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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.

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Workshop for grape growers scheduled at Los Pinos Ranch

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.”

Overall crime rate in Sulphur Springs drops in 2016

Crime in Sulphur Springs declined last year to 208 offenses recorded in the seven major crime reporting categories, according to data provided by Sulphur Springs Police Department.

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PJC offering six hours of free tuition to senior citizens

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Senior citizens may start the spring semester at Paris Junior College with up to six hours of free tuition. The offer applies to classes with open seats on the first day of the semester.

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Sign up for Hoop Dreams continues through Jan. 13

Pilot Club marks 10th year putting on special needs basketball league

Pilot Club of Sulphur Springs will continue to accept registration forms for its 10th year of Hoop Dreams Basketball League through Friday, Jan. 13.

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