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Republican Party January Meeting on Jan 22nd

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Republican Party January Meeting on Jan 22nd

  The Republican Party of Hopkins County’s January meeting will be held on Monday January 22nd at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  The time will be 5:45 PM and they will try to limit the time of meeting to one hour. Local and District candidates will speak and there will be light refreshments served. Be sure to come and meet the candidates so you can be an informed voter when you go to the polls in March primary. Note that they are meeting earlier than usual so candidates and members can attend the  27th  Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony is set for 7 p.m.  The Ceremony was rescheduled from last Monday due to weather. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Donnie Wisenbaker Chairman for the Republican Party or visit their website at www.HopkinsCountyGOP.org Hopkins County GOP PO Box 1002 Sulphur Springs, TX 75483 903.485.3080

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Achoo!  Cover That Sneeze! By Johanna Hicks

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Achoo!  Cover That Sneeze! By Johanna Hicks

Achoo!  Cover That Sneeze!                 I hope you aren’t getting tired of hearing about the flu and cold season.  It is real, and it is upon us!   As my husband knows, every time I see people cough or sneeze into their hands, I cringe.  What makes it even worse is when they open a door or touch something with the same hand that others will be touching.  That’s one way germs are spread! Know the Numbers: 90 (ninety) miles per hour – that’s fast for a car, but were you aware that a sneeze can travel that fast as it leaves your body?  That is a super-fast way to spread germs, so please cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sneeze into your sleeve.  If you use a tissue, toss it in the trash right away.  Don’t leave it sitting around where someone else has to handle it. 1,000,000 (one million) – eeeewww!  Did you know that a sneeze can contain up to one million germs?  When you sneeze or cough, little germs go flying out of your body so try hard to catch them in a tissue or your sleeve and wash up afterward. 20 (twenty) seconds – Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing the “ABC song,” can get rid of germs. 24 (twenty-four) hours – If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone to avoid spreading the flu to others. Even if your hands look clean, they probably carry germs.  Germs are everywhere.  If you wash your hands really well with warm, soapy water, (and wash often) you can get rid of germs.  Adults ca be role models when it comes to good hand hygiene.  Children will watch and follow what you do.  Encourage your child to count slowly to 20, (or sing the ABC song), to help make handwashing fun and long enough.  Get a safe stepping stool so your child can reach the sink.  Hang a hand-washing reminder by the toilet. Try This! Here is an experiment you can do with your child: 1)      Mix vegetable oil with cinnamon in a small bowl. 2)      Let the child rub the cinnamon oil on hands. 3)      Wash hands together in four ways: –          Cold water only –          Cold water and soap for 10 seconds –          Warm water and soap for 10 seconds –          Warm water and soap for 20 seconds. 4)      Talk about the results.  What did it take to remove the cinnamon?  Cinnamon isn’t harmful, but you can see it if you don’t wash hands correctly. Germs are not visible – you can’t see them or smell them – so you must wash hands properly. No Way!                 Now, let’s think about another issue – popcorn.  Let’s say you are going to the movie theater to watch a movie with some friends.  Before you go into the actual theater, you and your friends decide to stop by the restroom.  When done, your friend skips the hand-washing and goes directly to the concession stand for popcorn, then offers to share a large order with you.  Hmmm, what do you do?  You might want to think carefully about that.  More than likely you wouldn’t get sick, but just thinking about where your friend’s hands have been  should give you a clue to not share!                 Foodborne illness is another matter for another column, but just keep in mind that you should always wash hands before handling food, and after using the bathroom, touching a pet, coughing or sneezing into hands, combing hair, blowing your nose, changing a diaper, handling trash, and anytime they are dirty. Resources: We have coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, and other activity sheet at the Extension Office.  These are available to anyone.  If you need large quantities, let us know in advance and we’ll prepare a packet for you!  Call 903-885-3443 for more information. Upcoming Events Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mi Diabetes:  this is a diabetes series targeted toward individuals with type 2 diabetes.  All classes will be taught in Spanish.  Classes will begin on Monday, January 22, and will be offered at 2 times – 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Other sessions are Mondays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26.   Contact Angela Doddy, at Christus Trinity Clinic, 903-244-1424 for more information.  Classes will take place at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs (next door to the big cows!) 4-H Sewing Fun Day:  4-H members are reminded to call our office at 903-885-3443 to sign up.  Make-and-take projects will be available at no cost.  Several sewing machines will be provided or participants may ring their own.  The date is Saturday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. at the Extension Office.  Bring a sack lunch, scissors, pins, and a tape measure. Fresh Start to a Healthier You:  this is a nutrition series, which will include cooking demonstrations, recipes, and handouts.  Dates are Thursday, February 1 and 8, at the Early Childhood Learning Center, 8:30 a.m.  No cost. Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop:  the first workshop for 2018 will take place on Saturday, February 10, 8:30 a.m., at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office.  The workshop is free, and engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license.  Morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided.  Please call 903-885-3443 so adequate preparations can be made. Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes:  this popular 5-lesson series will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, April 9, 11, 16, 19, and 23, at the Extension Office.  Cost is $25 to cover cost of materials and refreshments.  Please call 903-885-3443 to sign up. Other opportunities are also available, so call my office if you would like to know more!   Closing Thought There will be obstacles, there will be doubters.  There will be mistakes, but with hard work, there are no limits! –...

