Paris City Council honors NL saxophonist Connor Johnson

On behalf of the Paris City Council, Mayor AJ Hashmi honored Johnson on Monday night for his accomplishments. (eParisExtra photo)

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 earned first chair on the tenor saxophone when he competed against all others from the state of Texas in class 4A.  The Council presented Johnson with a certificate for representing Paris at such high levels.

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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.