Big Gun & Knife Show photo gallery

IMG_7910The 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 available.

All the proceeds raised at the show go toward the opening of the Valley of the Caddo Museum & Cultural Center, scheduled for October 4.

Valley of the Caddo board member Don McCaskill is shown holding the AR-15 that was raffled away and won by Matthew Sheldon.

Valley of the Caddo board member Don McCaskill is shown holding the AR-15 that was raffled away and won by Matthew Sheldon.

The mission of the museum and cultural center is to represent the history and culture of the four northeastern Texas counties — Lamar, Fannin, Red River, and Delta. In an attempt to promote academic knowledge and education in areas of local history, archaeology, astronomy and the arts.

The VoCM&CC raffled a Bushmaster 90391 XM-15 AR-15 Carbine ORC, which is a semiautomatic assault rifle with a 16″ barrel. The winning ticket was drawn by the Lila Lanning, granddaughter of Lamar County Probation director and VoCM&CC chairman, Jimmy Don Nicholson. The name on this winning ticket was that of Matthew Sheldon of Pecan Gap, Texas.

Along with all the guns and knives and crafts, the United States Air Force had their ‘Rapid Strike’ full-motion simulator ride that was available for anyone to ride for free. The simulator immerses you in the high-tech world of the U.S. Air Force.

While inside the ‘Rapid Strike’ simulator, participants experienced real Air Force missions from a first-person perspective, including an F-22 flight, C-17 cargo drop and Combat Controller ground surveillance. The ride lasted approximately seven minutes, and there were no age restrictions, although children under the age of 13 were to ride with a parent or legal guardian.

If you are a gun or knife enthusiast, don’t miss next year’s Big Gun and Knife show. The proceeds are for a great cause that will benefit generations for years to come.

(Click thumbnails to enlarge photos) – By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

City Council Meets Tonight

Sue Lancaster

Sue Lancaster

The Paris City Council will meet in regular session tonight, Monday, July 28th at 5:30pm at the City Council Chamber, located at 107 E. Kaufman Street. The meeting is open to the public and will include a citizen’s forum.

Tonight the city council is to receive and possibly take action on the report from the Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) on the forensic investigation.

Also on the agenda, is a request from Councilwoman Sue Lancaster to receive copies of preliminary reports from Defenbaugh & Associates, the firm hired by former Chair of the PEDC Rebecca Clifford to conduct the forensic investigation.

Other items on the regular agenda tonight is a report from the City Attorney regarding the duties and responsibilities of Council Members; a presentation and discussion with possible action on the proposed amendments to the FY 2013-14 budget and the proposed FY 2014-15 budget for the PEDC; discussion with possible action on awarding a contract to the lowest bidder for the construction of water and sewer lines; discussion and advise the staff on the Valley of the Caddo Museum building requests; a presentation and discussion and provide direction to city staff on the FY 2014-15 budget for the city of Paris.

The Council will also convene into Executive Session this evening.


Kevin Dawson Receives Eagle Scout Award

Kevin Dawson Eagle ScoutKevin Dawson, 16, son of Laura and Dennis Dawson of Powderly, and grandson of Jerry Dawson and the late Mary Dawson, Helen Short and the late J.C. Short, of Boy Scout Troop 2 of the NeTseO Trails Council was honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Sunday, July 20th at 3:00 pm at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

To earn Scouting’s highest award, Kevin had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.  To date, Kevin has earned 47 merit badges.  His Scoutmaster, Mike Taylor will present the award.

Kevin’s service project took place at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.  Leading 25 Scouts and adults, Kevin built a grotto for a statue of the Virgin Mary behind the church, erected two benches for seating and landscaped the area surrounding the grotto.  The project took two months to complete with more than 200 hours logged.

Kevin has been a Boy Scout in Troop 2, chartered by Calvary United Methodist Church, for 4 years and was a Cub Scout in Pack 12, chartered by Lamar Avenue Church of Christ for 5 years.  He is a member of Order of the Arrow Loquanne Allangwh Lodge 428.

He has completed the Order of the Arrow National Leadership seminar in Davis, OK and BSA National Youth Leadership training in Gary, TX.

Kevin is a sophomore at North Lamar High School.  He is a member of the NLHS marching band, played on the NLHS Freshmen baseball team and is a member of the NLHS Varsity Swim Team.  He has played tenor trombone in the Paris Municipal Band, is a junior volunteer at Paris Regional Medical Center and a member of the Paris Aquatic Center summer swim team.


Road and Bridge Repairs begin July 16 on Loop 286 at Stillhouse Road in Paris

TxDOT_Color_LOGOBeginning today, Wednesday, July 16, weather permitting, the contractor O. Trevino LLC, Roanoke, Texas, will set up and use alternating lane closures in both directions of travel while repairing North Loop 286 at the Stillhouse Road overpass in Paris.

“The contractor will repair the concrete road slabs on the approaches to the bridge, and make some repairs to the bridge itself,” said Richard Harper, TxDOT area engineer based in Paris. “The lane closures and bridge repairs will alternately affect east- and west-bound traffic at this location.

“In either direction of travel there will be at least one lane open for traffic at all times. We expect the contractor to complete the work in about six weeks, so these lane closures will be in effect for a while.”

Motorists who travel on this portion of North Loop 286 are asked to slow down and drive to road conditions, obey all traffic control devices and flaggers, and to proceed cautiously in either direction of travel while the repairs are underway.

For more information, call (903) 737-9213 or contact

PEDC Board Meeting Today Swears in New Members, Elects New Officers and Discusses Defenbaugh & Associates Investigation

Outgoing PEDC Board Member, Vicki Ballard

Outgoing PEDC Board Member, Vicki Ballard

On the agenda at today’s Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) is the swearing in of two new board members appointed at last night’s city council meeting, Don Wilson and John Brockman.

The PEDC Board will also recognize outgoing board member Vicki Ballard, and vote on new officers for the 2014-15 year.

Discussion of the ongoing PEDC investigation by Defenbaugh & Associates and possible action on the outstanding invoice to the firm is also on the agenda. This invoice in the amount of $21,075 from May has been questioned by some city council members due to the fact that no written reports have been provided to either the PEDC Board or the City Council.

Other items on todays PEDC board meeting agenda include, among other items, discussion and possible action of PEDC’s line of credit with Capital One; receiving a report from the ad hoc committee on the Executive Director Search; discuss and possibly take action on the worker’s compensation quotes; the proposed budget amendments and proposed budget for FY 2014-15; discussion and possible actin on costs to repair roof leaks and the Depot; and to discuss and possibly take action on the Tax Abatement and Incentive Agreement Compliance.

The PEDC Meeting is today at 3pm in the Community Room at the Depot, located at 1125 Bonham Street. It is open to the public.