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'Friends of Lake Crook' announce free outing at the lake from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

'Friends of Lake Crook' announce free outing at the lake from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

“Friends of Lake Crook” — a group dedicated to preserving the city-owned lake as an alternative to city designs of bringing in major outside development — has announced a free “Celebrate Lake Crook” outing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the lake. Free hot...

05/15/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council inks contract with 'The Retail Coach' -- restoring retail recruitment to the city

Paris City Council inks contract with 'The Retail Coach' -- restoring retail recruitment to the city

The Paris City Council has contracted with a national retail recruitment company whose specialty is helping “those small and medium-size communities” – like Paris – “that need help getting the word out.” Aaron Farmer After a 35-minute presentation by Aaron Farmer, vice president of...

05/15/2014 by Charles Richards
'Friends of Lake Crook' invite supporters to 5:30 p.m. meeting today

'Friends of Lake Crook' invite supporters to 5:30 p.m. meeting today

The group trying to enlist citizen support against aggressive development of Lake Crook has scheduled its second meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at picnic tables under a pavilion at the lake. However, because storms are in the forecast for Paris this afternoon and evening, there are contingency...

05/13/2014 by Charles Richards
Someone kicked in her hotel room door and stole her casino winnings, woman tells Paris police

Someone kicked in her hotel room door and stole her casino winnings, woman tells Paris police

A woman complained that she returned to her Paris motel room late Monday night and discovered that someone had kicked in the door to her room and taken her casino winnings. The woman said she had won more than $1,000 Monday at the Choctaw Casino in Grant, Okla., and drove to her motel room in...

05/13/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council issues proclamation honoring PHS golfer Tanner Napier

Paris City Council issues proclamation honoring PHS golfer Tanner Napier

Mayor AJ Hashmi congratulates Paris High School golfer Tanner Napier at Monday night’s Paris City Council meeting for a high school career that ranked him No. 1 in Texas among Class AAA golfers. Napier led going into the last round of the state tournament in late April, finishing second...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Hashmi concedes his reign as mayor of Paris will end next week

Hashmi concedes his reign as mayor of Paris will end next week

Mayor AJ Hashmi conceded early in Monday’s meeting of the Paris City Council that his three-year reign as mayor of the City of Paris is coming to an end. Mayor AJ Hashmi “I want to thank everyone for helping me throughout my mayorship,” he said before taking the council into the regular...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
PEDC picks Turner, Grubbs, Anglin and Hashmi for exec director screening committee

PEDC picks Turner, Grubbs, Anglin and Hashmi for exec director screening committee

The Paris Economic Development Corporation agreed Monday to begin the search for an executive director, but to delay the screening process itself until a full PEDC board is in place. PEDC member David Turner makes a point as PJC president Pam Anglin looks on. (eParisExtra photo by Charles...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris man charged with stealing items from a garage

Paris man charged with stealing items from a garage

Grady Glen White Grady Glen White, 57, of Paris was arrested by Paris police officers investigating a report of a man who was reported removing items from a garage in the 200 block of Southwest 45th Street. The resident had described a man in his 50’s driving a red Dodge Durango, and had...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris police arrest 19-year-old arrested on suspicion of breaking into vehicles

Paris police arrest 19-year-old arrested on suspicion of breaking into vehicles

Deandre Roy Fisher Paris police responded to the 2700 block of Briarwood in response to a report that a man wearing khaki shorts and a striped T-shirt was observed breaking into vehicles. Officers attempted to detain a man matching that description and took Deandre Roy Fisher, 19, of Paris into...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Police investigate stabbing in northwest Paris

Police investigate stabbing in northwest Paris

In a report on weekend activity by the Paris Police Department, spokesman Curtis Garrett said officers responded about 8:30 p.m. Friday to a disturbance in the 200 block of Northwest 19th Street. The officers were told that a 30-year-old man had been stabbed in the neck during an...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
UPDATE: Lynch wins PJC District 1 regent seat; runoff will decide between Norwood & Bell in District 7

UPDATE: Lynch wins PJC District 1 regent seat; runoff will decide between Norwood & Bell in District 7

A huge turnout on Saturday lifted District 7 incumbent Frankie Norwood into a tie with challenger Jim Bell, forcing a runoff in the Paris Junior College regents’ election. Bell led Norwood by almost 2-to-1 after the early votes were counted, but about an hour after the polls closed, the...

