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Chamber Connection 11.15.18


By Lezley Brown

The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce are hosting their Annual Economic Outlook Conference at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday, December 5 from 11:30 am. to 1:00 pm. We are so excited to welcome Mr. Richard Froeschle, current Labor Market Economist, as our keynote speaker at the 2018 Economic Outlook Conference. Mr. Froeschle will present Hopkins County the economic outlook for Northeast Texas for 2019. Sponsorships of the conference and tickets are available. Lunch will be provided. For further information, please call the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.

I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2019 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory.  We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even hometown, heroes, who are interested in learning more about our local businesses. They include historical information as well all things to the see and do in Hopkins County. The best part is, they include an alphabetical and categorical listing of your business. LeeAnn Peugh, with Echo Publishing, will be contacting you in the next few weeks to see if you are interested in placing an ad in the directory. The rates are affordable, and one of the best ways to represent your business. I hope you will consider this a wise investment with over 7,000 opportunities for business exposure. You may also contact the Chamber, and I will pass your information along to her. I’m proud to produce this book telling all about the place we love. I hope you will join me on the journey!

Here’s another HUGE announcement from the Chamber! Our Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce has joined in with the Longview Chamber to offer small businesses health insurance through United Healthcare. It is called HealthyVIEW and is only offered to small businesses, 2-50 employees, who are members of our Chamber. It is a huge milestone for our Chamber to offer and an extremely needed benefit for many. For additional information, contact Lezley Brown at the Chamber, (903) 885-6515. We are thrilled to be able to offer this invaluable asset to our Chamber members!

Wesley Methodist Church Fall Round-up

Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting their 40th Annual Fall Round-Up on Saturday, November 17 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be Hopkins County Stew, a silent auction, country store, and a live auction. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Visit for more information.

Love’s Travel Stop hosting their grand opening

Love’s Travel Stop in Sulphur Springs is hosting their grand opening on Thursday, November 15. Make sure to stop by and check out the biggest Love’s Travel Stop to date. The Chamber will host a ribbon cutting for Love’s on Tuesday, November 27 at noon.

Reilly Springs Jamboree

The Reilly Springs Jamboree plans “Thanksgiving in the Country” with the music of the Jean Wranglers from Austin, Texas at 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 17. Don’t miss the two-part character portrayal by Paula Altenbaumer of Hopkins County early pioneer Henry Stout. Roger Reed and Enola Gay will add to the evening with an acoustic country-gospel set. You can shop in the Country Store and sit down to Hopkins County Stew, cooked outside and served in the Reilly Springs Kitchen. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a relaxing evening of Thanksgiving in the Country. Admission $10 person. The Reilly Springs Community Center is located at 109 CR 1439.

Sulphur Springs Youth Orchestra hosts winter concert

The Sulphur Springs Youth Orchestra is hosting a free concert called A Winter Classical on Thursday, December 6, at Shannon Oaks Church in Sulphur Springs. For additional information, call (903) 261-7907 or visit their Facebook page at

Heritage Park will host Christmas in the Park on Saturday, November 24

The Hopkins County Historical Society presents Christmas in the Park on Saturday, November 24, and Saturday, December 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $3.00, and children under seven are free. Visit with Santa, see the light displays, listen to live music, enjoy hot cocoa, old-fashioned cider, coffee, and cookies, and begin your Christmas shopping in the Country Store.

Temple’s Trailer Sales is hosting their 50th Anniversary

Temple’s Trailer Sales is hosting their 50th Anniversary celebration with lunch and a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 28 at noon. Celebrate this huge milestone with us!

CASA hosts their annual Cookie Walk

CASA is hosting their annual Cookie Walk on Friday, December 7, from 9:00 am to noon at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Cookies are sold for $5.00 a pound. Go by there and load up on Christmas cookies while supporting our local CASA!

Lion’s Club will host the 11th Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 7

The Lion’s Club is hosting the 11th Annual Christmas Parade Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. The parade begins at Buford Park and goes East on Connally Street to the square, turns left onto Church Street, and left on Houston Street to end in the Gerald Prim Stadium parking lot. You may pick up registration forms and rules at the Chamber of Commerce. The entry fee is one toy, to be donated to the Blue Santa Program. Charitable cash donations also accepted, and checks should be made payable to the Sulphur Springs Lions Club. Registration forms must be received by noon on Tuesday, December 4.