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BBQ Fundraiser at Lamar Point VFW

  The annual Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department fund raiser will be held this Saturday, March 2 at Fire Station #1 on FM1499 in Caviness. Its an all you can eat dinner for only $10 – and $7 for children between 5 and 10.  There will also have  live and …

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Paris Police Report For Friday, Febryary 23

Roberto Rubio Barahona Thursday, officers arrested Roberto Rubio Barahona, 40, after responding to a disturbance call in the 3700 block of N. Main St. They located Bahahona and the victim in a vehicle in the median of the roadway. The victim, a relative of Barahona, advised they had been assaulted …

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Lamar County Sheriff’s Arrests

Lamar County Deputies arrested 47-year-old Stacey Allen Sims for Possession of more than four but less than 200 grams of a Controlled Substance, Evading Arrest with a vehicle, and Resisting Arrest. His bonds total $30,000. Deputies arrested 37-year-old Michael Clark Sikes on Tarrant County warrants for two counts of Aggravated …

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UT Board Of Regents Names New SFA President

The University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday named the sole finalist for President of Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Neal R. Weaver is president of Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Georgia. The board said they must wait at least 21 days before voting to approve Weaver as …

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $358,980,000 For Texas

Unprecedented funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is transforming communities across the state DALLAS, TEXAS (February 22, 2024) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $358,980,000 from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for Texas to implement drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades. The funding is part of the over …

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Jan
13
Sat
Do You Want To Vote In Texas?
Jan 13 – Mar 5 all-day

Do you want to vote in Texas? Do you have the proper ID? You can use a Texas driver’s license or state ID card, even if it expired in the last four years, or a military ID, passport, or handgun license. You can also use a current utility bill or paycheck if you sign a form at the polls! For more info
or free help getting an accepted ID to vote, call or text the VoteRiders helpline at 866-ID-2-V-O-T-E.

¿Quiere votar pero no sabe si tiene el ID correcto? Puede usar su licencia de conducir o ID estatal de Texas Aunque se haya vencido en los últimos cuatro años. También puede usar su pasaporte estadounidense
o licencia para portar armas. Si llena y firma una forma al votar, puede usar una factura actual de servicios públicos o un cheque de pago.
¿Preguntas o quiere ayuda gratis para obtener un ID válido para votar?
llame o mande un texto a VoteRiders al 866-432-8683 O visite voteriders punto o-r-g.

Feb
24
Sat
MPISD
Feb 24 all-day

Saturday, February 24, 2024

  • MPJH Winter Guard at Pine Tree HS competition
  • MPHS Winter Guards at Pine Tree HS competition
  • MPISD FBLA Wrestling event fundraiser, Wallace Gym, doors open 6:30 p.m.
  • Baseball

MPHS Varsity at Hooks Tournament (away)

MPHS JV at Spring Hill JV Tournament

  • Softball

MPHS Varsity at MP Varsity Tournament (home)

 

Mar
1
Fri
Spring Awakening: Adventure and Learning Bloom at Cooper Lake State Park in March @ Cooper Lake State Park
Mar 1 @ 6:00 am – Mar 30 @ 11:45 pm

 

Cooper, TX— As spring blooms across Northeast Texas, Cooper Lake State Park is excited to announce a vibrant array of outdoor programs at both the Doctors Creek and South Sulphur Units. These programs are designed to celebrate spring’s arrival and the much-anticipated Spring Break for schools. These offerings provide a perfect opportunity for families, nature enthusiasts, and adventurers to explore the wonders of the natural world through a series of thoughtfully crafted educational and recreational programs. Join us in celebrating the great outdoors and making lasting memories in the heart of Northeast Texas.

Doctors Creek visitors can delve into the fascinating world of local fauna with “Skins and Skulls,” offering an intimate look at the mammals and reptiles of the park. The journey continues with “Birding 101”, “Wildlife Detectives”, and “Amazing Arachnids”, among other captivating sessions aimed at forging a deep connection between participants and the park’s surrounding environment. Special events like “Fishing with the Ranger”, “Stargazing”, and “Art in the Park” ensure a broad spectrum of activities, catering to all interests, from the serene to hands-on.

In tandem, South Sulphur springs to life with its own unique set of activities, including “Kid’s Trout Fishing Day – Part 2”, “Spider Sniffing”, and “Luck of the Irish Archery Shoot”, promising memorable experiences for all age groups. Both park locations also emphasize self-guided learning and creativity with nature journaling and stargazing, and will host “Dutch Oven 101” for culinary enthusiasts.

