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Seventy Five (75) dogs and owners participated in the parade which was a mile long through downtown commercial district. Pre parade activities were fun for all. Keepsake Paw Print ornaments, which were made the day of the event, helped raise additional funds for the program.
Presenting the check to the Salvation Army are Main Street program volunteers (pictured from left to right): Edwayne Samis, Jill Drake, Bill Harris, Lt. Michelle Hutchinson of the salvation army, Karie Raulston, Karen Jones.
Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass was happy to report that there were no accidents or DWI arrests on New Year’s Eve in Lamar County. It was a quiet New Year’s Eve night with few incidents occurring.
A statement from Cass reads, “I am glad that folks had a good time on New Year’s Eve and were responsible and safe while doing it. I am also thankful that our law enforcement who were out in full force were safe, and our Lamar County Volunteer Fire Departments and First Responders got a little time to rest and spend with their families. Please continue to be safe through this holiday period. Don’t drink and drive. Have a plan; a designated driver, someone you can call, or utilize Dylan’s Driver’s, who are doing a great job keeping possibly impaired drivers off the roadway, which reduces accidents and the tragedies, that are many times associated with them. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to be safe and have a Happy and blessed New Year.”
The fourth annual lighted Christmas parade lit up downtown Saturday. This year’s theme was “A Rocking Christmas,” with Eddie Henry serving as grand marshal. The parade started after sunset in the Lamar County Courthouse parking lot, went around downtown and back to the courthouse.
The event, which included a 5k and a 1-mile fun run, raised about $2,000 for PEF. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 7, but had to be postponed because of recent ice storms. Participants got a Santa hat and T-shirt with artwork created by Aikin Elementary student Jocalyn Leija.
The first place male 5k runner was Paris High School freshman Matthew Cochran. First place female was eighth grader Erica Cole.
The Paris Education Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to increase the number of scholarships offered to Paris High School graduates and to generate financial support for the students and faculty of Paris Independent School District. PEF also provides cash awards each year for a teacher of the year from each PISD campus.
For more information about the Paris Education Foundation. call 903-737-7400 ext. 2572 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org