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Barney Bray submits low bid on first contract of $45 million infrastructure bond program

Barney Bray submits low bid on first contract of $45 million infrastructure bond program

Local contractor Barney Bray submitted the low bid for the first construction contract in the $45 million infrastructure bond issue approved by City of Paris voters last May. The Paris City Council is scheduled to meet in a brief special session at 5:30 p.m. Monday to award the contract for...

03/30/2014 by Charles Richards
Congressional candidate John Ratcliffe to speak at Republican meeting Thursday in Paris

Congressional candidate John Ratcliffe to speak at Republican meeting Thursday in Paris

John Ratcliffe, who faces U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, in a May 27 runoff for the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District of Texas, will be in Paris on Thursday. “I just learned he will be here for our April meeting of the Assocaition of Lamar County...

03/29/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris' unemployment rate drops from 10.0% to 7.6% over past year

Paris' unemployment rate drops from 10.0% to 7.6% over past year

The unemployment rate has dropped from 10.0 percent to 7.6 percent in Paris and from 8.5 percent to 7.0 percent in Lamar County over the past 12 months, according to the Texas Workforce Commission’s Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas. “It appears people are getting jobs,”...

03/28/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council inquires into purchase of former Aerofit fitness facility from PJC

Paris City Council inquires into purchase of former Aerofit fitness facility from PJC

  The Paris City Council is looking into the possibility of negotiating with Paris Junior College the purchase of the former Aerofit fitness center as a city recreation center. PJC acquired the center in 2012 and turned it into the Paris Junior College Recreation Center, which has a large...

03/26/2014 by Charles Richards
Here are the details of the City of Paris' newly approved smoking ordinance

Here are the details of the City of Paris' newly approved smoking ordinance

ORDINANCE NO. __________ AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PARIS, TEXAS, AMENDING ARTICLE III, SMOKING REGULATIONS OF CHAPTER 17 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PARIS, TEXAS; PROHIBITING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES IN THE CITY; MAKING OTHER FINDINGS AND  PROVIDING CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS RELATED TO...

03/25/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris mayor discusses planned development of Lake Crook

Paris mayor discusses planned development of Lake Crook

Paris Mayor AJ Hashmi gave an overview Monday night of the Paris City Council’s thoughts about future development of Lake Crook. The mayor’s presentation followed several weeks of attacks by critics, led by Dr. Richard Swint, who have alleged the council has designs on selling...

03/25/2014 by Charles Richards
City Council unanimously adopts comprehensive 'No Smoking' ban throughout Paris

City Council unanimously adopts comprehensive 'No Smoking' ban throughout Paris

Addressing the dangers of second-hand smoke, the Paris City Council unanimously adopted a stricter “No Smoking” policy for the city Monday night, putting into effect immediately a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants. First, District 4 councilman Dr. Richard...

03/24/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council expected to adopt ban Monday on smoking in and around restaurants and other public places

Paris City Council expected to adopt ban Monday on smoking in and around restaurants and other public places

The Paris City Council is expected on Monday to adopt an amended smoking ordinance that will add restaurants, ballparks and bowling alleys to the prohibited list. Smoking in public places, particularly inside, is already banned in Paris, but the existing ordinance empowers owners of bars and...

03/23/2014 by Charles Richards
Here is the proposed city-wide smoking ban ordinance that will come before the Paris City Council on Monday

Here is the proposed city-wide smoking ban ordinance that will come before the Paris City Council on Monday

ORDINANCE NO. __________ AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PARIS, TEXAS, AMENDING ARTICLE III, SMOKING REGULATIONS OF CHAPTER 17 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PARIS, TEXAS; PROHIBITING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES IN THE CITY; MAKING OTHER FINDINGS AND  PROVIDING CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS RELATED TO...

03/23/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council Agenda: Monday, March 24

Paris City Council Agenda: Monday, March 24

PARIS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA 5:30 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 24 The meeting will be held at the City Council Chamber, 107 E. Kaufman Street, in Paris, Texas. ——– Special Accommodations–This facility is  wheelchair accessible and accessible parking  spaces are available. ...

