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Extended care facility re-opens at PRMC

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Children’s dentistry clinic expands

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Cardiologist mixes medicine and local politics

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Health care practitioners throughout the area stay on the forefront of medical treatment, procedures and equipment, making Paris and Lamar County a hub for Northeast Texas. Read about these advances in this issue of Valley Visions 2013.

Schools plan healthier menus for students

Valley Visions is an annual series highlighting life in the Red River Valley

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Recreation & Leisure

April 14 Health Care

April 21 Education

April 28 Agriculture

May 5

Business & Industry

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Community and Heroes


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The health care community stays on the leading edge

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Paris Regional Medical Center continues to develop, grow and care about the community it serves.

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oo often, what matters most is dismissed. Time and time again, what should be a point of pride gets overlooked. Occasionally, the closer an asset is to a community, the less it’s appreciated. Until, it’s needed. In the Red River Valley, few things are as needed, as important or worthy of pride as a health care industry that serves tens of thousands of people in two states with excellence in doctors, facilities, treatment options and education. In fact, few rural areas across the country can boast of a health care climate as strong as the one in Paris. It begins at Paris Regional Medical Center, a place that continues to develop, grow and, most importantly, care about the community it serves. Through ownership change, considerable investment and consis-

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tent drive to recruit the very best to the Paris and Lamar County area, PRMC remains a leader, both in the field of health and for the people it serves. But that’s just the beginning and just a part of health. There are new trends in braces, and new developments for the proud and local Paris Apothecary. Of course, nursing homes and assisted living facilities play a vital role in health care, and Brooks Hearing Clinic provides relief for so many. Our area boasts a new dialysis clinic, renovated facilities for Dubuis Hospital and cutting edge procedures from Dr. Khalid Shafiq. Our health care providers continue to

be on the leading edge of cardiac capabilities. Health, though, means so much more, especially for children. Parents, teachers and students are working through adjustments in school lunches that have been offered as part of the solution to fight the raging problems of childhood obesity. Also, Paris Junior College continues to remain at the front in developing nurses, paramedics and other medical programs. And, our look through Valley Visions would not be complete without our annual physician’s list. Our entire health care community is a significant, critical and extremely bright shining star amongst many in the Red River Valley. — J.D. Davidson is the editor and publisher of The Paris News. Follow him on Twitter @parisnews_ jd.


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New dialysis clinic to open in Paris

Physician’s Choice Dialysis-Paris

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Dialysis is a medical procedure that removes waste and excess water from the blood, It is used primarily in patients with reduced or lost kidney function due to renal failure. First used successfully in 1945, there are three main types of dialysis — hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and hemofiltration — and Paris’ newest dialysis clinic, Physicians Choice Dialysis-Paris, offers these services and more. Dr. Samad Jabbar and Dr. Wasey Jabbar, board certified nephrologists, have partnered with Physicians Choice Dialysis to build and operate a $2.5 million state of the art dialysis clinic at the corner of Loop 286 N.E. and Stillhouse Road, near Paris Regional Medical Center. The brothers Jabbar grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After practicing with a nephrology group in Dallas, the Jabbars moved to Paris in 2010. “We saw an opportunity here,” said Wasey Jabbar, 43. “There was a need for nephrology here in Paris, and an opportunity for us to grow and expand. It was an opportunity for us to practice together in a place that wasn’t so big, where we could focus on the community and live better

lives with our families.” “Paris is a nice place to raise a family,” said Samad Jabbar, 37. “We have had a warm reception from the people of Paris, the community, the physicians and the hospital.” After joining a physicians group at PRMC, the Jabbars began their practice in Paris, working with patients with kidney diseases and those requiring dialysis. They paid special attention to educating the public and the medical community of the need for pre-dialysis care and how the diseases the physicians treat can lead to renal failure and how monitoring renal function can help forestall the need for dialysis. There were no board certified nephrologists in Paris when the Jabbars began their practice, and dialysis patients were treated at an existing clinic in town or traveled to Dallas three days a week for treatment. The growing need the doctors found in Paris for dialysis led them to Physicians Choice Dialysis. “We did our research and Physicians Choice was the best choice for us,” said Wasey. “PC offered state of the art facilities and equipment,” added Samad. “It is a smaller, independent company, and for them, the patient comes first.” Physicians Choice owns and manages the clinic, which will begin accepting patients in the next few weeks, once the man-

datory testing and certification are completed. The Jabbars are already seeing patients in offices in the clinic building. When open, the new dialysis clinic is equipped to treat up to 21 hemodialysis patients a day, three times a week, two shifts a day, for a total of 42 patients in a group. Another 42 patients can be treated on the other three days of the work week, for a total of 84 patients a week. Peritoneal dialysis patients are treated in rooms set aside for that procedure, off the hemodialysis floor. A session of hemodialysis can last typically up to four hours, so each dialysis station comes equipped with heated and massaging-capable chairs, as well as individual TV sets. The clinic is WiFi equipped for patients’ electronic devices. The Drs. Jabbar have brought their expertise to Paris to serve the needs of nephrology patients in Northeast Texas. In working with Physicians Choice Dialysis, they can offer their patients the latest equipment and technology in a new, comfortable facility, close to home. “Many of our patients were traveling to the city for treatment,” said Wasey Jabbar. “Now they can stay here.” “We are right here, 365 days a year,” said Samad Jabbar. “We are available to offer a seamless continuity of care to our patients.”

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Dr. Samad Jabbar and Dr. Wasey Jabbar, board certified nephrologists, have joined with Physicians Choice Dialysis to open a new dialysis clinic at the corner of N.E. Loop 286 and Stillhouse Road in Paris. The doctors, who are brothers, have practiced in Paris since 2010.

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Dr. Michael Brown, D.O., the newest general surgeon town, credits playing video games as a youth for the dexterity necessary to perform modern day surgery. “I was one of those video-game playing kids,” the physician said. “Research has suggested surgeons who grew up in that era are really better at looking at a camera and using instruments than those who never had that.” The doctor was quick to add he did not play the violent games popular today but the games of his era — Pac Man, Super Mario Bros. and Asteriods. During down time, the doctor can be found playing with a Rubics cubic or other similar mind challenges, all of which he says makes him a better surgeon. Having moved offices to Paris from Bonham in January, the surgeon is located in the M.A. Walker Md. Medical Building at the corner of

12 S.E. and Clarksville Streets. A Doctor of Osteopathy, Brown says there is little difference in the training between physicians who train at osteopathic or allopathic

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gus,” the physician said, explaining how he uses a scope similar to ones used with colonoscopy procedures to repair an anatomical problem from the inside at the point the esophagus attaches to the stomach. “Antacids may help with the burning but until you correct the anatomy you will still have reflex,” he said. Brown said he has furthered his skills in minimally invasive surgery since beginning private practice. He performs many surgeries with a single incision in the belly button as well as traditional laparoscopic surgery using only a few incisions. “I learned a lot of tricks doing surgery just through the belly button so I don’t necessarily

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need four holes,” Brown said, adding he believes he is the first surgeon in Northeast Texas to do single incision surgery. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University in Waco. He earned his medical degree from Des Moines (Iowa) University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then completed a traditional rotating internship at Midwestern University in Chicago. He concluded with a surgical residency at St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital in Detroit, Mich., where he received extensive training in general surgery, transplant surgery, bariatric surgery, trauma surgery, vascular, pediatrics and medical and surgical intensive care.

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Legend Healthcare works directly with the hospital, physicians and home health agencies to help treat the patients in a skilled nursing facility.

Legend working to get patients the skilled nursing care they need Eva Dickey

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The health care industry is facing many challenges and changes with the newly implemented rules and regulations regarding Medicare, according to Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center’s director of marketing and admissions Talisha Alsup. Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies have been hit hard by health care changes. A significant change is the readmission to hospital guidelines. If a Medicare patient readmits to the hospital within 30 days of a previous hospi-

tal discharge, the hospital is at risk for non-payment for the readmission. Studies performed by Congressional Research Service and prepared for members and committees of Congress, show one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days at a cost of $15 billion dollars every year. Legend Healthcare, however, works directly with the hospital, physicians and home health agencies to help treat the patients in a skilled nursing facility and avoid the readmission. Legend is able to provide IV therapy, wound-care, tracheotomy care, JP drain care, central line care,

PICC line care, mediport care, peripheral IV care, respiratory care, chest tube care, orthopedic care, cardiac care and various other treatments. The wide realm of services allows the health care team to care for the highest acuity of patients, Alsup said. Legend Healthcare was established in 2002, but has roots in health care and long-term care operations going back almost 30 years. “We bring a high level of dedication and experience to the business of caring for people,” said Alsup. Legend has taken as its guiding principles: Patient first, respect,

integrity and stewardship. These are the four cornerstones for building lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with the patients, their families and the employees, said Alsup. “This place is great,” said patient Juanita Garrett. “I have been to rehab at the hospital and at other buildings, and this is better than anywhere. I am doing so much better than before. I would recommend everyone to come to Legend.” The longevity and loyalty of the employees of Legend Healthcare also account for its success. Legends page 7

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While so many health care organizations continuously have turnover and change, Legend is proud to have a tenured staff. Legend’s same administrative and nursing staff has been in place for years. The same continuum of staff gives the residents at Legend the peace of mind knowing they have the same “family” taking care of them day to day. Legend Healthcare’s administrator, Mandy Chapman, and director of nursing, Tracy Morris, were both raised in Lamar County and are graduates of Lamar County schools. The two have deep roots and ties to the community, Chapman said. Legend offers nursing and rehabilitative care, focusing on the residents’ emotional health as well as their physical well-being, and placing a premium on preserving the residents’ dignity and self-respect, while providing quality standards of nursing care. The proprietary Legend Transitional Care Model delivers high-quality care designed to restore a patient to his/her highest potential function. Legend embraces the hospice philosophy of ensuring the right to dignity and comfort during the final

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phase of our residents’ lives. Legend also offers respite care in the event a person is caring for a loved one and needs temporary assistance in the form of a shortterm stay at the Legend facility. “When I came to Legend I had suffered a massive stroke, said patient Mary Record. “I was totally bed bound, unable to talk, unable to eat, totally dependent and wasn’t suppose to live but a few days. Legend’s team started working on me the day I got there and look at me now, a mere year later. I’m still alive and kicking. I am able to talk, feed myself, transfer, and wheel around in my wheelchair. I thank God everyday for placing these people in my life.” Legend Healthcare’s Tru Care therapy team works in a state of the art therapy gymnasium with therapeutic equipment no other skilled nursing facility in the area has, including an adaptable body weighting machine and a whole body vibration machine, in addition to a fully equipped gymnasium, and occupational kitchen and bath. They also provide vital stim, PENS, E-stim, modalities, pain management, neuro-reeducation, gait training and out-patient therapy.

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“Nearly invisible” is the catch-phrase in hearing technology these days. “We have had amazing advancements in hearing technology over the last few months,” said Jamie Harris Brooks of Brooks Hearing & Speech Clinic. The new devices are paired with personalized relief for ringing in the ears, allowing specialists the latitude to design the device to suit the individual’s needs. The device has flexibility to fine tune and match a person’s unique tinnitus.

“The result is a fully configurable solution based on the patient’s needs and preferences,” Brooks said. Hearing technology advances have brought the focus more and more on the patient’s needs, not only with the choice of devices, but the type of hearing quality the patients wants. Effective analysis, hearing loss diagnosis, test results, desired listening lifestyle and cosmetic preferences are all factors in customizing hearing solutions appropriate to the patient’s hearing difficulty. “Better hearing can

now be achieved with less fatigue due to improvements in speech clarity, directionality and connectivity,” Brooks said. Another avenue used in hearing devices is wireless connectivity, where the aids function as a wireless headset for bluetooth-enabled devices such as televisions, home telephones, iPods and smartphones. Hearing aid styles range from invisible in the canal devices hidden from view to fashion statement pieces in colors to match a person’s particular style. Some people experience what specialists call

“sound voids,” moments that lack clarity in hearing or understanding what has been said. “Some may hear people talking but simply have difficulty understanding them. Others may struggle to hear clearly in background noise or in small groups,” Brooks said. “These types of sound voids may result in tiring, frustrating and embarrassing situations.” Sound voids may be correctable with devices, through medication or surgical intervention. Those who experience them should have their hearing tested.

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Dr. Khalid Shafiq could be considered a pioneer in Interventional Cardiology in Paris, Texas. His clinic, the Paris Cardiology Center located at 1775 FM 195, is one of the most well-equipped heart clinics in the Red River Valley with its high tech nuclear stress testing capabilities and its 64-slice Computed Tomography [CT] scanner. Paris Cardiology Center in collaboration with Virtual Radiologic (VRAD) offers complete body 64-Slice CT services with reports ready within an hour to the referring physician. Since coming to Paris in 1995, Shafiq has pioneered the introduction of several procedures at Paris Regional Medical Center. Introduction of such procedures at the hospital requires years of training, fulfilling credentialing requirements for the state and the hospital as well as training hospital staff, nurses and technicians. The cardiologist has introduced the following procedures in his years of service as a physician in the community. • Turbo Hawk Atherectomy: [plaque removal from arteries by a special catheter that is mounted on a blade] • Bi-ventrical pacemaker: [syncs right and left ventricles of the heart for proper heart rate and rhythm function to prevent a heart attack] • Angio Max :[introduction of an anti-coagulant of choice in the Cath Lab] • Carotid artery stent procedure: [Introduction of stents in the arteries of the neck to prevent stroke] • Peripheral artery stent procedure: [Prevent amputation of legs by stenting arteries in the legs to improve blood flow to the lower parts of the body] •Impella 2.5 Cardiac Assist Device [Introduction of left ventricular assist device during high risk coronary intervention procedures especially in patients considered high risk for open heart surgery] • IVC Filter placement [Introducing the procedure to prevent blood clots that develop in the leg or pelvis to travel to the lungs] • Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm repair [EVAR] —[treats aortic aneurysm in abdomen with a stent procedure without surgically removing part of the aorta] In Paris almost 18 years, Shafiq attended

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Dr. Khalid Shafiq has practiced interventional cardiology in Paris for nearly 18 years.

Khyber Medical College at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan from 1979 to 1984 and then did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine there from 1984 to 1988. He then spent four more years at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., doing an internship and residency in Internal Medicine. He was chief resident, Hines VA Medical Center Chicago in 1991 and received the Achievement Award for Chief Resident before spending three years at the University of Miami serving a cardiology fellowship. From there he spent a year studying Interventional Cardiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas before coming to Paris. He holds three board certifications — Internal Medicine; Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He is also accredited by the American College of Radiology for nuclear cardiology and C.T. imaging. The physician has

served several years as the chief of staff at Paris Regional Medical Center in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has been the director of Cardiac Cath Lab at Paris Regional Medical Center in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was also the chief of the Department of Medicine at Paris Regional Medical Center in 2000, 2003 and 2004. His wife, Ayesha Shafiq, says her husband was given $700 and a oneway ticket to the United States by his Dad to make a life. After fulfilling his promise to his dad, the first time he went back home was after 10 years to see his family. “He believes in hard work and great practice ethics, and today he runs a practice with over 20 employees and has been awarded several patient choice recognition and compassionate doctor recognition awards,” Ayesha Shafiq said. The Shafiqs live in Paris and have two children.

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Nile virus — seven classifiled as West Nile fever and four cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease. One resident of Lamar County lost his life to the disease. West Nile virus is carried by birds, which are

fed upon by the adult female Culex mosquito, or the common house mosquito. The mosquito can pass the virus to any other mammal it feeds on, including pets, livestock and, all too often, humans. “Mosquitoes are tiny, blood-sucking, flying

insects, and, during the summer, they can be serious pests,” said Gina Prestridge, executive director of the ParisLamar County Health Department. “Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs, and you can prevent them from colonizing your area simply by get-

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ting rid of the sources of standing water near your home.” Prestridge urges area residents to begin removing these sources of standing water now, before the mosquito population explodes with the coming of warm weather. Here are some of the tips she offers for the coming mosquito season: • Scrub out bird baths every week, using a nylon scrub brush, and replace the water in it. The standing water draws mosquitoes, which will lay eggs in it. • Look for sources of standing water and get rid of them. Old pails, tires and buckets lying around the yard fill up with water during the rainstorms and provide mosquitoes with a breeding ground. Store these items

mouth-down, or get rid of them. • Trim back shrubs and trees, reducing the overgrowth in the yard. Overgrown plants create marshy areas underneath that gather moisture more easily. • Inspect trees for any hollows that hold water. Fill hollows with sand to prevent mosquitoes from using them as breeding area. • Mow lawns at least once a week. The shady area underneath overgrown grass tends to gather moisture and attract mosquitoes. • Clear debris from your rain gutters. The debris traps water, providing mosquitoes enough water to breed. The Paris-Lamar County Health Department will begin its

annual mosquito prevention efforts around the end of April/first of May, said Prestridge. “The plan includes a three tiered approach in the prevention and spread of West Nile Virus,” she said. First, educating the public with helpful tips on what they can do to protect their families. It is vital that individuals understand how to protect themselves. Second, using larvicides in standing water to prevent the breeding process and hatching of new mosquitoes. Lastly, using a chemical fogging technique, that attacks and kills the adult mosquito.” For more information on prevention tips or fogging schedules call the Paris-Lamar County Health Department at 903-785-4561.

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Children’s dentistry clinic expands, renovates Krista Goerte

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Paris Children’s Dentistry became a staple in Paris in 2010 and despite less than three years in the area, has already grown to the point where renovations were a necessity. Led by owner Dr. Allen Pearson, who also has offices in Wylie and Corsicana, the renovations have allowed the office to double its original square footage for its growing client base. The office now has eight treatment rooms, two large check in and check out areas, a spacious reception area with TV monitors playing kid-friendly moves, a game room with XBox systems and tables and chairs for children to play with books and coloring pages provided. The flooring has been updated and bright, child-friendly colors are throughout the office. Pearson said Paris Children’s Dentistry recognizes children are not adults, and therefore have designed the office to meet the unique physical, mental and social needs of children. The office caters to ages 6 months to 20 years. “A traditional or general dentist typically study and perform a wide variety of treatment on patients of various ages,” Pearson said. “Their offices are guided by common dental needs. Paris Children’s Dentistry is a specialist dental practice with a staff who has received advanced training in pediatric dentistry and experience in treating specific need for adolescent patients. Our team at Paris Children’s Dentistry is dedicated to making children feel comfortable and confident, so they can take a healthy smile and attitude about dental care with them into adulthood.” The dentist said changes in insurance and the economic downturn has had a negative impact on dental care nationwide. Rather than preventative care, many families are tending to see a dentist only when an issue arises in an effort to save money. “Many struggling families don’t always realize the resources available to help their children with the dental care they need to ensure they maintain a healthy smile and avoid potential pain and costly emergency visits,” Pearson said. PCD accepts CHIPS and Medicaid and encourages parents with traditional insurance to review dental coverage options with their employers each year. “While many offices in the area are ‘fee for service dental practices’ and require full payment up

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The newly-renovated sign-in desk at Paris Children’s Dentistry.

front, our office will do everything we can to help families in the community get dental care for their children by verifying and submitting their insurance for them,” Pearson said. The office staff also pay visits to local schools, and offer educational programs aimed at helping to encourage students to talk to parents about dental needs. Other advances the office has taken advantage of is areas of radiation — specifically dental X-rays that have moved away from traditional X-rays. Digital imaging allows the office to minimize the amount of radiation a patient receives by as much as 80 percent of traditional X-rays. “These images can then be displayed on a computer monitor where they can be enlarged and enhanced to dramatically improve the doctor’s abilities to diagnose and treat patients,” Pearson said. “It takes each digital X-ray about 10-15 seconds to appear on the monitor and digital X-rays have no chemical waste, making them environmentally friendly. “Our office strives to utilize the most current and state-of-the-art technology in our dental software, digital radiographs and visual guides so that we are able to help parents and patients ‘see’ the areas that might need attention,” Pearson added. “We have found being able to see on a monitor what is in a tiny mouth can help treatment acceptance and prevent future dental problems.” Biggest concerns with children’s teeth? Pearson said tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today, but in less than five minutes a day, most cavities can be prevented. Routine checkups are key to prevent problems before they start. “Tooth decay can lead to tooth loss, severe pain, chewing problems, abscesses and, although rare, untreated cavities can be fatal for some kids,” Pearson said. “Decay is a disease, and many parents don’t realize that with regular checkups we can catch decay in its early stages and provide treatment before it becomes severe. Brushing

and flossing at home and eating a nutritious diet can help create a foundation of good dental health for families.” Pearson said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that tooth decay affects more than onefourth of 2- to 5 year-old children and half of kids age 12 to 15. “Encouraging daily habits of brushing and flossing even in small children, as well as limiting sugary snacks can help parents easily prevent a painful and problematic disease,” the dentist said. What is considered proper tooth care? Pearson said maintaining a healthy smile means brushing twice a day with a soft toothbrush, proper technique, quality fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. Use an ADA approved toothbrush, spend three to four minutes brushing in circular motions across the tooth surface and gum line. After brushing, scrape or brush the tongue to remove germs and bacteria that harm teeth and cause bad breath. The last DENTISTRY page 16

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Dentistry: Meeting the unique needs of children

from Page 15 step is to rinse the mouth with water and spit out the debris. Pearson recommends brushing twice daily or after meals and flossing once a day. Most children need to visit the dentist every six months. Some, with more plaque build up, gingivitis and orthodontic appliances may need to come in as often as every three months. Pearson said the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist when they get their first tooth, or on their first birthday — whichever comes first. Tips for making sure children keep their teeth clean and healthy? Toddlers and preschoolers: “By the age of one, your child should visit us to become familiar with our office. At this first appointment, the doctors will talk with you and get to know your child,” Pearson said. “They’ll take a quick look inside your child’s mouth and advise you on how to keep baby teeth strong and healthy. Usually, children around the age of three are willing to sit in the dental chair for a cleaning and fluoride treatment. Elementary-school children: “Creating good habits can be difficult for active kids,” Pearson said. “However, regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental visits are essential to oral and overall health. Our team will give you and your child the training, tools, and encouragement necessary to take good care of young teeth and gums. Regular check-ups will help with developmental concerns; possible need for orthodontics and early intervention can prevent extensive problems. Making sure your child has a healthy diet is very important and avoiding sugary foods and drinks will also help. Pre-Teens and teenagers — “Older children are usually more concerned with their appearance, but they may still need encouragement to continually keep up with good daily oral hygiene practices,” Pearson said. “It is important to provide your mature child with the comprehensive preventive, restorative and

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Above: One of the eight examination rooms at the Children’s Dentistry Clinic. Right: Dental assistant Nancy Olmos preps patient Olivia Parrish for a round of fillings during a recent visit to Paris Children’s Dentistry.

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A growing clientele prompted Dr. A.J. Hashmi to move his practice from cramped offices on Clarksville Street to a large clinic adjacent to Paris Regional Medical Center two years ago. About the same time, the cardiologist decided to enter politics and soon became mayor of Paris. The Heart Clinic of Paris, 2890 Lewis Lane, is now home to a growing medical practice as well as the district offices of the Place 7 councilman and mayor. “I love Paris because of the love and affection the people have shown me in this community,” Hashmi, who came to Paris from Miami, Fla., said. Hashmi recounted his time in Paris. “In almost eight years my practice has grown tremendously from a complete start-up to one of the busiest cardiology practices in Paris,” the doctor said. Hashmi moved from an office with three exam rooms and a small waiting room to spacious offices, a large waiting room and adequate examination rooms equipped with the latest equipment for regular and nuclear stress testing. In addition to medical accommodations, the facility includes a conference room and offices for city council members to use at their convenience. Hashmi specializes in cardiac intervention with stints and balloons and follows patients post open heart surgery. He treats patients with valvular heart disease as well as congenital heart disease. “On an outpatient basis, our emphasis continues to be preventive to focus on the correction and modification of leading causes of heart disease such as the management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the emphasis on diet and exercise and easily correctable risk factors such as tobacco use,” the cardiologist said. Hashmi voiced his support for Transforming North Texas, a five-year program aimed at reducing deaths from heart disease and strokes by recommending community-wide policies and environmental changes. Dr. Debra Cherry, associate professor occupational medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is the program director for the $2.5 million grant for projects in Hopkins and Lamar counties. “I think it is important that the city council and the citizens of Paris support Dr. Cherry in her efforts here,” Hashmi said. “As a cardiologist and as mayor, I certainly

lend my support.” Hashmi was educated in an American community school in the United Arab Emirates, where his father was secretary of defense. After graduating from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, the medical student, then 21, came to the United States. He completed his internship and residence training at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Conn., an affiliate of Yale University

School of Medicine and part of the Yale-New Haven Health System. From there, Hashmi began a 15-year practice in Tampa, which quickly grew. Before moving to Paris in February 2006, he served as the director of interventional cardiology at University Community Hospital and Pepin Heart and Vascular Institute. He also served as the cardiology section chief of the Points of Care Clinics in Tampa.

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Practice Director Ewell Byrd. In addition, the support services team is committed to addressing the educational, emotional, financial and nutritional needs of patients during their cancer treatment. “We deliver all of this with a level of personalized care and convenience not typically found in large metropolitan facilities,” said Dr. Sucharu Prakash, oncologist at Texas Oncology. Texas Oncology-Paris is well-established as a valuable resource to Paris and the surrounding communities, providing excellent cancer care from

a team of “We strive dedicated to bring cancer professionals, brighter Prakash futures added. to cancer The cenpatients ter treats and help all types of cancer, improve from the cancer surmost prevvival rates.” alent forms Ewell Byrd such as Texas breast canOncology-Paris cer, prospractice director tate cancer, skin cancer and lung cancer to any of more than 200 forms of cancer oncology Page 21

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Schools plan healthier menus for students nutrition in schools

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Encouraged by requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more recently by First Lady Michelle Obama’s emphasis on the battle against childhood obesity, schools are taking on an additional core subject — healthy eating habits. It’s not a course for credit but a period that takes place in school lunchrooms daily where students are introduced to a variety of foods and are discouraged from making unhealthy choices of foods high in fat and low in nutritional value. “Finding foods that

meet the new guidelines is not a difficult task,” said Mitzi Pirtle, food service director at PISD. “The difficult task is finding foods that students like that meet the new guidelines.” In addition to schools offering more healthy food choices, teachers are encouraged to incorporate the importance of healthy lifestyles in classroom discussions whenever appropriate, according to the First Lady’s Lets Move; Eat Healthy initiative. Food service program directors from Paris, North Lamar and Chisum school districts have been

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Oncology: Treating a variety of cancer types from Paris clinic from page 20 identified by the medical community. They offer a full range of leading-edge treatment options at high levels of care and convenience. “We strive to bring brighter futures to cancer patients and help improve cancer survival rates,” said Byrd. “Texas Oncology-Paris has the resources to help you fight your battle with cancer. We are a proud member of Texas Oncology, the pioneer in community-based, outpatient and multidisciplinary cancer centers.” Texas Oncology’s network includes leading cancer treatments such as radiation oncology, PET/CT, HDR and IMRT. Texas Oncology-Paris also recently added image-guided radiotherapy, commonly referred to as IGRT, which is “the use of sophisticated imaging technologies to guide the delivery of precise forms of radiation therapy.” Basically, tumors can move during treatment, usually due to natural breathing, and move especially between treatments because of everyday activities. The IGRT system offers doctors and clinicians advanced imag-

ing techniques to verify patient position and tumor position at the time of treatment. According to radiation oncologist Dr. James Petrikas, knowing exactly where the tumor is allows clinicians to reduce the volume of tissue irradiated, targeting only the tumor and sparing the surrounding normal tissue. Texas Oncology is also expecting to add a new modality of treatment later this year, called stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT. SBRT is a technique that allows delivery of very high doses of radiation, usually in several large fractions (hypofractionated), by multiple co-planar and non-coplanar beams and guided by a set of coordinates, also known as stereotactics. “SBRT requires a precise definition of the target, assessment and/ or management of target motion, identification of a relatively tight planning target volume (PTV), conformal RT planning and daily high quality set-up verification prior to each treatment,” Dr. Petrikas said. On the medical oncology side, the physicians stay current with any new drugs that are coming out

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from Page 21 changing what’s served and how food is prepared for the thousands of students who usually receive as much or more of their daily food intake at school as they do at home. To bring variety, PISD serves sandwiches on both wheat and white bread with chicken sandwiches offered only on whole wheat buns, according to Mitzi. Fresh fruit is offered both in the cafeteria and a la carte lines. Side salads are offered as well as chef salads on a daily basis. “Cookies offered are both whole grain and reduced fat,” Pirtle said. “Fruit slushes, which are portioned controlled according to grade level, have been added to the a la carte line and are 100 percent fruit juice.” The Healthy Hungry Kids Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 brought about changes in milk offered. Non-flavored milk must be 1 percent skim and flavored milk must be skim. During school year 2012-13, schools completed lunch requirement implementation with attention next year going toward the implementation of breakfast requirements, Pirtle said. According to Pirtle, examples of lunch changes include the following: • At least half of bread products are whole grain. This includes sliced bread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, pasta, breading on meat products. Next year all grain products are required to be whole grain. • Side salads implemented in prior years are now made with Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, shredded carrots and cherry tomatoes. This aids in the fulfillment of the weekly dark green and red/orange vegetable requirement. • The following freshly prepared salads plus fruit and milk provide students with an alternative meal: Chicken tender salad, chicken fajita salad, taco salad, trio salad and chef salad. These are offered with low fat dressing. • Choices of fruit (fresh, canned, frozen) and/or 100 percent fruit juice are offered daily. • Broccoli (cooked and raw), sweet potato fries, spinach, carrots (cooked and raw) and celery add to the variety of vegetables offered from prekindergarten to high school. • Kindergarten through high school students may choose three to five components to be considered

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Announces its Anniversary The Paris Sleep Disorders Center announces its 22nd anniversary. By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, The Paris Sleep Disorders Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Dr. John Liming is a member of our staff and is certified in Sleep Medicine. Our staff provides the finest care for sleep disorders in Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and Arkansas. We, at the Paris Sleep Disorders Center, appreciate our patients, referring physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants for their support. We look forward to providing quality service in the future. Ted McLemore, M.D., Ph.D. CEO

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Student nutrition changes implemented in recent years as required by the State of Texas in some cases are stricter than U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations: • No deep-fat frying – Fryers had to be out of the kitchens by school tear 2009-10. • Oven roasted French fries replace the fried variety. These fries have not been flash fried before frozen as before therefore they are lower in fat. • Potato products have a limit on the number of times they can be served during a week according to age groups. Also students are limited to purchasing only one portion controlled serving at a time. • Cokes and candy products cannot be offered or sold anywhere on the school campus until after the end of the school day. • Portion control and controls on fat and sugar content were implemented on chips, ice cream, puddings, bakery items, milk and other beverages • Reduction of trans fats is required in food offered. • Fruits and vegetables, preferable fresh, should be offered on all points of service both in cafeteria and ala carte lines. • The use of whole grains is encouraged this year and required next year. [Courtesy of Mitzi Pirtle, food service director for Paris Independent School District.]

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McGregor at North Lamar and Wanda Armstrong at Chisum. McGregor said students at the high school are now saying they have a hard time deciding whether to go through the cafeteria line or eat a la carte. “We are tricking them into eating because our cafeterias look more and more like a restaurant and they just can’t resist,” McGregor said. “Students still love the comfort food — chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes — but the meat is now baked and is coated in whole grain breading.” Under the leadership of newly named food program director Wanda Armstrong, Chisum students are still taking part in the decision making process for foods being served in cafeteria lines and a la carte stations. “I am in my eighth year with the district and am excited about the recent changes and opportunities that lie ahead for our food service program,” Armstrong said. In December she hosted a survey on each campus to find out what students wanted to eat and then began introducing more of those foods prepared to meet guidelines. “We were able to make some changes that would still keep us in

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line with federal guidelines,” Armstrong said. “Participation quickly began to rise district wide.” During February and March, the district hosted several vendors for taste demonstrations with more planned for April. “Students and staff really enjoy these, and this definitely helped boost a little morale for our program,” Armstrong said. Armstrong said new guidelines are a bit challenging but nothing the district can’t handle along with the support of both

students and staff. “We are looking forward to more growth in our program and the excitement is becoming contagious,” she said. “Healthy meals can still be delicious, just ask a Chisum Mustang.”

