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Titus County COVID-19 – 852

As of Friday (Jul 3), Titus County’s total COVID-19 cases added another seven from tests last weekend. That brings the total count to 852 with five deaths.

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COVID-19 Latest Count Friday (Jul 03) 12:00 PM

Friday, Jul 3  – 12:00 pm Where Confirmed Deceased Recovered Active Worldwide 11,069,385 525,887 5,997,253 4,379,421 The U.S. 2,857,996 131,694 1,196,353 1,529,949 Texas 183,044 2,585 90,720 89,739 Saturday, Jun 20 – 12:00 pm Where Confirmed Deceased Recovered Active Worldwide 8,832,385 464,227 4,457,584 3,744,962 The U.S. 2,312,305 121,619 957,204 1,233,482 Texas ...

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Weekly Roadwork Report

  TxDOT Atlanta District For July 5-11, 2020 Bowie County SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. SH 93– Between Meadow Lane and Kennedy Lane, installing sidewalks. Cass County SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Harrison County US 59 – From FM 1997 to Marion County Line, ...

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Stop Driving And Drinking!

DRUNK DRIVING VICTIMS SHARE HEARTBREAKING STORIES IN EFFORT TO STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING TxDOT’s ‘Plan While You Can’ campaign features personal stories urging drivers to plan for a sober ride AUSTIN – Sean Carter’s lost his ability to speak more than 15 years ago when he was a college junior and ...

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MPISD Suspends Workouts

Per the UIL recommendation, Mt Pleasant ISD is suspending all summer practices, workouts, & rehearsals from July 3-July 12. At this time, practices can resume on Monday, July 13. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s coach. Stay safe & have a great holiday weekend!

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Hopkins County Files For Exemption To Abbott’s Mask Requirement

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom reports that the Emergency Management staff has found six more recoveries of COVID-19 patients, and the judge has filed for an exemption to Governor Abbott’s order mandating the wearing of face masks in public places. The county had previously listed 26 reported recoveries from the ...

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Texas Governor Mandates Wearing Masks

Gov. Greg Abbott issued nearly a statewide mask mandate Thursday as Texas scrambles to get its coronavirus surge under control. The order requires “all Texans wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions,” according to ...

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Abbott Issues Statewide Mask Order

  Governor Greg Abbott  released a new executive order THursday  requiring that Texans wear face masks covering the nose and mouth in counties with more than 20 positive COVID-19 cases. The proclamation will allow mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions to outdoor gatherings of over 10 people ...

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Local Sports Headlines

Thursday’s Sports

  MVP Award NFL The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play. It is, so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press stated that the league hasn’t announced that they ...

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UIL Recommends Schools Suspend School Activities Through July 13

The UIL is strongly recommending schools close summer workouts, rehearsals, practices, and instruction between July 3-July 12, resuming Monday, July 13. The recommendation is in anticipation of the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19. Wednesday’s announcement is only a recommendation. Schools are ...

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Wednesday’s Sports

 Helmet Sticker for 9-5A DII MiLB There will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020. MiLB made the announcement Tuesday after Major League Baseball informed them that they would not be providing affiliated players this year. MiLB decided to cancel the season as a result. Trying to find ...

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Tuesday’s Sports

Jayden and dad Mount Pleasant Head Softball Coach Jeremy Tarrant MLB A small group of players, including Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman and Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, have announced they plan to sit out this season. The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of ...

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High School Sports News Plus Patriots Fined…Again

On Friday afternoon, North Lamar announced the hiring of David Monds, the new boys’ varsity basketball coach. Monds has spent the last four years working at Paris ISD. He joins his wife, who is the girls’ varsity basketball coach. Monds is no stranger to basketball as he played professionally from ...

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Community Calendar

Enroll For USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Jun 9 – Aug 28 all-day

Our nation has faced unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the agriculture industry is no exception. USDA Farm Service Agency, reminding farmers and ranchers that FSA is now accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. This program provides vital financial assistance to producers to offset impacts off COVID-19.

Specific crops and livestock, along with wool and dairy, are eligible for CFAP. Our website, farmers.gov/cfap, is your one-stop-shop for available commodities, payment rates, eligibility criteria, and application forms. You’ll also find a payment calculator that assists you with completing your application.

