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Hopkins County Approves Another Solar Project: Grants 100% Tax Abatement
Apr15

Hopkins County Approves Another Solar Project: Grants 100% Tax Abatement

The Hopkins County Commissioners recently approved another 381 agreement for a solar project to be located in Precinct 4 with two major land owners involved. The contract provides a 100% tax abatement for the Bright Arrow Solar project for the first ten years of the contract as Hopkins County has chosen to take a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) in the amount of $360,000 annually for those same ten years. The solar company would then...

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Tensions Run High For Dike Residents About French Solar Farm
Mar23

Tensions Run High For Dike Residents About French Solar Farm

Tensions continue to run high between the citizens of Dike and the French Solar Company, Engie. The Hopkins County Commissioner’s court, which approved a tax abatement for the solar farm, held a public forum at the civic center on Monday night, in an effort to relieve concerns from the affected neighbors. The residents in Dike are very upset, and contend that they were not properly notified of the solar farm or what effects it...

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Commissioners Court Approves Equipment Financing, Grant Funding, ATCOG Agreement
Mar22

Commissioners Court Approves Equipment Financing, Grant Funding, ATCOG Agreement

Hopkins County Commissioners Court approved equipment financing, grant funding, an Ark-Texas Council of Governments agreement, designated two days as County Clean Up Days, and rescinded an agreement with the hospital during their regular meeting Monday, March 22, 2021. A citizen also addressed the court during public forum regarding the planned Dike solar project. Grant Funding Hopkins County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management...

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Welding Instruction At PJC-Sulphur Springs
Mar17

Welding Instruction At PJC-Sulphur Springs

Welding classes are in high gear as PJC-Sulphur Springs is in the home stretch of their Spring Semester. Additional Welding classes are offered during the PJC Summer Extended Term which runs from May 17-August 17. You can find out more information by going to the PJC website. Welding student Ty Nichols, left, discusses his structural welding project with Instructor John Plemons at the PJC-Sulphur Springs Center welding...

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North Hopkins Water Supply Needs Your Help
Feb22

North Hopkins Water Supply Needs Your Help

Valves Opened at 10 a.m., But It Could Be Several Hours Before Residents Have Water As the System Has To Re-pressurize First If you live in the North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation (NHWSC) service area you are feeling the frustration of the water supply issues that are occurring. As NHWSC is the largest customer of the Sulphur Springs Water Department, and water usage overall has gone way up for everyone mainly due to water leaks....

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FEMA Help Is On The Way For Texas, But Not For Individuals In Hopkins County
Feb21

FEMA Help Is On The Way For Texas, But Not For Individuals In Hopkins County

Newly elected president Joe Biden made headlines by approving Texas as a Federal Disaster Area due to the effects of the winter storm, but Hopkins County was excluded from individual assistance. Only 77 counties out of the 254 Texas counties were approved for individual assistance, where individuals (mostly without insurance) can apply for damage reimbursement directly from the federal government. Texas Governor Greg Abbott thanked...

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Sulphur Springs Water Supply Unaffected By Winter Storm
Feb18

Sulphur Springs Water Supply Unaffected By Winter Storm

As millions across the state of Texas face challenges with their water supply, Sulphur Springs water supply is not being affected by the winter storm. “With a working generator as a backup power supply, there is no need to worry.” Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell said he’s received information that some customers have been collecting and saving water after hearing reports of other cities with no water...

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I-30 Westbound Traffic Diverted
Feb11

I-30 Westbound Traffic Diverted

As of 11:15am February 11, 2021 traffic on I-30 westbound was being diverted onto the service road in the Cumby area. Travel in this direction is discouraged as road crews continue to clear roads. Roads remain hazardous as well in the eastbound direction of I-30 past Saltillo.

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Canada Ban On Cruise Ships Could Kill Alaska Cruises For 2021
Feb05

Canada Ban On Cruise Ships Could Kill Alaska Cruises For 2021

An archaic U.S. law known as The Jones Act, is coming into play as Canada just announced their ban on any cruise ships stopping at Canadian ports or traveling through Canadian waters until after February 28, 2022. At first glance, you wouldn’t think this could affect an Alaskan cruise leaving from and returning to Seattle, but it is just not that simple. As part of The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (yes, over 100 years ago)...

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Alliance Bank Announces Shurtleff Promotion
Jan25

Alliance Bank Announces Shurtleff Promotion

Monday, January 25, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Sellers was pleased to announce that the Board of Directors for Alliance Bank has approved the promotion of Keith Shurtleff to Market President for the Hopkins County market. “We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Keith Shurtleff to Branch/Market President for the Hopkins County market. He has an active role in the Hopkins County community,...

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