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Sunday-Monday winter storm watch issued for North Texas

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It has oft been said if you don’t like the weather in Texas, stick around; it’ll change soon. The last few weeks have been indicative of that, with temperatures ranging from balmy tropical highs that have people wearing shorts one day to below freezing temps that require heavy coats, hats, gloves and extra layers another.

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Business is Booming

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News jobs are coming to Hopkins County thanks to Diversified Minerals Incorporated; which held their ground breaking cremony Friday morning on Pioneer Parkway off Interstate 30.

Sulphur Springs Mayor Freddie Taylor, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom and Alliance Bank President and CEO Tom Sellers all spoke at the event to congratulate and welcome Diversified Minerals to the community. 

“We started in 1990 in California with cement blending, and then we expanded to Diversified Storage Systems in 1993,” said DMI CEO Jim Price. “The business culture in Texas is just fantastic. ... This is our third expansion and definitely the most exciting.”

Price said that after building their facility on the property, they have purchased additional land to expand and possibly bring additional job opportunities to Sulphur Springs. 

“I love this community. We have had a connection every time we have flown down here. We were looking at several locations to build, either Minnesota, Texas, Nevada or Montana. We wanted to be next to a thoroughfare, like highway 30, because we ship a lot of equipment to the East coast and Houston from the port. When we found this location, it felt right.”

The DMI facility is set to be completed later this year and expected to employ 30 to 60 employees. Price said that he will have a team of experts come down to train and work at the Sulphur Springs location, but the majority of the work force will be hired locally. 

“Our facility will be around 4,500 to 4,800 square feet. We are looking to be half staffed by the end of the year and fully staffed by 2016,” said Price. “We are hoping for 15 to 20 jobs this year, which will be a small part of the staff. We are looking for engineers, design, electrical and other major development positions to be hire here.” 

 

SBHS sending 10 to state FCCLA meet

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Ten members of Sulphur Bluff Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter did well enough at the regional contest to qualify to compete at the state meet in April.

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Final push for Jeans for Teens

Emma Boyett has collected almost 200 pairs of jeans so far in Sulphur Springs’ Jeans for Teens drive to benefit homeless shelters.

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Pavilion will replace old swimming pool

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Work crews began the final steps to demolish the old city swimming pool in Buford Park Monday, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell. The bathhouse was the first part of the pool to fall shortly after workers off-loaded the heavy equipment. The next step will be to tear out the concrete pool, water lines and filter equipment. “They are bringing in a wrecking ball for the pool,” Maxwell said. “By the end of the week, we should have three different piles out there and that's it.” As soon as the debris is hauled away, the hole in the ground will be filled and the surface leveled for a planned new feature to Buford Park, west of Kids Kingdom. “It looks like the Adult Leadership Class is going to build a large picnic pavilion, something on the order of 50 feet by 100 feet,” the city manager said. “I think that will be great.” The old city swimming pool has been empty for the past several years. One of the reasons for abandoning the pool was the need for expensive repairs.

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