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Questions about the outcome of a possible increase in the city’s hotel occupancy tax to fund a $1.5 million restoration of Love Civic Center abound as voters go to the polls for a May 4 election.

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Water board OKs draft chapters of regional usage plan

  • Updated 15 hrs ago

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Region D water planning group, one of 16 in the state of Texas, is in the home stretch of crafting their 50-year water usage plan for Northeast Texas.

Texas House votes to advance bill to shore up teacher pension fund

  • 20 hrs ago

The chambers will have to negotiate exactly who will pay to shore up the pension fund, and how big the one-time additional check will be for retirees.

Texas House Bill 2348 addresses job protection for volunteer firemen

  • Updated 15 hrs ago

House representatives on Wednesday passed with a 126-19 vote HB 2348, which seeks to prohibit an employer from terminating or suspending an employee whose absence is related to an emergency or disaster declaration response.

North Lamar ISD hosts naming celebration

  • Updated Apr 24, 2019

North Lamar ISD honored four of its former educators Tuesday evening with a campus facility naming celebration.

Judge Tidwell: Child sex offender given 139 years

  • Updated Apr 24, 2019

A Lamar County jury handed child sex offender Israel Brice Deere, 30, of Paris, the maximum punishment Tuesday, and 6th District Judge Wes Tidwell stacked the sentences.

Paris hotels raise Autism Awareness

  • Updated Apr 24, 2019

On Tuesday, Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn joined that effort for the fifth year with a program benefiting advocacy group Autism Speaks.

Crawfish boil raises $8K for scholarships

  • Updated Apr 24, 2019

Hundreds of people opened their wallets and hearts for the families of three Rivercrest students who tragically lost their lives before they could graduate.

Texas House advances resolution to allow Texans to vote on daylight saving time

  • Updated Apr 24, 2019

The Texas House passed a resolution that would scrap twice-a-year time changes and ask voters decide the future of “Texas Time.”

Wade Park Weather Day

  • Updated Apr 23, 2019

With excellent weather and free school day, families and classes from the Boys & Girls Club came to play at area parks.

Five girls testify in child sex assault case

  • Updated Apr 24, 2019

One by one, five young girls took the stand in 6th District Court on Monday to give testimony about alleged abuse by Israel Bryce Deere, 30, of Paris.

Paris OKs $30M water plant replacement

  • Updated Apr 23, 2019

Paris city staff received the go ahead Monday to proceed with plans to replace the 60-year-old water treatment plant north of Paris at an estimated cost to exceed $30 million.

Border Patrol says apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley have already surpassed all of 2018

  • Updated Apr 23, 2019

AUSTIN — Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the number of undocumented immigrants who have been apprehended or turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley has already surpassed last year’s total, the agency said Monday.

Cooper ISD board has five candidates for three spots

  • Updated 17 hrs ago

Cooper ISD has three open at-large trustee positions for the May 4 election and five candidates applying.

Firing up bikes, stoves: Paris Harley Davidson hosts chili cook-off

  • Updated Apr 22, 2019

If it looked like business was hopping Saturday at Paris Harley-Davidson, that’s because it was as people flocked to the 17th annual Chili Cook-off.

Early voting starts today for local elections

  • Updated Apr 22, 2019

County elections administrator Tricia Johnson said voters need to remember to bring their identification.

2 vie for open alderman seat in Honey Grove

  • Updated Apr 23, 2019

HONEY GROVE — There are three seats open on the city council, including the unopposed seats of incumbents Thad Weems and Kenny Massey. Sandra Miller and Sonia Woods have filed for the remaining open alderman seat.

South Main Iron celebrates first birthday

  • Updated Apr 22, 2019

Tuesday marked the official one year birthday of South Main Iron in downtown Paris — an event celebrated Saturday — and owners Ryan Whitaker and Kris Estep are proud of the business’ accomplishments during the last year.

Texas removes thousands of children from Medicaid each month due to red tape, records show

  • Updated Apr 22, 2019

Most states check whether children on Medicaid still qualify for the program once a year. Texas checks more often, using an automated system that critics say lead to kids losing coverage even though they’re still eligible.

Do you support a 2-cent hotel tax increase to support renovation of the Love Civic Center?

