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.


PEDC Appointments on City Council Agenda for Tonight

Mayor Matt Frierson

Mayor Matt Frierson

The appointment of two board members to the Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) is on the agenda tonight for the Paris City Council meeting.

The PEDC and Chairperson Rebecca Clifford have been in the local headlines in the past couple months regarding the “forensic audit” conducted by the Dallas firm Defenbaugh & Associates. Not on the agenda for tonight’s meeting is a presentation on the results of that audit.

Other items on tonight’s City Council agenda include discussion and/or action on three addition final plats requests; two zoning change requests; the Safe Sidewalks for Kids program; and discuss and/or action on the proposal to clear drainage ditches in the city.

The City Council will also vote on whether to approve the Aldi, Inc. Site plan which was unanimously supported and recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission on July 7th. If approved, the Aldi Food Market would be in the space previously occupied by Hastings at the Paris Town Center shopping center.

Finally, if the City Council tonight votes on a resolution requested by TxDot Aviation, it will authorize expenditure of 10% of the project costs for construction of a 10-unit T-hangar and extension of a hangar access taxiway at Cox Field. The current project cost is estimated at $1,055,000 which includes $55,000 for engineering and $1million for the 10-unit T-hangar and hangar access taxiway. The City would be responsible for 10% of the cost, or $105,000. The rest of the project would be funded under a TXDot Aviation Division grant.

The Paris City Council meeting is tonight at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers.

BBQ Champions

L to R Joey McCarthy, Richard McLaughlin, Ken Johnson, Michael Moore and Ron Byers Not Pictured Jerry Allen

L to R Joey McCarthy, Richard McLaughlin, Ken Johnson, Michael Moore and Ron Byers
Not Pictured Jerry Allen

At this year’s Red River Fair Association 2014 BBQ Cook-Off, team “The Do Right Boyz”  were awarded Overall Grand Champions.

The team of Joey McCarthy, Richard McLaughlin, Ken Johnson, Michael Moore, Ron Byers and Jerry Allen placed 1st place in the Chicken Pulled Pork category and received 2nd Place in Ribs.

“The Do Right Boyz” were also awarded the People’s Choice Award in addition to Overall Grand Champions.