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'Friends of Lake Crook' announce free outing at the lake from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

'Friends of Lake Crook' announce free outing at the lake from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

“Friends of Lake Crook” — a group dedicated to preserving the city-owned lake as an alternative to city designs of bringing in major outside development — has announced a free “Celebrate Lake Crook” outing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the lake. Free hot...

05/15/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council inks contract with 'The Retail Coach' -- restoring retail recruitment to the city

Paris City Council inks contract with 'The Retail Coach' -- restoring retail recruitment to the city

The Paris City Council has contracted with a national retail recruitment company whose specialty is helping “those small and medium-size communities” – like Paris – “that need help getting the word out.” Aaron Farmer After a 35-minute presentation by Aaron Farmer, vice president of...

05/15/2014 by Charles Richards
'Friends of Lake Crook' invite supporters to 5:30 p.m. meeting today

'Friends of Lake Crook' invite supporters to 5:30 p.m. meeting today

The group trying to enlist citizen support against aggressive development of Lake Crook has scheduled its second meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at picnic tables under a pavilion at the lake. However, because storms are in the forecast for Paris this afternoon and evening, there are contingency...

05/13/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council issues proclamation honoring PHS golfer Tanner Napier

Paris City Council issues proclamation honoring PHS golfer Tanner Napier

Mayor AJ Hashmi congratulates Paris High School golfer Tanner Napier at Monday night’s Paris City Council meeting for a high school career that ranked him No. 1 in Texas among Class AAA golfers. Napier led going into the last round of the state tournament in late April, finishing second...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Hashmi concedes his reign as mayor of Paris will end next week

Hashmi concedes his reign as mayor of Paris will end next week

Mayor AJ Hashmi conceded early in Monday’s meeting of the Paris City Council that his three-year reign as mayor of the City of Paris is coming to an end. Mayor AJ Hashmi “I want to thank everyone for helping me throughout my mayorship,” he said before taking the council into the regular...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
PEDC picks Turner, Grubbs, Anglin and Hashmi for exec director screening committee

PEDC picks Turner, Grubbs, Anglin and Hashmi for exec director screening committee

The Paris Economic Development Corporation agreed Monday to begin the search for an executive director, but to delay the screening process itself until a full PEDC board is in place. PEDC member David Turner makes a point as PJC president Pam Anglin looks on. (eParisExtra photo by Charles...

05/12/2014 by Charles Richards
UPDATE: Lynch wins PJC District 1 regent seat; runoff will decide between Norwood & Bell in District 7

UPDATE: Lynch wins PJC District 1 regent seat; runoff will decide between Norwood & Bell in District 7

A huge turnout on Saturday lifted District 7 incumbent Frankie Norwood into a tie with challenger Jim Bell, forcing a runoff in the Paris Junior College regents’ election. Bell led Norwood by almost 2-to-1 after the early votes were counted, but about an hour after the polls closed, the...

05/10/2014 by Charles Richards
UPDATE: Paris City Council election -- Jenkins, Lancaster, Plata and Pickle win

UPDATE: Paris City Council election -- Jenkins, Lancaster, Plata and Pickle win

Edwin Pickle and Benny Plata won their way back onto the Paris City Council on Saturday, beating incuments Cleonne Drake and John Wright respectively. Incumbents Aaron Jenkins and Sue Lancaster prevailed, beating Joe McCarthy and Kelly Collins respectively. “I’m thrilled, and now...

05/10/2014 by Charles Richards
North East Texas Anglers holds 'Kids Free' fishing tournament at Pat Mayse Lake

North East Texas Anglers holds 'Kids Free' fishing tournament at Pat Mayse Lake

A free fishing tournament for kids 16 and under was held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday (May 10) at Pat Mayse Lake. Registration began about 6 a.m. today at “C” Loop Sanders Cove. “The event has grown to well over 300 kids each year. We provide trophies, plaques for all age...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
Saturday's City of Paris election: A referendum on Hashmi's leadership?

Saturday's City of Paris election: A referendum on Hashmi's leadership?

