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Annual Crockpot Chili Con scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22

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The best chili cooks in Northeast Texas will celebrate chili for fun and prizes at the 5th Annual Crockpot Chili Contest on Saturday, Jan. 22, in Hopkins County Regional Civic Center West Hall. Also included in this year’s competition is a homemade pie contest, open to all ages.

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Frigid weather slows finish of SSHS multipurpose facility

The multipurpose building being constructed at Sulphur Springs High School won’t be completed until March, about 1 1/2 months behind schedule, due to cold weather, according to school officials.

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City ready to begin Phase III of Houston St. project

After sitting on the back burner for months, the final phase of the Houston Street reconstruction program will get under way next week with the drilling of test bores under a Kansas City Southern Railways spur line.

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell said the cost of getting the perxxxxxxmit to do the test was expensive.

“We finally got the permit from KCS to bore under the railroad spur,” the city manager said. “We paid $6,000 just to initiate the conversation. They won’t even talk to you until you pay them $6,000.”

The price went up from there.

“In the end, we are paying $28,000 for inspections and flagmen they provide while we are boring under the spur,” he said. “I think we see one train a week on the spur, maybe.”

After the expense of getting the permit, Maxwell said the cost of the bores will be $80,000 and will bring the total cost of running water, sewer and drainage under the railroad to almost $115,000.

“That’s three times what it should have cost us,” he said.

With the permit now in hand, Maxwell said the city is ready to go to work on the final phase of the Houston Street reconstruction program.

“We will do some spot digging there at the railroad tracks next week,” he said. “The week after that, the contractor will show up and start on the actual bores, and we will be back in business.”

Although the city manager would not target a completion date, he indicated it should move “fairly quickly.”

One thing that will help both residents and work crews is that there are relatively few residences or business on the segment of Houston between Church and Jackson streets.

In the next week, however, drivers who normally use those two blocks of Houston Street should find an alternative route. The street will be closed until the project is completed.

New bus barn, renovated ag shop, other projects on tap at Sulphur Bluffw

Sulphur Bluff school officials will soon be able to boast about a number of renovations, improvements and new equipment, including a new bus barn, an updated agriculture building and homemaking classroom, thanks to a Quality School Construction Bond, according to school officials.

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Spotter training offered at Skywarn severe weather program

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A Skywarn weather program will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 20, in Sulphur Springs to train weather spotters and prepare area residents for the fast-approaching severe weather season which is fast approaching.

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