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Parents Faces Decisions Over School Openings

  As school officials work to come up with a plan to reopen, parents will have to decide whether or not to send their kids back to the classroom. Dr. John Carlo, of the Texas Medical Associations coronavirus task force says putting kids back in school could potentially expose them ...

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Oklahoma COVID Update 0714.20

  Oklahoma reported 510 new COVID-19 cases and 2 additional deaths on Monday.  Officials at Fort Sill in Lawton confirmed a 13-year-old dependent of a service member stationed there tested positive for COVID-19 and died. Oklahoma now has 20,745 positive test results and 424 deaths from Coronavirus.

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Federal Executions Stayed

  A U.S. district judge in Washington has ordered a new delay in federal executions, hours before the first lethal injection was scheduled to be carried out at a federal prison in Indiana. One of those spared was Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma. He was scheduled to be put ...

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National Junior College Athletic Association Cancels Fall Sports

    Because of the ongoing uncertainty about the spread of COVID-19, the National Junior College Athletic Association on Monday officially voted to move all Fall sports to Spring. That will impact sports such as  football, soccer, volleyball, tennis and golf. The start of men’s and women’s basketball will also ...

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Enroll For USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Jun 9 – Aug 28 all-day

Our nation has faced unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the agriculture industry is no exception. USDA Farm Service Agency, reminding farmers and ranchers that FSA is now accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. This program provides vital financial assistance to producers to offset impacts off COVID-19.

Specific crops and livestock, along with wool and dairy, are eligible for CFAP. Our website, farmers.gov/cfap, is your one-stop-shop for available commodities, payment rates, eligibility criteria, and application forms. You’ll also find a payment calculator that assists you with completing your application.

We accept applications for CFAP through Aug. 28, and if you have CFAP questions, customers can call the CFAP call center at 887-508-8364, or by contacting your local FSA county office. In Lamar County, it is at 201 N. Collegiate Dr., Ste. 500, Paris.

MAU Workforce Solutions to hold a Virtual Hiring Event
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:33 am



Paris, TX – July 2020 – MAU Workforce Solutions is holding a virtual hiring event to fill immediate job openings for machine operators on the MAU at Kimberly-Clark team.

Virtual Hiring Event Details

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MAU is looking for qualified candidates to join the team at Kimberly-Clark. Candidates do not need a high school diploma or GED to be eligible to apply.

To attend the virtual hiring event:

  1. Reserve a spotduring event hours, and an MAU Representative will get in touch within 20 minutes.
  2. Reserve a spotoutside of event hours*, and an MAU Representative will get in touch at their earliest convenience.

 *Reserving your spot outside of event hours means anytime between July 8 and July 21, 2020.

Visit www.MAU.com/paris-event to reserve a spot at the event.

FSA Crop Acreage Reports Deadline Is July 15  
Jul 15 – Jul 16 all-day

FSA reminds producers to complete crop acreage reports by July 15 

Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to report most crops is July 15.  

The first step to becoming eligible for many USDA programs is to file an accurate crop acreage report. FSA can work with producers to file timely acreage reports by phone, email, online tools, and virtual meetings.  

Because of the pandemic, FSA waives the late file fee for producers who file their acreage reports within 30 days of the deadline. 

To make your report, call your local F-S-A office to make an appointment. To find local office information, visit farmers.gov. 

Loop 286 Virtual Meeting
Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Public Meeting for Loop 286 Improvements Set on July 16

PARIS – The Texas Department of Transportation will host an online virtual public meeting at 5:00 pm July 16, gathering public input on proposed improvements for Loop 286 around Paris in Lamar County.

A pre-recorded audio and video presentation will cover several improvements proposed for Loop 286 designed to reduce crashes by nearly 50 percent and address other roadway concerns. After the online exhibition, residents can provide comments and input to help TxDOT improve this vital roadway.

The pre-recorded presentation will explain the proposed improvements and includes maps of the project location and design. An interactive online survey will be available for the public to provide comments and feedback. The presentation will remain available online through the comment period deadline of July 31, TxDOT officials said.

To view the pre-recorded presentation, go to www.Loop286.com.

Comments can also be written and mailed to Duane Good P.E., TxDOT Paris District Office, 1365 N. Main Street, Paris, TX 75460. You may also send comments via email to Duane.Good@txdot.gov.

Individual communication or accommodation needs for the virtual meeting, such as the need for an interpreter, can be arranged by contacting the district office at (903) 737-9300 by July 13, 2020.