05/10/2014 by Charles Richards
UPDATE: Paris City Council election -- Jenkins, Lancaster, Plata and Pickle win

UPDATE: Paris City Council election -- Jenkins, Lancaster, Plata and Pickle win

Edwin Pickle and Benny Plata won their way back onto the Paris City Council on Saturday, beating incuments Cleonne Drake and John Wright respectively. Incumbents Aaron Jenkins and Sue Lancaster prevailed, beating Joe McCarthy and Kelly Collins respectively. “I’m thrilled, and now...

05/10/2014 by Charles Richards
Zone champion PJC begins Region XIV baseball tourney tonight in Lufkin

Zone champion PJC begins Region XIV baseball tourney tonight in Lufkin

LUFKIN — Paris Junior College, East Zone champions of Region XIV, will play San Jacinto College at 8 p.m. today in the opening round of the 2014 Region XIV baseball tournament. The double-elimination tournament will run through Wednesday at Angelina College in Lufkin for the top four...

05/10/2014 by Charles Richards
North East Texas Anglers holds 'Kids Free' fishing tournament at Pat Mayse Lake

North East Texas Anglers holds 'Kids Free' fishing tournament at Pat Mayse Lake

A free fishing tournament for kids 16 and under was held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday (May 10) at Pat Mayse Lake. Registration began about 6 a.m. today at “C” Loop Sanders Cove. “The event has grown to well over 300 kids each year. We provide trophies, plaques for all age...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
Saturday's City of Paris election: A referendum on Hashmi's leadership?

Saturday's City of Paris election: A referendum on Hashmi's leadership?

Dr. AJ Hashmi Four Paris City Council places are up for election on Saturday in what could serve as a referendum on Dr. AJ Hashmi’s 3-year tenure as mayor. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. For Districts 1 and 2, voting will be at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, at the corner...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
At 7 p.m. Saturday ... go to eParisExtra.com for Election Day coverage

At 7 p.m. Saturday ... go to eParisExtra.com for Election Day coverage

www.eParisExtra will have results of the Early Vote and the Mail-In Vote, within minutes of the polls‘ closing at 7 p.m. Saturday. Coming in quick fashion thereafter will be the total vote, including Saturday’s Election Day numbers. You may also follow eParisExtra on Twitter and...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris SWAT frees woman, arrests man who held knife to her throat

Paris SWAT frees woman, arrests man who held knife to her throat

Jorge Miranda Paris SWAT team officers rescued a woman and her children and took into custody a man who was holding a knife to her throat Thursday evening in her residence in the 700 block of Northeast 32nd Street. Trained hostage negotiators talked Jorge Miranda, 30, into releasing the woman,...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
District 3 seizes the momentum with one day to go in Paris City Council early voting

District 3 seizes the momentum with one day to go in Paris City Council early voting

Monday, for the first time since early voting started in the Paris City Council race a week ago, residents of District 3 showed up in the greatest numbers at the Lamar County Services Building, edging out District 6. Of the 60 voters who went to the polls Monday, increasing the total early vote...

05/05/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris weekend activity include arrests for aggravated sexual assault, possession of drugs

Paris weekend activity include arrests for aggravated sexual assault, possession of drugs

Paris police responded to 308 calls over the three-day weekend, resulting in 15 arrests, department spokesman Curtis Garrett said Monday. Jesse Garon Reagan, 29, of Paris was taken into custody at his residence on Friday on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of...

05/05/2014 by Charles Richards
$840,000 bequest of W.J. McDonald of Paris resulted in McDonald Observatory -- dedicated 75 years ago today

$840,000 bequest of W.J. McDonald of Paris resulted in McDonald Observatory -- dedicated 75 years ago today

From left, Brandon Hoog of Paris, McDonald Observatory development manager Joel Barna, McDonald Observatory director David Lambert, and Rhonda Rogers of Paris. Hoog and Rogers are leaders in the Paris Texas Exes, which sponsored Paris’ participation in a celebration of the 75th...

05/05/2014 by Charles Richards