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10% Pay Increase, Additional Positions For HCSO, HCFD Projected In 2022-2023 County Budget
Aug10

10% Pay Increase, Additional Positions For HCSO, HCFD Projected In 2022-2023 County Budget

Increased Property Values & Sales Tax Cited For Proposed Reduction in Hopkins County Tax Rate A 10% pay increase for all county employees, and funding for additional positions for the sheriff’s office, and an additional position within the clerk’s office were among the items projected in the 2022-2023 county budget. Increased property values and sales tax returns were cited for a propose reduction in Hopkins County tax...

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Changes Proposed For City’s Enterprise Zone Program, Video Gaming Facility Policies
Aug06

Changes Proposed For City’s Enterprise Zone Program, Video Gaming Facility Policies

Sulphur Springs City Council this week approved on final reading a reinvestment zone and a rezoning request, as well as a reinsurance contract, a resolution appointing 3 to the Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Board, and on first reading two ordinance amendments. Video Gaming Facility Ordinance Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jason Ricketson asked the City Council to consider approving Ordinance No. 2810, which would amend...

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TWC: Cumby ISD Among 9 Districts To Benefit From $685,000 Awarded To Collegiate Edu-Nation For Robotics
Aug05

TWC: Cumby ISD Among 9 Districts To Benefit From $685,000 Awarded To Collegiate Edu-Nation For Robotics

Cumby ISD has been designated one of nine rural school districts to benefit from a portion of the $685,000 awarded by Texas Workforce Commission to Collegiate Edu-Nation for Youth Robotics programs, TWC announced Friday morning, Aug. 5, 2022. TWC logo Youth Robotics Programs will launch this month following the award of $2.1 million by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), allowing thousands of Texas high school students to...

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2022 Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Observed Aug. 5-7
Aug03

2022 Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Observed Aug. 5-7

Sales Tax Waived On Qualifying School Supplies, Clothes, Shoes and Student Backpacks Priced Under $100 This Weekend in Texas If you’re planning to buy school clothes or supplies, waiting until this weekend to do so could prove monetarily advantageous as this weekend is the annual sales tax holiday in Texas. State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below...

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Additional $113,100 Approved For New Pumper For SSFD
Aug03

Additional $113,100 Approved For New Pumper For SSFD

Fire Department To Begin Billing Out-Of-County Residents Mitigation Rates For Costs of Services, Equipment and Response by Sulphur Springs Fire Department Sulphur Springs City Council approved an additional $113,100 Tuesday night for the purchase of a new pumper for Sulphur Springs Fire Department as well as a program which would allow out-of-county residents to be charged mitigation rates to reoup costs associated with response by...

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Twogether In Texas, Annual 4-H Achievement Banquet Coming Up This Month
Aug03

Twogether In Texas, Annual 4-H Achievement Banquet Coming Up This Month

Johanna Hicks, Extension Agent By Johanna Hicks, Family and Community Health Agent, Hopkins County, [email protected] Are you engaged to be married? Are you seriously dating? Are you married, but need a boost? If you said ‘yes’ to any of these, then I have a great opportunity for you. Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop is being offered on Saturday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M...

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Sulphur Springs City Council Has Busy Night Ahead With Workshop Followed By Regular Meeting
Aug02

Sulphur Springs City Council Has Busy Night Ahead With Workshop Followed By Regular Meeting

Sulphur Springs City Council has a busy night ahead with a workshop scheduled at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular monthly meeting at 7 tonight (Aug. 2, 2022). The workshop focus will be on a proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-2023. City staff are continually updating and working on finances. They will present their first proposal for discussion during the 5:30 p.m. work session, which will then be revised based on discussions and...

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CHRISTUS Introduces Newest Resource — A Mobile Athletic Training Room
Aug01

CHRISTUS Introduces Newest Resource — A Mobile Athletic Training Room

Approximately 40-50 attended a special ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning, Aug. 1, 2022, to introduce CHRISTUS’ newest resource — a Mobile Athletic Training Room or MATR (pronounced mater), a specially equipped trailer designed to assist at athletic meets and games. The unit will add to the services available to student athletes who are injured during athletic events or practices. Mobile Athlete Training Room Holding the...

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2 Opioid Settlement Agreements Announced This Week
Jul29

2 Opioid Settlement Agreements Announced This Week

July 29, 2022, AG News Releases A bipartisan group of attorneys general announced agreements in principle have been reached to address the opioid crisis, one with former opioid maker Allergan and another with opioid maker Teva. Once finalized, the combined Allergan and Teva settlements would provide as much as $6.6 billion nationwide. Both settlements remain contingent on resolution of key issues regarding the settlement structure....

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Northeast Texas WDA Unemployment Rates Rose In June 2022, But Remain Lower Than June 2021 Rates
Jul27

Northeast Texas WDA Unemployment Rates Rose In June 2022, But Remain Lower Than June 2021 Rates

Unemployment in Northeast Texas Workforce Development area rose for the second consecutive month, but the June 2022 unemployment rates were still below June 2021 unemployment rates for all nine counties in the WDA. Franklin and Hopkins continued in June 2022 to have the lowest unemployment rates in NETWDA and both county’s 3.5% unemployment rates are still below the overall state unemployment rate of 4.4% for June 2022,...

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