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Four Bedroom Home in Morningside

houseLots of room in Morningside with mature trees. Large sunroom, master suite with dual dressing areas in bath. Kitchen has plenty of cabinets and double oven. Extra parking and out building. $114,900



Lamar County Sheriff Bookings

sheriffSomoza, David Jose, Driving While Intoxicated 2nd

Acevedo, Joe, MAN/DEL CS PG 1>=1G<4G

Willis, Jonathan, James, Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse

Good, Stephen Cole, No Safety Belt; Violate Promise to Appear

Crawford, Allison Paige, Theft Property>=$500<$1500; Theft Property>=$50<$500

Douthitt, Jeffrey Delos, No Valid Inspection Certificate

Waldroup. Corey Michael, Traffic Offense Class C

Dancer, Angel Cherie, Evading Arrest Detention

North Lamar UIL Competitors Rank Nationally

Maddi Jolley and Kelsey Preston

Maddi Jolley and Kelsey Preston

“On a whim, I entered two of NLHS’ oral interpretation competitors in a national online tournament sponsored by 3P Speech,” said North Lamar High School speech and debate coach Kristi Hodgkiss as she spoke of seniors Maddi Jolley, left, and Kelsey Preston, right. “I am pleased to report that the girls have each been ranked in the top five in the country.”

Preston placed fourth with her prose reading from Gilda Radner’s autobiography entitled “It’s Always Something.”  Jolley placed twice in the top five by placing second with her reading of a selection from the novel in verse “Make Lemonade,” and fourth with “God Went to Beauty School.”  The two were the only competitors from the state of Texas to place in the tournament.

Competitors could enter several times with different performance literature.  The 3P National Tournament used an online judging panel consisting of high quality 3P coaches and other former NFL finalists or coaches.  Entrants received critical and constructive feedback based on their live pre-recorded performances.

Obituaries for Thursday, April 24th

obituaryReverend Glynn J. Vickers, 84, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Paris Regional Medical Center.  Reverend Vickers was born January 14, 1930 to Myrtle and Rob Vickers in Kennard, TX.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church.  Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary U.M.C.  Reverend Ben Read will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Rona; son, Gregg, daughter-in-law, Joy and two grandsons, Jake and Jon.

Glynn was a retired United Methodist minister of the North Texas Conference.  He retired in 1994, returning to Paris to live out his retirement years.  He served churches at Addison Methodist Church, Addison, TX; 1st U.M.C., Celina, TX; Briarwood U.M.C., Plano, TX; Oak Haven U.M.C., Irving, TX; Calvary U.M.C., Paris, TX; 1st U.M.C., McKinney, TX; Whaley U.M.C., Gainesville, TX and 1st U.M.C., Mt. Vernon, TX.

In retirement, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels in addition to mowing lawns for friends and neighbors.

Memorials may be made to Calvary U.M.C. Multi-purpose Building Fund or Habitat for Humanity.  Services are under the direction of the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.


kester002Clyde L. Kester, 69, of Blossom passed away Monday April 21, 2014 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Fellowship Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Greer and Bro. Brad Michael officiating. Burial will follow at Leesville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home Friday from 7 until 8 p.m.

He was born July 4, 1944 in Oklahoma City, OK a son of William “Willie” and Mildred Pierce Kester. He was a truck driver for many years and was known as his CB handle “Lucky K”. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

He is survived by children Alvis Kester of Paris, Charles Kester of Oklahoma City, OK, Jimmy Kester of Blossom, Grace Turner and husband Daniel of Cooper, Cindy Kester, daughter-in-law; grandchildren Ashlee Kester, Cayton Kester, Shelby Kester, Cheyenne Kester, Zoe Kester who he helped raise, Jaiden Kester, Jaci Kester, Gabriel Kester, future grandbaby Colton Turner; great grandchildren Dillon Kester, Brooklyn Kester, Madalyn, Kester, Billie Kester and all the kids who called him “PaPa”. He is also survived by 7 sisters and 1 brother and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dalton George, Wyatt Phillips, Bud Thompson, Jeremy Kester, Jimmy Kester, Bo Kester, James Reynolds, and George Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Wall, Rick Thomas and Lucas Arnold.

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




Paris Police Arrests 4/23

paris police carCrawford, Allison Page, 52, Theft Property>=$500<$1500; theft of Property>=$50<$500

Dancer, Angel Cherie, 26, Evading Arrest Detention

Dancer, Jeremy Doyle, 32, Public Intoxication

Dugay, Jeffery Michael, 27, Fail to Display Driver’s; Urinating in Public

Haggerty, Neely Shea, 21, Theft Property<$50 w/prev; Speeding; Fail to Appear Non Traffic

Somoza, David Jose, 51, Driving While Intoxicated 2nd

Waldroup. Corey Michael, 35, Motor Vehicle Inpection

Willis, Jonathan James, 24, Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse