Develope Your Business Skills at Free Workshops Provided by PJC

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer workshops as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of March, according to Director Bradley Gottshalk.

The workshops will be held at the Bobby Walters Workforce Training Center on Clarksville Street, west entrance. To register, contact the Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 or the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224.

Create Your Own Job – Start Your Own Business will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, March 2. This free workshop will include information needed to start a small business. Topics will include legal requirements, the different forms of business organization and their advantages and disadvantages, conducting a feasibility study, writing a business plan, getting a sales tax permit, types of financing available for a start-up business, and what lenders want to know, as well as information on SBA guaranteed loan programs.

QuickBooks Level 1 Basic Skills will meet from 4-8 p.m., each Wednesday, March 19 to April 2. Participants will learn how to track inventory and handle payroll requirements; deal with physical inventory; deal with errors and refunds; work with balance sheet accounts; using classes; NSF checks; and customizing QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Level 2: Beyond the Basics will be held from 1-5 p.m., each Wednesday, March 28 to April 11. QuickBooks 2 shows how to track inventory; handle payroll; deal with physical inventory; sell inventory items; work with balance sheet accounts; use classes and deal with errors, refunds and NSF checks; and how to customize QuickBooks.

Free, confidential counseling to start or expand a small business is offered every Monday and Tuesday at the PJC Small Business Development Center, 1405 S. Collegiate. Call 903-782-0224 to make an appointment for free counseling.

Free training for small businesses is now being offered through two grant programs from Texas Workforce Commission.
Through the Skills for Small Business Grant, owners and their employees can apply for free tuition to take any Paris Junior College course, credit or non-credit (limited to $1,450 for new employees and $725 for existing employees).

Through the Entrepreneurial Training Grant, business owners or persons interested in starting a new business, can apply for free training (limit of $500 per person). Call the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224 for details on how to take advantage of these limited-time training grant programs awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Small Business Development Center is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Paris Junior College.

Look to Laugh as PJC Presents British Farce, “Tom, Dick & Harry”

Paris Junior College drama students are presenting a play, “Tom, Dick & Harry”, about three brothers. One is Tom, who with his wife is about to adopt a baby. With a woman from the adoption agency about to arrive to check on the home and lifestyle of the prospective parents, his brothers are anxious to help make a good impression.

Unfortunately Dick, who has stashed boxes of smuggled brandy and cigarettes in the house, and Harry, who is in possession of a cadaver he is planning to sell illegally to a medical school, fail miserably.  The adoption agency representative is aghast — and the illegal Croatian aliens who do not speak English are no help at all!

“Tom, Dick, and Harry is a British comedy of farcical proportions and takes the idea of ‘what else could go wrong today’ and shows you just exactly what else can go wrong,” says PJC Drama Instructor and play director William Walker.

“I love being in this play,” said PJC student Derick Waugh of Paris. “It’s lots of fun, lots of work. The audience will find it hilarious; it’s an absolute fun show that people will be talking about for days, weeks, hopefully even years.”

Unlike most farces, the plot revolves around disguising illegal activities, rather than romantic entanglements. Characters make up stories to hide what’s really happening, only to be trapped into even greater mistruths.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., March 2 and 3, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, March 3 and 4. Tickets are $5 for adults and free with PJC ID. Parental discretion is advised as the show includes adult language. For more information or reservations, call 903-782-0488.

Cast: Trenton Little (Paris, Texas) as Tom Kerwood, Edward Kelley (Cleveland, Texas) as Dick Kerwood, Ryan Box (Paris) is Harry Kerwood, Taylor Jackson (Paris) as Linda Kerwood, Katie Young (Powderly, Texas) as Mrs. Potter, Jordan Carter (Paris) as Constable Downs, Stephanie Goudy (Burleson, Texas) as Katerina, Derick Waugh (Paris) as Andreas, and community volunteer Justin Gallant as Boris.

Crew: State Manager Kevin Calhoun, Assistant Stage Manager Kathryn Comer, second Assistant Stage Manager Alex Salas (all of Paris) and Properties Manager Nicolin Pasch (Ector, Texas).

Photographed above: In this rehearsal scene, Paris Junior College students portray two illegal Croatian immigrants (one tipsy) and a harried prospective adoptive parent trying to get them out of the way before the adoption agency inspector arrives. From left, Stephanie Goudy is Katerina, Derick Waugh is Andreas and Trenton Little is Tom Kerwood.

