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The Paris Fire Department will host the second ever Citizen’s Fire Academy class starting March 27th, 2014, Thursday. The classes are from 6:00 to 9:00 and will run through May 8th every Thursday night. Apply now for an action packed adventure into the world of the Fire Service. This is a hands-on class where students will be able to learn about our equipment and actually use it on mock scenarios.
The Class will include the use of air packs, personal protective equipment, hose deployment, thermal imaging camera operations, Hazardous Materials response, portable fire extinguishers, EMS operations, extrication with the Jaws of Life and first aid. The Fire Marshal will teach investigation techniques and public education and possible review a fire scene.
This is not a classroom course. The students will be active in working with the firefighters in hands-on activities.
Saturday May 10th students will travel to Sulphur Springs to the fire academy where they will put all of their information into practice.
We hope that you will come join us. Maximum number of students is 15, so don’t delay in signing up.
Call 903-784-9225 to get on the list. Hope to see you there.
The Kiwanis Club of Paris was started in 1951 and originally had 58 club members. The first Pancake Days raised $235 and served 350.
The club now has 130 members and last year served 8,212. To do that it takes 2,400 lbs. of pancake mix, 23,500 ounces of syrup, 2,304 lbs. of sausage, 240 gallons of milk, 285 gallons juice, 19,000+ butter servings, 3-4 thousand cups coffee, 27,000 oz. soft drinks , 96 lbs lard, 24,000 napkins, 1000+ man hours of hard work.
Pancake Days are March 7th and 8th and tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets available at Lamar National Bank.
Registrations for the Conventions will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the 6th/62nd District Courtroom with the conventions beginning at 6 p.m.
To be eligible to participate in the precinct convention, a person must be a registered voter of the precinct or live in the precinct, and must have voted in the 2014 Lamar County Republican Primary.
The purposes of precinct conventions are to elect delegates to the county convention and to draft and submit resolutions to the county convention.
John Kruntorad, chairman of the Lamar County Republican Party, explains the evolution of the Republican Party here in Lamar County,
“Six years ago, the residents of Lamar County elected the first Republican candidates since the Reconstruction era. During the 2008 political campaign, Lamar County residents began to realize that their conservative values were best represented by the Republican Party,” said John Kruntorad, chairman of the Lamar County Republican Party.
“Beginning in 2008 and continuing today, Republican candidates have heard Lamar County citizens state: ‘I’m not leaving the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party left me.’
“The message from the voters was clear: The policies, core beliefs, and platform of the Democrat Party did not reflect the traditional and orthodox views of most Texans. Consequently, local voters began voting for the candidates who aligned themselves with the Republican Party, as the voters believed that the Republican candidates would be better in representing the residents’ viewpoints and values,” Kruntorad added.
Only three Republicans were elected to local office in 2008, but there are 21 local candidates in the GOP primary this year, vying for the 13 local positions on the ballot. There are five contested local Republican Primary races — district clerk, county commissioner of Precinct 2, county commissioner of Precinct 4, justice of the peace for Precinct 5, Place 2, and constable of Precinct 5.
“These contested Primary races are a testimony to interest of candidates who are willing to seek office in order to represent the conservative views of Lamar County,” Kruntorad said.
“The Lamar County Republican Party’s executive committee is excited about the prospects of our candidates. We look forward to the November General Election and are confident that Republican candidates will fill all Lamar County offices,” he said.
Anyone interested in more information on the conventions may contact Kruntorad at 903.784.5800.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research is inviting residents in the Smith watershed to a public meeting to discuss a water quality project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6th in the Council Chambers Room at the Paris City Hall located at 150 1st St SE in Paris. Sign-in will begin at 5:45pm and the meeting will start at 6:00pm.
Smith Creek is within the Red River Basin within Lamar County. Smith Creek extends from the confluence with Pine Creek north of Paris to the upstream portion of the stream in north Paris in Lamar County. Smith Creek is on the state’s list of impaired waters for having bacteria levels that exceed water quality standards for primary contact recreation.
At this meeting, landowners and citizens will have the opportunity to learn about a new project, Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for Ten Creeks in the Red River and Neches River Basins, which focuses on assessing the level of recreational use occurring among Smith Creek.
Since decisions made about these waterbodies will affect landowners, citizens, industries, and municipalities, local participation is fundamental to the success of this project. Stakeholders will be asked to provide guidance on the direction of this project.
Stakeholders will be given an opportunity to review historical land use data and discuss how this effort will create an updated recreational use classification for the Smith Creek watershed.
Nikki Jackson, with the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, will give background information on Smith Creek and introduce the recreational use attainability analysis project. “Stakeholder input on survey sites and recreational use is crucial to the success of the project,” Jackson said.
This project is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a general revenue nonpoint source grant to the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research.
For more information about the meeting, visit the project website at http://tiaer.tarleton.edu/ruaa/index.html or contact Jackson at 254-968-1902 or email@example.com
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts. The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush; works to ensure the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors; and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.
Stephen (Steve) Clark Reese, author of the recently released book Graviton is having a book debut on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Heritage Hall located at 1009 W Kaufman St, Paris, TX 75460.
Steve began writing Graviton several years ago when he told his wife Cindy that he thought he could write a more realistic science fiction book than the ones he had been reading. He said he felt like the basics should make some sort of sense to the readers and the science should seem somewhat reasonable. So after six months of pondering his story, Steve began writing the now published Graviton. Some of the story lines came from dreams that he had at different times and even a dream from his childhood of flying, just not in an airplane.
In the story, Jack Redman, rancher, businessman and part-time inventor stumbles on an amazing invention that allows him to manipulate the forces of gravity. Jack soon realizes that his invention could have some serious consequences if it fell into the wrong hands and decides to develop the technology in secret. Unfortunately Jack’s teenage son Robert discovers his father’s research and does some experimenting of his own.
After Robert injures himself in an experimental craft, Jack decides to keep his son close by putting him under the wing of one of his top scientist, Dan Sarnoski. Robert stays busy under Dan’s supervision, yet Robert still manages to find himself in situations that could potentially expose Jack’s discovery.
Graviton explores the awesome power that lies in the discovery of new technologies as well as possible hazards that could be involved with attempting to control the forces of nature.
Steve was born in Santa Barbara, California and he and his family returned home to Texas in 1968 when he was 9 years old. He and his wife Cindy live just outside of Paris and have two daughters and eight grandchildren. Steve works as a network administrator with Rivercrest ISD. Steve has published two stories in The Paris News entitled, “I Hate to Mow” and “A Visit From My Father Remembered”. He also publishes a blog entitled “Graviton, My Thoughts, My Imaginations” at www.graviton.us. He currently serves as the Community Lay Director for the North East Texas (NET) Emmaus Community and as the Outreach Pastor for Family Worship Center in Paris. Steve and his wife Cindy are also involved with Residents Encounter Christ, a volunteer program with the Buster Cole State Prison in Bonham, Texas.