Lamar National Bank Vice President Earns Honors at SWGSB


Wilson (left) with C.K. Lee

On June 8th commencement was held for Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Southwest Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB).  Greg Wilson, Vice President of Lamar National Bank in Paris was named Salutatorian and Graduation with Distinction of the 55th Graduate Banking class.

“Mr. Wilson is a 2013 and 2014 recipient of the James B. Gardner / Commerce Street Capital award for academic excellence.  This year both of his papers earned perfect marks. In addition, he scored in the top 1% on all examinations,” remarked Scott MacDonald, President of SWGSB.

SWGSB ranks among the most prestigious  banking schools in the nation.  Its faculty are drawn from the country’s top banking experts, bank regulators, consultants, economists, loan and commercial lending authorities, insurers, bankers, and banking law authorities. Its participants hail from the nation’s most efficiently run banks, regulatory agencies and bank-affiliated organizations.

The James B. Gardner/Commerce Street Capital award was given to Wilson the previous evening at the annual SWGSB awards banquet, presented by C.K. Lee, Managing Director at Commerce Street Capital.  The award is SWGSB’s most esteemed award given to the two highest ranking students in each class.  The award is named for James B. Gardner who passed away in 2013.  Mr. Gardner was Chairman Emeritus of Commerce Street Capital, graduate of the 6th Graduate Banking class, and Professor at SWGSB for 13 years.

“I am honored that Lamar National Bank has allowed me the opportunity to attend SWGSB.  The education that I have received from industry leaders about the challenges in banking ahead and observing the best practices of high performance banks will help Lamar National Bank in our quest to provide the best customer experience,” said Wilson.


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New Chamber Members Ribbon Cuttings

The Carriage House Ribbon Cutting

The Carriage House Ribbon Cutting

Recently two new businesses and new member of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce held Ribbon Cutting ceremonies.

The Carriage House, in the former location of Gene the Jeweler at 21 Clarksville Street in downtown Paris, is owed by Janet and Keith Green and features jewelry, bridal registry, gifts, wine and antiques.  Their ribbon cutting was held on Friday, June 27th.

The other Ribbon Cutting, held on Saturday, June 28th, was held for Remember When Collectibles, located at 4 N. Plaza.

Remember When  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Remember When
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



Lamar County Sheriff Inmate Bookings over the Weekend

sheriffThe Lamar County Sheriff Department Booked 17 Inmates into the Lamar County Jail this weekend. Those individuals are:

Elrod, James, Heath, II, Poss Marij <2oz; Minor in Possession of Alcoholic Beverages

Cole, River Ryland Dean, Poss Marij<2oz

Gray, Bradley Keith, CCC/PSS marij<2oz

Tyson, Keeth Ray, Driving While Intoxicated

Salus, Brandie Nicole, CCC/Theft Property>=$500<$1500

Wood, Axel Christian, Prohibited Weapon Switchblade/Knuckles; Driving Under the Influence Of Alcohol; Possession of Drug Paraphanalia; Minor in Possession of Alcoholic Beverages

Roe, Emery Ernest, III, Driving While Intoxicated

Strode, Seth Morgan, BS/Theft Property>=$500<$1500; BS/Theft of Property>=$50<$500

Mooneyham, Jason Lyle, Fail to Identify Fugitive Intent Give False; Driving While License Invalid w/prev conv; Expired Registration; Display Inspection Cert. Issued to Another; Theft Property>=$0<$500 By Check; CPF/Driving While License Invalid

Bedford, Wesley Allen, Theft Propert>=$20<$500 By Check; No Safety Belt

Inman, David Nelson, Assault Int/Reck Breat/Circ Family Member

Wallace, Janice, Assault Causes Bodily Injury

Mann, Leslie Renae, No Driver’s License (When Unlicensed); Driving While Intoxicated

Columbus, Rebecca Dawn, Driving w/ Lice Inv w/ Prev Conv/Susp/w/o Fin

Johnson Styles, III, Poss Marij<2oz; MAN DEL CS PG 1>=1G<4G

Dennis, Travis Earl, Driving While Intoxicated; Driving While Lic Invalid w/prev conv; Speeding

McCann Tiffany Anne, Failed to Drive in Single Lane



Film Making Workshop for Older Kids Next Week at PCT

Brandon Michael, Ethan Branch, Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey work on Ramsey's short film. (Courtesy photo)

Brandon Michael, Ethan Branch, Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey work on Ramsey’s short film. (Courtesy photo)

The Paris Community Theatre has been holding art and theatre workshops in the summer for years. This summer, however, older kids (grades 6 and up) can participate in a Film Making Class.

Film Making classes will be taught by Chase Ramsey, assisted by Cody Head on July 7-11 from 1-3 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the movie making process — script writing, directing actors and producing and editing film.  Tuition is $100, which includes all software and equipment.

Chase Ramsey was a senior this year at North Lamar High School and was recognized this past year as one of the top young filmmakers in the state.

Ramsey was one of the first UIL film-making semifinalists, placing him in the top 10 in Texas.

This was the first year the University Interscholastic League offered a film category. Ramsey competed against filmmakers in 1A, 2A, and3A schools. He made his film, The Perfect Day, with borrowed equipment and no budget.

Ramsey has been making films since he got his first webcam at the age of 11 and found film a good way to express his artistic side.

Other PCT Summer Workshops include:

Trunk Theatre; July 14-18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Designed for the younger age group of 5-8 years old, Trunk Theatre is where pretend play becomes real, as students will learn to create a costume, become a character and act out a story. The teachers of this class are Laura Hutchings and Victoria Rhodes. The tuition fee is $50.

Musical Theatre; July 14-18 from 1-3pm with Amy Burrows.

Paper Mache ; July 21-25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ashley Pickering will be teaching this paper craft class, which is for kids 7-12 years old. The fee is $50.

All classes and workshops are held at the PCT Brown Centre of Creative Arts–115 Clarksville Street, in downtown Paris, just off the square.  For further information please contact PCT at 903-784-0259 or by Email at:

You can register online at or by emailing Children’s Theatre Coordinator, Jenny Wilson at  ALL Fees are Due in Full on the first day of the Workshop.