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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
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

The bold lines indicate the five water line replacement projects scheduled for imminent construction in southwest Paris. 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...

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 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

Now the “Paris Junior College Recreational Center,” in the 1100 block of East Austin St., this was formerly known as Aerofit Fitness Center. (eParisExtra photo)   The Paris City Council is looking into the possibility of negotiating with Paris Junior College the purchase of the...

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

Mayor AJ Hashmi 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...

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

A capacity crowd — many of them with strong opinions about smoking — packed the Paris City Council chambers on Monday night as the council amended city smoking regulations to include restaurants and sports venues. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards) Addressing the dangers of...

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. Dr. Amanda Green, one of the five Citizens Task Force members who pushed for a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, holds up a...

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 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...

03/14/2014 by Charles Richards