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The Chisum FFA Senior Chapter Conducting Team maintained their integrity as the highest scoring and placing leadership team in the history of Chisum ISD by placing 9th at state this past weekend.
They advanced to state competition for the 3rd straight year out of over 1,020+ possible 1A to 5A FFA Chapters in Texas.
The Texas FFA State Leadership Development Events were held December 6 & 7 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. The team picture shows all members, and the awards that they have acquired the past 3 years.
As a team in Senior Chapter Conducting, they have won 1st place at District - 2011, 2012, & 2013, 1st place at Area - 2012, 2nd place at Area - 2011 & 2013, 2nd place at Alba-Golden Invitational Contest – 2013, 1 State Semi-Finalist Top 20 Teams in Texas 2011 and 9th place State Finalist – 2012 & 2013.
“This was an exceptional group of young men and women,” Chisum agriculture dept. official Tracy Denny said.
Frank Artuso, CEFCO District Manager, and Food Fast #1098 Manager Jennifer Wentworth present Crockett Intermediate School Assistant Principal Debi Robbins a $500 donation to help fund the fifth grade Sky Ranch field trip.
The Paris Police Department received three calls on Tuesday reporting that someone had entered several vehicles in the 400 block of Sunrise Drive and taken items, according to Paris PD spokesman Curtis Garrett.
According to a police press release on Wednesday, this type of criminal activity is being reported in all parts of town and throughout Lamar County.
If you have information concerning any of these reported burglaries or know the person or persons responsible, you are encouraged to to report that information to police.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at 903.785.TIPS (8477) with your information.
“This is the season that law enforcement across the nation sees a huge rise in this type of crime,” Garrett said. “Don’t give a thief the opportunity by leaving packages or property in plain view inside your vehicles, and please, lock your vehicles every time that you park them.”
Paris police made five arrests on Tuesday, while responding to 95 calls for service.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra
As 2013 comes to a close, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department last week awarded two officers with awards, recognizing their hard work and dedication to the department and their jobs.
Deputy Sergeant Johnathan Smith — a 5 1/2 year veteran of the sheriff’s office — has been named the Lamar County Sheriff’s ‘Deputy of the Year’ for 2013, while detention officer Jared Banks was named ‘Detention Officer of Year’.
Smith has obtained 1134 hours of TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) training hours and is one of the department’s field training officers.
“Johnathan has been an integral part of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department,” Sheriff Scott Cass said. “He is helpful to other officers, kind, experienced and easily approachable.”
He has also served as a school resource officer for Roxton ISD, where he taught criminal justice classes and became a mentor to the students he served, officials said.
As an advocate for children’s safety, Smith has worked many hours at the Kids Safe Saturday booths, art fair, gun safety programs at various schools and events, racial diversity block parties and providing prison tours for his criminal justice classes.
“Johnathan exhibits good character in his daily duties at the sheriff’s office and in his life as well,” the sheriff said. “He exhibits good people skills and sets the example in doing his job well — following orders and looking always to make the office and its officers better in all ways.”
Smith is a veteran of the armed forces, serving as a United States Marine. He is married to Leticia Smith and has three children. They attend Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Paris.
Lamar County Jail detention officer Jared Banks was commended as ‘Detention Officer of the Year’ for 2013.
“Jared is a very well rounded detention officer,” jail administrators said. “He has shown in his short time here at the Lamar County Jail to have a good work initiative, knowledge of the profession and the capacity to do it.”
One of Jared’s co-workers said that “he has a good work ethic”, which ultimately sets a good example.
As a licensed jailer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement with 297 hours of TCLEOSE training and education hours, Jared is dedicated to his profession and in doing the best job he can, officials said.
Banks is a veteran of the armed forces, where he served in the United States Air Force.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra
The Prairiland Lady Patriots took on Rivercrest last week. The 7th grade B team won their game 19-2. Leading scorers for the 7B team were Savannah Moore, Morgan Harris, and Sierra Warner who had 5, 4 and 4 points respectively. Alyssia McCormick, Kayleigh Potter, and Chesney Baker each had 2 points.
Despite missing a starter due to illness, the 7th grade A team still won their game 24-21. A strong second half was the difference for the Patriots. Shacoya Dennis was a key spark and led the way both offensively and defensively with 10 points and several steals. Kayla Spray had 5 points, Skyler Kelly had 4, Keagan Maroney had 3 points, and Alexis Williams chipped in with 2 points.
The 8th grade B team won their game 12-10. Leading scorers for the 8B team were Shelby Spears and Madison Cannedy who each had 3 points. Carsyn Fernandez, Kayleigh Potter, and Makali Moore each added 2 points a piece. The win improved the girls record to 3-0.
The 8th grade A team fell to the Lady Rebels 40-19. Jessica Rocha and Erin Butler lead the way offensively for the 8A team with 5 points a piece. Ashton Torres, Stephi Fontenot, and Alyssa Harris scored 4, 3, and 2 points respectively.