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NTCC Plants First Golden Kiwis

NTCC Plants First Golden Kiwis   By: René McCracken, NTCC Ag Director The day has finally arrived to plant our kiwi vines in what will become the first Golden Kiwi Plantation in Northeast Texas. We partnered with Stephen F. Austin State University back in September 2018 to complete a Golden ...

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Paris Police Report For Friday (Apr 26)

Kendarrius White On Monday (Apr 22), officers arrested Kendarrius White on a Motion to Revolk Probation in the 4200-block of Bonham St. White was taken to Lamar County Jail. Ronald Lee Freeman Officers responded to the 200-block of Stone Avenue in regards to a disturbance. They arrested Ronald Lee Freeman ...

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Hopkins County Bookings

Hopkins County Deputies arrested 20-year-old John Michael Decker on three outstanding warrants for Surety Off Bond. Those charges were for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized use of a Vehicle and a misdemeanor. New bonds were set at $20,000. Deputies arrested 33-year-old Tyler Lorenzo Caruso in Hopkins County for Violation ...

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Pre-Trial in Wood County Murder Case

Jason Walters Wood County S.O A Pre-trial hearing was held Thursday in Wood County for a man charged in a 2014 fatal shooting at an EZ-Mart in Mineola. Jason Russell Walters is accused of killing 19-year-old Chris Griffin. The focus on the hearing was a DPS Dash Cam video. The ...

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Operation Victor Echo Tango
Dec 26 2018 @ 3:49 pm – Apr 26 2019 @ 4:49 pm
Cooper Lake Activities For April @ Cooper Lake State Park
Apr 12 – Apr 28 all-day


Fish, Hike and Attend Multiple Programs during April at Cooper Lake State Park

Cooper, TX— What better place to experience the spring than Cooper Lake State Park.  Across both park units, as perfect temperatures prevail, a total of 17 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented.  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 past generations.  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 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)

Apr 12 – 9 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Starry Eyed & Star-crossed
Apr 13 – 3 pm – Wild Woods Walk: Nature Hike
Apr 14 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Sound Bound
Apr 20 – 8 pm – Absolutely Amazing Arthropods: Night Hike!
Apr 21 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Eggs Act
Apr 27 – 5 pm – Plogging in the Park: Pick Trash, Not Flowers
Apr 28 – 3 pm –  Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Pollinator vs Terminator

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

Apr 13 – 11 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’: Aprons for April
Apr 13 – 6 pm –  Skins, Skulls & Scat: Brainiac or Bonehead
Apr 14 – 3 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Dye Section
Apr 20 – 2 pm – Read with a Ranger!
Apr 20 – 5 pm – Tell Tale Signs: Storybook Hike
Apr 20 – 6:30 pm – Historic Music in the Park!
Apr 21 – 3 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: That Earthy Smell
Apr 27 – 11 am – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Sonnets for Bluebonnets
Apr 27 – 3 pm – Absolutely Amazing Arthropods: Night Hike!
Apr 28 – 2 pm – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: Gracious Cretaceous

NE Texas Biker Church @ 741 E 16th ( across from Bowling Alley)
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day
Landowners Educational Series
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Landowners Educational Series is for anyone wanting to learn more about managing their land. Topics include pasture utilization, pasture management and establishment, pond management, tree/forest management, nuisance animal control, and agriculture law. All programs will be at the Franklin County Airport off of Highway 37, just north of Mount Vernon.

The Friday (Apr 26) program will begin at 1:00 pm and be on pond management. A representative from the Noble Foundation will be speaking on pond health, weed control, fish health, establishing ponds and water testing. We can offer one-hour CEU credit for pesticide applicator license holders. No additional charge for CEU.

Sulphur Springs Rotary Claws For A Cause @ Celebration Plaza
Apr 27 all-day
Yantis Catfish Classic
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day

Hi, everyone! This is Jerry E. Miller with the Yantis Catfish Classic on Lake Fork. I just wanted to tell you that our tournament is coming up Saturday and Sunday (APR 27-28) at the Minnow Bucket. We will soon be sending out entry forms, so be watching the mail for them.

We wanted to give you advanced notice since the dates have changed due to a conflict with the B.A.S.S. tournament.
It will still be held at the Minnow Bucket at 3035 TX Hwy 154. To book rooms, call Tony at 903-878-2500.

The early entry fee this year will be $125 for both days and $100 per day. Guaranteed payout of $25,000 cash. The tournament times are 7:00 am until 3:00 pm with scales opening at 8:00 am each day.

There will be a meal at the pavilion of the Minnow Bucket this year with live music on Saturday evening. We will have our traditional raffle again this year with the grand prize being the 1/2 day hunt at Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort in Yantis. So be looking for entry forms in the mail soon.

If you have any questions, you may call me, Jerry E Miller, at 903-850-9500.

We look forward to seeing you again this year. Bring a friend! We intend to have lots of fun and also to honor the memory of Ken Freeman, our old catfish buddy, by continuing to put on a great tournament.
Jerry E Miller

Annual Pittsburg Hot Link Festival
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Clara Bridges 90+ Banquet @ " The ROC" at First Baptist Church
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm