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$100,000 donation was attempt to derail upscale development of Lake Crook, Swint says

$100,000 donation was attempt to derail upscale development of Lake Crook, Swint says

Members of the Paris City Council have gotten the message: Last month’s $100,000 donation from Dr. Richard Swint and his wife, Susan, was NOT the ringing endorsement they thought it was of the city’s plan to turn Lake Crook into an upscale retirement or resort property. Just the...

02/26/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council endorses citizen task force's smoking ban compromise

Paris City Council endorses citizen task force's smoking ban compromise

The Paris City Council on Monday directed City Attorney Kent McIlyar to prepare a smoking ban for restaurants and athletic fields as agreed upon last week by a citizens task force. From left, citizens task force members John Kruntorad, Jeff Martin and Linda Vandiver are shown at the beginning...

02/25/2014 by Charles Richards
Physician who offered $100,000 to help restore Lake Crook criticizes plan to seek outside developers

Physician who offered $100,000 to help restore Lake Crook criticizes plan to seek outside developers

Dr. Richard Swint, during his presentation Friday to the Paris Rotary Club. (eParisExtra photo) In a preview of his scheduled appearance tonight before the Paris City Council, Dr. Richard Swint told the Paris Rotary Club that Lamar County and City of Paris officials cannot be trusted to make...

02/24/2014 by Charles Richards
Boucoum's 18 points lead PJC past No. 5 Trinity Valley, 67-58

Boucoum's 18 points lead PJC past No. 5 Trinity Valley, 67-58

PJC players and coaches are joined by fans in a celebration after the buzzer sounded on the Dragons’ victory over No. 5 Trinity Valley. (eParisExtra photo) HUNT CENTER, PARIS — Behind eight quick points by Nouhoum Bocoum, Paris Junior College’s Dragons took an early 11-0 lead,...

02/23/2014 by Charles Richards
Citizens task force agrees on ordinance banning smoking at Paris restaurants

Citizens task force agrees on ordinance banning smoking at Paris restaurants

Eight of the 10 citizen task force members are shown just before the meeting began on Friday. From left going clockwise are Kent McKee, Jaime Haley, Patrick Durham, Jerry Haning, John Kruntorad, Jeff Martin, Cecilia “Cissy” Grubbs, and Linda Vandiver. (eParisExtra photo) A...

02/21/2014 by Charles Richards
Citizen task force on smoking ban has first -- and last -- meeting at 3 p.m. Friday

Citizen task force on smoking ban has first -- and last -- meeting at 3 p.m. Friday

The operator of a store that sells vapor cigarettes is shown at the Feb. 10 council meeting arguing against including vapor cigarettes in a smoking ban. (eParisExtra photo) A citizens task force meeting at 3 p.m. Friday at City Hall will be expected to have its recommendation by the time the...

02/21/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris drops two games off North Zone lead with 55-49 loss to Tyler

Paris drops two games off North Zone lead with 55-49 loss to Tyler

TYLER– Twice in three days, Paris Junior College’s Dragons had knocked off nationally ranked Kilgore and San Jacinto, putting them within reach of taking over first place in one of the nation’s toughest junior college basketball conferences. Then, Wednesday night, in a...

02/20/2014 by Charles Richards
Work begins, extending city infrastructure to Paris Lakes Development on southeast loop

Work begins, extending city infrastructure to Paris Lakes Development on southeast loop

A worker stands in a ditch where a sewer line is being laid, extending city infrastructure across the Southeast Loop to the planned Paris Lakes Development.   After months in the planning, work on the long-awaited Paris Lakes Development is under way along Paris’ southeast loop. A...

02/20/2014 by Charles Richards
Tyler's Lady Apaches hits 10 three-pointers in 99-69 victory over Lady Dragons

Tyler's Lady Apaches hits 10 three-pointers in 99-69 victory over Lady Dragons

Lady Dragons’ Catarina Rendon makes a free throw in the second half of Wednesday’s game at Tyler. Also shown are Lady Dragons Shanice Vaughan (15) and Chy Cunningham (5), and Tyler players Caitlyn Ramirez (34) and Katelynn Johnson (13). (eParisExtra photo) TYLER — Malena...

02/20/2014 by Charles Richards
Texas Junior College Women’s Basketball Scores & Updated Standings

Texas Junior College Women’s Basketball Scores & Updated Standings

  JUCO  WOMEN BKB             STANDINGS             (thru Feb....

