North Lamar easily gets by Pittsburg

About the only thing wrong with Tuesday night’s game for the North Lamar Panthers was the first quarter. North Lamar hosted Pittsburg in a district showdown and after a slow start, the Panthers did what they needed to do to get the job done.

NL LOGOAfter one quarter, the Panthers held a slim 5 – 2 lead.  After that quarter, though, the Panthers would correct the sluggish start on their way to a 50 – 18 win over the Pirates. North Lamar used a very strong defensive effort to hold the Pirates to such a low score.

“We’re just trying to get better each game,” said Coach Garner after the win.

Along with the tremendous defense, the Panthers got scoring from each player on the team. With the win, the Panthers are now 4-2 in district play, which is good enough for third place currently. The boys will be in action again on Friday night as they host Liberty Eylau.

The Panthers were led in scoring by Buc Odie and Ian Dukleth, each with 13. Adrian Ellis and Austin Anthony each had seven. Ryan Robinson had three. Devin McDonald, Darius Johnson, and Kirk Sellers had two each. Dakota Ashlock finished with one point.

North Lamar                        5            19            8            18            50

Pittsburg                              2            9            3              4            18


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Pittsburg Outlasts Pantherettes

The North Lamar Pantherettes started off slowly against the Pittsburg Lady Pirates on Tuesday night in their home gym. The Lady Pirates jumped out to a 14 – 6 lead after the first quarter. Baskets came easily for Pittsburg as the Pantherettes tried to match the intensity of their opponent.


North Lamar would quickly correct the mistakes made in the first quarter as they held Pittsburg to seven points over the next two periods. During this time, the Pantherettes would ride the hot hand of Haley Hostetler as they climbed back into the game. Haley would lead North Lamar with 15 points. After holding the Lady Pirates to two points in the third quarter, Coach Wooldridge’s girls would take a 23 – 21 lead into the final quarter.

The final quarter played out much like the first one did, however, for the Pantherettes. North Lamar had plenty of good looks at the basket, however the shots just weren’t falling. North Lamar would end up with only two fourth quarter points as they fell to Pittsburg 33 – 25.

“I’m proud of [the girls],” said coach Wooldridge after the loss. “I thought defensively we played good, especially in that third quarter when they only scored two points.”

Lexie Chancellor had five points, Samantha Flippen three, and Lexie Stephens two.

North Lamar                        6            9            8            2            25

Pittsburg                           14            5            2            12            33


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New members sought for Paris Community Choir; rehearsals begin Monday

The Paris Community Choir begins its third season on Monday, Feb. 4, and is looking for new members.

Pat Fowzer

Pat Fowzer

“We hope that all of our singers from the fall will return,” director Pat Fowzer said.“However, we have room for many more singers and would like to invite them to join us any Monday in February and participate with us,” she added.

Rehearsals will be every Monday at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, 322 Lamar Ave.

“In essence, we are declaring the month of February as ‘Join the Choir Month!’ There are so many people in Paris who read music and sing in their church choirs or perform in the musicals at Paris Community Theatre,” Fowzer said.

This season, the community choir will be following in the footsteps of the movie release of “Les Miserables,” by performing a medley of its most popular selections.

The choir will also be preparing a cappella favorites, spirituals, and music from the Romantic era as well as contemporary selections.

The spring concert will be held on May 19 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church.

The Paris Community Theater and its Board of Directors sponsor this choir. This year’s corporate sponsor for the season is Young Title Company and the law offices of Sydney Young.

Anyone with questions about joining the choir email Fowzer at or just come to a rehearsal.

Fowzer, who serves as music minister for First United Methodist Church, is in her 40th year of music ministry.

She was an instructor of music/director of choral ensembles at Paris Junior College from 1990 until her retirement in 2010.

For 24 years, Fowzer has led the annual Community Christmas concert, “Songs of the Season,” which combines the choirs of Paris High School, North Lamar High School and PJC Chorale.

At PJC, she directed the PJC Chorale and the PJC Chamber Singers and reformed the college’s show choir, which is now named Encore!

Fowzer was the music director for such musicals as “Into the Woods,” “Big River,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “Damn Yankees,” “Guys & Dolls” and “Chicago.”

She began her teaching career with Rivercrest ISD at Talco Elementary School before becoming choir director at Clarksville High School and later Paris where she was instrumental in developing championship choirs.



Paris High Project Graduation holds Valentine’s Day fundraiser

It’s no secret that chocolate goes a long way on Valentine’s Day, and that’s why members of the Paris High School Class of 2013 are selling chocolate-dipped strawberries as a Project Graduation fundraiser. choco-strawberries

The Paris High School seniors are selling a dozen gourmet long-stemmed dipped strawberries for $30 and two dozen for $50.

Delivery inside the city limits is offered for free, and other orders can be picked up at the Paris High School library on February 14 by 4 p.m.

To order the gourmet strawberries, contact Sally Coston at 903-517-1039 or email

Seven burglary incidents reported in the last 24 hours; Paris PD Press Release – January 31

Of the seven, there were three residential, one business, and three automobile burglaries reported to police in the past 24 hours, according to Paris PD Public Information Officer Curtis Garrett.

PoliceAt 5:14 P.M. yesterday, Paris Police responded to a complaint of a Burglary of a residence in the 1800 block of E. Cherry Street.  The victim advised that he had found that someone had taken his television and Playstation III.  A neighbor observed 20-year-old, Christopher Blaine Stafford, enter the residence and then exit with the property.

Stafford was confronted by the investigating officer and admitted to taking the property. The property was recovered and Stafford was arrested for burglary of a residence.

In another burglary call, Paris Police responded to the 500 block of SE 33rd Street, where it was reported that the victim’s residence had been burglarized for the second time on the same day. The victim told officers that after reporting the first burglary, she had straightened everything up and left the residence. Upon her return, about 9 hours later, she found that someone had entered the residence — again — and thrown some things onto the living room floor.  Luckily, she was unable to locate anything missing from the second invasion. Both incidents are under investigation.

On January 28th, a woman reported that she had been the victim of an attempted robbery in the 1200 block of Lamar Avenue. The victim told police that an unknown male had entered her vehicle and asked her for a lighter to light his cigarette. The male then struck the victim in the face and attempted to take her wallet from her. After a brief struggle, the male fled on foot. The incident is under investigation.

Paris Police responded to 72 calls for service on Wednesday, January 30, while arresting 12 persons on class C misdemeanor violations and one for burglary of a residence.