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DELTA County Skywarn Class Moved To “Virtual

The Delta County SKYWARN scheduled for January 24 changed to VIRTUAL, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. It is free and open to all ages. However, to attend, you must register for this class. To register, please visit www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap. There you will be able to find the link. “See” you …

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Paris ISD Collaborates With Mathews Auto Group To Present GROWL Awards To Teachers

Paris ISD principals named employees for the December GROWL Awards “Getting Results from Outstanding Wildcat Leaders.” Winners are Brenda Hardy, Heather Crittenden, Cynthia Yates, Brent Cunningham, Jackie Brown, Danica Malone, Julie Stripland, and Michael Johnson. Superintendent Paul Jones and Assistant Superintendent Althea Dixon conducted a drawing for grand prizes sponsored …

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East Texas Man Indicted For Using Stolen Valor To Defraud Investors

TYLER, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned a 33-count indictment charging a Tyler man for fraud schemes in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Thursday. Derek Robert Hamm, 38, was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Tyler. They charged …

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Jan
1
Sat
Cooper Lake State Park Calendar Of January Events
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

Cooper, TX— Cooper Lake State Park is an awe-inspiring place to experience winter. January in Northeast Texas is a particular time of year. The leafless post oak forest is dormant, but that doesn’t mean you have to be! With clear, cold nights and crisp sunny days, you can engage in many outdoor activities both day and night. 

January, without question, is the best month of the year for night sky viewing. Look for cold, cloud-free nights for the very best astronomical fun. Camping during January is enjoyed by many and is very different from that of other seasons. After a day on the trails, sharing a hearty dinner around a glowing warm campfire can be magical. Even in January, you can catch giant blue catfish and crappie. Please bring a picnic lunch and enjoy one of our day-use areas on a warmer winter afternoon with the family as the kids play on one of our three playgrounds.

Our “First Day Hikes” and our “Kids’ Trout Fishing Event.” Get 2022 started healthy, happy, and wise with a hike through the forest.

Cooper Lake State Park is hosting two hikes this year on January 1. One at South Sulphur at 10:00 am and another at Doctors Creek at 2:00 pm. Partake in one or both! In addition, the park is offering 13 additional programs and events, including our Kids’ Trout Fishing Event at South Sulphur on January 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Of course, adults can fish too, as long as they bring a kid!

Park entrance fees are $5 for adults with kids 12 and under, always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $3 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. There are Unlimited Park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70, and it’s for 12 months. All programs are free with paid entrance fees. For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit and like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek (903) 395-3100).

Doctors Creek Unit                                       

Saturday, January 1 – DC

First-Day Self-Guided Hike and Ride! – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Doctors Creek Cedar Creek Loops – Want to hike or ride on your schedule? Try out our trails for your first-day hike or ride!

 

First Day Hike! – 2:00 pm at Doctors Creek Cedar Creek North Loop – Join us on New Year’s Day to celebrate wellness in nature!

Saturday, January 15 – DC

Skins and Skulls – 10:00 am. Meet at Doctors Creek Headquarters – Get an inside look at a few of our local animals. 

 

Saturday, January 22 —DC

Fire Building 101 – 10:00 am. Meet at Blue Bonnet Day Use Area – Learn tips and tricks on building a perfect fire.

Sunday, January 23 — DC

Hike with a Naturalist – 10:00 am. Doctors Creek Cedar Creek trailhead. Enjoy a short hike with a Registered Master Naturalist – Topic to be determined.

Saturday, January 29 – DC

Ranger Games – 10:00 am. Meet at Blue Bonnet Day Use Area – Join us for a fun morning of play.

Sunday, January 30 – DC

If I Were a Snowflake – Symmetry in Nature – 10:00 am. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Create your very own snowflake.

 

South Sulphur Unit

Saturday, January 1 – SS

First-Day Self-Guided Hike and Ride! – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Sulphur Trails – Want to hike or ride on your schedule? Try out our trails for your first-day hike or ride!

 

First Day Hike! – 10:00 am at South Sulphur Buggy Whip Equestrian Trailhead– Join us on New Year’s Day to celebrate wellness in nature!

Sunday, January 2 — SS

Animal Sleeping Habits – 10:00 am at South Sulphur Heron Harbor –

Ever wonder about where and when animals sleep?

