If your church, group or non-profit organization has an announcement for the public, please send it to us at [email protected] Or you can print or write out your announcement and leave it in the message box on the KSST front door, and we will make the announcement for you.
As of April 1, 2020, Hopkins County officials are reporting three cases of Coronavirus in the county. Local Emergency Management officials urge everyone to follow the Governor’s order to “Stay Home, Stay Safe”, to diligently limit exposure to COVID-19 and to follow CDC hygiene guidelines for safety.
HOSPITAL NEWS: For the safety and health of the community and our ministry, CHRISTUS Health is screening all associates and visitors to our hospitals to help lessen the risk of infectious disease transmission
among our patients, associates, and guests.
(1) Entrance to hospital through Emergency Department 24/7
(1) One visitor per patient
Visitors must be between the ages of 16 years-old and 65-years old
All visitors are screened at the door, including a temperature taken
All associates are screened at each shift, including a temperature taken
Visiting hours are 7am to 7pm (subject to change)
We want to be perfectly clear: CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System remains a safe place for all to receive quality care. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. From physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean – all our Associates are involved in making sure we provide a safe environment for our patients. Every single day.
Local banks have restricted in-person banking in lobbies of all branches. The limited in-person service is part of the state and national effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Customers may use drive-thru banking services and online banking tools. If in-person banking is necessary, you may call your bank to make an appointment.
Hopkins County offices and courts are now closed to walk-in business and in-office interaction. Contact any of the Hopkins County departments by phone or by checking the departments on the website hopkinscountytx.org. If you need in-person assistance, you may request an appointment.
City of Sulphur Springs offices are now closed to walk-in business. Staff of all departments including water, police, fire, animal control, public works and others are on duty. Contact any of the departments of the City at sulphurspringstx.org. You may call the City of Sulphur Springs at 903-885-7541 with questions.
The Sulphur Springs Public Library is closed to walk-in visitors. However, the staff is still working to serve you. You may reserve books and materials, and the Library is offering curbside service. Go online to sslibrary.org for complete directions or contact by phone at 903-885-4926.
Effective immediately, the office/lobby at North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation is closed to walk-in traffic. Payments may be made through the mail or placed in a drop box on the south side of the building. The water corporation is considered an essential business during these times and will continue to serve it’s customers.
The Hopkins County Genealogical Society Research Library, located inside the Public Library, is closed until further notice, and Society meetings suspended at this time.
The Sulphur Springs Rotary Club’s annual “Claws for a Cause” Crawfish Boil Fundraiser set for April 2020 will not be held. Tickets purchased and sponsorships will be refunded.
The City of Sulphur Springs “Spring Clean-Up Week” has been re-scheduled to the week of July 13-18, 2020. During that week, City services for disposal of trash and debris will be offered near the old Flo-Serve location, as in past years.
The Yantis Catfish Classic Fishing Tournament has been moved from the first weekend in May to the first weekend in October, 2020. If you have already entered the tournament, you should contact the Minnow Bucket Marina at Yantis to change your reservations to the October date.
The AARP Tax Aide service which had been offered at Wesley UMC has been cancelled by the AARP Organization.
Dinner Bell is now serving on Wednesdays in a take-out-only service, on the front parking lot of First United Methodist Church starting at 11:45am. Anyone in need of a hot meal can participate free of charge. Just line up and remain in your car. You may take as many meals as you have persons in your car.
The Sulphur Springs Seniors Center remains closed for activities and for walk-in meals. Meal-a-Day meals are still being prepared and delivered to Senior shut-ins. Meal a Day has an opening for a Tuesday Route Driver volunteer starting at end of April. If you can help cover this in-town route, please contact Karon Weatherman at 903-885-1661.
The Hopkins County Freedom Ball scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been re-scheduled for August 29, 2020 at the Hopkins County Civic Center.
The Kerry Garmon Foundation Scholarship Dinner set for April 4 has been postponed for a future date in Spring 2020.
The 55-Plus Health Fair and Hot Dog Lunch for Senior Citizens set for April 7 at The ROC is cancelled, according to Karon Weatherman, Director of Senior Citizen’s Center.
Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association’s 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later time.
The City of Cumby Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled.
The Sulphur Springs Community Players and Main Street Theater will go dark through May 2020 pending further notice. This is in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, according to Joe McCorckle.
The Northeast Texas Choral Society ‘Spring Concert’ set for the first weekend in May will not be held in 2020.
Texas A&M UNiversity-Commerce continues the semester with on-line instruction. TAMUC announced March 12 that all face-to-face classes were suspended due to the COVID-19 situation and that the university would be transitioning to online instruction at all A&M-Commerce locations, including the RELLIS campus, starting March 16, until further notice. TAMUC President Dr. Mark Rudin confirmed that A&M Commerce and all of its location will remain in an online-only format for the rest of the semester due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Rudin also announced that May 8-9 Commencement ceremonies, like all campus activities scheduled through May 31, have been postponed.
TAMUC students who have met the graduation requirements will receive their diplomas from the Registrar’s Office after final grades are posted for the Spring 2020 semester. Commencements scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2020 will be rescheduled for December 2020, for those who wish to celebrate their achievement with family and friends. No decisions have yet been made regarding August 2020 commencement exercises.
All UIL activities are suspended. The University Interscholastic League on the official UIL Facebook page has announced that all UIL activities will continue to be suspended until May 4 due to COVID-19. That means no practices, contests, rehearsals and workouts until at least May 4, potentially longer, depending on the situation regarding COVID-19.
SSISD Food Services is providing FREE meals for ALL SSISD students AND any community children who are between the ages of 1 – 18. Meals will be available for pick-up each Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. until further notices. Students will be able to pick up one breakfast and one lunch meal at this time. Students do not have to attend any one of these campuses to participate. Pick-up areas will be curbside grab-and-go and will be held at the following locations across Sulphur Springs:
- SSES (Lee Street bus lane)
- Bowie (Mockingbird Lane student drop off/pick up lane)
- Bush (South bus lane circle to awning), and
- Douglass (Calvert Street awning)
All Hopkins County school districts also have food service plans in place for their students who are studying on-line during the extended school closure through May 4, 2020 or until further notice. Check your school’s website for details.
Local day care facilities have new guidelines to follow from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. This includes pick-up and drop off of children outside the facility and restriction on who can enter the facility. Click here for the latest guidelines.