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Incorporating Starbursts Into Science Lab at Stone Middle School

      Using Starbursts candy, students in Callie Johnson’s sixth grade class at Stone Middle School have a better understanding of the rock cycle as they pass through a series of simulation activities. To model the rock cycle, students were given different colors of Starburst candies and asked to cut them ...

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Stick With LOVE at Aaron Parker

  Black History Month message to students Olivia Dyck stands with a few of her third grade students in front of the bulletin board she designed at Aaron Parker Elementary.  February is Black History Month and is a time when schools learn about the achievements and roles of African Americans in ...

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Free Income Tax Help From VITA Program in Lamar County

  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help for people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free essential income tax return preparation and filing at 2340 Lamar Avenue on ...

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United Way Annual Meeting Wednesday

  The United Way of Lamar County will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday at noon in the Paris Junior College Ballroom and one of the highlights will be awarding its Lifetime Community Leadership Award to Joan Mathis. Tickets are $20 per person, or a table of 10 for $200. ...

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Paris ISD Extends Jones

  The Paris ISD Board of Trustees have voted to add another year to the contract of Superintendent Paul Jones. The board also voted to give him a 4.5 % pay increase.

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Step Up, Scale Down
Feb 18 @ 3:26 am – 4:26 am

The City of Paris, through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, presents Step Up, Scale Down. It is a meal planning of eating more fruits and vegetables, and stepping up physical activity, becoming the key concepts of Step Up, Scale Down. Join other Texans who are learning how eating well and exercising more can lead to a healthier lifestyle! Join in on Tuesdays at Oak Park Gym, 2515 Bonham Street in Paris. The cost is $40, and for more info, you can call the City of Paris at 903-784-9266.

Step Up!
Feb 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Paris Library
Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

StoryTimes at Paris Library – Baby & Toddler Story Time baby Toddler Tuesdays at 10:30 am for ages 0-2 years. Tale Time with Tracy Storytime is Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Regular Wednesday Storytime continues throughout the year for three to five-year-olds.

Camp County Cattlemen’s Meeting
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The regular Camp County Cattlemen’s Meeting is Tuesday (Feb 18) at 6:30 pm at the Aubrey Pilgrim Building. Annual dues are DUE at this meeting, which is $30 single/$45 couple. If you are not sure if you have paid dues or not, please call the office. If you are not currently a member but are interested, please visit! We will feed you and give you another month to think about joining and paying your dues

I highly encourage joining this organization as it promotes education and comradery between beef producers in the county, something that not all local communities have! We are also building a scholarship fund through our cap sales to help support Camp County 4-H. Caps are $20 each and available at meetings or in the Extension office. By being a member of this organization, it guarantees you at least two pesticide CEU’s a year from regular meetings! 


We also have the Landowners’ Educational Field-day Series hosted by Camp, Franklin, and Titus Counties Extension Offices. They are on Saturday (Feb 22) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in Mount Pleasant at the Titus County Extension Office and on Saturday (Mar 21) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the Aubrey Pilgrim Building in Pittsburg. These two programs will begin with a classroom portion, will include lunch, and a field portion for live demonstrations follows.


Saturday (Feb 22) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm

“Getting the most out of your pastures” 1 CEU

Classroom Location: Titus County Extension Office

                                        1708 Industrial Rd. Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455

Field Location: Titus Co. Extension Office—Equipment from Conroy Tractor, Mt. Pleasant

(subject to change in the event of inclement weather)

Topics Include: recovering from hog damage, winter weed control, baleage, sprayer calibration, and utilizing various farm equipment


Saturday (Mar 21) from 9:00 am-2:00 pm

“Aquatic vegetation and Fish Health” 1 CEU

Classroom Location: Aubrey Pilgrim Building

                                        402 Broach St, Pittsburg, TX 75686

Field Location: TBA in Pittsburg 

(subject to change in the event of inclement weather)

Topics Include: pondweed ID and control, utilizing online resources to identify weeds, blue-green algae, fish health, pond measuring, fertilizer applications


The cost is $15 per program. Pre-register by Friday (Feb 14) for the Pasture Management program and Friday (Mar 13) for the Pond Management program by calling the Camp County Extension Office (903)-856-5005



United Way Annual Meeting
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

United Way Annual Meeting is on Wednesday (Feb 19) at Paris Junior College’s Ballroom at noon. Celebrate the 2020 Live United Campaign that funds 24 partner agencies. The United Way of Lamar County will recognize the outstanding workplace campaigns, volunteers, and community leaders that made the campaign a success. We identify our outgoing board members, and we announce the annual Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Leadership Achievement awards. The cost is $200 for a table of 10 and $15 for a single ticket. For tickets or more info, call the United Way at 903-784-6642.

Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The City of Paris offers BINGO every Thursday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Oak Park Gym. The address is 2515 Bonham.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Feb 21 @ 3:24 am – 4:24 am

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free essential income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The VITA site, at 2340 Lamar Avenue, is open on Mondays and Fridays in February and March from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, and on a limited number of Saturdays. Volunteers have flexible hours and may choose their own schedules on those days. For more information call 903-784-6642.


Adopt A Pet
Feb 22 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.

Dylan’s Drivers
Feb 22 all-day

Dylan’s Drivers provides a safe and reliable service within Lamar County, by providing free, non-judgmental, confidential rides to individuals who are rendered incapable of or lack access to safe transportation. Their hours of operation are Thursday being from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am, Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 pm until 3:00 am. Call 903.905.4959

Elks Lodge Breakfast
Feb 22 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Elks Lodge has a Veterans and First Responders Breakfast the third Saturday of the month at the Lodge. The breakfast is for current and past serving officials as friends and family. It is from 7:30 am until 10:00 am, at 2110 36th St NE. You can enjoy a hot breakfast and support local veterans at the same time. Veterans, EMTs, Paramedics, Fire Personnel, and Police Officers eat free, while friends and family will incur a $5 donation per person.