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City Council deadlocks on PEDC board nominations

City Council deadlocks on PEDC board nominations

The Paris City Council deadlocked over nominations to the Paris Economic Development Corp. board as members nominated people to fill vacant seats on various boards, commissions and committees. Of the 11 boards needing appointments, only PEDC failed to get any new members. Seven people applied...

06/24/2014 by Jeff Parish
Hashmi says mayor's phone call to investigator was illegal

Hashmi says mayor's phone call to investigator was illegal

Paris City Councilman A.J. Hashmi has accused the mayor of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act and threatened to file a complaint with the state attorney general. “I am a little disappointed in you, I’ll be honest,” Hashmi said during Monday’s meeting. “I am more disappointed, not...

06/24/2014 by Jeff Parish
City attorney: FBI finds nothing to investigate in PEDC

City attorney: FBI finds nothing to investigate in PEDC

The Federal Bureau of Investigation may have determined there is nothing to investigate in the Paris Economic Development Corp. after all. City Attorney Kent McIlyar told City Council members Monday that he had been in touch with Danny Defenbaugh about the forensic investigation his firm has...

06/24/2014 by Jeff Parish
BREAKING NEWS: City attorney says no FBI criminal investigation into PEDC

BREAKING NEWS: City attorney says no FBI criminal investigation into PEDC

At Monday’s City Council meeting, City Attorney Kent McIlyar announced that investigator Danny Defenbaugh told him the FBI had not found anything in the information Defenbaugh and Associates had turned over to the federal agency that warranted a criminal investigation. Watch eParis...

06/23/2014 by Jeff Parish
BREAKING NEWS: Hashmi accuses mayor of violating open meetings law, threatens to go to AG

BREAKING NEWS: Hashmi accuses mayor of violating open meetings law, threatens to go to AG

Councilman AJ Hashmi At Monday’s meeting, Paris City Councilman A.J. Hashmi accused Mayor Matt Frierson of violating Texas open meetings laws by having a telephone conversation with the investigator looking into PEDC that included Mayor Pro-Tem Richard Grossnickle, City Manager John...

06/23/2014 by Jeff Parish
Ranger: 'CSI' is a TV show, not reality

Ranger: 'CSI' is a TV show, not reality

Texas Ranger Stacy McNeal speaks to the Rotary Club of Paris. (eParis Extra photo by Jeff Parish) Forensic-based police shows have sparked a lot of interest in crime scene investigation over the last several years, but they have also created a few headaches. “The juror thinks he knows more...

06/22/2014 by Jeff Parish
Clifford: Investigation resolution now waiting on City Council

Clifford: Investigation resolution now waiting on City Council

PEDC Chair Rebecca Clifford updating city council on forensic investigation onJune 3, 2014 The investigation into PEDC’s finances has stalled until the City Council provides direction, the corporation’s chair said Friday. “At this time, no further investigative work is being performed....

06/20/2014 by Jeff Parish
Cattlemen's Livestock Commission: A customer-oriented business

Cattlemen's Livestock Commission: A customer-oriented business

Laurie and Charles Mallicote For nearly a quarter of a century, Charles and Laurie Mallicote have worked to make Cattlemen’s Livestock Commission Co. a successful business through a special focus on the customer. “We try just as hard for the person who has one as the person who has 100....

06/19/2014 by Jeff Parish
Community says farewell to Dawson

Community says farewell to Dawson

Hundreds lined up outside the North Lamar athletic facility on Wednesday to say farewell to the man whose name is on the building: Superintendent James A. Dawson. Dawson remained low key about the turnout even as he offered handshakes and hugs for the stream of people coming to say good-bye and...

06/05/2014 by Jeff Parish
City Council approves plat for property on the loop

City Council approves plat for property on the loop

After a few times around, the Paris City Council has approved the final plat for a piece of property on the northeast loop that could become the home for Paris Ford. Planning & Zoning Commission approved the plat Monday for what has been a contentious piece of property. It is a roughly...

06/04/2014 by Jeff Parish
P&Z approves final plat for property on loop

P&Z approves final plat for property on loop

For the second time, the Paris Planning & Zoning Commission has approved the final plat for a lot on Loop 286 that could be the future home for Paris Ford. After discussion about floodplains and floodways, the commission voted 5-0 to approve the plat, which was the only order of business at...

06/02/2014 by Jeff Parish
Hobbs, Hodges come out on top in primary runoffs

Hobbs, Hodges come out on top in primary runoffs

Gene Hobbs Jimmy Hodges Incumbents won the day in two local primary races being decided in runoff elections Tuesday. In the race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Place 2, incumbent Gene C. Hobbs Jr. earned 901 votes, or 59.67 percent of the 1,510 ballots cast. Challenger Curtis Garrett,...

05/27/2014 by Jeff Parish
NLHS theater department, flamingoes join forces for fundraiser

NLHS theater department, flamingoes join forces for fundraiser

In an unusual sight for Lamar County, flocks of pink flamingoes are showing up at homes around the area and making quite a theatrical display. The plastic birds are part of a fundraiser for the North Lamar High School theater department through the end of the school year. “You have to pay $15...

05/20/2014 by Jeff Parish
PEF awards $104,200 in scholarships

PEF awards $104,200 in scholarships

Paris Education Foundation handed out $104,200 in 82 scholarships for Paris High School graduates Tuesday in an awards ceremony at Paris High School. “It’s about these kids and honoring them and what they’ve accomplished,” PHS Principal Gary Preston said. “They’re going to make us...

05/14/2014 by Jeff Parish
PHS honors student achievement

PHS honors student achievement

Paris Independent School District honored student achievement during the school board meeting Monday, including academics and sports. Photos are below: PHS Honor Graduates Duke Talent Identification Program Future...

05/13/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD tax rate remains flat

PISD tax rate remains flat

Paris Independent School District plans to keep its tax rate steady for the next year. “The desire is not to raise taxes at this point,” Business Manager Tish Holleman said during Monday’s school board meeting. Trustees voted to keep the tax rate of $1.455 per $100 of assessed property...

05/13/2014 by Jeff Parish
Kid Safe Saturday draws crowds to civic center

Kid Safe Saturday draws crowds to civic center

Think Child Safety held its annual Kids Safe Saturday at Love Civic Center this weekend. Kids (and parents) got to meet police, fire and EMS workers, see their vehicles and watch demonstrations, as well as play games and pick up tips on how to stay safe. Other organizations dealing with...

05/10/2014 by Jeff Parish
Civic center gets artsy

Civic center gets artsy

Love Civic Center got artsy for the 2014 Paris Arts Fair on Saturday. There were competitions for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as amateur and professional artists. Fairgoers also got to take part in a few hands-on demonstrations. Paris Community Theater held its first...

05/10/2014 by Jeff Parish
Early voting ends with one of the busiest days yet

Early voting ends with one of the busiest days yet

The last day of early voting in local elections was also one of the busiest. A total of 73 voters ventured to the Lamar County Services Building for the Paris City Council election Tuesday, just shy of the first day, which saw 76 voters. In the Paris Junior College regents election, Tuesday was...

05/06/2014 by Jeff Parish
Scott Bryson wins Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic

Scott Bryson wins Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic

Scott Bryson landed first place and $5,000 in this year’s Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic. Bryson’s 6.47-pound fish was smaller than previous year’s winners, but it was enough to put him in the number one spot early on and keep him there. He caught it about 7 a.m. “It was slow after 8...

05/04/2014 by Jeff Parish