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North Lamar’s Automotive Class Advances to State SkillsUSA

    Top students to compete April 2-5 at state Students at North Lamar High School returned from the District V SkillsUSA Competition in Waco on February 6-8 with first, second and third place ribbons.  Those who placed first and second in their categories will compete at the State SkillsUSA ...

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Downtown Paris Mini Golf Challenge Supports Downtown Food Pantry

  Downtown Paris is going GREEN for the second year! “Paris, Texas Main Street Program is always in the mood for fun and games that will bring people to our historic downtown”, said Main Street Board Chair Glee Emmite referring to the Mini Golf Challenge set for Friday, March 20 ...

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Former Chandler OK Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

  A former Chandler, Oklahoma police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing unregistered firearm silencers. Steven Bradley Simon admitted in court to possessing silencers without serial numbers and not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He faces up to 20 years in prison at ...

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Americans Quarantined on Cruise Ship in Japan Flown Back to U.S.

  American passengers who left the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan Sunday were flown to San Antonio Monday morning. Seven of the 151 evacuees were isolated due to a positive lab test. They were then taken to a Nebraska National Guard camp near Omaha. Two additional passengers were placed ...

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Early Voting for Super Tuesday Begins Today

  Early voting in the Democrat and Republican primaries gets underway today and will run through Friday February 28.  Primary Election Day is “Super-Tuesday”, March 3. Voters will decide candidates for President of the United States, US Senate, US House of Representatives, State Representative, State Judicial offices and some county ...

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DFA to Purchase Dean Foods

  Dairy Farmers of America announced Monday on its website that it has agreed to buy Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer. Dallas-based Dean Foods declared bankruptcy in November and blamed a decades long drop in milk consumption. The dairy co-operative said as part of the deal they will assume ...

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Hopkins County Bookings

  Forty-four-year-old Samuel Patrick Bryant was arrested in Hopkins County Monday.  He was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a 2nd degree felony. NO other details have been disclosed at this time. No bond amount has been set.

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Collin County Capital Murder Trial Starts

  The Collin County capital murder trial is underway for the man accused of shooting and killing his roommate and a Richardson police officer.  Prosecutors say Brandon McCall killed his roommate.  Rene Gamez II and then Officer David Sherrard, who responded to the shots fired call. Officers on the scene ...

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Local Sports Headlines

High School Basketball and More in Today’s Sports Update

  Prairiland defeated New Boston 55-51 last night. Prairiland jumped out to a 16 point lead in the second only to watch the Lady Lions come back to tie it at 49. Caitlyn Folse calmly sank two free throws to put Prairiland back up for good. Hannah Murdock led the ...

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Northeast Eagles

NTCC Baseball Splits Double Header With the recent rains forcing a cancelation of the home series with Hutchison Community College from Kansas, once again, the Northeast Texas Community College Baseball (NTCC) team hit the road to make up the lost games. The Eagles (4-5) would travel to the DFW Metroplex ...

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TAMUC – Sports

Andrews’ school record highlights strong final indoor regular season meet for Lion Track & Field. PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field squads closed out the regular indoor season Saturday at the Fifth Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic, hosted by Pittsburg State University.  Four student-athletes set or improved on ...

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Community Calendar

Feb 18 all-day


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • CDC Safe Riders Car Seat Program, 4:00 p.m.
  • Corprew Camp Read-A-Lot, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Wallace 6th grade math benchmark
  • MPJH Cheer Tryout Parent Meeting, MPJH gym, 6:00 p.m.
  • MPHS Cheer Tryout Parent Meeting, MPHS Cafeteria, 5:00 p.m.
  • Basketball

MPHS Boys 9th, JV, & Varsity @ Greenville (away), 5:00 p.m.

MPHS Girls Varsity vs. Whitehouse @ Gladewater (away), 6:30 p.m.

  • Soccer

MPHS Girls vs. Sulphur Springs (home), 5:30 p.m.

MPHS Boys @ Sulphur Springs (away), 5:30 p.m.

  • Golf

MPHS Varsity Boys & Girls @ Rockwall

MPHS JV Boys @ Garden Valley, 9:00 a.m.

Step Up!
Feb 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Paris Library
Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

StoryTimes at Paris Library – Baby & Toddler Story Time baby Toddler Tuesdays at 10:30 am for ages 0-2 years. Tale Time with Tracy Storytime is Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Regular Wednesday Storytime continues throughout the year for three to five-year-olds.