“We are tricking them into eating because our cafeterias look more like a restaurant and they just can’t resist..” Diana McGregor, North Lamar

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A list of doctors associated with Paris Regional Medical center. Acharya, Mandeep, MD, Internal Medicine/ Hospitalist, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-737-1476, 903-7371553 Ahmad, Nabeel, MD, Nephrology, 1133 Medical Drive, Tyler, TX 75701, 903-595-5486, 903-5955128 Aligeti, Venkata, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, 875 S Collegiate St., Paris, TX 75462, 903-7858857, 903-784-1942 Aquino, Alfonso, MD, Anesthesia, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-739-7273, 903-7377277 Awtrey, Jill, DO, Psychiatry, 2850 Lewis Lane, Suite 109, Paris, TX 75461, 903-782-9500, 903782-9550 Bandel, Phillip B., MD, Dermatology, 911 Lamar Ave., Paris, TX, 903-7857546, 903-785-8445 Benavides, John, DO, Phy. Med. & Rehab., 1025 DeShong Drive, Paris, Texas, 903-785-4600, 903782-9911 Bercher, Paul R., MD, Family Practice, 1055 Clarksville St., Suite 200, Paris, TX, 903-739-7700, 903-739-7989 Bright, William MD, Ophthalmology, 1235 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903785-4166, 903-785-4172 Brown, Martha J., MD, Pediatrics, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7378 Brown, Michael DO, General Surgery, 1055 Clarksville St. Suite 155, Paris, TX 75460, 903-7378808, 903-737-8860 Burns, Stephen J., MD, Family Practice, 3737 Lamar Ave., Suite 300, Paris, TX, 903-739-9788, 903-739-9798 Campbell, Mark R., MD, General Surgery, 420 North Collegiate, Paris, TX, 903-785-4499, 903785-4717 Cannon, John, DO, Family Practice, 170 SE St. 8th St., Suite B Paris, TX 75460, 903-905-4945, 903-905-4949 Carpenter, David, MD, OB/Gynecology, 2850 Lewis Lane Suite 113 Paris, TX, 903-784-0410, 903-784-0288 Chadwick, Tuesday, MD, OB/Gynecology, 2850 Lewis Lane Suite 218 Paris, TX, 903-7856448, 903-785-6498 Chira, Ebele MD, Endocrinology, 1055 Clarksville St. Suite 190 Paris, TX 75460, 903905-4609, 903-905-4611 Clark, George E., MD, Pediatrics, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7379 Clifford, Yvette, MD, Pathology, 801 Clarksville, Suite C, Paris, TX, 903-784-7210, 903784-1786 Cochran, Ernest W., MD, Oncology, 3550 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903785-0031, 903-784-6755 Cruz, Manuel, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Cutrell, Martin T., MD, Pediatrics, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7377 DelaGarza, David, MD, Orthopedics, 3435 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-785-8571, 903-7851277 Diamond, H. Gregg, MD, Phy. Med. & Rehab., 1025 DeShong Drive, Paris, Texas, 903-7854600, 903-782-9911 Dickey, William D., MD, Gastroenterology, 2870 Lewis Lane, Ste.

230-231, Paris, TX, 903785-0025, 903-784-4140 Dietze, William MD, Wound Care, 1128 Clarksville St. Suite 50 Paris, TX 75460, 903-7397620, 903-739-7625 Dodla, Saritha MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Durham, John D., MD, Family Practice, 1128 Clarksville, Ste. 100, Paris, TX, 903-785-4362, 903-782-9365 Edenhoffer, Peter MD, Neurology, 2655 N. E. Loop Paris, TX 75460, 903-784-1593, 903-7846807 Edwards, David MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX, 903-785-8857, 903-7841942 Erickson, Rick E., MD, Otolaryngology, 1001 East Austin, Paris, TX, 903739-7400, 903-739-7409 Finkelstein, Jason, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Franklin, Sara DO, Wound Care, 1128 Clarksville St. Suite 50 Paris, TX 75460, 903-7397620, 903-739-7625 Gibbons, Mark, MD, Otolaryngology, 1001 East Austin, Paris, TX, 903739-7400, 903-739-7409 Gibbs, Aubrey, MD, Pediatrics, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7379 Gibbs, Mark, MD, Orthopedics, 3435 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-

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Physicians list: Complete list of office addresses, phone numbers from page 24 Green, Gregory, MD, Orthopedics, 3435 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903785-8571, 903-785-1277 Green, Paul K., DDS, Dentistry, 3445 Pine Mill Road, Paris, TX, 903-7844802, 903-785-8450 Greenwell, Mark MD, Nephrology, 1055 Clarksville St., Suite 160, Paris, TX 75460, 903785-3300, 9036-785-3310 Grossnickle, Richard, MD, Ophthalmology, 2615 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-785-0083, 903-7852947 Haas, Stephan MD, Radiology, P. O. Box 3780 Amarillo, TX 79116, 806355-3352, 806-355-5367 Hashmi, Arjumand, MD, Cardiology, 2890 Lewis Lane Paris, TX 75460, 903-739-7810, 903739-7814 Hatley, Richard, MD, Anesthesia, 820 Clarksville St., Paris, TX, 903-785-8521, 903-7373157 Ho, Trieu MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Hogge, Mark MD, Radiology, P. O. Box 3780 Amarillo, TX 79116, 806355-3352, 806-355-5367 Holmes, Amanda MD, Psychiatry, 1055 Clarksville St. Suite 180 Paris, TX 75460, 903-7371630, 903-737-1631 Hulen, Han MD, Infectious Disease, 1128 Clarksville St. Suite 50 Paris, TX 75460, 903-7397620, 903-739-7625 Iheukwumere, Esther, MD, Nephrology, 1055 Clarksville St., Suite 160, Paris, TX 75460, 903785-3300, 903-785-3310 Jabbar, Samad MD, Nephrology, 850 N. E.

Loop 286 Paris, TX 75460, 903-784-4487, 903-784-4497 Jabbar, Wasey MD, Nephrology, 850 N. E. Loop 286 Paris, TX 75460, 903-784-4487, 903-784-4497 Jackson, L. Allan, MD, Radiology, P. O. Box 3780 Amarillo, TX 79116, 806355-3352, 806-355-5367 Jacob, Abraham, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Kilgore, Terry L., MD, Internal Medicine, 2850 Lewis Lane Suite 105 Paris, TX, 903-785-8486, 903-785-8031 Kim, James M. D., Cardiology, 2850 Lewis Lane Suite 114 Paris, TX 75460, 903-905-4602, 903-905-4603 Leddy, Michael D., MD, Internal Medicine/ Wound Care, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7373 Lee, Paul M. MD, Psychiatry, , , ??????? Lewis, H. Michael, MD, CardioThoracic Surgery, 707 Lamar Ave.,, Suite C-2, Paris, TX, 903784-0878, 903-784-8220 Liming, John, MD, Pulmonary, 1055 Clarksville St., Suite 110, Paris, TX, 903-784-7472, 903-784-4598 Linn, David K., MD, Ophthalmology, 1235 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903785-4166, 903-785-4172 Lippincott, Pia, MD, Anesthesia, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-739-7273, 903-7397277 Mahdi, Syed, M. D., Internal Medicine/ Hospitalist, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-737-1476, 903-7371553

Matter, Gregory, MD, CardioThoracic Surg, 2850 Lewis Lane, Suite 103, Paris, TX 75462, 903-739-7570, 903-7397575 McLemore, Theodore, MD, Pulmonary, 1055 Clarksville St., Suite 110, Paris, TX, 903-784-7472, 903-784-4598 Miesch, Mary Gail, MD, Gynecology, 945 South Collegiate St., Paris, TX, 903-784-1141, 903-784-6198 Moseley, Robert B., DDS, Dentistry, 2306 Lamar Ave.,, Paris, TX, 903-784-7197, 903-7847007 Nguyen, Anh MD, Wound Care, 1128 Clarksville Suite 50 Paris, TX 75460, 903-739-7620, 903-739-7625 Orfaly, Hayan, MD, Internal Medicine/ Hospitalist, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-737-1476, 903-7371553 Petrikas, James, DO, Radiation Oncology, 3550 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-785-0031, 903-7846755 Pipkin, Tracy, MD, OB/ Gynecology, 2870 Lewis Lane, Suite 229, Paris, TX 75462, 903-739-9006, 903-737-4577 Prakash, Sucharu, MD, Oncology, 3550 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-7850031, 903-784-6755 Preston, Joseph Keith, MD, Neurosurgery, 3435 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-785-4600, 903-7829911 Resnick, Peter, MD, Anesthesia, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-739-7273, 903-7397277 Rowlan, Steven D., MD, Orthopedics, 3435 Physicians Page 26

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Physicians: Paris Regional Medical Center’s list of doctors, surgeons from page 25

NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-785-8571, 903-7851277 Salas, Rafael, MD, CardioThoracic Surg, 1055 Clarksville St., Suite 165, Paris, TX, 903-7397830, 903-739-7833 Salzman, Eric, MD, Pediatrics, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7378 Schwartz, Brian, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Scott, Clifford, MD, Pediatrics, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7378 Shafiq, Khalid, MD, Cardiology, 1775 FM 195, Paris, TX 75462-2855, 903-739-2700, 903-7841749 Shapira, Adam, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX 75462, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Singh, Lav MD, Infectious Disease, 1055 Clarksville St. Suite 130 Paris, TX, 903-739-7920, 903-739-7925 Siniakov, Igor MD, Dermatology, 3154 Clarksville St. Paris, TX, 903-401-2018, 903-7837376 Spinks, Shaun, MD, Family Practice, 1128 Clarksville St., Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-785-4362, 903-782-9365 Stafford, Stephanie DO, Wound Care, 1128 Clarksville St. Suite 50 Paris, TX 75460, 903-7397620, 903-739-7625 Stewart. David L., MD, Gastroenterology, 2870 Lewis Lane, Ste. 230-231, Paris, Texas, 903-7850025, 903-784-4140

Strom, Gordon B., MD, Internal Medicine/ Hospitalist, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-737-1476, 903-7371553 Surber, William, MD, Internal Medicine, 2850 Lewis Lane, Paris, TX, 903-739-2244, 903-7392246 Tapia, Alefia MD, Internal Medicine, 1055 Clarksville St. Suite 130 Paris, TX, 903-739-7920, 903-739-7925 Tapia, Ashfaq MD, Internal Medicine, 1055 Clarksville St. Suite 130 Paris, TX, 903-739-7920, 903-739-7925 Taub, Kent MD, Emergency Med., 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-737-1165, 903782-2820 Temple, S. Drew, MD, Orthopedics, 3435 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903785-8571, 903-785-1277 Thurmond, Frederick MD, Phy. Med. & Rehab., 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903737-1476, 903-737-1553 Tijerina, Arthur, MD, Urology, 811 East Austin St., Paris, TX, 903-7850338, 903-785-0798 Trammell, Chad, MD, Family Practice, 1128 Clarksville St., Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-785-4362, 903-782-9365 Troutt, Thomas, MD, Internal Medicine, 927 South Collegiate, Paris, TX, 903-785-9898, 903785-8844 Vargas, Norberto, MD, Phy. Med. & Rehab., 1025 DeShong Drive, Paris, Texas, 903-782-4600, 903782-9911 Varma, Jai, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate Paris, TX 75460, 903-785-8857, 903784-1942 Vaughn, Mark D., MD, OB/Gynecology, 2850

Lewis Lane Suite 107 Paris, TX 75460, 903-7839434, 903-783-9441 Walter, Stephen, MD, Pathology, P.O. Box 100, Paris, TX, 903-784-4584, 903-784-1786 White, Ernest S., MD, Internal Medicine, 3150 Clarksville, Suite 100, Paris, TX, 903-782-9206, 903-783-7375 Wikoff, Donald L., MD, Urology, 2915 North Main St., Paris, TX, 903784-4044, 903-784-4201 Wilcox, Celeste, MD, Oncology, 3550 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX, 903-7850031, 903-784-6755 Wilkerson, Clifton, MD, OB/Gynecology, 2850 Lewis Lane Suite 103 Paris, TX 75460, 903784-0800, 903-784-0866 Williams, Fred A., MD, Gynecology, 1900 FM Road 195, Paris, TX , 903-784-3200, 903-7847405 Williams, Sharenda MD, Pathology, P. O. Box 100, Paris, TX 75460, 903-784-4584, 903-7841786 Win, Zaw, MD,

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Anesthesia, 865 DeShong Drive, Paris, TX 75460, 903-739-7273, 903-7397277 Wurzburg, Donald, MD, Cardiology, 875 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX 75462, 903-785-8857, 903-

784-1942 Xavier, Joseph, MD, Phy. Med. & Rehab., 1055 Clarksville, Suite 170, Paris, TX, 903-785-8858, 903-785-9514 Young, Robert M., MD, General Surgery,

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omentum is growing around the Red River Valley. It’s exciting to see. Motivating to hear. And, encouraging to watch. We’re moving, and we’re moving in the right direction. There’s not a better time to get moving than right now. The weather is turning and so are so many opportunities for adults and youngsters to become more active and healthier. As we draw closer to the launch of a major fitness initiative in Paris, Lamar County and throughout the valley, options are coming for better nutrition, a variety of exercise options and, most important, specific ways for each of us to improve our qualify of life in terms of our health. Soon, the goal of Paris becoming a Fit City will be announced, along with paths to follow to become Fit Families, Fit Neighborhoods, Fit Businesses, Fit Churches and Fit Schools. It’s a major effort set in motion

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by a group of concerned citizens who believe health and healthy activities will lead to more progressive, energetic, competitive and well-rounded community. But, our recreation and leisure activities will not start with Fit City. Already, activity is flooding our community. At historic Woodall Field, youngsters of all ages are hitting the baseball diamonds and carrying on a decades-old tradition of sharing baseball with friends and families, while establishing friendship and learning valuable life lessons. Also, the city of Paris is now organizing and running the Dixie Softball league, providing plenty of action for girls throughout the area. But, our activity branches far from the diamond. Families can find

a variety of opportunities for fun and recreation at the Family Fun Center, and the popularity of both disc golf and skateboarding continues to grow. Golf remains one of the most enthusiastic recreation activities in the area. In our community, though, family fun, healthy living and exercise begins and ends with one of our most important assets, the Trail de Paris. Improved in many areas, the Trail continues to be a gathering point for walkers, riders and runners in our community, providing an attractive place to get moving. Our community is obviously gaining momentum, and there promises to be so much more movement in the area over the months and years to come. Join the action.

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Lots of sports available in Paris

Vast assortment of athletic opportunities open in the city BRENT WILBURN

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With the amount of organized youth sports available in the city of Paris, it’s easy for children to get plugged into the league of their choice. Youth sports leagues are open at various times throughout the year, which allows parents to help their kids find the perfect place to play. Football and soccer are the primary focus in the fall, and baseball and softball are the highlights of the upcoming late spring and summer months.

The softball and baseball leagues in the city are run by the Paris Optimist Association, Paris Parks and Recreation Department and Girls Softball of Paris, while the spring and fall soccer programs are handled by the Kiwanis Association. The Paris Parks and Recreation Department also operates a swimming program. Here is a list of the primary associations in the Paris area. PARIS OPTIMIST BASEBALL Paris Optimist hosts

games every weeknight in Paris during the spring and summer months at Woodall Field inside the Charles E. Taylor Sports Complex. Woodall Field was created in 1978 and has grown into Paris’ largest baseball complex. The league expanded this year to include an instructional T-Ball league for 3 and 4 year olds. Altogether, kids from age 3-14 are eligible to play in Paris Optimist leagues. Sam Craft / The Paris News, File Photo More than 800 children Cardinals runner Jacob Johnson slides safely into home plate as Phillies pitcher Maverick Asbery attempts to record an out during a game played SPORTS Page 6 last season in the Paris Optimist AAA (9-10 year-old) league.

Summer tourneys to return to Paris

Dixie Baseball tournaments to be played in July BRENT WILBURN

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Paris Teen League Commissioner Dale Henry and Dixie Youth Baseball State Director Bill Sanders are two important pieces of the local youth baseball puzzle. Sanders is a key cog in the operations of baseball leagues for players from age 3 to 14 at Woodall Field in the Charles E. Taylor Sports Complex, while Henry assists in keeping the 15-19-year-old players in action. Both are equally thrilled when they can help keep local players on their home fields once allstar tournaments begin. This year, there will be four all-star state tournaments held in Paris. Henry helped bring the Dixie Majors (17-19-yearold) and Pre-Majors (15-16-year-old) State Tournaments to the city yet again. The two tournaments have become summertime traditions in Paris over the years. They are typically played at Paris Junior College’s Hub Hollis Field and North Lamar’s Pos Long Field. Henry said hosting TOURNEYS Page 7

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Paris American all-star Austin Allison throws a strike to an opposing batter during a Dixie Baseball state tournament game last year.

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Family Fun Center provides many activities, including roller skating, mini golf and batting cages.

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There are plenty of activities for children at Paris Family Fun Center,

ranging from roller skating to mini golf to batting cages. But the constant goal, according to operations manager David Millsap,

is to show parents it’s more than just a place for kids. It’s a place for families, as the business’ FUN CENTER Page 6

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Activity on the Trail de Paris will increase in the coming weeks, with the comfortable spring weather being more conducive to outdoor activities.

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What started as a project about 10 years ago has become one of the most popular recreational facets in the city of Paris. The Trail de Paris began as a mission spearheaded by the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2003-04. The original plan was for the Trail to stretch 2 1/2 miles from 12th St. to Loop 286. Grants weren’t available at the time, so members of the Class raised $125,000 in nine months.

“It’s social and recreational. You’ll see people walking and they’re talking, and even bikers will be talking. It’s a social and networking type of thing, as well as recreational.” Earl Erickson, Trail de Paris volunteer

Those funds gave life to the Trail de Paris and were the starting point to what is now a 5.94-mile stretch of paved asphalt, which is the city’s and Lamar County’s only non-motorized pedestrian/bicycle trail. It’s an exercise hub for outdoor enthusiasts in Paris, who flock to the trail to walk, run and ride

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from Page 4 have registered to compete in six divisions. Those divisions are: Instructional T-Ball (3-4), T-Ball (5-6), Coach Pitch (7-8), AAA (9-10), Youth Majors (11-12) and Ranger Youth Majors (1314). Player agents over each age group are Michael Smith (Instructional T-Ball), Kenneth Webb (T-Ball), David Hinson (Coach Pitch), Larry Rhea (AAA), Bill Sanders (Youth Majors) and Bryan Perry (Ranger Youth Majors). Bill Sanders is Dixie Youth Baseball State Director and Terry Bee is Dixie Youth Baseball District 5 Director. Wade Sparks is the Breakfast Optimist Club president. Dixie Youth Baseball began its season April 1. PARIS TEEN LEAGUE BASEBALL Paris Teen League Baseball is essentially the next step for players once they out-grow the leagues operated by the Paris Optimist. The league is for 15-19-year-olds and then branches into all-star teams once the season ends. The all-star teams are divided into two age groups: Pre-Majors for 15-17 year-olds and Majors for 18-19. Games for the Paris Teen League are played at Paris Junior College’s Hub Hollis Field, North Lamar High School’s Pos Long Field and Prairiland High School’s Patriot Field in Pattonville. Paris Teen League typically wins the bid to host the state tournaments for both the Dixie Pre-Majors

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Ayden Farris, left, catches a ball above the head of teammate Jacob Veal during a game in the Paris Optimist league last season.

and Majors. Both tournaments will once again be played in Paris this summer. Mike Barnett is president of the Paris Teen League, Glenn Wark is vice-president and secretary, Chip Exum is treasurer, and Dale Henry is Teen League commissioner. CITY OF PARIS SOFTBALL The Paris Department of Parks and Recreation has taken over the girls softball program, which was operated by the YWCA for 36 seasons. The games are played four nights per week at the Paris Sports Complex located beside Love Civic Center, and the league is open for players from ages 3-15. The league operates under Dixie Softball rules. The breakdown in divisions is T-Ball (3-4-year-olds), Sweeties (5-6), Darlings (7-8), Angels (9-10), Ponytails (11-12) and Belles (13-15).

The season began March 25. GIRLS SOFTBALL OF PARIS Girls Softball of Paris is a slow-pitch league for kids between the ages of 4 and 18 and is played under ASA rules. The league is split up into four age divisions: T-Ball (4-5-yearold T-Ball), Coach Pitch (6-8-year-old), Pre-Teen (9-12-year-old) and Teen (13-18-year-old). There are approximately 200250 girls in the league each year. Games are played four nights per week on the softball fields behind Chisum Middle School. The entry fee for players between the ages of 4-8 was $30, and the fee for players 9-18 was $40. Girls Softball of Paris began in 1976 and was operated under Carl Wade. Steven Hill and his family took over in 2005. For more information, e-mail gsop@neto. com or call 903-249-1117.

KIWANIS YOUTH SOCCER The Kiwanis Youth Soccer program has more than 700 youth participating annually. There are spring and fall leagues provided by the organization, which is under the direction of Philip Coker. Youth Soccer is for players in the following age groups; under-6 (girls), under-8 (boys and girls); and under-14 (girls). An adult league was formed five years ago. Games are played at the nine-field Kiwanis Soccer Association Complex behind Paris Junior College. PARIS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY The Paris Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley has grown in membership since allowing girls to participate in 2001. The club sponsors several sports and other activities, with the biggest draw from youth coming in their football and basketball leagues. There were more than 200 players who participated in the club’s two basketball leagues, which ran from January through March. The league is divided into two age groups, 9 and under and 12 and under. Henry Shaw is executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 1530 1st Street NE in Paris.

from Page 5 name suggests. “We offer a family fun environment,” Millsap said. “It’s a fun place for everyone to come. It’s not just for kids. Our goal is to be family-oriented, not for parents to just drop their kids off and leave. We’ve been making a lot of renovations to the building, and we still have plans to do more.” All of the activities at the Family Fun Center are available for all age groups. Renovations are planned for certain aspects of the mini golf course, and the batting cages are still relatively new after being installed

“We offer a family fun environment. It’s a fun place for everyone to come. It’s not just for kids. Our goal is to be family-oriented, not for parents to drop their kids off and leave.” David Millsap, operations manager

a couple of years ago. The Center is open Friday and Saturday and has recently opened for business on Sunday afternoons as well. Fridays are dubbed “Family Fridays.” Hours of operation are from 5-10 p.m. and everyone can be admitted for $5. Saturday hours are 1-10 p.m. and Sunday hours are 2-6 p.m.

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Tourneys: Dixie Baseball state tournaments to be held in Paris again this summer from Page 4 those tournaments has multiple benefits for the players involved. “It keeps us at home, and it’s much better than us having to pay to travel,” Henry said. “For what we spend to host the

tournament, it would cost that much, if not more, to send a team out of town to play. Plus, it’s good for our kids to stay in their own beds and spend their nights at home. It gives us a little advantage, I think. It also benefits the economy in Paris when other

teams coming into town.” Home field advantage for the Paris teams in the Majors and Pre-Majors tournaments has been undeniable in recent years. Multiple teams from Paris have qualified for Dixie World Series events.

Wide assortment of baseball, softball facilities in Paris ADAM WADSWORTH sports@theparisnews.com

For a town its size, Paris is home to a substantial number of different venues capable of hosting both baseball and softball teams of all ages and ability, ranging from T-Ball to high school to adult recreational leagues. The City of Paris owns and operates a few practice fields that are open to public use. Wise Field boasts a North and South field from its location at 638 4th St. S.W., as does Culbertson Park (Fields A and B) at 1300 E. Washington. Leon Williams Field is located at 700 W. Henderson. Those fields can be reserved for practice at $10 per field per hour by visiting City Recreation Supervisor Sally Wright at the Public Works Office, which is located just off North Main at 50 W. Hickory, or by calling the office at 903-784-9299. The practice fields aren’t stocked with bases, but teams looking to practice can bring their own. The city also maintains four game fields at the Sports Complex, located at 2005 S. Collegiate, that can be reserved for tournaments by contacting Wright or someone in her office. The Sports Complex fields aren’t generally available for practice because they’re reserved for tournaments, but, if

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A sign outside the City of Paris Sports Complex displays the rules of the facility.

there are no tournaments scheduled, the fields can be made available on a limited basis. Just contact the Public Works Office. All city fields are treated as parks and are closed after midnight, but special accommodations can be made for tournaments that run late into the evening. The Sports Complex fields are also all technically classified as softball fields, in that they have an

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all-dirt infield, no pitcher’s mound, a 60-foot base path and a fence distance set at 200 feet. “All of our fields are softball fields. We don’t have any built up mounds,” Wright said. “We do allow baseball to be played on those, but they usually bring portable mounds in.” Baseball fields tend to FIELDS Page 8

A pair of state tournaments also will be held in Paris, as Woodall Field hosts two Dixie Youth Baseball state tournaments. The exact dates and more details about these tournaments will be published this summer.

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Paris Majors pitcher Jeff King delivers a pitch to an opposing batter during a Dixie Majors State Tournament game played last year.


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Hub Hollis Field on the campus of Paris Junior College hosts baseball games for PJC, Paris High School, Paris Teen League and Paris’ Dixie Baseball 15-19-year-old teams.

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Cyclists pedal down the Trail de Paris as part of one of the routes of the 28th annual Tour de Paris bicycle rally last summer.

Trail: Expansion still in the works from Page 5

recreational,” said Earl Erickson, who was a member of the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2003-04 and remains a staunch advocate of the trail. “You’ll see people walking and they’re talking, even bikers will be talking. It’s a social and networking type of thing, as well as recreational.” The Trail already is an attraction that draws both Parisians and visitors from other cities, but there is still room for even more expansion. Three plans are already in the works for the near future. The greatest of these is an extension on the far east side of the trail, which will connect Reno with the Blossom City Park. Erickson said that stretch is cleared and could be completed by the end of the summer. Other possible construction includes expanding westward from 8th St. SE to 4th St. SW, which would bring the Trail near the downtown area of Paris, and further expansion westward as part of the Safe Route to Schools program. Eventually, Erickson has his eyes on a master plan of linking the Trail de Paris with rail-banked stretches of land from Farmersville to New Boston into a 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail. The stretch of the trail that has already been built and the pieces that are still to come have been funded by state and federal grants, local corporation foundations, private businesses, civic clubs, the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Paris and Lamar County. “They understand and they see that it fits into their niche as far as what they want to do from a community service standpoint, be it for quality of life, health, recreation, economic development or tourism,”

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Erickson said. “There are all kinds of venues that this thing fits into. To me, a trail is a linear park, and that’s very, very important. And this trail is not a trail in a circle. It’s a trail to destinations.” If Erickson gets his wish, it will one day reach a whole lot of destinations as it continues to be beneficial for the citizens of Paris and surrounding areas.

Fields: Multiple places available for games from Page 7

vary more in their dimensions, specifically to the foul poles and the center-field wall, but are generally larger, have a raised pitcher’s mound and have a grass infield with a 90-foot dirt base path. In addition to city facilities, Paris Optimist organizes and operates a wide variety of youth baseball leagues at the seven-field Charles E. Taylor Youth Complex, located behind the Animal Health Center at Loop 286 and U.S. 271. That facility originally opened in 1978 with two fields, but has since expanded to seven fields with a concrete concession and restroom area,

and has been under further construction since the conclusion of last year’s seasons. “We got a grant from the Rangers and we completely re-did the dugouts on field, where the 13 and 14-year-olds play,” Paris Optimist vice president Bill Sanders said. “Those dugouts have been there since the fields were built, and they were small and outdated.” They’ve also implemented a new instructional league for 3 and 4-year-olds, and put in a new entrance at the north end of the property to make access easier. Starting a 3 and 4 instructional league a younger age group Returning leagues include T-Ball (ages

5-6), AA (7-8), AAA (9-10), Majors (11-12) and Rangers (13-14). All booking at the complex is handled through Paris Optimist. The three Paris-area high schools (Paris High, North Lamar and Chisum) and Paris Junior College also maintain fields that are generally occupied by their respective teams. North Lamar’s Pos Long Field and Pantherette Field, Paris’ facilities off Jefferson Road, Chisum’s Mustang and Lady Mustang Field, and PJC’s Hub Hollis Field can all be scheduled for other teams by contacting the respective head coaches or athletic directors.

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The Cardinals’ Hunter Moreland (4) slides safely into first base ahead of a catch by Phillies first baseman Matthew Scott during a game played last summer at the Charles E. Taylor Youth Complex. The complex hosts tons of games during the summer months.


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City takes over girls softball league ADAM WADSWORTH sports@theparisnews.com

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It’s that time of year again, and, along with the storms, fluctuating weather and college basketball playoffs, spring tends to bring with it that inherent desire to go outside and knock a little white ball toward a flag kept a few hundred yards away. That’s right. It’s officially golfing season once again (not that it’s ever not that season for some of us). But for the rest of the sane golfers in the area, the many options throughout the Red River Valley are open for business and ready for the season. Just within a 30 to 45-minute drive of Paris,

there are two 18-hole public courses, five public 9-hole courses, two country clubs and lots of driving ranges just waiting to be utilized. For the golfer with more than an hour or two on his or her hands, Pine Ridge Golf Course in Paris and Legacy Ridge in Bonham boast the area’s two public 18-hole courses. Paris Golf & Country Club also has a full 18 holes, but you’ll have to know a member or join to enjoy them. If you don’t have as much time or simply aren’t interested in playing a full 18, Elk Hollow Golf Club in Paris, Delta Country Club in Cooper, Clarksville Country Club in Clarksville, Hugo’s Rock Creek Golf Course and Hugo Golf Club, and

Youth sports fans in Lamar County ought to be very familiar by now with the Dixie organization after years of summer baseball tournaments, but, what those fans may not know, is that the Dixie organization also extends to softball. Beginning this year, the organization will have a much larger softball presence in the area since the City of Paris has taken over direction of the girls fastpitch program and will play in Dixie’s leagues. “What is great about Dixie is that you have an organized league that you are a part of,” said City Recreation Supervisor Sally Wright. “Yes, we have some local league options, but, for the most part, they set the rules. So we have a set of rules and guidelines that we follow.” The city announced earlier this year that it would be taking over for the YWCA, which had run softball in the city very successfully for the

Bonham’s Bonham Golf Club (which, like PG&C, requires membership) are all available for your enjoyment in a nine-hole format. Of course, if you find one location you enjoy more than the rest, the 18-hole courses will also allow you to just play nine, and most of the 9-hole courses have 18-hole deals or all-day passes for a little more flexibility. Golfers with a little less experience or one just looking to dust off the irons over a lunch break may be happier hitting a quick bucket at the driving range. Most of the area courses have ranges of their own, and there’s GOLF Page 13

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Disc golf a little-known attraction

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The area’s golf scene has been well documented. In the Red River Valley, there are many courses in which enthusiasts of the sport can bring their clubs and tee off. But what’s less known is the sport of disc golf.

Disc golf (or Frisbee golf) is similar to golf, except players use discs in place of clubs and baskets lined with chain link instead of holes. The goal is to throw discs from the tee box to the basket in as few attempts as possible. Like golf, most DISC GOLF Page 13

Where to play An 18-hole disc golf course can be found at Walker Park in Paris. Walker Park is located on Shiloh Road adjacent to Justiss Elementary School.

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A bag of discs are on display as players go through a round at an 18-hole course at Walker Park in Paris.

Skate park popular among Paris’ youth ADAM WADSWORTH sports@theparisnews.com

Located just south of the downtown square in Paris, nestled right across the street from the farmer’s market, is a collection of concrete ramps and obstacles many citizens of Paris may be unfamiliar with. Since its opening in 1999, the City of Paris has maintained the Paris Skate Park so that the youth of Lamar County who are so inclined will have a place to flip, grind and ollie to their heart’s content, without unintentionally tearing up areas of town not intended for those purposes. City Recreation Supervisor Sally Wright said, before the construction of the skate park, the skaters in town were frequently run off from the fountain and other popular skating areas, and they didn’t have a place to call their own. “I think it gives those individuals, who use that

skate park, it gives them a place to go,” Wright said. “Not everybody plays ball or goes to the gym and all

of that. These kiddos use that skate park, and, SKATE PARK Page 13

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days depending on weather. “We try to save Wednesday and Saturday for some family time,” Wright said. “We do have to play on a few Wednesdays, but not very many at all. Dixie rules require that they play 15 games, and I’ve got 19 games on the schedule, so we can have four rain-outs and not even have to worry about it.” One of the additional upsides to play with Dixie is that players are eligible to make an “All-Star” team, which would compete in summer tournaments and could advance to a World Series tournament.

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so the city took it.” As of this writing, the city has 24 registered teams across five different age divisions, which are T-Ball (3 and 4-yearNumber of years the olds), “Sweeties” (6 and YWCA oversaw under), “Darlings” (8 and the softball league under), “Angels” (10 and under) and “Ponytails” (12 and under). “With Dixie, the par The “Belles” division, ticipants are eligible to for athletes age 15 and advance to an all-stars under, only had three team,” Wright said. “The interested players and girls have not had that will not make this year, option in the last five but Wright said the city years or so because the hopes to have that group Y did not play Dixie. in the future. They played their own “That’s the high rules, so they didn’t have school age, and they’re an organization to pick just so involved with all-stars and move them other sports and their up.” high school teams,” she said. “We are hoping to BASEBALL And SOCCER possibly do a fall league hEAdquARtERS fOR SChOOL, tEAm, where we can incorpoOR ORgAnizAtiOnS. rate some of those older kiddos into that.” The city of Paris teams already have coaches lined up, have begun practicing and started their inaugural seasons on March 25. Games are scheduled to be played Monday, 903-784-2465 Tuesday, Thursday and FAX (903) 784-2599 2330 N.E. Loop 286 Friday, but could be DEREk LAmb pARIS, TX 75460 rescheduled for other


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Golf: Courses available in RRV from Page 11 also the Ballwhacker Driving Range conveniently located inside the loop in Paris. If you’ve never picked up a set of clubs before and are considering getting into golf for the very first time, area pro shops and sporting good stores, as well as WalMart, have sets, individual clubs, balls and apparel for sale. New players could also consider taking a lesson from one of the area’s golf professionals. After buying a set of clubs, another common barrier to entering the sport of golf is the price to play. Lucky for East Texans, green fees in the area are substantially lower than you would normally find in the Metroplex. The prices listed below are for one round without a cart, which will generally run between $10 and $15. 18-Hole Courses Pine Ridge Golf Course Phone: 903-785-8076

Address: 5615 Pine Mill Road, Paris Par: 72 Schedule: Every day Green fee: Weekday $12; Weekend $14. Legacy Ridge Phone: 903-640-4800 Address: 2201 Country Club Road, Bonham Par: 72 Schedule: Every day Green fee: Daytime rates — Weekday $15; Weekend $25. Twilight rates (after 2 or 3 p.m.) — Weekday $5; Weekend $10. Specials: Tuesdays — $20 all day with a cart. 9-Hole Courses Elk Hollow Golf Club Phone: 903-785-6585 Address: 2200 36th Street NE, Paris Par: 36 Schedule: Every day Green fee: Weekday $10, weekend $12 All-day pass, Tues/Wed/Thursday $15 18 holes with cart Delta Country Club Phone: 903-395-4712 Address: 3357 FM 1529 North, Cooper Par: 35 Schedule: Closed Mondays to non-members Green fee: $10 Clarksville Country Club Phone: 903-427-3450 Address: 690 Private Road 7010, Clarksville Par: 36 Schedule: Closed Mondays

Skate Park: Utilized by youth from Page 12 for the most part, they’re good kids. They just have a different sport and this is a place for them to go.” Wright said she and the city have hopes of one day hosting competitions and other events at the skate park, but the current facility is not large enough to accomodate those events. There aren’t any plans for renovation in the near future, but the city has put

in some measures to conserve the features that are already there by curtailing a graffiti problem that plagued the park last year. “We have put security systems up and we don’t have a graffiti problem anymore,” Wright said. “We were having to go out there every day and paint over graffiti, but we have put security cameras up and it’s pretty muched stopped all of it. That’s a good thing.”

