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Cumby staff working together to cut costs; ‘This is as tough as I’ve seen’ after 30 years in education, high school principal says

It’s no secret all Texas public schools are feeling the pain of financial cuts by state officials, but the wounds go deeper for some than others. Consequently, districts are having to find places to cut corners just to make ends meet.


Cumby School officials hope voters OK tax ratification election in August

School officials in Cumby say everyone is doing all they can to cut costs and stretch every dollar, but even so, there’s only so much to trim. Some programs and staff have taken a hit. Unless help is found, the district will have to cut deeper into sports and other programs — and eliminate some positions.


Ray and Cam Boatright, local Church of Christ helped start academically recognized Christian school in Ghana

A Sulphur Springs couple and their church helped start and currently oversees one of the most successful Christian schools in Ho, Volta Region, Ghana in West Africa.


County jail aces surprise inspection

For a number of years Hopkins County has battled problems with the county jail and trying to pass inspections by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards without much luck.


Early voting begins Monday for city, school, hospital elections

Monday marks the start of early voting in local elections for Sulphur Springs City Council, Hopkins County Memorial Hospital District board and Sulphur Springs ISD trustees.

Three council positions are on the city council ballot, however there is only one contested race.

Place Two incumbent Clay Walker, in his bid for a fourth term on the council, is being challenged by former council member Charles Oxford.

Councilman Walker was appointed to the council in 2002 and then elected to a full term the following year.

Oxford defeated Yolanda Williams in 2008 by six votes to win his first term on the council. In 2011 Oxford lost his bid for second term to John Sellers.

Incumbent Place One Councilman Craig Johnson, who currently serves as mayor, and Place Three incumbent Oscar Aguilar are not opposed on the ballot.

In the Board of Directors election for Hopkins County Memorial Hospital District, four candidates are seeking two at-large seats on the board being vacated by Jan Chapman and Chad Young.

Candidates Suzanne Thomas Bankston, Dr. David Black, DVM, John Reed and Brent Barclay are on the hospital district ballot

In the Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustee election, three candidates are running for two positions on the school board.

Incumbents Jason Dietze, currently serving as board president, and Don Sapaugh are seeking reelection while Leesa Toliver is the lone challenger in the at-large election.

Early voting in person for the city council, hospital board and Sulphur Springs ISD trustee elections will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays April 29-May 8, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, and Monday, May 7, in the Council Room in the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis Street.

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