Local Area Headlines
President Joe Biden called out the governors of Texas and Florida Tuesday, asking them to help curb the spread of COVID-19 or get out of the way. The President added that just two states, Texas and Florida account for one-third of all new Covid 19 cases in the entire country. …Read More »
Federal Judge Kathleen Cardone of El Paso Tuesday blocked Texas from allowing state troopers to stop vehicles carrying illegal migrants on the grounds that they may spread COVID-19 as worries and new cases are rising along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration had warned that Gov. Abbott’s plan would create …Read More »
Choctaw County authorities are investigating after about 50 firearms, most of them handguns, were stolen from KB House of Guns in downtown Boswell, about 300 feet from the police station. Investigators say the suspects used a ladder to gain entry into the store. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and …Read More »
A body was discovered in a shallow grave southwest of Canton over the weekend and a Dallas man has been arrested. Forty-five-year-old Casey Lynn Spriggs of Dallas, was arrested for murder. He allegedly shot and killed Ladarron Perkins in Dallas and transported his body to Van Zandt County to bury …Read More »
The Texas Education Agency recently designated Texas A&M University-Commerce with the Vetted Teacher Residency distinction along with nine other programs in Texas. Sherri Harwell, director of the Office of Educator Certification and Academic Services at A&M-Commerce, lead efforts to secure the designation. “The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at A&M-Commerce …Read More »
The Red River County Genealogical Society invites everyone to attend the monthly meeting Monday, August 9, at 7:00 pm at the Red River County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, on the square in Clarksville. The program for this month will be “The Hunt for the Red River,” presented by Robin Cole-Jett.
“The Hunt for the Red River” explores the various expeditions that attempted to learn the route of the river, from the earliest, in 1806, to the most successful, in 1852. Robin shares period maps to convey both the known and unknown of the Red River and even hints at some mysteries of both geography and history.
Robin is the Red River Historian. For over twenty years, she has researched, documented, and shared the history of the Red River Valley of the Southwest through her website, presentations, books, articles, social media, and even a few TV appearances.
A born Texan with family roots all over the Red River Valley in Louisiana, Robin received her bachelor’s degree at East Texas State University, her Masters of Education at the University of North Texas, and her Masters of Arts in History from Texas Woman’s University. In addition, she has completed some doctoral work in higher education and anthropology. Robin vacillates her professional life between stints of writing, teaching, road-tripping, and museum consulting work.
Former Paris Jaycees, Paris Jaycee Women, and Texas Jaycees have scheduled a reunion for Saturday, August 21, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. This group, one active in communities like Paris and cities large and small, provided leadership training skills for ‘young’ men and women’ for decades.
Former Richardson Jaycee, Alan Miller, and former Paris Jaycee Derald Bulls have worked to reach out to Jaycees from El Paso to Abilene, Houston, Midland, Dallas-Fort Worth area everywhere in between to put the wheels in motion for this ‘once in a lifetime gathering’.
Once an organization focused first on young men ages 21-35 and later, young men and women ages 18-40, the Jaycees existed in Paris and throughout the country in large numbers.
When the late Steve Glover, a former member of the Paris Jaycees, was President of the Texas Jaycees in 1984-85, the numbers soared to over 200 members. Across Texas, the interest ballooned to over 15,000 members in all corners of large and small towns finding ways to give back to their communities.
“We built some amazing friendships through our Jaycee friends, and we are all at ‘that’ age and long to reunite while we can,” Bulls noted. “We have lost so many wonderful men and women who had such an impact on our lives we felt like it was past time for us to come together and share memories, maybe a few tears, and reacquaint ourselves with those who made the special bond of Jaycees real in our lives.”
Plans include a catered meal and a loose structure as former Jaycees are invited to bring scrapbooks, photos, the traditional Jaycee vest, and other memorabilia to share and celebrate. The cost for the meal will be $15, and reservations need to be made by August 13. The event is expected to kick off at noon on August 21.
Like many service organizations over the years, participation and active involvement in Jaycees has waned or been rechanneled in other directions. Founded in Texas in 1928, the Texas Junior Chamber (JC’s) list 19 chapters in Texas. Texas today has a total membership estimated at 3,000 and over 32,000 nationwide.
For additional information, contact Miller at 918-766-4207 or Bulls, 903-739-3428. Reservations may be mailed along with $15 per person for the catered meal to:
Texas Jaycee Reunion 2021
711 Pine Valley Drive
Paris, TX 75462
Crafters, Artists, And Food Vendors Needed
The Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber seeks crafters, artists, and food vendors for our 48th Annual Pioneer Day Festival. It is Saturday (Sep 18) from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Make some cash and have fun too! Download an application and information here, or call the Chamber office at 903-856-3442.
September 16, 17 & 18
Sponsored by UT-Health Pittsburg and TRMC
9:00 to noon
First United Methodist Church
Free Event for the Community