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Paris Police Report For Monday (Jan 17)

Storm Spotter Training Program Scheduled for Monday (Jan 31). The 2022 severe weather season is not too far away, and the National Weather Service and local public safety officials want you to be ready. Therefore, the National Weather Service will conduct a free, virtual severe weather training class for Lamar …

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Retired Teachers To Get Another Check

Retired teachers in Texas have started receiving an extra check from the Teacher Retirement System. State Representative Greg Bonnen of Galveston pushed for that “13th check” during last year’s legislative session. As a result, lawmakers approved $700-million to pay more than 400-thousand retired school employees. The first checks went out …

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Doctors: Say No To COVID Parties

The Omicron variant of COVID is showing to have mild symptoms, and some think now is the time to catch it to develop natural immunity. However, Dr. John Carlo with the Texas Medical Association says that’s a tricky proposition. He says the COVID parties are a flashback to chickenpox parties, …

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FBI Identifies Synagogue Hostage Taker

The FBI identified a 44-year-old British national who took four people hostage. It happened at Congregation Beth Israel, a Colleyville synagogue, ten hours before an FBI SWAT team stormed the building as Malik Faisal Akram. Akram died after the last of the hostages got out, and an FBI SWAT team …

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Changes In Texas DSHS Coronavirus Dashboard

Texas’ state health department will no longer report the number of COVID-19 cases in the state considered recovered or active. The change went into effect Friday and several other updates to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard. Case totals fluctuated somewhat with Friday’s new update because of …

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Hospital ICU Rooms Nearing Capacity

Photo courtesy of oha.com COVID-19 has infected a record number of Americans because of the surging Omicron variant. Some states’ health care systems have nearly total out intensive care units. Texas is one of 19 states with less than 15% remaining capacity in their ICUs. Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, and New …

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HVAC Repairs On Roof Of Lamar County Courthouse

Lamar County is considering moving heating, air conditioning, and other equipment from the courthouse roof. A broken pipe and damage caused by lightning and maintenance led to a longtime problem with courthouse leaks. They could do the project during already scheduled maintenance on the courthouse.

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Free COVID Tests From Federal Government

The website for the newly established federal effort to distribute COVID-19 rapid tests by mail across America will launch for requests Wednesday. Americans will be able to request tests at COVIDTests.gov. The initial program will allow four free tests per residential address, and you can expect the tests to ship …

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Hopkins County Bookings

Marc Oneil Hutchings Sulphur Springs Police woked a suspicious vehicle and arrested Marc Oneil Hutchings. He also had a female passenger. The officer detected the smell of marijuana, and a subsequent search turned up marijuana, cocaine, Xanax, other pills, and a pistol. Hutchings’ bond was $60,000. Evan Clay Chapin Officers …

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DWI Suspect Claims COVID, Coughs In Jailer’s Face

Darla Ann McCurry Upshur County Jail A woman arrested for DWI in Upshur County now faces a serious felony charge as well. Ore City Police transported Darla Ann McCurry to the jail, where she reportedly told a jailer that she had COVID. She then allegedly coughed intentionally in the jailer’s …

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Harrison County Inmate Dies In Custody

Texas Rangers will investigate the death of a female inmate in isolation at the Harrison County Jail. Authorities say the woman was having trouble breathing, and they provided medical assistance by staff and EMS. They transported her to a Longview hospital, where she later died.

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Weekly Roadwork Report

TxDOT Paris District Jan. 16 – Jan. 22, 2022 Delta, Lamar, Red River Counties Contacts: Paris Area Office (903) 784-1357; Delta Co. Maintenance (903) 395-2139; Lamar Co. Maintenance (903) 785-4468; Red River Co. Maintenance (903) 427-3561 SH 37, Red River County: from US 82 to Texas-Oklahoma state line, watch for …

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North Lamar ISD Honor Rolls

Higgins Elementary Principal Lori Malone has released the names of those students who met the criteria to be named to the honor roll.  Those students include Brelynn Addy, Zari Acolea, Levi Allmon, Gavin Anderson, Baylor Bethea, Kylie Brandi, Kason Buckaloo, Hailey Cecil, Jonathan Chancellor, Isaac Conkleton, Joseph Cortes, Hadley Craig, …

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Choctaw Nation Announces New Resort Development In Hochatown

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced today that it would be opening an entertainment and resort development in Hochatown, Oklahoma. The development is a brand-new concept with a design and experience that will reflect the rich culture of the Choctaw people. The four-story, 202,000 square-foot development will include 100 hotel …

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Jarvis Christian College – Unity In The CommUnity

Jarvis Christian College is hosting the annual “Unity in the CommUnity” virtual prayer service at 10:00 am Saturday, January 15, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The free event is open to the public. Please join the annual Jarvis Christian College MLK Unity in the …

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Virtual SKYWARN Class Scheduled For Lamar County

The 2022 severe weather season is not too far away, and the National Weather Service and local public safety officials want you to be ready. The National Weather Service will conduct a free, virtual severe weather training class for Lamar County on Monday, Jan 31, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 …

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COVID Statement By North Lamar Superintendent Kelli Stewart

Paris, Texas, January 14, 2022 — School districts across the state face teacher shortages due to COVID. It has presented complex challenges for our staff as well. However, North Lamar’s administration, faculty, and staff are working hard to ensure that our students continue to receive the quality, in-person education that …

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Chisum HS Student Earns All-State Band Honors

The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the 2022 ATSSB All-State Band selection. More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. Each of the top chairs advanced to one of the …

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