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Funny Faith: Charles Marshall using Christian comedy to spark laughter, encourage audiences

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After Charles Marshall graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, he set his sights on becoming a singer/songwriter, but a medical issue put an end to those dreams.

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MGVFD honored for helping man honor his promise to ailing brother

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Most of us are taught “do unto others” from infancy, but not everyone takes it to heart or appreciates it as much as Bert “Buddy” Jones. He takes it very seriously, and feels compelled, despite his years as a public servant, to always give back and remember to thank and appreciate those who give of themselves to help others.

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Annual Crockpot Chili Contest scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22

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.

Chili cooks are asked to arrive between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with their best homemade chili in a crockpot, along with an entry fee of $10. (Youth age 16 and under will enter a separate youth division).

“Each cook is asked to bring a ladle, paper towels and a light extension cord for their own use,” said event organizer Enola Gay Mathews. “At 6 p.m., the chili and pie supper and dance will begin at a cost of $5 person.”

Any age can enter their best homemade pies with no entry fee, says Mathews.

Local bank presidents will have the difficult job as judges for both competitions.

J.D. Moss and Ace Deuce from Paris will provide the musical entertainment. Billed as “the ultimate in Texas dance music” on AFM Entertainment’s website, Moss and his group, who have a combined 208 years of experience, have been performing in Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma since 1984 and count Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, ZZ Topp, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels among their musical influences.

Moss has opened for George Strait, Merle Haggard, Little Texas, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and Gene Watson. He and the band prefer old country.

“We are not too big on this new Texas country because the songs don’t have the life and meaning like it should in our opinions,” Moss said in a e-mail. “[That’s] not to say there aren’t some good artist out there such as Eleven Hundred Springs, Max Stallings, and Kevin Fowler to name a few.”

Moss believes “the party begins with you,” and looks forward to seeing everyone at the cookoff.

The top chili winner in the adult category will receive $250, along with the title “Chili King” or “Chili Queen.” A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the second place winner.

The first place youth winner will receive $50, with second place receiving $25.

This year, the People’s Choice award will include a crock pot.

The top four pie winners will received a $20 cash prize.

In 2010, 41 cooks and 250 diners attended the celebration.

Proceeds from this year's event will go to a pair of causes, one being the Hopkins County Boys and Girls Club, the other being the National Day of the American Cowboy summer event.

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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