Dr. AJ Hashmi Four Paris City Council places are up for election on Saturday in what could serve as a referendum on Dr. AJ Hashmi’s 3-year tenure as mayor. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. For Districts 1 and 2, voting will be at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, at the corner...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
At 7 p.m. Saturday ... go to eParisExtra.com for Election Day coverage

At 7 p.m. Saturday ... go to eParisExtra.com for Election Day coverage

www.eParisExtra will have results of the Early Vote and the Mail-In Vote, within minutes of the polls‘ closing at 7 p.m. Saturday. Coming in quick fashion thereafter will be the total vote, including Saturday’s Election Day numbers. You may also follow eParisExtra on Twitter and...

05/09/2014 by Charles Richards
District 3 seizes the momentum with one day to go in Paris City Council early voting

District 3 seizes the momentum with one day to go in Paris City Council early voting

Monday, for the first time since early voting started in the Paris City Council race a week ago, residents of District 3 showed up in the greatest numbers at the Lamar County Services Building, edging out District 6. Of the 60 voters who went to the polls Monday, increasing the total early vote...

05/05/2014 by Charles Richards
$840,000 bequest of W.J. McDonald of Paris resulted in McDonald Observatory -- dedicated 75 years ago today

$840,000 bequest of W.J. McDonald of Paris resulted in McDonald Observatory -- dedicated 75 years ago today

From left, Brandon Hoog of Paris, McDonald Observatory development manager Joel Barna, McDonald Observatory director David Lambert, and Rhonda Rogers of Paris. Hoog and Rogers are leaders in the Paris Texas Exes, which sponsored Paris’ participation in a celebration of the 75th...

05/05/2014 by Charles Richards
Early voting hits 298 for Paris City Council race, 115 for PJC regent contests

Early voting hits 298 for Paris City Council race, 115 for PJC regent contests

The first week of Early Voting for the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College regent elections is now in the rear view mirror — leaving only Monday and Tuesday, leading up to Election Day next Saturday. Incumbents are seeking re-election in all four City Council districts — 1,...

05/03/2014 by Charles Richards
Candlelight vigil for Troy Gray Jr. held at 8 p.m. on Friday in downtown Paris

Candlelight vigil for Troy Gray Jr. held at 8 p.m. on Friday in downtown Paris

A candlelight vigil for Troy Gray Jr., who had been missing since April 10 before his body was found Wednesday night in Red River County, will be held at 8 p.m. today at the fountain in downtown Paris. The vigil is sponsored by Brenda Cherry and Shatajna Woods, who also are sponsors of...

05/02/2014 by Charles Richards
Forensic exam in Dallas confirms identity of body as that of missing Paris man

Forensic exam in Dallas confirms identity of body as that of missing Paris man

Troy Gray Jr. A forensic examination Thursday in Dallas confirmed the identity of a body found Wednesday night in northern Red River County as that of Troy Gray Jr., Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Friday. “With positive identification, the case is being investigated as a...

05/02/2014 by Charles Richards
Early voting averages 60 per day for Paris City Council, 23 per day for PJC regents

Early voting averages 60 per day for Paris City Council, 23 per day for PJC regents

After four days, the early vote turnout for the May 10 city election in Paris hit 240 on Thursday, with District 6 continuing to poll more than the three other districts combined. If the average of 60 votes a day holds for the four Paris City Council races, that would work out to 420 early...

05/02/2014 by Charles Richards
Missing Paris man found dead north of Clarksville

Missing Paris man found dead north of Clarksville

Troy Gray Jr. A body found off a roadway in northern Red River County Wednesday night has been tentatively identified as that of Troy Gray Jr. of Paris, who had been missing approximately three weeks, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Thursday. “Based on tattoo descriptions, we believe...

05/01/2014 by Charles Richards
Early voting averages 60 per day for Paris City Council, 23 per day for PJC regents

Early voting averages 60 per day for Paris City Council, 23 per day for PJC regents

After four days, the early vote turnout for the May 10 city election in Paris hit 240 on Thursday, with District 6 continuing to poll more than the three other districts combined. If the average of 60 votes a day holds for the four Paris City Council races, that would work out to 420 early...

05/01/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council honors NL saxophonist Connor Johnson

Paris City Council honors NL saxophonist Connor Johnson

On behalf of the Paris City Council, Mayor AJ Hashmi recognized Johnson on Monday night for his accomplishments. (eParisExtra photo) The Paris City Council recognized the accomplishments of North Lamar High School senior Conner Johnson during its meeting on Monday. Earlier this year, Johnson...

04/30/2014 by Charles Richards