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Charles Richards, staff writer with eParisExtra.com, is retiring. Mr. Richards began writing with eParisExtra.com in 2011 and has covered local politics and reported on the actions of the city council and was devoted to covering PJC basketball. He announced his retirement to eParis at the beginning of the month.
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, 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 will continue to live in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.
eParis Extra.com will continue to report on local politics and the city council providing our readers with in depth coverage and analysis of both. Staff writer Jeff Parish will begin covering city council meetings beginning Monday evening when the new mayor will be voted on and announced.
Jeff Parish joined eParis Extra! in October 2011. He has served as a reporter and copy editor for the Greenville Herald-Banner, Dallas Morning News, The Paris News, and Galveston County Daily News, as well as managing editor of the Rockwall County Herald-Banner and Royse City Herald-Banner. A community journalist, Parish has covered business, city and county government, school districts, crime and just about everything in between. He has also served as a communications specialist for Bell Helicopter and EnergyScout. Since 2009, Parish has worked as a high school English teacher. He is a published author, with debut novel Jennings Grove out since May 2012 from Graveside Tales. His second book, a collection of short stories entitled Where the Sun Don’t Shine, was published by Belfire Press in 2013. He and wife Melinda have three children: Tiffany, Ian and Robert.
eParisExtra.com was developed and created by Greg Wilson. EParis, eParisExtra and the Paris Flash are owned by HomeTown Web Media. Last November was the 5th anniversary of eParis and in 2013 alone, eParisExtra.com received over 3.6 million hits. eParisExtra.com has nine contributing writers, two programmers and one graphic designer that keep the site updated daily, providing free online news to all.