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Kiwanis International turns 100

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Members of Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club celebrated the 100th birthday of Kiwanis during their noon meeting Wednesday.

Kiwanis International began as a single Detroit club and, over the last 100 years, has grown into a premier international service organization with  Kiwanis and Kiwanis-affiliated groups, such as Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club.

Kiwanis International donates more than 18 million hours of service each year and raises more than $100 million in charitable funds annually. 

The local club, chartered 65 years ago, is the home club of four lieutenant governors for Division 32 of the Texas Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International: Jim Tully, Kerry Craig, James Law and Dan Hamiter.

The local club stays busy year round with projects that include the upcoming Pancake Day, cooking burgers for the Special Games day, providing T-shirts for Hopkins County Special Olympics, Kiwanis-Brookshire’s Christmas Food Drive that provides food boxes for as many as 350 families each year, and the flag project that places United States flags around the square and throughout the city on special holidays. Kiwanis also participates in or sponsors Kidfishing at Peavine PInion Pond, CASA, providing lunch for the Key Club Headstart program, Easter eggstravanganza and other events.

The local organization also sponsors the Sulphur Springs High School Key Club and, each year gives a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior in one of the high schools in the county as well as a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating Key Club member.

A vast majority of money raised through the local club’s projects remains in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.

Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at Home Plate Restaurant on East Shannon Road. Danny Weems is the current president of the local club.

SB celebrates homecoming all week, announces nominees for king/queen, other honors

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Sulphur Bluff Independent School District is gearing up with a week’s worth of activities. The candidates for homecoming queen, king, prince, princess, duke and duchess as well as the elementary attendants have been announced.

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SSHS kicks off spring academic UIL season with N. Lamar sweep

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Sulphur Springs High School Academic UIL team kicked off the spring competition season at the Dr. Tommy Eads Invitational Meet at North Lamar High School, where they won the first place sweepstakes trophy. 

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2 students earn honors at FW stock show

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Sulphur Springs High School students Hunter Stonaker and Ethan Phillips returned from the Fort Worth  Stock Show and Rodeo last weekend with several awards after months of hard work in shop class. 

Stonaker received a blue ribbon and fourth place medal for the 32-foot tandem dual gooseneck trailer he built. He spent more than three months planing and constructing the trailer for the show. 

“The hardest part of building a gooseneck trailer was putting on the side rail and squaring everything off. I have 49 lights going down the side of it and two 10,000-pound axles underneath it,” said Stonaker. “I have always wanted a trailer like that to haul farm equipment and hay at home.” 

  Phillips built a shop table that holds an oxyacetylene torch with shelving for tools and large equipment. He spent a week and two days on the project and received second place in his class.

“This is my second year at the competition, and I am pretty used to the operations,” said Phillips. “Overcoming obstacles when you build a project is always the most difficult. For example, we had to take a nine-inch pipe and hammer it out by hand to fit around the bottom of the table.” 

The Fort Worth show divided the students into different divisions then sub-categorized them in classes based on their projects. Classes ranged from barbecue smokers to shop equipment. A judging panel then evaluated similar projects. Winners received gift cards or small scholarships. 

“There are 26 total classes that are divided into projects from students in middle school, 4H, FFA and high school ag classes,” said Phillips. “Every class had a set of rules and qualifications.” 

Phillips compared the Fort Worth show to football. He said the Fort Worth agricultural show is a lot like a scrimmage. Judges will help the students learn how to get better at their craft and excel in the larger shows like San Antonio and Houston. 

“No matter how much hard work you put into your project, there is still more you can do,” said Phillips. 

Phillips and Stonaker will have the chance to win larger scholarships and more prestigious awards in February at the San Antonio show and in March during the Houston show. 

“I learned that you have to keep the judges moving, not ask a lot of questions and name off everything that has been done to your project, especially all the gadgets,” said Phillips. “Before any competition, you have to know your item from top to bottom.” 

Sign up under way for 6th Annual Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant

Hopkins County ladies ages 60 or older are being sought for the 6th Annual Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant, which contrary to its name is not a beauty pageant but an event to showcase senior ladies in Hopkins County.

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