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Pilot Club’s Hoop Dreams Coming January 22nd, 2018

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Pilot Club’s Hoop Dreams Coming January 22nd, 2018

Eleven years ago the Pilot Club of Sulphur Springs began a program they called Hoop Dreams. A dozen special needs kids had the chance to enjoy basketball. The program has grown to over 35 kids from ages 5 to 19. Beverly Owens with the Pilot Club says five of the kids have participated in Hoop Dreams each and every year since the beginning. This years event will be January 22nd, 29th, Feb 5th, and Feb 12th from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Elementary School main gym.  Everyone is welcome to come and watch the excitement.  This year will include the National Anthem sung by participants as well. The Lion’s club will be coaching the children once again. The program runs for four Monday nights. After games on February 12, all the kids will be receiving awards. Call 903 439 6748 to get signed up or for more information.

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Dinner Bell Menu For January 17, 2018

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Dinner Bell Menu For January 17, 2018

Dinner Bell Menu for January 17, 2018 Anonymous this week’s Community Partner. Hamburger Steak with Brown Onion Gravy Rice Pilaf Garlic Green Beans Garden Salad Yeast Rolls and Butter Cookie Assortment Chocolate Pudding with Nut Topping (sugar free selection) Same time (11:45 a.m.). Same place (Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church).   Served at 11:45 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

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January and February Events for the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center

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January and February Events for the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center

Important Dates to Remember: January 15th  10:00 Wreaths with Rock Creek   Monday, January 22nd 10:30 Shawls of Love Thursday, January 25th 1:00 BUNCO Friday, January 26th Monthly Birthday Party Wednesday, February 14th Valentines Day Party   Winter 42 Tournament will be Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 AM Baked Potato Party for St. Patrick’s Day will be Friday, March 16th I have started working on the Clara Bridges 90+ Banquet.  I am looking for everyone in Hopkins County that is or will be 90 years old by the end of 2018. Please let me know if you know anyone that has a 90th Birthday this year so I can add them to my list.   I will send out letters of invitation soon. I have also started working on the 2018 Ms Hopkins County Senior Pageant. I am looking for ladies 60+ to sign up.    If you are interested please call me. I hate begging every year for ladies to sign up.  It takes at least 8 or 9 to make a good pageant.   Please call me ASAP. For questions or more information contact: Karon Weatherman Program and Marketing Director Senior Citizen’s Center 150 Martin Luther King Blvd Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482 (903) 885-1661

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Northeast Texas Childrens Museum Hosts Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

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Northeast Texas Childrens Museum Hosts Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

    (January 12, 2018, Commerce, Texas)  “Winter Wonderland” will be the theme for the 2018  Daddy Daughter Dance at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum.   With snowflake decorations and special crafts for the winter theme, the night will be a special time for young ladies and dads, granddads, and uncles.  The event will be held at the Children’s Museum on February 3 from 6:30 to 9:00.   Bryan Beezley of Beezley DJ Services will return as the disc jockey.  Volunteers will be available to help the young girls on the dance floor.  Also, returning will be Marissa Cowles with Twist-It Creations.  “Marissa’s balloon entertainment continues to be popular with the young girls,” said Donna Tavener, Board President.   Photographer David Hambrick will be available for special photos for the evening.  These will be available for purchase. “After nine Daddy Daughter Dances, we have the best in every area.  Kathy Erwin, a former caterer, will provide a very special menu for the girls.  She can do this thanks to the generosity of the Thalians Culture Club who will again sponsor the food. Decorations by Beckey Thompson are the best, and she continues to have new ideas for each Daddy Daughter Dance.  With the help of this professional group, the Children’s Museum’s offers a wonderful evening for the young girls and their escorts,” said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director.  Crafts, face painting, and an opportunity for play in the museum will also be part of the evening. Discounted tickets are now on sell at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum and can be purchased by calling 903-886-6055. Tickets purchased before January 20 are $30 for each girl and her escort; tickets purchased between January 20 and February 3 are $35. On February 3, the day of the event, tickets will be $40 for each couple. Additional young girls will be $10 each. Thanks to generous donors, scholarships are available for the event. -end- For additional information, contact: Sharline Freeman, Executive Director Northeast Texas Children’s Museum NW Corner Culver and Highway 50 Commerce, Texas 75428 Telephone: (903) 886-6055 or (903) 456-4789 Email: [email protected]