March at Cooper Lake State Park heralds the rebirth of the forest, transforming the park into a spectacle of colors with redbuds and Mexican plums showcasing their stunning purple and white blooms, and spring flowers adorning the prairies and forest floor. This natural tapestry sets a picturesque backdrop for the park’s diverse programs, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in nature’s renewal.

Fishing enthusiasts will find spring an exceptional time to reel in a nice slab crappie, monster blue catfish, a stringer of bluegill, and shimmering rainbow trout!  The park’s 20-plus miles of trails beckon hikers to discover the unfolding beauty of spring at every turn. Camping shifts into high gear during March, with Spring Break marking one of the park’s busiest and most exciting periods of the year. Cooper Lake State Park accommodates all camping preferences, from cabins and cottages, to shelters, water and electric campsites, and walk-in tent sites, ensuring a perfect outdoor stay for almost every visitor.

As we celebrate the arrival of spring and the myriad of activities it brings, Cooper Lake State Park stands as an enduring testament of the charm of nature and adventure. Whether you’re angling for the catch of the day, exploring scenic trails, or enjoying a night under our dark skies, the park offers a sanctuary where the rejuvenating spirit of spring can be experienced in all its glory. YOU NEED THIS!  Join us this season to make unforgettable memories in the heart of Northeast Texas, enveloped by the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

All programs are free with your entrance permit.   For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit our Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website and also like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek 903-395-3100).

 

Doctors Creek
Saturday, March 2 – DC
Skins and Skulls – 11 a.m. Meet at Headquarters. Get an inside look at some of the mammals, and reptiles of the park.
Saturday, March 9 – DC
Birding 101 – 9 a.m. Meet at the Lone Pine Boat Ramp Parking Lot by the restrooms. Learn some tips and tricks to get you on your way to learning a new hobby. Bring your binoculars.
Wildlife Detectives – 10:30 a.m. Meet at 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.
Sunday, March 10 — DC
Amazing Aracnids – 10 a.m. Meet at the Pelican Point Pavilion. Find out why aracnids are so amazing while learning what they are. Join us in creating an aracnid make-n-take.
Monday and Tuesday March 11 and 12 – DC
Self-guided Nature Journaling – pick up a handout from headquarters
Self-guided Stargazing – 
pick up a handout from headquarters
Wednesday, March 13 – DC
Fishing with the Ranger – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Meet at the Bluebonnet Fishing Pier and Day Use Area. Bring your own fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience needed!
Thursday, March 14 – DC
Sights and Sounds of the Upcoming Eclipse – 2 p.m. Meet at the Pelican Point Pavilion. 
Become a citizen scientist. Hone your observation skills, and create your own pinhole camera.
Friday, March 15 – DC
Stargazing – 8 p.m. Meet at Pelican Point Parking area. How many constellations can you spot and/or name? We’ll have the telescopes out to view a planet or two. Dress for the weather, bring a lawn chair and binoculars if you have them.
Saturday, March 16 – DC
Levee Walk – 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Lone Pine Parking Lot – Join us on a guided walk down the levee to see the wonders of nature! Bring water and dress for the weather.
Art in the Park – 11 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Day Use Area. An opportunity to let loose your inner artist! Spring is in the air!
Saturday, March 23 – DC

Dutch Oven 101 – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. 
Happy trails on a cattle drive, yes indeed. Cast iron cooking was a part of that happiness. Enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration and taste testing. Reserve your spot by calling (903) 395-3100 or emailing alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov

Saturday, March 30 – DC
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 10 a.m. Meet at Headquarters. Do you have what it takes to become a Jr. Ranger? Complete the tasks, and check your skills.

                                          

