Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom visited with members of the Texas State Legislature this week
Jan23

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom visited with members of the Texas State Legislature this week

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom visited with members of the Texas State Legislature this week. One topic high on his list is transportation and the need for funds to improve county roads and bridges as well as I-30....

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Judge Newsom Proposes a Fairer Way to Pay For New Jail
Jan23

Judge Newsom Proposes a Fairer Way to Pay For New Jail

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom and most of the County Commissioners were in Austin several days this week.  Judge Newsom is proposing an idea that if approved by the State Legislature could result in a slight increase in sales tax here that would offset the six-cent increase in the tax rate affecting property taxes to build the $16-million County Jail.  I talked with Judge Newsom Friday morning....

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Mardi Gras Comes to Sulphur Springs for Valentines Day, Feb. 13th and 14th
Jan23

Mardi Gras Comes to Sulphur Springs for Valentines Day, Feb. 13th and 14th

The February 13-14 weekend will be a big one in downtown Sulphur Springs. Elements of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day will be featured. I talked about the big weekend with city Community Development Specialist Gus Gustafson and with two employees of Muddy Jake’s Sports Bar Tiffany Walker and Kay Dee...

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Open Seats in the Upcoming Election
Jan22

Open Seats in the Upcoming Election

Filing for seats on the Sulphur Springs City Council, Sulphur Springs School Board and the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board gets underway next Wednesday and will continue through February 27. Sulphur Springs City Council seats in Places 1, 2 and 3 are up this time. Current incumbents are Craig Johnson in Place 1, Clay Walker in Place 2 and Oscar Aguilar in Place 3. Filing will take place with City Secretary Gale Roberts at City...

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Hopkins County Genealogical Society Voted to Move Their Office and Library
Jan22

Hopkins County Genealogical Society Voted to Move Their Office and Library

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell feels an agreement approved by the Hopkins County Genealogical Society to move their library and offices from Main Street to the Sulphur Springs Public Library Meeting Room will be beneficial to them and the city. The Genealogical Society will not have to worry about maintenance or utilities while the city will get two buildings for potential retailers. The city will also split the proceeds...

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Everything Unique Joins Square Renovations
Jan21

Everything Unique Joins Square Renovations

Everything Unique, a home-furnishing specialty store at Celebration Plaza, is installing a side entrance along Broadway Street. This new entrance is scheduled to be complete in two weeks. “We think it’s very important to be a part of Downtown and we want to keep improving it,” co-owner Steve Nuckolls said. “We love what they are doing with Downtown. We are also doing this to improve our building and...

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Local Kiwanis Celebrate The Organizations 100th Anniversary
Jan21

Local Kiwanis Celebrate The Organizations 100th Anniversary

Kiwanis Clubs around the world are celebrating their 100th anniversary in January. Globally, this celebration will continue for the next six months as 16,000 clubs in 80 nations honor the past century of service and launch the next 100 years of signature service projects. Each year members devote 18.5 million volunteer hours toward community projects and raise more than $100-million to help children thrive, prosper, and grow. Kiwanis...

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“Updated Video” To The Citizens of Hopkins County and Others Served by the Hopkins County Hospital District
Jan20

“Updated Video” To The Citizens of Hopkins County and Others Served by the Hopkins County Hospital District

As before, I am writing this on behalf of the Board, management, physicians, staff and volunteers of our hospital district. As an organization, we have seen the healthcare industry experience significant and dramatic change. Our industry is moving from a singular focus on sickness to a broader emphasis on health. To use the current catch phrase, we have been moving from “volume to value”. We will always be in the “sickness” business...

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More Stores Coming
Jan15

More Stores Coming

A retail business, a restaurant located in another town, visited Sulphur Springs Thursday. The owner was invited by City of Sulphur Springs Director of Community Development Shane Shepard. Shepard said on average 1 or 2 prospects check the city out almost every week of the year. He said the word seemed to be getting out about Sulphur Springs. Shepard said a cluster of restaurants to choose from would make the city a destination....

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Lights of Life and Gala Funds Benefits the Hospital & Community Early
Jan15

Lights of Life and Gala Funds Benefits the Hospital & Community Early

Plans called for some of this year’s Lights of Life and Gala funds raised by the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation to be used to purchase three additional telemedicine machines for hospital use.  The hospital’s original machine, which allows physicians at locations out of town to contact patients and doctors at the hospital for face-to-face visits, has proved to be in great demand by hospital staff.  They asked...

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