Green fee: Weekday $18, weekend $22 Rock Creek Golf Course Phone: 580-326-6130 Address: 3017 E 2090 Road, Hugo Par: 36 Schedule: Every day Green fee: 9-holes $8, 18-holes $12 Hugo Golf Club Phone: 580-326-6549 Address: 2403 S Country Club Road, Hugo Par: 35 Schedule: Every day Green fee: 9-holes $8, weekday all-day pass $11, weekend all-day pass $15, call for specials Private Clubs (guests accepted with members) Paris Golf & Country Club Phone: 903-785-1755 Address: 5335 FM 195, Paris Length: 18-hole Par: 70 Bonham Golf Club Phone: 903-583-8815 Address: 501 W Russell Ave., Bonham Length: 9-hole Par: 35 Other Ballwhacker Driving Range Address: 1335 20th St. N.E., Paris Schedule: Every day Pricing: $6 single bucket, $20 four buckets

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from Page 12 courses feature 18 “holes” and each hole has a pre-determined par score. Paris is the home to one 18-hole disc golf course, which is located at Walker Park on Shiloh Road adjacent to Justiss Elementary School. A group of players called the Paris Disc Golf Club takes the course at 6 p.m. Tuesday. They range in age from 15 to 45, which displays the popularity of the sport among players of various ages. A drawing point among many people who start playing the sport is the inexpensive nature of it. A complete starter set of discs, including a driver, a mid-range disc and a putter, can be purchased for about $30. In addition to the course in Paris, courses can also be found in Mount Vernon and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Eric Loveless throws a disc during a round of disc golf in Walker Park in Paris.


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Page 5 Margie Bell on the streets of Paris

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Kenny Daus may be best known for his tireless work with the Lamar County United Way, but this Paris resident’s Page 3 involvement touches nearly the entire community.

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gives it up. Literally, his heart is as is face is nearly as recoglarge as ours, but in reality, his finds nizable as our Eiffel Tower. room for so many others. His caring, Well, it used to be, anyway, his compassion and his love seem back when it was covered with endless, while ours unfortunately can gray hair that followed a path set J.D. Davidson by wind. Recently, that face, or jdavidson@theparisnews.com be drained. His involvement has touched rather a nearly bald scalp, needed nearly our entire community. He is a a second look to figure out who it fixture with United Way, helping to was. lead the organization through some of the most That’s just the cosmetics, though. The heart difficult fundraising years as Paris and Lamar remains as big and vibrant and recognizable as ever. There’s little question that will ever change. County slowly recovered from recession. That’s just one, though. He volunteers for That’s Kenny Daus. He’s not the surface, but rather the depth. He’s boards that impact children and seniors and schools and churches and nearly every aspect of not the words, but rather the action. He’s not the our community in between. His reach and his hair, but rather the heart. love cover us all. Daus, the 2013 Paris News Citizen of Kenny Daus is an ideal example of the best Influence, is what we all should hope to be but the Red River Valley has to offer. We are a few of us actually measure up to the standard. collection of friends and families, of people We can be forgiven. The benchmark is high, but and places and tight communities. Most of all, it is Daus who keeps us stretching and reaching though, we are filled with sharing and giving and climbing to achieve greater heights for othand promise, thanks to Kenny Daus and so many ers, rather than ourselves. others like him who wrap our lives in love. He’ll never claim the title, and actually he’ll — run screaming from it, but Daus is a hero. He J.D. Davidson is the editor and publisher of unselfishly gives what so many of us find so The Paris News. Follow him on Twitter @parishard to turn over to others. His gift is himself. news_ jd. His time is as precious as ours, but he gladly

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Caring for those in need runs in the family Mary Madewell

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Marcia Putnam, a product of the Paris medical community, continues a family heritage. Her father and grandfather, the doctors M.A. Walker, practiced medicine from an office in the historic First National Bank building on the corner of 1st N.W. and Bonham streets. M.A. Walker Sr. began the practice in the early 1900s and his son, M.A. Walker Jr., Marcia’s father, continued the practice into the 1970s. The M.A. Walker Jr. Medical Building, located on Clarksville Street near Paris Regional Medical Center-South Campus, is named for him. Walker James Putnam, now in his fourth-year of residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth plans to return to Paris in June 2014 as a fourth generation health care provider. He plans to begin an obstetrics/gynecology practice. The youngest of three sisters, Marcia took a nostalgic tour of her childhood last week from her office at Paris Junior

College where she is director of the health sciences program. “We played outside all three Paris hospitals,” Putnam recalls. In addition to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Clarksville Street she remembers the Lamar County Hospital on Washington Street and the Sanitarium (later McCuistion Regional Medical Center) on Bonham Street, later the location of the Paris Police Department. Under the supervision of her mother, the sisters played hopscotch and other childhood games while waiting for her father to finish hospital rounds. Marcia said she remembers the family accompanying the country doctor on house calls, waiting in the car with their mother while their father treated the sick. “In my childhood memory, it seemed as if we took long trips into the country when in reality it probably wasn’t but a few miles,” Putnam said. The family often went on what she remembers as “milk runs.” “Mother would have us all ready to go when my

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Marcia Putnam, a longtime Parisian, is photographed in her office at the Bobby Walters Work Development Center on the Paris Junior College campus, where she is director of the health sciences program.

father got home,” Putnam said, adding she knows now the exact time was the result of her parent’s frequent communication. “We would leave from our house on 22nd and Culbertson Streets and go to the Two Kiss on Lamar Avenue where the rest of the family would get Cokes, and I would get milk,” Putnam said. “Then we would go downtown and circle the square and then would go look at the pig on Piggly Wiggly.” As doctor’s children, Putnam said the family didn’t have a lot of time with their father, but the time spent was certainly quality time. “We never felt neglected, and I know today as an adult woman it had to be my mother who had to be the coordinator of life,” Putnam said. “We had very little time with

our father compared with other friends, but we certain had quality time.” Putnam graduated from Paris High School in 1972 and the Harris College of Nursing at Texas Christian University in 1976 with a bachelors degree in nursing. She first worked in San Antonio where she received her master’s degree, practiced and taught nursing and met her husband, James Putnam, formerly of Texarkana. The couple moved to Paris in 1984 and Marcia taught nursing at PJC from 1984 to 1993. She then worked as director of a medical surgical unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and then moved into administration as chief nursing officer. She returned to the college in 2001 as hospital liaison and later as director of health occupations.

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A advertisement about a French city in a Spanish land caught the eye of a heart and lung surgeon in Central Illinois in the early part of 1991. By the end of the year, Dr. Michael Lewis had trained the nursing staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital and a new era of heart surgery

and catherization laboratory procedures began in Paris, Texas. Twenty-two years later, Lewis continues his cardiovascular-thoracic surgery practice from offices at 707 Lamar Ave. Suite C. He has privileges at Paris Regional Medical Center, Titus County Medical Center and the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

An open heart surgeon, Lewis says about 50 percent of the time he does bypass surgery without stopping the heart. He compared it to changing the oil in a car with the engine running. “We have special devices similar to a sewing machine pressure foot,” Lewis said. “I lewis Page 5

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Margie Bell started a real estate business with her husband, Nathan James Bell III, in the World War II years. Nathan Bell Realtors now owns or manages more than 400 units. Some of their tenants have leased for more than 50 years.

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Very few streets in Paris do not hold a property of Nathan Bell Realtors. Apartments, houses, buildings and even shopping centers are owned by the Bells. Completely family-owned and operated, Nathan Bell Realtors has managed and owned property for more than 60 years. Margie Bell has a long history in real estate. Starting off “making change in [her parents’] grocery store at 5 years old,” her father split shipments with Walmart founder Sam Walton in Texarkana. She eventually took over what became Margie Wilson’s Grocery in Honey Grove. After earning her bachelors in business advertising, merchandising and retailing from University of Texas at Austin, she moved back to the Paris area. Born in a small community near Roxton, called Ambia, this area was home to her, she said. She continued working in the grocery store and “inevitably fell in love.” After marrying the late Nathan James Bell III in 1944, the young couple decided to invest. “When deployed in World War II, he didn’t have any place to spend his $350, so he kept $50 and we saved or invested the rest,” said Margie.

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Margie Bell, local realtor in Paris since 1944.

Nathan Bell Realtors began with the purchase of a small tri-plex near the Market Square, Margie said. “There is just something about taking an old property and making it liveable again,” said Margie. “It became fun for us. We loved it.” Nathan Bell Realtors now owns or manages more than 400 units, is a familyoperated business and has had some tenants lease for more than 50 years. “If we sell a complex, they just tell me they will go where we go. They are more like family.” Nathan Bell Realtors

are responsible for residential, commercial and farm/ranch sales; residential and commercial rentals; residential and commercial property management; real estate investment counseling; corporate relocation services; mortgage financing information; introductory tours to Paris; property value estimates; area information on schools, taxes, demographics, recreational services, cultural and historical attractions; and market trends. The office is located at 2221 Lamar Avenue and can be reached at 903-7855578.

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position a clamp right over the artery, which allows the rest of the heart to beat while you make repairs. It is very tedious but the advantage of doing it that way is the patient is not put on a bypass machine.” Lewis said it takes a special type of patient to use the method. “If I don’t feel like I can do it on a particular patient, I just go the old fashioned by-pass way,” the surgeon said. In addition to heart surgery, Lewis specializes in video

assisted thoracic surgery using a television monitor and telescope mounted on a camera to perform delicate lung surgery. Lewis also performs procedures inside blood vessels, including carotid artery clean out procedures, bypasses in the legs and the placement of stints in abdominal anorisms, which he calls “a secret silent killer.” The first cardiac surgeon in Paris, Dr. Lewis has pioneered many procedures now used often by Paris cardiologists. “Five to seven per-

cent of men over 65 have abdominal anorism and don’t know it,” Lewis said. “Medicare now provides a welcome to men who have smoked 100 cigarettes in a lifetime with a screening sonogram to look for this.” A religious man, Lewis said he believes he has been called by God to the medical profession. He and his wife attend First Methodist Church “My faith is what keeps me going,” the physician said. “There are times I do not know how a patient has survived except by the grace of God.”

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After serving in Paris for the past eight years, Salvation Army Majors Tex and Mona Ellis will receive a Paris farewell at an official retirement service June 8 at the Paris Junior College Ballroom, courtesy of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Corp. The couple will then be assigned temporarily to the Dallas area headquarters until an official retirement date on Sept. 1. “We have enjoyed serving in Paris,” Major Tex Ellis said. “This is no doubt one of the most caring and giving communities we have ever served in.” Prior to coming to Paris, the Ellis family served in Lafayette,

La. Other appointments include Big Spring, Texarkana, the Pleasant Grove area in Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., northern Virginia, St. Petersburg, Fla., Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and Birmingham, Ala. The couple, married 44 years, has three adult sons and six grandchildren. Their youngest son, Terry Ellis, is in eighth grade at Trinity Christian Academy. The Salvation Army locally reaches about 25,000 people a year with various types of social services from its offices at 350 Kaufman St. “Finances have always been stretched to the max and we never have enough money to do what we do,” Ellis said. “We always end up having to ask for loans

or grants “We have from our really headquarenjoyed ters but somehow serving in God always Paris. This supplies the is no doubt need as He oe of the promised most caring to do.” Since and giving the Ellis’ communicame to ties that we Paris, the have ever Army has built a new served in.” Family Major Tex Ellis Store at 333 Grand Ave., purchased property for future growth and have bought a backup generator and emergency canteen. “We have been blessed with the help of this community,” Ellis said. “It has been my dream to hopefully build a homeless

shelter across from our offices and perhaps the new officer will pursue that. I am leaving him or her a very full brief to pursue. “The new officers will be taking command of the Paris office on June 18,” Ellis said. “As of today I do not know who they will be.” About his retirement, Ellis said his agenda includes spoiling six grandchildren, home schooling Terry, fishing at Lake Ray Hubbard, attending Rotary and “most of all doing revival services as much as possible As a farewell, Ellis said he wishes Paris the best “as it continues to grow Submitted photo and support our local Salvation Army; we are Mona and Tex Ellis of The Salvation Army, will here for our community.” retire from service.

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Georgia Weddle a Girl Scout to her core eva dickey

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Georgia Weddle is active in the community and has made impacts on many lives through her leadership with Girl Scouts of America. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature in 2011. Weddle was born in Lamar County, between High and Petty. She grew up in Paris and graduated from Paris High School in 1958. Weddle participated in Brownies and Jr. Girl scouts as a young girl and returned again in 1971. Weddle says she considers herself a Girl Scout and has since joining as a young girl. She has served as council cookie chair, day camp director and volunteer director for six overnight council camps.

From 1984-1991, she was the first elected woman to serve as president of Red River Valley Girl Scout Council. In 1992, she acted as council’s interim as CEO for eight months. She has served as president of the Girl Scouts of North East Texas Alumnae Association for 13 of the last 20 years. In 2007, she worked directly with young scouts again as assistant leader and then leader of her granddaughters troop. She is the recipient of the Thanks badge, the Greatest Girl Scout plaque, the Thanks badge II and the Girl Scouts Family of the Year award. The Thanks Badge II is the highest award given, and the recipient has to have continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement, according to the Girl

Scout website. She currently serves as Cadette troop 99 leader and service unit manager. She was the busi“In my time ness manwith the ager for the Girl Scouts, Day Camp I have been at Camp places and Gambill, met people held March I would 11-13. She never have received seen otherher 45-year wise.” pin last Georgia Weddle year. “In my time with the Girl Scouts, I have been places and met people I would have never seen otherwise.” Weddle has been to Girl Scout conferences in St. Louis, Seattle, Long Beach and Miami. She was also part of the committees that voted to start the Daisy program and adopted a new pin. weddle Page 7

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Six months ago, Mona Drake was just a typical single mom, working to make ends meet. Living in Commerce, she commuted daily to her new job in insurance and billing for the Tijerina Urology Clinic. When she started having chest pains and was constantly fighting bronchitis, her boss, nurse practitioner Jane Tijerina, was concerned and asked her to get a chest X-ray. The chest X-ray and the following CT of the chest both came back with exactly what Jane expected and Mona was then referred to Dr. Ted McLamore, pulmonologist, who did a biopsy of the mass and was then diagnosed with cancer and referred to Dr. Sucharu Prakash at Texas Oncology. Several tests including a CT scan, PET scan and MRI were performed, and the diagnosis was confirmed as stage 3 lung cancer on Dec. 1, 2012. She had a five by seven inch mass in her right lung and cancer in two of three nodes. The tumor was non-operable.

“It all happened so quickly,” said Mona. “It hadn’t even sunk in that I had cancer and we were talking treatment. I don’t know what I would have done without my levelheaded support team.” Mona’s coworkers, or “the girls in the office” as she affectionately refers to them, are compassionate and understanding, she said. Linda Easton, a co-worker, friend and LVN, took Mona to her first appointment because she knew Mona was too shocked to understand. “She was there with pen and paper in hand. The staff has been more than caring, and I can’t thank them enough. I am a single mom and couldn’t live without that paycheck, and they allow me to work around appointments, vomiting and chemo.” Mona’s typical day consists of work at 6:45 a.m., goes to chemo or radiation about 8:30 a.m. and gets blood drawn and, depending on that day’s treatment, is back at the office at 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. “I am blessed to have a job that will work around it all,” Mona said. “I am sick a lot, but I work

through it and they don’t mind the appointments. They are in the fight with me. I firmly believe that the Lord guided me to this job. He knew.” Mona has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiation and at her last PET scan found that she has knocked out almost half of the tumor. “Cancer can be a scary thing,” said Dr. Prakash. “But Mona has worked diligently to beat this and doesn’t understand the significance and rare nature of how far she has come.” Mona’s medical team includes her oncologist, Dr. Prakash; radiation oncologist Dr. James Petrikas and various nurses and staff members. “I am very impressed with the cancer center,” Mona said. “They didn’t waste any time.” The staff of Texas Oncology is impressed with her, as well. “She has been a trooper and has fought hard to go to work,” said Ann Foster, R.N. “She has always did what we asked of her and is working through this.” April 2 was Mona’s last of 33 radiation treatments and she was able to ring the bell.

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April 2 was Mona Drake’s last of 33 radiation treatments and she was able to ring the bell, used at numerous cancer centers including Texas Oncology for when a patient’s treatment is completed.

The bell is used at numerous cancer centers including Texas Oncology for a patient to signify when their treatment is completed. The bell is accompanied by an Irve Le Moyne poem that reads “Ring this bell, three times well, its toll to clearly say, my treatment’s done, this course is run, and I am on my way.” “Fighting is hard,” said Mona. “I am not going to lie. I have thought about giving up, but my family and the ones I love wouldn’t let me. I have a great support team and couldn’t imagine doing

this without them.” Mona has a 24 yearold son, Ryan Drake, who is a full-time college student at Texas A&M University-Commerce majoring in business administration. After Mona moved to Paris to be closer to the cancer center, Ryan came with her and commutes to Commerce for classes and tries to take most classes online to be available to help his mom. “He picks me up and carries me like a baby when I’m dizzy even if I protest,” said Mona. “He goes grocery shopping, picks up around the house,

drives me to appointments and picks me up. When I first started going through chemo, there is a whole week I don’t really remember. I couldn’t do this without him nor could I ask for a better son.” Mona will now wait three weeks and retest to see what progress she has made. Her medical team is positive and expects good results. Mona says she will continue to fight and is thankful for the support team in place. “For all fighters out there, keep fighting,” Mona said. “Don’t give up. Life is always worth fighting for.”

Weddle: Girl Scout, community beautification advocate from Page 6 “It is just nice to be part of something bigger,” she said. Other than her significant leadership with the Girl Scouts, she has also worked with Keep Paris

Beautiful, United Way of Lamar County and is a past volunteer of Blossom Elementary School. She was awarded the Kay Harris Brooks Volunteer Service Award by the YWCA. “There is a place for

everyone to volunteer,” she said. “You just have to find your knack and run with it.” Weddle is also very active in the Home Gardeners Garden Club, where she currently serves as president, and

the Paris Council of Garden Clubs, in which she also serves as president. March 14-15 she held a convention for District 3 of North East Texas Garden Clubs, including Palestine, Texarkana and Paris.

She serves on the Christmas Home Tour committee and helps with the crowning of the Crape Myrtle Queen. Weddle gives thanks to her husband, Bill, whom she says “very kindly allows me to do all this

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Paris Junior College students Tyler Murphy, left, and Karen Johnson process samples through a PCR machine that can copy DNA and create detailed information and a ‘DNA finger print’ during a lab session inside Page 9 the new Math and Science building on campus.

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Education is the key to building our future

The key to growth, the key to progress, the key to building is wrapped up in a simple word that carries amazing weight and serious complications. The word is education, and few things rest at such a crossroads in the Red River Valley and in Texas than preparing our youngsters for the future. There are issues in the valley, of course. There are educational issues nearly everywhere. Nothing with such great magnitude comes without complications or struggles and debate. In fact, it’s those difficulties and those arguments that strengthen our system and show the depth of our caring. For those directly involved with our schools — parents, students, teachers, support staff, administrators — daily progress can be seen as eyes brighten with recognition or smiles broaden with pride as students strive to reach their unlimited potential. For others, though, growth might not be as immediately evident. It’s understandable. Many don’t realize our schools, either by K-12 or Paris Junior College, immediately and directly touch them. However, each person throughout the Valley benefits from a progressive, ambitious, strong and well-funded public school system and those

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benefits grow dramatically thanks to Paris Junior College. Our schools play a pivotal role in building our future. They provide the foundation for economic growth, are key in developing new leaders and are one of the first things new companies examine when deciding whether to relocate new jobs to our community. At the same time, PJC provides the flexibility companies look for when training a workforce, and for those struggling to find their way back into a successful career, our junior college offers a wide variety of new skill training to opens countless doors to so many who need an option. As we continue to showcase our community’s future and drive to success, our educational system is strong and valuable and moving forward toward developing the best the Red River Valley has to offer — our children and our students, both young and old. — J.D. Davidson is the editor and publisher of The Paris News. Follow him on Twitter @parisnews_jd.

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s another school year comes to an end, it is time to reflect on 2011-2012. At a time when school districts are struggling with lack of funds and loss of students, North Lamar ISD is fortunate in many ways. Our district continues to demand excellence from our staff and students while preparing our students for life after high school. We are proud of the fact that our campuses are all recognized or acceptable, and our district has received a recognized rating from TEA. Our class sizes have shown a slight increase but none are in violation of state law. The curriculum meets all the requirements of the state. Dual credit, advanced placement and distance learning are available for our students, and many co-curricular and extracurricular activities are offered to our students. The district test scores are all above state and national averages; the dropout rate is low and attendance rate is high. We feel that we are providing our students the opportunity to receive a quality education in a safe environment. In the area of school finance, we continue to receive a superior financial rating with a healthy fund balance and little debt. We have been able to reduce our tax rate each of the past seven years through sound financial planning and prudent spending of taxpayers’ dollars. Through these tough financial times, we have been able to continue all of our programs, provide benefits to our employees, provide step and hourly pay increases, and not have a reduction in force. Transportation continues to be a concern with the increase in fuel costs and the increase in bus prices. With a fleet of 56 buses and 15 other

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North Lamar ISD High School is led by long-time Superintendent James Dawson.

“North Lamar is fortunate to have an outstanding staff. Our employees have chosen this profession because of the love they have for children and the joy and satisfaction they receive when a child acheives.” James Dawson, North Lamar ISD superintendent

cars, trucks and vans, we use more than 80,000 gallons of fuel per year. Our goal is to buy four new buses per year to keep our fleet safe for travel and each one no older than 10 years. Our students continue to excel in all their endeavors. From athletics, fine arts, career and technology to academics, they have made us proud. North Lamar has won district championships in cross country, volleyball and UIL academics with others to follow. Other athletic teams have advanced deep in the playoffs. We have had state champions in cross examination debate and powerlifting. Our Career and Technology students have won area and district championships and placed high at the state level with some advancing to national competition. The North Lamar Panther Band has won numerous honors including The Best Small Band (3A and below) in the state. Several students in art have advanced to state competition. I would like to thank the North Lamar community for all the support throughout the years. You

have embraced our school and helped us in so many ways. With the economy struggling, you continue to support us with your gifts and pledges, which enable us to keep some of our programs and assist graduating students with furthering their education. Many in our community serve as volunteers on a daily basis because of loyalty and the love for kids. The support you have shown in bond elections and at events does not go unnoticed. North Lamar is fortunate to have an outstanding staff. Our employees have chosen this profession because of the love they have for children and the joy and satisfaction they receive when a child achieves. They are to be commended for their dedication to our district and the passion they have for children and their welfare. The North Lamar School Board is a unique group. The members range in service from one year to 20 years. They come from varying walks of life to provide a service to our school district. They serve because they have a genuine interest in our district and the budget

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and planning process that allows us to achieve our set goals on a yearly basis. Their service is greatly appreciated. As we close another year, we thank everyone for their support. We are excited about our possibilities as we plan for 2012-2013. The support and collaboration of all entities is essential for success as we face a more diverse population with less funding and higher expectations. Again, we thank you for your support and congratulate our staff and students on their endeavors. — James Dawson is the North Lamar ISD superintendent.

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Chisum ISD Superintendent Diane Stegall says Chisum has the opportunities of a large school, but the benefit of being small enough that attention can be given to each student.

Big opportunities at a small school at Chisum ISD Students also serve as support team for each other

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hisum ISD is the place any student should want to be. It has the opportunities of a large school but has the benefit of being small enough that attention can be given to each student. There are many elements that make Chisum a success, with the first one being the students. The students of Chisum ISD are accepting of others. They accept everyone for who they are and support them in their endeavors. The students work hard to continue the winning traditions of the district through extra-curricular activities, as well as achieving three recognized campuses and a recognized district. The work ethic of the students is evident in their “never give up” attitude. They play, participate, study and achieve because it is the right thing to do. These qualities will take them beyond high school into careers that have not even been created yet. The next element of success at Chisum ISD is the teachers. Chisum is blessed to have outstanding educators that truly care about their students. They spend extra time and money to provide for the needs of the students they teach. The teachers at Chisum feel that if a student fails, they fail. They take their responsibility of fulfilling our vision, “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World,” to heart. The countless hours

“With the constant funding changes that take place each time the legislature meets, the support of the community is even more critical to the success of Chisum ISD.” Diane Stegall, Chisum ISD superintendent

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our teachers spend in continuing their own education, preparing lessons, grading papers, coaching students, tutoring students who need extra help and attending events outside of school hours in support of their students are what make the teachers of Chisum “first class.” Another element that is often overlooked but is critical to the success of the district is the staff. The rest of the staff include cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, custodians, teaching assistants, principals, central office personnel, technology specialists, bus drivers, secretaries, librarians, counselors, the nurse and police chief. Without these people, the district would not be able to function and they give tirelessly to work behind the scenes to ensure a positive, safe and effective learning environment. The fourth element of Chisum ISD’s success is the school board. These seven individuals meet at least once a month, voluntarily giving of their time, to make decisions for the students and staff of this district. They attend training, listen to concerns and make decisions to provide the resources necessary

to ensure the success of the district. Without their wisdom, love for children and giving spirit, Chisum ISD would not be the success it is today. The last element to our success is the community. With the constant funding changes that take place each time the legislature meets, the support of the community is even more critical to the success of Chisum ISD. The business and industry support through donations, taxes and participation contribute to the success of our students each and every day. The parents of the students are also critical. They volunteer their time to read to students, help them learn their math facts, attend field trips, participate in booster clubs, help with stock shows and support the students in all of their endeavors. The commitment that the citizens of Chisum ISD have to their school is evident in the many community members we have attend events each week of the school year. Success is sometimes evident in teams, but it is also evident in individuals who go above and beyond what is expected. The way we measure success varies also by the skills it

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In the summer of 2013, Mrs. Bolton and a group of middle school students will travel on a WorldStrides DiscoverNow! trip to Washington, D.C. This WorldStrides DiscoverNow! program is designed to enhance our social studies curriculum. Students will gain a deeper understanding of our history, the consequences of politicians’ choices, and discover the American story.

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Vision, Mission, and Beliefs Mission: Chisum, A TEAM – Achieving Together Excellence, Attitude,and Mastery Vision: Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world. Chisum ISD Believes: • Effective communication and parent/community support enrich learning. • The school community promotes a safe and positive environment. • Pride, self-discipline and respect should be evident in the school community. • Every person is unique and deserves the opportunity to achieve his/her potential. • Technology and critical thinking are integral to the learning process.

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Students will see lessons learned in the classroom come to life! •Relive our nation’s past tragedies and triumphs at the Vietnam, Korean, and WWII memorials. •Visit the Tomb of the Unknown sat Arlington National Cemetery and remember the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers. •Leave the Holocaust Museum with a new found respect for one of history’s most tragic events. Experience our nation’s government in action! •Tour the grounds of Capitol Hill and witness a congressional debate. •Walk through the underground tunnel where lawmakers and representatives of Congress meet. •Visit the Supreme Court to see where our Constitution is interpreted and rulings are made. Walk in the footsteps of our nation’s greatest leaders! •Stand in the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,delivered his“I Have a Dream”speech,and visit the new memorial dedicated to him. •Pay tribute to the greatest leaders of our country at the Lincoln, Jefferson,and FDR memorials. •Explore the mystery surrounding Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre. •See dinosaurs, the Hope Diamond, the original Wright 1903 Flyer, and the Apollo 11 command module at the Smithsonian museums.

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al Credit Courses Sports Accomplishments 2012-2013 CHISUM HIGH SCHOOL 267 Students (2011 Campus Accountability Rating of RecogVolleyball: nized) Won 1st place at the North Hopkins Volleyball Tournament Won 3rd place at the Mount Pleasant Volleyball Tournament 2011-2012 Gold Performance Acknowledgements Won the Consolation at the Hughes Springs Volleyball TournaCollege-Ready ment SAT/ACT All District Awards: Newcomer of the Year: Hayley Keaton, 1st TSI English Language Arts Team: Karlee Hall, 2nd Team: Sydney Floyd and Raegan Fields, Honorable Mention: Macy Tisdell and Lexi Mathews Academic UIL Academic All District: Macy Tisdell and Karlee Hall • Kristen Hermann-Regional Qualifier (calculator) All Red-River Valley: 1st Team: Hayley Keaton and Karlee Hall, • Randa Som-Regional Qualifier (calculator) (social studies) 2nd Team: Sydney Floyd, and Honorable Mention: Raegan Fields • State Qualifier (social studies) • Courtney Cunny-Regional Qualifier (feature writing) The 7th grade volleyball team was 7-1 in district and co-district • Anna Preston-Regional Qualifier (literary criticism) champs. This year was the fifth district championship in a row for • Brianna Massey-Regional Qualifier (number sense) our seventh grade teams. • Jonathon Shipman-Regional Qualifier (number sense) 8th Grade Volleyball Undefeated District Champs (2012-2013) • John Herrmann-Regional Qualifier (number sense) Golf: Zac Gillen, Alex Miller, Jacob Barnett golf regionals 2012 • Nick Burns-Regional Qualifier (number sense) Boys Varsity BB: Tournament Champs in Miller Grove Tourna• Amelia Preston-Regional Qualifier (ready writing) ment. 22-9 record. Finished tied for 3rd in district. • Rebecca Monson-Regional Qualifier (ready writing) Girls SB: 22-8. District Champs, Area Champs, Regional Quarter• Ben Hightower-Regional Qualifier (social studies) finalists. Pitt Tournament Champs • Blake McNeal-Regional Qualifier (social studies) • Mathew Sanders(Regional Qualifier (social studies) Baseball: Ryan Poole, Trent Tisdell, Zac Gillen: 1st team all-distr ict; ACT/College Readiness 2011-2012 Jonathon Carroll: Honorable Mention CHS Average ACT scores are above state average Track Regional Qualifiers 2012: Ryan McCoin - 300 H, Jacob More than 1/2 of CHS Seniors graduated on the DistinBarnett- high Jump guished or Recommended High School Programs Coltan Naylor- shot put, Franz Guenter - 200 m CHISUM ELEMENTARY

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TEXAS A&M COMMERCE JUNIOR-SENIOR HONOR BAND Scholarship Jessica Newton Anna Preston Opportunities Jordan Whatley SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA FIRST AND SECOND YEAR HONOR BAND Sixth Grade Emily Sheppard Braelynn Burns D. J. Humphrey Jared Peters Kyler Kula Nolan Wallace Lexi Coston Alex Gribble Seventh Grade Becca Hurst Multiple Leaders Susie Teichrob hip Opportunities Riley Wilkins Hayden Wallace Eighth Grade Nique Larsen

• Top Ranked Golden Horizon Chapter Award at the state level -8th Year in a Row • 5 Lone Star FFA Degree Awards • 4 American FFA Degree Awards Specialized Instruction • District FFA President Two licensed dyslexia therapists • State Qualifying FFA Sr. Chapter Conducting Leadership Team – 9th place out of 1,018 Schools Beta Club FFA • Attended 3 Leadership Camps Lamar County Jr. Livestock Show Princess 2013 5th grader Grace Kinsey Hutto – 2nd place colored pencil drawing. Preston • 3 Area Qualifying FFA Leadership Teams Qualified for National Convention to be held in Mobile, • 5 District FFA Leadership Teams Alabama in June. Chisum Youth Athletic Opportunities: • 4 State Qualifying FFA Recordbooks Quiz Bowl Team – 1st place. Qualified for National Stang Football • 4 Area Winning FFA Recordbooks Convention to be held in Mobile, Alabama in June. Team Available to boys in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. • 6 District Winning FFA Recordbooks members were, Anna Preston, Zac Gillen, John HerLittle Dribblers • 2 Area Career Development Events Teams rmann, and Cody Vorwerk. Available to girls and boys in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. • Participated in 2 Major Livestock Show Calf Project Little Spikers Scrambles Available to girls in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Stang Cheerleaders Duke Scholars • Participated in 8 Major Livestock Shows across Texas cepts c Available to girls in grades 3-5 a • 2 – Students won scholarships at the San Antonio Live D S I um stock Show with a Grand Champion Simmental Heifer = Chis FCCLA udents in t s r e f $10,000 and a Grand Champion Angus & Reserve Su s n tra • Teens In the Drivers Seat State of the Art Techno ough preme Overall Heifer - $12,000 logy • Teens Poster Winner – Ryan Poole Pre K thr • A $4,000 scholarship recipient for Texas FFA fo r st ud ent us e • Teens Poem Winner -Arron Newman and Katie • A $4,000 scholarship recipient for Ft. Worth Livestock 12th grade Lester Show Beef Challenge • Teen in Drivers Seat – 2nd place for State TDS • 158 FFA Members Cup • 38 Jr. FFA Members • Teen of the Month – Dyllan Retos • Lamar Co. Jr. Livestock Show Queen and 40 student • Teen Advisory Board for State of Texas – Dyllan animal projects Retos and Selena Frose • 16 Students Certified in Parliamentary Procedure TDS Dexter Texter Contest – 1st place Dyllan • UIL REGION IV SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST Retos Soloists – Class I – First Division • TDS Recognition – Austin Ray, Taylor Doescher, Jessica Newton - Flute Kayla Elrod, Katie Lester Anna Preston - Flute Kinsey Kelley - Flute • Peer Educators at State Convention Michael Edenhoffer - Clarinet • Chelsea Musick Jordan Whatley - Tuba • Selena Froese Keifer Boyer – Snare Drum • Arron Newman Soloist – Class I – Second Division • Dyllan Retos Alex Mikeuchev – Trumpet • Jessica Pery Ensemble – Class I – Second Division • Madison Mitchell Cody Vorwerk – Trumpet • Austin Ray L I Isaiah Peters – Trumpet U • Taylor Doescher l o o h Middle Sc Brandon Gillen – Horn • Kayla Elrod rs ea Y 16 s Champion Zac Hevron – Trombone • Katie Lester Academics Exceeded state averages on 7 out of 8 STAAR assessments 1st Place in District UIL Academic Competition 2012-2013

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Prairiland Superintendent Jeff Ballard says Prairiland has been successful in producing scholars, leaders, upstanding citizens and champions annually from the student body, and the district’s administrators feel that all of Prairiland’s students are prepared to successfully reach for higher education upon graduation.

