Five arrested on Wednesday; Paris PD adult arrests – February 27

Olivia Dalelynn Caraway, 21, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Motor Vehicle Inspection, Expired Motor Vehicle Registration, Failure to Appear (Non-Traffic)

PoliceAmy Nicole Dunken, 32, Theft of Property >=$50 <$500, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Seat Belt/Child Safety, Violate Promise to Appear

Waylon Glenn Gilbert, 31, Bond Surrender Warrant

Richard Lee Morris, 38, Public Intoxication, Failure to Identify – Refused

Abbie Lee Ann Smith, 30, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g Drug Free Zone, Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility, Possession of Controlled Substance PG 3 <28g, Tamper/Fabricate Evidence, Lamar County JP Warrant, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Obituaries Thursday, February 28

Tina Wynn0001After a long and vigilant fight with cancer, Tina Michelle Stover Wynn, 44,  of Paris, Texas, was lifted up on angel wings by the grace of our Heavenly Father when she passed from this world on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at home in Paris, Texas

Visitation will be held at Bright Holland Funeral Home on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6:00PM -7:00PM.

Funeral services will be held at Bright Holland Funeral Home on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:00AM with Reverend Larry Bridges of Blossom Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Knights of Honor Cemetery in Blossom. Bright Holland Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Tina was born in Paris, Texas to Jessie Daniel Stover II and Ruby Lee Chennault Stover on July 12, 1968 She went to high school at Prairiland High School and graduated in 1988. She worked various jobs in the Lamar County area, with her favorite being a cook in the Paris Junior College Cafeteria.  Tina’s latest job was at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK.  Tina loved anything to do with country, horses, camping, fishing and collecting frogs. Although she had many interests, the thing first and foremost in her mind was her daughter, Cheyenne Nicole Chaverria, and making sure she would be taken care of.

Tina is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Carey Lynn Thompson; her brother in law, Clyde Ashlock; God Mother, Jane Wogberg; and grandparents, Desso and Mary Martina Chennault.

Tina is survived by her daughter, Cheyenne Chaverria; husband, Larry Baird, both from Paris and of the home; brothers, Eddie Thompson of Huntsville and Jessie Daniel (Danny) Stover III and wife, Melissa of Paris; sisters, Linda Mathis of Sawyer, OK, Loretta Ashlock of Soper, OK, and Lisa Ashlock of Paris; God Father, Don Wogberg; 20 nieces and nephews; 24 great nieces and nephews; along with a host of friends.  Casket bearers will be Tommy Wells, Christopher Green, John Fletcher, Jerry Don Mathis, Aaron Shannon and Rockey Tucker.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Serenity Hospice of Texarkana and Bright Holland Funeral Home. To leave a message or tribute, please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Willie Ray Harris, 90 of Alba, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday February 25, 2013 in Grand Saline. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday March 2, 2013 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Fortner and Randy Bohannan officiating. Burial will follow at McCrury cemetery in Red River County.

He was born August 31, 1922 in Powell, TX a son of Thomas Jefferson and Jewel Dlena Vinson Harris. He was married to Virginia Harper and later married Nell Crawford. He was an auto mechanic since 1945 working in Grand Saline from 1990 until 2007. He served his country proudly in WWII in the Army. He was a member of the Open Door Church in Alba.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nell Crawford Harris; a daughter Phillis Ann Auld; son Weldon Harris; sister Eva Bounds and a brother Buddy Owens.

He is survived by children Lometa Smith and husband Jay; Glenda Kelley; the mother of his children VirginiaWyatt; grandchildren Wayne Auld, Paul Auld, Teddy Allison, Wendy Jones, James Smith, David Davis, Billy Davis, Bobby Davis; 12 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great-Great Grandchildren; son-in-law Willie Auld and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Williams, Nick Jones, David Davis, Paul Auld, James Smith, Bobby Davis, Ricky Jones, Brian Jones, and Billy Davis.

Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.

North Lamar Golf Results

NL LOGOThe North Lamar girls golf team played in Texarkana on Tuesday. Here are the results:

The girls finished in 3rd Place as a Team

Cozy Brown             106

Brianna Schroeder   111

Savanah Bishop       113

Bailee Sanders        120

Jaycie McEwin         107

 

Kelsey Thompson    119

Sydney Foy             121

Savannah Moore     124

eParis Extra! takes Dylan’s Drivers home

It’s Josh here, managing editor of the Extra!.  Over the last weekend, I had the privilege and opportunity to receive a ride home by one of the more unique non-profits in our area, Dylan’s Drivers.  The experience was a pleasure, and I would suggest to anyone out there that is out and drinking, to pick up the phone and call them before you decide to take the wheel.

