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Court Orders Texas To Remove Floating Barrier

Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Texas to remove the floating barrier it deployed in the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass this summer, affirming a lower court’s ruling. In a 2-1 decision, the court found that the river was navigable where the Governor had the barrier placed and …

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Six From Paris Arrested In Hugo

On Tuesday, November 21, Hugo Police, Choctaw County Deputies, and Choctaw Nation Lighthorse Police responded to a report of multiple gunshots fired into a residence located at 205 East Central Street. They found the suspect’s red SUV with five individuals, finding the sixth later, all from Paris. Paris Police had …

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Flu Is Next Door

New CDC data reveals Louisiana made the list of top seven U.S. states with high flu activity in November. LSU Health Shreveport Assistant Professor Dr. Ammar Husan said he sees this first-hand in his clinic. Around two-thirds of his patients have upper respiratory symptoms. The doctor said to avoid sickness, …

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Son Gets 70 Years For Killing His Mother

Friday, a court in Waxahachie sentenced Chad Gillen, 37, to 70 years in prison for beating his mother to death. In 2010, Karen Gillen suffered a stroke, which left her disabled. As a widow, her only child, Chad Gillen, was charged with her care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Karen stopped …

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Universal Kids Resort Coming To Frisco

Universal Destinations & Experiences revealed Friday new details about the theme park coming to Frisco, including the park’s official name, Universal Kids Resort. In January, the company announced it would bring a family-focused theme park and a 300-room themed resort hotel to North Texas. On Friday, executives with Universal Destinations & …

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Helm Family And Clarion Point Hotel Sponsoring Lights of Life Gala

  Sharon (center) and Charles Helm (2nd from right) and Clarion Pointe are sponsoring the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation’s 18th Annual Gala to be held on January 27, 2024.  Joining the Helms for a commemorative photo are John Sellers, Gala chair (left), Adam Teer, Clarion Pointe general manager (2nd from left), and …

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Tax Revenue Totaled $4.1 Billion

State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $4.1 Billion in November. (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue totaled $4.1 billion in November, 3.7 percent more than in November 2022. Most of November’s sales tax revenue is based on sales made in October and remitted to the agency in November. …

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Friday’s Sports

  Dak Prescott NFL Thursday Cowboys (9-3) 41 – Seattle (6-6) 35 The Dallas Cowboys’ 41-35 win against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night was just Dak Prescott doing what he believes he should be doing. In his past seven games, he has 21 touchdown passes, including three against Seattle …

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Tursday’s Sports

NBA Wednesday Pelicans (10-9) 124 – 76ers (12-6) 114 Nuggets (13-6) 134 – Rockets (8-8) 124 Nikola Jokic came up with 34 points, 15 assists, and ten rebounds, while Michael Porter Jr. scored a season-high 30, sending Denver past the Houston Rockets 134-124. Thursday Lakers (11-8) at Oklahoma City Thunder …

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Wednesday’s Sports

FOR SALE – $3.5 billion  NBA Tuesday Mavericks (11-6) 121 – Rockets (8-7) 115 Timberwolves (13-4) 106 – Thunder (11-6) 103 Luka Doncic had 41 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, helping the Dallas Mavericks prevent the Houston Rockets from advancing to the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament. It …

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Mavericks Owner Sells Major Stake In Team

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Mavericks will undergo a significant change in ownership. Owner Mark Cuban has reportedly announced plans to sell a majority stake in the team to billionaire Miriam Adelson and her family for $3.5 billion. Cuban will maintain operational control of the basketball team, although …

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Tuesday’s Sports

Gilmer vs. Carthage NFL Monday Bears (4-8) 12 – Vikings (6-6) 10 The Monday night game was short on offense as the Chicago Bears became the first team this season to win without scoring a touchdown as they edged the Minnesota Vikings. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper fired coach Frank …

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Community Calendar

Holiday In The Ark
Nov 24 – Dec 17 all-day

Join the Endangered Ark Foundations for their Third Annual Holiday in the Ark in Hugo. It runs from November 24 through December 17 and is fun and filled with winter and Christmas activities.

