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CORRECTION

Correction: Last Thursday, February 29, we ran a story from the Titus County Sheriff’s Office that Titus County had arrested Christopher D. Coggins, 39, of Talco. We researched the penal code wrong, saying it was for Burglary with the intent to commit a felony or theft. The arrest was for Criminal …

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Paris Police Report For Friday, March 1

Colton Heath Golightly Officers arrested Colton Heath Golightly, 35, Thursday on a Parole Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. It was after officers stopped him in the 2500 block of Lamar Ave for an equipment violation. They processed Golightly without incident. Karen Elaine Hines Thursday, police arrested Karen Elaine …

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Largest Wildfire In Texas History

Light snow covered scorched prairie, dead cattle, and burned-out homes in the Texas Panhandle on Thursday. The carnage was the result of the largest wildfire in Texas history. The Texas A&M Forest Services reports the Smokehouse Creek fire merged with another wildfire and is only a tiny fraction contained. The …

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Cornyn To Seek Top Senate Job

  Senior U.S. Senator from Texas has announced that he will run for Senate Republican leader, becoming the first senator to announce a campaign after Senator Mitch McConnell said he would step down from the post in November. Cornyn, a former Texas Attorney General, was first elected to the Senate …

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Bond Set For Paris Embezzlement Suspect

  Bond is $200,000 for a Paris woman charged with embezzlement from her employer. Allegedly, 50-year-old Cheri Elaine Maxfield wrote herself paychecks from K&G Mowers totaling $192,118 more than her salary. The thefts reportedly occurred in 2022, 2023, and January 2024. Business owner Kevin Kelley said his accountant is still …

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Paris Kiwanis Pancake Days Friday And Saturday

The Paris Kiwanis Club Pancake Days are Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at Lamar County Fairgrounds. They will use the money raised for Kiwanis projects. For tickets, contact any Kiwanis Club board members, call 903-782-1794, or email paristexaskiwanis75460@gmail.com.

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Paris Community Theater Production “Clue” Opens Friday

Paris Community Theater (PCT) presents the comedy-murder mystery “Clue: On Stage,” based on the 1985 movie inspired by the classic board game. Performances will be today, through Sunday, March 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 and Sundays at 2:30 at the Ray Karrer Theatre at Paris Junior College. Get your …

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Suspect Sought In Longview Bank Hold-Up

Longview Police are seeking a man suspected of robbing a bank at gunpoint on Thursday afternoon. Officers say the suspect entered the bank, waved a firearm, and demanded money. The suspect fled the scene in a stolen vehicle that police found later. Now, officers are searching for a white man …

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Details On Pursuit Involving Northeast Texas Law Enforcement

From Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chris Mars On Monday afternoon, February 26, Franklin County received a call of a pursuit coming into Franklin County. They advised that the suspect vehicle was a 2024 dark-colored Ford Expedition. The occupants had tried to pass a forged check for $6,000.00 at a …

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TAMUC Alum Promoted To Senior Associate Vice Chancellor

Press Release From Texas A&M Commerce A&M-Commerce promotes alum Dr. Shonda Gibson to senior associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and chief transformation officer for The Texas A&M University System. As chief transformation officer for the A&M System, Gibson’s mission is to explore and ask pertinent questions, create networks and partnerships for change …

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Basketball Playoffs

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL’S STATE PLAYOFFS Thursday 1A Newcastle (33-1) 59 – Westbrook (28-9) 37 Turkey Valley (36-2) 54 – Neches (29-7) 41 3A Huntington (35-6) 47 – Columbus (26-10) 33 Shallowater (26-12) 59 – Rains (36-2) 47 5A Frisco Liberty (32-7) 66 – Richmond Randle (30-8) 37 Mansfield Timberview (39-1) …

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Friday’s Sports

Photo - Tamara Susa / Lamar (21-5 15-1) 74 – A&M-Commerce (11-15 6-10) 58 NFL A judge has upheld a decision requiring Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to take a paternity test as part of a legal dispute with a 27-year-old woman who says the billionaire is her biological father. A …

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Thursday’s Sports

NBA Wednesday Pacers (34-26) 123 – Pelicans (35-25) 114 Mavericks (34-25) 136 – Raptors (22-37) 125 Luka Doncic had 30 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds on his 25th birthday for his 11th triple-double. That means the Dallas Mavericks did in the host Toronto Raptors with a 136-125 win. Doncic, …

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Wednesday’s Sports

Why does Ponder and Prosper make these two smile? NBA Tuesday Pelicans (35-24) 115 – Knicks (35-24) 92 Timberwolves (41-17) 114 – Spurs (11-48) 105 Thunder (41-17) 112 – Rockets (25-33) 95 Cavaliers (38-19) 121 – Mavericks (33-25) 119 Max Strus drilled a 59-footer as time expired, his fifth made …