TxDOT’s Paris District includes Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hunt, Hopkins, Lamar, Rains, and Red River counties.

For more information, contact Tim.McAlavy@txdot.gov or (903) 737-9213.

Paris Library Photo Contest
Jul 17 @ 4:13 pm – 5:13 pm

Hey kids! Do you like photography? Do you love your pets? The Children’s Room at the Paris Public Library combines these two beautiful things for an exciting photo challenge!

To enter the “Capture Your Pet Reading” Photo Challenge, take a creative picture of your pet or pets “reading” a book! Send your photo with a caption to Ms. Tracy at tclark@paristexas.gov, including your first and last name, your age, and your phone #. 

– Entry deadline Friday (Jul 31) 

– One entry per person 

– Ages 7 – 17

– Photos will be posted on our library’s Just for Kids page for all to view and enjoy

– Each participant’s name will be entered in the drawing to win one of three Hobby Lobby gift cards!

– Gift card winners receive notification by Friday (Aug 7)

Get creative and have fun! If you have questions about this photo challenge, please contact Ms. Tracy at 903.785.8531 or tclark@paristexas.gov Children’s Room ~ Paris Public Library.

Paris Community Theater
Jul 18 all-day

Over the years, many of you in our community have graced the PCT stage. We have built sets, sewn costumes, lent our voices, and filled the Plaza.

Sadly, as we look towards the 44th season in the age of COVID-19, the Plaza lights are dim. The curtains are closed, and there is no popcorn popping. Shows for the foreseeable future, canceled, to keep our community members safe, it must remain closed until it can safely reopen.

PCT is a volunteer nonprofit organization that relies heavily on ticket sales to pay the bills and continue operating. Now without help from the community, PCT will have difficulty meeting those financial obligations.

PCT needs YOU to play the role of a lifetime and help them continue to provide entertainment to our community as the longest-running community theatre in Northeast Texas!

Please ensure they will be here in 2021. No gift is too small. Please click the link below and share it on your page.
The show must go on–but PCT needs YOUR help! Find more info on the PCT Facebook page.

Summer Fun Community Program
Jul 18 all-day

Calling all kids 7-12! Join us at Oak Park for this year’s Summer Fun Community Program. From June 15 to July 24, the City of Paris and CitySquare will offer sports, yoga, crafts, cooking, reading, and of course, Water Fun Fridays with free pizza! For more information, call 903.784.9266 or check out the City of Paris’ Facebook page. Scholarships are available. Summer Fun. It’s the place for kids this summer!

Serve On The FSA Committee
Jul 19 all-day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency seeks farmers and ranchers to serve on the local F-S-A county committee. This is F-S-A administrator Richard Fordyce letting you know that now is the time to submit your nomination for the 2020 county committee election.

From June 15 through August 1, you can nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice for your local F-S-A county committee. Almost anyone of legal voting age participating or cooperating in F-S-A’s programs can be nominated.

There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, so I especially encourage beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers to get involved.

Download a nomination form today at F-S-A dot u-s-d-a dot g-o-v forward-slash elections (fsa.usda.gov/elections) or request one from your local office. Remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 1 deadline. Voting takes place this fall.

Make a difference in your county and lead your F-S-A.



Wildcats Volleyball Fundraiser
Jul 20 @ 4:21 pm – 5:21 pm

The Paris Lady Wildcats Volleyball team is having a fundraiser. The Lady Cats are looking to upgrade a few things and add to their program. With their current budget, they will be purchasing new varsity uniforms, shoes, knee pads, shirts, and practice equipment that gets worn out or damaged throughout the off-season. As fundraisers, they ask for the help and support of their loving family, friends, and fans. With your support, they are looking to raise $3,000 to help with the cost of:

New balls. New nets, practice equipment, ball carts, practice gear, travel gear (warm-ups, bags, shirts), and offseason workout clothes. For more information on how and where to donate, contact Ashley Green at ashley.green@parisisd.net!

Summer Fun Community Program
Jul 24 all-day

Calling all kids 7-12! Join us at Oak Park for this year’s Summer Fun Community Program. From June 15 to July 24, the City of Paris and CitySquare will offer sports, yoga, crafts, cooking, reading, and of course, Water Fun Fridays with free pizza! For more information, call 903.784.9266 or check out the City of Paris’ Facebook page. Scholarships are available. Summer Fun. It’s the place for kids this summer!