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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

By Butch Burney

If you are a Chamber of Commerce member and want to host a Business After Hours or Before Hours, we have some openings for you! We are scheduling our monthly networking events for the remainder of the year and are looking for host businesses. The event cost is free. We ask that you provide some refreshments.

You open your business from 4:30–6:00 pm on the designated day or 7:30–8:30 am and welcome the guests.

If you’re interested, email me at or call 903-885-6515.

Skeet Shooting

Heart of Hope will have a Skeet Shooting Event at 11:00 am in May at the Church at Klondike. The entry fee is $15 and includes lunch and a raffle ticket. The contest will have a clay shoot, wolf chase, and buddy shoot. There will also be a kid shoot for 14 and under. Bring your ammunition. Proceeds benefit Heart of Hope in Sulphur Springs. For more information, call 903-440-1665.

Freedom Ball

This year’s Hopkins County Freedom Ball will be bigger and better than ever! Come help celebrate our local heroes at the Hopkins County Civic Center on May 20.

This year’s theme is “Top Gun,” and Jason Walden & The Alibis will provide the evening music. Tickets are $125 each, and we have 200 tickets set aside for veterans and their wingmen, each on a first-come, first-serve. So, get your tickets now. For tickets, contact Danny Davis at 903-438-4003.

Health Fair

A 55+ Health Fair is Tuesday, April 11, from 9:00 am to noon at The ROC at First Baptist Church. There will be blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, preneed counseling, hospital equipment, information on hospice and home health, as well as assisted living, Medicare, and Medicaid.

For more information, contact Karon Weatherman at 903-243-3255.

Health Care Foundation Gala

The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Lights of Life Gala has sponsorships and individual tickets for sale for the season’s premiere event, which includes dining, dancing, live and silent auctions, and games. All money raised goes to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs.

Go online to to purchase tickets or to sponsor.

Lunch and Learn

The Chamber will host its spring Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, April 18, from 11:30–1:00 pm. The program will be a roundtable discussion on conventional and social media marketing. The seminar will be informational and practical to help business marketers increase their profile by doing it themselves. The cost is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 903-885-6515 or email to sign up.

Ribbon Cuttings

Frank Conrad’s Edward Jones office will host a ribbon-cutting at noon on Wednesday, March 29, at 513 Oak Ave. They invite everyone to join in the event.