Home with Acreage in Bogata – Reduced


Move in ready country home setting in the edge of a neat country town! Enjoy town conveniences yet country setting with 1 acre to have plenty of elbow room! This is a ranch style brick with rustic decor such as doors and trim and other recent updates. The garage has been converted into a beautiful master with walk in closet and storage in the attic. One bedroom off the kitchen area could be used as separate dining or office area! New stainless steel appliances in kitchen remain as well as washer and dryer, above ground pool, bench on front porch and rockers on back covered patio! Two large trees in privacy fenced back yard for relaxing. The land is completely fenced in with barbed wire with smaller fenced area behind privacy fenced back yard. AC and heating systems were recently replaced inside and out. The two car carport includes a 10 X 18 storage area for mowers and other tools. There is a lovely globed outside light fixture in the front yard that remains too! One bath has an extra, large shower with bench sitting. This country home is ready to move in and less than 20 minutes from Paris, Texas and about 35 miles from Mt. Pleasant, Texas. It is located in highly rated Rivercrest ISD. Come join us in beautiful North East Texas were we average 47 inches of rain a year!

For more information contact Earlene Vickers.

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New Years Eve Praise-A-Thon Tonight

New Years Flyer

St Paul Baptist Church Presents:

New Years Eve Praise-A-Thon 

Featuring Chris Spivey and Nu Destiny
Joe Johnson and Devine Worship 

December 31, 2012 at 10:00pm 

St. Paul Baptist Church

444 NE 2nd St
Paris Texas

Pastor Kenneth Rogers, Sr. Pastor

All Choirs are Welcome
Please Contact Rev. Kerry Greaves – Director of Music Ministries


Local comedy and music give Parisians something to do this New Year’s Eve

For the ones who want to get out on New Year’s Eve and celebrate the beginning of the new year, live music and comedy performances are happening all around Paris and the surrounding area. FelsbergColor-300x225

Local comedian Daryl Felsberg is headlining a comedy show at his LMAO Comedy club located in Downtown Paris. The comedy show is co-headlined by Felsberg and Jose Sarduy from “GI’s of Comedy”, the latter which has been seen on The Today Show and Anderson Cooper. Emcee and host for the evening is Paris local comic J.D. Marrs.

Tickets are $40 and are available at www.lmaotexas.com or call 903-785-LAFF.

Alex Addy & The Tambourine Machine will be headlining their performance at Red River Saloon, located inside the Ramada Inn, with The Draggin’ Man band opening the show. Red River Saloon is offering a free champagne toast to all patrons who attend.

Alex Addy & The Tambourine Machine are lead singer and guitarist Alex Addy, bassist Kenneth Thornhill, and drummer Clint Lumpkin. Openers The Draggin’ Man is lead vocalist and guitarist Josh Allen of eParis, bassist Jay Curt McKee, drummer Connor Pickle, and percussionist Chris Mead.

There will be a $5 cover charge at the door. For more information, contact Red River Saloon and Cafe at 903-737-4586.

Local deejay DJ A.O.C. will be manning the turntables once again for the New Year’s Eve Rap Banger’s Ball event at Three Brothers Drafthouse in Sun Valley, Texas. The event will feature talent from all around the Paris area, including two out-of-state rappers.

Performing will be locals Mic Manik, A.D. Garcia, Cha Da Thow’d, J-Rec, Leck Jr., Mr. A.O.C., I’m TooFresh, Jay Fish, Dino Penny, Matt Legacy, and more. Tennessee rapper JellyRoll and Oklahoma’s Still Kuntry will also be on the bill for the evening.

There is a $10 cover charge at the door. For more information, contact Three Brothers Drafthouse at 903-982-7111.

There will also be a rock show at The Depot for New Year’s Eve. Locals Fallen will be headlining the New Year’s Bash Live with Hardtimes and Tyler’s Trust/Not. Tickets are $10 per person and $15 per couple.

For more information, contact The Depot at 903-783-9095.

RRVDSS annual Snowflakes and Diamonds Gala set for January 12

Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 2.41.57 PMThe Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society’s annual Snowflakes and Diamonds Gala, set for January 12, 2013, is once again changing.