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Senior Bowling Leagues Offered at Classic Lanes

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Senior Bowling Leagues Offered at Classic Lanes

The Sulphur Springs Bowling Alley “Classic Lanes” has Bowling Leagues for Senior Citizens on Monday and Tuesday Nights. If you are interested in more details please call Justin at (903) 885-5046. Contact Karen Weatherman if you are interested in Free Bowling Game Coupons at the Senior Citizens Center if you want to try your hand at bowling.

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Distinguished Guests from Texas A and M University Commerce Visit KSST

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Distinguished Guests from Texas A and M University Commerce Visit KSST

Dr. M. Lavelle Hendricks, a professor at Texas A and M Commerce is also the pastor of East Caney Missionary Baptist Church. He also is responsible for organizing the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony 27 years ago. The event has grown in attendance and in stature, and this year will include dozens of recognitions of local persons who reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his lifetime.  During a Good Morning Show interview on KSST and Channel 18 TV, Hendricks brought along two guests who also uphold the high standards of humanity of Dr. King. Dr. Ray Keck, University President,  and Noah Nelson, Vice President of Media Relations will have speaking parts during Monday’s public event. They will be joined by elected officials, public servants, church and school leaders, members of the African-American Leadership Conference  and youngsters who are pursuing paths to education and meaningful careers. An abundance of uplifting music will be presented by local choirs and soloists. An offering will be taken and attendees are asked to make a $10 or  generous donation to the AALC headquartered at Texas A and M University in Commerce. The event will begin on Monday January 15, 2018 at 7 pm at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at 208 Fuller Street in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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Three Great Opportunities with Approaching Deadlines By Johanna Hicks

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Three Great Opportunities with Approaching Deadlines By Johanna Hicks

