Paris Junior High Student Wins Texas History Essay Contest

Paris Junior High 7th grader, Codi Clark, is the winner of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) Texas History Essay Contest. The essay topic was “Battle of San Jacinto.”

Clark’s essay has advanced to the state contest. She will be recognized at the March DRT luncheon where she will receive a check for $25 and read her essay. Her teacher is Jodye Grissom.

As part of its mission to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas and to encourage historical research into the earliest records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835 and the events which followed, DRT has offered annual essay contests for fourth grade and seventh grade students who are studying Texas history for the past 30 years.

Zone 32 Contributor’s Plaque in Place at North Lamar

Steve Glover of Management Awards shows North Lamar Zone 32 representative Wendy Bozarth the name plates to be engraved when a donor purchases one in memory or in honor of someone.

Paris, TX, March 31, 2012 – North Lamar’s Zone 32 now has a plaque in place at the high school for contributors.  For $50 individuals and groups may purchase an engraved name plate in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend.  Proceeds will benefit North Lamar’s Zone 32 project by helping students obtain the support services they need and bringing in guest speakers to talk about making right choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

The contributor’s plaque was designed by Wes Brown and the NLHS Ag Department.   Steve Glover with Management Awards contributed and designed the engraving plates for the plaque.

To purchase an engraved name plate in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend, contact Wendy Bozarth at 903.491.8067 or by email

Saturday, March 31, 2012 Obituaries

Bonnie G. Lynn, 96, of Blossom, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012, at her home.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 1st, at Knights of Honor Cemetery with Rev. Larry Bridges officiating.

Mrs. Lynn, the daughter of Artellious & Lydia Bell Wilcoxn Ewart, was born Aug. 16, 1915, in Parnell, MO.

She married John Lewis Lynn and he preceded her in death on July 30, 2000, following over sixty years together.

She was a Christian woman who enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her family. She was a very independent woman who worked and drove until last year.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Berry and Mary Myers both of Blossom, a daughter-in-law, Marlayne Gates of Clinton, Utah, a sister, Edith Marderosian of Hayward, CA, grandchildren, Cindy Sessums & husband Michael of Blossom, David Berry & wife Missy of Blossom, Vickie Pitcock & husband David of Roxton, Lori Perez & husband Cecil of Hayward, CA, Debbie Jackson & husband Thomas of Blossom, Ricky Myers of Paris, Giovanni Scarano of Hayward, CA, and Jennifer McElyea & husband Richard of Clinton, Utah, 18 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren along with her dog, Bo, who was her loyal companion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Jerry Gates, a grandson, Michael Gates and her son-in-law, Ona Berry.

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Janet Kimberlee “Kim” Whipkey, 45, of Paris, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Medical Center of Plano.

A gathering of family and friends is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home.  Cremation is under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.

Kim, the daughter of Phil & Joyce Hand Cox, was born November 30, 1966, in Sacramento, CA. She worked twelve years at Aiken Elementary School and while working there worked three years at The Fish Fry. At the time of her illness she was working at Murphy USA.

For Kim, her family was everything. They include her husband, Bill Whipkey, Sr., her mother, Joyce Cox of Paris, three sons, Billy Whipkey of Blossom, Andrew Whipkey of Roxton and Phillip Whipkey of Paris, six grandchildren, Ollivia, Issiah, Natasha, Kalem, Kaidence and Levi, along with a plethora of friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 1-800-276-8340,

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Uncle Jesse Bass Classic Enters 25th Year

It’s about time to break out the rod, reel and Dodge Charger and head to Pat Mayse Lake for the 25th annual Uncle Jesse’s Big Mouth Big Bass Classic.

The annual event is set for May 5. Registration takes place the day before at Lamar County Chamber of Commerce on the square and Brannan’s Bass Shop, located on US 271 North in Powderly.

On May 5, fishing starts at 6 a.m. with weigh-in from noon to 3 p.m.

“We’ll be up at about 4:30, 5 in the morning accepting entries at the lake,” said Rick McDougal, chair of Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities. “Once the tournament itself gets started, there’s not really anything for the people on the shore to do but wait for the weigh-in.”

