Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists
Oct21

Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists

Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists Each year, I like to remind families about Halloween safety.  Those of you who know me are aware that I’m not fond of Halloween, but many people spend the time to be outdoors with their children to enjoy treats, fun, and games.  The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer.  With shorter days comes more night driving.  Because nighttime driving is more...

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Answering Your Questions
Oct15

Answering Your Questions

I recently had the privilege of exhibiting at a health fair for employees of Ocean Spray, Inc.  I met some delightful individuals, but one especially caught my attention.  He is an avid reader of my weekly columns (thank you!), and stated that he enjoyed them, but that they never quite met his needs.  In discussing the matter further with him, I learned that he is on the road for hours each day, and often gone overnight.  He also has...

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Getting Ready During October
Oct15

Getting Ready During October

Not many people think of winter in the heat of September, but fall is the time to prepare your lawn for the cold ahead and, at the same time, get rid of unwanted weeds. Fall fertilization, which is the most important fertilization of the year, is the first step for a healthier lawn next year, and September is the time to do it. Use a 3-1-2 ratio formula or buy a “winterize” product of your choice, allowing for good...

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Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest
Oct09

Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest

Excitement is building for the 2014 Hopkins County Fall Festival.  I want to tell you about three exciting events that will take place on October 24 and 25, starting with the Creative Arts Contest.  This contest, held in the Sulphur Springs High School Conference Center, is open only to Hopkins County residents due to space limitations, but we always have an excellent showing!  Here are the guidelines: 1)      Participants may enter...

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Tree Repair After Storms by Mario Villarino
Oct08

Tree Repair After Storms by Mario Villarino

Recent storms that affected Hopkins County in recent days created significant damage to our older trees. The Department of Ecosystem science and Management, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has made available the on-line publication “the tree care kit”. Part of this publication was written by M. R. Koelling  and R. P. Kidd from the Department of Forestry Michigan State University and states: “When storms strike, along with...

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Hay Show Sale

This year’s Hopkins County Hay Champion is Marilyn Smith. Her hay received the highest hay score at the 2014 Hopkins County Hay Show. Ms. Smith’s hay was purchased by Alliance Bank for $1,000. G&L Hay Farm grabbed second and third place. City National Bank bought the second place hay for $1,000. Texas Heritage Bank purchased the third place hay for $700. Other winners were 4th and 5th place Tom Glossup, sixth place Max Palmer,...

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National 4-H Week

4-H has a long, proud history in Hopkins County.  All across the nation, 4-H’ers will be recognizing National 4-H Week, October 5-11.  County 4-H clubs and groups have the opportunity to showcase what they have gained from their membership at the local and county level, said Dr. Toby Lepley, assistant state 4-H leader for the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program.  A fundamental purpose of the 4-H program is to highlight our program’s...

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September Meeting of the Hopkins County Environmental Committee
Oct01

September Meeting of the Hopkins County Environmental Committee

During the September meeting of the Hopkins County Environmental Committee, several topics were discussed related to Hopkins County educational needs. One of them was the need of having aerobic septic systems from homes properly maintained and inspected. In response to this educational need, the Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units training has been scheduled for October 17, 2014 at the Professional Ag Workers Building...

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Professional Ag Workers Annual Hay Show and Sale
Sep26
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USDA Under Secretary for Farm at the AgriLife Extension Office Friday
Sep26

USDA Under Secretary for Farm at the AgriLife Extension Office Friday

Michael T. Scuse, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, conducted a stakeholders meeting in Sulphur Springs Friday morning at the AgriLife Extension Office. Scuse said his purpose was to discuss the rolling out of programs of interest to row crop farmers in the new Farm Bill and to visit with producers and representatives of various ag sectors to hear from...

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