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One Week Remains for Local Jurisdictions to Apply for COVID-19 FEMA Assistance

  Nearly 90 percent of Texas jurisdictions have not actively sought COVID-19 funding reimbursement from FEMA AUSTIN – The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today encouraged local jurisdictions to submit applications for federal COVID-19 funding as the deadline imposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is one week …

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Greenville Names New Police Chief

Greenville Police Department The City of Greenville has hired Christopher Smith as Police Chief. He began his career in law enforcement in 1989 as a Detention Officer and has worked for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years. During this time, Christopher has served in various divisions within the …

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Sign Up Now: Kids College At PJC July 18

Paris Junior College is holding Kids College for four fun-filled days in mid-July. Classes for kindergarten through fifth-grade children will address a wide range of interests. All courses are at the Paris location. Courses include Basics, Basics, Basics, outdoor survival skills, Cookie Showdown, First Aid, Fun with Clay, Fun with …

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East Post Oak Cemetery

The annual East Post Oak Cemetery homecomings were held in July each year until 2015 when lack of attendance canceled it. As a result, East Post Oak cemetery, located in northeastern Lamar County northeast of Blossom and northwest of Detroit, is accepting financial help. Financial reports continue to be prepared …

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Jun
23
Thu
Visit Paris Launches Free Music Series @ Free Downtown Paris Concerts
Jun 23 – Jul 21 all-day

The Paris Visitors and Conventional Council are proud to announce the release of a new summer music series line-up that will be free to the public in downtown Paris, Texas.

The concert series will be on the square with a beer garden, food trucks, and vendors surrounding the fountain. All are welcome to bring a chair or blankets to enjoy the sunset with friends and good music.

The line-up consists of:

June 23: Mike Ryan with opener Jared Mitchell Band

June 30: Cody Canada and The Departed with opener Holly Beth

July 21: Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown with opener Rue 82

Get more information on the event at the new website, 903sunsets.com, or follow VisitParis on Facebook. Sponsorships and vendor spaces are still available for all three nights. For more information, please contact paul@paristexas.com or reach out to VisitParis on Facebook.

Jun
25
Sat
Ham Radio Field Day
Jun 25 – Jun 26 all-day

Nobody wants it, few people expect it, and even fewer are ready for it when disaster strikes. So when the lights go out, the internet gets pooched, and the cellphone service is graveyard dead, how do you communicate?

There are people in your community who expect and plan for it. Among those are Amateur Radio Operators.

They build, plan, organize the right skills and gear, and once a year, jerk the plug out of the wall, drag it all out in the open, and test their ability to communicate under field conditions.

They call it, Field Day,” and it’s happening again this year at the Love Civic Center Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. The public is welcome and encouraged to come to observe and, if you like, actually get on the air using an amateur radio station.

Information about getting your own “ham” radio license will be available. So, come along, have a look and join the fun. That’s June 25-26, at the Love Civic Center pavilion. See you there!

Jun
27
Mon
VBC – Corinth Baptist Church
Jun 27 @ 6:00 am – Jul 1 @ 8:30 am

Corinth Baptist Church in Fort Towson on HWY 70 is hosting Vacation Bible School starting Monday, June 27, ending Friday, July 1. It is 6:00- 8:30 each morning.

VBS – Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm
Jul
1
Fri
Fireworks – Independence Day In Detroit @ Detroit, Texas
Jul 1 @ 1:13 am – Jul 2 @ 7:00 am
Friday, July 1, Detroit is hosting Independence Day with
Stacy Musgrove’s free concert at Detroit Tabernacle starts at 7:00 pm. Then, at 4:00 pm, there is a BBQ Cookoff in the City Park. For more information on how to get your team entered, call Samantha Snodgrass at 903-491-6954 or Katy Davis (903) 270-9320, or Kenny Snodgrass at 903-517-9432.

Saturday, July 2
At 7:00 am, there is a Pancake Breakfast at the Detroit Fire Dept, and the parade follows at 10:00 am. Participants need to line up at the elementary by 9:30, judging at 9:45 am. For more information, call Connie Crews at 903-517-9426.

For the BBQ Cookoff, you can purchase a plate for $10 starting at 4:00 pm, and we announce the winners at 6:30 pm.
The Firework Show starts in the dark in the City Park.

