic Ridge Road.
    “They were east bound on Water Crest and left the roadway and rolled down a steep incline,” Tackett said. “The passenger was thrown off and the driver, Friday, was pinned underneath the ATV.”
    Friday was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The passenger on the ATV was John Foerester, 40, of Irving, was in stable condition at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
    The memorial service for Friday will be conducted at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Mark Bryant officiating.

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