Prairiland, a collaboration for education

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ince 1970 when Deport, Blossom, East Lamar and Cunningham schools joined forces to become one school district, our staff, community and parents have made collaborative efforts to prepare our students to become lifelong learners as well as productive, responsible citizens. Indeed, we have a rich tradition of excellence. In 2005, our students moved into the new high school and extensive renovations were done to improve our other campuses.  Here at Prairiland we feel that we have a workable and positive blend of academic and extracurricular activities for developing the whole student. Prairiland has been successful in producing scholars, leaders, upstanding citizens and champions yearly from our student body, and we feel that all of our students are prepared to successfully reach for higher education upon graduation with ongoing academic achievement and growth from education they receive from pre-K through 12th-grade.  Prairiland is comprised of four campuses: Blossom Elementary, Deport Elementary, Prairiland Junior High and Prairiland High School.  When I walk the halls of each campus, I see a positive atmosphere in the

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hallways and classrooms with interaction and energy from both student and educator. Our technology is up to date and progressing, adjusting to the demands of contemporary education. Principals Jason Hostetler, Grant Ballard, Leslie Watson, Brad Bassano and Lanny Matthews, along with our committed educators, provide guidance for the development of inquisitive and reflective students. The Prairiland Independent School District is a Gold Performance Recognized District based upon advanced course/dual enrollment completion, attendance rate, commended performances from the TAKS, SAT/ACT results and Texas Success Initiative. Blossom and Deport Elementary both received an Exemplary Rating from TEA for 2010-11.  Over the 40 year history of Prairiland ISD, accomplishments have been monumental. In 1986, our baseball team won the 3A state championship and has made the playoffs every year but four during our school tenure. Our football team has earned

playoff berths in 2000, ‘02. ‘03, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09. Likewise, our volleyball team won the state 2A championship in 2001 with seven trips to the state tournament and 24 consecutive playoff appearances since 1989. Our softball team was state semi-finalist in 2007.  The boys’ basketball team earned a state berth in 1976, and our girls’ basketball team made the regional tournament in 1978, ’85 and ’93.  Also, our girls’ golf team earned a trip to the state golf tournament in 1996. Our Beta Club earned state championship titles for Texas character skits and group talent in ’07, ‘10 and ’12. Grant McDowell is currently serving as the national Beta president, and we have also had a couple of students who have served as state Beta officers.  The Beta Club is very active in the community by participating in community service projects to help improve the community and kids’ lives. Our FFA program has produced many state champions in talent teams, speaking and judging events and has had three state officers and one national officer.  We have had state winners in UIL academic competition. Our marching band has been extremely successful now consistently making it to area competition every

year. Also four ensembles made superior rating at the region solo/ensemble contest and are advancing to the state contest in May. Our student council is continually active working on projects that provide service to others in the community while promoting leadership opportunities. Also, our elementary and junior high schools are extremely competitive in UIL academics and athletics. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of all our students. Success in our school district, as a whole, is possible because we work together for a common goal — our students — and connect with our students through their own experiences and perspectives. An excellent school is a place where the faculty, administration and parents are all working for the benefit of each student, teaching them skills and values that the 21st century will seek and reward and providing a well-rounded curriculum that is rich in arts, physical activity, leadership opportunities and service to others.  I feel we definitely have an excellent school, which is the key element to our success at Prairiland ISD. — Jeff Ballard is the superintendent at Prairiland ISD.

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Paris Junior College early this year unveiled the product of 16 months of work and years of planning with its new $10.5 million math and science building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony in January marked the latest of continued improvements on campus. PJC president Pam Anglin said the math and science center was one of several major projects since the development of a master plan in 2006. “This facility is comparable to what students will find on university campuses,” Anglin said. “It appears students are enjoying the comfort of the building, the places designed to study or just hang out between classes and the classrooms being student focused. I think those faculty and staff occupying the building are still somewhat in awe of their new space and those of us that only get to walk through and visit the building are somewhat envious of those that have offices there and teach in the building.” In addition to the math and science center, recent projects include $1.2 million for the replacement of aging pipes and $7.5 million for the construction of two new residence halls. The math and science building, placed prominently on campus next to the administration building, is 42,000 square feet and boasts 15 classrooms, science labs and a math center, all with state-ofthe-art technology. A large, 120-seat room that can be split into two sections will be used for college and continuing education meetings. The technology continues in the building with three interactive television classrooms. PJC broadcasts classes to the Sulphur Springs and

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Greenville centers, as well “This as other facility is colleges comparable and high to what schools students that participate in will find on dual credit university courses. campuses.” The Pam Anglin, building Paris Junior also feaCollege president tures 16 offices and work space for 12 part-time faculty members. Common space gives the students the opportunity to gather together and relax or study, while an enclosed deck set into the trees offers a view of the southeast. Benches set into the hallways offer yet another place for students to wait between classes and get in some studying and fellowship.

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Paris Junior College recently opened its new $10.5 million math and science center. Pictured is one of the classrooms in the new building.


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very 10 years, accredited colleges and universities must go through a reaffirmation of accreditation. Paris Junior College was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1932 and was one of the first two-year colleges to gain accreditation. There are six regional accrediting bodies and the Southern Association of Colleges is responsible for eleven southern states. Colleges go through a two-year process to have its accreditation reaffirmed. The past two years were spent completing a Compliance Certification and having a committee of Southern Association peer reviewers come to campus. Each college must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan that is implemented over a five year period. PJC’s Quality Enhancement Plan will focus on implementing an intrusive advising process with each student having an academic plan in place and all new students participating in a mandatory orientation. The Southern Association of Colleges board will meet in June to deliberate on colleges up for reaffirmation this year. Construction was completed on the new math and science building in December 2012 and the building opened for classes in January 2013. This 42,000 square foot build-

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ing has 15 classrooms and laboratories and provides state-of-the-art facilities and technology for faculty and students. Included in this project were a new parking lot and new outside lighting. With the opening of the new math/science building, interior demolition and renovation of the former Grimes Natural Sciences Center. This renovation will be complete in July and provide nine classrooms and office space for the social sciences division. Last August, men’s and women’s soccer made its debut at PJC. The teams did well with their entrance into NJCAA Division I soccer. With the addition of soccer, more scholarship opportunities were made available to local high school athletes, and Noyes Stadium was reopened for soccer use. Two new workforce programs were added to make additional job training opportunities. An electrician certificate and an enhanced nurse aide certificate were added to the programs offered to prepare individuals for jobs. The college received a $314,520 Jobs and Education for Texans grant to purchase elec-

tromechanical training equipment. The space for the electromechanical training program was renovated and the new equipment providing the most current technology available in manufacturing was installed. Career Coach was added to the PJC website and provides an opportunity for students or community members to explore careers and look at job opportunities within a 100 mile radius of Paris. College volunteers also presented a Career Exploration workshop for every student enrolled in the eighth-grade in Lamar County. Career Coach can be found on the left side of the PJC homepage at www.parisjc.edu. The music and drama programs continue to expand with added scholarship opportunities for students. The music program added the Cabaret Singers which provides an opportunity for students to showcase and develop their talent in public venues. The college continues to expand its work with area high schools and will be introducing dual credit workforce classes this fall. The dual credit workforce offerings will allow high school students to complete a certificate and have a workforce credential by the time they graduate high school. PJC Page 18

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Paris ISD building for the future, striving for excellence

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aris Independent School District strives to achieve excellence in all aspects of education, in both the classroom and in all extracurricular activities. The community support for our schools is tremendous, making the task of teaching children both pleasant and productive. Paris ISD is proud to have an outstanding board of trustees, highly qualified teachers, administrators and staff members working in partnership with parents to ensure the success of all students. The family-friendly environment of Paris is attracting many newcomers. Together, we will build upon our successful past and create an exciting future of opportunities for Paris ISD students. The present and the future are bright for our school district. With more than 129 years of excellence in education, Paris ISD continues to prepare students for the future. In accordance with our mission statement, Paris ISD “provides a quality education to a diverse student population, enabling each to achieve full potential and become a productive, responsible citizen.” A major strength of our district is the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of our student body. Paris ISD students graduate with the ability to compete in a global economy because they have attended classes in an environment that mirrors our ever-smaller and changing world. Our extraordinary instructional staff is characterized by more

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than 25 percent of the teachers having advanced degrees and an average of 14 years teaching experience. Teacher excellence has been acknowledged at both regional and state levels. Paris ISD has dominated the region’s 48 school districts in the Teacher of the Year contest, winning 15 Regional Teacher of the Year designations, four state finalist recognitions and one Texas Teacher of the Year award. The instructional program of Paris ISD has been recognized for preparing students for college. The College Board recognized Paris High School as one in 400 schools in the nation named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll. In addition, the district received recognitions by the Texas Education Agency for college readiness success, plus exceptional use of high school allotment funds. In the past 10 years, Paris ISD has produced 19 students earning National Merit finalist, semi-finalist, and commended scholar honors. Our students are prepared with rigor and are accepted by prestigious universities such as Yale, Cornell, Duke, MIT, WestPoint, Notre Dame, Stanford and all major universities in Texas. In addition, our graduates are awarded on average more than $1.5 million each year in scholarships

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Paris ISD is led by newly named Superintedent Paul Jones, who replaced Paul Trull.

and grants. Paris ISD has participated in the Duke University Talent Search since 1984. This program identifies academically talented seventh-grade students based on standardized test scores. Identified students complete either the SAT or ACT college entrance exam. The district has had seven students recognized nationally for highest scores and 104 students recognized at the state level. Paris ISD continues to win at the state and international levels in Future Problem Solving. Since the district began competing in 1985, we have had 12 international championships and 41 state championships. This year’s students are achieving at a very high level and to date have captured state titles in community problem solving and scenario writing. More than 65 students have qualified to participate in this year’s FPS

State Bowl competition. In addition, Paris ISD celebrates student achievement in career and technology competitions, having captured 11 state titles and five national titles in past years. Additional academic competitions in which our students excel include Word Masters, University Interscholastic League and NETOLE Regional Foreign Language Symposium, as well as numerous essay and speech competitions. Aside from being recognized for academics, the district offers a variety of award-winning fine arts and athletic programs, along with a host of other extracurricular programs, including a state-of-the-art broadcast journalism program. Our award-winning drum line has won a national championship and numerous contests at the state level. We have had 52 all-state musicians in choir and 21 in band. The district has captured 13

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• Paris ISD strives for excellence in the delivery of instructional and support programs for 3,576 students • Students accepted to prestigious universities such as: Yale, Cornell, Duke, MIT, Notre Dame, West Point & Stanford • SAT scores above State and National average

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state championships in athletics including football, baseball, golf, powerlifting and track. The program has produced numerous professional athletes, coaches and All-American athletes, with one holding a world record. Educational excellence is enhanced by the learning environment and Paris ISD strives to excel in that area. We renovated facilities on all campuses and opened a stateof-the-art high school and athletics complex in Fall 2010. The PHS classrooms are enhanced with cutting edge technology and every junior and senior student is provided a laptop. In this era of budget consciousness, it is important that efforts are made to preserve the educational environment on all campuses. In 2010, the district was recognized in a state energy conservation office audit by Estes & McClure for achieving significant

energy-use reduction and energy efficiency in maintenance and operations. Paris ISD continues its legacy of excellence in education with high student achievement which showcases the ever present Wildcat pride. The result is a school district with strong student and community confidence in the quality of our schools as well as state and national recognition of our success. We are an open enrollment school district, transferring in more students from neighboring districts than transferring out. Students may live anywhere in Lamar County and still have the opportunity to attend Paris ISD schools at no charge. We welcome students and their parents to our learning climate of excellence. — Paul Jones in the superintendent of Paris ISD.

• National Merit Finalist, Semi-Finalist and Commended Scholars (19 in past 10 years) • Average scholarships ACCEPTED per year: $1,567,602 • College Board AP Honor Roll (Achieved by only 400 schools in nation) • TEA recognitions for college readiness success and exceptional use of High School Allotment Funds

• Students compete in State and National Levels in Academics and Fine Arts • Future Problem Solving: International Championships (12) and State Championships (41) • Technology: National Championships (5) and State Championships (10) • State Championships in UIL Academics • All State Musicians in Choir (52) and Band (21) • National Championship: PHS Drumline

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• PISD Athletic Program has produced numerous professional athletes and coaches, All American Athletes and a World Record Holder. • State Championship Titles achieved in: Baseball (3), Football, Golf (5) Powerlifting (2) and Track (3)

FACILITIES • Exceptional learning environment is enhanced with state of the art technology in classrooms. • State-of-the-art high school and athletics facility opened Fall 2010. • Students in grades 11-12 and their teachers are provided laptop computers for use at home and school during the school year.

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Wealth of information to be found on school websites schools and the internet

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Websites continue to grow in importance, according to webmasters and technology directors for three of the five school districts competing for students in Lamar County. “A school district is not required to have a website,” said Roxan DeRosier, webmaster for the North Lamar Independent School District. “However, I cannot imagine North Lamar not having one at this time. Most people considering a move to Paris look first at our website to learn about our district. They know before visiting North Lamar the varied courses and activities we offer at each campus and during their visit, spend more time focusing on their choices.” The state has numerous requirements for districts with websites. Budgets, board agendas and meeting notes are among the requirements as are state academic and financial accountability reports. Prairiland ISD goes one step further and posts its check register, a recommendation for open government by the Texas Comptroller’s Office Chisum ISD plans to update its website this summer, according to Jeff Rogers, the district’s technology director. “Our current website no longer meets the needs of the district,” Rogers said. “That is why we are changing website vendors in June. This change will bring many exciting enhancements to our website as well as a completely different look and feel. When complete, parents will have the ability to log in and see information, schedules, homework assignments, grades and more that pertain to their children.” The district will add text message alerts, which are now available

from Paris, North Lamar and Prairiland. The new Chisum site will include a mobile phone app to access the site, something North Lamar added this year. Paris and Chisum both have moved toward paperless board meetings and plan to add a link to BoardBook on the agenda and minutes page. Board agenda packets for public viewing can be distributed through the link. According to Jeanne Kraft, public information officer with PISD, the grade viewer site is one of the most popular pages on the district’s website. Parents and students can see individual grades and class averages. Teacher sites including lesson plans and homework assignments are also among the most visited pages, Kraft said. “I think the most popular sites is our mobile web,” DeRosier said. “Anytime and anywhere, parents and students can access grades, sports schedules, which are updated for delays and cancellations delays, along with school calendars, school news, student accomplishments, lunch menu, alerts and more.”

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North Lamar, as well as the other four school districts in Lamar County, continue to add more information and resources for students, parents and teachers on school websites.

School districts are required to post the following information:

• Testing dates for ACT and SAT • electronic courses • college credit programs • bullying reporting procedures • notice of school board meetings • agendas for school board meetings • district and campus NCLB report card • performance report • accreditation status • district and campus improvement plans • school board’s employment policy • conflict disclosure statements and questionnaires • vacancy postings • electricity, water, and natural gas costs • property tax rate • summary of proposed budget • adopted budget • landowner’s Bill of Rights • bank bid packet • physical activity policies • school health advisory council • vending machine and food service guidelines • student tobacco products use statement • immunization awareness

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VALLEY VISIONS: EDUCATION Roxton Independent School District

Roxton ISD — Small but proud

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he 2012-13 school year has been one of student achievement and recognition for Roxton ISD. For the third consecutive year, the Roxton Lions boy’s basketball team advanced to the state tournament in Austin. We are thrilled to say that we were able to come home as state champs. We are proud of our coaches, Shawn Dalbert and Guy McKnight, and all of the players. The team’s success is a great example to others in showing the benefit of hard work and perseverance. Not only were we state champions in basketball, but we also had the state champion in the BETA Science competition. BETA is a student organization that requires participants to maintain excellent academic standards to obtain membership into the group. Chris Shaw, an RISD junior, won first place in the state wide science competition. The competition included representatives from schools all over the state and it also included students representing schools of all classifications. Chris will be participating in the national competition in Mobile, Ala., in June. We are proud of our students and all that they have accomplished. Like all school districts, we have had to take a

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attention. We offer a wide variety of educational programs including gifted/talented, dyslexia, special education Trevor Rogers services and we have Special Contributor a strong Response to close look at our finances Intervention Program which helps us to identhroughout the 2012tify the specific needs 13 school year. Due to various reasons, the RISD of a student. Through the RTI process, we can board of trustees called for a tax ratification elec- then establish a plan to tion in November in hopes help the student to be successful in the classof increasing revenue for the school district. We are room. proud and thankful to say We have a comprehensive athletic prothat the election passed. gram that includes basWe want to let all RISD ketball, baseball, track, tax payers to know we cross country, golf and value their financial assistennis for boys, and tance. We will do all that volleyball, basketball, we can to get the most out softball, track, cross of each and every dollar. country, tennis, and We are also proud to say golf for girls. We have we once again received a an agricultural program “Superior” rating within well known throughout the state’s FIRST finanEast Texas for its excelcial ranking system. Nina lence as seen through Rhoades, our businesses the multitude of awards manager, does an outand honors that our standing job of making students receive in local sure that we abide by all and state wide competistate guidelines regarding tions. the use of school funds. As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions regarding the RISD budget and budgeting process. Though RISD is a small district, we are proud of the opportunities and programs we are able to provide our students. We have a student to teacher ratio of less than 10-1 meaning that all students are able to receive more individual Do you have a question about local government, schools, the city or county? Send us your questions and we’ll ask an official and report back.

We have a successful fine arts program that has advanced in UIL competitions in One Act Play the last two years. The philosophy of RISD is that we are to do all that we can to prepare our students for either the work force or for college. Over the last two years, we have had about 20 students receive job certifications in welding, floral design, food service and office management. We pay for up to 18 hours of dual credit for students who want to pursue a college degree and who meet criteria. We want to thank the community of Roxton and all of Lamar County for their help and support in making RISD the best “little” district in Northeast Texas. — Trevor Rogers is the superintendent of Roxton ISD.

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Paris Superintendent Paul Jones, right, places a medal around the neck of Texas Scholar Jocelyn Gudiel Wednesday during the 2013 Texas Scholars ceremony at Love Civc Center.

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Trinity Christian Academy

Paris’ only private Christian school founded in 2002

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rinity Christian Academy, Paris’ only private Christian school serving birth – twelfth grade, was incorporated under the laws of the state of Texas as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in May 2002. The board of directors adopted bylaws on Aug. 13, 2002. The founding board of directors included Andy Fasken, George Fisher, Ray Spencer, Paul Stuart and Terry Temple. All of these individuals remain active members on the board of directors today and have been joined by Ann Gilliland, Abe Harms, Lynn McQueen, Lyn Salas and Pete Zacharias. The director/principals of Trinity Christian Academy have included Terry Temple, 20022005; Alice Mewbourn, 2005-2008; and Gary W. Ballard, 2009-present. The board of directors adopted the A Beka curriculum. A Beka Academy at Pensacola Christian College provides Christian schools with high quality textbooks and teaching aids to help each school fulfill the goal of its ministry. TCA’s purpose is to lead young people to Christ and educate them in Bible, Christian character, language and traditional subject matter. The curriculum is comprehensive and academically challenging. The board requires that only degreed teachers be hired and that all of them must be certified or in the process of certification. Trinity currently has a staff of 34 employees. The original building now houses the Trinity preschool program. The second facility built, Temple Hall, now houses K-7 classrooms. The renovated

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Paris Revival Chapel, now known as Mewbourn Hall, houses the 8-12 classrooms. Major accomplishments over the past 12 months include the purchase, clearing and leveling of 6.5 acres to the west of Mewbourn Hall for future expansion. Our hope is to raise funds to build a new K-12 facility with a gym, playgrounds and athletic fields on this new property. Until we build new facilities, we have been increasing our number of classrooms on campus by building dividing walls to separate some of the larger rooms into two classrooms. Our teacher/ student ratio is now 1 to 7 with a self-imposed limit of 1 to 10 average. We have been blessed with major donations from three foundations related to some of our school families, many other individual donations and some local church support. Donations in excess of $200,000 were given to Trinity during the past 12 months. Our tuition for next year is $4,800 per student, whereas the national average for private schools is greater than $8,500. We are a member of Texas Association of NonPublic Schools which advocates for school vouchers and school choice. In addition to monetary donations, many of our parents and patrons have donated items to this ministry including a tractor, a

bus, a popcorn machine, a number of teaching tools and numerous books for our library. Since 2011, Trinity Christian Academy and Trinity Christian Preschool have been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, Texas Association of Non-Public Schools, the Private School Aid Service, Association of Christian Schools International), the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. TCA, over the past five school years, has added several sports and academic extra-curricular activities to its offerings. We belong to the Texas Christian Athletic League where we participate in cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, flag football and individual sports events. Our students have qualified for state in golf, basketball and volleyball in the athletic competition and our students have qualified for state in fine arts and academic competition and will be attending and competing next week in San Antonio for this year’s state meet. We administer the Terra Nova 3 achievement tests to our students. We use that test because it includes a test section over the Bible, in addition to standard tests of reading, language, math, science, social studies, vocabulary, spelling, sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning. We have also added music and art to our curriculum. This addition has greatly improved our readiness to compete in the fine

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arts and academic events at the local, regional and state levels. Each year a project is selected and involves the faculty, students and parents in raising money for a specific cause. In the past years, we have supported mission projects like missionaries to the Congo, raising funds for Families of Children with Cancer. This year our mission project has been to raise funds for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart. Our students raised more than $5,500 for the AHA and received a lot of healthy cardio-vascular exercise in the process. Over the past four years our Teacher of the Year has been nominated for the VFW Teacher of the Year award and has been successful each year at the local VFW level and some years has been named the regional VFW Teacher of the Year. One of our teachers was recently recognized in the publication Christian School Educators by ACSI for 25 years of service in Christian education. We have improved our communication and professional connections with our parents by instituting the acceptance of credit

cards for tuition and fees, by implementing a better contact with students and parents by using a computer phone service, One Call Now, that allows for parental contact by automated phone calls, emails or text messages. We are in the process of replacing the entry and hallway tile in the preschool with carpet. We also are in the process of replacing the tile in our 4-year old classroom with carpet. We are also in the process of gradually replacing all the computers, one per month, in the classrooms until all are replaced. Our computers were donated by one of our board members several years ago and need updating. This year we have organized a parent/teacher organization to help with day to day needs that benefit the students and teachers. The parents have helped with Terrific Tuesdays, Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, teacher appreciation luncheons and many other activities. In the process of writing our campus improvement plan required for accreditation through SACS, we have surveyed our staff, students, and

parents asking them to give input in the areas of curriculum, safety, administration, financing, facilities, etc. Each survey also asked what they liked most about Trinity, liked least about Trinity and what suggestions they would offer to improve Trinity Christian Academy. Our students this year have begun writing a campus newsletter called the Trinity Times. The Trinity Times includes news of recent events on campus and upcoming schedules. Trinity Christian Academy began accepting applications for enrollment for 2013-14 on April 15. Parents who enroll their students from April 15-June 15 will receive a $50 discount on a set of student books for next year. If you are interested in your children attending Trinity Christian Academy, please contact us at 903-785-9557, fax 903-785-7372, e-mail gwballard@hotmail.com, or visit our website at www.tcaparis.com. — Dr. Gary Ballard is the director of Trinity Christian Academy.

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VALLEY VISIONS: EDUCATION Cooper Independent School District

Cooper schools strive for continuous improvement

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pring has arrived, and we have had a fantastic school year at Cooper ISD. Our students have succeeded in an astounding number of accomplishments and our staff continues to excel. Students, parents, community members, teachers and staff also created a centralized Bulldog focus: engaging students in high quality learning outcomes through active leadership with parent and community support. Providing meaningful and engaging instruction can be challenging, and our district is living up to that challenge. Cooper school campuses always strive for continuous improvement, and our efforts this year have resulted in many noteworthy achievements for our students. Cooper Elementary students have already achieved more than one year of progress in both reading and math with most students performing well above grade level. As of April, our elementary students have read 50 million words this year — outstanding. Parent and community support has been tremendous with record levels of participants in Read Across America, kite day, parent information sessions, family reading night, Thankful Hearts food drive, and many great activities provided by our Parent Teacher Organization. Another extraordinary event was our recent, first of its kind, Exceptional Rodeo where our special needs students had the opportunity to show

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miniature ponies at the Cooper Rodeo Arena. The audience cheered as our exceptional students received blue ribbons and the children had smiles as broad as their cowboy hats. Our junior high and high school students have achieved excellence academically and in a broad range of extra-curricular events. We kicked off the year with a bi-district championship for our football team. The football players enjoyed much recognition including an All State Linebacker, Colby Earley, named by the Associated Press. Our Mighty Maroon Marching Band quickly added to their tradition of musical success with drum major Austin Chambliss awarded Texas’ first chair French horn in the ATSSB All-State Band. We are very proud of our girls’ basketball team; they have earned both the district championship and bi-district titles as well as numerous individual awards. Track successes have included newly broken records in two junior high girls’ events. Meanwhile, both boys’ and girls’ golf teams played their way to the regional tournament. In addition to numerous FFA livestock awards, our agriculture students added a new trophy to the case

for their welding projects. Success in these areas plus rich traditions in everything from One-ActPlay to UIL Academic contests indicates a bright future for our secondary campus. In addition to offering 30 hours of college credit provided on site, we are upgrading our career and technology education department to include 10 career certifications that will give students a boost in their chosen career field. We have specific coursework for students interested in a wide variety of occupations: robotics, computer programming, internet and computing, printing and imaging, accounting, banking, pharmacy technician, nursing and enhanced nurse aide, EMS, culinary arts, floral design and welding. Our in-house college classes include several areas of instruction: history, government, English, Spanish, psychology and algebra. Cooper ISD is thorough in meeting the needs of our most valuable asset, our students. We welcome transfer students and we would love to show you what we have to offer. Our little school has a big heart and many, many educational opportunities for students from prekindergarten to college. — Denicia Hohenberger is the superintendent of Cooper ISD. Read The Paris News online at www.theparisnews.com

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Reclaiming the American Dream through education

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he American Dream is at risk. The connection between education and American prosperity is direct and powerful. A highly educated population is fundamental to economic growth and a vibrant democracy. Once, the American people understood that each new generation could enjoy a better standard of living than that of their parents. The generation of Americans now passing through middle age may not be able to make that promise to the next. The American Dream has stalled. Median income in the United States stagnated between 1972 and 2000. Since 2000, median family income has declined by 7 percent. A child born poor in the United States today is more likely to remain poor than at any time in our history. Many other nations now outperform us in educational attainment and economic mobility, and the American middle class shrinks before our eyes. The United States, which for generations led the world in college degree completion, has fallen to 16th in the world in completion rates for 25to 34-year-olds. 2010 census data revealed that nearly half of all Americans-a record number-either have fallen into poverty or have earnings that classify them as low-income. The United States, for the first time in history, is seeing that younger generations will actually be less educated than their elders. Today, the compact between the generations is threatened, the promise of America as the land of opportunity is at risk, and our nation’s children and grandchildren stand to lose. The more educated people are, the more likely they are to be employed, earning a decent living, capable of supporting a family, paying taxes, contributing to the community and participating in the democratic life of the nation. A generation ago, nearly three quarters of employed Americans

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Paris Junior College participates in the recruitment of new industry in the area and stands ready to work with industry in writing Skills Development Fund grants that provide funding necessary to train new employees or upgrade the skills of existing employees. Last May, Paris Junior College had 899 certificate and associate degree graduates. Enrollment dipped slightly with the improved job market and economy, but PJC still enrolled 5,500 credit students. For several years, Paris Junior College has focused on student access and student success. With state funding being reduced and the college’s tax base not growing, PJC has to rely on tuition revenue to cover the increased costs of providing a college education. The PJC Board of Regents and the college administration are very sensitive to increasing tuition and continue to look at ways to improve efficiency and to not increase expenditures at the college. — Pam Anglin is the president of Paris Junior College.

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could get by with a high school diploma or less. By 2007, 59 percent of employed Americans needed a postsecondary credential or degree. By 2018, nearly twothirds of all American jobs will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. The most recent analyses indicate that the United States has been under producing graduates with postsecondary skills since at least 1980. By 2025, at least 80 percent of jobs will require education beyond a high school diploma. If this nation can add 20 million postsecondary-educated workers to its workforce over the next 15 years, income inequality will decline substantially, reversing the decline of the middle class. By 2020, 75 percent of the ways in which we work, live and learn will be spent differently than they were in 2000. We know this because it happened once before, exactly 100 years ago, when we

transitioned from the Agrarian Age into the Industrial Age between 1900 and 1920. By 2020, 25 to 50 percent of our workers will be knowledge workers. Knowledge workers produce intangible goods (Examples: data analysis, financial services, consulting, virtual models, training and management). Knowledge workers will generally need a four- year college degree. As we transition into the new economy and the new environment of the 21st century, the infrastructure and institutions of the former economy and century are becoming obsolete. The new age demands a new kind of infrastructure and institutions must transform in order to remain relevant. Our current educational system, which has served society so well for the past 100 years, is becoming obsolete. It is being transformed into a more relevant educational system for the learners of the 21st century. Just as the rural one-room school was not bad, it became obsolete, unable to provide the kind and quality of education necessary for the Industrial Age of the

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last century. The factory model educational system of the Industrial Age is no longer relevant for the new economy, the Internet Age, of the 21st century. The key aspect of the factory model is that it is a model for human supervision, for designing how people function and act. Just as a century ago when the United States underwent a transition from an agricultural to a manufacturing economy, it is today emerging from a similar shift from manufacturing to services in a knowledge-based economy. Our educational system must be transformed between now and 2020. The underlying technological and economic changes that have created the new economic era of

the Internet Age and the new conditions require learning, teaching and education be redesigned. Community colleges can help reclaim the dream. In a rapidly changing America and a drastically reshaped world, American community colleges have served as the people’s colleges and the Ellis Island of American higher education. Community colleges have been the platform from which millions of low-and-middle-income Americans have launched their dreams. Community colleges have been the open door to college and its historic grounding as an enduring commitment to equity. Today, we must re-imagine our purposes

and practices in order to meet the demands of the future, optimizing results for individuals, communities and the nation. Community colleges must increase completion rates of students earning community college credentials (certificates and associate degrees) by 50 percent by 2020, while preserving access, enhancing quality and eradicating attainment gaps associated with income, race, ethnicity and gender. Community colleges must close the American skills gaps by sharply focusing career and technical education on preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for existing and future jobs in regional and global economies. It is in nurturing the struggling dream of America that community colleges contribute mightily to the futures of their students, their communities and the nation. Paris Junior College has been contributing to Northeast Texas since 1924, and stands ready to continue doing so in the future. — Pam Anglin is the president of Paris Junior College.