July Activities at Cooper Lake State Parks
Jul 1 @ 6:00 am – Jul 31 @ 9:00 pm

Doctors Creek

Friday, July 1 — DC
Is it heat illness? – 2 p.m. Meet at Headquarters. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat illnesses.
Saturday, July 2 – DC
Skins and Skulls – 9 a.m. Who is the fastest or the furriest? Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion – 
Get an inside look at some of the mammals, and reptiles of the park.
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 10:30 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Check off activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.
Sunday, July 3– DC
Bike Parade – 1 p.m. Meet at Post Oak Amphitheater parking lot. 
Join us for a pre-July 4th bicycle parade. Decorate your bike, then take a bike ride around the camping loop. 
Saturday, July 9 — DC
Kid Fish with the Ranger – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Bluebonnet Fishing Pier.
 Bring your own fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience needed!
Sunday, July 10 – DC
Art in the Park – 10 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion – A chance to let loose your inner artist!
Saturday, July 16 – DC
Go Take a Hike – 1 p.m. Meet at Cedar Creek North Loop Trail Head. Join us on a short leisurely hike on Cedar Creek North Loop getting a first-hand look at the flora and fauna of the park.
Sunday, July 17 — DC
Reading with the Ranger – 1 p.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. 
Join us for a story about the nature around us.
Friday, July 22 – DC
Wildlife Detectives – 8:30 a.m. Meet at the 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.
Saturday, July 23 – DC
Roving with the Ranger – 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Stop Ranger Alicia while she roves around the park and ask questions about the interpretive items she’s carrying.
Sunday, July 24 — DC
Back Yard Bass Fishing – 10 a.m. Meet at Bluebonnet Day Use Area. 
Learn how to fish on dry land. Join us as we learn to tie a hook onto the line, cast, catch, and release our fish while exploring fishing rules and fishing ethics.
Thursday, July 28 – DC
Talk with a Master Naturalist – 10 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion.
 Topic: Hummingbirds
Friday, July 29 – DC
Dutch Oven 101 – 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Happy trails on a cattle drive, yes indeed. Cast iron cooking was a part of that happiness. Reserve your spot for a hands-on cooking demonstration by calling (903) 945-5256 and or by emailing Alicia O’Connor at alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov.
Saturday, July 30 – DC
Photography 101 – 9:00 a.m. Meet at Bluebonnet Day Use Area. Learn about composition, the rule of thirds, leading lines, the golden hour, and space. We’ll take a short walk on the lookout for photo chances.
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 10:30 a.m. Meet at Headquarters. Check off activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.
Sunday, July 31 — DC
Wonderful World of Wings
 – 10 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Discover fascinating facts about bird wings and what makes them so very special.

South Sulphur
Friday, July 1 — SS
S’mores with the Ranger – 8:30 p.m. Meet at Gulls Bluff Day Use Area.
Bring your S’mores fixings and hear some campfire stories.
Saturday, July 2 – SS
Skins and Skulls – 1 p.m. Who is the fastest or the furriest? Meet at Headquarters – 
Get an inside look at some of the mammals, and reptiles of the park.
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 2:30 p.m. Meet at Headquarters – Check off activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.
Sunday, July 3 – SS
Bike Parade – 10 a.m. Meet at Honey Creek Day Use Area parking lot. 
Join us for a pre-July 4th bicycle parade. Decorate your bike, then take a bike ride around the Honey Creek parking lot.
Saturday, July 9 — SS
Kid Fishing – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at the Heron Harbor Fishing Wall.
 Bring your own fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience needed!
Sunday, July 10 – SS
Art in the Park – 1 p.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area – A chance to let loose your inner artist!
Friday, July 15 – SS
Stargazing – 8:30 p.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Swim Beach. 
We’ll have the telescopes out for viewing a planet or two. How many constellations can you see and name? Bring a lawn chair and bug spray.
Saturday, July 16 — SS
Go Take a Hike – 9 a.m. 
Meet at Coyote Run Trail Head. Join us on a short leisurely hike on Coyote Run trail getting a first-hand look at the flora and fauna of the park.
Beginning Bird Watching – 10:30 a.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area. Bring your binoculars, water, and sunscreen. We’ll walk, stop, and talk a bit about the birds we see around the day use area.
Sunday, July 17 – SS
Reading with the Ranger – 10 a.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area. Join us for a story about the nature around us.
Friday, July 22 — SS
Wildlife Detectives – 10:30 a.m. Meet at Buggy Whip Restroom. We’ll take a short walk around the pond at Buggy Whip. Explore how to determine the types of animals that may have been here from the signs they leave behind.
Saturday, July 23 – SS
Archery 101: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at Buggy Whip Restroom. Registration is required, program limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot by calling (903) 945-5256 or click on the following link to email Alicia O’Connor. No experience needed. Ages 10 and up. Equipment provided.
Sunday, July 24 — SS
Back Yard Bass Fishing – 1 p.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area, near the fishing wall. 
Learn how to fish on dry land. Join us as we learn to tie a hook onto the line, cast, catch, and release our fish while exploring fishing rules and fishing ethics.
Friday, July 29 – SS
Aquatic Science – Pond Life – 8:30 a.m. Meet at Buggy Whip Restroom. 
Discover what creatures live in the littoral zone. Collection buckets supplied.
Saturday, July 30 — SS
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 1 p.m. Meet at Headquarters. Check off activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.
Sunday, July 31 — SS
Wonderful World of Wings –
 1 p.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area. Discover fascinating facts about bird wings and what makes them so very special.

Jul
16
Sat
Lions Club Cars And Coffee
Jul 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Mt Pleasant Lions Club has its casual Car Show for Antiques, Classics, and Unique Vehicles on the third Saturday, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, and Oct 15. It starts at 8:00 am and goes until 11:00 am, with 50/50 raffles and door prizes, at Two Senoritas Restaurant and Cantina, I-30, and US 271 in Mt Pleasant. There is no entry fee, and everyone is welcome.

Aug
12
Fri
SDBA Drag Boat Races
Aug 12 – Aug 14 all-day

SDBA Drag Boat Races are back Friday, Aug 12, through Sunday, Aug 14, at Lake Crook.

Aug
20
Sat
Lions Club Cars And Coffee
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Mt Pleasant Lions Club has its casual Car Show for Antiques, Classics, and Unique Vehicles on the third Saturday, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, and Oct 15. It starts at 8:00 am and goes until 11:00 am, with 50/50 raffles and door prizes, at Two Senoritas Restaurant and Cantina, I-30, and US 271 in Mt Pleasant. There is no entry fee, and everyone is welcome.