The Chamber Connection


by: Meredith Caddell


October 27th 2011



Thank you to EVERYONE who attended the 42nd Annual Stew Contest!!!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Stew Contest this year.  It was unanimous…the weather made the weekend extremely pleasant and there was TONS of Stew eaten on Saturday.  This event would not be possible without the 140 stew cooks that we had this year, so we wanted to make sure to recognize them! 


Senator Bob Deuell

Friends of Bob Deuell


Garland Hays

Reep Scrap Metal

Enola Gay Mathews

Dan Froneberger


Amber Norris

Garland Hays

Reilly Springs Jamboree

Enola Gay Mathews

Beth Adams

Songbird Hill Farms

Mary Allen

Kathy Lambert

First Baptist Church

John Lambert

Chris Gibbins

Texas Heritage National Bank

Scarlett Gibbins

Scott Burgin

Century 21 Hometown

Kerri Burgin

Don Sapaugh

City National Bank

James Van Winkle

Christi Camp

SS Church of the Nazarene

Wayne White

Delane Malone

Delane Malone/Cody Sanders

Cody Sanders

Richard Watkins

Farm Bureau

George Tenberge

Greg Carpenter

Davis Street Baptist Church

Kathy Carpenter

Bryan Barclay


Brent Tanton

John Wilburn

Wilburn Family

Rudy Ellis

Ellen Matthews


Tommy Matthews

Rudy Ellis

Wilburn Family

John Wilburn

Rick Palmer

Pioneer Café

Barbara Palmer

Keith Ethridge

The Way Bible Church

Alan Vaughn

Jeff Jordan

City National Bank

Rhonda Jordan

Wayne Caldwell

Everything Unique

Lyndsay Caldwell

Stephen Gillem

Gillem Group

Jerry Gillem

David Gideon

Commercial Glass & Mirror

Kim Gideon

Lee Levine

Lee Levine

Jan Chapman

Dave Graves

Graves Humphries Stahl LTD

Brent Chaney

Annie Wilkerson

Homebound Child Placing Agency


Danny Wilburn

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital EMS

Taylor Pace

Steve Littlefield

Remax Advanced

James McMahan

Nancy Fite

M & W Feed

Becky Berry

Steve Littlefield

Ben Keith

Dwayne Sears

Zack King

A&S Air Conditioning

Cleveland Hooten

Robert Buster

Coca Cola

Jason Roberts

Chris Voorhese

Edward Jones Investments

Lori Voorheese

Shane Fite

Fite and Co  Plumbing


Randy McCoy

Wilburn Milk Company

Whitnie McCoy

Kathy Reeves

Wayne Reeves Independent Petroleum Landman

Tripp Reeves

Winston Sawyer

W. S. Services

Glenn Sawyer

Chad Chauncey

Dairy Health Services


Joe Wallace

Morningstar Foods


Carmen Crouse

Sulphur Springs Cyrsler Dodge Jeep

Dichele Smith

Ronnie Kelley

Morningstar Foods


Edward Moore

The Place M Ranch

Barbara Moore

Donnie Sanders

AK Gillis

Doyle Wood

Gary Kesting

Hopkins County Master Gardeners

Jeffery Kesting

Darel Roach

Roach Construction/Bright Star Pools

Amanda McKinney


Carriage House Manor

not cooking

Derb Goodman

Northeast Texas Janitorial Supply

Michael Thompson

Garrett Glass

Guaranty Bank

Veronica Palacios

Annette Wilburn

The Propane Co

Gerald Wilburn

Yvonne Womack

Guaranty Bank

Sarah Plunk

Gerald Wilburn

Nanny & Pawpaws Catering

Annette Wilburn

Sheryl Paden

Farmer's Electric Cooperative

Tonya Biggs

Rick Wilson

Hopkins County Historical Society

Chris Wilson

Anival Aguilar

Aguilar Services

Oscar Aguilar

Jace Anglin

Hopkins County Law Enforcement

Lewis Tatum

Ana Shew

Aguilar Services

Maria Aguilar

Kathy Hipkins

Phil Smith Attorney at  Law

Lorell Radney

Leann Wood

Wood & Wood Plumbing

Steven Wood

Krista Brown

N E Texas Farmers Coop

Gary Friddle

Robert Cody

GSC Enterprises

Ryan McKenzie

Debbie Horton

NE Texas Farmers Coop

Donnie Peters

James Ross

Alliance Bank

Tonya Ross

Weldon Watkins

Folmar Drilling Company

J. D. Porch

Bobby Vickery

Brinker Volumteer Fire Dept

Carley Vickery

Robin Wells

Wyatt's Towing

Summer Ball

D.J. Powers

2D & P Print & Designs

Joey Dorner

Marie Chester

Woodman of the World

Brian Dorner

Marie Weeks

Muddy Jake's

Greg Weeks

Steve Smith