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paris Cardiology Center Khalid Shafiq MD., P.A., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Listening to your heart ... Listening to you. Dr. Khalid Shafiq is the only triple board certified cardiologist in Paris, Texas who performs the following rare and cutting edge procedures at PRMC. These procedures are performed only at highly specialized hospitals in the U.S.A. ❤ A.I.C.D Placement ❤ electrocardiogram ❤ Holter Monitor ❤ stress testing ❤ nuclear Cardiac stress testing ❤ echocardiogram ❤ stress echocardiogram ❤ arrhythmia detection ❤ peripheral stents ❤ Coronary Ct angiogram

❤ pacemaker placement ❤ heart Catheterization ❤ angiogram ❤ lipidology ❤ Bio-Z ❤ Coronary angioplasty ❤ Coronary stents ❤ silver hawk atherectomy ❤ rotational atherectomy ❤ Brachytherapy

❤ Bi-Ventricular pacemaker ❤ Bi-V.I.C.D. ❤ peripheral angioplasty ❤ ambulatory Blood pressure ❤ Cryoplasty ❤ Carotid stenting ❤ 64-slice Cardiac & Vascular C.T. ❤ transradial Catherization ❤ eVar

❤ abdominal endovascular aneurysm repair (eVar):

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❤ Complete Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary intervention services: For certain people, heart disease treatment can be achieved with Angioplasty and stent placement. Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to open blocked heart arteries. First a Cardiac Catheterization is performed as a part of Angioplasty. This whole process of complete Cardiac Cath Services is performed in a cath lab by Dr. Shafiq and a team of Cardiovascular nurses and technicians. Dr. Shafiq utilizes state of the art technologies such as IVUS, FFR and Stent placement with the latest drug eluting Stents to open up blocked arteries. Dr. Shafig is now offering Transradial Catheterization procedures as well.

❤ Complete 64-slice Ct services:

In partnership with Virtual radiologic (Vrad) paris Cardiology Center is now offering complete 64-Slice C.T. services at it’s location, 1775 FM 195, Paris, Texas, 75462

❤ peripheral arterial disease:

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries supplying your arms and/or legs that causes poor blood flow to these areas. If you have severe PAD, tissues in your leg, or foot may die because they do not get enough blood flow. Also, patients with severe PAD are more at risk to develop chronic sores or ulcers if they injure their foot or leg in some way. If this happens and the injury does not heal, part of the foot or leg could have to be removed (amputated). If you have blockages in these areas, this increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.

❤ Carotid artery stenting:

The carotid arteries are the arteries in your neck that supply the head and brain with blood. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a procedure in which a physician inserts a slender, expanding tube, called a stent inside your artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque. These symptoms include - dizziness, weakness, slurred speech, periodic loss of sight in one or both eyes, and numbness.

❤ Bi-Ventricular Defibrillator and Pacemaker:

Is used to treat the delay in heart ventricle contractions that occur in some people with advanced heart failure. The Bi-ventricular pacemaker or the CRT pacing device is an electronic, battery-powered device that is surgically implanted through a vein by Dr. Shafiq in the right atrium and right ventricle and into the coronary sinus vein to pace the left ventricle.

❤ turbo hawk atherectomy:

The system consists of a catheter with a mounted blade which is activated by a switch on the handle. plaques

are excised by rotating the catheter in various directions, thus removing the plaque from the artery.

❤ iVC filter placement:

In an inferior vena cava filter placement procedure, uses image guidance to place a filter in the interior vene cava (IVC). Blood clots that develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis, a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), occasionally break up and large pieces of the clot can travel to the lungs. An IVC filter traps large clot fragments and prevents them from traveling through the vena cava vein to the heart and lungs, where they could cause severe complications or even death.

❤ Impella 2.5 Cardiac Assist:

The Impella 2.5 is ideal for patients with decreased heart pumping function and who need revascularizatoin - the opening of blood vessels to the heart. Most of these patients are considered high risk for open heart surgery or may not even be candidates for open heart surgery.

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Khalid Shafiq MD., Chief of Staff Paris Regional Medical Center, Paris, TX, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Khalid Shafiq MD., Chief Resident, Hines VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 1991 Khalid Shafiq MD., Upjohn Achievement Award for Chief Resident, Chicago, IL, 1991

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paris Cardiology Center Khalid Shafiq MD., P.A., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Listening to your heart ... Listening to you. Dr. Khalid Shafiq is the only triple board certified cardiologist in Paris, Texas who performs the following rare and cutting edge procedures at PRMC. These procedures are performed only at highly specialized hospitals in the U.S.A. ❤ A.I.C.D Placement ❤ electrocardiogram ❤ Holter Monitor ❤ stress testing ❤ nuclear Cardiac stress testing ❤ echocardiogram ❤ stress echocardiogram ❤ arrhythmia detection ❤ peripheral stents ❤ Coronary Ct angiogram

❤ pacemaker placement ❤ heart Catheterization ❤ angiogram ❤ lipidology ❤ Bio-Z ❤ Coronary angioplasty ❤ Coronary stents ❤ silver hawk atherectomy ❤ rotational atherectomy ❤ Brachytherapy

❤ Bi-Ventricular pacemaker ❤ Bi-V.I.C.D. ❤ peripheral angioplasty ❤ ambulatory Blood pressure ❤ Cryoplasty ❤ Carotid stenting ❤ 64-slice Cardiac & Vascular C.T. ❤ transradial Catherization ❤ eVar

❤ abdominal endovascular aneurysm repair (eVar):

is a minimally invasive alternative to major open surgery for the repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The AAA Stent Graft is inserted into the aneurysm through a small incisions in the groin and without surgically opening or removiong part of the aorta, thereby offering an alternative treatment choice to open surgery.

Specializing In Clinical, Diagnostic, Non-Invasive, Invasive and Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

❤ Complete Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary intervention services: For certain people, heart disease treatment can be achieved with Angioplasty and stent placement. Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to open blocked heart arteries. First a Cardiac Catheterization is performed as a part of Angioplasty. This whole process of complete Cardiac Cath Services is performed in a cath lab by Dr. Shafiq and a team of Cardiovascular nurses and technicians. Dr. Shafiq utilizes state of the art technologies such as IVUS, FFR and Stent placement with the latest drug eluting Stents to open up blocked arteries. Dr. Shafig is now offering Transradial Catheterization procedures as well.

❤ Complete 64-slice Ct services:

In partnership with Virtual radiologic (Vrad) paris Cardiology Center is now offering complete 64-Slice C.T. services at it’s location, 1775 FM 195, Paris, Texas, 75462

❤ peripheral arterial disease:

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries supplying your arms and/or legs that causes poor blood flow to these areas. If you have severe PAD, tissues in your leg, or foot may die because they do not get enough blood flow. Also, patients with severe PAD are more at risk to develop chronic sores or ulcers if they injure their foot or leg in some way. If this happens and the injury does not heal, part of the foot or leg could have to be removed (amputated). If you have blockages in these areas, this increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.

❤ Carotid artery stenting:

The carotid arteries are the arteries in your neck that supply the head and brain with blood. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a procedure in which a physician inserts a slender, expanding tube, called a stent inside your artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque. These symptoms include - dizziness, weakness, slurred speech, periodic loss of sight in one or both eyes, and numbness.

❤ Bi-Ventricular Defibrillator and Pacemaker:

Is used to treat the delay in heart ventricle contractions that occur in some people with advanced heart failure. The Bi-ventricular pacemaker or the CRT pacing device is an electronic, battery-powered device that is surgically implanted through a vein by Dr. Shafiq in the right atrium and right ventricle and into the coronary sinus vein to pace the left ventricle.

❤ turbo hawk atherectomy:

The system consists of a catheter with a mounted blade which is activated by a switch on the handle. plaques

are excised by rotating the catheter in various directions, thus removing the plaque from the artery.

❤ iVC filter placement:

In an inferior vena cava filter placement procedure, uses image guidance to place a filter in the interior vene cava (IVC). Blood clots that develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis, a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), occasionally break up and large pieces of the clot can travel to the lungs. An IVC filter traps large clot fragments and prevents them from traveling through the vena cava vein to the heart and lungs, where they could cause severe complications or even death.

❤ Impella 2.5 Cardiac Assist:

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Khalid Shafiq MD., Chief of Staff Paris Regional Medical Center, Paris, TX, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Khalid Shafiq MD., Chief Resident, Hines VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 1991 Khalid Shafiq MD., Upjohn Achievement Award for Chief Resident, Chicago, IL, 1991

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United Way of Lamar County

United Way’s success a tribute to the people of Paris Mary Madewell

mary.madewell@theparisnews.com

The United Way of Lamar County stands as a symbol of the generosity of a community, and the 2012-13 year of financial giving and community service was no exception. United Way broke another record with its 2012-13 fall fundraiser, collecting more than $644,000 in pledges and surpassing its goal of $535,000. Executive Director April Carl said she thought early on the year would be a good one when more than 2,000 people turned out for a block party and United Way kick off event at the Lamar County Fairgrounds. “The kickoff must have worked,” Carl said. “Each division reached their goal and our Industry Division saw record growth, beating their goal of donations received by over $120,000.” Carl says the success of the organization “is a tribute to the people who live and work here. Our community’s generosity, in volunteering and campaign contributions are

evidence that we care.” In addition to funding assistance for 22 nonprofit agencies, United Way supports several other programs. For six weeks each year, IRS trained and certified volunteers complete tax returns for lowincome families through the United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance United Way Program, Mission Statement helping filers maximize their deductions and refunds. During the 2012 tax season volunteers completed 146 returns, and put more than $220,000 back into the pockets of local residents. United Way also sponsors a prescription drug

“To effectively generate, organize and distribute resources to help meet our community’s evolving human needs focusing on the areas of education, income and health.”

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The United Way of Lamar County 2012-13 fundraising campaign began with a block party, a continuation of an event started years ago by the former Diversity Task Force of Paris. From left, April Carl, motivational speaker William Green, Kenny Daus, Stephen Gerrald, motivation speaker Keith Davis, Marva Joe and Steve Keywood.

discount card, a free service providing discounts on prescription drug United Way page 5

Joe, Brittnee, & Cindy

2012 United Way Division Chairs ■ Campaign Chair

-Sue Labbe ■ Commercial - Robyn Figgens ■ Government Danny Huff/Scott Cass ■ Industrial - Sue Labbe ■ Business &

Professional - Kim Peeples/Dawn Abbot/ UW Agencies ■ Healthcare - Erin Barnes, Mary Kay Armstrong, Kim Sledd, Cortney Dawes, Norma Edelhauser, John Allen, Chris

2013 Red River Valley Spring Fair

May 30, 31, through June 1 No admission or parking fees

Paris-Lamar Co. Fairgrounds

Happy World Carnival Thursday, May 30 from 6:00 PM to midnight Friday, May 31 from 6:00 PM to midnight Saturday, June 1 from noon until midnight

Exhibits • Arts & Crafts, outside vendors, etc. (Inside booths will be located in the Community Exhibit Building and Coliseum) Hours of operation: Thursday and Friday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday - Noon - 5:00 PM

Stage Entertainment 3rd annual Best of Lamar County

(BBQ Cook-Off will be located on the grounds between the Coliseum and Livestock Barn)

Set up Friday, May 31 Judging Saturday, June 1 Public may participate with a donation of $12.00 per adult per plate and $8.00 per child per plate on Saturday from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Sponsored by Red River Valley Fair Board For information concerning booth rental or BBQ entries call Red River Valley Fair Association

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United Way: Supporting programs that meet the community’s needs from Page 4 costs. Carl estimated more than $10,000 each month is saved on prescription drug costs in Lamar County and over $500,000 since the program began. Each year the agency sponsors a Day of Caring, which connect volunteers with local nonprofit organizations and individuals to complete projects that may not otherwise get done. The next Day of Caring project is a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush with Kindness Program’s scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon May 17 and May 18. United Way also sponsors a charity tracker assistance network, which records the types and amounts of assistance families receive from United Way partners. “Last year our partners provided $1.2 million in assistance to 10,535 peo-

ple,” Carl said. The Born Learning Trail, located on the Trail de Paris at the Love Civic Center Pavilion entrance, also is a United Way project. It provides learning opportunities for young children and encourages positive interaction and physical activity for children and their caregivers. “All these projects bring people together to build a stronger community, which is the purpose of United Way,” Carl said. Since 1943, United Way of Lamar County has worked to improve the lives of people. “We support effective programs that meet our community’s needs and instead of focusing on one cause we focus on scores of them,” Carl said. That way, one donation not only goes to the need that everyone is aware of, but also those that are less obvious, but no less important.”

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Above: Kiwanians members Phil Payne, Don Dickerson, Bill Halliday, Norm Davis, George Olsen, James Morton, Lynn Patterson and ramp chairman Bill Chaffin are shown with a wheelchair ramp built during the 2012 Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way. Below right: Campbell Soup Co. employees Jack Kahn, Sarah and Kevin Bennett, Emily Miller and Tom Carl take a break from yard work in front of the Paris Junior College’s RSVP headquarters on Clarksville during a Day of Caring project.

United Way 2013 Funded Partners

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The Lamar County Uited Way sponsors a prescription drug discount program

American Red Cross Big Brothers Big Sisters Boy Scouts NETSEO Boys & Girls Club CASA for KIDS Children’s Advocacy Center ETCADA Girls Scouts of NETX Habitat for Humanity Innovative Enterprises LC Child Welfare Board LC Coalition of

Education Business & Industry LC Human Resources Council LC Literacy Council New Hope Center Imagination Library Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society RSVP SAFE-T The King’s Daughters and Sons The Salvation Army YWCA

Thank You!

United Way of Lamar County thanks all of our supporters for the success of the 2013 Campaign. With your help, we exceeded our campaign goal and raised nearly $640,000 to support local health and human services in our community. THANK YOU!

Business Partners

The following businesses and organizations conducted work-place campaigns to engage their employees in support of United Way. Many also provided matching or corporate gifts.

Atmos Energy Boy Scouts (NETSEO) Boys and Girls Club Campbell Soup Supply Co. Chisum Independent School District City of Paris

ETCADA First Federal Community Bank Girl Scouts of NETX Guaranty Bond Bank Huhtamaki Inc. HWH-WePack-WeBuild-Chisum JC Penny

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Kroger Store Lamar County Lamar County Human Resources Council Lamar National Bank

North Lamar Independent School District Oncor Electric Delivery Paris Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Paris Independent School District Paris Junior College

Leadership Circle

Paris Regional Medical Center Peeples Insurance Peoples Bank Prairiland Independent School District Silgan Can Company

Precision Automotive T & K Machine, Inc. The Paris News The Salvation Army Toyota of Paris Turner Industries Wal-Mart

Leaders in Giving are recognized for gifts/pledges to the 2013 Campaign of $500 or more. These were received as of December 31, 2012. Michael Anders Dr. Pamela Anglin Atmos Energy Glen Bawcum Matt Bawcum Belk Department Stores Derald Bulls Brookshire Grocery Campbell Soup Supply Company Capital One Bank Carl Cecil

Phillip Cecil Terry Christian Charles A. Clayton Dr. & Mrs. Ernest W. Cochran David W. Daniel Carol S. Dunmon Thomas J. Edwards Edward Jones Investments Stephen Gerrald Andy & Kimberly Fasken First Federal Community Bank

Florida Power & Light Forrest Signs & Graphics Carole A. Grant Richard D. Grossnickle Guaranty Bond Bank John Hamner Holland Harper Jay Hodge Gordon Hogue James Hodge Motors

Jan Jordan Kimberly-Clark Corporation Kiwanis Club of Paris Kwik Kopy Printing Lamar National Bank Liberty National Bank Load-Trail, Ltd. Joan Mathis Ricky McFadden Ann & Robert Norment

Community Care Card

Norment & Landers Insurance Kim Peeples Peoples Bank Cheryl B. Perry Edwin & Kelly Pickle Pierson & Fendley Insurance Popeye’s Chicken Billy Porter Pshigoda Foundation, Crist & Elizabeth Dr. Chris & Swati Prakash

Marsha Putman Dave Snyder Emily C. Somerville Honorable Chuck Superville Jr. Sonic Drive Ins T&K Machine, Inc. Homer L. Thornton Jr. Toyota of Paris Turner Industries Wal-Mart Allen Williams

This is the first year we offered the Community Care Card to our small business community. To recognize contributions of $100 or more from our local small businesses we ask the community to support them with your business! Plus exclusive offers only to United Way Donors. Airwaves Communications Anthony Sign Company Ballard Insurance Agency Big Country Farm Center Blossom Telephone Company Cattle Drive Steak House Century 21 Executive Realty Century 21 Harvey Properties Climate Masters Coldwell Banker Reg. Realty Continental Village Apartments

Coston & Son Concrete Cunningham Steel, Inc. Denny Architects Ellis & Tidwell Farm Bureau Insurance Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home Gifford’s Hardware Glee’s Gifts Hayter Engineering, Inc. Hilliard & Son’s Contractors

Hometown Web Media EPARISTEXAS.COM J. E. Spencer DDS Kwik Kopy Printing Lamar Veterinary Clinic Load-Trail Ltd Maxey Funeral Home McClanahan, Hutchinson, Starnes, & Biard Nathan J. Bell Realtors

Nicholson Outdoor Power Equipment North Main Auto Sales Office Equipment Center Paris Body Works Paris Coffee Company Paris Farm & Ranch Center Paris Fire Extinguisher, Inc. Paris Iron & Metal Pat Murphy & Associates Paul T. Wells CPA

Powerjack Foundation Repair Precision Automotive Reddell’s Glass and Metal Richard Drake Const. Roadhouse Family Diner Rockin’ L Music Screen Graphics Starrett Funeral Home Stone Title Company, Inc.

Success Center for Learning Techsis Chassis, Inc. The Fish Fry The Moore Law Firm Vaughn Machine Shop Wheezy’s Hamburgers and More Well Balance Center William’s Sporting Goods Wooldridge Appliance, LLC Wright Computer Solutions, Inc.

2013 Partner Agencies

The support of donors for the Campaign enabled United Way to provide $500,000 in Community Investment allocations to the following agencies: American Red Cross Big Brothers Big Sisters Boy Scouts (NETSEO) Boys and Girls Club RRV CASA for KIDS Children’s Advocacy Center

ETCADA Girl Scouts of NE Texas Habitat for Humanity Imagination Library Innovative Enterprises

Lamar County Coalition of Education Business & Industry Lamar County Child Welfare Board Lamar County Human Resources Council Meals on Wheels

Lamar County Literacy Council New Hope Center (Formerly Models of the Maker) RRV Down Syndrome Society RSVP

SAFE-T The King’s Daughers & Sons The Salvation Army YWCA

Volunteers & In-Kind Donations Many volunteers have committed countless hours to make this Campaign a success. Many more have volunteered or contributed in-kind donations to United Way Programs and events throughout the year. We offer our sincere appreciation for our generous community! VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Day of Caring Community Block Party

Charity Tracker Born Learning Trail

For information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, contact: United Way of Lamar County, PO Box 1, Paris, Texas 75461 903-784-6642 * unitedway@suddenlinkmail.com www.lamarcountyuw.org


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Lamar County Historical Museum

Sam Craft / The Paris News

The Biard Log House, built in the 1800’s, sits largely intact in the back of the museum and offers a great view into life from that century.

Museum traces history of Lamar County Eva Dickey

eva.dickey@theparisnews.com

The Lamar County Historical Museum continues its historic preservation and teachings of Lamar County and has recently received two new major additions. Among the additions is a restored doctor’s buggy sold from the family owned House Hardware in Lamar County in 1898. Paris resident John House donated the buggy that was used near a century ago for the community doctor to make house calls and contains only enough room for just that, with a small compartment in the back for supplies. “Finding these is nearly impossible and this one has ties to Paris before the fire (of 1916),” said Lamar County Historical Society president Glen Gambill. “These (buggies) have become very collectable items, selling for outrageous amounts. It is a real piece of American history.” Among other items gained is an unusual piano that once belonged to Travis George Wright. The piano was donated by his great-great-granddaughter, Jean Scales Emanuel. Wright was one of five children of Claiborne and Elizabeth Travis Wright and was a brother of one of the founders of Paris, George W. Wright. “We continue to receive small items that are added to our existing displays on a regular basis,” said Gambill. “But these items have ties to Paris before the fire, and there are very few of those to be found.” The Lamar County Historical Museum originated with and is operated by the Lamar County Historical Society. It is situated in a building on W. Kaufman Street just south of Heritage Hall, in Heritage Park. The building and the park were donated to the city by Dr. and Mrs. William Hayden. The museum construction has virtually been Museum page 7

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here With you... Sam Craft / The Paris News

This iron lung on display at the museum belonged to the city and was kept for acute emergencies. The device was used to help patients suffering from acute poliomyelitis.

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Ghost Walk Hosted by the Red River County Historical Society

Rather than sit home watching TV on Saturday evenings, why don’t you think about experiencing the Historic Clarksville Ghostwalk, sponsored by the Red River County Historical Society. Since it started in January of this year, some 200 people have taken this very entertaining stroll learning local history, spinetingling tales of unexplainable and ghostly happenings, as well as just enjoying a fun night-time walk around the Historic District in Clarksville. They actually take you inside 2 haunted locations and share with you experiences of people on previous tours. The Ghostwalk ‘NOW” begins at 8pm due to the time change, and lasts around 1 1/2 hours. It is less than a mile and takes place on MOST Saturday evenings. It is not required to make a reservation, but it is a good idea to call to confirm that it will take place. Call Anne at 903-427-5570 or Patsy at 903-739-0652

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Museum: County history from Page 6 built to date by a small group of volunteer workers. The museum layout consists of three areas, including a foyer with exhibition space, a central section with six galleries and the rural life museum. The foyer features the porch facade of the home of Judge Jim Noble Thompson, and cabinets from the former Staples Jewelry Store as well as the neon sign from the storefront. It displays more than 200 postcards with Paris scenes. The various galleries include a military room,

which will consist of artifacts from the various wars fought by Lamar Countians from the Texas Revolution to the War in Iraq. There is a gallery of African American history, a changing gallery to take advantage of participation by smaller communities in the county, a room for artifacts concerning the Great Fire of 1916 and the 16-foot photomontage of Paris in 1914 just before the fire. Two rooms are devoted to the collection of early 20th century furniture donated by the Swain family, and two rooms

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are devoted to the sole remaining artifacts of the Buckner Orphanage (originated in Paris in 1877), which was demolished in the year 2000. The rural life museum has exhibit areas featuring the Biard log house (built in 1846), the hay and cotton industries and a blacksmith shop. Other artifacts include an iron lung and tool collections as well as a number of antique washing machines. Tours are available by reservation. For more information, visit lchsparistx.org or call 903-7851925.

Sam Craft / The Paris News

Above: A doctor’s buggy sold by House Hardware here in Paris in 1898 to a Lamar County physician. Left: Photos taken after the fire of 1916 which destroyed almost all of downtown Paris and left the city in despair.

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‘The War Room’ at Lamar County Historical Museum display’s hundreds of items from veterans around Lamar County including uniforms, books, flags, posters and more from all the major wars.

Paris Community Theatre in the business of entertaining sally boswell

sally.boswell@theparisnews.com

As Paris Community Theatre completes its 2012-13 season, the new board of directors intends to get down to business. “I think we are going great with the performance side of the theatre,” said newly elected board president Kathy Brown. “I really want to see us develop the business side of the organization.”

Brown, who has lived in Lamar County for nine years, brings her experience with non-profit organizations to her new position. In addition to volunteer work and paid positions in various nonprofits, Brown served as executive director of a charitable organization in Colorado. She says a non-profit theatre group is a bit different from her previous work, but she is impressed with PCT and its members.

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PCT: Focusing on the arts

from Page 7 1976, and, for its first few years, produced plays at Paris Junior College or at borrowed spaces such as church fellowship halls. In 1981, the group bought the Plaza Theater, a former movie house, in downtown Paris and in 1985 gutted and renovated the building. Over the years, PCT has presented three to six shows a year, from comedies, to musicals, to dramas, most suitable for family viewing. Children’s theatre is an important part of the schedule with two or three children’s shows mounted each year. Recently, PCT received the donation of another downtown building, which is being used as storage space for costumes, props and furniture, and as classrooms for children’s theatre and audition/ rehearsal space for other shows. PCT’s Center for the Performing Arts is part of the organization’s focus on fostering all facets of performance art in Paris, for children and adults. The theatre also sponsors the Paris Community Choir. PCT also recently began a program of Off-Plaza productions, designed to present plays of a more mature nature to theatre-goers in Paris. “Off-Plaza gives us a chance to do things we couldn’t do on our main stage,” said Brown. “It’s been very well received and we’ve seen some great performances in those productions.” As part of Brown’s focus on tightening the business side of PCT, the board will work to step up fundraising for the theatre and will concentrate on getting more young people involved in the theatre. “We need to get them to realize what live theatre is all about and to get them used to coming to the theatre,” said Brown. “We are also looking at our season ticket program and rethinking ways to sell our program to a larger audience.” Brown, who was instrumental in the past in rewriting the group’s by-laws and policies, is also focused on establishing a volunteer database for the theatre and plans to continue its community outreach through involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association. “The theatre has good support from the community,” she said. “We just need to concentrate on getting more young people involved.” PCT is revamping its website and has begun selling tickets for shows through Brown Paper Ticket service online.

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The Plaza Theater, a former movie house converted to live stage productions, is the home of Paris Community Theatre.

Both moves are designed to make PCT more accessible to the public. PCT has 22 people on its board this year. The theatre has one paid employee and a number of contract workers, including children’s theatre teachers, a maintenance worker, a janitor and a costume keeper. Brown says PCT is solvent, but money is always tight. Ticket sales and donations are vital, and Brown plans to seek grants to augment the group’s finances.

The 2013-14 season at PCT has been selected. The shows include “Godspell: The Musical,” Aug. 8-11 and 15-18; “Doubt,” Oct. 4-6 and 10-13; “Annie,” Dec. 5-8 and 12-15 (not included on the season ticket); “Butterflies are Free,” Jan 24-26, Jan 20-31, and Feb. 1-2, 2014; “Run For Your Wife,” March 21-23 and 27-30; and “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” June 13-15, and 19-22. For information or to buy tickets, call 903-7840259.

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REd River Valley Down Syndrome Society

Leadership Lamar County lends a hand to RRVDSS Mary Madewell

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Couples and guests mingled and danced the night away on Jan. 13, 2013 at Love Civic Center during the 7th annual Snowflakes & Diamonds Gala benefiting the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society.

The Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society is building for the present and the future with the help of the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2013. In December, RRVDSS purchased the former Rachel Braswell special services building on Lamar Avenue close to downtown to serve as its REACH Center, which stands for Raising Expectations and Creating Hope. RRVDSS bought the property for $60,000 and the leadership class hopes to raise about $138,000 for renovation in two phases. “We have moved into the center and all of the building is coded for occupancy,” said RRVDSS executive director Krissy Crites. “We are currently accepting applications for our free oneon-one tutoring program, provided to all individuals with disabilities by a certified teacher. RRVDSS serves a wide range of youth and adults with disabilities. “We’ve been trying to get the word to the whole community so we can serve everyone and not just those with Down syndrome. There are so many individuals that could benefit from our many programs; such as free tutoring, support, buddy baseball, workshops and much more.” REACH also offers workshops for parents and educators and serves as a resource center. Phase I of the renovation project, estimated at $71,300, includes minor

repairs such as replacing ceiling tiles, window blinds, ceiling fans, signage, paint, carpet and roof repairs, according to Leadership Lamar County president Lisa Walker. In addition, needed appliances, two educational computer systems, recreational and educational supplies and a fence around the back of the building are planned. Phase II will include blown insulation in the building, window replacement with energy efficiency windows, a hot water heater upgrade, HVAC energy efficiency upgrade, additional handicap accessible bathroom and a handicap accessible van. “The funds that we raise for RRVDSS will go to help them reach one of their goals of having a facility that can

help educate and be a resource center not only for individuals with Down syndrome and other intel-

lectual or developmental disabilities, but would include their siblings/ families, educators and

contribution and help the community as well as helping special needs clients and their families.”

employers,” Walker said. “We will be helping with a program that will continue to grow after LLC’s

Leadership lamar County Fundraisers ■ Softball

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Community policing growing in Paris paris police department

Krista Goerte

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Community policing in the city of Paris has made great strides in the past couple of years. Going neighborhood to neighborhood, street to street and door to door, dedicated community policing officers David Whitaker and Bob Deere are busy with a variety of daily activities, from forming neighborhood watch groups to speaking to schools. Whitaker and Deere’s positions are funded by grants, and their specific job duties allow them to make more personal contact with community members. Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said their jobs are in contrast with that of a traditional police officer. While a traditional police officer mostly reacts to calls and situations that have happened, community policing methods often allow police officers to identify and deal with problems before they get to the level of needing traditional policemen. The officers have worked on community issues of identifying and shutting down illegal clubs and animal control and code enforcement issues and even helping to alleviate mosquito breeding grounds. They have the time to develop relationships, such as with the Paris code enforcement department, and are often able to use those relationships to get to the root of the problem and find a resolution before the police are called.

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Community policing officers Bob Deere, left, and David Whitaker man the new Paris Police Department office on the west side of town in the Paris Economic Development Corp. building.

The officers follow issues to their conclusions, even if that means going through the court system. Having community policing officers can cut down tremendously on the daily calls of citizens complaining about the same issues that traditional policemen do not have the time to delve deep enough into to solve. While some of the issues community officers deal with may not seem so serious in terms

of crime, these often are quality of life issues and are serious to the citizens. Community policing can take care of the less serious calls and leave the more serious calls for traditional police work. Deere and Whitaker talk to residents, children, churches, civic groups, workplaces and more about a variety of issues, and also promote safety at events such as Kid Safe Saturday. Meeting with citizens by going door to door, the

officers provide information about keeping them and their property secure, and also provide options for them to be able to report happenings as well. Community officers utilize the daily police log to update area citizens through email of crime that might be happening in their area. Earlier this year, the Paris Police Department opened a satellite office in the Paris Economic Development Corp. building downtown, offering

closer access to those on the west side of town. Although they have not yet had the response they wanted at the station, they have had people stop by. Deere and/or Whitaker man the station on Mondays and Wednesdays. Hundley said they will assess the station throughout the next year to determine whether it needs to stay open. Because of the varying and individual needs of different communities,

the community policing officers don’t have much of a manual to work from — they must think on their feet and often find creative ways to solve unusual problems. The grant funds for Deer and Whitaker’s positions run out in 2014-15. Hundley said he would certainly like to see the program continued and grown in future years, and said he feels like community policing is definitely a worthwhile endeavor.


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A new direction at New Hope Center of Paris connie beard

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New Hope Center of Paris embarked on a new direction and has marked many milestones over the past year for the women’s shelter. A year ago, executive director Gay Ballew and program developer Lou Brown began refining the program to not only provide a safe place to stay along with food and clothing for women and children who have no place to turn, but to help them change the paths and learn how to be selfsufficient and become vibrant members of the community. From its fresh, new name and the motto “A hand up, not a handout,” the organization is phasing out its reputation as an emergency shelter and instead put in place a program to help women break the cycle of homelessness and welfare dependency. Another milestone was met when the RAM Foundation bought property at the 400 block of W. Sherman St., which will eventually become the living quarters for the women and children in the program. In the meantime, the center sold its property on Lamar Avenue (formerly Ryan’s Heart) and set the funds aside for the new shelter building. While still housing in its facility on Bonham Street, New Hope Center of Paris is making monthly payments toward eventually owning the W. Sherman Street building. To help with expenses and bring some of the services the women utilize closer to them, part of the building is leased by the Paris-Lamar County Health Department, and renovations are underway on other offices that will be rented out. Eventually, the final 10,000-square-feet of space, which is separated from the rental areas, will house the women and children participating in the shelter program. Estimates to remodel the shelter area are around $375,000, which includes extensive sprinkler and fire alarm systems. “The architect who helped us has been paid, and we have let bids for the sprinkler system,”

Ballew said. While work continues at the new facility, those at the current shelter remain on the forefront of the organization. “The focus is these women and children who live in your community. We have a valuable product to invest in and some of these people really will be our neighbors, and when they leave here, they’ll know how to be a good neighbor,” Brown said. Each person who joins New Hope Center agrees to strict terms and conditions, including random drug testing, which now includes versions of K-2. “We do a thorough assessment before we accept them, so everyone knows what their needs are. We are a long-term facility, and they have to be willing to do the program, which includes volunteering and participating in upkeep,” Ballew said. Each one is given a choice and everything is discussed up front, which creates a safe and predictable level of trust. “We keep kind of a tight rein. Now I know why it’s called tough love,” Ballew said. In addition to assisting with legal problems, helping with ongoing medical conditions such as new glasses or visits to the dentist, the women learn the basics on how to run and maintain a household and how to obtain and keep a job. They also are educated on their rights within a work place and learn how not to be taken advantage of. “We do our best to give somebody a choice and a chance, at least an opportunity,” Ballew said. “We can’t save everybody, but they will be enhanced in some way.” One area of emphasis is the use of an emergency room for minor ailments. “It’s a generational thing, so it’s what they’ve learned,” Brown said. “With this one area, we’ve cut down trips to the ER.” Brown said a typical emergency room visit costs a minimum of $1,000. At one time, they logged about 10 visits each month, equalling about $10,000 a month of unpaid emergency room bills.

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“This has saved the city and county thousands of dollars,” she said. It’s all part of breaking the cycle of homelessness for the families, getting them thinking about goals and how to go about changing their lives to meet them. They are taught new skills and how to utilize services the community offers. “We teach them how to survive on minimum wage and how to be productive citizens instead of takers,” Brown said. “We have created a program that has integrity with a program of value. We’re going onward and upward.”