Camp County Cattlemen’s Meeting
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The regular Camp County Cattlemen’s Meeting is Tuesday (Feb 18) at 6:30 pm at the Aubrey Pilgrim Building. Annual dues are DUE at this meeting, which is $30 single/$45 couple. If you are not sure if you have paid dues or not, please call the office. If you are not currently a member but are interested, please visit! We will feed you and give you another month to think about joining and paying your dues

I highly encourage joining this organization as it promotes education and comradery between beef producers in the county, something that not all local communities have! We are also building a scholarship fund through our cap sales to help support Camp County 4-H. Caps are $20 each and available at meetings or in the Extension office. By being a member of this organization, it guarantees you at least two pesticide CEU’s a year from regular meetings! 


We also have the Landowners’ Educational Field-day Series hosted by Camp, Franklin, and Titus Counties Extension Offices. They are on Saturday (Feb 22) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in Mount Pleasant at the Titus County Extension Office and on Saturday (Mar 21) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the Aubrey Pilgrim Building in Pittsburg. These two programs will begin with a classroom portion, will include lunch, and a field portion for live demonstrations follows.


Saturday (Feb 22) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm

“Getting the most out of your pastures” 1 CEU

Classroom Location: Titus County Extension Office

                                        1708 Industrial Rd. Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455

Field Location: Titus Co. Extension Office—Equipment from Conroy Tractor, Mt. Pleasant

(subject to change in the event of inclement weather)

Topics Include: recovering from hog damage, winter weed control, baleage, sprayer calibration, and utilizing various farm equipment


Saturday (Mar 21) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm

“Aquatic vegetation and Fish Health” 1 CEU

Classroom Location: Aubrey Pilgrim Building

                                        402 Broach St, Pittsburg, TX 75686

Field Location: TBA in Pittsburg 

(subject to change in the event of inclement weather)

Topics Include: pondweed ID and control, utilizing online resources to identify weeds, blue-green algae, fish health, pond measuring, fertilizer applications


The cost is $15 per program. Pre-register by Friday (Feb 14) for the Pasture Management program and Friday (Mar 13) for the Pond Management program by calling the Camp County Extension Office (903)-856-5005



Feb 19 all-day


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • CDC Parenting class at MPHS, 11:45 a.m.
  • CDC Policy Council, 12:00 p.m.
  • Wallace 6th grade math benchmark
United Way Annual Meeting
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

United Way Annual Meeting is on Wednesday (Feb 19) at Paris Junior College’s Ballroom at noon. Celebrate the 2020 Live United Campaign that funds 24 partner agencies. The United Way of Lamar County will recognize the outstanding workplace campaigns, volunteers, and community leaders that made the campaign a success. We identify our outgoing board members, and we announce the annual Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Leadership Achievement awards. The cost is $200 for a table of 10 and $15 for a single ticket. For tickets or more info, call the United Way at 903-784-6642.

Feb 20 all-day


Thursday, February 20, 2020

CDC Parenting Support Group for Children with Disabilities, 5:30 p.m.
Wallace 6th grade reading benchmark
MPHS Speech & Debate @ National Qualifying Tournament, UT Tyler
MPHS JV @ MPHS (home), 8:00 a.m.

MPHS Varsity @ Sulphur Springs tournament (away)

MPHS JV @ Longview JV Classic tournament (away)

MPHS Varsity @ Marshall (away)

Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The City of Paris offers BINGO every Thursday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Oak Park Gym. The address is 2515 Bonham.

Feb 21 all-day

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Sims Kid’s Heart Challenge event, during PE classes
  • Wallace 6th grade reading benchmark
  • Wallace Spring pictures
  • Wallace Spring Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • MPHS Speech & Debate @ National Qualifying Tournament, UT Tyler
  • MPHS UIL @ Sulphur Springs Meet
  • Tennis

MPHS Varsity @ MPHS (home), 8:00 a.m.

  • Soccer

MPHS Girls vs. Royse City (home), 5:30 p.m.

MPHS Boys @ Royse City (away), 5:30 p.m.

  • Softball

MPHS Varsity @ Sulphur Springs tournament (away)

MPHS JV @ Longview JV Classic tournament (away)

  • Baseball

MPHS JV & Varsity @ Paris (away–scrimmage), 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Feb 21 @ 3:24 am – 4:24 am

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free essential income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The VITA site, at 2340 Lamar Avenue, is open on Mondays and Fridays in February and March from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, and on a limited number of Saturdays. Volunteers have flexible hours and may choose their own schedules on those days. For more information call 903-784-6642.