American Legion Gun Show
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day

American Legion Post 320 in Gilmer, Texas, sponsors a Gun Show in Big Sandy on Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3. Our Post raises money to help Veterans and kids in the East Texas area.

Dec 4 all-day

Monday, December 4, 2023

  • CDC training for new volunteers, 8:05 a.m.
  • Brice 3rd & 4th grade Reading benchmark
  • Corprew 3rd & 4th grade Reading benchmark
  • MPHS Freshman Band All-Region auditions, North Lamar HS
  • Basketball

MPJH Girls vs. Hallsville (home), 5:00 p.m.

Dec 5 all-day

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

  • CDC Safe Riders car seat program, 10:00 a.m.
  • Corprew 3rd & 4th grade Math benchmark
  • Fowler 3rd & 4th grade Reading benchmark
  • Wallace 5th & 6th grade Reading benchmark
  • Wallace Band concert, Wallace gym, 7:00 p.m.
  • MPHS English I EOC exam retake
  • MPHS picture retakes 
  • MPHS make-up hours, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • MPHS Choir Christmas concert, MPHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
  • Basketball

MPHS girls JV1 & Varsity are at Paris (away) at 4:30 p.m.

Dec 6 all-day

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

  • CDC Policy Council meeting, noon.
  • Corprew Kinder & 1st grade mid-year Math test
  • Corprew 2nd grade mid-year Reading test
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Fowler 3rd & 4th grade Math benchmark
  • Wallace 5th grade Science benchmark

MPHS Algebra I, Biology, & US History EOC exam retake

Dec 7 all-day

Thursday, December 7, 2023

  • Brice 3rd & 4th grade Math benchmark
  • Corprew 2nd grade mid-year Math test
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Corprew Chillz on Wheelz day
  • Fowler 4th grade music program, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sims awards assemblies during Specials
  • Wallace 5th & 6th grade Math benchmark
  • MPHS NHS meeting, 7:45 p.m.
  • MPHS make-up hours, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • MPHS English II EOC exam retake
  • MPHS Tiger Doll Christmas party, 7:00 p.m.
  • Basketball

MPJH Boys at Hallsville (away), 4:30 p.m.

MPHS Boys Varsity at Corsicana tournament (away)

21st Annual Tree Of Angels
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

People Against Violent Crime invites you to the “21st Annual Tree of Angels” on Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 309 S. Church Street, Paris. This ceremony is for all crime victims, families, friends, and all living in our communities. Everyone can bring an ornament or select an “Angel” of ours, free of charge, to place on this angel tree. Our scheduled speaker is Kimmie Snowton, Paris PD Community Outreach Coordinator. A reception immediately follows.

Dec 8 all-day

Friday, December 8, 2023

  • CDC Parent Committee meeting, 8:05 a.m.
  • Brice Christmas lunch
  • Corprew Christmas lunch
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Fowler Christmas lunch
  • Sims Christmas lunch for Kinder, 2nd, & 4th grades
  • Wallace 6th grade Winter Dance, Wallace gym, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • MPHS Choir Christmas concert tour
  • MPHS Band All-Region auditions, North Lamar HS
  • MPHS Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, MPHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
  • Basketball

MPHS Boys Freshmen & JV vs. Jefferson (home), 5:00 p.m.

MPHS Boys Varsity at Corsicana tournament (away)

  • Swim

MPHS at Whitehouse Christmas Relays (away)

  • Soccer

MPHS Girls JV Gold at Pittsburg (away), 4:30 p.m.

MPHS Girls Varsity vs. Pleasant Grove (home), 6:30 p.m.

