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Paris Police Report For Monday (Feb 17)

Edward Shawn Holland Police arrested Edward Shawn Holland, 36, of Paris, in the 4300-block of Bonham at 3:30 pm Friday. Holland reportedly had several city traffic warrants and a felony motion to revoke probation warrant out of Upshur County where they had originally charged him with possession of a controlled ...

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

Some locally heavy rain with possible flooding is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday from the South to Texas. This entire area is quite saturated and any additional rainfall may lead to more runoff issues and additional flooding. Areal average amounts of 1 to 3 inches is expected.

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Incorporating Starbursts Into Science Lab At Stone Middle School

Using Starbursts candy, students in Callie Johnson’s sixth-grade class at Stone Middle School have a better understanding of the rock cycle as they pass through a series of simulation activities. To model the rock cycle, students were given different colors of Starburst candies and asked to cut them into pieces using ...

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Stick With LOVE At Aaron Parker

Black History Month message to students Olivia Dyck stands with a few of her third-grade students in front of the bulletin board she designed at Aaron Parker Elementary. February is Black History Month and is a time when schools learn about the achievements and roles of African Americans in U. ...

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Free Income Tax Help From VITA Program In Lamar County

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 and filing at 2340 Lamar Avenue on ...

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United Way Annual Meeting Wednesday

The United Way of Lamar County holds its Annual Meeting on Wednesday at noon in the Paris Junior College Ballroom and one of the highlights will be awarding its Lifetime Community Leadership Award to Joan Mathis. Tickets are $20 per person, or a table of ten is $200. For tickets, ...

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OSBI Investigating Bryan County Stabbing Death

Authorities are investigating after a man was fatally stabbed in Bryan County, Oklahoma. Investigators say a woman stabbed 47-year-old Nick Roebuck, of Caddo, around 1:00 am Saturday after a domestic argument. No one’s been arrested and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is working the case.

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Paris EDC Meets Tomorrow

The Paris Economic Development Corporation meets tomorrow afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. Members are expected to award a contract for rail restoration and renovation services for American Spiral Weld Pipe Company. They will also consider renovating the EDC offices at the Santa Fe Depot, or constructing a ...

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Local Sports Headlines

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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Saltillo – Sports

Saltillo 18 8 19 10 55 Lone Oak 8 9 6 8 31   Individual Scoring: Anna Reeder 18, Jocelyn Ochoa 8, Julianna Giles 8, Kristina Wade 7, Chandler Bain 6, Allie Lane 4, Brittney Peeples 2, Maddy Smith 2 Record: 29-7    District: 10-0 District Champions Next Game: Area Playoff ...

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Community Calendar

Feb 17 all-day


Monday, February 17, 2020

  • MPISD Staff Development Day—student holiday
  • Sims Parent Conferences
  • MPJH Parent meeting, MPHS Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • Golf

MPHS Varsity Boys & Girls @ Rockwall

  • Baseball

MPHS JV vs. Whitehouse (home–scrimmage), 4:30 p.m.

MPHS Varsity @ Whitehouse (away–scrimmage), 4:30 p.m.

  • Softball

MPHS Varsity vs. Liberty Eylau (away), 6:00 p.m.

  • Track

MPHS JV @ Marshall (away)

Hopkins County Republican Forum
Feb 17 @ 5:45 pm – 10:00 pm

The Hopkins County Republican “Presidents Day Candidate Forum” is on Monday (Feb 17) at the Hopkins County Civic Center located at 1200 Houston St in Sulphur Springs. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and the Dinner/Auction starts at 6:15 pm.

The Hopkins County Republican Party is excited to announce this year’s dinner will be prepared and served by the North Hopkins High School Culinary Arts Class.

Our keynote speaker will be “Pastor Rafael Cruz,” father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The program will also feature a question & answer portion between contested races. Two local candidates for the position of Constable Precinct 2 are Charles Humphries and John “Brian,” Beatle. For the Texas House Race District 2 will be Bryan Slayton, Doc Collins, and Rep. Dan Flynn, incumbent. Please email questions you would like asked to dwisenbaker@hopkinscountygop.org.

Currently, we are seeking sponsors for this event and are levels are listed below:


Two tables and 16 tickets for the night, name recognition in the program and PowerPoint display, plus a VIP reception for Pastor Cruz



One table and eight tickets to the event, name recognition in the program and PowerPoint display, plus a VIP reception for Pastor Cruz



Four tickets for the evening with name recognition in the program and PowerPoint display, plus a VIP reception for Pastor Cruz



Two tickets with name recognition in the program and PowerPoint display, plus a VIP reception for Pastor Cruz



Are being solicited and will be limited in the interest of time. Donors will receive recognition during the auction and in the program on a separate insert card.


Are being solicited and will be displayed with the donor’s name and information. Included are Items on an insert with the program. Currently, there is not a limit


If you would like to donate either live or silent auction item, please contact Karen Northcutt or Donnie Wisenbaker at 903-485-3080 or dwisenbaker@hopkinscountygop.org

The deadline will be Friday (Jan 31), and all funds raised support the Hopkins County Republican Party or Republican candidates in the General Election in November.

Shannon Oaks Church Presenting Program On Sexually Pure Lives @ Shannon Oaks Church
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Conquer Video Series, produced by PureDesires Ministries, is presented at SOC beginning January 20, 2020. The Conquer Video Series is a Biblically-based, ten-week course on Monday nights from 7:0 pm until 9:00 pm teaching men how to successfully defeat temptations of pornography and provides tools for men to live sexually pure lives. Men who’ve completed this series say the material has not only given them lasting freedom but has also significantly improved their marriages. A companion course is offered for wives of attendees. For questions, call Mike McClendon at 817-657-5604.

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, Scale Down
Feb 18 @ 3:26 am – 4:26 am

The City of Paris, through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, presents Step Up, Scale Down. It is a meal planning of eating more fruits and vegetables, and stepping up physical activity, becoming the key concepts of Step Up, Scale Down. Join other Texans who are learning how eating well and exercising more can lead to a healthier lifestyle! Join in on Tuesdays at Oak Park Gym, 2515 Bonham Street in Paris. The cost is $40, and for more info, you can call the City of Paris at 903-784-9266.

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.