You have the chance to win this CAR – plus other things – and help build the RRV Veterans Memorial

The Red River Valley Veterans Memorial — located next to our signature Eiffel Tower — will be one of the biggest of its kind upon completion, roughly the size of a professional football field.

The memorial is now about to start phase two of its construction.  Phase one was recently completed and consists of what is currently in place.  Phase two will add the sidewalks down the sides, amongst other things.

The raffle of this car, and the five other things you could win, is to benefit the construction of phase two and more, if possible.

There are 6 possible different things you could win here with the purchase of just one ticket for $20.

The first and largest prize is a 2004 Pontiac GTO — with a 5.7L Corvette Engine & 6 Speed manual transmission — at an estimated value of $11,500; donated by Lou Gigliotti.  Next up is a 2ct. Diamond Ring, donated by Larry, Donna & Anthony Tarter, at an estimated value of $5,500, a Hand Made Electric Guitar, donated by Nuno DeSousa & Terry Downs, at an estimated value of $1000, a Savage Arms Double Barrel 20G Shotgun, donated by Larry, Donna & Anthony Tarter, at an estimated value of $800, a Diamond Necklace, at an estimated value of $500 and donated by Scott’s Jewelers, and finally, a WWII Book — “The 509th Remembered” — signed by the last living crew member of the Enola Gay, donated by Doug Weiberg; estimated value: priceless.

With the purchase of just one ticket you have 6 chances to win at least one of these amazing prizes.  You can purchase tickets by contacting the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial by calling (903) 783-0945, or by visiting their retail office at 1025 S. Collegiate Street.

You may also catch one of the committee members with the car sitting at the intersection of Lamar & Collegiate Streets — or somewhere around town — with the raffle tickets for purchase.

The tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial.

The drawing will be held at the Veterans Day Ceremony, Saturday, November 10, at the Love Civic Center.  They will draw six times.  Once for each amazing prize.  Get your ticktes today today.

United Way of Lamar County Campaign Kick-off Party

United Way of Lamar County announces the 2013 Campaign Kick-off Block Party, to be held at the Red River Valley Fair Grounds, Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10am — 2pm.

As you may, or may not know, the Diversity Task Force was disbanded last fall.  One of the more successful efforts of the Diversity Task Force, to many, was the Block Party.  This event brought together over 1,000 people every time it was held.  Unfortunately, the event was lost with the Diversity Task Force in the fall.

Meanwhile, volunteers were brainstorming ways to make the United Way of Lamar County 2013 Campaign Kick-off more exciting… We considered ways to involve the entire community and provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about United Way and our partners.  We wanted to emphasize our focus on Education, Income, and Health.  We wanted to have a day that celebrates the diversity in our community with food, music, motivation and education.  We wanted to include the Mud Volleyball Tournament.  We also wanted an event that would be a great day for family fun.  That event is the 2013 Community Kick-off Block Party!

On September 15, 2012, from 10am to 2pm, the United Way of Lamar County is hosting the 2013 Community Kick-off Block Party.  This fun-family event will feature guest speaker, Keith Davis, a former professional football player who will be speaking at local school districts.  It will be the site for the 2nd Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament.  There will be opportunities to learn about the 21 Partner Agencies through games and activities.  There will be FREE hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, bounce houses and lots of fun!

For additional information call 903-784-6642, or visit

Registration for Mud Volleyball Teams happening now, call Sue Labbe, 903-737-6123. (Click to Enlarge a printable PDF)


Gift of Love: You could win this beautiful bike & help bring funds to the New Hope Center

The 2005 Harley Screaming Eagle Fatboy that is being donated for the New Hope Center’s Annual Fundraiser by Kimberly Fasken started out as a Gift of Love.

“My husband Andy surprised me with this bike on Valentine’s Day 2005.  We had ridden our motorcycles out to eat.   Andy had taken his Harley; I had ridden my Yamaha.  After we ate, we left the restaurant and stepped onto the parking lot, and my Yamaha was not there!  I was taking mental notes about where I had parked my bike.  It had been next to Andy’s.  But there was a bike there, next to Andy’s, where mine had been.  There was a moment of confusion.  I looked closer.

Next to Andy’s bike, where my Yamaha had been, was this beautiful Screaming Eagle Harley-Davidson, the most beautiful motorcycle I had ever seen – bright red, for Valentine’s Day!

We had looked at it before at the Harley store.   Every time we went in, it caught our eyes.  Andy and I both thought it was such a beautiful bike, the prettiest one we had ever seen.  We loved it.  But I had decided against buying it.  I had been in two major accidents already and didn’t ride as much as I used to.  I eventually talked myself out of it, although I still enjoyed the thought of riding it!

And here it was!  My Valentine’s Day present, a gift of love.

I did enjoy riding that bike.   We rode to South Padre, rode to the mountains and made some other shorter trips.  It was a great motorcycle.  I loved it.  But life changed directions, and I rode it less and less.  It sat in the garage.

One night I literally had a dream about it.  I dreamed that I needed to donate it to my favorite charitable organization – the New Hope Center of Paris.  The Center, which until recently was the Models of the Maker Women’s Shelter, has been an important part of my life for many years.  I was first introduced to the mission about 9 or 10 years ago and thought it was the most amazing place, doing so much good for so many women and children where the need was so great.  I had an instant passion for it.  I really love it.  Andy and I have both served on the Board of Directors for several years.

The ‘epiphany’ was about a year and a half ago.  I knew I needed to raffle it off and donate the proceeds to the shelter, and I knew that I would know when the time was right.   Now the time is right.   With the changes at the Center, the interest being shown in the community for the shelter and for the bike – I know this is what I am supposed to do and when I am supposed to be doing it.  I hope it raises a lot of money for the shelter; their need for financial support is critical to their continued service to this community.  If the shelter has to close, 35 women and children will have nowhere to go.  I hope the raffle is huge.  I hope it helps keep the shelter open.  The bike that started out as a gift of love still is. “

The raffle tickets will be $20.00 each and are being sold at the following locations:

Paris Honda Yamaha Harley-Davidson      2875 NE Loop 286    Paris, TX

Paris Suzuki Kawasaki       2710 NE Loop 286     Paris, TX

Colortyme    2060 Lamar Avenue     Paris, TX

Coplin family thanks community for support, Brenda still hopeful

After battling breast cancer, Brenda Coplin was sadly again diagnosed with cancer — this time AML Leukemia. She and her family thank those who helped them Battle for Brenda, and continue to.

An enormous ‘thank you’ is extended to this community from the Coplin family — Brenda, Rick, Johnetta, Camey & Kristi — for its ‘overwhelming support of the Battling for Brenda Benefit held at Buffalo Joe’s on June 24, 2012.’”No words can fully express the gratitude felt for all that everyone has done for our family,” stated Camey Boyer, daughter of Brenda Coplin (Pictured to the right), on behalf of the Coplin Family.The Battling for Brenda Benefit, held back in June, was a major success and brought a lot of funds to a family that truly need them for medical and living expenses.  The Coplin family stays along side Brenda throughout the battle with Leukemia.

The benefit featured some very well known musical artists – locally, regionally and nationally — such as, Michael O’Neal, the Gary Potterfield Blues Band, Whiskey Roadshow, JB & the Moonshine Band, and others.  The crowd loved the music, as they danced and cheered on each artist.  An auction was held in between each of the bands’ sets.

This auction was by far one of the largest benefit auctions in this area in a long time.  There was an array of things on display, from an installed, in-ground swimming pool, to custom smokers, an autographed Paula Dean cookbook, handmade picnic tables, amongst many other things.  Although the exact amount is undisclosed, the auction and donation total was a huge benefit to Brenda and the Coplin family.

The musical ‘headliner’ of Battling for Brenda, JB & the Moonshine Band — a band from Tyler, TX that has gained a lot of steam in the ‘Texas country’ market, landing tracks on numerous popular radio stations around the country and ranking on the ‘Texas country’ charts — was so kind as to take all the money that they received for the purchase of their T-shirts, CDs, stickers and merchandise after their show, and donate it ALL to the Coplin family and the Battle for Brenda.

“Thank you to all volunteers, bands, sponsors, donors, friends, neighbors, relatives and complete strangers who reached out to our family,” stated the Coplin Family, “We are forever grateful.”

Brenda Coplin is unfortunately still battling with the awful (AML) Leukemia.  This is a very challenging and fatal blood disease.  She has been traveling to and from Medical City in Dallas for chemo treatments, and is looking at a stem cell transplant next.  However, a match of Brenda’s bone marrow as yet to be located.

Although the battle is tough, there is still hope for Brenda that must be held onto.  Doctors are now checking the Cord Blood Registry for a possible match.  Physicians say that they have had really good results from this procedure.  There are still setbacks, however, and with the Cord Blood registry, even if a match is found, only small amounts of stem cells can be obtained, so it would take a lot more time for the procedure to start regenerating healthy cells.

Regardless of the setbacks or challenges, the Coplin family remains hopeful.  Brenda Coplin is a true fighter and has shown such strength throughout this battle.  She is also a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mom (3 daughters), grandmother, friend, and long time resident of Paris, Texas.  Her smile is known amongst the community from a 35 year career at Paris Family Physicians.

It’s great to see the ‘Heart of Paris’ extend to the benefit of so many.  Brenda is a friend and neighbor to all of us in the community.  She’s had hard battles and continues to fight them, as her family and friends do also.  The neighborly community support helps tremendously.  The Coplin family thanks you.

You can follow her medical journey on CaringBridge and on Facebook!

Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!   

Back to the Schoolyard School Supply Drive to benefit underprivileged children in our area

The Kelvin L. Hicks Foundation, Inc. & ‘Everybody is Somebody Center’ is raising funds for the annual Back to the Schoolyard School Supply Drive, which will take place on August 18 at the Paris Fairgrounds from 11am to 2pm.

The hopes are to provide underprivileged children with the adequate supplies needed for a healthy school year with a positive and productive start.

Last year they were able to help 120 students with school supplies and hope to this year reach out to 200.  You could help them out, and be a part of something great.

They are looking for donations of backpacks, general school supplies — paper, pencils, pens, rulers, erasers, etc., and basic-need items for the students.  Monetary donations are also welcomed and the supply shopping will be taken care of for you.  Make all checks payable to Everybody is Somebody Center.

For more information on how to be a part or make a donation, please contact: Danielle Twitty at (903) 225-9556 or Kelvin Hicks at (214) 702-1807.