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2014-2015 Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registrations in Progress at North Lamar ISD

North LamarKindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for students planning to enroll at North Lamar Independent School District for the 2014-2015 school year are now in progress through April 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Parents are encouraged to register their child at W. L. Higgins Elementary or Aaron Parker Elementary in order to plan for an adequate number of students.

The only qualification for those entering kindergarten in the fall is that the student must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2014.

Qualifications for pre-kindergarten students include: be four years of age on or before September 1, 2014; unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or from a family whose income qualifies the child to receive free or reduced lunches; or homeless; or the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or the child has ever been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing.  Those attending Higgins must have transportation at midday.  Pre-kindergarten will be offered only for children according to the above criteria provided an adequate number of students preregister.

Items needed for both kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registrations include: child’s birth certificate; child’s shot record; child’s Social Security card; verification of residence in NLISD; and custody paper if applicable.  Verification of family income is needed only for pre-kindergarten.

For more information or to inquire about later registration hours, call Higgins Elementary at 903.737.2081, Parker Elementary at 903.732.3066, or North Lamar ISD Administration Building at 903.737.2000.

For Lamar County Head Start registration, call Parker Elementary School or the Head Start Office at 903.737.7469.

Special services are available to eligible children from birth through age 21.  For questions or concerns regarding a child’s abilities, please call ECI at 903.885.6437 or North Lamar ISD at 903.737.2031.

Lamar County Sheriff Department Bookings

sheriffSmith, Corey T, CPF/Fail to Maintain Fin Resp

Phillips, Jessica Cheyenne, MTR/MAN DEL CS PG 1 >=1G Drug Free Zone

Lewis, Lee W, Driving While Intoxicated

Homsey, Christopher Dane, BS/DWI 3rd or More

Trigg, Kanavis Tramond, MAN/DEL CS PG 2 or 2-A>=4G<400G

Rucker, Adrian Lynn, Fail to ID Fugitive; Intent to Give False Info

Second “Walk with a Doc” Thursday night at Dragon Park

Walkers at Dragon Park at the 1st "Walk with a Doc"

Walkers at Dragon Park at the 1st “Walk with a Doc”

The Lamar Delta County Medical Society will host another “Walk With a Doc” on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6 pm at Dragon Park behind Paris Junior College (across from the Love Civic Center).

Walkers will enjoy a refreshing walk with Dr. Amanda Green and other health care professionals, who will provide support and answer questions during the walk. There will be a 5-10 minute presentation at the beginning of the walk, and a limited number of free pedometers and T-shirts will be available for participants.

Blood pressure monitoring will be available on site. Dr. Green encourages anyone in the community of any age to join the walk. This is a free program and preregistration is not required. Future walks will be announced via the Walk With a Doc website,http://www.walkwithadoc.org/, and are currently scheduled for May 15 at 6 pm.

walk with a doc 2The Paris Walk with a Doc program is part of a state-wide initiative funded by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Aetna Foundation. The grants help TMA doctors host walks with their patients, as well as provide marketing and promotional materials, and cover technical support from the Walk With a Doc organization.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and success in many other cities around the country, ” said Dr. Green. “I’m very pleased to be part of this exciting and simple program that shows improved health results for so many people.”

Why walk? “There is no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary artery disease, breast and colon cancer, and Type 2 diabetes, ” said Dr. Green. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.” According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these health benefits: improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity, enhance mental well-being, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

walk“Walk With a Doc allows physicians to interact with their patients outside the office, where they can see their doctors practice what they preach. What’s discussed in the office is put int motion outside the office,” said Debbie Fuller, MD, vice president of the TMA Foundation and immediate past chair of the TMA Council on Health Promotion. She said patients’ comments and questions during the walks tend to feed off one another as they discuss general health and lifestyle issues with a person they trust – their physician. “It’s me and my patients, real-life in sweats together, just talking about health and well-being while we’re out getting exercise,” she said.

About the Lamar Delta County Medical Society (LDCMS): LDCMS members include 60 local general medicine physicians as well as subspecialists. The membership has supported the local Kids’ Marathon, Hard Hats for Little Heads, as well as 5-7 $1000 scholarships yearly to promote Paris students interested in health careers. To learn more, go tohttp://www.ldcms.org/

About Texas Medical Association (TMA): TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. FMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of the TMA. To learn more, go to http://www.texmed.org/.

About Walk With a Doc: Walk with a Doc is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more, go to http://www.walkwithadoc.org/.

Obituaries for April 16th

burksPNHelen Darnell Burks, 84, of Paris entered into eternal rest just minutes before her 85th birthday Monday April 14, 2014 in Paris. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 17, 2014 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Bullock officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to service from 10 until 11.

Helen was born on April 15, 1929 in Lamar County a daughter of Buford and Wanda Finch Darnell. She was a graduate of Blossom High School. She married Elwood Burks on December 14, 1952. She was employed for 8 years at Franklins Dress Shop on the west side of the Plaza. She later went to work for Beall’s Department Store on the north side of the Plaza and retired after 27 years working in sales in the ladies department. She was a charter member of Springlake Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood Burks in 2002.

She is survived by 2 children Debbie Burks of Paris, Linda White and husband Albert of Windom, TX, grandchildren Aaron White and Amanda, Bryan White; great grandchildren, Sage, Ayden, Peyton; a brother Joe Darnell of Owasso, OK, sister-in-law Billie Burks Becknal of Lubbock; an aunt Frances Finch Hoover and husband Raymond of Paris; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends including Leonard and Alma Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Leonard Johnson, John Draper, Larry Grinstead, Fred Fangio, Bryan White and Aaron White.

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


Paris Police Arrests 4/15

Paris Police CarAllen, Brenda Kaye, 34, Disorderly

Bell, Demarcus Montral, 40, Public Intoxication; Fail to Fail to Identify Refused

Evans, Cary Don, 59, Fail to Display Driver’s; Fail to Maintain

Lewis, Lee W, Driving While

Parrish, Patricia M, Fail to Maintain; Expired Motor Vehicle; Fail to Appear Non Traffic

Rucker, Adrian Lynn, 22, Fail to Identify Fugitive Intent; Fail to Maintain

Trigg, Kanavis Tramond, 24, MAN DEL CS PG 2 or 2-A