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Farmers Market opens for season

Farmers Market opens for season

Now that spring has sprung, the Paris Farmers Market is once again open and ready for business on Saturdays through the fall. The market held its first weekend sale of the year Saturday. The market is mainly open 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday from May through October, although some farmers also...

05/04/2014 by Jeff Parish
Zone 32 giving back with community garden

Zone 32 giving back with community garden

NLHS students gathered at the new Zone 32 community garden site Saturday to help get things ready, including (from left)Bethany Young, Ivory Dobbs, James Gibson, Lauren Johnson, Mary Hardin, Gracie Mullens, Rex Tuttle and Victoria Calixto. (eParis Extra photo by Jeff Parish) North Lamar High...

04/26/2014 by Jeff Parish
Archery tournament set to begin Thursday

Archery tournament set to begin Thursday

ASA Archery Tournament Archers are targeting Paris this weekend for the Archery Shooters Association’s eighth annual Brunton Southwest Shoot Out. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Scottie Norrell Memorial Team Shoot. Registration is set for 8 a.m. Friday, and the action begins...

04/23/2014 by Jeff Parish
Public heads to Maxey house for an egg-citing time

Public heads to Maxey house for an egg-citing time

Children of all ages got to enjoy some “Easter Egg Fun” hosted by Paris Main Street at the Maxey House on Saturday. The free event was for children and their families. Activities included Easter Egg hunts by age groups, lawn bowling, egg/spoon relays, egg roll, egg decorating, making Easter...

04/19/2014 by Jeff Parish
Ratcliffe: 'Still chasing,' but gaining

Ratcliffe: 'Still chasing,' but gaining

Congressional candidate John Ratcliffe talks with potential voters during a recent event at Crawford’s Hole in the Wall (eParis photo by Jeff Parish) John Ratcliffe says he’s still behind in the runoff election against Ralph Hall for the 4th Congressional District of Texas, but is...

04/18/2014 by Jeff Parish
Trail de Paris boasts new yoga park, painted trashcans

Trail de Paris boasts new yoga park, painted trashcans

Trail de Paris has some new amenities to help improve health and catch the eye while keeping it clean. “One is a trashcan project, a partnership between the Friends of the Trail and the Paris Junior College art department,” said Earl Erickson, one of the trail’s founders. “The second...

04/17/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD weighs 'phone doctor' program for employees

PISD weighs 'phone doctor' program for employees

Paris Independent School District could pay $37,000 for a program that would allow employees to call a hotline and talk to a doctor. “For those of us who have had to go to a high-deductible plan, this is an affordable alternative,” Business Manager Tish Holleman said. “If you use it...

04/17/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD approves alternative high school

PISD approves alternative high school

Paris independent School District will begin next year with a new, alternative high school program. “There is a need,” Superintendent Paul Jones said. “Some kids just don’t fit in a traditional high school environment. There may be more than we realize.” The PISD school board...

04/16/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD eyes program that would offer free breakfast, lunch to all students

PISD eyes program that would offer free breakfast, lunch to all students

The Paris Independent School District is weighing a federal program that would mean free breakfast and lunch for all students. “We could say to every kid who comes to PISD, ‘Your meal is free, breakfast and lunch,’” Business Manager Tish Holleman said. “For our kids, that’s huge....

04/15/2014 by Jeff Parish
New Hope settling in at new location

New Hope settling in at new location

New Hope Center Director Gay Ballew looks over the architectural plans for NHC’s new facility. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish) New Hope Center of Paris is settling into its new home. “It was like a dream come true,” Executive Director Gay Ballew said. “When we walked in, we knew...

04/04/2014 by Jeff Parish
NLHS filmmaker looks to the future

NLHS filmmaker looks to the future

Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey check out a camera while filming. (Courtesy photo) One North Lamar High School senior has been recognized as one of the top young filmmakers in the state, marking what could be the beginning of a promising career. “I definitely want to pursue film-making after...

04/04/2014 by Jeff Parish
Habitat needs volunteers for A Brush With Kindness project Friday

Habitat needs volunteers for A Brush With Kindness project Friday

Photo courtesy of www.habitat.org. Paris/Lamar County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a few good hands to help with this weekend’s A Brush With Kindness event, particularly on Friday. “We have plenty of help Saturday with 25 to 30 Texas A&M Commerce students, but we are very short...

04/02/2014 by Jeff Parish
Uncle Jesse's Big Bass Classic set for May 3

Uncle Jesse's Big Bass Classic set for May 3

Kelly Meredith shows off the fish that won the tournament in 2013. The 27th annual Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic hits Pat Mayse Lake on May 3. Last year’s tournament raised more than $16,000 to donate to children’s charities in Lamar County, but that’s only part of the picture. “We...

04/01/2014 by Jeff Parish
Head Start could move from Aaron Parker to Givens

Head Start could move from Aaron Parker to Givens

The Head Start class at Aaron Parker Elementary School could be moving to Givens Early Childhood Center next year. “The issue has always been making numbers,” Head Start Director Judie Forté-Huff told the Paris Independent School District trustees Monday. “It’s always been 14, 15, 16...

03/26/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD plans shift from six-week to nine-week calender

PISD plans shift from six-week to nine-week calender

Paris Independent School District is planning to shift from six-week grading periods to nine-week periods next year. “It’s time to give this a try. It fits better with our planning as far as curriculum,” Mark Hudson, deputy superintendent of curriculum and student services, told the PSID...

03/26/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD budget picture coming into focus

PISD budget picture coming into focus

Paris Independent School District trustees got a clearer view of next year’s budget Monday. The numbers were not dramatically changed from what they saw in February. Revenue is now projected at $34.23 million – about $200,000 than estimated last month. That includes $21.57 million in state...

03/25/2014 by Jeff Parish
PISD eyes new alternative high school

PISD eyes new alternative high school

Paris Independent School District is looking at creating an alternative high school to give options for students who might not otherwise be able to graduate. “When I first came, I noted a need for students who couldn’t finish high school because of circumstances beyond their control,”...

03/24/2014 by Jeff Parish
City, chamber to explore retail development tools

City, chamber to explore retail development tools

Paris plans to explore some new tools for retail development. “Economic development is defined as bringing money to the community,” City Manager John Godwin said at a joint meeting of the City Council and Lamar County Chamber of Commerce’s retail committee Monday. “If it’s the same...

03/18/2014 by Jeff Parish
Circus performance to benefit Boys and Girls Club

Circus performance to benefit Boys and Girls Club

The circus is coming to town this weekend. Be sure to take your family under the big top and help the Boys and Girls Club at the same time. “This is our third year to be the sponsoring agency for the Carson and Barnes Circus,” said Henry Shaw, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club....

03/10/2014 by Jeff Parish
Batter up!

Batter up!

Thousands flocked to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds this weekend for pancakes served up by the Kiwanis Club of Paris for the 63rd year in a row. The first event was held in 1951, serving 350 people and raising $235. Since then, Pancake Days has become a three-day event that raises roughly...

03/08/2014 by Jeff Parish