Saturday, January 15 — SS

Dutch Oven Cooking – 9:00 am – Noon at South Sulphur Meet at Gulls Bluff Pavilion. Join the NETDOGs to prepare an assortment of food using cast iron cookware.

Sunday, January 16 — SS

Skins and Skulls – 10:00 am. Meet at South Sulphur Heron Harbor – Get an inside look at a few of our local animals.

Friday, January 21 — SS

Moongazing – 6:00 pm meet at the South Sulphur Swim Beach. Join us as we explore the night sky. Witness the Waning Gibbous Moon.

Saturday, January 22 – SS

Trout Fishing – 9:00 am. Meet at South Sulphur Kids Fishing Pond. Experience the joy of catching trout. No rod and reel? No worries! We have a few loaners available. Remember your trout bait.

Saturday, January 29 – SS

Archery 101 – 1:00 pm Meet at South Sulphur Buggy Whip Restroom.

Join us for a lesson in international-style archery! Participants will learn the basics of this archery style in a safe and fun two-hour workshop. Registration is required. Would you please read the requirements posted online carefully before attending? As always, safety comes first. No experience is needed. Equipment provided.

Jan
22
Sat
Adopt-A-Pet
Jan 22 – Jan 23 all-day

Adopt a pet today. Give a dog or cat a forever home! Head over to the Paris Animal Shelter or look for the Lamar County Humane Association in front of Petco on Saturdays. And if you have a pet, have them spayed or neutered.

Paris Farmers And Artisan Market
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Your Paris Farmers and Artisan Market would like to thank you for the best May through October market season ever! The Winter Mini Market has everything you love and know about your Market with new “mini” hours from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, every Saturday!

Jan
28
Fri
ASA Western Region Southwest Shootout
Jan 28 – Jan 30 all-day

The 2022 ASA Western Region Southwest Shootout Indoor Shoot is at the Love Civic Center, Friday through Sunday (Jan 28-30). Gist Buckles in classes with five or more. Cash Payouts. Register at asawesternregion.com.

Indoor Shoot
Jan 28 – Jan 30 all-day

The 2022 ASA Western Region Southwest Shootout Indoor Shoot will occur at the Love Civic Center on Friday through Sunday (Jan 28-30). Gist Buckles in classes with five or more. Cash Payouts. Register at asawesternregion.com.

Jan
31
Mon
Lamar County Sykwarn School
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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 be conducting a free, virtual severe weather training class for Lamar County on Monday (Jan 31) from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Officially called the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class, the program will partner with the Paris & Lamar County Emergency Management. Registration for this online class at: https://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap.

There is no cost to attend this class.

This class is for anyone interested in severe weather, established storm spotters, and anyone who wants to learn more about the extreme weather threats in North and Central Texas and how to be prepared. This class is part of a regional severe weather preparedness campaign. You can find other courses on the full schedule at https://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap.

This year’s program will feature an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms. The program will also review thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms.

Additionally, the program highlights severe weather safety and how you can report vital weather information to the National Weather Service Fort Worth Office and local public safety officials.

Feb
12
Sat
Paris Sweetheart Soiree @ The Hidden Willow
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm

The Sweetheart Soiree has always been a time to celebrate the hope, healing, and justice that can happen when we all come together to protect our children and raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris. However, these last two years have reminded us that we are true “Better Together” for our shared mission of restoring and healing the lives of child abuse victims.

This year’s Sweetheart Soiree will be at a new venue: The Hidden Willow, located on Hwy 196 near Paris. With a minor event, tickets are going fast, so please secure your sponsorship and tickets before it’s too late! Go to CAC Paris dot org for your tickets!

Taking place on Saturday, February 12, the evening will include:

  • Complimentary beer and wine.
  • Dinner.
  • Both a live and silent auction.
  • Dance party with entertainment by The Tin Man Band.

Taking lessons from last year, we are excited to announce that the silent auction will be entirely online this year and will be open for bids starting Friday, February 11 at 8:00 am.

Feb
19
Sat
Twogether In Texas Marriage Workshop @ Hopkins County Extension Service Office
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hopkins County offers Twogether in Texas Marriage education workshops for interested couples. The workshop is Saturday, February 19, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs.

Topics covered include marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goal setting. Upon completing the workshop, engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license. In addition, the workshop provides free lunch and refreshments. First, however, interested couples must call the Extension Office to sign up. Contact Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443 to sign up.