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The Paris Optimist Club 31st annual auction is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church, 207 Church St.
The fundraiser helps fund the club’s baseball program, as well as scholarships, child safety programs, an essay contest and other programs. It will be broadcast on KPLT AM 1490 and Channel 16-FBC-TV. Those not at the auction in person can call in bids 903-785-6431.
“This is for the kids,” said Kenneth Webb, board member and co-chair of the auction committee. “Come out and spend some money to support the youth of Paris and Lamar County and have a good time.”
Auction items include a fish fry dinner for 20, a crawfish boil for 20, a collector’s edition of an antique train set, a 16-foot trailer, food, a set of tires, a picture autographed by Troy Aikman, a baseball autographed by Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler and more.
The Optimist Club is mostly known for its baseball program. The Optimist Club provides each child the opportunity to take part in one of the leagues, regardless of the ability to pay for sign-up or uniforms. More than 50 teams of 800 boys and girls ages 5 to 14 take part in the various baseball leagues at Woodall Field each year.
The newest addition to the program is “Buddy Baseball,” which offers special needs children an opportunity to enjoy baseball.
On top of all that are the hundreds of volunteer hours from coaches, assistant coaches, commissioners and Optimists.
“It’s a real excellent program,” Webb said. “A lot of people volunteer their time to make sure this program gets off the ground and is successful.”
Last year’s auction raised about $35,000. Even so, the auction only accounts for about 20 percent of the Paris Optimists’ annual budget.
Paris’ Eiffel Tower is up in lights. And they’re quite colorful.
“It’s good it’s getting dark because I’m an ugly crier,” Chamber President Mindy Moree said at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the lights Wednesday night, her voice choking. “This is my farewell baby.”
Moree’s last day at the Chamber of Commerce will be May 29. After that, she heads to Loveland, Colo., to take charge of the chamber there.
“This is our trademark,” said Carl Cecil, Love Civic Center chairman. “This lighting system we’re going to show you will enhance that for many years to come.”
The system includes 27, 30-watt LED lamps. Each lamp has three lights: red, green and blue. A computer control system inside the civic center controls those lights to create any color needed. The project cost $34,000. The tower will be lit using purple light Friday in honor of Relay for Life.
Moree got the idea for the light system after visiting Paris, France, and seeing lighting on the original Eiffel Tower.
The work was done by Hargis Electric, who put more time and equipment into it than originally planned “without blinking an eye,” said Jon Landers, chamber board president.
“Mindy went above and beyond to get this done,” he said.
Landers, Moree and Cecil participated in the ribbon cutting with Bobby Walters.
“We see this every day, and we take it for granted, but this is a special thing for Paris and Lamar County,” Landers said. “This will make it better.”
Just a reminder that THIS THURSDAY – MAY 3rd – is the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
Locally, we will gather at BYWATERS PARK …1st S.E. & Austin St. from 11:45am – 12:45pm
One Nation Under God
“Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord”
We will begin our time with some music and then allow people time to pray individually or in small groups around stations with different focus/theme. (government, education, Civil Service, Churches, Care Givers, etc)
Please announce during your Wednesday Night events….and spread the word via Facebook, Web-sites, Email, Twitter, etc.
On Tuesday, officers responded to the 3700 block of Pine Mill Rd and met with a victim who stated that she had been assaulted by a female that had been a guest in her house. The victim advised that they had been drinking alcohol and when the guest became intoxicated, the guest assaulted her. The incident is being investigated.
On Monday, Officers responded to the 400blk of Shady Oak Ln. where the victim reported that her brother assaulted her after the sister made a guest of the brother’s leave the residence. The victim advised Police that she did not wish to file charges against her brother.
Also on Monday, Police met with a victim who stated that she had been assaulted in the 200 block of SE 16th St. The victim stated that she had sent a message on facebook to a person that she was going to come to that person’s house and they were going to fight. When the victim arrived at the house in the 200 block of SE 16th St, she was assaulted by another subject. The incident is under investigation.
Paris, TX, May 2012 – While observing North Lamar’s ‘Go Green’ effort and a way to go paperless for the day, Melissa Lewis’s third grade class at Everett Elementary took to the sidewalk to grow a chalk garden after reading The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla.
After moving to a new town and coping with many new things, the book’s main character, Gregory, finds that he does not have a yard to grow a garden so he drew a garden mural on the walls of an old chalk factory behind his home. The North Lamar youngsters grew their own chalk garden by using their imaginations to draw various fruits and vegetables along the campus’s sidewalk.