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COVID-19

North Lamar ISD Trustees Cancel Bond And School Board Election

North Lamar ISD trustees have voted to cancel both the bond election and the school board election, which were scheduled for May 2. The bond election is actually three propositions totaling $49 million. On the school board, incumbents Sheila Daughtrey and Stephen “Red” Holmes are up for re-election. Challengers are …

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Paris Public Library Closes

The Paris Public Library closed Tuesday night until further notice. Staff will still be on hand to answer phone calls and emails and will offer curbside service. Books and other items can still be returned to the dropbox. For curb service, call 903-785-8531 or e-mail pmcanally@paristexas.gov and provide your library …

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Lamar County Commissioners Extend Emergency Declaration For 30 Days

Lamar County Commissioners extended the March 19 Emergency Declaration for 30 days. More details are given about how local businesses should respond to the current pandemic. Judge Brandon Bell did not issue a stay at home order, but said people should avoid gathering in large groups of more than ten …

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Texas DSHS Accelerates COVID-19 Case Reporting

The Texas Department of State Health Services is updating its method of reporting COVID‑19 cases in Texas. In order to provide more timely information, the DSHS daily case count now includes all cases reported publicly by local health departments around the state. With the change, Texas is now reporting 715 …

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Thousands Of Masks, Hazmat Suits Being Shipped To Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today updated Texans Tuesday on incoming supplies of Personal Protective Equipment and other resources to aid Texas’ response to COVID-19. The newly established Supply Chain Strike Force has already secured more than $83 million of purchase orders for essential supplies. The Texas Division of Emergency Management will …

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DSHS Changing Coronavirus Reporting Methods

The Texas Department of State Health Services is changing the way it reports cases of Coronavirus COVID-19. It had previously only been reporting the cases when they were reported from Austin. It will now start listing cases using by the counts by county and local health departments. Local and County …

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Abbott Orders Hospitals To Track Bed Capacity

Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order Tuesday to track hospital bed capacity and COVID-19 test results across the state. All hospitals except psychiatric hospitals, must submit daily reports on hospital bed capacity to the Texas Department of State Health Services. DSHS. will then share this information with the Centers for …

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Tito’s Vodka Making Hand Sanitizer – Giving It Away

Tito’s Vodka Stillroom Austin-based distillery Tito’s Handmade Vodka at first said its vodka wouldn’t make a good hand sanitizer. Now, they’re close to delivering something that will. The distillery now says they’re nearly done with an ethanol-based hand sanitizer that they’ll give out for free.

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DPS Extending Expiration On Driver License

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is extending the expiration of a Texas I.D. card, driver license, commercial driver license, commercial license permit or election identification certificate. It is for the duration of the Governor’s declaration of State Disaster and for 60 days after DPS offices reopen for regular …

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