We accept applications for CFAP through Aug. 28, and if you have CFAP questions, customers can call the CFAP call center at 887-508-8364, or by contacting your local FSA county office. In Lamar County, it is at 201 N. Collegiate Dr., Ste. 500, Paris.

Paris Public Library Children’s Photo Challenge @ Paris Public Library
Jun 26 @ 10:38 pm – Jul 31 @ 11:38 pm



Hey kids!

Do you like photography?

Do you love your pet(s)?

The Children’s Room of

the Paris Public Library

is combining these two wonderful things for an exciting photo challenge!

To enter the “Capture Your Pet Reading” Photo Challenge, take a creative picture of your pet or pets “reading” a book!  Send



If you have questions about this photo challenge, please contact Ms. Tracy at


903.785.8531 or tclark@paristexas.gov


Children’s Room ~ Paris Public Library




your photo with a caption to

Ms. Tracy at tclark@paristexas.gov including your

first and last name, your age, and your phone #.

  • Entry deadline July 31st
  • One entry per person
  • Ages 7 – 17
  • Photos will be posted on our library’s Just for Kids page for all to view and enjoy
  • Each participant’s name will be entered in the drawing to win one of three Hobby Lobby gift cards!
  • Gift card winners will be notified by August 7th
  • Get creative and have fun!
If you have questions about this photo challenge, please contact Ms. Tracy at

903.785.8531 or tclark@paristexas.gov

Children’s Room ~ Paris Public Library







Jul 4 all-day

Adopt-A-Pet on Saturdays! Give a dog or cat a forever home! Head over to the Paris Animal Shelter or look for the Lamar County Humane Association in front of Petco on Saturdays. And if you have a pet, have them spayed or neutered.

Fireworks – Gilmer Canceled
Jul 4 all-day

Saturday, East Texas Yamboree’s Facebook page posted that they canceled this year’s fireworks show. The decision came after much deliberation from The City of Gilmer and Upshur County COVID-19 Committee. They decided that the public’s safety is more important. The statement added that they wished each a safe and healthy Fourth of July celebration and look forward to planning the 84th East Texas Yamboree next year.

Fireworks – Greenville – Canceled
Jul 4 all-day

Officials postponed Greenville’s Fourth of July fireworks show because of the Coronavirus threat. They canceled the Annual Park Street Fourth of July parade as well.

Fireworks – Sulphur Springs Canceled
Jul 4 all-day

Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County officials met Monday morning to discuss Governor Abbott’s latest Executive Order concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the newest order, mayor John Sellers decided that they would cancel the Independence Day event this weekend at Celebration Plaza.

Hugo Parkinson Support Group
Jul 4 all-day

The Hugo Parkinson Support Group will not meet again until September 12, 2020, because of the Coronavirus.

Paris Community Theater
Jul 4 all-day

Over the years, many of you in our community have graced the PCT stage. We have built sets, sewn costumes, lent our voices, and filled the Plaza.

Sadly, as we look towards the 44th season in the age of COVID-19, the Plaza lights are dim. The curtains are closed, and there is no popcorn popping. Shows for the foreseeable future, canceled, to keep our community members safe, it must remain closed until it can safely reopen.

PCT is a volunteer nonprofit organization that relies heavily on ticket sales to pay the bills and continue operating. Now without help from the community, PCT will have difficulty meeting those financial obligations.

PCT needs YOU to play the role of a lifetime and help them continue to provide entertainment to our community as the longest-running community theatre in Northeast Texas!

Please ensure they will be here in 2021. No gift is too small. Please click the link below and share it on your page.
The show must go on–but PCT needs YOUR help! Find more info on the PCT Facebook page.

Paris Farmers Market
Jul 4 all-day

The Market Square Farmers Market in Paris is open again on Saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. Every Saturday, local producers and vendors enrich, enliven, and entertain while providing local products to the community. Come out, grab some breakfast, and check out all of the beautiful produce and fantastic vendors.

Summer Fun Community Program
Jul 4 all-day

Calling all kids 7-12! Join us at Oak Park for this year’s Summer Fun Community Program. From June 15 to July 24, the City of Paris and CitySquare will offer sports, yoga, crafts, cooking, reading, and of course, Water Fun Fridays with free pizza! For more information, call 903.784.9266 or check out the City of Paris’ Facebook page. Scholarships are available. Summer Fun. It’s the place for kids this summer!