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LEADERSHIP LAMAR COUNTY 2012-2013

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Being a part of Leadership Lamar County has been one of the best experiences ever for me. I also appreciate the opportunity to have served as the President of this years class. We have been a unique class from the beginning and that is why everyone in the class is special to me. We have all formed new friendships and some have been strengthened beyond belief. Through the class meetings over the last nine months, we have all learned to be a better and productive leader going forward. Leadership Lamar County is designed to improve our community by equipping participants with tools and knowledge of becoming quality community leaders. This year the class chose Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society’s REACH Center as their project. The REACH Center is a lifelong education and resource center for individuals with Down Syndrome and other intellectual or developmental disabilities and for their family, educators and employers. One on one student tutoring is available for elementary, secondary and adult students at the center. This program also includes opportunities for socialization and support between families. Educational workshops for both parents and teachers are also in progress at the REACH Center. In the last quarter of 2012, RRVDSS purchased a building to increase the size of their facility. At their previous location, they were turning clients away due to space limitations. They are in a 7,300 square foot facility that will offer plenty of space and opportunity for the REACH Center to offer more programs to the community of Lamar County including an after school/after work recreation program. An afternoon program would fill a great need in our community for teenagers and adults who attend school or day hab programs. Educational opportunities would be available to individuals, as well as recreational and exercise opportunities. Siblings and other members of the community would also be allowed to enroll in the program at a low cost to parents. Trained staff would be on location directing activities and interacting with students and adults at all times. This project has two Phases that were submitted to our class. Phase I includes renovating the interior section of the newly obtained building, specifically new carpet, new ceiling tiles, insulation upgrade, wall repairs and paint and educational and learning materials for the clients. The cost of Phase I is $66,500. Phase II includes exterior upgrades that include a new roof, energy efficient windows and a fenced in outdoor playground area. The cost of Phase II is $71,500. The goal to complete both phases of the project would total $138,000. Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to interact with members from the REACH Center. It is heartwarming to see caring people from the REACH Center helping their members be more involved in our community through Buddy Baseball, bowling parties, educational conferences and the REACH Rally. To help the class obtain our goal, we have hosted the 4th

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of Commerce, Leadership Lamar County Board and all of the Annual Golf Tournament at Paris Golf & Country Club. It was individual and corporate supporters of Leadership Lamar held in April and it was a great success. Chip McEwin and County. Special thank you to those that took time from your Stacy Miller co-chaired that event with committee members of busy schedule to visit with our group during this year’s class Michelle Cowling and Hunter Humphrey. and speak to us. We were informed of things in our commu We will be hosting a Co-ed Softball Tournament on May nity that we would not have been exposed to if we had not 17-18 with proceeds going to our project. Sarah Bennett and participated in this class. For that we are all grateful. From the Johnny Wooten are working on this event along with commitLeadership Board we had two hosts each meeting…thank you tee members Chad Lumbert and Josh Allen. If you are interfor being there for us and arranging the days events and most ested in entering a team in the tournament, please email Sarah of all, thank you for your support!!! at sarah_bennett@campbellsoup.com or Johnny at Thank you to our families for letting us share their time with johnny_wooten@campbellsoup.com. our new friends and in becoming better leaders. A heartfelt Our main fundraiser this year will be Dancing With the Stars thank you to our employers for allowing each of us to partici– A Starry Night in Paris, Save the Last Dance. It will be held pate in the opportunity to make a difference in our community, on June 15th beginning at 6:00pm at the Love Civic Center. become a stronger person and lead to success. We are indebtThis year we have incorporated a 1920’s flare into the event ed to you for this. to add some excitement. The Dancing With the Stars event is Most of all, a huge personal thank you to each of my class being chaired by the 2012 winner, Kristina Courson. She has mates. When we entered into this adventure, I never thought an awesome committee including Haley Bulls, Decorations/ that I would be elected President of the group. I am still truly Catering/Alcohol Chair; Sarah Bennett, Costumes/Props honored. I have learned so much through this process to make Chair; Laura Spencer, Dancing/Judging/Entertainment Chair; me a better leader. It has been an honor to work with each of Michelle Cowling, Sponsorship/Ticket Chair; Josh Allen, you, learn from you and become friends with you. Everyones Publicity Chair; Mark Young, Budget Chair and Sarah Lumbert, willingness to help and their hard work put toward reaching Silent/Live Auction Chair. Our dancers have been paired with our goal for the REACH Center has said a lot for our group. I professional dancers from Dallas/Ft Worth and Denton areas. think Lamar County should be very proud of the twenty seven We have 4 new professional’s dancing this year with new Leadership Lamar County 2012-2013 Graduates…I know I am!!! choreography and fresh entertainment. We are very proud Lastly, good luck to Red River Valley Down Syndrome of this year’s local dancing talent…LaJuana Eckel, Kimberly Society’s REACH Center. I am a supporter of the organization Clark; LaWanda Knight Ladell, First Federal Community and I personally wish you huge success in the future. Thank Bank; Michelle Wall, Aiken Elementary; Cayton Flippen, PFG you for letting Leadership Lamar County be a part of your – Performance Food Group; Tom Caldwell, Bealls and Tray ground work for such an awesome group in our community. Turner, Texas Department of Transportation. We have some amazing sponsors that have gone above and beyond their calling to make this event one to remember. For tickets and seating, please contact Michelle Cowling or Lisa Walker at 903.785.1653 or mcowling@rodgerswade.com or lwalker@hwh1887.com. Leadership Lamar County TShirts can be purchased also for $15.00 by contacting Lisa Walker at 903.785.1653 or lwalker@hwh1887.com. There are many many people to thank for all of their hard work and dedication in making Leadership Lamar County Class 20122013 a success. Thank you Red River Valley Down Syndrome Buddy to Lamar County Chamber

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Public event, tours bring people to the Maxey House sally boswell

sally.boswell@theparisnews.com

It’s been a little over a year since the Sam Bell Maxey House Historic Site, 812 S. Church St., reopened after a $1.2 million renovation program was completed. It’s back to business at the Maxey House with public tours, educational programs on site and off, special events and the ongoing work of showcasing the 19th Century High Victorian Italianate style home. “Our goal is to make the Maxey House come alive with special events and ongoing research,” said Kaitlin Ammon, site manager. “We are going to be continuing those efforts to get people interested in the Maxey House

and to make it an interesting place to be for the people of Paris, as well as visitors.” The house was built in 1868. Confederate general and two-term U.S. senator Samuel Bell Maxey built the house for his wife, Marilda. They raised their family in the home, acquiring many fine furnishings. The Maxeys and their heirs, the Longs, lived in the house for 99 years, and the family turned ownership of the property to the state of Texas in 1976. The Sam Bell Maxey House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Operated by the Texas Historical Commission, the Maxey House offers a snapshot of life in Paris

circa 1867. The furniture, personal effects of the inhabitants and the buildings construction have been preserved and restored. In addition to regularly scheduled public tours of the site, the staff has planned a number of public events throughout the year. These include today’s THC historic sites day, when tours are free all day long; participation in the nationwide Blue Star Museum program, which allows active members of the U.S. military and their family free admission to any Blue Star Museum in the country from Memorial Day to Labor Day; a World War II exhibit, staged to Maxey page 17

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Sam Bell Maxey house volunteer Frances Reed, left, gives a tour of what Christmas dinner in 1888 would have looked like in the dinning room of the histroic landmark during the Christmas at the Maxey House event.

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Dr. Amanda Green

Green keeps busy with practice, community service sally boswell

sally.boswell@theparisnews.com

Amanda Green, M.D., is a busy woman. The married mother of two is a hospitalist at Paris Regional Medical Center and a board certified specialist in internal medicine. She is also medical director of the program, so besides seeing patients, she is responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of the program. Green is medical director of “I enjoy the Parisbeing with Lamar County people, Health and when Department I am with and serves people I as the county’s health prefer to help them, authority, the liaison especially between the children” local health Amanda departGreen, M.D. ment and other health authorities as required. She also works at the health department’s clinic, seeing patients. Green is associate medical director of Cypress Basic Hospice and supervises the activities of a number of area nurse practitioners and the employees of several home health companies. She serves on the hospital’s medical executive committee, the intensive care unit committee and the pharmacy and therapeutic committee. “I like to stay busy,” Green said. When not working, Green also volunteers her time and expertise in the community. She is member of the transform-

ing North Texas Second Hand Smoke Committee, sits on the board of the National Children’s Study Community Board, is president of the Lamar County Medical Alliance, is secretary/treasurer of the Lamar Delta Medical Society and is a member of the St. Joseph’s Community Foundation board, serving on the gala committee for a number of years. Green is current president of the Friends of the Paris Public Library, and is a board member of the Aikin Parent Association, serving as chairman of the recycling committee and the science camp committee, as well as serving as a volunteer reader and working on the school’s annual Spring Fling Event. “Community service is important to me,” said Green. “I don’t like to spend my time on things that are not going to have a positive impact on the community, in health care, in education or philanthropy.” Green was born in Corsicana in 1974. She attended Texas A&M University and the Baylor College of Medicine and served her residency at Duke University Medical Center. She credits her parents with instilling her with a good work ethic, and says she never had to be pushed to do school work or get involved. She said she has always been eager to sign up and to volunteer to lead. “I enjoy being with people,” she said, “and when I am with people I prefer to help them, especially children.”

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Amanda Green

Green and her husband, orthopedic surgeon Gregory V. Green, came to Paris nine years ago, from Durham, N.C., where he had finished his training at Duke University. Green’s husband is employed by Paris Orthopedic Clinic. They have two children — Davis, 9, and Madeline, 7 — and in addition to work and volunteering in the community, the Greens stay active in their children’s interests and in their church. “I enjoy the momma part of my life just as much as the doctor part of my life,” she said. “Each makes me appreciate the other that much more.” Green enjoys gardening and playing games with her children and takes lessons in yoga. “Volunteering is not hard,” she said. “It’s like exercising. You never want to do it, but once you do, you feel so good. Helping others is a kind of selfishness, really, if you are enjoying it and it makes you feel good.”

Sam Bell Maxey house volunteer Betty Ann Entzminger, right, helps Kaylee Brooks with a Christmas project at the histroic landmark during the Christmas at the Maxey House event.

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from Page 16 cide with Veteran’s Day; and seasonal events such as Halloween at the Maxey House, Christmas at the Maxey House and Easter celebrations. The daily work at the Maxey House continues as staff and volunteers conduct an inventory of the contents of the house. There have been a few interesting finds. “Volunteers have been inventorying the books in the library, cataloguing them and making condition reports about the books themselves,” said Ammon. “They have found leaves and flowers pressed in the pages of the books and one even found a lock of hair. Sam Bell Maxey Long wrote and spoke Greek and one of the books has some Greek written on the inside. That is one of the really cool things we’ve found.” Part of the renovation

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was designed to help ensure the preservation of the site. A new HVAC system will maintain the climate of the interior of the house ­— pressure, humidity and temperature — helping preserve the house and its contents. Ammon said volunteers are a major part of the research and operation of the museum. The Friends of the Maxey House help raise funds for special events and for needed work, and volunteers of all ages serve as docents, research assistants — such as the letter transcription project — and lead education programs for all ages in

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Claire Kennemer dips an egg in dye during one of the many activities for children at the Sam Bell Maxey House.

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Left: The American flag whips in the wind on it’s flag pole at Red River Valley Veterans Memorial Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, as patrons visit the Paris landmark during a veterans day program.

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Right: Kenneth Webb finishes dumping hundreds of green turtles into a drainage canal before the start of the Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Turtle Float Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.

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Paris EMS adjusting to changes PRMC hospital shifts prompt changes Krista Goerte

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Paris EMS is enjoying some advantages while working to solve logistical problems created by Paris Regional Medical Center’s shift of all emergency services to the North Campus. Kent Klinkerman, Paris EMS director, said the consolidation has made patient delivery determinations easier for Paris EMS because the nature of the emergency, whether medical, trauma or cardiac, or age of the patient no longer matters unless the patient meets medical helicopter flight criteria. However, Klinkerman said there is not only a space issue on the part of PRMC and Paris EMS, but a location issue as well. The Paris EMS north station is currently in the building adjacent the PRMC emergency room waiting room. Klinkerman said PRMC now needs the extra space to accommodate more emergency room patients since the hospital consolidated emergency room services to the North Campus. In addition, the quarters are not ideal for Paris EMS, either. Klinkerman said the space where the paramedics are housed is only about 500 square feet. It has a kitchen, dining room, office area for completing paperwork, and has only one small bathroom for serving male and female paramedics. The ambulance bay is not enclosed to protect and secure the ambulances and equipment. Another issue is the emergency room consolidation has led to increased traffic to the North Campus area. “This presents a challenge to EMS response times, especially when added to the vehicle and pedestrian traffic from North Lamar ISD, doctors’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, commercial business and residences,” Klinkerman said. “It is difficult to achieve a quick response not only inside this area but to calls outside this area due to the congestion.” Klinkerman said the EMS Department’s strategic plan includes acquiring land and building a station for the EMS north response district. “The plan would determine a location that would continue to provide a quick response time for the cluster of facilities around the PRMC North Campus as well as improved response time to west Paris and northern Lamar County,” the director said.

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Klinkerman said multiple years of historical response maps for the EMS north district are being analyzed toward that end.

State of Paris EMS

Klinkerman said Paris EMS staffing remains the same as it has since 2000. Staff includes three mobile intensive care unit level ambulances, which are staffed 24/7 and an additional ambulance staffed during the week to assist with non-emergency and out-of-county transports. Paris EMS responded to 8,000 calls in 2012 with a staff that includes 22 full-time and 15 part-time Paris EMS Page 21

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Above: Paris EMS workers and firefighters transport the driver of a motorcycle to a waiting ambulance after he was involved in a collision with a truck in the 1900 block of Clarksville Street earlier this year.

Left: Paris firefighters and EMS personnel secure the driver of a mini-van before transporting her to an awaiting ambulance after a three-car collision on Lamar Avenue earlier this year.


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Above: Paris firefighters and EMS members transport the passenger of one of two cars involved in a collision near the intersection of Lamar Avenue and 33rd Street S.E. Right: Paris EMS and firefighters secure the driver of a pickup to a stretcher after they had to use the jaws of life to cut the truck door off to safely remove him.

Paris EMS: Dr. Sharon A. Malone named new medical director

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field staff and two billing clerks. A volunteer group, Paris EMS Reserves, has about 20 members. “In order to maintain a constant state of readiness, Paris EMS operates a life cycle/ replacement program for ambulances, defibrillator/monitors, power stretchers, pagers, por-

table radios and mobile radios,” Klinkerman said. “This program insures that there is a systematic replacement of aging equipment and vehicles on a yearly basis.” Paris EMS also welcomed a new medical director in 2012. Klinkerman said Dr. Sharon A. Malone is an experienced and involved EMS medical director and emergency room

physician. “Patient care protocols have been reviewed, modified and added under her direction,” he said. “Monthly training is conducted in order to implement the protocols as new medications, equipment, supplies and skills are introduced. “The paramedics and administrative staff appreciate the knowledge and enthusiasm she brings

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The Red River Valley Retired Senior Volunteer Program taps the skills, talents and experience of more than 700 volunteers age 55 and over in four counties. RSVP volunteers donate their time reading and tutoring in area schools, helping staff food banks and emergency assistance offices, working with the hospital auxiliary, delivering Meals on Wheels, along with many other activities. They give of themselves to make a difference in the lives of others. RSVP volunteers are the active people who take the opportunity to make a change, instead of waiting for change to happen. The American tradition of volunteerism has made an infinite contribution to our country, our children, our families and our way of life.

In 2012, 857 RSVP Senior Adult Volunteers served 143,727 hours in 88 stations in the four-county service area. When valued at the Points of Light scale, the hours served have a value of $3,149,058. In a time of funding reductions, the service of the senior adult volunteers is an important help to area non-profit and public agencies. In 2013, RSVP will continue to work to match volunteers with community needs. As the year progresses, RSVP will be examining new federal guidelines that emphasize six focus areas, including healthy futures, education, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, disaster services and capacity building. To become involved in community service through volunteering, contact the RSVP office at 903-737-4321.

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to the position of EMS medical director.” Paris EMS remains a support pillar for the Paris Junior College EMS program by maintaining a seat on the advisory board and serving as a clinical site for PJC EMS students. Several Paris EMS paramedics assist as instructors for the program, and also employs several PJC program graduates.

In addition to its cooperation with PJC, Paris EMS also continues to provide medical training to all Paris EMS/Lamar County first responders and the general public. EMS Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support training is offered on a monthly basis to all members of the First Responder Organizations. Monthly CPR classes are available to the general

public and to the first responder organizations. The schedule of classes is available at: www. paristexas.gov/index. aspx?nid=190. Paris EMS also supports community activities, include the annual Kid Safe Saturday event, car seat safety checks and the Fill the Boot fundraising program for Lamar County children and elderly.

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It was a year of small, but significant changes at the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, according to Melissa Cook, president. Cook, who started her tenure in July, said she wants to go “through the whole cycle” before significant adjustments are made. In the meantime, she is focusing on a leaner, cleaner overall operation.

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Thousands of people packed the square downtown for the 2012 Shop Local drawing for a $10,000 prize. Paris resident LaTessa Bridgers possessed the winning ticket and claimed the prize. The event, sponsored by the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, starts during the Festival of Pumpkins in October and culminates the last Tuesday before Christmas.

The end goal is to build a more efficient program to provide more services and benefits to its membership. “We’re working hard toward an organization that works smarter with our finances and provide a return on our members’ investment,” Cook said. “We want to make sure we give small businesses the tools they need and complement other businesses.” chamber Page 23

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Chamber: Another successful Christmas $10,000 Giveaway event from Page 22 Cook works alongside other organizations such as the Paris Economic Development Corp., the Red River Region Business Incubator and Paris Junior College to provide a well-rounded program. “With PEDC, we work on new industry and retail outlets,” Cook said. “Through PJC and R3bi, we provide seminars and council people wanting to open a new business.” Cook said new businesses are on the upswing, noting the chamber cut a lot of ribbons this year. “We’re starting to see a surge in the economy, sales tax revenues are up and real estate is coming back. People are taking advantage of it,” she said. Cook and the chamber staff are streamlining the sponsorship process for businesses, developing a menu for businesses to choose which programs they want to contribute to. “A sponsorship menu will help our members feel like they’re valued in their membership,” Cook said. To nurture the chamberbusiness relationship, Cook started the Member Ambush. The idea is to drop in at a member business bearing flowers, balloons, cookies and certificates. “I tell them this time we are giving you something instead of asking for something,” Cook said. “This is a fun way to say thank you for being a member.” Another project is to present someone in a business who exhibits exceptional service with a Paris, Texas Eiffel tower pin. Cook said it’s a way to reinforce the idea of good service will always bring people back. A major project unveiled in May 2012 was putting changeable lighting on the Eiffel tower. The cost was $37,500, and was well worth effort and expense. “That was a tremendous success,” Cook said. “It’s amazing there is always someone at the tower or the [Veterans] memorial checking it out.” The chamber was host to a concert by the Texas A&M Cadets in February, a 60-man choral group who had never performed before in Paris. “We helped bring them in for everybody to enjoy,” Cook said. “While that’s not a chamber thing, it’s good for the community.” A huge community event gaining momentum is the Shop Local $10,000 Giveaway held each December. “That went really well last year,” Cook said. “We had 73 businesses sign up,

and that’s a real return on investment.” Every two years, the chamber participates in Lamar County Days in Austin. This year saw the largest group of volunteers travel to the state capital to help bring awareness to legislatures, and also to serve hamburgers to legislators and their staff. “We served 1,300 people in 2 1/2 hours and made a real impact. These people will remember Lamar County for their “We’re efforts,” starting Cook said. to see The chamber a surge oversees in the two other economy. entities, Sales tax the Paris Visitors & revenues Convention are up and Council real estate which is coming brings back.” tourism dollars Melissa Cook Chamber and funds President events, groups and tours, and Love Civic Center, both of which use hotel/motel tax dollars for funding. The chamber is funded through its membership. Cook said all the groups help each other create successful projects. “It’s interesting how these work,” she said. “The V&CC serves all people because they use tax dollars. “The chamber serves those who pay my salary. But we all help each other, File photo because we all have the same goal, to make Paris The Eiffel Tower sits in a pink glow in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Backed and Lamar County a better by the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, the lighting project cost $37,500 to complete.

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Statistics show the first five years for a business are the toughest. “The cost of doing business is tough for a small business. It can be overwhelming, especially if it’s not that old,” Cook said. “Those first five years can be daunting.” Cook said her program offers several key factors in helping a business not only hit the ground run-

ning, but be able to maintain momentum along the way. The chamber is a good way to network, she said, and members can get advice from others in the group. The chamber can also refer one member to another for assistance. With a new software, the chamber’s members have access to web pages such as lists of events and specials that other members can view.

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Randy Pendleton, left, and Tim Lyon sit high above East Plaza Street while patching stone holes and frame work on the American National Bank building which now houses Paris Optical. Owner Dr. Colton Wicks used services of the design staff at the Texas Main Street Program for a design rendering to restore the building’s

Paris Main Street is building on the area’s rich past to make downtown a brighter, cleaner and more vibrant epicenter for the residents, businesses and tourists of Paris. Paris is noted nationwide as the largest collection of 1916-18 architecture since the majority of the buildings were built after the 1916 fire that leveled almost all of the downtown area. Paris Main Street works to maintain the historic integrity of the area and revitalize it by helping those in the area incorporate that history with present-day needs and advances in technology. In Paris, Main Street has been involved with many projects large and small to not only educate the public about its rich heritage, but improve the area’s infrastructure to make downtown a pleasant experience for both the public and businesses. The organization’s efforts were rewarded in March when First Lady Anita Perry and the Texas Historical Commission named Paris a Texas Treasure. The award, initiated in 2009, recognizes communities that showcase their dedication to community preservation efforts through participation in THC initiatives and other state and local programs. “Texas Treasures are communities that go the extra mile to discover

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their roots, teach living history lessons and create a lasting legacy for future generations,” Perry said. “This award recognizes visionary communities that put in the hard work required to ensure that their hometown is different from the next. It spotlights communities that lovingly maintain their monuments from the past in order to create a stronger future.”

Highlights of 2012

• Progress continues with new sidewalks, most notably both sides of the 100-200 blocks of Clarksville Street were replaced in 2012 when electric and telephone lines moved underground and new sidewalks were poured. The Clarksville Street sidewalks cost about $270,000, which was offset with a $150,000 grant obtained by the city of Paris and Paris Main Street from the Texas Department of Agriculture Texas Capital Fund Sidewalk Grant. As grants are obtained and funds are cleared, more and more sidewalks around the area are renewed. • April in Paris was a new event designed to draw tourists and residents downtown to raise money for larger grant

incentives for building improvements. The event combined downtown businesses, restaurants and wineries to highlight what the town has to offer. The second event was held on April 12. • Paris Main Street used Preservation Month activities to show appreciation for people who worked in any capacity to restore the peristyle in Bywaters Park. • The popularity of Farmers Market grew with grass roots farmers selling every Saturday and Tuesday. For the first time, Texas wine was allowed to be sold at the market. • The Downtown Pumpkin Patch had a successful first-year run. Through the efforts of Main Street promotion committee members Tabitha Blackburn and Melissa Gordon spearheaded the patch, which became a community event. The members partnered with Harrison Walker and Harper for use of the property and Britin Bostick. Through sales and donations, the patch raised more than $2,000. • The Christmas Tree Lighting was enhanced in 2012 through partnerships to build a permanent tree for the downtown square. Turner Industries donated the pole, KPB provided

tree garland, the city’s Traffic and Sanitation and Parks departments provided the final touches and raised the new, “Historic 30-foot preservatree. The tion is evening expensive, was celebrated with and if we open houscan help, es from we will.” downtown businesses Cheri Bedford Paris Main as well as a Street visit from coordinator Santa and some of his reindeer and singing from the community choir. • Wassail Fest was another first event for Paris Main Street. Designed to draw people downtown, local businesses provided samples of their favorite wassail recipes, which were judged by the public.

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Paris was named a Texas Treasures Community by Texas First Lady Anita Perry and the Texas Historical Commission in March.

Accomplishments of 2012:

• A contest was held to fill an empty downtown billboard promoting Paris as a Main Street City. The project was a partnership with the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. • Movies in the Park enjoyed another successful season with Bywaters Park filled with more than 500 people on several days. The strength of the two-month series is based on the wealth of volunteers who man the concession stand, sponsor evenings, provide products and help set up and tear down for the show. • Main Street provided tours of the Grand Theater during the Festival of Pumpkins in October. The event was so well attended, organizers squeezed in an extra tour to accommodate the curious crowd. • Main Street provided design services for building owners through the Texas Main Street

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program for 134 1st St., S.W., 134 S. Main, 115 Clarksville, 117 Clarksville and 347 Bonham streets. Emergency funds of $2,000 were received for structural replacement for 107 Grand after the roof collapsed. The money came through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a structural assessment was performed. The building has since been sold. “Historic preservation is expensive and if we can help we will,” said Cheri Bedford, Paris Main Street coordinator.

Earlier this year, Paris Main Street launched its BIG loan fund to provide matching funds up to $5,000 for work on facades. The fund, available to any qualifying project within the historic downtown district, refunds $2,500 on a $5,000 facade project. Colton Wicks, who owns the Paris Optical building at 15 W. Plaza, is using the grant to rejuvenate the street view of his historic building. Wicks also used a Main Street service for historically accurate design renderings of his building, which has been incorporated into the plans.

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Paris Main Street is coordinated by Cheri Bedford, who uses input from an advisory board headed by Matthew Coyle along with Jill Drake, Casey Ressler, Ashlea Mattoon, Becky Semple, Karie Raulston and Britin Bostick and four committees. The advisory board meets at 4:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday. • Economic Restructuring focuses on incentivizing building and new business owners to invest in the downtown historic district. This group’s biggest accomplishment is implementing the Building Improvement Grants program. See parismainstreet.org for details of the BIG program. Committee members are Drake, Chris Dux, Jane Adams, Brad Gottshalk and Melissa Cook. The committee meets 5:15 p.m. the third Thursday at the Red River Region Business Incubator. • Organization Committee targeted volunteer recognition in 2012. Area volunteers received a “pat on the back” with awards and a brown bag lunch on the plaza on April 24. The event included live music. The group meets at noon the first Wednesday at Paris Bakery and includes Ressler, Drake, Semple and Mattoon. • Design Committee sponsored the “Springtime in Paris” window decoration contest to encourage businesses to spruce up downtown and prepare for the April in Paris Win Fest held April 12. Contest winners were recognized at the volunteer brown bag lunch on April 24. Committee members are Raulston, Heather Cody, Kaitlin Ammon, Amelia Frierson and Helen Ressler. They meet at noon the first Thursday of the month at Cattle Drive Steakhouse. • Promotion Committee put together the April in Paris Wine Fest to draw

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people downtown to see what is there and to raise funds for the Paris Main Street BIG program. Members of the committee are Bostick, Semple, Stella Nance, Gail Chiles, Blackburn, Gordon and Janet Green. They meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday at Time Flies. Main Street works closely with the Paris Historic Preservation Committee, which meets at noon the second Wednesday and 4 p.m. the fourth Monday. “The public is welcome to attend all HPC, Main Street and committee meetings,” Bedford said.

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Above: Gerri Mosley holds her son, Bradeden, while her daughter, 5-year-old Kaylee, gets assistance from Sarah Cullum at the pumpkin patch, a fundraising project held by Paris Main Street in October. Left: Main Street volunteers took the public on tours of the Grand Theater during the Festival of Pumpkins. Additional tours were added to accommodate the number of people interested in the restoratoin project.


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Meals on Wheels: A program worth volunteering Krista Goerte

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The Lamar County Meals on Wheels program, which delivers more than 500 meals a day to seniors, is always in need of community support, as Lamar County Human Resources Council Volunteer Coordinator Marvin Wroten can attest. The retired Brookshire’s employee and current part-time Paris ISD bus driver encourages people to volunteer — and volunteer from an early age. One of his regrets is not volunteering earlier in life, and understood that after taking a position delivering meals for the Lamar County Meals on Wheels program. After three weeks of running a route, he said he fell in love with it. Asked to be a volunteer coordinator, Wroten said he turned the position down because he enjoyed his route so much. Eventually he was talked into it and has served as volunteer coordinator for close to two years. He spends about 20 hours a week working for the LCHRC. Faced with a potential budget crunch due to dwindling state funds, Wroten said more volunteers generally mean less of a strain on the budget. Less meals served could mean many area seniors could go hungry and without the proper nutrition they need, Wroten said. Often, Meals on Wheels volunteers are the only outside contact many seniors have during the

day as well. “It’s a chance to see and talk to these people; it’s more than just a meal,” Wroten said. “Many people say thanks to us, but I tell them we get more out of it than you do.” Wroten said there is often a mutual attachment between volunteer drivers and the clients they deliver to, each expressing concern when they haven’t seen each other. The Meals on Wheels program also gives seniors a line of communication they may not have if something is wrong. While the cooking portion of Meals on Wheels generally has the support it needs, as it is often supplemented by community service workers, volunteer drivers are nearly always needed. Another area where volunteers are needed is in making reassurance calls to Meals on Wheels clients. Volunteers touch base with these clients, making sure they are OK and finding out what their needs are. Wroten said reassurance calls are an excellent opportunity for teens to volunteer, and many high school students have volunteered in the past. In addition, high school students volunteer through the LCHRC to paint wheelchair ramps, and Wroten said their enthusiasm for such projects is dampened only when they can find no volunteer to supervise their activities. Wroten said volunteers

are also needed to supervise the high school students for these projects. The LCHRC is funded by state and federal funds, United Way, the city and county and through its annual February Mardi Gras Celebration fundraiser. The non-profit organization is always searching for grant money and welcomes private donations. Throughout the year, smaller fundraisers, such as donating money at Brookshire’s, Belk or the upcoming hot dog stand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Atwood’s, go toward the programs. Senior centers — four in Paris, one in Blossom and one in Roxton — are also in need of volunteer support. Although each site has a coordinator, they need people to help get games and other activities ready as well as participate with the seniors from calling bingo to playing games, to playing music. Youth are always welcome visitors at the center, Wroten said. Wroten speaks at civic organizations and businesses and says information of the program and volunteerism has spread by word of mouth. “Volunteering is a passion of mine,” Wroten said. “With volunteering in general, I realized I had missed out on it. I’m trying to make up for that now, not that I didn’t have the time, but I didn’t take the time.” Those interested in volunteering can call the LCHRC office at 903784-2580.

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Lamar County Human Resources Council Volunteer Coordinator Marvin Wroten hands out door prize tickets to volunteers at the recent Meals on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Submitted photo

Ronnie and Vicki Ballard talk to volunteers at the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon about the Dylan’s Drivers program and the importance of volunteering.

