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New pope elected

New pope elected

The office at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church was crowded Wednesday afternoon with people watching the news, waiting to see who the new pope would be. “Holy cow,” one parishioner exclaimed upon the announcement that the papal conclave had selected Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario...

03/13/2013 by Jeff Parish
Insurance agent: Possible snag in county's plan to shift costs to Obamacare

Insurance agent: Possible snag in county's plan to shift costs to Obamacare

The county has been looking to save money on its health insurance costs by shifting most employees to federal coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but that may not be as easy as expected. When Congress passed the act – commonly known as Obamacare – the government did not plan for...

03/11/2013 by Jeff Parish
County considering consolidation of polling places

County considering consolidation of polling places

Some Lamar County voters may soon find themselves changing where they vote in a proposal under consideration by the Commissioners Court. Lamar County Courthouse “It passes the common sense test to combine some of these locations,” John Kruntorad told commissioners during Monday’s...

03/11/2013 by Jeff Parish
April in Paris Wine Fest will start at the courthouse

April in Paris Wine Fest will start at the courthouse

This year’s April in Paris Wine Fest will start at the Lamar County Courthouse Lamar County commissioners approved the Paris Main Street Program’s use of the foyer during Monday’s Commissioners Court session. The vote passed 4-1, with Precinct 3 Commissioner Rodney Pollard...

03/11/2013 by Jeff Parish
New PISD superintendent starts March 19

New PISD superintendent starts March 19

Paul Jones takes over as the new Paris Independent School District superintendent on March 19, and he’s eager to get to work. Paul Jones “Paris has a tradition of being a big family. It’s the same here at Saltillo; I think I’m just going to be moving to a bigger family,” he said....

03/08/2013 by Jeff Parish
Chalaire: Ready for the challenge

Chalaire: Ready for the challenge

Tommy Chalaire becomes Chisum Independent School District’s new superintendent July 1 when Diane Stegall resigns. He says he’s ready. Tommy Chalaire “I’m pleased that the board has the confidence in me to place the direction of Chisum ISD in my hands,” he said. “It’s up to me to...

03/08/2013 by Jeff Parish
R3bi making progress under new director

R3bi making progress under new director

Hank Betke had his work cut out for him when he took the reins of the Red River Region Business Incubator from Fred Green last October. With nearly half a year under his belt, he says things are coming along quite well. “Things are very exciting in the incubator,” Betke said. “In the last...

03/04/2013 by Jeff Parish
Batter up!

Batter up!

The Paris Kiwanis Club held its 63rd annual Pancake Days at the Lamar County Fairgrounds this weekend. Kiwanians went through 2,250 pounds of pancake mix, and used around 240 gallons of milk, 265 gallons of orange juice, 3,500 cups of coffee, 27,000 ounces of soft drinks, 2,052 pounds of...

03/02/2013 by Jeff Parish
Three file for open NLISD seats

Three file for open NLISD seats

North Lamar Independent School District has three seats open for this year’s school board election, and so far, only three candidates have filed. Incumbent Paul Drake, as well as Kyle Coston and Tim Stone, have submitted the paperwork required to be candidates for the at-large seats on...

02/28/2013 by Jeff Parish
Five file for two Chisum ISD seats

Five file for two Chisum ISD seats

Chisum Independent School District has two at-large seats on the school board up for election this year. The seats are currently held by Jimmy Caffee and Travis Ball. So far, five candidates have signed up to run — Caffee, Jim Newman, Kerry Washington, Randy Armstrong and Matt...

02/27/2013 by Jeff Parish
Time running out to file for PISD school board election

Time running out to file for PISD school board election

Dale Henry Paris Independent School District trustees Dr. Gordon Strom and Dale Henry are up for reelection this year, and so far they’re the only candidates who have filed. Strom’s Place 7 seat and Henry’s Place 3 are scheduled to be on the May 11 ballot, unless no challengers sign up by...

02/26/2013 by Jeff Parish
'Fiscal cliff' could cost schools more than $500,000

'Fiscal cliff' could cost schools more than $500,000

Local schools stand to lose more than half a million dollars if a deal is not reached in Congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff before March 1. Without that deal, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts hits the federal budget next Friday. The amount is around 8.2 percent, or $85...

02/22/2013 by Jeff Parish
R3bi awards $25,000 loan to Turf Workz

R3bi awards $25,000 loan to Turf Workz

R3bi board member Greg Wilson, left, Executive Director Hank Betke, third from right, and business advisor John E. Lee present a $25,000 check from R3bi’s revolving loan fund to Turf Workz owner Kent Davis, center. Also pictured from left are Michelle Davis, Hannah Davis (front), Betke’s...

02/21/2013 by Jeff Parish
No decision yet for PISD superintendent

No decision yet for PISD superintendent

Paris Independent School District still has not made a decision as to who will take the reins when Superintendent Paul Trull retires at the end of this month. George Fisher The board of trustees met in a special session Monday to discuss applicants and an interim superintendent, but took action...

02/18/2013 by Jeff Parish
Local Catholics feel effects of pope's resignation

Local Catholics feel effects of pope's resignation

Rev. Morgan White Catholics worldwide are still coming to terms with this week’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign this month, including parishioners of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church “We’re very sad because he’s such a great man, but we rely on the Holy Spirit to...

02/14/2013 by Jeff Parish
Tickets still available for Singing Cadets performance Saturday

Tickets still available for Singing Cadets performance Saturday

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s performance by the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets. The “Voice of Aggieland” is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. in the Paris Junior High Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 5 get in free. Tickets are...

02/14/2013 by Jeff Parish
Spelling O-L-Y-M-P-I-A-N

Spelling O-L-Y-M-P-I-A-N

This year’s Lamar County Spelling Bee is a true orthographic Olympian. Steele Musgrove, an eighth-grade student at Stone Middle School, spelled the Greek-based word to win the hour-long bee Tuesday at North Lamar High School. He will advance to the Dallas Morning News regional...

02/12/2013 by Jeff Parish
Trull to retire at end of the month

Trull to retire at end of the month

Paris Independent School District Superintendent Paul Trull will retire at the end of this month. “I’m ready,” he said. “We have good people in place who can handle things.” Trull issued his resignation, effective Feb. 28, to the board following an hour-long closed session...

02/12/2013 by Jeff Parish
Paris police ready to respond if schools need them

Paris police ready to respond if schools need them

Should the unthinkable happen and a shooting occurs at a Paris school, the police department is ready to respond, Police Chief Bob Hundley told Paris Independent School District trustees Monday. “I’ve got good news, and I’ve got good news,” Hundley said of safety at local...

02/12/2013 by Jeff Parish
Chisum ISD board divided over Stegall's resignation

Chisum ISD board divided over Stegall's resignation

A divided school board accepted the resignation of Chisum Independent School District Superintendent Diane Stegall on Monday. The move could cost the district more than $105,000. Diane Stegall “I move we accept the resignation and authorize the board president to negotiate a voluntary exit...

02/12/2013 by Jeff Parish