  • Updated 1 hr ago

A special election has been called for May 4 to consider a 2-cent increase in the hotel occupancy tax, from 7 cents to 9 cents, that would support a $1.5 million revitalization of the 25-year-old Love Civic Center. Proponents say the renovations are needed to draw more events to Paris. Oppo…

No bull: Loose steer in Paris goes viral

  • Apr 21, 2019

A Facebook video of a steer on the loose in Paris garnered more than 2 million views in less than 24 hours.

Blue Ribbon Ringers: Buyers may have broken records at Thursday stock show sale

  • Updated Apr 19, 2019

Buyers at the 51st annual Lamar County Junior Livestock Show on Thursday night are expected to break another all-time record when final numbers are tallied later this month.

Bunnies to hop to Paris Saturday for Easter events

  • Updated Apr 19, 2019

Several local entities will host their Easter events Saturday, including the city of Paris, area churches and the Sam Bell Maxey House.

Paramedic tuition bill gains ground with Texas lawmakers

  • Updated Apr 19, 2019

With testimony by local Paris EMS paramedic Jason Dyess on record in Austin, lawmakers are supporting a push to include paramedics in a state tuition exemption for college fire science courses that’s currently offered to firefighters and law enforcement officers.

Paris Junior College to showcase 12 new plays at Pyro Fest

  • Updated Apr 19, 2019

Paris Junior College’s Drama Department opens its Fifth Annual New Works Festival-Pyro Playfest on Thursday with a double slate of shows performed on an alternating schedule over four days in the Ray E. Karrer Theatre, in the school’s administration building.

Lamar County Jr. Livestock Show an end for some, beginning for others

  • Updated Apr 21, 2019

When high school senior Kaylee Dillard sells Clyde in the Coliseum at the Lamar County Fairgrounds later today, a chapter closes in the life of Roxton High School’s final livestock exhibitor.

Strong storms fizzle out in Northeast Texas

  • Apr 18, 2019

Wednesday forecasts warning of baseball-size and larger hail came with a caveat — if, as in if an expected low front clashed with triggered storms. And that didn’t happen here.

Clarksville HOME program still accepting applications

  • Apr 18, 2019

HOME funds a variety of activities, such as homeowner rehabilitation, homebuyer assistance, contract for deed, tenant-based rental assistance, and single-family and multi-family development.

Finding calm in chaos: Lamar County celebrates technology and dispatchers

  • Apr 17, 2019

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunications week, also known as National Dispatchers Week. The week celebrates those who relay messages and coordinate the response of police, fire and ambulances during an emergency.

Paris coach reunited with class ring: Social media connections help tie Chisum ring to track coach Jones

  • Apr 17, 2019

A long kept secret has come to light after a social media post Monday night made fast work of reuniting the owner of a 1989 Chisum High School class ring lost 25 years ago.

Area storms may toss out hail the size of baseballs

  • Apr 17, 2019

If you can park your car under something, that might be a good idea this evening or you run the risk of damage from baseball-size hail. The National Weather Service has forecast a high severe weather potential for today to kick off after 3 p.m. as a dry line pushes into the area ahead of a cold front.

Thompson named lone finalist for Detroit ISD

  • Apr 17, 2019

Detroit ISD has chosen a Rivercrest alumna as its lone finalist to replace Superintendent Bryan Howie.

Clarksville orders 9 properties to be vacated, removed or demolished

  • Apr 17, 2019

CLARKSVILLE — Property owners Dennis and Deborah Wandrey have up to 60 days to vacate and remove or demolish rundown homes on nine of their 19 properties, or they’ll face a daily penalty of $100 per property that’s out of compliance.

Clarksville names new police chief

  • Apr 17, 2019

CLARKSVILLE — City Council gave its unanimous support to Donald J. Blasingame to become the city’s next police chief.

Roxton Lions name teachers of year

  • Apr 16, 2019

Superintendent Kelly Pickle said Amanda Killingsworth has been named the elementary teacher of the year, while Benita Woods has been named the secondary teacher of the year.

Rivercrest ISD talks solar

  • Apr 16, 2019

BOGATA — The Rivercrest ISD Board of Trustees will consider a tax value limitation sought by the company behind a planned solar energy project in Red River County.