Dylans_Drivers_SliderIn case you didn’t know, Dylan’s Drivers is a safe ride program that offers free, confidential and non-judgmental rides home to those that have consumed alcohol.  Vicki and Ronnie Ballard established DD in late 2011, giving their first round of rides on the New Year’s weekend of 2012.

The organization was founded shortly after the Ballard’s tragic loss of their son Dylan in an alcohol related accident in July 2011.  The name was chosen in his honor and memory, and Ronnie and Vicki set out to create something good from their loss — something some would consider life changing.

Since its inception this program has grown tremendously, giving 41 rides over last weekend (one of those being me), bringing the grand total of rides given to 1498.  That is almost 1500 people that did not drive while under the influence, did not have an alcohol related accident, made it home safely, and for their sake, did not get arrested.

The organization — in just a little over a year — has become an established fixture in our community, naming an executive director, Paul Allen, and establishing an annual fundraiser, Rides for a Reason, which in its first year was a hugely successful event.  They are a non-profit, financially maintained by community support, donations and their fundraisers.

Community support is something they have received a lot of, as many business and restaurants all around Paris and Lamar County have supported by donating food and coffee to the volunteers, while others have given monetary donations or in-kind gifts such has telephones, computers, televisions, office supplies, etc.  Without this needed support, the organization would have a hard time functioning.

The experience of riding home in the Dylan’s Drivers volunteer vehicle on last Friday night was worth it.  I had had a couple drinks and did not need to be driving, so their number was called.  My sole intention was to get a feel for how the program works and then tell the public the experience.

Volunteer dispatcher Blake Newman directed the volunteers to our location, and within a few minutes, they arrived and I was out of the cold and safely on my way home.

Inside the vehicle, for the duration of the trip, volunteers Jeremy Wilson, who manned the wheel, and Brian and Bailey Ray asked trivia questions and made conversation.  The trivia that they play is in the spirit of Paris & Lamar County, asking questions like ‘How tall is our Eiffel Tower?’, ‘What year was the Great Paris Fire?, and ‘Who is the mayor of Blossom?’.  There are even prizes given on some rides.  It was a pleasant experience that I would do again.

Sometimes in a town such as Paris, where there is little ‘entertainment’, often times going out with friends to a bar or other establishment that serves alcohol is the best choice in nightlife fun.  Now, that’s not to say that the towns with many forms of ‘entertainment’ have less drinkers necessarily, their bars are still popular.

Americans love to drink.  And, sadly enough, many of these drinkers choose to drive home afterwards, whether intoxicated or not.  I’m not trying to say that it makes these people bad — I’m no judge — however, it does make that particular choice very bad, and I’m not talking about having the drinks.

Did you know?

According to www.Census.gov, in 2009 there were almost 11 million vehicle accidents in the United States, with just under 36,000 of them resulting in at least one fatality in the year.  Of these fatal crashes, over 3,000 of them were in Texas.  

In the same year, there were 45,230 drivers involved in these fatal crashes that had consumed alcohol — 22.3% had a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or greater.

Every day, almost 30 people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

And, according to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website, over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

These numbers speak for themselves.  Many people are losing their lives or getting arrested due to decisions made after consuming alcohol.  Dylan’s Drivers is an organization dedicated to changing those numbers, if at least just here in Paris, Texas, and not by telling people that they should not drink.

With that in mind, DD has caught quite the criticism of some, saying that the organization promotes and condones the drinking of alcohol.  It is in my opinion that this is untrue and not the idea behind the charity effort.  Actually, to say that having Dylan’s Drivers in place promotes the act drinking alcohol in any fashion, is almost as if saying that having a police force established is to promote crime or acts against peace.  As I said, in my opinion.  Where there is freedom, there will be crime, and where there is a legal drinking age and a supply of alcohol, people will drink.  We assuredly need the police, and I’d say we need Dylan’s Drivers.

They are open Thursday through Saturday, every weekend, from 10pm-3am.  If you are considering going out for drinks with friends or otherwise, please consider also giving Dylan’s Drivers a call if you do not have a sober driver — it could be the difference in the lives of so many, including yourself.  It’s FREE, it’s safe, it’s fun, confidential and non-judgmental.  Don’t drink and drive.  It’s not safe.  Call Dylan’s Drivers — (903) 905-4959.

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Three file for open NLISD seats

North Lamar Independent School District has three seats open for this year’s school board election, and so far, only three candidates have filed.Extra_Logo_Slider_Size

Incumbent Paul Drake, as well as Kyle Coston and Tim Stone, have submitted the paperwork required to be candidates for the at-large seats on the May 11 ballot.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file.