03/23/2014 by Charles Richards
Lamar County Republican Party announces 2014 county convention plans

Lamar County Republican Party announces 2014 county convention plans

John Kruntorad, chairman of the Lamar County Republican Party, has announced that the 2014 Lamar County Republican Party convention will be held on Saturday, March 22, in the Lamar County Courthouse. The convention will begin at 9 a.m. in the district courtroom on the second floor of the...

03/14/2014 by Charles Richards
Task force tweaks 'No Smoking' ordinance

Task force tweaks 'No Smoking' ordinance

The zone outside restaurants and areas where smoking will be prohibited in Paris under a new, more restrictive city ordinance has been increased from 20 feet to 30 feet. That and several other changes were recommended Monday afternoon by a citizens task force that began at 4:30 p.m. Monday and...

03/11/2014 by Charles Richards
Lt. Jimmy Womack of Paris Police Department completes program on law enforcement administration

Lt. Jimmy Womack of Paris Police Department completes program on law enforcement administration

Lt. Jimmy Womack of the Paris Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 70 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The program, also known as Module III, was on law enforcement administration and was taught at Sam Houston State University...

03/03/2014 by Charles Richards
Joe McCarthy, Kelly John Collins file for seats on Paris City Council

Joe McCarthy, Kelly John Collins file for seats on Paris City Council

Two more people filed just before the deadline Friday for seats on the Paris City Council, assuring a full slate of candidates for the four council seats that will be filled in the May 10, 2014 city election. Filing on Friday were former city councilman Joe McCarthy in District 1, and Kelly...

03/01/2014 by Charles Richards
$100,000 donation was attempt to derail upscale development of Lake Crook, Swint says

$100,000 donation was attempt to derail upscale development of Lake Crook, Swint says

Members of the Paris City Council have gotten the message: Last month’s $100,000 donation from Dr. Richard Swint and his wife, Susan, was NOT the ringing endorsement they thought it was of the city’s plan to turn Lake Crook into an upscale retirement or resort property. Just the...

02/26/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council endorses citizen task force's smoking ban compromise

Paris City Council endorses citizen task force's smoking ban compromise

The Paris City Council on Monday directed City Attorney Kent McIlyar to prepare a smoking ban for restaurants and athletic fields as agreed upon last week by a citizens task force. John Kruntorad, chairman of the Lamar County Republican Party, spoke from the podium on the compromise reached by...

02/25/2014 by Charles Richards
Physician who offered $100,000 to help restore Lake Crook criticizes plan to seek outside developers

Physician who offered $100,000 to help restore Lake Crook criticizes plan to seek outside developers

In a preview of his scheduled appearance tonight before the Paris City Council, Dr. Richard Swint told the Paris Rotary Club that Lamar County and City of Paris officials cannot be trusted to make sound economic development decisions. “Paris has a national reputation that it is...

02/24/2014 by Charles Richards
Boucoum's 18 points lead PJC past No. 5 Trinity Valley, 67-58

Boucoum's 18 points lead PJC past No. 5 Trinity Valley, 67-58

HUNT CENTER, PARIS — Behind eight quick points by Nouhoum Bocoum, Paris Junior College’s Dragons took an early 11-0 lead, stretched it to 19-3, and went on defeat No. 5-ranked Trinity Valley 67-58 Saturday. Trinity Valley finished the first half on a 10-3 run to cut Paris’...

02/23/2014 by Charles Richards
Citizens task force agrees on ordinance banning smoking at Paris restaurants

Citizens task force agrees on ordinance banning smoking at Paris restaurants

A citizens’ task force on a proposed No Smoking ban for Paris agreed Friday, in a meeting that lasted more than two hours, that as of sometime in March, smoking will be prohibited in the city’s restaurants. As part of a compromise, smoking will continue to be allowed in bars...

02/21/2014 by Charles Richards
Citizen task force on smoking ban has first -- and last -- meeting at 3 p.m. Friday

Citizen task force on smoking ban has first -- and last -- meeting at 3 p.m. Friday

A citizens task force meeting at 3 p.m. Friday at City Hall will be expected to have its recommendation by the time the meeting is over, Mayor AJ Hashmi said. The first item on the regular agenda of Monday’s meeting of the Paris City Council is: “Discuss and act on recommendations...

02/21/2014 by Charles Richards