Local Area Headlines
Albert Joe Robinson Paris Police stopped a vehicle in the 2400-block of Church Thursday morning at 11:11 and found the driver, Albert Joe Robinson, 58, of Terrell, Texas, had an outstanding warrant out of Rockwall County charging him with unauthorized absence from a community correctional facility. Robinson was later transferred ...Read More »
Texas Prepaid Tuition Program Enrollment Deadline Approaches (AUSTIN) — Texas families can lock in today’s cost of undergraduate tuition and schoolwide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities by enrolling their children in the tax-advantaged Texas Tuition Promise Fund® before the close of the current enrollment period on Feb. ...Read More »
Jennifer Joann Brown Jennifer Joann Brown, 36, of Dike, Texas, was arrested Wednesday morning at 10:46at the Lamar County Probation Office on a motion to revoke probation warrant. Brown is on probation for a conviction of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance of more than four grams but less than ...Read More »
Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized nearly $13-million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of frozen strawberries from Mexico. The truck carrying the strawberries was stopped for inspection at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility. The driver was arrested.Read More »
A Mesquite-Poteet High School student was arrested for allegedly bringing a gun to school after some students notified an administrator that another student possibly had a gun on campus. The School Resource Officers searched the student and discovered he had a handgun.Read More »
Feed the Flame fundraiser for the Lamar County Contenders is Friday (Feb 22) at the Paris Elks Lodge. Cas Haley and Montgomery Moore are providing the entertainment. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner and show. Plus live and silent auctions. The Lamar County Contenders are adults from Lamar County over the age of 21 who have an intellectual disability. The Contenders are no longer in public education programs, there are no sources of funds for activities they participate in, except for what they can raise themselves. This will be the primary fundraiser for this group.
Join the National Wild Turkey Federation for their Annual Banquet in Clarksville at the McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church. It is Friday (Feb 22). Doors open at 6:00 and the dinner starts at 7:30. Live and silent auctions follow that. For ticket information or to be a table sponsor, you can contact Daniel Roraback at 903-219-1874. 903-219-1874.
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 provides a safe and reliable service within Lamar County, Texas, by providing free, non-judgemental, confidential rides to individuals who are rendered incapable of or lack access to safe transportation. Their hours of operations are Thursday be from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am, Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 pm until 3:00 am. Call 903.905.4959
Cooper Lake State Park has a lot to offer in February.
Sulphur Springs, TX— Cooper Lake State Park in February has a lot to offer! Across both park units, a total of fourteen programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented. Highlighted plans for the month will be on Astronomy and Dutch oven cooking. A family favorite, Arts in the Park, is back for the month as well. Also, attend and learn about a variety of plants and animals common to this part of Texas through multiple programs and so much more! Bring each fun and learning packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends relaxing around a campfire at the park! Campfires are part of our collective human DNA. The flickering light and warmth of a winter campfire will lift your spirit and reconnect you to feelings shared by a past generation.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the day-use area on a warm February afternoon. Fish off our pier or rent a boat and try your luck throughout the lake. Fish attractors have been placed around the Doctor’s Creek floating fishing pier to help increase fishing success. Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are commonly caught at both park units. Hike our trails or just relax under a giant Post Oak tree or camp at one of our tree canopied campsites, recharging your soul!
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. Unlimited park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle can be accomplished with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70 which is good for over 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 friend our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek (903) 395-3100).
Doctor’s Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)
Feb 4 – 8 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Star-Crossed
Feb 8– 4 pm – Arts in the Park: Valentine Cards
Feb 9– 2 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Bee Mine
Feb 16 – 2 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: I’ve Got Butterflies
Feb 17 – 10 am – Bringing Back Bygones: At First Sight
Feb 23 – 10 am – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Fun-Guys & Fun-Gals
South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Feb 1 – 4 pm – Arts in the Park: Nature Journals
Feb 3 – 10 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Damsels & Dragons
Feb 9 – 10 am – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Hey, Buddy!
Feb 16 – 10 am – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: What a Sap
Feb 19 – 8 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Moonlit Nights
Feb 22 – 4 pm – Dutch Oven Cooking: Best Way to the Heart
Feb 23 – 2 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Pollinator or Terminator
Feb 24– 10 am – Bringing Back Bygones: At First Sight
Another low-cost Spay and Neuter SNIP Event is coming Saturday (Feb 23) at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. The Lamar County Humane Association is the sponsor. It is from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Coliseum Building. Vouchers are valid up to six months for spay/neuter for $30. Also, low-cost shots and microchipping is available. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted.
Chili Supper for the Powderly VFD is Saturday (Feb 23) 4:00 pm at the Aaron Parker Elementary Gym. The cost is $5 at the door with a live auction and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Powderly VFD.
Powderly VFD’s Chili Supper is Saturday (Feb 23) starting at 4:00 pm at the Aaron Parker Elementary Gym. The $5 cost at the door is for a live and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Powderly VFD.
The United Way of Lamar County is again offering free tax preparation through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program available to qualifying Lamar County residents.
The VITA program offers tax preparation and e-filing to individuals and families who make less than $60,000 a year and is administered with the help of volunteers who are trained and certified according to IRS standards.
VITA helps put earnings back in the pockets of low- to moderate-income workers in the form of tax refunds and tax credits.
For those who have an email address, they can choose to file online using MyFreeTaxes.com which is also a program of the United Way and is powered by HR Block. MyFreeTaxes.com is for households who make less than $66,000 a year and is easy to use, simple and also completely free.
VITA tax preparation will be held by appointment only on Thursdays and Fridays during February and March. To make an appointment, call 903-784-6642.
Jenny S. Wilson
United Way of Lamar County