Make plans now to participate in ‘Lamar County Days in Austin’ — March 26-28



Wednesday Informational Meetings (speakers subject to change)

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Workforce Talent & Skills Development

  • Andres Alcantar, chairman, Texas Workforce Commission
  • TBD, TEA representative

2:30-3:20 p.m. – Transportation

  • Rep. George Lavender, member of House Transportation Committee
  • Rep. Larry Phillips, chairman, House Transportation Committee
  • Phil Wilson, executive director, Texas Department of Transportation

3:30-4:20 p.m. – Water & Agriculture

  • Mark Ellison, Texas Water Development Board
  • Rick Rhodes, administrator, Office of Rural Affairs, Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Representative from General Land Office

4:30-5:20 p.m. – Manufacturing & Economic Development

  • Aaron Demerson, director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism
  • Carlton Schwab, director, Texas Economic Development Council
  • Tony Bennett, director, Texas Association of Manufacturers


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.