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The Dairy Recipe Contest, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, has been canceled due to low interest in the contest. “Only five individuals entered recipes,” contest coordinator Johanna Hicks reported.

New project for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced this week a new initiative being promoted June 19 by Family Search, The Smithsonian and The Freedmen’s Bureau Project.

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Wisenbaker announces retirement at end of term

In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, Hopkins County Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker said she would not be seeking a sixth term in office.

“I thought long and hard about this and I prayed about it and just want to let everybody know in a timely manner that I have decided not to run for reelection,” Wisenbaker said Wednesday morning. “I will have been in here by January 2017, five terms, which is 20 years.”

Wisenbaker, who also serves as county judge pro tem, has been the senior member of the commissioners court for a number of years.

Wisenbaker said she did not know what her future might hold.

“I feel like God is tapping me on the shoulder and saying, 'Beth, there is something so awesome just waiting for you.' But, I have got to shut this door first,” she said. “I've had a wonderful, wonderful time. Ya'll will see tears because I have made a lot of good friends, and it has truly been a joy being a public servant.”

When asked about future political aspirations, Wisenbaker said she doesn't know.

“Honestly, I don't know,” she said. “I just know that God has been talking to me and Donnie, and we've visited about all kinds of scenarios, and that excitement is just sitting there. I know it's not going to be revealed until I shut this door.

“I'm looking forward to that next chapter, whatever God reveals to me that it's going to be,” the commissioner said. “I just wanted to let everybody know so they have time to think about it and sign up in November because the Precinct 1 commissioner’s spot will be open.”

During her years as county commissioner, Wisenbaker was a moving force in the restoration of the county courthouse, construction of the county fire station and construction of the Equine Pavilion at the Hopkins County Regional  Civic Center.

When asked about the high point of her years in office, she had a quick response.

“Oh gosh, I'm standing in it, this county courthouse,” she said. “The other thing would be the county fire department and the new jail — so many wonderful things.”

But, there were the low points as well.

“You know, you would think there would be low points but, if I had to pick one out, it would be these dad gum county roads,” Wisenbaker said. “No matter how I have twisted the system, and Lord I have tried, I tried to work the system every way possible but you cannot build a stable road without continuous financing and, frankly, it's just not here.”

She pointed to her road and bridge crew as one of the brightest points in her career.

“I couldn't have done anything that I've done without them,” she said. “They have allowed me to have the ability to work here in the courthouse and showcase my talents, to work through the system and make it function for everybody.”

The commissioner is also known for some of the colorful descriptors she has used such as the time City Manager Marc Maxwell and the city council entered into an agreement that enabled the county to construct the Equine Pavilion, calling Maxwell's effort “peachy keen.”

Later, during the time the county was struggling with the problematic jail and working to maintain current certification while looking for ways to build a new facility, Wisenbaker called the myriad of pipes and wires on the roof of the jail as a “spaghetti mess of wires.”

When Wisenbaker steps away from a leadership role in Hopkins County government on Jan. 1, 2017, she said it could be that she may well get to stay home and be Donnie's wife.

“That would be wonderful,” she said. “I never really had any goals or anything other than be a housewife, mother and grandmother, because I think that is the most wonderful job there is.”

Carnival begins Wednesday as Dairy Festival resumes

The Hopkins County Dairy Festival will resume its 56th season with Triple T Amusements Carnival, which begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday and continues nightly through Saturday, by Hopkins County Regional Civic Center (the Sulphur Springs High School parking lot).

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SSISD to purchase 750 tablets for SSMS 7th, 8th graders

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Sulphur Springs Middle School will be getting 750 tablet computers and protective covers this summer to distribute to seventh and eighth graders, the second phase of the district’s three-phase technology initiative.

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