MPISD – MPJH Theatre Presents, “The Wizard of Oz”
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 9 @ 10:00 pm

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda, left) tells Aunt Em (Summer Murrillo, center) and Uncle Henry (Jose Jimenez, right) about meeting Miss Gulch on her walk home

Zeke, a.k.a. The Cowardly Lion (Joey Dunn, left), tells Dorothy (Madison Zepeda) to have courage when she talks to Miss Gulch

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda) gazes into the Professor’s, a.k.a. The Wizard (Kevin Mendoza) crystal ball

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda, left) is welcomed to Munchkin Land by (L to R) Ensemble member (Danika Beckham), Leader of the Winkie Guards (Emma Sanders) and Glinda the Good Witch (Gracie Martinez)

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda) meets The Scarecrow (Dawson Hernandez)

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MPHS and MPJH Theatre to present The Wizard of Oz

The Mount Pleasant High School and Junior High School theatre programs announce their first productions of the season, The Wizard of Oz, Youth Edition, by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. 

Join Dorothy and her loyal companion Toto as they “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” through the Land of Oz, determined to reach the Emerald City, where the great and powerful Wizard of Oz will help them get home. Of course, along the way, Dorothy encounters witches, both good and bad, Munchkins, talking trees, and winged monkeys. But most importantly, she befriends three unique characters: a Scarecrow with no brain, a Tin Man with no heart, and a Lion with no “nerve.” 

Their journey to happiness and self–awareness is a glowing testament to friendship, understanding, and hope in a world filled with beauty and ugliness.

The cast includes Madison Zepeda (HS) Kelsie Shelton (JH) as Dorothy, Summer Murillo (HS) Baylee Bean (JH) as Aunt Em, Jose Jimenez (HS) Jayson Carrillo (JH) as Uncle Henry/Doorman, Dawson Hernandez (HS) Nicholas Gonzalez (JH) as Hunk/Scarecrow, Joey Dunn (HS) Camden Plowman (JH) as Zeke/Lion, Sunni Anderson (HS) Gavin Hays (JH) as Hickory/Tinman, Sadera Lampard (HS) Manny Almiedasasi (JH) as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch, Kevin Mendoza (HS) Grace Berry (JH) as Professor Marvel/Wizard, Gracie Martinez (HS) Ella Rosewell (JH) as Glinda, Addy McQueen (HS) as Nikko, Emma Sanders (HS) Yoseline Nava (JH) as Leader of the Winkie Guards, Noah Campbell and Silas Futrell as Featured Monkeys, Ensemble/Chorus members Peyton Robinson, Danika Beckham, Makayla Mather, Allison Mendoza, Roger McKay, Hannah Carr, Calvin Lee, and Jayanna Townlin-Crow, and Dancers Stella Arzate, Marley Broach, Maria Castillo De La Torre, Evie Dominguez, Blakely Garrett, Lynndsie Phan, Angela Ramirez Moreno, Valerie Rodarte, Gracie Rodriguez, and Aileen Sorto. The Crew includes Stage Managers Sara Guerrero, Evie Dominguez, and Evelyn Whisenhunt, Wyatt Adkins (JH) on sound, Enrique Hernandez (HS), Caylee Middleton (JH) on lights, set managers Raul Torres and Tristan Trejo, Props Mistress Kynlei Bryson (JH), with costumes and make-up by Yorely Rodriguez, Charisma Dickerson, Alexandra Santos (JH), and Colt Covey.

All performances are in the Mount Pleasant High School auditorium. The high school cast will perform on Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 8, with both performances at 7:00 pm. The Junior High actors perform on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 9, with both performances at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door, cash or check only, and are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $3.00 for kids under 12. MPHS Theatre is under the direction of Jordan Chambers, and Crystal Francis directs MPJH Theatre.

Dec 9 all-day

Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • Wallace FBLA meeting, 10:00 a.m.
  • MPJH Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, MPHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
  • MPJH All-Region Band at TMEA Region IV Clinic and Concerts, Paris JH
  • MPHS Freshman All-Region Band at TMEA Region IV Clinic and Concerts, Paris JH
  • Basketball

MPHS Boys Varsity at Corsicana tournament (away)