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A group of community leaders and elected officials delivered meals to Lamar County Meals on Wheels homebound participants during the March for Meals event. The event is a national campaign sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

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Kiwanis Club: Community, child advocates Kiwanis Club

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The first weekend in March is synonymous with pancakes for Parisians and the surrounding community, and The Kiwanis Club are the group behind the scenes. This year, the Kiwanis Club served a record breaking 8,212 people all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee at its largest fundraiser of the year. More than 1,000 man hours go into the weekend alone, according to pancake chairman Gary Pirtle, but all proceeds benefit the community. The club is responsible for several community projects benefitting various citizens. The most recent addition to the list is an anti-bullying program. Started in the last year, the program is based on The Community Network DVD taught by Jim Lord. The Kiwanis Club has partnered with First Federal Community Bank and Lamar County Co-op to provide each student in

the county with a DVD encouraging young people to not bully and warning them of the effects. The students play the disc twice a week and follow a guided program. After discovering the government aid available for wheelchairs but a lack of assistance for the ramps to successfully utilize the devices, the Kiwanis Club founded The Ramp Project. Meeting all ADA requirements, the group builds ramps at patrons’ homes free of charge. Texas Ramps helps with fundraising, but most of the money is raised locally, according to Kiwanis president Jerry Williams. “We build them all out of treated wood,” said Williams. “They meet every criteria allotted and are all sturdy and built to last many, many years.” In the last year, the club has provided 60 wheelchair ramps for Lamar County. The International Kiwanis Club has also started Project Eliminate, in which the ultimate goal

is to eliminate neonatal tetanus in the world, in which the Paris and Reno branches both contribute. “We have eliminated tetanus in 12 of 32 countries,” said Williams “Most recently, it has been eliminated in Kongo and we are now working on Haiti. “It is a great effort. Thousands of babies die horrible deaths that are totally preventable with just a shot given to every pregnant mother, costing only $1.80.” The Kiwanis Club of Paris started raising money two years ago and has currently raised more than $4,000. Internationally, the club hopes to raise $110 million over five years. The Club also continues to fund the local Imagination Library. The Imagination Library was started by Dolly Parton and provides an ageappropriate book to every child under the age of 5. The books come with tips and activities to encourage parent involvement and are mailed monthly at

no charge to the child or family. “Our goal is to have an age-appropriate book in the hands of every child in Lamar County,” said Williams. “Studies show parents reading to young children will give a great boost to their confidence and success later in life.” Lamar County currently has about 2,000 children currently enrolled in The Imagination Library. Kiwanis continue several other projects, such as Terrific Kids, Key Club, the Flag Program, Camp Kiwanis and several others. The group adds at least one project per year, according to Williams, while trying to maintain all current projects. “We like to say we are a working club, not a social club,” he added with a laugh. “I tell all our new members every time we induct, to roll their sleeves up and just jump in.” The Kiwanis Club currently has about 120 members. The Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at

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Rotary Club of Greater Paris creating smiles Eva Dickey

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The Rotary Club of Greater Paris has been hard at work finishing up the fifth year implementing the “Healthy Smiles” dental project. The project was started when Lamar County children showed a need for some preventative dental work. Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems even when eating, speaking, playing and learning. Along with making sure kids eat a nutritious diet and brush regularly with a fluoride tooth paste, getting dental sealants at the appropriate age encourages a healthy, problem-free mouth. The cost of dental sealants may seem out of reach for some families, especially those on a budget, but with the help of the Rotary Club of Greater Paris and volunteer dentists the “Healthy Smiles” dental project is able to happen. This project ensures that every second-grade student in a Lamar County public school district has a chance to receive dental sealants, free of charge. The children are screened in the fall by a dentist and the child is sent home with a form for the parents to sign, then

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Rotary Club of Paris: Promoting ‘service above self’ eva dickey

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The Rotary Club of Paris, often referred to as ‘The Friday Club,’ was chartered in 1916; the Club was one of the first 100 Rotary Clubs ever created. Since Rotary’s inception in 1905, Rotary International has grown to more than 1.2 million members worldwide. The Rotary Club has a “Four Way Test” that is the goal for all things members think, say or do. First, is it the truth? Second, is it fair to all concerned? Thirdly, will it build goodwill and better friendships? And lastly, will it be beneficial to all concerned? The most notable of all Rotarian humanitarian efforts is the almost complete eradication of polio throughout the world. Known as Polio Plus, the project has spanned several decades and is very near the final stage of being accomplished. When was the last time you heard of someone getting polio? The Rotary motto, “Service Above Self” is evidenced by the longstanding, dedicated and selfless service of the local Club’s members. While there have been numerous local projects the Club has been involved with over the years, they have continually focused their efforts on three major ones:

Paris Junior College Scholarship Fund; thirdgrade dictionary distribution; and, the Fourth of July fireworks show, set on July 3 every year. Due to their commitment to support the local education system and being an avid supporter of PJC, scholarships are only given to students attending the local college. Throughout many years, the club has managed to raise a sizable scholarship fund. Currently standing at several hundred thousand dollars, the fund, when combined with additional funds they raise each year, allows the club to provide numerous scholarships annually to area students to continue their educations.   Each year, the club distributes student dictionaries to all the third-grade students in Lamar county schools.  In addition to being a place to look up definitions, the book is filled with additional reference information, much like a mini-encyclopedia. From the feedback given by teachers and parents of the students, the children are always very excited to receive their dictionaries. The most visible community event the club is involved in is the fireworks and patriotic celebration held every July 3. The annual celebration is the epitome of “small town America”

at its finest. The entire event is produced and funded entirely by the combined efforts of the Paris Rotary Club and the Greater Paris Rotary Club, often referred to as ‘The Monday Club.’ Thanks to the generosity of the two clubs, members, the contributions from area business and the donations received from attendees at the event collected by the “Bucket Brigade,” the fireworks celebration has become one of the high points on the community calendar. Those interested in becoming involved with a community civic club committed to serving local needs can join the Paris Rotary Club.  Those who do not care to join, but would like to support Rotary programs, contributions can be made to the Club’s local fundraising efforts. In addition to the specific projects addressed above, other annual fundraising events include the Superbowl Sunday Chili Cook-Off and the Draw Down Event held in August. The Club meets at noon on Fridays in the PJC Ballroom. Guests, prospective members and visiting fellow Rotarians are always welcome.  For more information contact the current club president Chris Snodgrass at 903-785-9100. The Rotary Club of Paris officers for 2012-

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Blue Skies Parachute Team member Dave Eisele lands with the American Flag during the 26th annual Rotary Fireworks Show at Noyes Stadium.

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dinate this project. The school districts that were given the opportunity to participate in this project include Chisum ISD, Paris ISD, North Lamar ISD, Prairiland ISD and Roxton ISD. Funding for this project came from Rotary International, Rotary Club of Greater Paris donations, Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities, grant money and individual donations.

By giving our children the tools to start healthy habits now they will have fewer health issues as they get older. And with the help of the many volunteers and Rotarians this year, Lamar County children are one step ahead to being healthy happier children. In addition to the “Healthy Smiles” dental project, the Rotary Club of Greater Paris oversees the Fourth of July fire-

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Sheriff Scott Cass recalls a saying spoken many times by his grandfather and has applied it as a motivational tool for the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department. “Keep on keeping on,” is the motto Cass uses on Facebook and to encourage the 78 staff members under his charge at the department voters of Lamar County elected him to oversee in November 2012. Since taking the reins in January, Cass has reorganized the department, initiated new operational and training procedures, added computerized aided dispatch and remarked patrol cars for easier recognition. New uniforms are in the works and with the assistance of a Department of Justice grant new bullet proof vests have been provided for most of the 27 sworn law enforcement officers. Vests have a life expectancy of about five years and Cass said he will try to change out the protective devices on schedule. Upon election, Cass said he realized change needed to take place in the department to bring more efficiency, which in turn would improve the service to Lamar County residents. “We have focused on efficiency and bringing the department into the 21st Century,” Cass said. “Things that have worked for us in the past, such as the inmate community service project, we’ve maintained.” Cass reviewed changes and talked about the staff’s reaction to those changes in the way records are and will be kept once a countywide software system is installed this summer. He also noted the department and jail are completely tobacco free, something new in the past 20 years. “I would like to say how well employees and staff have embraced the change that took place Jan. 1,” Cass said. “The attitude of an office is so important not only to the immediate work environment affected by it, but for the citizens that we serve as well. “Comments from the staff have been positive as we improve our house, especially from some of

the major changes such as a tobacco free environment and the new technology changes that are taking place at this time.” The command staff in place is experienced, approachable and has a common desire to have a professional office, work hard and serve the citizens of this great county. “As I ask the employees to work with me as we go forward and ‘step into a new era’ they have taken on the tasks and are far exceeding them.” In return, the sheriff has provided a workout room to encourage healthy habits, assured the staff of training and equipment as needed. As in the past, Cass said the department continues to provide a safe and secure jail. “We are updating our policies and looking for ways to become more efficient in what we are doing and how we are looking at what needs to be done,” he said. More specifically, Cass mentioned adding a jail nurse and changing medication procedures. Medicine now comes in blister packs, which makes it more efficient to give medicine and safer as well. He gave a thumbs up to dispatchers for embracing a new computer aided dispatch system, which went online in early February. The system transformed the department from complete radio to computer communication between dispatchers and officers in the field, providing patrol officers a safer environment with the system’s GPS tracking system and making it more difficult for the criminal element to know what patrol officers are doing. “The use of the CAD system is allowing dispatch to send calls to the officers’ computers, and officers are sending back self-initiated activity back to dispatch using the computer as well,” Cass said. “This definitely keeps crooks at bay not knowing where the units are at all times.” The patrol division is now headed by a former investigator. “This is a good blend for the patrol division as Captain Travis Rhodes not only brings his patrol experience into the mix but also his years of investigative experience as well,” Cass said. “He will be giving those

officers the training they need to be better at the start of cases because of his years as an investigative officer.” Patrol officers are well received in the field, the sheriff said. “Nearly every day someone tells me how appreciative they are to see more deputies in their communities or how the deputies have stopped to check in on them, or have helped them on the roadway in some way,” Cass said. “It is my goal that you see more of a presence in your communities on your county roads, and in and around the businesses and schools in our county,” Cass added. “I also hope you like the new designs on the patrol units as many have commented on how well they like the change.” With the help of patrol officers, the sheriff said he plans to expand Neighborhood Watch programs to encourage people to be more observant of things going on around them and to report suspicious activity. He also plans to begin crime prevention training for both individuals and small businesses. Cass said the five detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, including narcotics, “are doing an outstanding job clearing cases and helping the citizens that have been affected by crime get through the processes.” Cass commended his detectives for working with other law enforcement agencies to solve not only crimes in Lamar County but in other counties as well. “I pride our agency on the teamwork and the willingness to help others when needed as we work for a common goal; to protect the public and put those who break the law in jail,” the sheriff said. Cass commended clerks for their work. “Our clerks keep up with the huge amount of paperwork that is generated, bonds, records, filing and successfully passing all the state audits that are required of us,” he said. He credited the Civil Process Division for serving the numerous civil process papers the office gets on a daily basis and the Warrant and Transport Division for warrant pickups and the transfers of prisoners to and from the many prison units across

the state as well as to and from proceedings at the courthouse. The department’s mental health officers handle 300-400 cases a year, the sheriff said, working with local doctors and the numerous mental health facility the department transfer to. He also praised the reserve unit. “The 12 officers making up this unit work ball games, lake patrol, and the many different events that come to Paris throughout the year,” Cass said. The sheriff said he will maintain the inmate work programs popular during the past administration. “I think it is a good program to get the inmates out and get them working; they know they can do something productive,” Cass said. “It also helps our community. Hopefully you are reducing recidivism and inmates can get out, go to work and not come back to the jails.”

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Paris Community Choir began its third season with 44 members, many of them charter members who have sung with the choir since its beginning. PCC is sponsored by Paris Community Theatre. “Some of these members have enjoyed their choral experience so much they have encouraged their singing friends to join us,” said PCC choir director and organizer Pat Fowzer. “In fact, we are still willing to receive new members when they learn of our existence.” The Community Choir presents two public concerts a year, a spring concert featuring only the singers of PCC, and “Songs of the Season,” a long-standing holiday

tradition featuring a mixed choir of adults and student singers from Paris High School and North Lamar High School. Rehearsal schedules vary, according to the yearly schedule. The 2013 Paris Community Choir spring concert is set for 3 p.m. on May 19, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 322 Lamar Ave. “I did not pick an official theme for our concert this year, but our singers might want to call this spring’s repertoire “Challenges,” said Fowzer. “As one member of our choir said, they ‘like singing in the community choir because the music they sing is not the type of selection that one can learn in one rehearsal.’” Fowzer said the goal is to have fun singing in the

community choir, but it is important for the singers to evolve and grow. “I have chosen some good choral literature for this concert, which should be fun to sing as well as hear from the audience’s standpoint,” she added. This year’s concert will open with Benjamin Britten’s “Jubilate Deo,” featuring Thomas Belew, organist/choral director at Central Presbyterian Church, on the organ. It is followed by “Poor Man Lazrus” by famed spiritual composer Jester Hairston; “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” based on an old Israeli folksong, and sung in Hebrew; and “Days of Elijah,” a contemporary Christian song. “Every concert just has to have some fun or humor injected into it, and ‘Lambscapes’ definitely fits the bill,” said Fowzer. “I first heard

the Turtle Creek Chorale perform this number, and I think our audience will love it. It is a group of short selections that use the theme of ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ in every conceivable music history time period from Gregorian Chant to a setting by Schubert with the theme sung in German.” The program continues with “When The Saints

Go Marching In,” by John Rutter and a medley of songs from “Les Miserables,” sung as a tribute to the organizations’s sponsor, PCT. Corporate sponsor for this spring’s concert is Sydney Young, Attorney at Law. Young is also an accompanist for the concert, along with longtime accompanist Linda Flanary.

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Paris Community Choir director Pat Fowzer leads Community Choir and a mixed choir of high school students during ‘Songs of the Season.’

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reunions, Detroit City Hall 903-674-4573 August – Paris: • Aug. 31-Sept. 1, North East Texas Travelers Rod Run, downtown and Lamar County Fairgrounds, Bill Clarke 903-785-3181, Herb Schroeder 903-784-2037, James McCarty 903-7370726 Honey Grove • Aug. 24, Bugtussel Trek, 903-378-7211 September — Paris: • Sept. 7, REACH Rally, rrvdssorg • Sept. 24-28, Red River Valley Fair, Lamar County Fairgrounds, 903785-7971 • Chapparal Square Dancers, Lamar County

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October — Paris: • Paris Antique Fair & Party on the Plaza, paristexasantiquefair.com • Oct. 19, Mad Maxx Mud Run, on facebook • Oct. 26, Festival of Pumpkins downtown, Paris Main Street, 903754-9293, paristexas.gov • Oct. 31, downtown Trick or Treat Clarksville: • Oct. 5 Fall Bazaar at the county courthouse, 903-427-2266 • Oct. 5, Rotary Duck Race at Delaware Creek, Clarksville Rotary, 903427-0689 Delta County: • Oct. 18-19, Chiggerfest and 5K run, 2-mile walk, 903-3954314 Honey Grove • Oct. 5, Davy Crockett Day, 903-378-7211

Roxton, prrutherford@ suddenlink.com Red River County: • Dec. 7, Christmas Parade and lighting of the square, Clarksville • Dec. 7, Christmas Parade, Detroit • TBA, Christmas Parade, Bogata Honey Grove: • Dec. 7, Christmas on the Suqare, honeygrovechamber.com February 2014 – Paris: Valentine’s Day Wish list, downtown Clarksville: • Wade T. Witmer Memorial Hog Hunt, 903-

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Paris plant manager Rodger Coan, left, and maintenance manager Kasey Floyd inspect the installation of a spiral cooler at Page 13 J. Skinner Baking Co.

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VALLEY VISIONS: BUSINESS & INDUSTRY Index of advertisers Advanced Automotive....................... 19 Agriland............................................... 27 Alamo Museum..................................... 6 Altaterra............................................... 23 Ballard Insurance Agency.................. 14 Campbell Soup................................... 25 Cato Paint & Body.............................. 15 Century 21 – Executive Realty..... 19, 23 Century 21 – Harvey Properties... 12, 23 Chiropractic Associates...................... 19 Coldwell Banker.................................. 23 Complete Care Clinic......................... 13 Cooper Propane................................. 26 Cunningham Equipment.................... 20 David’s Meat Market........................... 13 Dr. Regina Easlon................................ 22 Dr. Robert Sutherland........................... 4 Dubois Hospital.................................. 21 Endsley Bookkeeping........................... 6 First Federal Community Bank............ 2 Flower Mart......................................... 15 Gene the Jeweler................................. 3 Germania Insurance Agency.............. 21 Healthy Wise....................................... 15 Home Oxygen..................................... 18 Honda of Paris.................................... 16 Huhtamaki............................................. 5 J. Skinner............................................... 9 Jamar Contractors.............................. 22 Kidney Disease & Dialysis.................. 15 Kimberly Clark....................................... 2 Kruse AC & Heat................................. 20 La Ti Doll............................................. 15 Legend Health Care........................... 27 Liberty National Bank......................... 12

Lone Star Collision.............................. 22 McQueen Propane............................... 4 Mommy & Me..................................... 15 Nathan Bell Realty.............................. 23 North East Texas Clinic of Chiropratic........................ 12 Office Equipment Center................... 21 Paris Chamber of Commerce............ 18 Paris Ford.............................................. 8 Paris Glass & Mirror.............................. 4 Paris Junior College........................... 17 Paris Medical Spa............................... 11 Paris Monuments................................ 16 Paris Real Estate........................... 14, 23 Paris Regional Medical Center............ 7 Paris Economic Development Corp................................................. 28 Physician’s Choice............................... 15 Power Jack.......................................... 19 Professional Business Systems............ 6 Red River Region Business Incubator.......................... 24 Red River Valley Fair Association....... 11 Schlotzsky’s Deli.................................. 15 Scott’s Collision................................... 14 Signature Home Health....................... 6 SoHo Salon.......................................... 15 SoHo Spa Bar...................................... 15 Stone Title............................................. 3 Texas Tumbling................................... 14 Toyota of Paris..................................... 10 Turner Industries................................. 10 Wells Fargo......................................... 20 White’s Flooring.................................. 26 Zamora Insurance Agency................. 13

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Business and industry keep the Red River Valley strong

t’s difficult to point toward one specific thing a community relies on for support, growth and stability. After all, the best foundations run deep and wide. At the heart, though, a community stands firmly on the shoulders of its businesses and industries. From mom and pop establishments to expansive industry, the dedication of those companies to the Red River Valley is massive and never-ending. Our jobs come from our business and industries, but that’s just the basics and just the beginning. The products we produce become a source of pride, allowing our community to brag worldwide about Campbell Soup, Turner Industries, Kimberly-Clark, our newest family member, J. Skinner, and so many others. And, the area is growing. Thanks to the continued efforts of the Paris Economic Development Corp. and the

J.D. Davidson

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Red River Region Business Incubator, Paris and Lamar County maintains a steady growth, one that doesn’t overly tax its infrastructure, yet provides new opportunities and a higher quality of life. The growth can be seen along the Loop as new retail businesses and restaurants are popping up, and Paris Towne Center continues to evolve and add opportunities for shoppers throughout the valley. And, of course, Paris Regional Medical Center’s significant expansion was recently completed. The area is also seeing development in our major existing industries as Campbells Soup, Turner Industries and Kimberly-

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Clark remain strong and progressive. Paris Junior College goes above and beyond in helping meet the need for new skills for a new workforce, which remains one of the most attractive benefits to new and existing businesses in the region. Unfortunately, too often we fail to appreciate just how much we lean on our businesses and how much they give back to our community. Whether it is charitable organizations, special causes, schools, churches or countless other needs within the community, our businesses and industries are always there when called upon to lend a hand or to supply funding. For that, a much-deserved thank you is more than overdue. — J.D. Davidson is the editor and publisher of The Paris News. Follow him on Twitter @parisnews_ jd.

PJC readies students for careers in healthcare PJC Health Occupations Training

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Paris Junior College is building for the future of the workforce in Northeast Texas with a variety of technical and workforce courses of study. One area of the Workforce Education Division is the health occupations courses — Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Records Coding, Radiology Technology and Surgical Technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the health care industry will increase by 28 percent by 2020. An aging population will push demand for health care professionals, creating 5.7 million new jobs. The BLS also says wages for health care workers will rise 27 percent through 2014. “Workforce training is a priority at PJC these days,” said Marcia Putnam, director of health

occupations at PJC. “The community needs workers and our students can graduate on a Friday and go to work on a Monday. Many already have jobs to go to when they leave the programs.” Graduates of PJC’s health occupations courses are certified in their courses of study at the state or national level and can begin making a living within a short period of time at entry level positions. As they work, graduates can avail themselves of further training and advancement opportunities to increase their earning power. New heath care workers can find jobs in a variety of settings, from hospitals to doctors offices and clinics for surgical and radiology techs; fire departments, public or private emergency services for EMS and paramedic graduates; and a wide variety of setting for nurses. Medical coding graduates can often work

from home. “These courses are perfect for displaced workers and those looking for a second or even a third a career,” said Putnam. “We have students fresh out of high school, retirees and workers who have been laid off.” According to Putnam, the medical field is a stable profession and outlook for jobs in the field is good for years to come, and with training at PJC in the health occupations division a student could be employed within a year or two, depending on the course of study, without traveling far from home. Putnam also said the health occupations division will be offering a new class in the months ahead. The Enhanced Certified Nurse Aide program combines a number of classes already offered at PJC on the continuing education level in an academically recognized program that will train graduates in nurse aide

care in a acute care setting, with phlebotomy skills included. Graduates will be state certified and will be much more mar-

ketable nurse aides able to function in a variety of areas. For more information on the requirements,

schedules and tuitions for the heath occupations program at PJC, call the college at 903-785-7661 or visit parisjc.edu.

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K-C Paris plant celebrates 30 years Kimberly-Clark

Mary Madewell

mary.madewell@theparisnews.com

Thirty years ago this month, Kimberly-Clark opened its plant on 238 acres of former pasture land off SE Loop 286 in Southwest Paris. The plant was opened to produce and distribute its Huggies brand of diapers. The rest is history as Kimberly-Clark added and the Paris plant produced line after line of improved disposable diapers and child care training pants. In May of 1983, when the company opened in Paris, officials expected employment to peak at about 250 people. Today more than 1,000 people work at the plant, 740 Kimberly-Clark employees and more than 260 contractual labor positions for services such as janitorial, operations support and equipment installation. Last year the Paris plant shipped more than 40 million cases of product to locations all over the world. On average, more than 100 trucks a day are loaded or unloaded; either bringing raw materials or shipping out finished products. The raw materials are used to make disposable diapers and training pants under one of the most recognizable brand names in the world – Huggies. Proctor and Gamble was the first company in the disposable diaper business with its Pampers brand, but KimberlyClark seized the dominant share of the market with its Huggies Brand in 1978. With elastic at the legs and its hourglass shape, Huggies was an instant hit. Through the years K-C researchers have continually improved the products absorbency and fit. Recent advertising for Snug and Dry diapers produced at Paris now claim to provide up to 12 hours of protection. The plant, which has 1,296,200 square feet under roof, has two businesses operating within it. “One we describe as baby care, the diaper business, and the other we describe as child care, which has the little older youth, as they transition from diapers to no diapers,” said Philip Senn, plant manager. Paris was the first plant in the world to manufacture training pants. A major expansion occurred in 1987-88, which doubled the size of the plant and enabled production of the Pull-Up’s brand of the training pant to begin in

1989. “The overall success of the brand has been phenomenal,” Senn said. Until a few years ago all of the company’s child care products were produced solely at Paris and shipped all over the world. Machine operators would display flags at their machines of the country they were producing the products for such as England, France or Germany. Then came Goodnites youth absorbent pants in 1994, designed to help children who have bed wetting problems. “Bed wetting is an embarrassing issue for kids,” Senn said. “That’s the reason the Goodnites product actually came into being, to provide youngsters with an opportunity to be discreet. This product allowed kids to participate in activities such as sleepovers, which they previously may not have attended.” The introduction of Huggies Little Swimmer disposable swim pant came in 1997. Huggies Little Swimmers is quite different from the others. It typically is very brightly colored, and it’s different in terms of performance. “You put a child into a pool with a diaper and it just swells, because that’s the feature of the diaper,” Senn said. “Little Swimmers is designed to capture but not absorb as our other diaper and pant products.” In 2011, the company launched the Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diaper. The slip on diaper appeals to people who have trouble getting babies to be still for a moment. Consumer research found that 60 percent of parents with babies around 10 months or older reported their babies try to get away

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The entrance to the KimberlyClark CorporationParis Plant, off SE Loop 286 and FM 137, welcomes visitors to a well-manicured and maintained landscape surrounding the facility, where about 1,000 people work.

during a diaper change, and the new diaper style, which does not require a child to lie down, would fulfill a need, Senn said. Kimberly-Clark has a number of employees who have been with the company since its beginning in 1983. The attrition rate is very low, less than 3 percent. “Our employees tend to stay here once they come to work here,” Senn said. Not only do employees at the Paris plant contribute to the overall success of Kimberly Clark, but they also contribute to the community around them. Kimberly-Clark encourages its employees to get involved in the community and supports that financially by writing a $500 check to any organization that an employee or spouse donates at least 30 hours of time to during a one-year period. Last year the company awarded 111 of those stipends, which came to $55,500. Kimberly-Clark is also a strong supporter of the

Dr. Robert Sutherland of Interventional Spine Associates in Tyler, Texas, is a Board Certified Anesthesiologists who offers a variety of methods to diagnose and treat problems such as spinal joint and disc pain, various nerve disorders, phantom limb pain, neuropathies, intractable headaches, and neuropathic pain including trigeminal neuralgia and occipital neuralgia. Our physician offers a number of interventions including transforaminal nerve block for thoracic and cervical nerve root irritation, and radiological frequency neuroablation for facet complaints. Our practice also includes diagnostic discography and various interventions that disrupt the nerves in painful discs such as nucleoplasty and disktrode. For the patient with chronic pain that hasn’t responded to surgery or the above therapies (from 1% - 10% of the average back pain population), there now is more hope for functional recovery. Our article on spinal cord stimulation explains how this may be the answer for certain select patients.

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In early March, the Paris plant received its 5th Crystal Globe, which represents 1 million safe manhours at the facility without a recordable accident. The award was presented by Bob Thibault, president, North America Baby & Child Care, and Adrian Poretti, senior director Kimberly-Clark Product Supply. From left are Thibault, James Riddles, Chad Wolf, Philip Senn, plant manager, Greg Baker, Chris Sutherlan, Josh Hostetler, Brandon Beers, Barry Matthews and Poretti.

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Azaleas are in full bloom along the walkway leading to the front doors of the KimberlyClark plant, which is celebrating 30 years in Paris this month.

K-C: In Paris from Page 4 United Way campaign. During the annual United Way drive, the company matches its employees’ contributions dollar for dollar. Last year’s campaign raised over $164,000. The Kimberly-Clark people here are just wonderful people with a strong work ethic and solid family values,” Senn said. “They’re hard-working, they’re smart, and they’re always learning something new and different. “They are also willing to give back to the community. We have the best people, and it’s the best people who deliver the best results.” Senn said he is proud of employee progress not only in production but also in safety. The Paris plant was the first KC North American manufacturing facility to achieve 3 million consecutive safe man hours, recognized by three Crystal Globes. The Paris plant is the only plant within KimberlyClark to achieve a total of five crystal globes. Each crystal globe represents one million safe man hours. The dates for those globes are as follows: March 2013; April 2012; September 2011; March 2011; and December 2009. In August 2011, the Paris Plant also achieved the Crystal Eagle for 365 days of safe man hours without a reportable injury. “During the past 30 years, Kimberly Clark has brought many new opportunities for the employees of the Paris plant,” Senn said. “Today, we look to the future, which looks to be very bright for Paris. We appreciate being part of such a great community.”

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Business Incubator supports new, businesses in area Connie Beard

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Since it started in 2011, the Red River Region Business Incubator has graduated its first client, Bodyguard Truck Accessories, which is expanding its company into a facility in Paris, adding to the economic viability of the area. There are five resident tenants and two companies using the incubator’s virtual assistance. The incubator fosters entrepreneurial growth and enterprise development in Northeast Texas. Director Hank Betke, who describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur,” volunteered and mentored there for more than a year before becoming director in September. “He has passion and fire and is building a positive environment with a strong and defined criteria,” said Steve Gilbert, executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corp., which is the primary sponsor of the incubator and responsible for its operations. Betke said the incubator looks for business ideas that add to the business culture of the area. “We don’t create competition with existing businesses in Paris,” he said. “We assess the whole market. Is the area underserved? Is it crowded? Then we refine the business plan to create a sustainable business, one that will work.” The incubator’s tenants have created more than 50 jobs in the area, which Betke said compares favorably to Campbell Soup’s expansion, which added 68 jobs. “We’re creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem with the incubator,” Betke said. “It’s a place of programs and resources that help small businesses. We fill in gaps in education they need and provide access to capital financing.” The incubator was awarded $50,000 for a revolving loan fund to provide a financial tool for entrepreneurs. To date, the incubator board has funded three clients and two have applied. “We have a loan committee who takes these requests and performs due diligence,” Betke said. “When it gets paid back, it will be returned to the fund and be reloaned. We’ve had $15,000 returned already.” The track record for its tenants is doing well. The incubator’s onsite offices are full and prospects request information and apply almost daily. “We’re doing pretty good and the numbers show it,” Betke said, adding he is investigating other avenues to help the incubator become as self-sustaining as possible, including exporting their expertise through a mobile incubator service, which is still in the planning stages. Betke also said he wants the incubator to be more of a community resource. The incubator provides a variety of free one-hour seminars open to the public each month, offers advice on store layouts to merchants and began a business of the month program. 7th Square Design Owner: Jeff Parish Concept: A graphic design and media services company specializing in advertising and printed products. The company also creates logos, web

graphics and content and writes press releases. Target: Small- to mid-size businesses as well as Jeff Parish larger clients and individuals Goal: Build a client base and reputation and set up an office independent of the incubator. Advantages of the incubator: The on-thejob training you get is invaluable, and just as invaluable has been Hank’s enthusiasm. The man loves business. More importantly, he loves your business and gets fired up about the potential, helping you see it in ways you didn’t before. Additional comment: I enjoy coming to the incubator. Hank and administrative assistant Jane Adams are always friendly and upbeat, even when they’re being brutally honest. And the fellow clients are a joy to work with.

Eclipse Professional Services Owners: Diana and William Rose Concept/Target: Recruiting from associates with warehouse and manufacturing experience

for all size companies who hire warehouse and manufacturing. Goal: Provide the service and reduce the time and expense of recruiting candidates for particular positions. Eclipse provides recruits for temporary and permanent positions. Advantages of the incubator: EPS began operations in the Mountain View College in Dallas as a way to limit the capital expenses of starting a company. As part of the process, Eclipse managed to obtain valuable knowledge and introductions to key persons throughout the community. Eclipse was looking for an opportunity to expand into the Paris area and was looking for a similar situation. Additional comment: Eclipse has gained a vast knowledge of the Paris area while working with the incubator, including key persons in the community, operations knowledge for expansion and market intelligence for Paris.

Jazzy Frog Web Design Owners: James James Wallace and Rana Wallace Concept: Web design Target: Local business owners in and around Lamar County who either do not have a website or have one that is not working for their business. Customers benefit with a professional website presence and in many

cases, improved listing on Google. Goal: We want to introduce a new web design product to Texas with the concept of renting instead of purchasing a site. Clients would be able to lease their website monthly and have access to monthly updates or changes. Advantages of the incubator: We became part of the incubator after building its website, r3bi. org. We felt our business would benefit from the services it provides. Additional comment: The savvy business advice and practical assistance has proven invaluable. Typically, January is a slow month for our business, but this year we had the highest monthly sales since we joined the incubator.

quickly and easily. Target: Turf Workz uses an affiliate program available for lawn maintenance companies and landscape professionals, which provides us a client base while providing them a profit resource. In addition, we help other small businesses within our service area. Goal: We want to deliver the best product at the best price and conduct our business professionally and with integrity. Our service area covers 120 miles around Lamar County. Long-term, we will grow our business and ingrain Turf Workz within the TxDOT, pipeline and landfill markets. Advantages of the incubator: We knew we could do the manual labor, but there is so much more that goes into starting and operating a successful business than just doing the work. Additional comment: Hank Betke took my business plan and picked out exactly what I felt we were very weak. He has an exciting personality and is not just a director, but more like a business partner. At R3bi, it’s not just one business but a group of businesses partnered together to achieve a goal.

installing, repairing and maintaining piping systems, building catwalks, stairwells and maintenance of machinery in industrial and commercial applications. Goal: We are building our customer base quickly by creating strong relationships with our clients and building a good reputation in the industry. Advantages of the incubator: The mentors at R3bi provided us with much needed answers and insights to our questions and gave us the confidence to move forward quickly. This assistance and guidance allowed TMPS to rapidly book profitable projects, requiring a current workforce of six, with more to come as we grow. Additional comment: Working with the mentors at R3bi and many of their sponsoring businesses has been a tremendous asset to our quick start. We expect R3bi will continue to be a very meaningful resource as we grow. This partnering will continue to allow us to bring the very best service to our customers while expanding TMPS’s local workforce.

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Exhibits • Arts & Crafts, outside vendors, etc. (Inside booths will be located in the Community Exhibit Building and Coliseum) Hours of operation: Thursday and Friday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday - Noon - 5:00 PM

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Campbell Soup Co. investing in future of Paris plant Mary Madewell

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Since locating a plant in Paris in the mid 1960s, Campbell Soup Co. has been a major contributor to the economic vitality of Lamar County and the Red River Valley. And economic contributions continue as the Fortune 500 company continues to make investments in Paris while it maintains its position as the world’s largest producer of healthy soups and other products. A variety of Campbell’s soup products are produced at the Paris plant in addition to Campbell’s Tomato Juice, V-8 juices,

Prego Italian sauces and a variety of Pace picante sauces and dips. In the past year, the Camden, N.J.-based company announced two major investments. In July 2012, Campbell’s announced the addition of about 50 new jobs and a $47 million investment for a Ready-To-Eat line of soup products and packaging at the Paris plant. Installation of the new line is underway and the project is on schedule for late 2013, according to Arianna Stefanoni, senior communications specialist for Campbell Soup In November came the announcement of up to 50 more jobs and a $27 mil-

lion investment in capital expenditures to relocate and refurbish machinery at the Paris Plant for a filling and packaging system using 5.5-11.5 oz. single-serve aluminum containers for V-8 100% Vegetable Juice, V-8 V-Fusion products and Campbell’s tomato juice. Paris currently bottles these products in halfgallon and 32-oz. plastic containers. “They are all healthy products and have resonated with consumers across the country,” Ray Oldach, vice president of manufacturing-Paris plant, said at a Lamar County Commissioners Court meeting last month. File photo

Ray Oldach, vice president of manufacturing-Paris plant, speaks about the latest addition at Campbell Soup Co. at a recent Lamar County Commissioners Court meeting.

The aluminum container production system takes the cans and fills them with beverages. They are hot sealed so they are sterile, sent through a cooler, then fitted with packaging. The plant manager commented on the local plant’s position within the

corporation. “We have a nice portfolio here,” Oldach said of the Paris plant. “It solidifies Campbell’s in this part of the country and gives us a nice portfolio all of a sudden and adds stability to the operation.” County Judge Chuck Superville praised

Campbell Soup for innovation. “Campbell Soup is always pushing the innovative envelop with new products and what the company can do to streamline the plant, which in turn helps the company in a very competitive environment.”

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J. Skinner Baking Co.

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Maintenance manager Kasey Floyd looks over a horizontal mixer at J. Skinner. Equipment for the first of many lines is being installed, with plans to begin production this month.

