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Education: When is a ‘C’ not really a ‘C’?

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Area superintendents unite in opposition to new school rating system

Superintendents and administrators from all seven school districts in Hopkins County plus Cooper ISD in Delta County showed a united front Tuesday in their response to the A-F school accountability rating system mandated by the 84th Legislature in House Bill 2804, a system Texas Association of School Boards Executive Director James B. Crow calls  a “flawed concept.”


Four personnel matters approved

Four personnel matters were approved Monday night by the Sulphur Springs school board. The filing dates for candidacy in the May 6 school trustees election were also announced at the special meeting.


SSISD Trustees OK waiver applications for staff development

Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees approved three applications asking Texas Education Agency to waive about a dozen classroom days so that they can be used for staff development, and a fourth waiver application limiting the number of foreign exchange students.


Hopkins County’s credit rating upgraded to A1

Hopkins County's credit rating has been restored to the level it was about eight years ago, before a lack of reserve funds resulted in a degraded rating.


Workshop for grape growers scheduled at Los Pinos Ranch

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PITTSBURG – The third annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Texas Wine Grape Grower Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Los Pinos Ranch, 658 County Road 1334 in Pittsburg.

Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension viticulture program specialist in Denton, said the program is designed for established and prospective wine-grape growers located in North and East Texas. Cook said the workshop will cover topics and practices critical to the development and maintenance of vineyards and a successful grape growing program.

Cost is $40, and an RSVP is required at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Jan. 13.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Principles of Pruning — Cook.
  • Integrated Canopy Management – Dr. Justin Scheiner, AgriLife Extension viticulturist, College Station.
  • Spur Pruning Demonstration – Cook.
  • Laws and Regulations – Dale Scott, Texas Department of Agriculture, Grapevine.
  • Building a Spray Program – Scheiner.

Speakers and discussions will be followed by a vineyard and winery tour by Gerald Jones and Arnulfo Perez of Los Pinos Ranch.

“Growers of all experience levels should attend because pruning is one of the most critical vineyard practices during the season,” Cook said. “Whether you are new to pruning or would like a refresher, all will benefit.

“Furthermore, many growers struggle to develop sound spray programs, and AgriLife Extension will address the topic in detail, ensuring growers are well equipped with the latest research on the subject,” he added. “Workshops such as this also offer the unique opportunity to network with other growers in the region.”

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