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Houston Police Officers Shot After Chase

Three Houston police officers are recovering after being shot following a chase. Police say the officers were chasing 31- year- old Roland Caballero, when he wrecked out his car near downtown Houston. Chief Troy Finner says Caballero then drove to a home and barricaded himself inside, but after several hours …

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Ukranian – Americans In North Texas Praying For Peace With Russia

With tensions growing between Russia and Ukraine, Ukrainian immigrants in North Texas are praying for peace. Marta Petrash is vice president of the Ukranian-American Society of Texas. She says there is comfort in the knowledge that the Ukranian people are strong and resilient. The Ukrainian-American Society is working to prepare …

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Abbott Says TIK-TOK Used To Recruit Cartel Drivers

Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to shut down the social media site Tik Tok. He says state troopers have seen a string of posts on Tik Tok, where cartels are offering big bucks to those who help move migrants into the country. DPS Director Steve McCraw says they’re catching kids …

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New Covid Variant Identified In North Texas

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have confirmed there are at least three cases of “stealth omicron” in North Texas. The variant is dubbed “stealth omicron” because it can be difficult to detect in PCR tests. Three cases of the variant – called BA2  have also been identified …

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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.

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

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

Turfgrass Shortcourse
Jan 28 @ 3:29 pm – Mar 3 @ 4:29 pm

Registration is LIVE for our 2022 Texas A&M Turfgrass Shortcourse!

Register Here!

Texas A&M Turfgrass Shortcourse- Feb 28-Mar 3, 2022 in Dallas!

Location: Dallas AgriLife Research and Extension Center

It is a four-day course designed for turf professionals and enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge of turfgrass systems and best management practices. This course moves linearly from site preparation and appropriate species selection to the establishment, cultural traditions, and pest management. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts with unique problem-solving perspectives. This course aims to empower turfgrass managers to make confident, well-informed decisions through a combination of applied and theoretical knowledge.

Participants will spend time in the classroom and engage in group and hands-on activities. CEU’s offered will be Five AG TDA, GCSSA education credits, TTA CPTM Credits, and more!

***March 3 is a full Five AG CEU Day- Registration is also available for CEU Day only***

  • Principles of Soil Science
  • Soil & Water Testing
  • Introductory Turfgrass Physiology
  • Turfgrass Identification & Selection
  • Turfgrass Planting & Establishment
  • Turfgrass Nutrient Management
  • Fertilizer Calculations & Calibrations
  • Water Quality Management
  • Turfgrass Cultivation Practices
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Weed Management for Turf & Herbicide Resistance
  • Insect Identification & Management
  • Disease Identification & Management
  • Field Scouting & Diagnostic Sampling
  • Sprayer Calculations & Calibrations for Fertilizer & Pesticide Applications
  • Field Tours of Local Turfgrass Facilities including PGA Frisco & FC Dallas

Provided: breakfast, lunch, snacks, water & coffee

Participants have the opportunity to take the Certified Professional Turfgrass Manager exam through the Texas Turfgrass Association. More information: Katie Flowers (

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:

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

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.

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.

NTCC’S First Concert Of 2022
Feb 13 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr. Ron Clinton

The Whatley Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast Texas Community College is pleased to announce that it will kick off its 2022 events calendar on Sunday, February 13, at 2:30 pm with a piano concert by NTCC President Dr. Ron Clinton. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 17-and-under. Virtual live-streaming tickets are also available for $10. All proceeds from the concert will directly benefit the NTCC Eagle Food Pantry, which provides much-needed food and other services to NTCC students. 

“Dr. Clinton is a phenomenally talented pianist, and it is really a treat to get to watch him perform. I hope everyone will join us, either in person or online, to enjoy the concert and support an excellent cause,” Carolyn Franks, Director of the Whatley Center, said. 

Clinton joined the NTCC faculty when the college opened in 1985, teaching music, humanities, and philosophy before joining the administrative team. He was named President of NTCC in 2017. Before his time at NTCC, Clinton performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia, and South America as a concert pianist, appearing as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Houston, Austin, Lubbock, South America, and the Republic of South Korea.

He received his Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in Piano Performance. He studied with William Race and performed in masterclasses with such notable artists as Augustin Anievas, Claude Frank, Anton Kuerti, and Leon Fleisher.

In addition to his work at NTCC, Dr. Clinton has also served as an “artist in residence” at Mokwon University in Taejon, South Korea. He has been a faculty member at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Southern Chile in Valdivia, Chile. He taught piano, served as guest conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra Austral de Chile, and performed concerts. That included performances at the prestigious International Frutillar Music Festival in southern Chile. His solo and chamber music performances have been recorded and broadcast over PBS stations throughout the United States.

You can only purchase tickets online at or call the Whatley Center Box Office at 903-434-8181. You can buy Virtual Streaming tickets online at We will email a link to the high-definition streaming event to ticketholders 48 hours before the concert. 

Tickets are also now on sale for Forever Motown, which will be held on February 18 at 7:30 pm Tickets for this and other shows are available for purchase online at or by calling the box office at 903-434-8181. 

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.

Powerly VFD Chili Supper
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Powderly Volunteer Fire Department Annual Chili Supper And Live Auction Fundraiser is Saturday (Feb 26) from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Aaron Parker Elementary School Gym in Powderly. Entry: Donation only. Food: Chili, dessert, and drink with all the trimmings. Corn dogs for the kids, and there is a Live Auction.

Purpose: This is the Powderly VFD’s comeback year for their fundraiser as COVID set us back on being able to fundraise. All proceeds go to the fire department that helps with monthly expenses, maintenance, and future needs. You can bring donations at this time for the auction. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a good fellowship for a good cause.

Anyone interested in donating or assisting our auction, please contact: Randi Johnson Powderly, VFD PIO-Secretary, at 903-249-1393