Moving the gala to the Love Civic Center was one of the changes that RRVDSS made last year.  This change brought in more people and provided more room to increase the number of auction items offered.

“A lot of last year’s attendees weren’t even aware of what all RRVDSS did in the community or that we had an annual gala,” stated Krissy Crites, Executive Director.  “By making these changes, RRVDSS was able to raise over $15,000 to continue offering services and programs to its members and the community during 2012.”

There will be changes to this year’s gala as well.  RRVDSS will have a spotlight dance which will include some of their members dancing to a song that will be sung by one of the valued volunteers.  In addition to the dance, photographs showcasing our members being involved in what RRVDSS does in the community are among the changes being made this year.

“We want to show the community what RRVDSS is all about and what we do for our members and the community,” Executive Director Krissy Crites continued. “We have expanded so much in the past year and have so many great things coming up in our future, we want to let everyone know about this.  It is important for us to show our members and the community why we have fundraisers, like the Snowflakes and Diamonds Gala.  We don’t want to just ask people for money and walk away.  It is important that we build a lasting relationship with our members, our sponsors and our community.”

This year’s gala will feature the newly reunited band, BlackLand and guest speaker, Deanna Tharpe.  In addition to the short dance program, there will also be a catered dinner from Catering 4 U, an awards ceremony, dancing, and a silent and live auction.

A cash bar will also be provided.  Social hour will begin at 6PM with the program to start shortly after.

Some of the items included in this year’s auction are:

  • Permanent  Eye Liner – Donated by Sandy Fernandez
  • Scentsy Package – Donated by Stacy Huddleston
  • Fire Pit – Donated by NE TX Fab
  • 15, 2 meat dinners – Donated by Scholl Brother’s BBQ
  • Catered Dinner – Donated by Catering 4 U
  • American Girl Doll
  • 4 Tickets to Sea World in San Antonio
  • Spray-In Bed Liner – Donated by Scott’s Collision
  • Poker Nigh Package, including: Professional Poker Set, Cigars, Whiskey, and Fish Fry dinners for 15 – Donated by Sabra Vaughan and Tim Walsworth
  • Beer Garden
  • County Wine Collection
  • Taste of Paris, including: gift certificates donated by many local Paris restaurants 
  • Pie for a Year – Donated by Sandwich Etc.
  • Athletic Passes for North Lamar, Paris and Chisum School Districts
  • Autographed Memorabilia from Nolan Ryan, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Dirk Nowitzki, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Brad Pitt and Dale Earnhardt
  • Garth Brooks autographed acoustic guitar
  • Mosaic Art created by self-advocates with special needs
  • And Much More!

We’d like to thank all those that have donated an auction item and those that have sponsored our event.

  • NextEra Energy/ Lamar Power
  • Toyota of Paris
  • James Hodge Motor
  • Paris Regional Medical Center
  • Campbell’s Soup
  • J&L Paving
  • Jewel Mart
  • Maddie’s Gift
  • Red River Pathology
  • Judge Bill & Stephanie Harris
  • First Federal Community Bank
  • RK Hall

Back again this year is our special Diamond Ring.  Purchase a $20 chance to win this 14k white gold diamond ring donated by Jewel Mart of Paris.

Tickets are available for $50 each.  Call (903) 783-1922 or email info@rrvdss.org for more information on how to purchase your ticket or sponsor the event.  You can also visit our website to purchase tickets, at www.rrvdss.org/gala.

Jeanna Scott resigns as city’s building permits administrator; City of Paris turns to McKinney for successor



The city official at the center of a long-standing complaint that the City of Paris was “unfriendly” to contractors and small business owners has resigned and taken a job in another city.

Assistant Building Official Jeanna Scott’s last day was Friday, Dec. 21, city manager John Godwin told eParisExtra.com.

“She’s got a new job in Arlington with basically the same duties that she had for the City of Paris,” Godwin said. “Her grandkids, her kids live over there, so we will be close to them.”

