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The City of Paris made a switch Monday afternoon and is asking residents to take their brushy storm debris to the sports complex adjacent to Love Civic Center, NOT to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.
That created some confusion, because earlier in the day Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley mentioned “an earlier erroneous report” to take storm debris to the civic center. The place to take broken tree limbs and other debris, he said, was the east side of the fairgrounds, in the 1500 block of North Fitzhugh Street.
“At the time the chief said that, the earlier report WAS erroneous,” said LaVonne Schepis, secretary for the city’s public works department.
“Then it got too muddy at the fairgrounds,” Schepis said.
“All brush should be taken (to the end of the road past the pavilion and concession stand) at the Sports Complex, 2005 S. Collegiate, due to muddy conditions at the temporary site at the 1500 Block of Fitzhugh,” she said.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call 903.784.9289 with any questions.
“Residents only, no contractors,” officials said.
Storm debris can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through the week and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, city officials said.
The city is working up a plan on picking up debris at the curbside, but nothing is definite yet, city officials say.
In a “Day Four Update,” Hundley said Monday that the number of power outages is starting to decline, “although you may actually lose power again as ONCOR continues the repair process. If that happens, hopefully it will be a very short time.”
Hundley said there is no truth to a report that the city is running out of water.
“The water treatment plant is on line and providing water, and there is no issue there. We have a very few sewer lift stations that are without power, and those situations are being addressed,” the police chief added.
Melting ice is expected throughout the day on Monday, followed by high temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hundley said.
However, the Paris Police Department remains on emergency power, Hundley said, “and it’s getting a little chilly in here!”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
Incumbent County Judge M.C. “Chuck” Superville filed for re-election Monday afternoon and did so as a Democrat, ending speculation about whether he might join other Democratic incumbents in a move to the GOP in next year’s March 4 primary.
“He filed with me just minutes ago,” County Democratic Chairman Brady Fisher said at 3:30 p.m.
Earlier Monday, former Paris City Manager Mike Malone formally filed a place on the Republican Primary for county judge, setting the stage for a Superville-Malone encounter in the General Election next November.
“I just filed my application with the county Republican chairman (John Kruntorad),” Malone told eParisExtra about 11 a.m.
The filing deadline was 6 p.m. Monday.
Superville, 56, has been county judge since December 1995, when he was appointed to replace Deane Loughmiller, who moved up to the judgeship of the Lamar County Court at Law.
Before that, Superville was a prosecutor with the county attorney’s office for six years. He is both a licensed attorney and a certified public accountant.
Superville designated former State Rep. Mark Homer, D-Lamar, as his campaign treasurer.
“Mark Homer graciously volunteered to help me get the word out,” Superville said.
Malone, 62, who was Paris’ city manager from 1987 to 2004, named former Paris Police Chief Karl Louis as his campaign treasurer.
A longtime Democrat, Superville said he was urged by many supporters to stay in the Democratic Party, but others told him his only chance for re-election was as on the GOP ticket because most Lamar County residents now vote Republican.
“The argument everyone’s making right now. they’re saying, everyone’s just going in there and they’re not going down the ballot, they’re just filling in the R and going home. That’s happening at the rate of about 3 to 1,” Superville said in a recent interview with eParisExtra.
“I thought about all my different options, and running as a Democrat just felt like the right thing for me to do. I think people would feel if I changed parties just to get elected, people would think that was disingenuous,” Superville said Monday afternoon.
“My last two opponents I had were Republicans, and I did OK. I went in as a Democrat, and if I have to I’ll go out as one. It’s that old deal, you dance with the one that brung you. I feel pretty good about it. I’m going to run a hard race, shake a lot of hands, and see how it goes.”
Under Texas law, three things are required to file for a county elective position. The candidate must:
Fisher argued that Superville has been the strongest draw on the Democratic ballot in Lamar County for a number of years, attracting more votes than Homer even.
“Any Republican who doesn’t vote a straight party vote, Chuck is going to get that vote,” Fisher said.
Here is a list on those who through 3:30 p.m. Monday had made known their intention to run in the March 4 primary for Lamar County elective positions:
COUNTY JUDGE: Incumbent, M.C. “Chuck” Superville.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 2: Incumbent, Lonnie Layton.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 4: Incumbent, Keith Mitchell.
COUNTY COURT AT LAW:
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 3:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 2:
DISTRICT CLERK: Incumbent, Marvin Ann Patterson.
DEMOCRATIC COUNTY CHAIRMAN: Incumbent Brady Fisher.
REPUBLICAN COUNTY CHAIRMAN: Incumbent John Kruntorad.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
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“Tangled Up in Grace” or “Live Long and Prosper…God’s Way”
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”Blessings” or “A Grateful Heart” (Half-Day)
(8am-12pm) Up to 150 people
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Also coming to LMAO is outrageous comedian Jay Whitecotton on Friday, Dec. 20. Jay Whitecotton is the son of a schizophrenic mother and alcoholic father who survived five years of homelessness, countless bad relationships and two shootings.
Whitecotton has won the “Texas State University Stand Up” competition, was a finalist in the “Funniest in South Texas” competition and appeared at the 2013 Cape Fear Comedy Festival. He was also voted “Best Comedian of 2012″ by the Current’s “Best of San Antonio” poll. Advance tickets are only $10 and are available online at lmaotexas.com.
It is also not to early to start making plans for New Year’s Eve. LMAO Comedy’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza features double headliners Jason Russell and Daryl Felsberg, and admission includes champagne toast, food and party favors. Tickets generally sell out.
LMAO Comedy Club is located in dowtown Paris at 12 1st Street. Call 903-785-LAFF for more information.