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Tuesday’s Sports

Creator: Adam Hunger | Credit: AP NBA The Knicks escaped with a 113-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. It was mainly because of an apparent missed call with 8.5 seconds left when New York guard Donte DiVincenzo (DEE-vin-zen-ZO) plowed into Detroit forward Ausar (uh-SARR) Tompson. The Pistons coach, Monty Williams, delivered …

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Jan
13
Sat
Do You Want To Vote In Texas?
Jan 13 – Mar 5 all-day

Do you want to vote in Texas? Do you have the proper ID? You can use a Texas driver’s license or state ID card, even if it expired in the last four years, or a military ID, passport, or handgun license. You can also use a current utility bill or paycheck if you sign a form at the polls! For more info
or free help getting an accepted ID to vote, call or text the VoteRiders helpline at 866-ID-2-V-O-T-E.

¿Quiere votar pero no sabe si tiene el ID correcto? Puede usar su licencia de conducir o ID estatal de Texas Aunque se haya vencido en los últimos cuatro años. También puede usar su pasaporte estadounidense
o licencia para portar armas. Si llena y firma una forma al votar, puede usar una factura actual de servicios públicos o un cheque de pago.
¿Preguntas o quiere ayuda gratis para obtener un ID válido para votar?
llame o mande un texto a VoteRiders al 866-432-8683 O visite voteriders punto o-r-g.

Mar
1
Fri
Spring Awaking At Cooper Lake State Park @ Cooper Lake State Park
Mar 1 @ 6:00 am – Mar 30 @ 11:45 pm

 

Cooper, TX— As spring blooms across Northeast Texas, Cooper Lake State Park is excited to announce a vibrant array of outdoor programs at Doctors Creek and South Sulphur Units. We design these programs to celebrate spring’s arrival and the much-anticipated Spring Break for schools. These offerings provide a perfect opportunity for families, nature enthusiasts, and adventurers to explore the wonders of the natural world through a series of thoughtfully crafted educational and recreational programs. Join us in celebrating the great outdoors and making lasting memories in the heart of Northeast Texas.

Doctors Creek visitors can delve into the fascinating world of local fauna with “Skins and Skulls,” offering an intimate look at the mammals and reptiles of the Park. The journey continues with “Birding 101”, “Wildlife Detectives,” and “Amazing Arachnids,” among other captivating sessions aimed at forging a deep connection between participants and the Park’s surrounding environment. Special events like “Fishing with the Ranger,” “Stargazing,” and “Art in the Park” ensure a broad spectrum of activities, catering to all interests, from the serene to hands-on.

In tandem, South Sulphur springs to life with its own unique set of activities, including “Kid’s Trout Fishing Day – Part 2,” “Spider Sniffing,” and “Luck of the Irish Archery Shoot,” promising memorable experiences for all age groups. Both park locations emphasize self-guided learning and creativity with nature journaling and Stargazing and will host “Dutch Oven 101” for culinary enthusiasts.

March at Cooper Lake State Park heralds the rebirth of the forest, transforming the Park into a spectacle of colors with redbuds and Mexican plums showcasing their stunning purple and white blooms and spring flowers adorning the prairies and forest floor. This natural tapestry sets a picturesque backdrop for the Park’s diverse programs, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in nature’s renewal.

Fishing enthusiasts will find spring an exceptional time to reel in a nice slab of crappie, monster blue catfish, a stringer of bluegill, and shimmering rainbow trout! The Park’s 20-plus miles of trails beckon hikers to discover the unfolding beauty of spring at every turn. We shift camping into high gear during March, with Spring Break marking one of the Park’s busiest and most exciting periods. Cooper Lake State Park accommodates all camping preferences, from cabins and cottages to shelters, water and electric campsites, and walk-in tent sites, ensuring a perfect outdoor stay for almost every visitor.

As we celebrate the arrival of spring and the myriad of activities it brings, Cooper Lake State Park stands as an enduring testament to the charm of nature and adventure. Whether you’re angling for the day’s catch, exploring scenic trails, or enjoying a night under our dark skies, the Park offers a sanctuary where you’ll experience the rejuvenating spirit of spring in all its glory. YOU NEED THIS! Join us this season to make unforgettable memories in the heart of Northeast Texas, enveloped by the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

All programs are free with your entrance permit. For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit our Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website and also like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek 903-395-3100).

Doctors Creek

Saturday, March 2 – DC

Skins and Skulls – 11:00 am – Meet at Headquarters. Get an inside look at some of the mammals and reptiles of the Park.

Saturday, March 9 – DC

Birding 101 – 9:00 am – Meet the Lone Pine Boat Ramp Parking Lot by the restrooms. Learn some tips and tricks to get you on your way to learning a new hobby. Bring your binoculars.

