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North Lamar Seniors Sign with U.S. Marine Corps

Seniors choose to serve after graduation Two students at North Lamar High School will serve in the United States Marine Corps after graduation.  Seniors Nicholas Kear and Mathew Aguilar signed before an audience of family, school staff and Marine representatives after returning from Spring Break.           Joining Kear as he signs are his parents Sandi and Kevin ...

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CAPTURED: Two Of Texas’ Ten Most Wanted

AUSTIN – Two of the Texas 10 Most Wanted — one sex offender and one fugitive — were recently captured. Zachary Michael Boyett, 24, (pictured left) was arrested on March 20 in Dallas, and Jeremy Edwin Evans, 31, (pictured right) was arrested on March 12 in New Orleans. The arrests ...

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Bond Set For Powderly Man Charged With Crime Spree

Bond has been set at $20,000 for a Powderly man arrested on a Lamar County indictment for theft of a firearm and evading arrest with a vehicle. The arrest of 25-year-old Tyler Scott Headley reportedly cleared about 30 theft cases in the area. He also faces charges in Gregg and ...

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Paris Man Arrested For Assaulting Girlfriend

Paris Police responded to an assault in the 300-block of SE 34th St. The 48-year-old victim told officers that her live-in boyfriend had choked her and assaulted her several times during an argument. The suspect, 30-year-old Aaron Bryan Callaway, of Paris, was located away from the scene and arrested for ...

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Mar
28
Thu
Free Income Tax Preparation – United Way Of Lamar County
Mar 28 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

 

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

Executive Director

United Way of Lamar County

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Mar
29
Fri
Free Income Tax Preparation – United Way Of Lamar County
Mar 29 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

 

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

Executive Director

United Way of Lamar County

2 Attachments

 

 

The Doo Wop Project
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Doo Wop Project will perform at the Whatley Center for the Arts at Northeast Texas Community College on Friday (Mar 29) at 7:30 p.m. Their show begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.

In their epic shows The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith.

“These guys are phenomenally talented, and it is a pleasure to hear them harmonize your favorite songs. If you love doo-wop music or just quality singing in general, you definitely don’t want to miss this show,” Carolyn Franks, Director of the Whatley Center, said.

Featuring stars from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx Tale, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate – and in some cases entirely reimagine – the most excellent music in American pop and rock history.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students and are included in season ticket packages. The show is sponsored by Kaye and J.T. Brison. Tickets are available online at www.whatleycenter.com or by calling the box office at 903-434-8181. Please note that the box office will be closed March 11-15 for spring break, but ticket orders can be made online anytime.

Mar
30
Sat
CHIPS Co-Ed Kickball
Mar 30 all-day

The Second Annual CHIPS co-ed Kickball Tournament is coming Saturday (Mar 30) at the Chisum Football Stadium. It’s $125 per team. Players must be 13 years old, and first and second place receive T-shirts. Plus the concession stand will be open serving pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and drinks. Chisum High Incentive Program for Seniors is the host.

Cooper State Park – March
Mar 30 all-day

 

Experience Spring at Cooper Lake State Park

Cooper, TX— With March, brings spring to Northeast Texas! What a better place to experience the beginnings of spring than Cooper Lake State Park. Across both park units, as the temperature begins to rise and leaves begin to bud out, a total of 38 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented. March is the month for Spring Break, and multiple events will be presented over these two weeks. Highlighted programs for the month will be on Astronomy, Wildflowers, and Butterflies. Also, attend and learn about a wide 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! The flickering light and warmth of a campfire will lift your spirit and reconnect you to feelings shared by a past generation. There is no better place to share a story or eat a meal!

Bring a picnic and enjoy the day-use area on a warm Spring Break afternoon. 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. 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)
Mar 2 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Nation of Migration
Mar 3 – 10 am – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: Gracious Cretaceous “Life below water.”
Mar 9 – 3 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: From brr to fur, a coat of arms
Mar 10 – 2 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Be a good spore, Ah!-manita.
Mar 13 – 11 am – Absolutely Amazing Arthropods: Bug Looking Box “I spy.”
Mar 15 – 11 am – Five Fish Frenzy: Lake Monsters “Gyotaku”
Mar 16 – 7 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Huapango Galaxy “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mar 17 – 10 am – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: From Cretaceous to us “Blue to Green.”
Mar 20 – 11 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’: Samplin’ a sustainable livin’
Mar 21 – 3 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: What wood (sic) you build? “Duck boxes.”
Mar 23 – 7 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: From Start to Stardust, the life of a star
Mar 24 – 2 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Wildflower Watch
Mar 30 – 3 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: From food to fun, the scoop on poop
Mar 31 – 10 am – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: Formation Station

