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Chamber Connection-July 27


Lezley Brown
Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

The deadline is almost here! It’s time to turn in your T-shirt designs for the 48th Annual Stew Contest! The Chamber will be accepting submitted plans from Monday (Jul 17) through Monday (Jul 31). The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and they announce the winner Thursday (Aug 10). If your design wins the T-shirt contest, they will use it on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 48th Annual Stew Contest! Email your designs to We can’t wait to see the entries!

I’m just so excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest! Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2015, and you must take it in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from Tuesday to Thursday (Aug 1-31). There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted, no prints. To submit your photograph, email the picture to  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website. I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos!

Sulphur Springs Public Library presents their Summer Reading Program for June and July

The Sulphur Springs Library is hosting a summer reading program called Knights and Princesses Summer Reading Program 2017. Every Tuesday at 3:00 pm, they offer multiplayer Minecraft. Storytime for all ages is Tuesday (Jul 25) at 10:30 am. They will also have Storytime for the Ages on Thursday (Jul 20) at 6:00 pm.

CanHelp is hosting their 2017 Back to School Fair on Friday (Aug 4) from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

CanHelp is hosting their 2017 Back to School Fair! Through the support of the community and corporate sponsors, this event will be a one-stop destination to prepare the whole family for the start of school! The fair will offer free health and vision screenings, dental screenings and fluoride applications, immunizations for children and adults, haircuts, food and drinks, backpacks and school supplies, for low and moderate-income families of Hopkins County, and more. The 2017 “Back to School Fair” is Friday (Aug 4) from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200 Houston Street in Sulphur Springs. You must register for school supplies in advance. Visit for more details.

Texas AgriLife Extension Office offers Summer Sewing Workshop

Texas AgriLife Extension Office is offering a Summer Sewing Workshop on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Aug 15-17).  The classes are at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B W. Houston Street in Sulphur Springs from 9:00 am until 2:30-ish pm. The cost is $15, payable at the door. The class will include T-shirt quilt instruction, basic sewing instruction, and simple make-and-take projects.


Ribbon cuttings:


The Venue at 219 hosted an Open House with its new owners on Thursday (Jul 20) at 5:00 pm.

The Venue at 219, located at 219 Main Street in Sulphur Springs, hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting celebration with its new owners on Thursday (Jul 20) from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm. Guests enjoyed music, food, beverages, and a photo booth. The Venue at Two-Nineteen is currently offering Christmas in July that will earn you 10% off any of your holiday bookings made in July.



Hopkins County Fire Department hosts a “Push-in” Ceremony for new Fire Truck on Friday (Jul 21)

The Hopkins County Fire Department’s Fire Truck “Push-in” Ceremony was Friday (Jul 21) at noon. After the ceremony, they officially put the brand new County fire truck into service. The Hopkins County Fire Department is at 1286 Texas Street in Sulphur Springs.


NETcinity hosted their grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday (Jul 26) at 10:00 am

NETcinity hosted their grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday (Jul 26) at 10:00 am. They are at 1335 Shannon Road East in Sulphur Springs. NETcinity is a new company to Sulphur Springs that specializes in advanced technology marketing for businesses.



Sulphur Springs News Telegram hosting their Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Wednesday (Jul 26) at noon

Sulphur Springs News Telegram celebrated their ribbon cutting and grand re-opening on Wednesday (Jul 26) at noon. Sulphur Springs News Telegram is at 401 Church Street in Sulphur Springs. In addition to the daily newspaper, the Sulphur Springs News Telegram distributes Down Home Living Magazine, a magazine that they publish every other month; Country World, and various advertising opportunities.

Have a wonderful weekend!