Wildlife Detectives – 10:30 am – Meet Pelican Point Parking lot. We’ll take a short walk on the Cedar Creek South Loop. Explore how to determine the types of animals that may have been here from the signs they leave behind.

Sunday, March 10 — DC

Amazing Arachnids – 10:00 am – Meet the Pelican Point Pavilion. Find out why arachnids are so amazing while learning what they are. Join us in creating an arachnid make-n-take.

Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12 – DC

Self-guided Nature Journaling – pick up a handout from Headquarters

Self-guided Stargazing – pick up a handout from Headquarters

Wednesday, March 13 – DC

Fishing with the Ranger – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Meet at the Bluebonnet Fishing Pier and Day Use Area. Bring your fishing gear. If you don’t, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience is needed!

Thursday, March 14 – DC

Sights and Sounds of the Upcoming Eclipse – 2:00 pm – Meet at the Pelican Point Pavilion. Become a citizen scientist. Hone your observation skills, and create your pinhole camera.

Friday, March 15 – DC

Stargazing – 8:00 pm – Meet at Pelican Point Parking area. How many constellations can you spot and name? We’ll have the telescopes out to view a planet or two. Dress for the weather; bring a lawn chair and binoculars if you have them.

Saturday, March 16 – DC

Levee Walk – 9:30 am – Meet at the Lone Pine Parking Lot – Join us on a guided walk down the levee to see the wonders of nature! Bring water and dress for the weather.

Art in the Park – 11:00 am – Meet at Pelican Point Day Use Area. An opportunity to let loose your inner artist! Spring is in the air!

Saturday, March 23 – DC

Dutch Oven 101 – 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Happy trails on a cattle drive, yes, indeed. Cast iron cooking was a part of that happiness. Enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration and taste testing. Reserve your spot by calling (903) 395-3100 or emailing alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov

Saturday, March 30 – DC

You can become a Junior Ranger – 10:00 am – Meet at Headquarters. Do you have what it takes to become a Jr. Ranger? Complete the tasks, and check your skills.                                 

South Sulphur

Saturday, March 2 – SS

Kid’s Trout Fishing Day Part 2 – Meet at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Park at Headquarters and walk to the Event Pond. Experience the joy of catching trout. No rod and reel; we have a few loaners available. Remember to bring your trout bait.

Friday, March 8 – SS

Spider Sniffing – 7:30 pm Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area next to the playground. Learn about eight-legged predators, then adventure, sniffing out spiders. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, water bottle, and dress for the weather.

Saturday, March 9 – SS

Birding 101 – 1:30 pm Meet at Gulls Bluff Day Use Area. Learn some tips and tricks to get you on your way to learning a new hobby. Bring your binoculars.

Wildlife Detectives – 3:00 pm Meet at Coyote Run Trail Head. We’ll take a short walk on Coyote Run Trail. Explore how to determine the types of animals that may have been here from the signs they leave behind.

Sunday, March 10 — SS

Amazing Arachnids – 2:00 pm – Meet at the Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Find out why arachnids are so amazing while learning what they are. Join us in creating an arachnid make-n-take.

Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12 – SS

Self-guided Nature Journaling – pick up a handout from Headquarters.

Self-guided Stargazing – pick up a handout from Headquarters.

Wednesday, March 13 – SS

Fishing with the Ranger – 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Park at Headquarters and walk to the Event Pond. Bring your fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience is needed! All ages and stages.

Thursday, March 14 – SS

Luck of the Irish Archery Shoot: 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Meet at Buggy Whip Restroom. Shoo for the gold at the end of the rainbow. Regis ration is required; reserve your spot by calling (903) 945-5256 or emailing alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov. No experience is needed. Ages zero and up. Equipment provided. Class size is limited to 12 archers.

Friday, March 15 – SS

Sights and Sounds of the Upcoming Eclipse – 2:00 pm – Meet at the Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Become a citizen scientist. Hone your observation skills and create your pinhole camera.

Saturday, March 16 — SS

Guided Walk – 1:00 pm Meet at the Buggy Whip Equestrian Trail Head – Join us on a guided walk down to the water’s edge to see the wonders of nature! Bring water, and dress for the weather.

Art in the Park – 3:00 pm – Meet at the Gulls Bluff Pavilion.

An opportunity to let loose your inner artist! Bring your ideas, and we’ll provide the medium.

Saturday, March 23 — SS

Dutch Oven 101 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Meet at Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Happy trails on a cattle drive, yes, indeed. Cast iron cooking was a part of that happinessEnjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration and taste testing. Reserve your spot by calling (903) 945-5256 or emailing alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov

Saturday, March 30 — SS

Becoming a Junior Ranger – 2:00 pm – Meet at Headquarters. Do you have what it takes to become a Jr. Ranger? Complete the tasks, and check your skills.

