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Collin County Man Arrested for Heroin Overdose Death

  A 27-year-old Frisco, Texas man has been arrested for federal drug violations. Conner Richard Schaeffer was indicted on May 8, 2019, along with Megan Deshane Daniel, 25, of Frisco, and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.  Schaeffer was arrested on August 15, 2019 ...

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Paris Police Activity

  On Thursday, August 15, Paris Police Officers responded to a welfare concern call in the 800 block of Graham Street. Upon arrival Officers found that a three day old infant had been left unattended inside of a residence there. Child Protective Services was notified. The mother of the child ...

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Dallas Men Sentenced In $27 Million Hearing Aid Scam

  A Dallas man and his son have been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Texas out of $27 million in a hearing aid fraud scheme. Sixty-nine-year-old Terry Anderson was sentenced to 8 years  and his 38-year-old son Rocky was sentenced to 7 years. They submitted ...

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Copper Thief Shot at Tulsa Church by a Church Member

  Police in Tulsa say a man apparently trying to steal copper from a church was shot and wounded by a church member. Police say some members stayed at the church overnight and heard someone on the roof about 4 a.m. Thursday. They confronted the man before one member shot ...

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Cooper Lake State Park Activities In August @ Cooper Lake State Park
Aug 3 – Aug 31 all-day

Sunrise Over Cooper Lake

Cool Off, Relax, Recreate, and Recharge at Cooper Lake State Park!

Cooper, TX— Cool off, Relax, Recreate, and Recharge at Cooper Lake State Park during the hottest month of the year! The lake is full, the swimming areas are waiting, the sand volleyball courts are prepared, playgrounds are ready, and our trails are open, too.
Across both park units this August, a total of 22 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented.

Our highlighted program topics for August are Night Hikes at the South Sulphur Unit, Astronomy – Stars and Meteors, Archery Classes, Dutch Oven Cooking, and Kayaking. Hike through the woods after dark and see what the nocturnal environment reveals to you with the help of a Park Ranger guiding your adventure. Experience the darkest skies so close to Dallas! Learn the original one-pot cowboy cooking style that is so easy and tasty! Just watch and learn with the help of experienced Dutch oven cooks or try the technique for yourself. Develop and improve your kayaking skills while touring nearshore parts of the lake on your adventure. Learn how to enjoy the sport of archery through two scheduled classes safely. Also, during the month, learn about a wide variety of fungi, plants, and animals familiar to Northeast Texas through multiple programs and so much more! All off the programs are free with a valid entrance permit.

Bring each fun and learning-packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends by relaxing at a picnic table watching your food cook on one of our many day-use picnic grills. If you are camping, relaxing around a campfire in the evening is unbeatable! The flickering light of a campfire will lift your spirits and reconnect you to feelings shared by past generations. There is no better place to share a story or eat a meal!

Fish from the bank, off our pier, fishing wall, or rent a kayak and try your luck along the shoreline. Fish attractors have been placed around the Doctor’s Creek floating fishing pier and the fishing wall at South Sulphur to help increase fishing success. Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are commonly caught at both park units. Fishing licenses are not required if you are fishing from the bank or fishing pier at Cooper Lake State Park. Other popular activities are hiking our trails or just resting under a giant Post Oaktree or camping at one of our tree-canopied campsites. Park entrance fees are $5 for adults; 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 suitable for over 12 months. Buy your pass and let your Texas adventure begin!

For more information on this or other events and programs, 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).

Doctor’s Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)

Aug 3– 2:00 pm – The Scoop on Poop (Do you know whose scat? Can you recreate that? Get the scoop!)
Aug 4– 9:00 pm – Starry Eyed & Star-crossed (Join a ranger for stellar stories of the night sky.)
Aug 10– 7:30 pm – Sunset Hike (Join a Ranger on a beautiful hike at sunset and let the good vibes flow.)
Aug 13– 10:00 pm – Meteor Shower (Observe the glorious display of the night sky and learn about the Perseids.)
Aug 17– 9:00 am – Kayaking 101 (Learn kayaking basics & safety and experience the lake in a whole new way.)
Aug 18– 9:00 am – Wildflower Watch (Learn about the flora of the area and join our wildflower watch!)
Aug 24– 2:00 pm – Telltale Signs (Go on a unique hike to learn the tale of Cedar Creek Trail)
Aug 25– 9:00 am – Dragons & Damsels (Discover the secret world of underwater creatures. Do some pond dipping with a ranger!)
Aug 31– 7:00 pm – Sunset Kayaking (Calling all kayakers! Enjoy the ambiance of sunsets at the lake.)

