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World renowned Christian educator, missionary and speaker to be in Paris on August 28

World renowned Christian educator, missionary and speaker to be in Paris on August 28

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. – 1 Corinthians 2:2 Margaret Ashmore (Photo from www.margaretashmore.com) Those are the first words at the top of Margaret Ashmore‘s website and are the words that she conducts her life by —...

08/16/2014 by Josh Allen

New Hope Center of Paris releases 2014 resident 'Wish List'

New Hope Center of Paris releases 2014 resident 'Wish List'

The New Hope Center of Paris continues to grow and carry out their mission of providing transitional shelter to homeless men, women and children. With their new and improved shelter at 4th and Sherman St., they have the capability of housing many more than ever before, allowing them to address...

08/15/2014 by Josh Allen

Update: Sheriff identifies victim of deadly fire at PJ Trailers

Update: Sheriff identifies victim of deadly fire at PJ Trailers

Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass has released the findings of the Medical Examiner, after the victim’s body from the PJ Trailers fire (Click for more info) was sent for a forensic autopsy. The Medical Examiner has identified the deceased person found in the PJ Trailers plant as Jorge...

08/15/2014 by Josh Allen

Weekend weather report

Weekend weather report

As it has been these last few days, meteorologists predict that Paris should prepare for a hot weekend ahead, as high temperatures near the 100° F mark, the heat index will likely make it feel like triple digits. Today may be the coolest we see (technically, it’s doubtful that it will...

08/15/2014 by Josh Allen

Homelessness coalition continues steadfast mission to help those in need

Homelessness coalition continues steadfast mission to help those in need

In the summer of 2013, a unique group of organizations joined forces in order to provide assistance and aid to those individuals affected by homelessness. In the year’s time since the different organizations came together for the good of service — all specializing in different...

08/15/2014 by Josh Allen

Sheriff releases statement concerning investigation into deadly fire at PJ Trailers

Sheriff releases statement concerning investigation into deadly fire at PJ Trailers

Workers at PJ Trailers look on with dismay, as firefighters fight a large fire that took the life of one and severely damaged the manufacturing area of the trailer company. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen) Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass released a statement this morning concerning the...

08/14/2014 by Josh Allen

Paris National All-Stars eliminated from Dixie Youth World Series

Paris National All-Stars eliminated from Dixie Youth World Series

Daniel Blackmon winds up for a pitch in the 2014 Dixie Youth World Series, where Paris ultimately lost to North Carolina and were eliminated, but remain Paris’ youngest team to win the Texas state title. (Submitted Photo) The National All-Stars team from Paris was eliminated Tuesday from...

08/14/2014 by Josh Allen

Sheriff's detectives arrest teen for burglary of Chicota Baptist Church

Sheriff's detectives arrest teen for burglary of Chicota Baptist Church

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an 18-year old in connection with an investigation into the burglary of the Chicota Baptist Church, according to Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass. Seqouyah Trey Bailey, 18 (Sheriff’s dept. photo) On July 30, the sheriff’s office...

08/12/2014 by Josh Allen

Free summer concert this weekend

Free summer concert this weekend

Local band, Blackland, will be performing a free concert on Saturday, August 16, on the lawn of the assisted living facility, Lamar Place (formerly Paris Oaks), for the residents and anyone else in the community that wants to come and enjoy. “When we decided to put this event on, we...

08/12/2014 by Josh Allen

Benefit for Robert Forsyth to be held Sunday, August 17

Benefit for Robert Forsyth to be held Sunday, August 17

Longtime Paris community member, Robert D. Forsyth, has been recently diagnosed with a terminal disease, and hist family and friends have put together a benefit in his honor and to raise funds to help with the medical expenses that come with such a tragic diagnosis. “He [Robert] has been a...

