Voting for City Council districts 1 and 2 is moved to northeast corner of Red River Valley Fairgrounds

The voting place for registered voters in City Council districts 1 and 2 – inner northwest and northeast Paris – has been changed.

In the past, it has been at the Westside Building inside the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

District 1 and 2 voters will continue to go to the fairgrounds on Election Day, but from now on it will be at the Events Center at 1875 Fitzhugh St., at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds.

That is the building at the intersection of Fitzhugh and Center streets that was once contracted out for bingo games.

There is no council election for District 1 or 2 in May, but all seven city districts will be voting on a proposed $45 million bond issue to replace and extend water and sewer lines, along with repair to streets and drainage infrastructure necessitated by such construction.

Election Day voting for Districts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be at the Lamar County Courthouse Annex at 231 Lamar Ave.

Early voting for all seven districts will be at the Lamar County Courthouse Annex on weekdays from Monday, April 29, through Tuesday, May 7.

by CHARLES RICHARDS

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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.