Paris Junior College Announces Nominees for Mr. and Miss PJC

Mr. & Miss Paris Junior College Nominees Selected

Paris Junior College has announced the slate of candidates for the annual Mr. and Miss PJC competition. Nominated by faculty and staff, candidates are voted on by PJC students. The crowning will take place at half-time of the 7:30 p.m. men’s basketball game against Trinity Valley Community College on Wednesday, February 29 in the Hunt Center. To qualify, they must be a full-time student carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours, have an overall GPA of 2.75, be a sophomore and not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation.

Nominees include: Garrett Killgore of Frisco, Texas, Jacob Allen of Greenville, Texas, Demarcus Richardson of San Antonio, Texas, J.D. Allison of Beach City, Texas, Lauren Pyka of Fredericksburg, Texas, Morgan Kilgore of Webster, Texas, Christina Gunlock of Bonham, Texas, and Stephanie Goudy of Burleson, Texas.

“The best qualities of PJC students are represented here,” said PJC Director of Student Life Kenneth Webb. “PJC is pleased to provide a showcase for these students so deserving of recognition.”

The crowning highlights a busy evening as both the Lady Dragons and Dragons basketball team will recognize their sophomores before their respective games against Trinity Valley Community College at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Hunt Center.

Paris Junior College students who have been nominated are seated (l-r): Lauren Pyka, Morgan Kilgore, Stephanie Goudy and Christina Gunlock; standing (l-r) are Demarcus Richardson and Garrett Killgore.

Individuals are Jacob Allen (plaid shirt) and J.D. Allison (black shirt). The crowning will be at half time of the men’s basketball game against Trinity Vally Community College on February 29 in the Hunt Center at 7:30 p.m.

Area High School Students Receive Genetic Science Update at PJC


Sam Rhine speaks to some 250 area high school students about the latest developments in science last Thursday. The conference was sponsored by Paris Junior College and held in the Ray Karrer Theater.

Lecturer Sam Rhine presented his Genetic Update Conference to some 250 high school and college students on genetic advances in medicine Thursday in the Ray Karrer Theater at Paris Junior College Thursday.  

In his talk Rhine, a former Lalor Foundation Fellow in Medical Genetics at Harvard Medical School, focused on genes that control development, emphasizing cancer and the future use of stem cell technologies in medicine.  

 “I personally feel it is absolutely vital that students get exposed to the facts as early as possible,” said PJC Biomedical Sciences program coordinator and instructor Jack Brown. “There is a great deal of misinformation available when it comes to the topic of stem cells and developmental biology. Sam’s conference is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn a great deal of information about genetics in a very short time. It was great to see this many students from our area interested enough in biology to attend.”  

Rhine has crisscrossed the country for more than 30 years, presenting the latest genetic information to high school students and their teachers. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University.

Lady Dragons pick up 20th victory with 62-56 win over Lon Morris


JACKSONVILLE – Danisha Shaw scored 17 points to lead the Lady Dragons of Paris Junior College to a 62-56 victory Wednesday over Lon Morris College.

Danisha Shaw

PJC improved to 20-4 overall and 9-3 in Region 14 play. The Lady Bearcats of Lon Morris College fell to 15-10 and 7-6.

Paris led at the half 29-19 and kept the lead in double figures most of the way. Lon Morris crept within 10 points in the closing minutes, and the final margin was as close as the Lady Bearcats got.

Demetria Foreman scored 15 points and Byronesha Santiago 13 for Lon Morris.

Behind Shaw, Yasmeen Thomas scored 7 points; Michelle Buckner, Karmyn Jackson and Kiera Oby 6; Yasmin Fuller,

“In the first half, we guarded well. We held them to five baskets. The second half, we probably became a little complacent. Lon Morris struggled making their baskets, but we created somewhat of a comfort level for them by fouling them and putting them on the line,” Lady Dragons coach Sean LeBeauf said.

“So they were able to close the gap. We fouled them too much. They shot too many free throws. I guess you could say we bent, but didn’t break. We missed too many free throws, but I guess we guarded well enough to win. We’ve got to learn how to defend without fouling,” LeBeauf said.

Lon Morris 19-37–56

Paris          29-33–62