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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

by Butch Burney

If you’re ready for winter to be over, then you’re probably in the mood to get outside, and what better opportunity than at the 33rd Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, April 8, at beautiful Sulphur Springs Country Club.

There are two tee times, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the six-person scramble.

We will have more information next week on registration (including online) and sponsorship opportunities. Please put the golf tournament on your calendar. You don’t want to miss it.

Chamber Banquet

Noon Thursday, Feb. 10, is the deadline for tickets for the 95th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 17.

If you need incentive to get into the 1980s mood for the banquet at the Civic Center, then how about a couple of tickets to a Bon Jovi concert.

Clayton Homes is sponsoring the prize for the best 1980s-dressed person at the banquet with a pair of tickets to see Bon Jovi in concert in April.

The banquet will include food, music, fun and awards. Social networking and a cocktail hour begin at 6 p.m., with food service at 6:30, and awards beginning at 7 p.m. The awards include Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Large and Small Businesses of the Year, Educator of the Year, Agriculturalist of the Year and more!

You can reserve your seat for $30 per person or get a table for 10 for $500. The tables include preferential seating and name displays.

For more information or to reserve a table or tickets, call the Chamber at 903-885-6515 or email me at

Business Before Hours

Join us on your way to work for our next Business Before Hours, hosted by Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, at the Chamber office, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. Come out to enjoy breakfast refreshments and networking with other business professionals.

Chamber Directory

Work is continuing on the 2022 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 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.

Senior Citizens

The Senior Citizen Center will host a Valentine’s Day party at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, sponsored by Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. They will also have a Hospice 101 luncheon at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, sponsored by Hospice Plus.

Contact Karon Weatherman at 903-885-1661 if you plan to attend.

Main Street Events

Next weekend will be a mixture of fashion and music on Main Street.

It begins with a fashion show at Main Street Theatre featuring Marlene’s Sass & Class clothing. The mixer starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, with the show lasting from 7-8 p.m. A $5 admission fee includes wine, refreshments, door prizes and a $5 coupon.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, Main Street Theatre opens again for classic jazz with J.B. Smith and Jeff Smith. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the $15 ticket includes special refreshments.

Ribbon Cuttings

Haystacks Restaurant hosted a ribbon-cutting at Main Street at noon Wednesday, Feb. 2. Welcome them to the Chamber!

Business Highlight

The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce highlights a member of the Chamber each week. Please join me in congratulating our Business of the Week for Jan. 26 is A Brush of Class. You can see more photos and read biographical stories on the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook and Instagram pages.