08/10/2014 by Josh Allen

Premier Home Care & Hospice occupies former R3bi building

Premier Home Care & Hospice occupies former R3bi building

A long-time business member of the Paris community has made the former R3bi building, which was vacant for only several months, their new headquarters of operations. “We love the facility and are so glad that we were able to obtain such a nice building,” CEO and owner, Jeanna Smith,...

08/08/2014 by Josh Allen

Paris film crew's short film named finalist in three categories at national contest

Paris film crew's short film named finalist in three categories at national contest

Screenwriter and director, Broadway, looks at a camera shot from one viewpoint during the shooting of Phil.a.del.phi.a. – By Josh Allen, eParisExtra.com “Silence is the loudest scream…”  – whispered by young brother and narrator of the short film...

08/07/2014 by Josh Allen

Music on Main - "Party on the Plaza" Saturday

Music on Main -

Tonight you can enjoy music by the Brick Road Bluegrass Band and another local bluegrass band, who will be performing for the Paris Downtown Association’s Music on Main – “Party on the Plaza” tonight on the Culbertson Fountain in Historical Downtown Paris. The event...

08/02/2014 by Josh Allen

Local church hosts Vacation Bible School at George Wright homes

Local church hosts Vacation Bible School at George Wright homes

The Paris Biker Church is extending their mission to the George Wright homes over the next few days by offering Vacation Bible School to children at 6 p.m. each evening through Saturday. The VBS started on Wednesday, and the first night’s turnout was good (approximately 30...

08/01/2014 by Josh Allen

Red Cross of Lamar County encourages community to help send holiday cards to our troops

Red Cross of Lamar County encourages community to help send holiday cards to our troops

The Red Cross chapter of Lamar County kicked off its inaugural “Holiday Mail for Heroes: Messages from Home” campaign last week, beginning an effort to get the community involved in sending cheerful holiday cards to active-duty soldiers during the coming holiday season. Female soldiers...

07/31/2014 by Josh Allen

Tourism director sends "a million thank yous" to those who made 30th Anniversary Tour de Paris a success

Tourism director sends

The Lamar County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director, Becky Semple, sent in to eParisExtra.com a letter that she’s written to thank the many volunteers and individuals that work so diligently and tirelessly each year to make the Tour de Paris a success. This year, according to Semple,...

07/29/2014 by Josh Allen

Texas Homeless Network to host free webinar on practices to end homelessness today

Texas Homeless Network to host free webinar on practices to end homelessness today

Everyone is invited to attend the Texas Homeless Network’s free monthly webinar focusing on best community practices to be used to end homelessness in Texas. The webinar is Tuesday, July 29, at 3 p.m., but you must be registered by 2 p.m. Called ‘Bloc Talks’, these free...

07/28/2014 by Josh Allen

Big Gun & Knife Show photo gallery

Big Gun & Knife Show photo gallery

The annual Big Gun & Knife Show, which is the Valley of the Caddo Museum & Cultural Center’s main fundraiser, was held at the Love Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of people came through to buy, sell or trade guns, ammunition, knives and many other things...

07/28/2014 by Josh Allen

'Frozen' draws huge crowd to final night of Movies in the Park; click for photo gallery

'Frozen' draws huge crowd to final night of Movies in the Park; click for photo gallery

The popular children movie, Frozen, drew hundreds to Bywaters Park on Thursday for the final night of the popular, annual ‘Movies in the Park’ event, hosted by Paris Main Street and made possible by the many local sponsors that so diligently show up and work to make it a success. At...

07/27/2014 by Josh Allen

Reno Police Chief: the “long arm of the law” brings man to justice in Reno burglary case

Reno Police Chief: the “long arm of the law” brings man to justice in Reno burglary case

Back in April, Reno police began investigating a burglary that occurred at the Reno Buggy bath after a man was caught on video taking money from the change machine, according to Reno Police Chief Matt Birch. Since the investigation began, Reno Police Sgt. Jeremy Massey worked diligently...

07/26/2014 by Josh Allen