Audley Moore Construction/Boy Scout Troop 66

Rick Spears

Bobby Harris

Trinity Harvest Church of God

David Talley

Shirley Wakeman

Merrell used Cards

Elaine Merrell

Karen Strickland

HCMemorial Hospital

Nancy Sims

Heather Nelson

Flow Serve


Katie Patterson

Alliance Bank

Linda Henton

Kelly Kight

Flow Serve


Walt Mannon

A&A Appliance Service

Joe Willie Hooten

Shane Russom

Johnson Electric

Brad Irving

Walt Mannon

Mannon & Fisher Cattle

Stan Fisher

Chris Holt

Abercrombie Body Shop


Wickie Neal

Tractor Supply

Jackie Neal

Penny Armstrong


Tommy White

Mark Faulks

Patty Brown Allstate Insurance

Angie Faulks

Michael Bowen

Creations by Joyce/Bucksnort Farm

Greg Anglin

LaJuana Young

Bell Concrete

Earnest Young

J Kin Orr

Maurice Vaughn

Maurice Vaughn

Mary Friskes

X-Ray Plus

Robin Haygood

Brian Wright

Birthwright BBQ & Catering

Michael Hrabal

Jarred Beck

Atmos Energy

A. J. Calhoun

Alva Adams



Kevin Wilkes

Progressive Heating and Air

Cory Wilhite

Tina Flora

Mattison Insurance

Matthew Mattison

Dorothy Dougan

Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab

Jan Hawkins

Jennifer Lucas

Jennifer Lucas

Gina Snyder

Kayla Price

Professional Land Title

Michael Mitchell

Jack Pruitt

GDC Construction

Gyle Dale

Dee Box

Underwood Sand & Gravel

Steve Olker

Darell Crocker

Bill, Cummings, Construction

Billy Cummings

Cal Clark

Sulta Manufactoring Co

James Clark

Jay McClung

Cross Motor Sales/IBA Dairy Supply

Blake Caldwell

Jack Massey

J R Massey and Associates

Chris Smith

Addie Cherry

Edd's Custom Cabinets

Jeremy Cherry

BJ Teer

Murray Orwosky Funeral Home

Sue Orwosky

Teresa Mathews

Edge Medical Supply

Michael Mathews

Rodney Harred


Ron Sills

Anida Reed

Hopkins County Tire and Lube

Greg Reed

George Law

Matt Kitten


Robert Stout

Big Rob Inc

Tina Stout

Jerry Blount

Pro Auto Tinting & Accessories

John Mark McAfee

Tina Cox

Rockcreek Health Rehab

Larry Cox

Rodney Crist

Classic Lanes

Myra Crist

Sandra Billodeau

Custom Shutters

Bobby Mays

Shannon Henry

Fusion Salon

Rochelle Scott

LaWana Hohenberger

Bulkley Trucking

Vonnie South

Kenneth Barnett


Jason Keyes

Rodney Mallard

Brian Toliver Ford


Tony Wisniewski

Taking Care of Business

Jeri Wisniewski

Paul Ratliff

New Beginnings Fellowship

Kimberly Ratliff

Paul Ratliff

Compassion for the Fatherless

Kimberly Ratliff

Karon Weathermon

ABC Autoplex

Mike Turner

Don Meeks

Burgers and Fries

Bennie Harris

Dollie Kelly

D. G. Tree Service

Pat Morgan

James Calhoun

Calhoun Longhorns


Wanda Cole

Full Gospel House of Prayer

Don Chapman

Chaney Johnson

Kramerica Outdoor

Craig Johnson

LaVania Self

Red Fender Trailer

Justine Diaz

Meredith Coke

April Showers


Beverly Craig


Pam Barela

Sue Tittle

Bright Star Flooring

Jerry Tittle

Myra Watson


Mary Ellen Hoybook

Ross Scott

Oilfield Misfits


Sherry Paige

Morningstar Foods Culture


David Joslin

Bear Littleton State Farm Insurance

Bear Littleton

Tony Harris

Cross Country Church


Shawn Hall

Satpro Wireless

Chris Bearden

Joe Kelley

Kelley Plumbing/Wright Construction

David Kelley

Pat Penn

Galyean Insurance

Gail Smith

Pat Penn

Galyean Insurance

Tammy Morgan

Nancy Bolton

Grocery Supply

Theresa Toland






We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who worked so tirelessly throughout the weekend to make it a success.  Thank you to the Board of Directors, Ambassadors, Blue Blazes, Teen Court, FCCLS, HS Leadership, Hopkins County Trustees, City of Sulphur Springs, Gary Spraggins, Como Pickton Students, A& S Air Conditioning Crew, SW Dairy Museum Crew.  Also, a special thank you to Mike Horne for being the Chairman of the Stew Committee this year and Dana Wilhite, office manager, for keeping everything organized and ready to go! THANK YOU!!!!!