02/20/2014 by Charles Richards
Texas Junior College Men's Basketball Scores & Updated Standings

Texas Junior College Men's Basketball Scores & Updated Standings

JUCO  MEN BKB             STANDINGS             (thru Feb....

02/20/2014 by Charles Richards
Incumbent Keith Mitchell and former sheriff B.J. McCoy square off for County Commissioner, Precinct 4

Incumbent Keith Mitchell and former sheriff B.J. McCoy square off for County Commissioner, Precinct 4

Two candidates are running in the Republican Primary for County Commissioner of Precinct 4. They are the incumbent county commissioner for Precinct 4, Keith Mitchell, of Blossom, and former Lamar County Sheriff Billy Joe “B.J.” McCoy of Powderly. Early voting is under way at the...

02/20/2014 by Charles Richards
Candidate Profiles for Lamar County District Clerk aspirants Shawntel Golden and Susan Flanary-Turner

Candidate Profiles for Lamar County District Clerk aspirants Shawntel Golden and Susan Flanary-Turner

With the decision by District Clerk Marvin Ann Patterson not to seek re-election, someone new will take over that office on Jan. 1, 2015, for the first time in several decades. Two people are candidates have filed to succeed her, both in the March 4 Republican Primary. One of the candidates is...

02/19/2014 by Charles Richards
Here are candidate profiles for the three Paris men running for Constable of Precinct 5 in the March 4 GOP primary

Here are candidate profiles for the three Paris men running for Constable of Precinct 5 in the March 4 GOP primary

Three candidates are facing off in the March 4 GOP Primary for the office of Constable for Precinct 5. Early voting is under way and will continue weekdays through Feb. 28 at the Lamar County Annex in the 200 block of Lamar Avenue . All three made their cases at a political forum on Feb. 6...

02/18/2014 by Charles Richards
Lamar County candidates for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2 make their case for election in March 4 GOP Primary

Lamar County candidates for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2 make their case for election in March 4 GOP Primary

Candidates in the March 4 GOP primary for county offices had an opportunity on Feb. 6 to make their cases to voters, in a forum sponsored by the Republican Party of Lamar County. Early voting starts today at the county courthouse annex in the 200 block of Lamar Avenue. Presented below are the...

02/18/2014 by Charles Richards
PJC ends 11-game San Jacinto winning streak with last-minute 61-58 victory

PJC ends 11-game San Jacinto winning streak with last-minute 61-58 victory

Ronnie White Qua Doster Ronnie White scored with 35 seconds to play and Qua Doster added two free throws with 11 seconds remaining as Paris Junior College defeated No. 28 San Jacinto College 61-58 Monday night at the Hunt Center. With the win, the Dragons improved to 19-6 overall and 12-3 in...

02/18/2014 by Charles Richards
Hashmi appoints bipartisan citizen committee to study a smoking ban and report back to Paris City Council

Hashmi appoints bipartisan citizen committee to study a smoking ban and report back to Paris City Council

Monday’s council meeting drew a near-capacity crowd of about 150 people. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards) City Clerk Janice Ellis today released the names of a citizens advisory committee, appointed by Mayor AJ Hashmi — whose job it will be to propose a smoking ban, or not,...

02/14/2014 by Charles Richards
City of Paris posts opening for Public Works Director

City of Paris posts opening for Public Works Director

The City of Paris on Wednesday posted the job of Public Works Director, which has gone unfilled for about one year. The posting is as follows: PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR Directs and oversees all aspects of Public Works.  The Director plans, organizes and oversees activities related to Water...

02/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council now has two races -- Benny Plata vs. John Wright in District 3 and Edwin Pickle vs. Cleonne Drake in District 6

Paris City Council now has two races -- Benny Plata vs. John Wright in District 3 and Edwin Pickle vs. Cleonne Drake in District 6

Shown is a map of the seven Paris City Council districts.(TYPE CTRL “+” TO ENLARGE) Benny Plata … files against John Wright for District 3 council seat Edwin Pickle … files against Cleonne Drake for District 6 council seat Former Paris city councilman Benny Plata, a...

02/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Police chief's annual report spotlights need for more pay, benefits for officers

Police chief's annual report spotlights need for more pay, benefits for officers

Police Chief Bob Hundley What caught the attention of the Paris City Council on Monday night as Police Chief Bob Hundley gave an annual report of his department via a PowerPoint presentation was the number of police officers who stay in Paris for awhile, then leave to join law enforcement...

02/12/2014 by Charles Richards