Three Great Opportunities with Approaching Deadlines! If you are the least bit familiar with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Hopkins County, you know that we always have something going on! Extension provides many educational programs, so today, I want to focus on three upcoming events. 1) ¡Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mi Diabetes! is a 7-lesson series to help individuals manage their type 2 diabetes. This series is slightly different from my previous diabetes sessions because it will be presented in Spanish. Angela Doddy, Christus Trinity Clinic, is spearheading the event, with support from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. The series will begin on Tuesday, January 16, and proceed each Monday thereafter, ending on February 26. Sessions will take place at the Hopkins County Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, in Sulphur Springs. Two times are being offered with the same information presented at both sessions – 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by four main key points: food choices, physical activity, checking blood sugar, and taking prescribed medications. All sessions in this series are free, and will be presented by medical personnel using research-based and evidence-based information. If you know someone who could benefit, please encourage them to attend. For more information, contact Angela Doddy, 903-244-1424 or the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 903-885-3443. (FYI – Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes will be held in April. The 5-lession series will cover nutrition and self-management topics, and will include refreshments, recipes, door prizes, and a notebook of materials. Cost for this series will be $25. Watch for more details to come or call my office for dates!) 2) Master Wellness Volunteer Program allows those who have a passion about health and wellness to share that passion with others via worksite wellness programs, community events, and more. Obtain knowledge and skills to live a healthier lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. Participants will receive 40 hours of training and give back 40 hours of service. In 2017, Hopkins County Master Wellness Volunteers contributed over 700 hours of service to our community and reached over 8,000 people! That is quite an accomplishment! The 2018 training will begin on Tuesday, January 23, with a face-to-face session. The session will be held via a statewide simulcast beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs. Featured speakers will include: – 9:00 – Dr. Susan Ballabina, Executive Associate Director (my former student at Tarleton State University!), welcome and the role of Extension in Community Health – 10:00 – Andy Crocker, Extension Program Specialist, Master Wellness Volunteer Program Overview – 11:00 – Mike Lopez, Extension Program Specialist, Walk Across Texas – 12:00 – I’ll provide lunch and discuss what Extension does in Hopkins County. I also hope to have current Master Wellness Volunteers share their experiences. – 1:00 – Renda Nelson, Program Director, Better Living for Texans – 2:00 – Luisa Colin, Special Initiatives Coordinator, The Many Faces of Diversity – 3:00 – Odessa Appel, Extension Assistant, Dinner Tonight – 4:00 – wrap-up and adjourn Three sessions will be done online as self-study assignments, and we’ll reconvene on Wednesday, February 28 with another face-to-face session at the Extension Office. The registration deadline is January 16 and the regular cost is $75, college students $25. Join our fabulous group of existing Master Wellness Volunteers! You will receive “Volunteer Connection” newsletter 6 or more times per year, and we have two luncheons annually where we are able to unwind and simply visit with each other. To register, go to http://agrilife.org/mwv. Call the Extension Office at 903-885-3443 if you have questions. 3) Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop will be held on Saturday, February 10. Engaged couples, married couples, and seriously dating coupes are all invited to participate. Topics include: Marriage Expectations, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Money Management, and Goals & Dreams. There is no charge for the course, and engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 (state portion of the fee) upon applying for a marriage license. The certificate is good for one year, so even if the wedding planned for later in the year, the savings is still applicable. Two more workshops are scheduled in 2018, so if February 10 doesn’t work for you, take advantage of one of the other dates: Saturday, May 12, or Saturday, August 25. All workshops will cover the same topics. Morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as lunch will be provided, but I do request that couples call my office at 903-885-3443 if they plan to attend so adequate preparations can be made. As a reminder to our Hopkins County 4-H members, we will have a 4-H Sewing Fun Day on Saturday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. Also, for any 4-H member interested in the Nutrition Quiz Bowl, we will have a meeting at 1:00 p.m. that same day. Closing Thought: Look for the good in others and in yourself – Vicki Hitzges

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Author Caleb Pirtle III Visits KSST and Channel 18 TV

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Author Caleb Pirtle III Visits KSST and Channel 18 TV

This Texas Writer was born at Kilgore, Texas and went to public school at New London. With a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, he began his writing career as a reporter for the Ft Worth Star Telegram. His career moved forward when his talents in coaxing out the back story was discovered by Texas Governor John Connally who hired Pirtle as chief of media relations for the state’s first tourism branch, the Texas Tourist Development Agency. Decades of meeting people through travel has supplied fodder for the 75 books he has published. Today, he likes helping develop new authors through writer’s leagues across the state including the Silver Leos Writers Guild at Texas A and M University at Commerce, Texas. He scheduled a visit on the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay at our studios along the way. Pirtle grew up in the Kilgore/Henderson area of East Texas among oil field workers who came from everywhere to man the oil boom. He always liked listening to the stories of people, especially older ones. Across the South he has found that people love to tell stories about their town, their work, their life, and if you listen long enough, their secrets. He describes his work as that of a “thief” because he takes the bits and pieces of other people’s lives, experiences and memories and weaves them into his stories, articles, teleplays and novels. “Everyone has a story if you just take time to listen”, says Pirtle. Though much of his decade as Travel Editor for Southern Living Magazine was about destinations, he most liked writing about the people he met along the way. He made the leap from conventional to digital publishing and today, his works are found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as on the shelves of bookstores and libraries around the world.  His memoir “The Man Who Talks to Strangers: a Memoir of Sorts” was released in late 2017. Pirtle has launched a new mystery series set in the area of his birth, and the first book is called “Back Side of a Blue Moon”. Aspiring writers are invited to attend a Writer’s Conference in March 2018 hosted by the Silver Leos Writers Guild, an organization open to alumni and non-alumni of TAMU Commerce. For more information, visit SLWG Facebook page. CALEB PIRTLE III, vice president and editorial director for Dockery House Publishing in Dallas, is the award-winning author of more than thirty books. A former travel editor for Southern Living magazine, he has co-written two teleplays for CBS and has written for such publications as Travel & Leisure, Bon Appetit, and Holiday. He’s the recipient of a Texas Associated Press Award, Small Press Book Award, and a Discover America Award.

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