Joey Sleeper

Joey Sleeper

“We have hired a new person already, from outside,” Godwin said. Joey Sleeper, 44, the senior plans examiner for the City of McKinney, will become Building Official for the City of Paris in about mid-January.

Sleeper “has got about 20 years of experience, a lot of certifications,” Godwin said.

Although Sleeper has been working in McKinney, he and his wife, Paris native Michelle Dennis Sleeper, live in Paris and they own a building on the west side of the Plaza where at one time she operated “Michelle’s Craft Shop.”

Sleeper has been commuting to his work in McKinney.

“After Jeanna told me she was leaving, we started searching for what would be the best fit,” said Shawn Napier, Director of Engineering, Planning & Development for the City of Paris.

“Since I knew Joey lived here, I called him and he was very interested,” said Napier, who worked with Sleeper at the City of Garland for a couple of years between 1995 and 1998. “We went ahead and posted the position, and he was really the only one who applied.”

Godwin said dealing with building permits in a business-friendly manner is something he and Napier talked about in seeking a new building official.

“Nothing against Jeanna, she worked super-hard and was very conscientious and didn’t deserve the reputation she got,” Godwin said.

“But this is an opportunity for us to get someone in here fresh and new, so let’s make sure whoever we get understands the value of customer service and so forth,” the manager said.

“Of course, he comes from McKinney, a super-fast growing place. He’s used to stress and people wanting things right away and that kind of thing,” Godwin said.

“Joey was telling me they have around 25 people in their building inspections and planning department,” Napier said. “That’s quite a difference with Paris. Jeanna and I were pretty much it.”

Scott was “assistant” building official; Sleeper’s title will be simply “Building Official.”

“He’s got quite a list of certifications, an impressive list,” Napier said. “He’s coming in here with more certifications and licenses than Jeanna had, for sure., and he can also do inspections, like Robert Smith. He’ll definitely help us out.”

Sleeper holds a bachelor’s of science degree in construction engineering technology from Texas A&M-Commerce.

He is also a certified building official through the Council of American Building Officials, a Certified Plans Examiner, Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector, and Building Code Usability/Accessibility specialist through the International Conference of Building Officials.

After hearing a steady barrage of complaints early last year about how “business unfriendly” the City of Paris permitting staff was, Paris mayor AJ Hashmi arranged a meeting for contractors, small business owners and others to air their complaints.

People agreed to come only after the mayor promised that he and city councilman Edwin Pickle would be the only city officials present. The complainants said they feared reprisal from city staff.

“The biggest complaint,” the mayor said after the meeting with a roomful of people, “was that the City of Paris is unfriendly. Everyone had a complaint about (the person who processes the building permits).

“With her, it’s either black or white,” a contractor said of Scott. “There’s no gray area with her, no in between. There has to be some latitude, so they could come to a common sense solution.”

The contractor continued: “For 40 years, I drew my own house plans, but now I have to go hire somebody because I don’t have any sense. You got a lady up there reviewing decisions. If somebody is going to review it, I’d prefer someone qualified.”

Another person complained: “The permits are hard to get. I can understand why all these business people don’t want all this. Why are we not trying to make Paris grow? Why? Why?”

Mayor Hashmi responded: “The purpose of this meeting is to do that. We are going to try. Please don’t expect it to happen in six months. Give it some time. Now that you’ve told us, give us some time to address them. Hopefully, we’ll get some solutions.”

Napier said the new buildings official “is aware of the situation.”

“He read about it all as it was happening,” Napier said.

Part of the problem is that Paris went to a new international fire code and building code with new requirements, Napier said.

“He is going to help us out, no question about it,” Napier added.

“He knows the codes. He could quote them to you. He’s very familiar with the codes, whether residential or business. One of the things that’s going to help us out is he’s familiar with the inspection side of it. He’s licensed and certified to do every bit of it. He can do a lot of things that we’ve had to hire Bureau Veritas to do – some of the commercial inspections.”

Godwin said he is impressed with Sleeper’s credentials.

“He’s got so much knowledge and experience, and that really helps. That helps you provide good customer service if you’re really confident and competent, and know your stuff really well. Again, nothing against Jeanna. She had been doing it for only a couple of years.”