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Unemployment Rate In Hopkins County Declined Slightly In May 2021
Jun23

Unemployment Rate In Hopkins County Declined Slightly In May 2021

The unemployment rate in Hopkins County declined slightly in May 2021, as did the overall employment rate across Northeast Texas and the state, according to Texas Labor Market Index and Texas Workforce Commission. WorkforceDevelopmentAreaMay 2021RateApril 2021RateMay 2020RateTexas5.96.411.8North East Texas5.96.29.2Bowie6.06.310.6Cass7.17.69.6Delta5.35.07.4Franklin4.75.26.9Hopkins4.54.86.9Lamar5.86.18.9Morris10.511.411.9Red...

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SSISD Eligible To Apply For $11.5 Million In Federal ESSER Grant Funding
Jun18

SSISD Eligible To Apply For $11.5 Million In Federal ESSER Grant Funding

Sulphur Springs ISD students and staff could benefit from up to $11.5 million in federal ESSER Grants funding over the next three years, provided the district can adequately articulate in grant applications that the funds meet the terms stipulated for their intended use. SSISD Assistant Superintendent Josh Williams reported the district has been notified SSISD is eligible to receive two types of federal funding, but must apply to...

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Current Tax Practices Discussed At Sulphur Springs ISD Board Of Trustees Meeting
Jun17

Current Tax Practices Discussed At Sulphur Springs ISD Board Of Trustees Meeting

It’s no secret school finance is a complicated animal, with many different factors affecting funding, including how high Sulphur Springs ISD and other school districts may set the ad valorem rate. Lucas Janda with Live Oak Public Finance LLC discussed with SSISD Board of Trustees the “current tax practices” aspect of school finance, specifically the state’s values versus appraisal district values in Texas....

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Court Issues Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocking Biden Administration’s Pause On New Oil And Gas Leases
Jun17

Court Issues Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocking Biden Administration’s Pause On New Oil And Gas Leases

News Release – June 17, 2021 AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton announced that a district judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Biden Administration’s oil and gas leasing moratorium, which intended to put a pause on the sale of new oil and gas leases on federal public lands and offshore waters by an executive order issued January 27, 2021. The executive order was a clear violation of the Administrative...

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WC Opens Child Care Subsidy Program To Workers Engaged in Job Searches
Jun16

WC Opens Child Care Subsidy Program To Workers Engaged in Job Searches

News Release – June 6, 2021 Commission Waives Rule Requiring Participants Be Employed; Temporary Eligibility During Work Search Allowed AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission on Tuesday passed a waiver of a rule to allow unemployed individuals to enroll in the child care subsidy program.  Previously, only individuals who were already employed, or participating in education/training, could be enrolled into the child care subsidy...

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SSISD Trustees To Hold 2 Executive Sessions During June Meeting
Jun15

SSISD Trustees To Hold 2 Executive Sessions During June Meeting

The date isn’t the only thing different about this month’s regular meeting of Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees; in addition to the usual reports and action items, the agenda calls for 2 executive sessions, one at the beginning and one at the end of the 6 p.m. school board meeting. SSISD logo While school board meetings are typically held the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. This month, trustees met first on...

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County Refunding Bonds At Higher Rate Than Anticipated, But Still Expected To Save $522,086
Jun14

County Refunding Bonds At Higher Rate Than Anticipated, But Still Expected To Save $522,086

Hopkins County will be saving $522,086 by refunding bonds which financed the construction of the county jail more than 6 years ago, County Auditor Shannah Aulsbrook reported during the regular Commissioners Court meeting Monday. Two plats and a budget amendment for CARES Act funding the county received due to COVID-19 were also on the June 14 agenda. Bond Refunding Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center (jail), 298 Rosemont St.,...

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Thompson Crowned 2021 Ms Hopkins County Senior
Jun13

Thompson Crowned 2021 Ms Hopkins County Senior

Wilma Thompson was crowned 2021 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Saturday evening by 2019-20 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Vender Wright, and will advance to the state pageant later this year. Thompson, 87, said not only was this her first time to participate in the Hopkins County Pageant, it was her first time to compete in anything of the sort. “I’m just shaking all over. I didn’t expect this,” Thompson told at the...

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Senator Hall Gives Update On How Priorities, Bills Fared During 87th Legislative Session
Jun11

Senator Hall Gives Update On How Priorities, Bills Fared During 87th Legislative Session

Texas Senator Bob Hall Thursday evening in a town hall meeting at Hopkins County Courthouse gave n update on his involvement in the 87th Legislative session, including not only his office’s process regarding bills, the committees he serves on and priorities he took with him to the Regular Session, but how those bills and priorities fared. Hall then took questions from the audience of approximately 50 people in attendance in the...

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TWC Ends COVID-19-Related Job Refusal Guidance; Standard Health And Safety Guidance Remains In Place
Jun09

TWC Ends COVID-19-Related Job Refusal Guidance; Standard Health And Safety Guidance Remains In Place

News Release AUSTIN – Following the continued economic recovery in Texas and the announcement of Texas opting out of certain Federal Pandemic Unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is ending job refusal guidance associated with the COVID-19 emergency orders. The guidance for individuals at high risk from COVID-19 were put in place a year ago. The decline in COVID cases in Texas, widespread availability of...

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