South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)

Every Friday in August at 8:30 pm it is Night Hike that is creepy, crawly, but it’s also so much more! Learn to appreciate authentic nightlife.
Aug 3– 9:00 am – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a ranger)
Aug 4– 6:00 pm – Geocaching 101 (What’s the cache? Learn to geocache with a Ranger!)
Aug 10– 11:00 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’ (Sample and learn the old style, outdoor cooking)
Aug 10– 12:30 pm – Turtle in a Half Shell (Slow your roll and learn about these mysterious animals.)
Aug 17– 2:00 pm – Brainiac or Bonehead (Are you a brainiac? How well do you know your fauna? Join in on some trivia!)
Aug 18– 2:00 pm – Formation Station (How are fossils created? Do you have what it takes? Take to the road of fossilization with a ranger!)
Aug 24– 9:00 am – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a Ranger)
Aug 25– 2:00 pm – I-Naturalist Hike (Go take a hike…with a ranger! Learn about the park and the wildlife in it while you become a citizen scientist!)
Aug 31– 4:00 pm – Afternoon Tea (Join a ranger for a sip of specialty tea and some relaxing art in the park.)

Paris Library
Aug 21 all-day

At the Paris Library: Red River Valley Fair Reading Club registration is ongoing for Ages 5 – 17. Register, complete 12 hours of reading or 15 books, and earn free passes and coupons for the Red River Valley Fair in Paris. Keep track of your reading time or titles on the special log provided at registration and turn it into Tracy on or before Friday (Aug 30).

StoryTimes at Paris Library – Baby & Toddler Story Time baby Toddler Tuesdays at 10:30 Ages 0 – 2 years. Tale Time with Tracy storytime Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Regular Wednesday storytime continues throughout the whole year 3-5-year-olds.

Career And Employment Support
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Career and Employment Support – Aug 21 – Red River County Public Library.

Need help creating an effective and noticeable resume?

Need help searching for jobs online?

Need to learn how to become more confident during an interview?

Join Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas on Wednesday (Aug 21), at the Red River County Public Library, in Clarksville, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Receive guidance aimed for career and employment to help you land that next job. Stop by the library to visit with our staff and let us help answer your job search questions.

This message brought to you by “Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas.”

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Relay Texas TDD: 800-735-2989 (Voice) 711.

4th Friday Landowners’ Educational Series @ Franklin County Airport
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Adopt A Pet
Aug 24 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
Aug 24 all-day

Dylan’s Drivers provides a safe and reliable service within Lamar County. They provide free, non-judgemental, confidential rides for individuals who are rendered incapable of or lack access to safe transportation. Their hours of operation 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

Farmers And Artisan Market
Aug 24 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bring the family to the Paris Farmers and Artisan Market for a Saturday morning of fun and great vendors! The time is from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

8th Annual Dawgfest Benefit @ Mt Pleasant Civic Center
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Strokes For Strokes
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

American Heart Association Hosting Art Therapy for Stroke Survivors

The program is designed to help patient recovery through therapeutic art instruction. Dr. George and Sandra Bakowski Foundation are sponsoring “Strokes for Strokes” on Saturday (Aug 24) from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at East Bank Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City.

Northwest Louisiana stroke survivors will have the opportunity to express themselves through art in the American Heart Association’s Strokes for Stroke art therapy class for stroke survivors. Participants in the Strokes For Stroke classes will personalize their own version of a painting that will later be on display for the community in a traveling exhibit. Details on the exhibition will be announced at a later date.

Space is limited, and survivors should sign up by calling Lori Russell at 225-666-4293 or emailing All materials are provided.

Strokes for Stroke provides art classes to stroke survivors. This program recognizes local individuals who have shown invincible strength, resilience, perseverance, and aptitude in their fight against Stroke. Art therapy is used as one method to help stroke patients recover. Creating images uses the physical and cognitive sides of the brain, and making art combines the two. Art therapy has shown an early promise in assisting the patient with recovery issues such as verbal communication, depression, and the physical pain associated with Stroke.

“It is important to find recovery tools that can stimulate and inspire the patient, and we know that painting achieves that,” said a representative from East Bank Gallery. “We are excited to participate in this program with the American Heart Association and show the community just how far patients have come in their recovery.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States; however, it remains a leading cause of permanent adult disability. While traditional therapy helps a stroke patient regain mobility and brain function, art therapy has been found to help fight depression and anxiety during stroke recovery. Art therapy can also stimulate the brain’s ability to adjust and form new pathways after Stroke. It also offers a new form of expression for someone who has lost individual skills.

Baseball Bash & Auction
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Paris Optimist Foundation Baseball Bash & Auction is Saturday (Aug 24) at 5:30 pm in the Love Civic Center. It’s the Paris Optimist Foundation’s annual fundraiser to provide college scholarships to Lamar County graduating seniors who played Paris Optimist Baseball and to fund improvements to the Charles Taylor Youth Baseball Complex at Woodall Field. For tickets, you can contact Sabra Vaughan 903-249-3499

The Paris Optimist Foundation’s Annual Baseball Bash & Auction will be Saturday (Aug 24) at the Love Civic Center. Sponsorships and auction item donations are still needed. The event is free to attend; however, a $35 ticket is required to enjoy the catered meal and bar. Contact Executive Director Sabra Vaughan at (903) 249-3499 or to sponsor, donate or purchase tickets,