Mar
2
Sat
MPISD
Mar 2 all-day

Saturday, March 2, 2024

  • MPHS Winter Guards at WGI competition, Leander
  • Baseball

MPHS Varsity at Nacogdoches Tournament (away)

MPHS JV vs. Hughes Springs & Mount Vernon (home), 10:00 a.m.

  • Softball

MPHS Varsity at Wylie Varsity Tournament (away)

  • Golf

MPHS Varsity Boys at Wood Hollow/Pinecrest

Lamar Point VFD Hosting BBQ Fundraiser @ Fire Station # 2
Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm

The Annual Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser will be this Saturday, March 2, at Fire Station No. 1 on FM 1499 in Caviness. It’s an all-you-can-eat dinner for only $10 and $7 for children between ages five and ten. They will also have live and silent auctions as well as door prizes. It all gets underway at 5:00 pm.

NTCC Redeo Fundraiser
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 11:45 pm

NTCC Alumni Dinner & Fundraiser

The Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo team will host the 3rd Annual Alumni Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, at The Pavilion at the Becky and Buddy McCollum Events Center on the Mount Pleasant Rodeo Association Grounds.

The evening will start at 5:30 pm with a Social Hour. Texas Road House will be catering the event, with the meal beginning at 6:30 pm and then a live auction and Calcutta Auction following the meal. Entertainment will be live music by Monty Tipps, and the dance floor will be open.

Live Auction items include Axis Deer Hunt, a rifle, a custom cooler with leather, Smarty Roping Equipment, Best Ever Pad and Goodie Bag, and a toy Aussie puppy, along with many more options. Priefert’s has once again added to the auction with Two Gold Buckle Tickets to Round 3 of the 2024 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, which includes a two-night stay at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

There will also be a silent auction as well. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available, costing $50 each. Advance purchase of tickets may be done by team members or by contacting Coach Justin Hampton at 903-434-8274 or 559-908-6406.

In addition to the dinner and auction on Saturday night, Friday, March 1, we will have an Alumni Team Roping Event at the NTCC Arena. Anyone interested in the NTCC Rodeo program or just a Fan of Rodeo and the Western way of life is welcome to attend. 

Mar
5
Tue
Rodeo Royalty Contestants Are Needed
Mar 5 all-day

Rodeo royalty contestants are needed! William Wright Post 74 Auxiliary is seeking royalty contestants for the Wright City Rodeo July 1-4. Ages are

  • Little Miss and Mister 0-6 years
  • Princess 7-14 years
  • Queen 15-21 years

Prizes include

  • Saddles
  • Buckles
  • Tack
  • CrownsHorse Trailer

The last day to sign up is Tuesday, March 5, and you can contact Chany Fuller at 580-317-3685, Stacey Hill at 580-314-8384, or Helen Jones at 580-317-3562.

White Wright Rodeo Seeking Royalty
Mar 5 @ 1:59 am – 2:59 am

Rodeo royalty contestants are needed! William Wright Post 74 Auxiliary is seeking royalty contestants for the Wright City Rodeo July 1–4. Ages: Little Miss & Mister 0-6 years, Princess 7-14 years, and Queen 15-21 years. Prizes – Saddles Buckles Tack Crowns Horse Trailer. The last day to sign up is March 5. Contact info: Chany Fuller 580-317-3685, Stacey Hill 580-314-8384, Helen Jones 580-317-3562

Mar
7
Thu
Annual Kids Marathon
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The United Way of Lamar County’s Annual Kids Marathon for all kids in grades K-6 is Thursday, March 7, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Trail de Paris Love Civic Center entrance. All participants will run the first mile together at the Trail de Paris. Register on Eventbright!

Mar
9
Sat
North Lamar Chili Supper And Auction
Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The North Lamar Football and Cheerleader Association is having a chili supper on Saturday, March 9, at the Faught Volunteer Fire Department from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The cost is $10 adults, $8 for kids. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds go to the North Lamar Football and Cheerleading Association. To donate auction items or for more information, call Scott Ball at 214-620-4880 or Kristen Streety at 903-706-8257.

Mar
11
Mon
Red River County Genealogical Society
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The monthly meeting of the Red River County Genealogical Society is Monday night, March 11, at 7:00 pm at the Chamber of Commerce meeting room in Clarksville. Bill Covington of Waxahachie will present our program. His subject will be “Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Texas” and feature the few buried in Red River County.

Mr. Covington is a retired public school teacher, having spent 31 years in the classroom, teaching in Dallas ISD and Waxahachie ISD. For the last 13 years, he has been an instructor at Waxahachie Global High School in Waxahachie. Concurrently, he also taught Western Civilization, U.S. History, Texas History, and World History at Navarro College, located in Waxahachie.

Everyone can attend and enjoy this informative program.