There will be a band on the shore to provide entertainment.

Contestants must have a valid Texas Fishing License. Any participants 16 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written permission

Sonic provides the $5,000 for first prize. Brannan’s Bass Shop and other businesses help with the rest.

“We’ll have in excess of $20,000 in fishing tackle we’ll give away, which is pretty good for a fishing tournament,” McDougal said. “We pay pretty deep into our group, which you don’t see a lot.”

The annual event started in 1988 and has been a spring staple for Lamar County ever since. The tournament is held at Pat Mayse Lake with the assistance and cooperation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many area businesses and volunteers help make this a fun day for the hundreds of anglers, fans and spectators who attend.

“After 25 years, it’s become a little family of fishermen that gather up to fish for that weekend,” McDougal said. “We’ll average about 350 people a year.”

Until his death in 1998, Denver Pyle — known best for  his role as “Uncle Jesse” in “The Dukes of Hazzard” — attended the event every year. His wife, Tippi, continues to attend. Pyle asked that

all net proceeds from the tournament go directly to benefit children of the county with special needs.

Tournament proceeds are handled through Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Funding has gone to a variety of organizations and causes, including:

  • Special Olympics: $53,800 used to purchase uniforms, travel to meets and expenses and awards for local Special Olympics meets.
  • Boys & Girls Club: $28,000 for a new roof for the club building, new floor for the basketball court, computers and programs for an after school tutorial program.
  • Shoes For Children: $15,700 purchased over 650 pairs of shoes for children at Christmastime.
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Of Lamar County: $7,975 special funding for special projects.
  • Police Athletic League: $12,380 for the purchase of uniforms, equipment and supplies that serves over 400 youth in Lamar County.

Low Possibility of Severe Weather this Evening and Tonight

According to the National Weather Service and Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley, although low, there is a chance for severe weather in and around our area tonight due to vast instability in the atmosphere.  What this means is that the storms will be quick moving and develop into severe supercell storms quickly, if they do form.  There is also potential for these storms to cluster together which could cause localized flooding.

As stated, the chances are low and thunderstorms may not develop, but with the atmosphere in the condition it’s in and the high heat and humidity indices lead meteorologists to believe that there is reason to be concerned and monitor the coming evening and night’s weather patterns.  The National Weather Service report sent by Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley is below.

There is the potential for widely scattered thunderstorms to develop this afternoon across western North Texas, moving eastward and possibly growing into a small cluster of storms tonight. The atmosphere over North Texas will be quite unstable today, but with no clearly defined mechanism to help initiate thunderstorms. In these situations, subtle features such as very weak disturbances in the upper atmosphere or intense daytime heating can sometimes assist in storm development. Any storm that does develop will have the potential to produce very large hail, damaging downburst winds, and perhaps an isolated tornado. Very frequent cloud-to-ground lightning will also accompany the strongest storms.

Should storms form and develop into a small cluster, heavy rainfall would result in a threat of localized flooding.
Overview and timing…A dry line located across West Texas separates moist and unstable air to the east from very dry air to the west. A few supercell thunderstorms may develop along or just ahead of the dry line this afternoon and move generally east through the evening hours. Atmospheric conditions today favor very large hail as the primary threat, with damaging straight-line wind also possible with the strongest storms. Although conditions are not ideal for tornadoes, an isolated tornado threat will exist with the most intense storms mainly late this afternoon or early evening. If storms do congeal and grow into a larger cluster, the overall area of storms would move east-southeast tonight and pose a heavy rain threat.

Confidence Information…The primary questions today are 1) will thunderstorms form and 2) what areas are most likely to be affected. Some of our more advanced computer models suggest that a few storms may form across western North Texas, roughly west of a line from Lampasas to Bowie, this afternoon and our forecasters agree that this scenario is plausible. We will keep our web page updated with the latest thinking, including graphicasts and statements on the most likely areas for storm formation.

Spotter groups and emergency managers should monitor trends later today and be prepared for activation as storm development becomes more likely. Due to the amount of instability in place, any storm that develops will likely become severe rather quickly.