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City rejects bid for water, sewer line replacement

City rejects bid for water, sewer line replacement

Shawn Napier The Paris City Council has rejected the only bid it received for replacement of water and sewer lines in west Paris. The bid of $7.4 million came from Speiss Construction Co. for 54,000 feet (about 10 miles) of water and sewer line replacement. Consulting firm AECOM recommended...

07/30/2014 by Jeff Parish
Council receives investigation report, PEDC chair urges care in releasing to public

Council receives investigation report, PEDC chair urges care in releasing to public

Stephen Grubbs PEDC Chairman Stephen Grubbs hand-delivered a copy of the Paris Economic Development Corp. investigation report to the City Council meeting Monday, carrying it in a box used for a case of copy paper. He also delivered some advice: Be careful in releasing the report to the...

07/29/2014 by Jeff Parish
City attorney retains job by one vote

City attorney retains job by one vote

City Attorney Kent McIlyar City Attorney Kent McIlyar came within one vote of losing his job Monday. “I’m not very happy with the performance of the city attorney in the last few months. I have multiple concerns, which include not representing the council as a whole and not giving documents...

07/28/2014 by Jeff Parish
Turtles float past civic center to raise $37K for Boys & Girls Club

Turtles float past civic center to raise $37K for Boys & Girls Club

Hundreds of turtles raced down the drainage ditch in front of Love Civic Center on Saturday to raise $37,890 in the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley’s 11th annual Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Paris Turtle Float. This year marked the first time to hold the race at the civic...

07/26/2014 by Jeff Parish
PEDC expects report this week; Lancaster files request for 'all information' sent to investigators

PEDC expects report this week; Lancaster files request for 'all information' sent to investigators

Paris Economic Development Corp. hopes to have the investigation report from Defenbaugh & Associates by Friday, but at least one council member is unwilling to wait that long. Councilwoman Sue Lancaster has filed an open records request for “any and all information sent to Defenbaugh...

07/22/2014 by Jeff Parish
PRMC microbiology supervisor says farewell after 45 years

PRMC microbiology supervisor says farewell after 45 years

Friday was Dana Hoog’s last day as supervisor of the microbiology lab at Paris Regional Medical Center after 45 years on the job. “One day, I decided it was time,” she said. “I’m ready to do something else. I like to work in the yard, and I’ve got other projects I’d like to...

07/18/2014 by Jeff Parish
PEDC to crack down on incentive, abatement compliance

PEDC to crack down on incentive, abatement compliance

Recipients of tax abatements and incentives could soon be put on notice. The Paris Economic Development Corp. board of directors plans to review the current incentive and abatement agreements to see who has complied with the information requirements. So far, it appears not many. The information...

07/17/2014 by Jeff Parish
Invoice shows about a third of PEDC investigation spent on financials

Invoice shows about a third of PEDC investigation spent on financials

The investigation into Paris Economic Development Corp. was initially described as a forensic audit looking into PEDC’s financials. So how much time has been spent on those financial records? If the investigator’s invoices are any indication, not much. Defenbaugh & Associates has...

07/17/2014 by Jeff Parish
PEDC vacancy draws dozens of applicants

PEDC vacancy draws dozens of applicants

PEDC Chariman Stephen Grubbs rests his arm on a stack of resumes received for the executive director position. (eParis Extra photo by Jeff Parish) The search for a new Paris Economic Development Corp. executive director has attracted quite a bit of attention. A total of 78 people have expressed...

07/16/2014 by Jeff Parish
Council addresses west Paris issues

Council addresses west Paris issues

City Manager John Godwin Monday’s City Council session dealt largely with West Paris. Council members denied two requests for mobile homes. The first was from Charles Braswell for an empty lot on Maple Avenue. The Planning & Zoning Commission and staff recommended denial. Braswell said...

07/16/2014 by Jeff Parish
PEDC wants investigation report next week

PEDC wants investigation report next week

The Depot, 1135 Bonham Paris Economic Development Corp. wants the final report on the investigation by Defenbaugh & Associates by July 22. That’s nearly a week earlier than the July 28 deadline the City Council gave earlier this month. “The contract said the work was going to be done by...

07/16/2014 by Jeff Parish
Grubbs named chairman of PEDC board

Grubbs named chairman of PEDC board

John Brockman, left, and Don Wilson are sworn in as new members of the PEDC board of directors. (eParis Extra photo by Jeff Parish) Stephen Grubbs is the new chairman of the Paris Economic Development Corp. board of directors. He is part of a new slate of officers that includes John Brockman as...

07/15/2014 by Jeff Parish
Wilson, Brockman named to PEDC board

Wilson, Brockman named to PEDC board

The Paris Economic Development Corp. now has a full board of directors. A split City Council placed Don Wilson and John Brockman in the available seats Monday, completing a process that started June 23 when council members deadlocked on every nomination for PEDC while filling vacancies on 11...

07/15/2014 by Jeff Parish
Council approves Aldi site plan for old Hastings building

Council approves Aldi site plan for old Hastings building

Paris’ newest grocery store could be open for business by the first of the year. Paris City Council members approved a site plan Monday for Aldi’s proposed store in the old Hastings building in Paris Town Center. “I don’t have an exact date yet,” said Bryan Burger, civil engineer for...

07/15/2014 by Jeff Parish
PEDC chair says charges of inconsistency are 'false'

PEDC chair says charges of inconsistency are 'false'

  PEDC Chair Rebecca Clifford updating city council on forensic investigation onJune 3, 2014 PEDC Chair Rebecca Clifford has said the mayor’s allegation of inconsistencies in her reporting about the investigation into Paris Economic Development Corp. is false. “There were no...

07/14/2014 by Jeff Parish
Turtles headed for civic center

Turtles headed for civic center

Turtles race in the 2012 Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Paris Turtle Race. The Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley is getting ready for the 11th annual Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Paris Turtle Float. The event is set for July 26 at Love Civic Center. The checkered flag drops at...

07/10/2014 by Jeff Parish
'Good Morning Texas' broadcasts from Paris

'Good Morning Texas' broadcasts from Paris

As the week got started Monday, Paris got up bright and early to tell Texas good morning. “We are doing a series called ‘Around the World in Texas,’ focusing on cities with European names,” said Paige McCoy Smith, on-air talent with the WFAA show “Good Morning Texas.” Paris was...

07/07/2014 by Jeff Parish
Donations needed for Thursday's fireworks show

Donations needed for Thursday's fireworks show

Paris is invited to celebrate Independence Day with the local Rotary clubs’ fireworks celebration Thursday at the Paris High Wildcat Stadium. Fireworks begin around dark, with music performed by the Paris Municipal Band prior to that. Admission to the fireworks is free, but donations are...

07/02/2014 by Jeff Parish
Community supports use of old post office while county explores options

Community supports use of old post office while county explores options

Lamar County Commissioners Court presented the Lamar County Historical Commission with an award from the Texas Historical Commission. (eParis Extra photo by Jeff Parish) As Lamar County looks into the cost of updating climate control at the county services building, community members have...

06/25/2014 by Jeff Parish
Council delays decision on water, sewer rate increase until September

Council delays decision on water, sewer rate increase until September

City Finance Director Gene Anderson discusses proposed water and sewer rate increases with the City Council. (eParis Extra photo by Jeff Parish) Paris residents may see their water rates go up, but it won’t happen until after the summer. After discussing proposed water and sewer rate...

06/25/2014 by Jeff Parish