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Chamber Connection- April 9
Apr08

Chamber Connection- April 9

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...

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Paris Junior College Joins Online East Texas Giving Day
Apr07

Paris Junior College Joins Online East Texas Giving Day

On April 28, Paris Junior College will join over 143 nonprofit organizations throughout north and east Texas as part of East Texas Giving Day.  For the third year a generous anonymous donor has stepped up to match up the first $5,000 raised. Pre-scheduled gifts began coming in on Monday, April 6. “On April 28, from 6 a.m. to midnight, PJC Alumni, former students, friends, businesses, and everyone with a passion to help others are...

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Commissioners Court Extends Hopkins County Health Emergency Disaster Declaration
Apr06

Commissioners Court Extends Hopkins County Health Emergency Disaster Declaration

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Monday agreed to extend the Hopkins County health emergency disaster declaration due to COVID-19 through the end of the month, with one additional item added to the declaration, Monday morning. Hopkins County Commissioners Court at the April 6 special court meeting Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom April 1 enacted an emergency order with terms to fit the Executive Order issued March 31 by Governor...

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May Elections Must Be Postponed, According To State Elections Official
Apr04

May Elections Must Be Postponed, According To State Elections Official

Cumby, Yantis Schools Have Already Postponed Their Elections Until November Both Cumby ISD and Yantis ISD postponed elections within the last week, just ahead of the Secretary of State elections officer’s email notifying local election officials that the May 2 elections must be postponed due to the Governor’s Executive Order requiring people to remain at home unless at an essential job or essential tasks such as grocery...

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Cumby ISD Meal Program Changes Planned Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Apr03

Cumby ISD Meal Program Changes Planned Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Cumby Independent School District meal program changes are planned in response to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and state. (Hopkins County has remained at 3 positive cases since Monday, March 30). The Cumby ISD meal program will continue but, will only be available for pick up once a week. Cumby ISD Superintendent Shelly Slaughter, in a letter to parents and guardians, said the change will help better limit...

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TEA: State Accountability,  Testing Waived For All Districts, Campuses
Apr03

TEA: State Accountability, Testing Waived For All Districts, Campuses

All Schools To Receive “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster” For State Academic Accountability For those worried what the mandatory school closures due to COVID-19 will mean as far as state academic testing and ratings and for their schools, don’t. For 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster,” according to Texas...

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Texas A&M University-Commerce To Donate COVID-19 Testing Kits To Area Healthcare Facilities
Apr02

Texas A&M University-Commerce To Donate COVID-19 Testing Kits To Area Healthcare Facilities

COMMERCE, Texas — Texas A&M University-Commerce is set to donate 100 COVID-19 testing kits to several local healthcare providers. According to A&M-Commerce PresidentMark Rudin, “In this time of crisis, we are all doing what we can to help each other in our community. Hopefully, this donation will combat the shortage of supplies in East Texas so more people can be tested forCOVID-19.” The viral testing kits will be rushed to...

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A&M-Commerce student goes for wild ride in unique honors thesis
Apr02

A&M-Commerce student goes for wild ride in unique honors thesis

COMMERCE, Texas — Who says a thesis needs to be a standard research paper? One student at Texas A&M University-Commerce undertook one of the most unique honors thesis ideas in recent memory, documenting her entire journey from adopting a wild mustang, earning its trust and then excelling in competition. Nicole Glenn is a senior from Pflugerville, Texas in the Honors College at A&M-Commerce, majoring in Visual Communications...

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Chamber Connection-April 2
Apr01

Chamber Connection-April 2

Lezley Brown By Lezley Brown, CEO/President, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Several of you who know me know I do not have Facebook on my phone. I check it at the Chamber as it is an important tool for us to share happiness and positivity. I took it off my phone after finally realizing it causes me some anxiety and overall disgust. I’m appalled at how people will say anything … absolutely anything, because there is no...

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Governor Extends School Closures; Implements Essential Services, Activities Protocols
Mar31

Governor Extends School Closures; Implements Essential Services, Activities Protocols

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order today implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. Governor Abbott issues an executive order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas.(Photo: Office of Governor...

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