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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
Two-day Early Vote total hits 128 for Paris City Council, 57 for PJC Board of Regents

Two-day Early Vote total hits 128 for Paris City Council, 57 for PJC Board of Regents

Below is the recap for Early Voting for Monday and Tuesday in the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College regent elections. After two days, the Early Vote total is up to 128 in the city council race, with more than half (52.3%) of the turnout coming in District 6, where incumbent...

04/30/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council candidates were first in line for early voting Monday

Paris City Council candidates were first in line for early voting Monday

The first five ballots for Paris City Council to go through voting machines during early voting Monday at the Lamar County Services Building were cast by candidates for the four seats open on the seven-member board. By day’s end, voting data released by county elections administrator Russ...

04/29/2014 by Charles Richards
Drake, Wright reports campaign expenses of more than $1,000 through mid-April for city council races

Drake, Wright reports campaign expenses of more than $1,000 through mid-April for city council races

Only two of the eight candidates for the Paris City Council filed campaign expense reports by the first filing deadline, City Clerk Janice Ellis said Monday. Candidates are required to submit a report at the first deadline in mid-April if they had expenses of $500 or more, she said. All...

04/28/2014 by Charles Richards
Challengers for Paris City Council seats respond on controversial issues

Challengers for Paris City Council seats respond on controversial issues

A week and a half of early voting begins today at the Lamar County Services Building (old Post Office Building, 231 Lamar Ave.) in Paris for the May 10, 2014, municipal and school elections in Paris and Lamar County. In an attempt to educate City of Paris voters with the candidates for the...

04/28/2014 by Charles Richards
Upcoming Paris city election will determine whether Hashmi gets fourth straight stint as mayor

Upcoming Paris city election will determine whether Hashmi gets fourth straight stint as mayor

Even though none of the three is on the ballot, this year’s city elections in Paris hold special importance for District 7 councilman Dr. AJ Hashmi, District 4 councilman Dr. Richard Grossnickle, and District 5 councilman Matt Frierson. Whether Hashmi will be mayor for a fourth straight...

04/27/2014 by Charles Richards
City has lost confidence in Paris City Council, Pickle says in candidate forum

City has lost confidence in Paris City Council, Pickle says in candidate forum

Former Paris city councilman Edwin Pickle wasted little time Thursday evening in a Paris City Council candidate forum explaining why he is seeking to return to the council after a 2-year absence. “We have lost a lot of job opportunities here, and there is a tremendous amount of...

04/26/2014 by Charles Richards
Group seeks citizen support for its opposition to outside development of Lake Crook

Group seeks citizen support for its opposition to outside development of Lake Crook

About 25 people attended Tuesday’s organizational meeting at the City of Paris Library for “Friends of Lake Crook,” which is aimed at preserving Paris’ Lake Crook as a quiet lake. On Jake Street’s motion, the group named Dr. Richard Swint as honorary chairman and...

04/23/2014 by Charles Richards
Q&A forum scheduled Thursday for Paris City Council candidates

Q&A forum scheduled Thursday for Paris City Council candidates

Six of the eight candidates for the Paris City Council have indicated they will participate in Thursday night’s candidate forum at 6 p.m. in the district courtroom on the second floor of the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris. The forum is sponsored by the Association of Lamar County...

04/23/2014 by Charles Richards
It's the city manager's job to run the city, Godwin reminded council in 2012

It's the city manager's job to run the city, Godwin reminded council in 2012

(Editor’s Note: As the 2014 City of Paris election approaches for city council positions of districts 1, 2, 3 and 6, it seems timely to present a transcript of city manager John Godwin’s comments during a 90-minute workshop with the Paris City Council in June 2012, shortly after he came...

04/22/2014 by Charles Richards
Update: Paris City Council candidate forum is at 6 p.m.Thursday

Update: Paris City Council candidate forum is at 6 p.m.Thursday

The Association of Lamar County Republicans will host a Paris City Council Candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday in the district courtroom on the second floor of the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris. The forum comes four days before early voting begins on Monday (April 28). Six of the eight...

04/21/2014 by Charles Richards
Open-air beer and wine garden opens in historic downtown Paris

Open-air beer and wine garden opens in historic downtown Paris

Bret Holbert and his wife, Sherrie, are back in the food business as proprietors of “107” — an open air beer and wine garden at 107 Grand Ave., just off the southwest corner of the Plaza in historic downtown Paris. The Holberts, who for 12 years owned and operated 24th Street...

04/18/2014 by Charles Richards