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COMMERCE, TX—The College of Science and Engineering Power Lab at Texas A&M University-Commerce received a brand-new name this month: the Oncor Power Lab. The designation honors a 70-year partnership between Oncor Electric—Texas’s largest energy delivery company—and A&M-Commerce. Building on the longstanding partnership, Oncor recently entered a new gift agreement with A&M-Commerce to support the university’s electrical engineering …Read More »
Aikin Elementary, Justiss Elementary, and T. G. Givens Early Childhood Center participated in “Start with Hello” week along with hundreds of schools and youth organizations across the United States. This program, founded by the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. Students …Read More »
Regina Jones Last Friday afternoon at 5:02, Paris Police worked a shoplifting case in the 3800 block of Lamar. Store personnel detained Regina Jones for leaving the store with items valued at $327.32 and did not attempt to pay for the merchandise. During booking, Jones had two previous convictions for …Read More »
KODAK Digital Still Camera Matthew Hunter Colville first came up on the radar of the Titus County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2022, only a few months after moving onto property located on the 400 block of County Road 1925. Colville, a felon, wasn’t home when deputies conducted a search …Read More »
A fatal crash killed Michael Covington, 37, of Oklahoma, in Choctaw County Sunday morning. The crash happened around 5:06 am on Highway 70 near Hugo. Covington was driving east and drifted off the road, overcorrected, drove back onto the road, and rolled over.Read More »
American Legion Post 30 in Paris has started its annual fundraising efforts. They currently have three ongoing fundraising raffles:
Raffle #1: Six $100 Wal-Mart gift cards.
Drawings will be Saturday, Oct 21, and all winning tickets will return to the pot for the next drawing. Tickets are $5 each.
Raffle #2: One Xbox Series X
One PlayStation5 God of War
Drawings will be Saturday, Oct 21, and the winning ticket will return to the pot for the next drawing. Tickets are $5 each.
Raffle #3: One Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun.
One Ruger American .308 rifle with a scope
One $350 Atwoods Gift Card.
Drawings will be on Veterans Day, Nov 11, and the winning tickets will return to the pot for the next draw. Tickets are $5 each.
Commander Bill Townsend said, “We use the proceeds from these raffles to support local Veterans and Youth of Lamar County. In the past, we have given away four $500 scholarships and assisted local Veterans in need with grants for over $1,600 to help them through hard times. We’ve awarded over $1,000 to local Scouts that have received their Eagle Scout rank and $1,000 to help support local Boys and Girls Scouts. This year we are sending a local High School student to Boys State in Austin to learn and participate in how government works!”
Contact any member of the Paris American Legion for tickets. Please help us help the Veterans and Youth of Lamar County!
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact us at
Red River Valley Fair has family fun for everyone! It is Wednesday through Saturday, September 27 through 30, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. The daily attractions include a Pumpkin Patch, a Home and Garden Showcase, the Soccer Collies, and a Creative arts & crafts showcase. Add to that commercial exhibits, Livestock shows, Westland Ranch petting zoo, live entertainment nightly, and Rides by Crabtree Amusements.
My name is Pastor Greg Kee, and I live and serve in Paris. I’m inviting you and your pastoral staff members to a beautiful free event to connect and encourage pastors in Paris and Lamar County. I am excited to announce “Together for the Kingdom” — the Common Table 1st Annual Pastors’ Dinner on Thursday, September 28, with our special guest speaker, Dr. Tony Evans.
He is one of the best-known and most respected leaders in evangelical Christianity. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to have him here in Paris due mainly to his current heart and focus for this season of his ministry on equipping and encouraging pastors. We will also enjoy a delicious catered meal from Harlem Night Restaurant in Paris.
Registering yourself and a guest for this free event today is easy! Just go to our website, www.commontableptx.org, and follow these three steps:
1. Click on “Register Here”
2. Click “Buy on Map”
3. Select 1 or 2 purple seats to reserve (no promo code is needed) and provide your name and email to complete the registration.
*Also – please note your table number if you’d like to invite others to reserve tickets at the same table!
Common Table is a local ministry effort that connects local churches and leaders to embody Christ’s prayer for us to be one so that our whole community may see that God’s love is real and the Gospel is true. (John 17:20-23)
Please help make the most of this event by doing two things. First, please be in prayer with me that God will use it to inspire greater unity and cooperation among pastors and churches in our area for the sake of the Gospel and to be a great encouragement to pastors during a tough time of ministry in our world today.
Second, please work with me to promote this event to other pastors in our community as widely as possible. We want to focus primarily on local Paris and Lamar County pastors “to help us know and love one another better in pursuit of Christ’s prayer for our unity and God’s glory (John 17:20-23).”
Feel free to contact me with any questions; we hope to see you there!
“Together for the Kingdom” — Common Table 1st Annual Pastors’ Dinner with Special Guest Dr. Tony Evans
Thursday, September 28, 2023
3410 N. Main St., Paris TX
Meet & Greet 6:00 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm
Speaker 7:30 pm
Harlem Nights Restaurant provides catering
Dr. Tony Evans
Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. He is a pastor, best-selling author, and frequent speaker at Bible conferences and seminars nationwide. He has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 40 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to over 10,000 congregants with over 100 ministries.
Dr. Evans also serves as president of The Urban Alternative. This national ministry seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets throughout the United States and more than 130 countries.
Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing an African American’s first full-Bible commentary and study Bible. The study Bible and Commentary sold more than 225,000 in the first year. He is also the former chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks.
Through his local church and national ministry, Dr. Evans has set in motion a kingdom agenda philosophy of ministry that teaches God’s comprehensive rule over every area of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church, and society. This philosophy is the core component of the Tony Evans Training Center, an online provider of biblically-based content. The TETC launched in 2017 and has grown to offer over 40 courses and has over 2,000 enrolled students.
Dr. Evans married Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 50 years until Lois transitioned to glory in late 2019. They are the proud parents of four, grandparents of thirteen, and great-grandparents of three.
The 2023 Lamar County Friends of the NRA banquet will be at Love Civic Center on Thursday, September 28. Doors open at 5:30 pm at $45.00 per individual and $450.00 for a sponsor table that seats eight. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Once again, Crawford’s Hole in the Wall will cater a fantastic meal. There will be a live auction and drawings for some great prizes. You can purchase tickets by contacting Rick Easterwood at 903-249-4962. The 2023 Lamar County Friends of the NRA banquet will be at Love Civic Center on Thursday, September 28.
Adopt a pet today- give a dog or cat a forever home! Head 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.
You can get free online and in-person adult health education classes from the Paris-Lamar County Health District. Eating Healthy on a Budget, Nutritional Label Reading, Fun Ways to Incorporate Physical Activity, Positive Lifestyle Changes, plus now offering an in-house complimentary gym at 400 W. Sherman St, Paris. For more info, call (903) 785-4561.