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Chamber Connection- April 9

Lezley Brown
By Lezley Brown, CEO/President, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

Here are a few things I wanted to share with you today…

I’m seeing some of the most beautiful and heartwarming things happening in our community. We have such good people doing such good things. Keep it up, my friends… I think we are in for a long haul. But don’t think about the long haul, just think about today. How can I make today awesome for someone? My youngest spontaneously wrote a message to her daddy in chalk on the driveway. All it said was, “You are amazing.” That’s all it took … happiness won. We are just looking for the good, and it abounds.

Texas A&M-Commerce to host Virtual Career Fair, April 16

Students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend Texas A&M-Commerce’s Virtual All Majors & Teacher Career Fair on April 16 from 12-7pm. More than 50 hiring entities will be in attendance to recruit candidates for full-time jobs and internships. Register today at http://tamuchirealion.easyvirtualfair.com. If you have questions about the fair, please contact Bethany Ferrall at [email protected]. If you are an alumni or student who needs a resume review or help with your job search, please visit tamuc.joinhandshake.com to set up a resume review appointment with your career coach.

Here is an update to life as we know it right now, and it is changing quickly!

Chamber of Commerce

We are postponing our Chamber Golf Tournament to Friday, June 19. Our lobby is closed to visitors at this time. We have forwarded our phones and will be answering them Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Chamber will be closed on Friday, April 10, for Good Friday.

Restaurants

All restaurant sit-down dining has been halted until April 30. Most have moved to curbside service and some are even offering home delivery. Just call ahead and visit with your favorite restaurant, and they will bring your food out to you. You can also visit “Takeout Together” on Facebook and Instagram. This is a place where restaurants are publishing current information and items they are offering.

Banking

Most financial institutions have closed their lobbies are banking by appointment. Most transactions can be handled online, and they are also available by phone.

Shopping

Most clothing stores are offering online shopping, curbside pickup, and even doorstep delivery. Please, please don’t forget about your favorite place to shop during this time. They are all fearful and need your help!

Groceries

Our grocery stores have changed their hours of operation. They are closing at nigh to disinfect and re-stock shelves. They are also limiting quantities of items that you can purchase. Hopefully, this will help distribute goods in a more effective manner.

Pharmacies

Our pharmacies are open. Some have closed their lobbies but can be reached through the drive through or curbside service.

Museums, Theatre

All museums are closed to the public. Most of them still have staffers and can be reached by phone. Main Street Theatre is also closed.

Library, Senior Citizen Center

Closed indefinitely. Meal-A-Day is still making daily deliveries.

Hotels

All of our hotels are open for business and have increased their cleaning protocols.

Energy Companies

Our energy companies have closed their lobbies to visitors but can be reached by phone if needed.

Insurance Companies

Most of our insurance companies have closed their lobbies, but they are open and goin strong by phone and email.

Hospital

For the safety and health of the community and ministry, CHRISTUS Health is screening all associates and visitors to hospitals to help lessen the risk of infectious disease transmission among patients, associates, and guests.

  • 1) Entrance to hospital through Emergency Department 24/7
  • (1) 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)
  • NEW effective 4/6/2020: ALL hospital visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors should bring their own mask; homemade cloth masks are acceptable.

School Districts in Hopkins County

All school districts in Hopkins County have moved to online learning.

SSISD: Free Meals Provided by SSISD

As of Tuesday, March 17, 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. to 11 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).

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, Civic Center

Both are open with limited staff.

Business Highlight

During the year 2020, The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is highlighting a business each week. Please join me in congratulating our Business of the Week for April 9, Jeff’s Carpet Cleaning.

Author: Faith Huffman

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