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Health Officials Warn of Measles Outbreak

Health Officials Warn of Measles Outbreak

An outbreak of measles that can be traced back to Disneyland in December is traveling eastward, getting closer to Texas. There are now six states with confirmed cases of measles. The outbreak has spread to Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and across the border to Mexico. Arizona has been the...

01/24/2015 by eParisExtra
Is Dirt Good For Kids?

Is Dirt Good For Kids?

Recently I saw a post on Facebook that warned about the overuse of antibiotics in kids.  The post offered preventive measures to keep kids healthy, but one in particular really caught my eye. Kids who play outside more, specifically in the dirt are healthier.  Researchers are concluding that...

01/17/2015 by eParisExtra
Help Kids Make New Year's Resolutions

Help Kids Make New Year's Resolutions

Many adults don’t make resolutions, but maybe they should.  A resolution can be looked at as a goal for the year. Teaching children to set goals, to write them down and try to achieve them can be a valuable tool. Sitting down with your kids to create “resolutions” can be a...

12/31/2014 by eParisExtra
 “And Mom and Dad can Hardly Wait for School to Start Again...”

“And Mom and Dad can Hardly Wait for School to Start Again...”

We all look forward to Christmas break, but inevitably the excitement of Christmas wears off, the new toys begin to lose their appeal and the kids begin to whine “I’m bored.” Here 25 fun, easy and either free or cheap activities to do with your kids during the break…. Organize clothes,...

12/28/2014 by eParisExtra
Best Christmas Movies

Best Christmas Movies

In my house, Christmas time means Christmas movies. We all have our favorites. Here is a list of mine that I love watching with my kids every year. #10 A Charlie Brown Christmas  (the true story of Christmas and an awesome soundtrack) #9 It’s a Wonderful Life  (perhaps one of the...

12/07/2014 by eParisExtra
This Saturday is Full of Christmas Events

This Saturday is Full of Christmas Events

On Saturday, December 6th there will be a lot of activities for families ready to get into the Christmas spirit and celebrate the season. First, on Saturday morning at 8:15am is the Reindeer Run in downtown Paris, beginning at the Courthouse. Participants receive a t-shirt and a Santa hat. ...

12/05/2014 by eParisExtra
Christmas in Paris this Saturday

Christmas in Paris this Saturday

The Love Civic Center “Christmas in Paris” is this Saturday, November 22nd at the Love Civic Center from 9am-4pm. Christmas in Paris is a traditional Christmas bazaar hosted by Troop 2, chartered by Calvary United Methodist Church. Admission is free, but donations for Toys for Tots...

11/19/2014 by eParisExtra
Paris Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s Office Tips for Fire Safe Holiday

Paris Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s Office Tips for Fire Safe Holiday

It’s a busy time of year in the kitchen, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The kitchen is a beehive of activity during the holidays. Besides cooking all day, there are football games to watch, children and grandchildren playing, family and friends to visit. This means that there are minutes that no...

11/17/2014 by eParisExtra
Beauty and the Beast Coming to North Lamar High School

Beauty and the Beast Coming to North Lamar High School

Tickets are on sale at North Lamar High School for the Theatre Department’s production of Beauty and the Beast. The show runs Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening begin at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. All...

11/14/2014 by eParisExtra

"Tea with Mrs. Potts"

Children who love “Beauty and the Beast” will love having “Tea with Mrs. Potts” on Saturday, November 15th from 10am-12pm at the First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15 and include tea and a snack with the “Beauty and the Beast” character Mrs. Potts...

11/11/2014 by eParisExtra
The Overscheduled Child

The Overscheduled Child

Soccer practice, guitar lesson, dance class… for some kids that’s all a typical afternoon. And moms are running themselves ragged, burning fuel, trying to cram it all in. This mom included. And if you have multiple children, the logistics can become a nightmare. But the question...

11/04/2014 by eParisExtra
Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Whether you go trick or treating downtown, in your local neighborhood or at one of numerous church-sponsored Halloween festivals, there are several tips for keeping your kiddos safe on Halloween. Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially...

10/31/2014 by eParisExtra
A $1300 Mistake

A $1300 Mistake

You hear these kind of stories on the news, but you never think it will happen to you. Until you open up your credit card bill and realize your 9 year old child has spent $1300 on in-app purchases on your cell phone. Many of the new apps or games that kids purchase on iPhones or tablets are...

10/21/2014 by eParisExtra
Methamphetamine: The Facts

Methamphetamine: The Facts

Two people were arrested in Paris last week for possession of Methamphetamine. If you follow the arrests reports, you know that is not uncommon here in Paris. It’s not uncommon anywhere. But it is especially common in rural America.  Unfortunately, it is easy and cheap to produce. ...

09/07/2014 by eParisExtra
A look at Home Based Businesses - J. Hilburn

A look at Home Based Businesses - J. Hilburn

Regan Anders,J. Hilburn Personal Stylist Many moms are turning to home-based businesses as a career alternative.  In this series, we will look at several local women (and moms) who run a home-based, direct sales businesses.  The first is Regan Anders, J. Hilburn Personal Stylist. J. Hilburn...

08/25/2014 by eParisExtra
The Ebola Virus

The Ebola Virus

There is heightened concern, even here in Paris Texas, over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, especially since two infected Americans were transferred to an American hospital in Atlanta to be treated. “Ebola virus em” by CDC/ Dr. Frederick A. Murphy — a Centers for...

08/04/2014 by eParisExtra
Warning to Parents about Synthetic Pot

Warning to Parents about Synthetic Pot

Marijuana is more dangerous than ever, and parents need to warn their children that they have no idea if a deadly ingredient has been added.  And “synthetic pot” is even worse. Take the story of Connor Eckhardt from California, who was declared braid-dead at age 19. The previous Saturday,...

08/02/2014 by eParisExtra
Fall Baseball Signs Ups are Saturday, August 2nd

Fall Baseball Signs Ups are Saturday, August 2nd

Fall baseball sign ups are Saturday, August 2 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Woodall Fields. Players will play at the league age that they will be as of May 1, 2015. There will be a league for all ages 3 yr. to 14 yr. The season will start Saturday, Aug. 30. FALL BALL SIGN UP FEES are: 3-4 Yr....

07/31/2014 by eParisExtra
2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Maxey House

2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Maxey House

The Sam Bell Maxey House will be having a stuffed animal sleepover on Friday, July 25th. At 6:30pm, children can bring their stuffed animals, dolls or action figures to the Sam Bell Maxey House, located at 812 Church Street, for a sleepover. After introductions, everyone is invited to stay...

07/21/2014 by eParisExtra
Final Summer Workshop for Kids at PCT

Final Summer Workshop for Kids at PCT

The final summer workshop for kids at PCT is a Papier Mache Workshop, taught by Ashley Pickering. The workshop will meet this week, July 21-25 from 10:30am-11:30am. The class is for kids ages 6-12 and the fee for the week is $50.  Kids will be creating their very own hanging, 3D papier mache...

07/20/2014 by eParisExtra