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Council approves bonds for wastewater plant upgrade

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Sulphur Springs City Council gave approval Tuesday for the next step toward an $18 million upgrade to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

The resolution, as approved, directs city staff to make publication of notice of intent to issue combination tax and surplus revenue certificates of obligation to fund the upgrade.


Sydnee Hawkins named ‘Outstanding Performer’

Sydnee Hawkins continues to receive accolades for her singing performance at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, held Memorial Day weekend in Austin.


Wilma Moss’ quilt heading to international event

Wilma Moss has had one of her quilts selected to advance to an international competition this fall. The Sulphur Springs resident’s quilt “Between the Lines” is among 172 entries selected as semifinalists for the 2016 American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek in Chattanooga, Tenn. Sept. 14-17.
    Quilts compete for first through third place prizes in seven categories, as well as seven overall awards and Best of Show.
    “Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, QuiltWeek.com. More than $50,000 will be awarded, including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $3,500 each for Best Wall Quilt, Best Use of Color, Best Original Design, Best Hand, Best Home, and Best Longarm Workmanship,” Bonnie Browning, AQS executive show director, noted in a press release announcing Moss’ quilt as a semifinalist.
    Quilts entered in the international contest were stitched by quilters in 35 states and seven other countries. The show will also include a wide range of special exhibit quilts, including quilts from the Collection of the National Quilt Museum and the New York Beauty National Quilt Museum.
    “Regardless of how ‘Between The Lines’ places in the final judging, all semifinalists´ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people,” Browning noted.
    “Between the Lines” features a swirl of colorful lines, that look much like a feather or fingerprint. Numerous varied printed fabrics are used to make the “lines.” Between the whirled lines are inspirational sayings ranging from biblical scripture to quotes from famous authors, poets, entertainers and other individuals.
    Completed in 2015, Moss’ “Between the Lines” garnered a red second place ribbbon in the “Open Division” at the Dallas Quilt Show earlier this year.

New businesses pouring into local economy

As the summer kicks into high gear, new businesses around Sulphur Springs seem to be popping up all over. Since the beginning of the year, more than 26 new businesses have joined the Chamber of Commerce and 11 more are scheduled to open in a few months. 


PJC proposing to include Hopkins in taxing district

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A plan by Paris Junior College to annex five counties served by the college in order to increase the college district's tax base will be presented to voters in Hopkins, Delta, Hunt, Lamar and Red River counties on the November General Election Ballot.

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