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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
Lamar County Spring Trash-Off this Saturday

Lamar County Spring Trash-Off this Saturday

Judge Superville stands in front of a pile of tires collected from last year’s Trash-Off. Photo provided by Jimmy Don Nicholson. It’s that time of year once again! Step away from your calendar, you didn’t forget a holiday (though, just in case you did, Easter is on Sunday!). Rather,...

04/17/2014 by Courtney McNeal
Unhappy with street work, Paris City Council delays final payment to contractor

Unhappy with street work, Paris City Council delays final payment to contractor

With a Louisiana company already three months overdue on a water line replacement project, the Paris City Council has decided to make the company wait another two weeks before getting the last of its money. City manager John Godwin “There are several issues, and one of them is the poor...

04/16/2014 by Charles Richards
Weekend ceremony at Pat Mayse Lake marks boys' transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts

Weekend ceremony at Pat Mayse Lake marks boys' transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts

Troop 2 Scoutmaster Mike Taylor honors Christopher Hudson of Paris by putting a Boy Scout neckerchief on him to replace the Cub Scout neckerchief. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards) About a dozen Webelos Scouts — typically fifth-graders — gathered after dark at Camp Kiwanis on...

04/16/2014 by Charles Richards
Sandy Creek Bridge on CR 16590 to be dedicated in honor of Duane Allen, lead singer of The Oak Ridge Boys

Sandy Creek Bridge on CR 16590 to be dedicated in honor of Duane Allen, lead singer of The Oak Ridge Boys

Final drawing plan of the plaque, as provided by the Southwell Co. The Big Sandy Creek Bridge over County Road 16590 will soon receive a new name. On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 15th, the bridge will be officially renamed and dedicated in honor of country music artist and Taylortown native,...

04/12/2014 by Courtney McNeal
Approval likely this summer for $600,000, 10-unit airplane hangar for Cox Field Airport

Approval likely this summer for $600,000, 10-unit airplane hangar for Cox Field Airport

Planning is about 85 percent complete for construction of a $600,000, 10-unit airplane hangar at Cox Field Airport, an aviation planner for the Texas Department of Transportation said Tuesday. Aviation planner Matthew Felton Matthew Felton told a marketing and development subcommittee of the...

04/09/2014 by Charles Richards
Police department prepares to enforce City of Paris smoking ban

Police department prepares to enforce City of Paris smoking ban

Police Chief Bob Hundley Halfway through a 30-day grace period for the city’s recently amended smoking ordinance, the Paris Police Department has not received a complaint about any violation, Police Chief Bob Hundley said Tuesday. The “warning only” grace period expires on...

04/08/2014 by eParisExtra
City of Paris seeks volunteers to serve three-year terms on city commissions

City of Paris seeks volunteers to serve three-year terms on city commissions

It’s nearing that time of year again, if you are a resident of Paris and would like to make a difference by volunteerig your time and knowledge by serving a 3-year term on one of the city’s boards or commissions. The City is accepting applications for positions on the Airport Advisory...

04/02/2014 by Charles Richards
Bray Construction wins first contract under Paris' $45 million infrastructure bond issue

Bray Construction wins first contract under Paris' $45 million infrastructure bond issue

Less than 12 months after Paris residents approved an historic $45 million infrastructure bond issue, the Paris City Council on Monday awarded the first contract — replacement of decades-old asbestos concrete lines that supply water to Kimberly Clark, Turner Pipe and Next Era Energy. From...

03/31/2014 by Charles Richards
Frierson: Council should not short-change streets in $45 million infrastructure work

Frierson: Council should not short-change streets in $45 million infrastructure work

City councilman Matt Frierson said one needs only to drive down Church Street to see why it’s a bad idea under the upcoming $45 million infrastructure bond program to spend all the money on water and sewer lines and nothing on streets. This is a photo taken Friday on Church Street near...

03/31/2014 by Charles Richards