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A Very Special Thank You to all of the Ray Perryman Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who attended the Economic Outlook Conference on Wednesday which featured noted economist Dr. Ray Perryman.

He gave an encouraging outlook for 2011, and we had a wonderful lunch catered by Birthwright Bar B Que! We could not have had such a great event if it hadn’t been for all of our sponsors. I would also like to thank the Chamber Workforce Committee members: Roger Feagley, Carol Reid, Scott Brown, Jess Chitsey, Glenda Bassham, Linda Bennett, Theresa Toland, Debbie Johnson and Helen McDaniel.

The list of Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors included:

Gold Sponsors

Alliance Bank

City National Bank

Farmer’s Electric Cooperative

Grocery Supply Company



Qualified Employment Services

We Pack


Silver Sponsors

Advanced Heart Care

AgriLand Farm Credit

Atmos Energy

Clayton Homes

Gloria Mitchell Insurance

Guaranty Bond Bank

Ocean Spray


Paris Junior College

Pilgrim Bank

Texas A&M University-Commerce


Bronze Sponsors

A&S Air Conditioning

Century 21 First Group

China House Inc.

Larry Lanham, DDS

Legacy Ag Credit

Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op


Sulphur Springs Floral

Super Handy

Texas Heritage National Bank

Town & Country Cleaners

Visiting Angels of Paris


Ribbon cutting for KGPF Radio on Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.

We would like to welcome 91.1 KGPF to the Chamber of Commerce. KGPF is a Christian radio station serving Sulphur Springs and surrounding areas with contemporary Christian music. Their office is located in the CANHelp building at 613 Gilmer Street!


Christmas in the Park at Heritage Park – Dec. 3 and 4

Each year, Heritage Park is open to visitors for Christmas in the Park. The event begins at sunset and lasts for three hours. While in the park, visitors can enjoy a spectacle of lights, strolling carolers, musicians, a live nativity scene and Santa Claus. Free hot cocoa, coffee, punch, cookies and other goodies are served in various buildings on the grounds. Most of the historic buildings are open, with volunteers dressed in period costumes to help give the feeling of stepping into the past. The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $3. Come and step back in time to enjoy the start of the Christmas season. Then on Dec. 4, you can “drive thru” Christmas in the Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 3: Christmas on the Square – The Snow Slide and White Tigers are Back!

Want to get into the Christmas spirit? Bring the family down to the square Friday for an evening filled with family fun! The big snow slide will be back, along with the beautiful white tigers and bounce houses. It is so important to keep our children safe, so kids that are under 42 inches may not ride the snow slide, but they may see the tigers and play in the bounce houses! All of the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.


Third Annual Lion’s Club Electric Lights Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

Don’t miss the Third Annual Lion’s Club Electric Lights Parade this Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. The parade route will begin at Buford Park, go down Connally Street, around the square, up Church Street and then west on Houston Street and will end at the Gerald Prim Stadium parking lot. Award announcements will be sent to the News-Telegram and will be formally presented by the Lions Club.


Ribbon cutting at the new location of Studio 9 Hair Design on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Noon

Please join us as we celebrate the new location of Studio 9 Hair Design at 101 Bill Bradford Road, Suite 16. We will be having their ribbon cutting at noon, so please stop by on your lunch hour on Dec. 9 and check it out!


Business After Hours at Danna’s from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9

Please join us at the Business After Hours Mixer next Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by for wonderful refreshments, great door prizes and fantastic opportunities to meet other business people from Hopkins County! Also, you will get to check out all of Danna’s BEAUTIFUL holiday decorations! Danna’s is located at 309 East Industrial Drive (westbound service road of Interstate 30 before you reach South Broadway Street) See ya there!


CASA Cookie Walk on Dec. 10

Don’t miss out on the CASA Cookie Walk at First United Methodist Church Friday morning, Dec. 10, between 8 a.m. and noon. It’s only $5 for a pound of yummy cookies!


Have you checked and re-checked your buyer’s guide information???

We are going to print with the buyer’s guides, and soon, and we REALLY want to have accurate information for every Chamber member. If you have not checked our website or called to see if we have the right information, please do so soon, so that we may get it all correct!


Deadline to nominate an Outstanding Educator rapidly approaching!

This year, the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee wants to allow all Hopkins County Citizens to nominate their candidates for “Outstanding Professional Educator” (administrator, counselor, diagnostician, or teacher) “Outstanding Para Professional Educator” (secretary or aide) and “Outstanding Auxiliary Educator” (maintenance, custodial, transportation, or cafeteria). We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to nominate that “special educator” that has had an impact in their lives. You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office at 300 Connally St. and then either fax, e-mail or mail it in no later than Dec. 17! Our fax number is 903-885-6516, our e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and our mailing address is P.O. Box 347, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483. Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize a special educator!


Nominations for Large and Small Business of the Year

Please submit your nomination for Large Business of the Year or Small Business of the Year. Nominations should be for those businesses which exhibit outstanding community involvement — civic, church, educational, benevolent, humanitarian or other. You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office at 300 Connally St. and either fax, e-mail or mail it in, no later than December 17th! Our fax number is 903-885-6516, our e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and our mailing address is P.O. Box 347, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483.


Additional Chamber of Commerce Banquet nominations

Many other awards are presented at the Chamber of Commerce membership banquet, scheduld for February 10th, 2011). Aside from the awards mentioned above, nominations are also being accepted for:

  • Citizen of the Year — Echo Publishing Company — P.O. Box 598, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
  • Lady of the Year — Beta Sigma Phi Organization — P.O. Box 72, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
  • Caregiver of the Year — The Pilot Club — 345 Highland Drive, SS. TX 75482
  • Community Pride Award — Adult Leadership Class — P.O. Box 347, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483

Each of these nominations should be submitted in writing and mailed to the above mentioned address.


Don’t Miss These Opportunities

  • Dec. 2 — Tree Lighting at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for Lights of Life
  • Dec. 3 — Ribbon Cutting for KGPF Radio at CANHelp, 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 — Christmas in the Park at Heritage Park — 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 — Christmas on the Square with the Snow Slide, White Tigers and Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 — Lion’s Club Electric Lights Parade, 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 — Drive Thru Christmas in the Park at Heritage Park, 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 4&5 — NETCS Christmas Program
  • Dec. 9 — Ribbon Cutting for Studio 9, Noon
  • Dec. 9 — Business After Hours, Danna’s, 309 E. Industrial Drive, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 — CASA Cookie Walk at FUMC 8 a.m. to Noon

Business of the Week

We would like to congratulate the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Week:


Echo Publishing
401 Church Street
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

Thought For the Week: “Our primary business is printed communications. Echo Publishing encompasses the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, Country World newspaper, The Leonard Graphic and a full-service commercial printing division. Meanwhile, our Internet division, which offers a full suite of services including website hosting, continues to grow. We endeavor to provide the highest quality products to our customers, and we will strive to sustain and improve on this goal for future generations.”

— Scott Keys

That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!




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