Family of Troy Gray, Jr. offer $5000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts

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The family of missing, 29 year old, Troy Gray, Jr. is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to Troy’s location or the arrest and conviction of any persons involved in a crime relating to his disappearance.

Troy, who was also known as ‘Leck’, was last seen at his home in Paris around 2 a.m. on Thursday, April 10. After almost two weeks, family and friends have still had no contact with him.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office deputies located Mr. Gray’s vehicle — a 2014 white Chevy Malibu — badly burned on a county road south of Paris the day after he was last seen.

The clothing Gray had on when he left the residence is described only as a polo type shirt, dark shorts and a cap, according to authorities. He is a black male, 29 years of age, has black hair and brown eyes, is 6’2” and weighs 200 lbs.

The public is encouraged to contact authorities with any information that could lead to Gray’s location or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

North Lamar can’t hold lead as they fall to crosstown rival Paris High

Brandon Dusenberry pitching against Paris High

Brandon Dusenberry pitching against Paris High

Twenty-four hours after the Pleasant Grove Hawks lost to the Pittsburg Pirates, North Lamar looked to seize control of the District as they played crosstown rival Paris High at Hub Hollis Field. North Lamar jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on as the Wildcats defeated the Panthers by a score of 5-3.

North Lamar scored two runs in the first inning on three hits. The big hit coming off the bat of starting pitcher Brandon Dusenberry, who doubled scoring Hunter Reeves. Daniel Gibbons had already crossed the plate for the Panthers in the inning.

The Wildcats got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first after a Drew Helberg double scored Conor Henry. The game would remain that way until the fourth inning. Paris would take the lead after loading up the bases. Phillip Sikes, who finished the game 3-4, drove in the tying run on an infield single. Dusenberry then walked Henry to score the go-ahead run.

Jake Clark with a pick-off attempt at first base against North Lamar.

Jake Clark with a pick-off attempt at first base against North Lamar.

Paris would score another run in the fifth inning as a bunt single followed by a throwing error put Jordan Williams on third base. Williams would score on a single by Helberg to put the Wildcats up 4-2.

Aaron Edwards scored on a double steal attempt to make the score 4-3 Paris High, but the Wildcats tacked on one more run in the sixth inning on a Williams’ sacrifice fly. Both pitchers went the distance. Dusenberry finished with six innings pitched, allowing five runs but only one was earned. He did have five walks and four strike outs.

Jake Clark started the game for the Wildcats and went seven innings. He allowed three run, two of which were earned. He didn’t walk a batter and had three strikeouts. North Lamar finished with four errors while the Wildcats had three in the game.

If the Panthers win on Friday against Pleasant Grove, North Lamar will claim the district title as both teams are tied at 6-3. With the win on Wednesday, Paris still has a chance to make the playoffs in District 13-3A. Both Paris and Atlanta are tied at 5-4. If Paris beats L.E. and Atlanta loses to Pittsburg, Paris would claim the No. 4 spot and make the playoffs. If Atlanta wins and Paris loses, Paris will be out of the playoffs. If both teams win, there will be a three-way tie between Paris, Pittsburg and Atlanta for the final two playoff spots.

Q&A forum scheduled Thursday for Paris City Council candidates

alcr logoSix 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 Republicans, although city elections are non-partisan; candidates do not run as Democrats or Republicans.

Kruntorad said the Association of Lamar County Republicans is offering the forum “to promote an informed electorate through political education and involve citizens in the political process.

eParisextra will attend the forum and report on candidates’ responses to questions.

Early voting for the May 10 city election begins Monday and continues through Tuesday, May 6.

Forum coordinator Jimmie Kruntorad said those who have indicated they will attend are:

  • From District 1: Incumbent Aaron Jenkins (challenger Joe McCarthy has declined);
  • From District 2: Incumbent Sue Lancaster and challenger Kelly John Collins;
  • From District 3: Incument John Wright (challenge Benny Plata has declined);
  • From District 6: Incumbent Cleonne Holmes Drake and challenger Edwin Pickle.

The six participating candidates have been provided nine questions concerning the city and individual districts, Kruntorad said.

As time allows, the questions will be asked of all candidates, Kruntorad said. The candidates themselves were allowed to suggest possible questions to be included in the mix.

Council terms are for two years. The City Charter allows individuals to serve up to three consecutive 2-year terms, after which they must sit out at least two years before they may serve again.

Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

PJC presents 7th Annual Drama Student Showcase Friday & Saturday

“Fool for Love” with Austen Naron and Paige Collins

“Fool for Love” with Austen Naron and Paige Collins

The works of playwright Sam Shepard will be the focus of the Seventh Annual Student Showcase, presented by the Paris Junior College Department of Drama. The showcase will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater on the Paris campus.

“Though many might recognize Sam Shepard’s film career,” said PJC drama instructor and showcase director Alex Peevy, “it is his career as a playwright that has garnered such immense respect in the acting community. Shepard’s scripts are known for their twisted plots, gritty characters, and haunted families, set against desolate southwestern backdrops.”

PJC drama students will present four scenes from Shepard plays, including a scene from “Paris, TX,” as well as a selection of poems.  Scene work includes “Fool for Love” with Austen Naron and Paige Collins; “Action,” with J.J. Freelen, Derek Dacus, Samantha Turner, and Elizabeth Schneider; “Curse of the Starving Class” with Taren Sartor, Cody Rice, and Kaytlyn Zimmer; “Paris, TX,” with Haley Hines and Riley Collard.

Reading poetry and serving as crew are Schneider, Rice, Turner, Tori Hunt, Jessica Gallaghan, Marcus Kraut, and Zimmer.

The showcase is an integral part of Paris Junior College’s performing arts season and it gives patrons a chance to see what has been worked on in students’ courses.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information call 903-782-0488 or email pjcdrama@parisjc.edu.

 

Smoking ban — complete with fines — goes into effect Thursday

600px-No_smoking_symbol.svgThe city-wide smoking ban for public places in Paris — adopted a month ago by the Paris City Council — goes fully into effect Thursday.

It actually went into effect the moment it passed the council on March 24, but the council also ordained a 30-day grace period from imposition of fines — a minimum of $50 plus court costs.

Police Chief Bob Hundley said there were few problems during that 30-day grace period.

“To date, we have received very few complaints, but responded to these complaints and issued warnings,” Hundley said.

The Paris Police Department is asking for the public’s voluntary compliance with the amended ordinance, as they do with all statutes.  The statute in its entirety is listed on the city of Paris website, www.paristexas.gov.

The ban covers all restaurants, plus any bars contained within restaurants, or bars that open into restaurants, motels, or any other public place where smoking is banned. The ban extends to within 30 feet of entrances to any public place where smoking is prohibited.

Electronic cigarettes (vapor cigarettes) are not included in the ban.