Next Business After Hours to be hosted by Clayton Homes, Tonight…Thursday, October 27th!

Please make plans to attend the next Business After Hours at Clayton Homes tonight from 4:30-6:00!  These events are such a great way to meet other business people, enjoy great food and have lots of fun!  Tonight you can enjoy a yummy bowl of stew & then take a tour of the facility.  If you have never seen it, you will be amazed at what they do and how they do it, so stop by on your way home tonight!!!


Downtown Business Alliance Car Show, Saturday, October 29th from 8a-3p

Don’t miss DBA’s Annual Car Show downtown Sulphur Springs.  The show will be filled with old, antique cars, corvettes and much more.  For more information, please call Rita Edwards at 903-243-8769.


Ribbon Cutting for Maw & Paw Kettle’s new restaurant on Wednesday, November 2nd at 10:30am

Please join us in welcoming Maw & Paw Kettles to the Sulphur Springs and the Chamber of Commerce.  Their new restaurant is open 24 hours a day in the Days Inn Motel, 1495 E. Industrial.  Everything they prepare is fresh and homemade, including their biscuits, chicken fried steak and their steaks are never frozen.  So please join us at 10:30 on November 2nd for their ribbon cutting.


Christmas Art contest Deadline is November 9th.         

Did you wish last year that you had entered the Christmas Art Contest?  If so, well here is your chance. The Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance is having the contest again.  Entry forms may be picked up at the Chamber office, Eugene Edwards Used Cars and the Millennium Shopper.  All completed registration forms must be delivered to the Chamber office by November 9th.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place with the top prize being $250.00.  Each entrant’s name will also be entered in drawing for a gift.  For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.


Load the Wagon & Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride, Saturday, November 12th 

Saddle up your horses and help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fight cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  The event will take place on Saturday, November 12th at Two J Ranch, 993 CR 2331 in Como.  Gates will open at 7:00am, Saddle Up at 9:30 and Ride out at 10:00am.  A free lunch of homemade chili, stew and roughneck sausage will be provided, but remember…it is a fundraiser to help St. Jude’s Hospital, so donations will gladly be accepted.  There will be horses and mule wagon rides available.  There is a $10 minimum donation for you to ride your own horse.  There will also be a short trail ride available for small children.  If you would like more information, please call Jean & Jim Murray at 903-488-3030 or Jr. Gregg at 903-488-3685.  Others assisting in this great event are Cathi & Jim Wright, Mike Teer, David Herring, Don Meeks and Gerald Wilburn, so any of them will be able to give you more information.


1st Annual Hopkins County Turkey Trot Benefitting Mother's Culture Club and Hope4Harper  

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at Buford Park, there will be a Kid’s Fun Run at 7:30am for $5 and a 5K Run/Walk at 8:00am for $25.  Early registration forms are at the Chamber of Commerce office, Alliance Bank and Fieldhouse.  T-shirts will be guaranteed to 5K early registrants.  Late registrants will receive shirts on a first come, first-serve basis.  All kid participants will receive medals.  Please contact Holly Ragan for more information at 903-348-5626 or


Ribbon Cutting for Tru Tan on Wednesday, November 30th  at Noon.

Please help us in welcoming Tru Tan to Sulphur Springs and the Chamber of Commerce.  Tru Tan is located at 151 Industrial in the new shopping center on the North Service Road.  Please stop by on your lunch hour and join us for their ribbon cutting!


Don’t Miss These Opportunities

10/27-Business After Hours at Clayton Homes 4:30-6:00

10/29-Downtown Business Alliance Car Show 8am

11/2-Ribbon Cutting for Maw & Paw Kettles

11/5- History By Foot

11/8-Law Enforcement Dinner

11/17-Business After  Hours at Pioneer Cafe

11/24-Turkey Trot 5K @ Buford Park

11/30-Tru Tan Ribbon Cutting


That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!