South Sulphur
Saturday, March 2 – SS
Kid’s Trout Fishing Day Part 2 – Meet at 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Park at Headquarters and walk to the Event Pond. Experience the joy of catching trout. No rod and reel, no worries we have a few loaners available. Remember to bring your trout bait.
Friday, March 8 – SS
Spider Sniffing – 7:30 p.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area next to the playground. Learn about eight legged predators, then go on an adventure, sniffing out spiders. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and a water bottle, and dress for the weather.
Saturday, March 9 – SS
Birding 101 – 1:30 p.m. Meet at Gulls Bluff Day Use Area. 
Learn some tips and tricks to get you on your way to learning a new hobby. Bring your binoculars.
Wildlife Detectives – 3 p.m. Meet at Coyote Run Trail Head. We’ll take a short walk on Coyote Run Trail. Explore how to determine the types of animals that may have been here from the signs they leave behind.
Sunday, March 10 — SS
Amazing Aracnids – 2 p.m. Meet at the Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Find out why aracnids are so amazing while learning what they are. Join us in creating an aracnid make-n-take.
Monday and Tuesday March 11 and 12 – SS
Self-guided Nature Journaling – pick up a handout from headquarters.
Self-guided Stargazing – 
pick up a handout from headquarters.
Wednesday, March 13 – SS
Fishing with the Ranger – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
Park at Headquarters and walk to the Event Pond. Bring your own fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience needed! All ages and stages.
Thursday, March 14 – SS
Luck of the Irish Archery Shoot: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at Buggy Whip Restroom.  Shoot for the gold at the end of the rainbow. Registration is required, reserve your spot by calling (903) 945-5256 or emailing alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov. No experience needed. Ages 10 and up. Equipment provided. Class size limited to 12 archers.
Friday, March 15 – SS
Sights and Sounds of the Upcoming Eclipse – 2 p.m. Meet at the Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Become a citizen scientist. Hone your observation skills and create your own pinhole camera.
Saturday, March 16 — SS
Guided Walk – 1 p.m. Meet at the Buggy Whip Equestrian Trail Head – Join us on a guided walk down the to the water’s edge to see the wonders of nature! Bring water, and dress for the weather.
Art in the Park – 3 p.m. Meet at the Gulls Bluff Pavilion.
An opportunity to let loose your inner artist! Bring your ideas, and we’ll provide the medium.
Saturday, March 23 — SS

Dutch Oven 101 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Gulls Bluff Pavilion. 
Happy trails on a cattle drive, yes indeed. Cast iron cooking was a part of that happinessEnjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration and taste testing. Reserve your spot by calling (903) 945-5256 or emailing alicia.o’connor@tpwd.texas.gov
Saturday, March 30 — SS
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 2 p.m. Meet at Headquarters. Do you have what it takes to become a Jr. Ranger? Complete the tasks, and check your skills.

Mar
2
Sat
NTCC Redeo Fundraiser
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 11:45 pm

NTCC Alumni Dinner & Fundraiser

The Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo team will host the 3rd Annual Alumni Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, at The Pavilion at the Becky and Buddy McCollum Events Center on the Mount Pleasant Rodeo Association Grounds.

The evening will start at 5:30 pm with a Social Hour. Texas Road House will be catering the event, with the meal beginning at 6:30 pm and then a live auction and Calcutta Auction following the meal. Entertainment will be live music by Monty Tipps, and the dance floor will be open.

Live Auction items include Axis Deer Hunt, a rifle, a custom cooler with leather, Smarty Roping Equipment, Best Ever Pad and Goodie Bag, and a toy Aussie puppy, along with many more options. Priefert’s has once again added to the auction with Two Gold Buckle Tickets to Round 3 of the 2024 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, which includes a two-night stay at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

There will also be a silent auction as well. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available, costing $50 each. Advance purchase of tickets may be done by team members or by contacting Coach Justin Hampton at 903-434-8274 or 559-908-6406.

In addition to the dinner and auction on Saturday night, Friday, March 1, we will have an Alumni Team Roping Event at the NTCC Arena. Anyone interested in the NTCC Rodeo program or just a Fan of Rodeo and the Western way of life is welcome to attend. 

Mar
16
Sat
Naples – Easter Egg Hunt
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 16, at the Naples Watermelon Festival Grounds. It starts at noon with three age groups, 0-5, 6-10, and 11-13 with over 7,500 Easter Eggs. There will be two bicycles and two fishing poles in each age group, and they plan eggs with cash prizes.

Mar
29
Fri
Paris’ SkyDome Mobile Planetarium
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day

A fun and educational experience of astronomical proportions is coming to Downtown Paris. SkyDome, a mobile planetarium, will offer virtual tours through the solar system daily on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30. The 35-foot wide, 15-foot tall inflatable planetarium will be in the former Paris High School Gymnasium at 215 East Houston Street. The shows promise to dazzle budding astronomers of all ages as they experience a virtual field trip through the universe. Multiple 45-minute show times are available between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Friday, March 29, and between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 30. Reservations are required. Find the mobile planetarium banner on www.ParisTexas.gov/eclipse or call 903-784-9308 to reserve your seat.