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eParisExtra.com Pets of the Week

dogMeet Blue, he is a terrier mix. Blue is very loving and playful. He’s been neutered and is up to date on his shots. He’s energetic and sweet. Blue has a low adoption fee. Please see him at the Paris Animal Shelter.

The eParisExtra.com Cat of the Week is Lacy.  She is a sweet
Siamese /tabby mix and she loves attention. Lacy is patiently waiting for a new
home. See her at the Paris Animal Shelter today.cat

4 Bedroom Home in The Hills

houseLovely home in The Hills! Kitchen features bar and breakfast area. Separate formal dining. Large living area with fire place. Split master with private bath. Fourth bedroom currently used as office. Security and sprinkler systems owned. $219,750.



NLHS Offers Orientation for New Graduation Plan for Freshmen in 2014-2015

North LamarTexas has introduced new graduation plans for high school students. While current high school students do have some new options for graduation, the law directly impact incoming 9th grade students.

North Lamar High School will host an orientation on Monday, April 28 for parents and students who will be freshmen during the 2014-2015 school year.  Beginning at 5:00 p.m., teachers and student representatives will have information stations set up in the high school cafeteria on classes, organizations, and clubs offered at NLHS.  Then at 6:00 p.m. in the NLHS auditorium, the new graduation plans will be explained so families can make the right course decisions.

The Texas Legislature has changed high school graduation requirements for student who will be freshmen during the 2014-2015 school year.  The one graduation plan, called “Foundation High School Program (FHSP), allows more flexibility for high school students to pursue either higher education or a career pathway.  In addition to the FHSP, students will have the opportunity to earn endorsements and performance acknowledgments.

Parents and incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend the orientation April 28 at North Lamar High School and to decide the best path for your student’s graduation plan.

Lamar County Sheriff Bookings

sheriffPerry, Richard Lee, Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Member

Pitts, Jonathan Lee, MTAG/Accident Involving Injury

Washington, Sedarious Lequan; Harrassment

Mansfield, Matthew Scott; MTAG/ Criminal trespass

Salazar, Juan Jose, Sexual Assault Child

Dugay, Jeffery Michael; CPG/Open Container

Marion, Taylor Elizabeth, Assault Causes Bodily Injury

Mcelyea, Britney Sue, Assault Causes Bodily Injury

Buckner, Stewart Wayne, Poss CS PG 1<1G; CPF/Proof Financial Responsibility

Minniefield, Darin Duane, Theft Property>=$50<$500

Centeno, Kimberly Dawn, Secure Execution Doc Decept>=$1500<$20K

Williamson, Stephanie Ann, MAN /DEL CS PG 1>=4G<200G


Obituaries for Wednesday, April 23

obituaryLinda Louise Allen Thomas, 72, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 24th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Pearson and Rev. Wally Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Thomas, the daughter of Frank & Katheryn Helen Towers Allen, was born Jan. 24, 1942, in Lamar County.

She graduated from East Lamar High School and Paris Junior College. Linda was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church where she served as secretary and pianist for many years.  She worked in Medical Records at Lamar Hospital before beginning work for Dr. Mann where she worked for ten years. Linda then worked at Village Interiors and later for Sherwin Williams where she retired.

She was an avid gardener and loved flowers and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, R.W. Strauss, a brother, Roger Neal Allen, a niece, Michelle Ford and a great niece, Madison Allen.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Thomas, step-daughter, Michelle Singleton & husband Mike of Paris, brothers, Wendell Allen & wife Donna of Paris and Bobby Allen of Paris, nephew, Michael Allen & wife Donita and their children, Kelsie, Natalie and Zane, great nieces, Amanda Wilson & husband Ike and their daughter Emma and Ashley Ayad & husband J. P. and their children, Angelina and Alanee, and her beloved poodle, Emmy.

Casket bearers will be: Kenny Ford, J. P. Ayad, Ike Wilson, Michael Allen, Joey Bristow and Todd Thomas.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Ausmus0001Audrey Faye Ausmus, 92, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 25th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. Burial will follow in Long Cemetery. No formal visitation is scheduled, however, those wishing may pay respects at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ausmus, the daughter of Ruse & Beaulah Davis Skidmore, was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Lamar County.

She worked a number of years at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a nurse before beginning work for Dr. Felty where she worked twenty-seven years. Faye volunteered countless hours at the hospital auxiliary and enjoyed bowling well into her later years.

She married James Conder, and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, V. C. Howard. Later she married Sam Ausmus, and upon his death Faye was once again a widow.

Survivors include a brother, Rab Skidmore of Deport, three sisters, Irene Oldham of Amarillo, Glenna Scott of Amarillo and Reener Hatcher of Childress, numerous nieces & nephews including Timothy Skidmore & his wife Tina and their sons, Ryan & Aaron, Faye was blessed with Keith Howard and Margaret Howard whom she thought of as her children. Keith & Margaret’s children, (grandchildren to Faye) Lalonna West and Shane Howard, and grandchildren, (great grandchildren to Faye) Rex West, Calli West, Drake Howard, Caroline Howard and Cooper Howard.

Casket bearers will be: Rex West, Shane Howard, Keith Howard, Timothy Skidmore, and Gary Morton.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Jones 20001Lanna Sue Jones, 58, of Paris, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24th, at the United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Burial will follow in McDonald Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Jones, the daughter of Weaver Frank & Lois Wilcox Fowler, was born March 12, 1956, in Brownsville.

She attended the United Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Breanna Freeland.

Survivors include a son, Wesley Freeland & wife Angela of Paris, a daughter, Alicia Lester & husband Jim of Paris, grandchildren, Brook Lester, Isaac Freeland, Katie Lester, Isaiah Freeland and Israel Freeland, a brother, Danny Fowler of CA, three sisters, Judy Cleveland, Paula Hunt and Karen Cleveland all of CA along with several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Casket bearers will be: Kenneth Millsap, Stacy Cunningham, Ricky Sisson, Bill Smith, Wesley Freeland and Geoffrey Smith.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.


Luster photoPamela Kay Earley Luster, 53 originally from Clarksville TX, left in her sleep and awoke to be with her Lord, late Easter Sunday, April 20th 2014 in Paris, Texas.

Pam was an accomplished medical transcriptionist and pianist for many years in Red River County.  She will be remembered best by the beauty, joy and laughter she brought to the lives of many others through her music and her amazing singing voice.

She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Vernon Earley (1923-2008) and Mary Virginia Holly Earley (1926 – 2008).  She is survived by her two children Amanda Dawn Luster, of Anaheim, CA and James Michael Luster of Austin, TX and her two brothers Roger Earley, of Paris TX, and Steve Earley of Fort Worth, TX.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral ceremony.  She preferred to be remembered and celebrated in life than to be grieved over in death.  If anyone would like to share any memories of Pam please post the memory on her facebook page – which will be active until June 15th.  Thank you

Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.  To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit  www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.