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Sulphur Springs writer Sharon Feldt will edit a new magazine about people in Northeast Texas, "The Fencepost."  She says it will feature positive stories about the region, and will be published by the Community Chronicle, a regional newspaper with a similar philosophy.  The first edition of "The Fencepost" is coming out in December.

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Emily Glass, Sulphur Springs mayor pro-tem, says the city has received a $750,000 grant from the state for improvements to the city's sewage lines, necessary for a $50 million expansion at the Saputo dairy processing plant.  And Emily says plans are afoot for improvements at Heritage Park and Pacific Park in the city.

Matthew Fiock playing the ukulele and singing his song "Blaze" in the KETR studios.
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Drawing from diverse genres like reggae, rock, and island sounds, Matthew Fiock is a breath of musical fresh air out of Sulphur Springs.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, our regular books commentator, in this instance discusses a new monthly newspaper, the Community Chronicle, published in the Wood County town of Yantis.  The newspaper specializes in "good news" about Northeast Texas.

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Downtown Sulphur Springs has enjoyed a great revival in recent years, with many of its historic buildings being renovated and occupied by new businesses.  But Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers tells us now a new building is being constructed downtown on Main Street by businesswoman Billie Ruth Standbridge.  A sportsman's store will be located in the building, with living space on the upper floor.  The mayor says it will be complete by the late spring or early summer.  Also, Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham and Hunt Regional E

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling, relates plans for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at 2:30 Sunday at Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church in Commerce, and at 7 p.m.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers is also known as one of the foremost experts on the city's history.  He regularly conducts history walks as a fund raiser for the Downtown Business Association.  The next of these will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 14.  Reservations can be made by calling 903-885-8523 or by sending an email to the mayor at jsellers1@verizon.net.  Mayor Sellers also discusses the new Gerald Prim Stadium, home of the Sulphur Springs Wil

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

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Emily Glass, who has now relinquished the title of Sulphur Springs mayor to John Sellers, says the city has undertaken a new comprehensive plan, building on the success of the city's revitalized downtown, known as "Celebration Plaza."  The original planner of the downtown project, Ian Lockwood of Toole Design, recently returned to help formulate the 20-year comprehensive plan.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city has a deal with Toole Design and Ian Lockwood, the person behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Lockwood and his team will be in Commerce July 10-13 and August 7-10 to meet with citizens and to formulate a comprehensive plan for the city.  Texas A&M University-Commerce is participating in the effort.  On another topic, the city is looking for a finance director to replace Brady Olson, who has left for another position.

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Sulphur Springs community development director Tory Niewiadomski says the planner behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs, Ian Lockwood of Toole Design, will return to the city this week to help the city plan further improvements.  A welcome dinner takes place from 5:30-7:30 tonight (Monday, May 22) at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  On Tuesday, Lockwood will meet with community organizations before an open session with the public from 4-7 p.m. at City Hall.  He'll give a preliminary report on his findings at 7 p.m.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the Hopkins County Courthouse has recently received a new exterior lighting system that lets the courthouse be lit in colors appropriate to the holiday, such as red and green for Christmas or red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.  

Emily reports Sulphur Springs has been hit by "skimmers" at local gasoline pumps, illegal devices that steal credit-card information.  She offers tips for avoiding being a victim.

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The mayor of Sulphur Springs, Emily Glass, discusses the recent decision of the Luminant company to give the 4,900 acre Thermo coal-mine property to the city.  The mine ceased operations about one year ago.

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Bill Glover, the director of the Hopkins County Historical Society, describes the Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park, located a few blocks from downtown Sulphur Springs on East Houston Street.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the recent ground breaking for a new industry in Sulphur Springs, Armorock Polymer Concrete Structures, which will eventually employ about 60 people.  Sulphur Springs also recently celebrated the opening of a new Starbuck's cafe on I-30.  And the city is engaged in a$1.8 million renovation of its wastewater treatment plant.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city recently won the "Spirit" award for cities with populations of 25,000 and under from the Texas Municipal League.  The award was in recognition of the city's redevelopment of its downtown area as "Celebration Plaza."  The mayor says a community singing event, "One," takes place in Celebration Plaza at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon (September 19).  It's designed to be an event promoting unity.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city council has approved a comprehensive master plan that extends the successful approach in the downtown area through the rest of the city.  She says the plan will beautify the city and make it more "walkable."  The city has also adopted new stricter food-service regulations.

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Sulphur Springs community-development specialist Sarah Dicus says a number of events are coming up in October for "Celebration City," as Sulphur Springs calls itself.

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Our Sulphur Springs books commentator, Sharon Feldt, says she avoided reading Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman" for over a year because she didn't want it to affect her image of Atticus Finch, the hero of Lee's novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird."  But, now that the controversy has faded, Sharon says she's glad she read "Watchman," and thinks it stands on its own as a great novel.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the new super-charging stations for Tesla electric cars located in the city's downtown area.  She says she's been surprised how many Tesla drivers stop to recharge their cars there.  Also, the City Council is planning on significant pay raises for police and fire fighters.

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says two noted literary figures are scheduled to speak this fall in Northeast Texas.  Stanley Nelson, editor of the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Ferriday, Louisiana, and the real-life figure upon whom novelist Greg Iles based his books Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree, will speak Saturday, October 8 in Winnsboro.  Nelson has written his own non-fiction book, Devils Walking.  On Wednesday, Octobe

Sulphur Springs community development staff members Shane Shepard and Sarah Dicus relate the planning and redevelopment of the city's downtown, now known as the "Celebration District."  Shane says the downtown has been redesigned for pedestrians, rather than cars.  Sarah says the city is hoping to attract young people to the Celebration District.  Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, also is heard on this program.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass relates the history of Sulphur Springs, its economic characteristics, and her hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Aluf Plastics plans to open a facility in Sulphur Springs, according to KSST-FM.
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Radio host Enola Gay Mathews of KSST-AM, a Sulphur Springs radio station says a new Aluf Plastics plant will soon locate in the Hopkins County seat, employing about 40 people.  Also, the Texas Downtown Association will hold a workshop in Sulphur Springs April 22-24 to see the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs, known now as Celebration Plaza.

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller and Echo Publishing graphic designer Luis Noble discuss the annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which is being observed in downtown Sulphur Springs at 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

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Enola Gay Mathews, host of the KSST radio morning program, says the Hopkins County Stew competition and the Fall Festival, will once again be scheduled together, with the Fall Festival set for October 18-25, and the stew event on Saturday, October 25.