South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Mar 2 – 3 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: Road-running coyote “Fast and Furry-ous.”
Mar 2 – 7 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Huapango Galaxy “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mar 3 – 2 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Rain Race “Ready, Set, Grow!”
Mar 8 – 6 pm – Nature Hike: Roles in Nature “Balance for Better.”
Mar 9 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Pollinator or Terminator
Mar 9 – 7 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Creating and Using Star Maps, Orienting with Orion
Mar 10 – 10 am – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: Formation Station
Mar 13 – 3 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: From food to fun, the scoop on poop
Mar 14 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Fight or Flight?
Mar 14 – 3 pm – Plogging in the Park: Plucking and jogging, Pick trash not flowers
Mar 15 – 3 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Be a good spore
Mar 16 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Nation of Migration
Mar 16 – 3 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: Brainiac or Bonehead
Mar 17 – 2 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: This isn’t Clover, over and over
Mar 20 – 9 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Early bird gets the worm, but who gets the cheese? “Spring Equinox”
Mar 21 – 11 am – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Home is where the heartwood is
Mar 22 – 11 am – Five Fish Frenzy: Lake Monsters “Gyotaku”
Mar 22 – 3 pm – Absolutely Amazing Arthropods: Water Wizards
Mar 23 – 3 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: From brr to fur, a coat of arms
Mar 23 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Birds of a feather, warble together
Mar 24 – 10 am – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: Gracious Cretaceous
Mar 30 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: I’ve got Butterflies
Mar 30 – 7 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Constellation stories “Starry-eyed & Star-crossed”
Mar 31 – 2 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Fun-guys & Fun-gals

High School Exchange
Mar 30 all-day

Since 1979 EF High School Exchange Year has matched over 100,000 exchange students with caring host families from across the U.S. To learn how you can bring the world into your home, visit efexchangeyear.org or call Teresa at 903-434-6933.

Texas Mobile Imaging Screenings
Mar 30 all-day

Saturday (Mar 30), Texas Mobile Imaging will be bringing their mobile vascular and organ disease screening team back to Chisum Trails Cowboy Church. They will be offering painless, non-invasive, artery and organ ultrasound screenings, for the early detection of vascular, and vital internal organ diseases that you may have, and not know, because you aren’t experiencing any symptoms.

Due to high costs in hospitals, these screenings are typically not ordered by your physician, unless you have symptoms. Takes about one hour and the total cost for these screenings is $125. A representative with Texas Mobile Imaging will be at Chisum Trails on Sunday (Mar 24), to give more details. Pre-registration is necessary and will be available after services are over. For more information call (903) 249-2701

Delta Waterfowl Association
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Delta Waterfowl Association, the Paris Chapter, invite you to their free youth skeet shoot Saturday (Mar 30) from 9:00 am until noon at the Paris Skeet and Trap Club. For ages 4-16. Breakfast will be provided, and there is also a gun raffle. Join the Delta Waterfowl Association for their free youth skeet shoot. For more information call Bryan Glass 903-517-5889. 903-517-5889.

PCT Presents ‘The Lion King Jr.’
Mar 30 @ 2:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Paris Community Theatre presents The Lion King Jr.

Paris Community Theatre (PCT) is proud to present the classic Disney film come to life on stage: “The Lion King Jr.” The musical has been a staple of Broadway since its premiere in 1999, featuring the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. The show also brings the talents of Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer, who supplied additional music for the production; Roger Allers and Irene Meechi, who wrote the book for the musical; and is based on the original production as envisioned by Julie Taymor. The show is under the direction of PCT Artistic Director Joshua Maxwell, with additional support by Sarah Stogner-Dickinson and Catherine Maxwell as Assistant Directors, and Sydney Young who serves as the production’s Music Director. The production is sponsored by The Paris Area Arts Alliance, Young Title Company, and special consideration by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Show times are Saturday (Mar 30) at 2:30 and 7:30 at Love Civic Center.

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ is based largely on the classic Shakespearean drama: ‘Hamlet.’ Long considered one of the greatest works of the English language, it tells the story of a young crowned prince who flees his homeland after his father’s death at the hands of his evil uncle. After facing his father’s ghost, he returns to the kingdom, determined to remove his uncle from the throne and take his place in the Circle of Life. The story has set box office records in both films and live theatre and will be released as a live-action film remake in summer of this year. Julie Taymor’s production is a work of art, combining acting, puppetry, and beautiful music to bring the story to life. PCT’s production is faithful to her vision and design that has been wowing audiences for two decades.

“This production has been quite an undertaking for PCT,” says Joshua Maxwell, the production’s director. “We have assembled a cast of 50 area students, and we’re proud to say over 2000 area students will experience the production through their local school. However, we’ve had to turn many schools away because of limited seating so the public performances will be the only chance some have to experience The Lion King. We’re encouraging parents to make their reservations quickly for what promises to be an unforgettable event.”

For tickets or more information, please visit the PCT website at pctonstage.com.

East Texas Gateway Quail Forever
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Annual Banquet & Auction of the East Texas Gateway Quail Forever Chapter!

Please come out and enjoy the auction, games, and great food to raise awareness and bring wild quail back to North East Texas! The banquet is at Elk Meadow Game Ranch, 382 PR 42042, De Kalb, on Saturday (Mar 30) at 6:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at https://pheasantsforeverevents.org/event/3895?fbclid=IwAR1IQLuZ50P0cUvDMaYywj4JhXseNPW8M90jBUgVo99u8-1rrn3dJJ2lhSA

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a sponsorship opportunity, please contact one of the officers below:

Dr. Michael Baird — President: 903-278-4062
Layne Lindeman – Vice President: 903-517-1681
Cherokee Caton — Treasure: 903-701-4367
Chris Daniel – Outreach Chairman: 817-471-4446
Paul Tidwell – Habitat Chairman: 903-244-6271