Paris ISD tables contract, OKs purchases, teachers

  • Apr 16, 2019

An environmental contract worth $5.4 million for next year’s classes was tabled Monday, while Paris ISD trustees opted to hire several teachers and two administrators.

Grapes of Paris: Visitors turn out for 2019 Wine Fest despite weather

  • Apr 15, 2019

Wine drinkers simply opened their umbrellas before they opened the bottles Saturday night at the 2019 Paris Wine Fest, as intermittent light rain fell.

Drunk driving suspected in crash near Campbell’s Soup on Loop 286

  • Apr 15, 2019

A Paris resident suspected of drunk driving sent two people to the hospital after causing a four-vehicle collision Saturday evening. The wreck occurred shortly before 6 p.m. along Northwest Loop 286 near the Campbell’s Soup Plant.

Today is Tax Day

  • Apr 15, 2019

Today is Tax Day, that is unless you’ve filed for an extension with the Internal Revenue Service to file your income tax documents. The deadline for filing — whether that’s through the U.S. Postal Service or online tax preparation software — is midnight tonight.

Lamar County Junior Livestock show starts Tuesday

  • Apr 15, 2019

The 51st annual Lamar County Junior Livestock show kicks off Tuesday night with the weigh-in of market animals in the livestock pavilion at Lamar County Fairgrounds.

Roxton 2019 Prom

  • Apr 15, 2019

Saturday night Roxton High School students attended the final Roxton prom. Prom Queen was Kaylee Dillard and King was Tamaze Dangerfield.

Musgrove drops album: Paris resident debuts ‘True Story’ from home studio

  • Apr 14, 2019

With music running through his veins, Stoney Musgrove has played nearly all his life. But it wasn’t until just recently the Lamar County local cut his first album.

Lamar County hotel owners support hotel tax increase

  • Updated 15 hrs ago

Hotel owners, for the most part, are in favor of a 2-cent increase in the hotel occupancy tax that will, if approved by voters, support a $1.5 million revitalization of Love Civic Center.

Costs of living test minimum wage buying power in Lamar County

  • Apr 14, 2019

Despite an unemployment rate that has been at or below 5% since December 2014, a recent United Way study has shown nearly half of all Lamar County households struggled in 2016 to make ends meet. Key among the factors for that is low wages, area nonprofit directors say.

Roads of Refuse: Reno, Blossom deal with trash

  • Apr 12, 2019

Several times a month, residents who live along Highway 82 just to the east of Reno find themselves contending with large amounts of garbage filling their yards and roadways. And they say they’ve had enough.

Police arrest 2 after two-county, high-speed chase

  • Apr 12, 2019

A man, identified this morning as Ryan Lewis England, 25, led officers, deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers from Lamar and Red River counties on a 41-minute chase that reached speeds of 95 mph in some areas.

Scam Alert: Scammer pretends to be rental property owner on social media

  • Apr 12, 2019

While looking for a new place to live, Tijuania Harris came across a Facebook listing for a house for rent. She had seen the listing earlier with a higher price. But after several red flags, she ultimately escaped from sending a stranger her money.

Cooper debates manufactured vs. mobile homes

  • Apr 12, 2019

What exactly is the difference between a mobile and a manufactured home? Debate on the answer made up the bulk of Cooper’s latest City Council meeting. Ultimately, the decision was made to change a longstanding city law.

Weather brings weekend Northeast Texas Trail opening cancellations

  • Apr 12, 2019

With a 100 percent chance of showers and widespread thunderstorms looming in the National Weather Service forecast for Saturday, there have been cancellations of many planned events in Paris and surrounding communities.

Week of the Young Child

  • Apr 10, 2019

As part of the celebration of Week of the Young Child, a national week recognizing early education, students and parents had fun at the Learning is Fun night Tuesday at Givens Early Education Center.

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Do you support a 2-cent hotel tax increase to support renovation of the Love Civic Center?

A special election has been called for May 4 to consider a 2-cent increase in the hotel occupancy tax, from 7 cents to 9 cents, that would support a $1.5 million revitalization of the 25-year-old Love Civic Center. Proponents say the renovations are needed to draw more events to Paris. Opponents say the higher tax might give potential hotel guests reason to seek accommodation elsewhere. Do you support the hotel tax increase to renovate the Love Civic Center?

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