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Lamar National Bank Completes Renovations

Lamar National Bank Completes Renovations

By Jeff Parish Lamar National Bank is sporting a new look these days. Like most makeovers, it took some time, but the finishing touches were recently completed. “We feel like it has attracted a lot of new customers,” Executive Vice President Dick Severson said. “Some of our customers were...

10/24/2011 by eParisExtra
PEDC Report

PEDC Report

At Monday’s Paris Economic Development Board Meeting, executive director Steve Gilbert presented a copy of the letter of support issued by the PEDC for the Keystone XL pipeline project following the open forum held several weeks ago.  The PEDC board reflected support for the project...

10/19/2011 by eParisExtra
Financial Market Commentary

Financial Market Commentary

October 14, 2011Market Commentary by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist Receding fears of near-term recession, along with expectations that European leaders will finally do something concrete to address the crisis there, boosted equities and sent bond yields up off the lows....

10/14/2011 by eParisExtra
How to Select A Financial Advisor

How to Select A Financial Advisor

Thomas Callaway, Raymond James Financial Advisor What is the best way to go about finding a financial advisor? Many individuals are looking for someone that has an accounting background and who has familiarity with income and estate taxation. Many consumers are concerned about the inherent...

10/06/2011 by eParisExtra
Whitewater Arrives Downtown

Whitewater Arrives Downtown

The growth continues in downtown and the adventure continues with the newest addition Big River Kayaks.  Owner Brad Weemes and his wife Robin recently purchased the building formerly home to Paris Framing & Design where they are relocating Robin’s very successful kids boutique Itsy Bitsy...

10/01/2011 by eParisExtra
TransCanada Pipeline Addresses Public About New Pipeline Through Lamar County

TransCanada Pipeline Addresses Public About New Pipeline Through Lamar County

Thursday afternoon, Mayor AJ Hashmi, County Judge Chuck Superville, PEDC Executive Director Steve Gilbert, and members of the community including landowners and environmental activists attended a public forum regarding the proposed TransCanada Pipeline, the 2nd major pipeline in recent years to...

09/30/2011 by eParisExtra
Town Hall Meeting featuring Todd Staples

Town Hall Meeting featuring Todd Staples

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09/28/2011 by eParisExtra
The Long or Short of It

The Long or Short of It

James Callaway, Raymond James Financial Advisor Consider Fred and Wilma. They are anxious to become the owners of a prestigious house. Naturally, they are both positively bubbling over with excitement. Wilma, in particular, can barely restrain her enthusiasm for the home of her dreams....

09/26/2011 by eParisExtra
Red Rive Valley HR Association Annual Seminar Thursday Sept. 22

Red Rive Valley HR Association Annual Seminar Thursday Sept. 22

Robin Kennedy, Cheryl Perry and Melanie Hatcher. Robin and Cheryl are both past presidents of the association and Melanie is the current president. The Red River Valley HR Association is hosting its annual seminar to educate area business and human resources professionals with current updates...

09/16/2011 by eParisExtra
R3bi Director Addresses Returning Texas National Guard Unit

R3bi Director Addresses Returning Texas National Guard Unit

R3bi director, Fred Green participated of a full day of presentations to the 176th Engineering Brigade of the Texas National Guard.  Approximately 90% of the unit is from the Dallas Ft. worth metroplex.  The event was sponsored by the Texas Military Family Yellow Ribbon Program at the Crown...

09/13/2011 by eParisExtra
Jazzy Frog Gets Hoppin With New Contract

Jazzy Frog Gets Hoppin With New Contract

Kay O'Dell of NE Texas Workforce Solutions & James Wallace of Jazzy Frog Local web designer James Wallace has only been a part of the Red River Region Business Incubator (R3bi) since February, but already the program is paying off for Wallace and his firm Jazzy Frog. On Friday, Kay...

09/12/2011 by eParisExtra
Time Refinance Your Mortgage

Time Refinance Your Mortgage

Headlines today read mortgage levels hit lowest national average since 1971, with an average 30 year rate of 4.21%.  So should you refinance?  Here are some things to consider: What is my current interest rate? The are costs associated with refinancing a mortgage such as an appraisal, a new...

09/09/2011 by eParisExtra
Spotlight on Howland Pecan Co.

Spotlight on Howland Pecan Co.

Howland Pecan Co. is a locally owned family business owned and operated by Harvey and Nancy McCoin.  We live in the small community of Howland in the southwest part of Lamar County, so that is how we came up with the name Howland Pecan.  We live on the family farm that Harvey grew up on as a...

09/07/2011 by eParisExtra
Are you a Veteran? Do you want to run your own business?

Are you a Veteran? Do you want to run your own business?

If  you are a Veteran and what to start a new business, the Northeast Texas Veterans Entrepreneur Assistance Program has the tools to get you in business! Resources abound in the Red River Region to assist Veterans interested in starting or acquiring a new business and the Red River Region...

08/29/2011 by eParisExtra
Home Based Business is a Viable Income Stream in Today's Economy

Home Based Business is a Viable Income Stream in Today's Economy

eParis Extra!  Announces New Column “Home Work” As the country faces some of the most turbulent economic times and highest unemployment in recent memory, many people are examining supplemental income options and alternatives to the traditional workforce.  These alternatives come in a mind...

08/23/2011 by eParisExtra
What is Happening with Local Gas Prices?

What is Happening with Local Gas Prices?

Gasoline Economics This week eParis Extra! columnist Charles Richard reported a price disparity between unleaded gasoline prices here in Paris and the rest of Northeast Texas.  The emails and facebook responses have been numerous and residents clearly feel at the least gouged and a few feel...

08/21/2011 by eParisExtra
R3bi Continues Ag Opportunities Exploration

R3bi Continues Ag Opportunities Exploration

As a follow up to the well attended Agricultural Entrepreneurs Forum back in late April, the Red River Region Business Incubator (R3bi) held a roundtable meeting on Tuesday to continue to explore potential ag related business opportunities for the Paris Area. The purpose of the meeting was to...

08/17/2011 by eParisExtra
Don't Let Downgrade Deter You from Investing

Don't Let Downgrade Deter You from Investing

Stephen Gerrald - Financial Advisor Just when you thought you could take a break from financial drama, following the resolution of the debt ceiling issue, here comes Act 2: the downgrade of the U.S. long-term credit rating. As a citizen, you may be feeling frustrated. And as an investor, you...

08/12/2011 by eParisExtra
R3bi Announces Services to Help Your Business

R3bi Announces Services to Help Your Business

The Red River Region Business Incubator (R3bi) exists to serve our community.  You probably know R3bi provides services to start-up and early stage businesses.  But you may not know that those very services are available to all businesses and individuals in our community! Need a QuickBooks...

08/05/2011 by eParisExtra
Local Businesses Support Major Attraction

Local Businesses Support Major Attraction

Build it and they will come.  That has been the philosophy of many of the major sponsors of the upcoming Red Dirt Revolution.  What is the Red Dirt Revolution? Music and Mud.  8 different  bands and hundreds of acres of mud to ride four wheelers.  The brain child of  Red Dirt organizer...

08/04/2011 by eParisExtra