J. Skinner Baking Co. to bring jobs to Paris Connie Beard

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December was a big month for Paris. The town made statewide news when Governor Rick Perry traveled to Northeast Texas to welcome a new company to Texas, and especially to Paris. The new company was J. Skinner Baking Co., which announced it would buy the former Sara Lee facility, refurbish it and be in production by June. The news came with the promise of more than 300 jobs and the possibility of more as the company continues to add production lines. J. Skinner officials had been looking at facilities across the nation for more than a year, and were interested in Philadelphia and South Carolina. It took less than four hours after Skinner president and CEO Audie Keaton walked through the Paris plant before he made a decision that Paris was the place. “We absolutely feel the Paris community and Skinner Baking is a great fit,” Keaton said. “It’s a great facility. It just needs some life breathed into it.” And that’s what has been happening for the past four months. There are about two dozen people working at the facility who are overseeing the planning and installation of the equipment needed to make Skinner’s snack

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Refrigeration technician Heath Odom works on one of four sheeters, which turns a sheet of dough from 36 inches to 60 inches wide.

cakes, sweet dough, croissants, desserts the company bills as Modern Artisan Baking. Keaton said the first line, a sweet dough product, is expected to begin the second week in May, well ahead of the original schedule. It will require two shifts. That will be followed four to six weeks later with another two-shift line, this one a fruit product. In July, he expects to start producing croissants and frozen

dough products. “All of this is customer driven,” Keaton said. “We have our full focus on Paris to ensure the job gets done.” Keaton said J. Skinner does not function as a typical corporate company. “We’re not your typical company. We do things the right way. Our words are our bond and we believe in the product,” he said.

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PEDC helps Paris attract new business, investments Connie Beard

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Lamar County scored several home runs in terms of new and retained jobs and a stronger more diversified industrial base. Both existing and new industry have viewed the area as a place for investment, with more than $404 million pledged for investment over the next five years from nine projects. “We had a banner year,” said Steve Gilbert, Paris Economic Development Corp. executive director. “We had a great year, right on down the list.” He attributes the group’s business plan as an integral part of the attraction of new industry bringing more than 560 new jobs and helping to retain more than 1,700 existing jobs. “This is unprecedented,” he said. “When you put it all on the page and add up the numbers, it’s very significant for the community. The PEDC’s winning streak began in late 2011 when international company Huhtamaki, owners of Chinet Brand, bought long-time local company Paris Packaging. The company sees the Paris facility as an asset to its marketing efforts, and pledged to continue

growing its customer base. The most recent score came with the announcement of J. Skinner Baking Co. buying the Sara Lee facility, which had closed its doors less than a year before, putting more than 100 people out of work. Skinner has forged onward, quickly refurbishing and renovating the plant and plans to start the first of many product lines in about two weeks. The PEDC was instrumental in acquiring the interest of the state, which awarded the company $1.8 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund. Gov. Rick Perry traveled to Paris to announce the award and welcome the Skinner company to Paris and to Texas. The PEDC continues to work with Skinner as it develops and implements its plan to put more than 300 to work by the end of the year. In its early stages, Paris Lakes Regional Medical Center will be a 100-acre mixed use development with a hospital, medical offices and clinics, retail spaces and housing on S.E. Loop 286. The first phase of this development is estimated at $100 million, with a projected 1,000 jobs in the offing.

On the job retaining and existing industrial expansion side of PEDC, there were five major announcements in 2012. Campbell Soup is working two major projects, a $45.4 million, 68 new jobs created, readyto-eat soup line, and a $25 million, 50 new jobs created, single-serve juice line. Paris Regional Medical Center has invested more than $29 million into its facility. Kimberly-Clark will be installing new machinery and equipment on multiple manufacturing lines over the next five years, a $150 million investment. The long-time Paris employer T&K Machine is spending more than $4 million over the next five years, in an expansion of its aerospace manufacturing facility, bringing more than 40 jobs to Paris. The PEDC board also assisted Tigertownbased Bodyguard Truck Accessories in its expansion efforts, which includes moving its facility to Paris. One project, which has been worked on for many years, is completing the four-lane widening of Highway 19/24 to better situate Paris on a favorable route for trucking out of and into the area. An inter-agency,

Skinner: ‘Paris a great fit’

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The Paris community was fortunate the Skinner company happened by when they did. According to Keaton, the 390,000-square-foot facility was set to be broken into sections and auctioned within two weeks. “Skinner needed this community, too,” Keaton said. “It’s a great fit with its location, the work force, the people and the state is business friendly.” Company officials are already making plans to become an even more integral part of the community. “We want to assimilate into the community, not only put people to work, but in 12-18 months we’ll be part of community project activities,” Keaton said. He said Paris is the place to produce the best products in the business and it has what he termed a true synergy. “We’re the new residents. We want to make the community better by supporting Paris Junior College and all the other

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The plant manager, Rodger Coan, another former Sara Lee Paris plant employee, was hired recently. “Rodger wanted to go back home. That says a lot about Paris,” Keaton said. “Our goal is to work with Campbell Soup, Kimberly-Clark, We-Pack, Turner Industries and others. This is such a neat community, and it has a bright future. We look forward to being a part of building the community.”

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PJC focused on training the workforce of Northeast Texas care management. “These enhancements go beyond continuing education or a certificate, making students more attractive to the growing population of acute care facilities and adding extended stay components to their facilities,” said Anglin. A graduate of the enhanced nurse aide program could go to work as a nurse aide, phlebotomist File photos doing lab work, or at an Above left: Specialist Tim Casey and Paris Junior College electronics instructor Rickey McFadden emergency room as an discuss operation of the Amatrol 870 Mechatronics Learning System at the new electromechanical emergency care attenopen house in January. Above right: Close-ups of the Amatrol 870 Mechatronics Learning System. dant (first responder). Economics are driving to PJC students and indus- served by the college in oping online offerings, dentials” throughout the the health care industry employees in robotics, the five-county area. The as well, to meet demands entire workforce area in try to change and PJC industry relevant integraprogram addresses growof industry personnel for the past year, Anglin said. is responding to those tion skills, automation ing demand for employees advancing their careers. “A student can begin changes with graduates system maintenance and trained on programmable The cosmetology a program of study and holding more diverse troubleshooting skills. logic controllers across program was recently obtain a credential at skills. Paris Junior College’s many types of industries. revamped to streamline a the end of one semester, PJC is also looking to new electromechanical The PJC program offers student’s progress so they improving their work add to its electrician proclassroom was redesigned training on enhanced promay become a certified skills,” said Anglin. gram. and has all new equipgrammable logic controlcosmetologist in one year. “They can go to work, “The process to have ment as well as revamped lers and robotics affecting Previously, it took close to then return for additional a new program approved adjacent space. The new this region’s manufacturtwo years for a student to training when producwas lengthy, but PJC has facility will provide ing sector. finish the program. tion slows to continue received approval for the advanced training for Computer Aided The The curricula has been on a path leading to an electrician program and maintenance technicians Design drafting program reviewed and realigned advanced certification or plans to offer the first in a variety of industries is in the process of develto provide “stackable creapplied science degree.” classes in the fall 2013 semester,” said Anglin. This program will produce graduates who may start work as an apprentice electrician for residential or industrial applications. PJC developed this program in response to industry demand in the region, said Anglin. One semester provides enough training for a student to begin work as a residential apprentice electrician. The electromechanical program has also undergone expansion and redesign of the program and curriculum. In January, the department unveiled a new Amatrol Mechatronics training system, which is expected to deliver the latest skills

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Much of 2012 was a study in logistics for Paris Regional Medical Center, as the hospital continued its Northward Bound project. PRMC ended the year with Northward Bound essentially complete and began the new year with the loss of its CEO. Stephen Grubbs, the new CEO of PRMC, took office recently. As he settles stephen grubbs in to his new position, Grubbs has pledged to continue efforts to make PRMC grow into a regional medical hub, and to focus on quality medical care, patient and employee safety and client satisfaction. “We absolutely want to be the market leader in all those areas,” he said. Northward Bound was a $25 million plan first conceived by the hospital’s former owners, Christus St. Joseph’s Health System, to consolidate all the hospital’s acute services to the North Campus, the former McCuistion

Regional Medical Center. The plan survived the sale of the hospital to Essent HealthCare and continued through the hospital’s subsequent sale to RegionalCare Hospital Partners. Throughout most of the year, hospital officials oversaw the shuffling “We will of departcontinue ments and to recruit facilities from South physicians Campus and speto North cialists not Campus and found in vice versa, the comas well as the continmunities ued conaround struction of Paris and a new wing we will to the North become Campus and renovations a referral to many center for areas of these speboth locacialties.” tions. Stephen In Grubbs October, PRMC CEO PRMC closed its emergency department on Clarksville Street and began accepting PRMC Page 19

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PRMC: Paris community’s largest employer continues to grow from Page 18 emergency patients at it new ER at the North Campus. A week later, patients at the South Campus were transferred to the facility on DeShong Drive, bringing Northward Bound nearly to completion. In November, an open house was held to mark the opening of the new North Campus wing. At ceremonies held at the new main entrance to the hospital, RegionalCare Health Partners division chair Chad Patrick thanked the people of Paris and the staff and leadership of PRMC for helping make the consolidation as seamless as possible. He also announced an additional $6.5-10 million investment in renovations at the South Campus. In January of this year Bill Porter, CEO since August 2010, resigned. Porter came to Paris as COO to oversee the con-

solidation and stepped into the CEO position in November 2011 when the former CEO departed. With the completion of Northward Bound, Porter moved on. After a national search, RegionalCare announced the hiring of Grubbs, a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky. With a degree in accounting Grubbs took an MBA at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. He has worked in health care for 25 years, 16 of those years in health care finance. Previously employed by Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn., Grubbs has held positions as chief financial officer and chief executive officer at hospitals in Berwick, Penn., and Jackson, Tenn. Grubbs says his first job is to settle in and get acquainted with the organization and its history, and become familiar with the current operations and

the hospital’s vision for the future. “RegionalCare will continue to invest in Paris Regional,” said Grubbs. “We will continue to recruit physicians and specialists not found in the communities around Paris and we will become a referral center for these specialties.” Grubs says the hospital is in a position to grow, and is busy completing projects that will lend it to that growth. Parking lots around the campus are being expanded and renovations continue on the infrastructure. A new endoscopy suite recently came online at the North Campus, and two new dialysis clinics have either opened or are under construction adjacent to the hospital grounds. While no major construction is planned for the next year, Grubbs said plans are being made PRMC Page 20

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Plans were announced in April for an undeveloped site between First Federal Community Bank and Jack in the Box. The developer said in addition to a convenience store, the travel center will have a Denny’s, a Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches and a car wash. When complete, the project will employ about 100 people.

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Paris is hot for the retail market, and one of the hottest locations is along the “retail corridor,” the northeast corner of Loop 286. Business is booming so well, in fact, the town’s historic corridor Steve gilbert is getting larger and larger as demand for retail space grows. The variety of retail outlets is a testament to the quality of life for the people who frequent the

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area. “Industry is our focus, but one of the things

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Campus would remain part of the RegionalCare operation. Plans are underway to sit down with community and business leaders about the best use of the facility near downtown, and to find new ways and new companies to make use of the buildings in the complex. Grubbs also said he would like to see the hospital’s behavioral health services unit at the South Campus grow in size and scope. The BHS unit is currently providing geropsychiatric services, but Grubbs believes the unit could be increased to include juvenile and adult behavioral health services in the next year. Grubbs and his wife, Cissy, have two grown daughters, Heidi and

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Guaranty Bond Bank opened a branch office between Loop 286 and spur 139. The $1 million expansion is a full-service facility built for the convenience of customers on the north and west sides of the county, according to Kenny Dority, president of the Paris bank. Construction began in September and the branch opened in April with 10 full-time staff. The 3,000-square-foot facility has five drive thru lanes.

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Owner Jack Culpepper said, “We feel the Paris economy is strong, the location is good and the future is bright for Paris.” The company announced a $1 million investment in 2012, including an overhaul of the parking area with new lighting and ADA parking, striping and improved landscaping. A free-standing 6,000-square-feet building was constructed, which is now home to a regional restaurant, Rusty Taco and a national chain, Schlotzky’s. Of the retail spaces originally planned, only one is left to be filled. The Hastings Entertainment outlet, which has been at the center since 1979, will close its doors on June 12.

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This property on the southeast corner of Loop 286 will become a large complex centered around a hospital, doctors’ offices and clinics, retail outlets and senior living/community center with golf course. Ron Parker, owner of Cliff Creek Builders, project developers, plans to complete the first phase, 100 acres of the 500-acre complex, to be completed in late 2014. When open, Parker said the project will bring more than 1,000 jobs to Paris.

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Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is helping Lamar County build for the future by linking employers to the area’s skilled workforce and by offering job seekers the training opportunities and career counseling they need to find and fill the jobs they seek. And they are doing it for free. Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is a nonprofit organization created by the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 642. It is not a government agency, but does serve as administrator of a number of the state’s workforce programs. It is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission. Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas serves a nine county area, including Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus counties. “We are a non-profit agency that helps employers find skilled job applicants,” said Amy Poe, external relations coordinator for WSNT. “We also help job seekers find work.” “WSNT works with employers to find workers for the jobs they have to fill,” said Virginia Pryor, business, employment and training consultant in the Paris, Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant offices. “We work with employers to develop training plans for employees that meet the need of the trainee as well as the employer.” Pryor also makes employers aware of the programs and funding available through Workforce Solutions for skills development and diversity training. The organization works with Paris Junior College to arrange training for workers from area companies and helps to overcome scheduling difficulties by bringing the training sessions to the company. Job seekers find jobs by listing themselves on the WSNT website, workintexas.com, the largest employment website in the state. Pryor said there are currently 178 job postings from the Paris area on the website. “Job seekers can go online and can see jobs all

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over the state,” said Pryor, “and employers can go online and scan resumes from across the state to find a match for the particular skills they are seeking.” The online site lists jobs of all skill levels, from those requiring a degree to unskilled labor with or without a high school diploma. “It’s quick and easy,” said Poe. “Most of the area’s employers are signed up and on the website,” said Poe, “and as more businesses move in or as businesses change ownership, we are getting new listings every day.” Workforce Solutions can provide new companies the space to conduct interviews with potential employees. It also holds regular career fairs and job expos aimed at matching jobs available with job seekers. There is no fee to participate in these events for employers or potential hirees. Workforce Solutions is currently fielding applications for J. Skinner Bakery, which is to open in the former Sara Lee plant. About 3,000 applications have been received and forwarded to the company. Poe said Workforce Solutions has no jurisdiction over unemployment issues and directs those with questions about unemployment benefits to the Texas Workforce Commission. Once a displaced worker is receiving unemployment benefits, however, they will be referred by that office to their local Workforce Solutions for help in finding a new job. WSNT holds classes for job seekers to help them refine their job search, and will help them with resumes, job interview skills and other useful skills such as computer training. The organization can offer funding assistance for training, licensing fees and childcare. “Those seeking jobs do not have to walk that path by themselves,” said Pryor. Do you have a question about local government, schools, the city or county? Send us your questions and we’ll ask an official and report back.

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Turner Industries employees gather for a team picture at the 2012 Relay for Life in support of the American Cancer Society. From left in back are Tommy Malone, Khushrooh Pardiwalla, Ed Handley, Micah Morton, Vicki Jones, Melissa Jeffcoats, Lindsay Zant and David Zant holding Denton. In front from left are Sue Labbe, Marsha Moore, Deveshia Nolen, Valerie Vanderburg, Jade Jeffcoats and Tracy Owens.

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TEAM Turner, the volunteer corps at Turner Industries, continues to make a mark on the quality of life in and around Paris and surrounding communities where Turner employees work. TEAM Turner is a corporate volunteer program established to encourage employees to commit a few hours of time throughout the year to volunteerism, according to executive assistant Sue Labbe. “Participating in TEAM Turner projects

is a great way to help our community and to meet new people in the company,” Labbe said. “Employees are encouraged to suggest activities in which fellow employees and family members might want to participate.” Perhaps the most noticeable contribution is the totem pole located in front of the Boy Scout Office on NW Loop 286. Also noticeable is the large rotating drum the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce uses during its Shop In Paris drawings. During the past

year, TEAM Turner has adopted a two-mile stretch of FM 137 south of Kimberly-Clark to maintain as a part of the Texas Department of Public Transportation Adopt-AHighway program. The team also raised $2,000 for a Relay for Life Team for the American Cancer Society and a team sponsored a booth and walked at the Relay for Life event in June. The group donated $700 for the Kid Fish program at Pat Mayse Lake, enough to furnish each child with a rod and reel to take home. Employees

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Turner: Employees support the community from Page 26 County YWCA KEYS food drive. Contributions and participation in community activities continue. A Turner team participated in the United Way Day of Caring by cleaning brush and trash from around the New Hope Center, former Models of the Maker. Turner also manned a booth for Tour de Paris, something they plan to continue this year. “We had a really good time doing that,”

Labbe said. Turner volunteer efforts also included adopting 28 seniors in the Meals on Wheels Gifts of Love program. Similar to the Salvation Army Angel trees for children, people adopt homebound seniors’ to provide Christmas gifts. “We get cards with their likes and favorite colors and we go shopping,” Labbe said. “When you can buy for a senior it makes you feel good.” On tap in the near

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Meghan Glascock, Valerie Vanderburg, Jeff Fletcher, Tommy Malone and Trey Glascock man a rest station during the 2012 Tour de Paris.

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From left, John Ropella, 2012 Lamar County Toys for Tots coordinator, Valerie Vanderburg, Sharon Barnes, and retired Master Gunnery Sgt. John O’Donnell, 2012 Marine coordinator, presenting the Commander’s Award to Turner Industries Paris manufacturing plant.

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Turner: TEAM Turner participating in relay, UW Day of Caring from Page 27

future, TEAM Turner is scheduled to do a Brush with Kindness project for Habitat for Humanity. The team will scrape and paint a house, a two-day project. Labbe said TEAM Turner is a project Turner employees participate in at all the firm’s plants. “The corporation encourages employees to get out in the community and to give back,” Labbe said. The largest community giving program each year is the plant’s United Way campaign, Labbe said. During the 2012-13 campaign, out of 558 employees, 416 donated. “That’s an amazing 75

percent of our employees,” Labbe said. “One hundred and six gave $1,000 and 26 gave $600 or more,” she said. Of a total $639,000 contributed to the Lamar County United this year, Turner employees gave 30 percent or $193,700, Labbe said. “We were the largest contributors this year,” she said. “Turner Industries, company-wide, is a very big contributor to United Way. They gave a total $1.711 million last year. “This is something we are extremely proud of,” Labbe said. In all, Turner employees gave $219,000 with some of those contributions going to United Way campaigns in their home

towns. “We have employees from Oklahoma and other surrounding counties,” Labbe said. Labbe said she is amazed year after year about the amount local employees contribute. “We have the most generous employees who work here,” she said. This past year, the local plant won its fourth Golden Eagle Award, given by United Way to the business that increases its donation the most over its previous year. Inside the plant, employees are treated to numerous activities by Turner officials. In anticipation of the Super Bowl each year, employees are treated to

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Sue Labbe, administrative assistant at the Turner Industries plant in Paris, is shown with four Eagle Awards local employees have won from the Lamar County United Way.

Team Spirit Day, a day to wear a T-shirt representing their favorite team. Employees are encouraged to wear pink and office doors are decorated on Pink ribbon day to show support for breast cancer. In conjunction with

Paris Regional Medical Center, Turner hosts a health fair. Employees also are offered cash prizes for the person losing the greatest percentage of body weight during a specified period of time. Employees were treated to a half day off and

a banquet to celebrate the plant’s safety record and employees and their families are treated to an annual company picnic as well as an Employee Appreciation Day, where appreciation notes and candy are given to employees.

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Agriculture is still the base of the Red River Valley

We may have changed a little. We may have made a few adjustments. We may spend a little more time in subdivisions, on pavement and inside the city. But, our roots continue to run deep in agriculture. It is what started it all. It is what built our community. And, it continues to be one of the most important, most enterprising and most valuable things that make up of the Red River Valley. Here, a devotion to agriculture begins early. While 4-H programs around the country may be dwindling, they continue to move strongly through Lamar County, giving children guidance, experience and confidence as they carry on a great tradition that culminates each year with the impressive Lamar County Junior Livestock Show. Yes, it starts young

J.D. Davidson

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and moves throughout our schools as our high schools are home to some of the top ag programs in Texas, thanks to the dedicated teachers who want nothing more than to challenge our students and watch them take off. But, there is so much more that makes up this wide agriculture community. Daisy Farms is one of our leading agriculture industries, while farmers and ranchers continue to be blessed with new equipment and countless businesses ready to lend a hand. Still, there’s more. The Paris Rodeo and Horse Club provides an outlet for so many, both

young and old alike, while our Master Gardeners continue to study and share wisdom with so many throughout the area. However, one of the most important aspects of agriculture continues to be out of the control of farmers and ranchers, along with the rest of us in the valley. We remain at the whim of the weather, which has left us desperately seeking rainfall for yet another year. Could this year be the year things finally break? Regardless, there is little question our agriculture community will fight through whatever struggles come its way and remain in our families, our economic success and in our hearts. — J.D. Davidson is the editor and publisher of The Paris News. Follow him on Twitter @parisnews_ jd.

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FFA

Active county FFA chapters bring home accolades Eva Dickey

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Future Farmers of America are alive and well throughout schools in Lamar County. Students participate and succeed in competitions as well as stay active throughout the community. The young members are the future of the agriculture industry. Following are the FFA activities throughout the year of local FFA chapters. Chisum ISD Chisum FFA and agriculture departments have had a significant year. For the eighth consecutive year, Chisum received the Top Ranked Golden Horizon Chapter Award at the state level. The team also earned five Lone Star FFA Degree awards; four American FFA Degree awards; is home to the district FFA President; received ninth place out of 1,018 Schools in state Qualifying FFA Senior Chapter Conducting Leadership Team; has attended three leadership camps; has

three area qualifying FFA Leadership Teams and five district FFA Leadership Teams; four state qualifying FFA record books, four area winning FFA record books and six district winning FFA Record books; and has two area career development events teams. FFA members took part in two fall fundraisers to raise money. They sold boxes of fruit and later took part in a meat sale. Work-based learning programs in the Chisum agriculture department cater to 45 students. FFA members have also taken part in multiple construction/shop projects as well as community projects. Students assisted in RRV Fair Pre-School Day with more than 650 kids from Lamar and Delta counties, as well as assisting in RRV Fair Senior Citizen Day and RRV Special Needs Day. During the holiday season, students helped with The Salvation Army angel tree program and collected cans for the Downtown Food Pantry canned food

drive. The floral design ag classes also decorated and helped beautify the RRV Fairgrounds as a community service project. Aesthetic improvements were made to Chisum campuses with new horticulture classes. Chisum students have won numerous awards and scholarships this year as well. They took home the champion and reserve grand champion heifer and champion and reserve grand champion steer from the Four States Fair, as well as the grand and reserve grand champion at the Fall Classic in Waco. Students took part in two major livestock show calf project scrambles and eight major livestock shows across Texas. Chisum FFA students had two reserve division champion heifers and four second-place heifers at the Fort Worth Stock Show. They also placed fourth in market goat. Chisum FFA has also received several scholarships. Chisum had several

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Jamie Landers of Chisum FFA shows off her grand champion steer to bidders during the sale portion of the Lamar County Junior Livestock show. Landers’ steer sold for $5,400 at the annual auction.

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FFA: Paris ISD offers eight agriculture courses this year

from Page 3 $4,000 scholarship recipients at the Fort Worth Stock Show, for Texas FFA and at the Fort Worth Beef Challenge, as well as $22,000 in scholarships at the San Antonio Livestock Show with a Grand Champion Simmental Heifer, a Grand Champion Angus and Reserve Supreme Overall Heifer. Students also cashed in on sales with a $9,000 premium sale steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show and a $3,000 premium sale steer at the Houston Livestock Show. Chisum has 158 FFA members, 38 junior FFA members, 16 students certified in parliamentary procedure and is home to the Lamar County Jr. Livestock Show Queen and 40 student animal projects. The Lamar County Jr. Livestock Show gave 52 animals from Chisum a chance to compete. Steve Monkres and Tracy Denny head the Chisum agriculture department. “I have been at Chisum all 26 years of my career,” said Monkres. “It is a great place to work and live. I have seen the program grow tremendously and I am glad to have been a part of that growth. The FFA and it’s values are priceless. We teach so much more than is required by the state both in and out of the classroom. The FFA is a huge family that strives to produce the best in each and every member, we practiced no child left behind before that concept ever exhausted in the public school system. If you are from an agriculture family or not, does not matter there is a place for you in the FFA. We consider it an honor to have each and every student walk through our doors and sincerely hope that we develop skills and an ethical base they can use throughout their lives.” Denny has been at Chisum all 18 years of her career and even started by doing her student teaching at Chisum. She was elected the 2010 National Rural Educator of the Year and the Texas Rural Educator of the Year for 2009. “My statement to parents and community

members would be to say that I have been given the rare chance to make a positive impact on today’s youth and make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most of all,” she said. Paris ISD Paris High School agriculture department has offered eight different courses this year including horticulture, floriculture, principles of agriculture, livestock production, equine science, wildlife, introduction to ag mechanics and ag mechanics. Paris FFA members participate in several teams. The skills team includes members Derrick Dudley, Aaron Sullivan, Kevin Weathers and Allen Crutchfield. Quiz team members are Karrigan Riddle, Taylor Bills and Kevin Weathers. Cannon Chadwick and Will Whitaker are both on the talent team. The horse judging team consists of Taylor Bills, Michaela Lester, Dustin Krayniak and Brittany Biggs. The livestock judging team is Taylor Bills, Michaela Lester, Dustin Krayniak and Allen Crutchfield. The ag mechanics class exhibited projects at Fort Worth, including a skeet throwing trailer shown by Andrew Russel and Chris Marion. The student project placed first in its division, and a barb-wire dispenser shown by Derrick Dudley received third in its class. Paris ISD show team consists of Michaela Lester, steer; Austin Pendergraft, steer; Aaron

Sullivan, steer; David Calloway, goat; Adrian Finch, goat; Chris Nash, goat; Greg Janes, goat; and Drew Helberg, broilers. North Lamar ISD North Lamar ISD FFA has had a successful year. NLHS junior Ryan Connor is serving as the president of the Paris District Chapter of FFA. The wildlife team took first in the district, advancing to area with Chelcee Conrad, Shelby Downs, Michaela Middleton and Andy Walton. Quiz placed second in district and went on to area with Ryan Conner, Chelcee Conrad, Shelby Downs and Jocelyn Gudiel. The ag mechanics team took fifth in area and is advancing to state with Ty England, Chase Frazier, Callum Harley and Nathan Bass. The landscaping team took fifth in area and is advancing to state with Kathleen Dawson, Jessica Clayton, Michaela Middleton and Heather Shannon. The band talent team took first in district and advanced to area with Nick Kriezenbeck, Carson Rast, Cory Compton and Clay Mills. At the Fort Worth Livestock show, Brandon Clark took second in his class with his Hereford heifer, Garrett Clark took third with his Simmental heifer and Shelby Downs took third with her

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FFA: Prairiland student elected to state officer team for 2013-14

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from Page 4 Shorthorn heifer. The ag mechanics team took three projects to Houston, bringing home three blue ribbons. In the Lamar County Preview Show, Garrett Clark took Champion Exotic breed heifer and Shelby Downs took Grand Champion heifer. Carson Stephens took Grand Champion market hog. In the Lamar County Junior Livestock show, Carson Stephens took Reserve Grand Champion hog, Shelby Downs took Champion Shorthorn, Brandon Clark took Champion Hereford and Garrett Clark took Reserve AOB. Then in the ag mechanics show, Jesse Smith, Garret Dentalsbeck and Colton Whitney took Grand Champion with their ATV dog box/ hunting stand and Daniel Durham, Chase Frazier, Cory Compton and Ty England took Reserve Grand champion with their trailer. NL FFA also took home first place in all six classes of ag mechanics projects. The FFA students have been very active with the community as well, volunteering with the Lion’s Club at the county fair, collecting canned goods at Christmas with Crazy House Western Wear, helping out with Aaron Parker’s Spring Fling, and Higgins and Everett’s Harvest Festival. North Lamar officer team consists of Shelby Downs, Ryan Conner, Michaela Middleton, Jocelyn Gudiel, Clay Mills, Hannah Moore and Hannah Hodnett. The FFA sponsor is Jennifer Clark. Prairiland ISD The Prairiland FFA Chapter has had quite the success this spring with all the events that have been taking place. Chelsea Kimberling, who was Paris FFA district vice president, was elected to be a part of the 2013-14 Area VI FFA Officer Team to represent the Texas FFA Association. She will be representing more than 10,000 FFA members across the Area VI Association. Prairiland was home to several state code qualifiers, including Katy Wilkins, Sierra Kruse, Jaime Humphrey, Zach Graham, Chelsea Kimberling, Sydney Ragan, Kayla Morton, Ashley Piper, Dalton Dagenhart, Krisana Carmon and Haley Rosson. Prairland chapter officers include Jaime Humphrey, Katy Wilkins, Haley Thomas, Leonard Ford, Chelsea Kimberling, Bailey Woodard and Colton Webb. Prairiland FFA also held their annual fundraising supper, plant sale and auction on April 6. Sponsor Kelly Stapleton said it was a huge success. “On behalf of the Prairiland FFA officer team, we would like to send out a huge thank you to all of those who came out to our fundraiser event,” said Stapleton. “Thank you to all of those who came to the supper and bought at our auction, as well as the ones that participated in our stew cook off. We couldn’t do what we do without you. All the support was greatly appreciated.” Prairiland continued to have success as the Public Relations LDE team took eighth at state. Participants included Luke Chipman, Chelsea Kimberling, Sydney Ragan and Brandon

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Prairiland state qualifiers include, from left, (back row) Katy Wilkins, Sierra Kruse, Jaime Humphrey, Zach Graham, (front row) Chelsea Kimberling, Sydney Ragan, Kayla Morton, Ashley Piper, Dalton Dagenhart and Krisana Carmon. Not pictured is Haley Rosson.

Brewer. Bailey Woodard took home the grand champion pig award at the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show. Sierra Kruse held the grand champion market lamb title and Taiwa Kruse won reserve grand champion market lamb. At the Roxton FFA Jackpot, grand champion lamb was awarded to Colton Webb, and Madison Oats was the senior showmanship winner. Prairiland Career Development teams participated in the area contest and assisted in judging. The veterinary science team included Sierra Kruse, Dalton Dagenhart, Haley Rosson and Ashley Piper; horse judging consisted of Tanner Day, Shane McCall and Caleb Norwood; nursery landscape was Jaime Humphrey, Krisanna Carmon, Zachary Graham and Alexis Lawson; livestock judging was in the hands of Bailey Woodard, Colton Gordon, John Henry

Newman and Jake Bove; Floriculture included members Katy Wilkins, Chelsea Kimberling, Kayla Morton and Sydney Ragan; Dairy cattle judging was done by Jared Bolin, Taylor Prazak and Tyler Cutbirth. Veterinary science, nursery landscape and floriculture judging teams all advanced to state and will travel to Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M University to compete at the State FFA CDE Contest. Prairiland ISD and Stapleton would like to commend all members on their hard work and congratulate the teams headed to state. Roxton ISD The Roxton FFA chapter has been very active throughout the year. In June, they attended Chapter Officer Training Camp in conjunction with the Como-Pickton FFA chapter. Officers in attendance were Chase Dake, FFA page 6

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The 2012 Public Relations LDE Team took eighth at state contest. From left is Luke Chipman, Chelsea Kimberling, Sydney Ragan and Brandon Brewer.

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VALLEY VISIONS: AGRICULTURE 4-H

4-H offers county youth fun, education all year long Krista Goerte

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Lamar County 4-H clubs have done some restructuring, but Lamar County Texas Agrilife Extension Service agents Mike Morrow and Laura Graves are working to see the program continues to grow. The clubs in the area have condensed into three main clubs. One centered around students from Roxton, Chisum and North Lamar, one at

Prairiland and a third, the Lone Star 4-H Club, that has youth from all across Lamar County involved. Activities in 4-H heat up during the school year, but are scattered throughout the summer as well. Morrow, the ag and natural resources agent, said livestock interest with 4-H’ers is stronger this year than it has been in years, with youth showing a strong interest in everything from steers, to goats, to broilers, rabbits and pigs.

Lamar County also has a horse project that is recruiting members. The project is for 4-H’ers of any skill level, whether they have a horse or not. Both rifle and shotgun projects also have strong youth following, Morrow said. Volunteers from both the Paris Trap & Skeet Club and the Maxey Rifleman Club have stepped forward to lead the projects and help youth in shooting sports. For those not into agriculture, 4-H offers many

other options. Graves, the family and consumer science agent, said local 4-H’ers continue to show interest in projects and competitions include fashion, food and photography. For those interested in science and technology, a Crockett Middle School teacher is forming a robotics project and is planning a week-long program. There are hundreds of projects offered through the 4-H program, and Morrow and Graves said

the only limitation is finding adult volunteers to organize and lead projects. Those interested in becoming a 4-H leader can apply at the Lamar County Agrilife Extension Office. The application process includes a background screening of all volunteers. 4-H project list Citizenship and Civic Education •Citizenship Communications and Expressive Arts

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FFA: Roxton takes numerous honors at junior livestock show from Page 5 Eli Bobbet and Alyssa Edwards. During the State FFA Convention, Jessi Dillard and Jessy White received their State FFA lone star degree. In attendance to the convention were Chase Dake, Jessi Dillard and Alyssa Edwards. Exhibiting in The Four States Fair Show were Jessi Dillard, market goats; Chase Dake, market goat and market lamb; and Meanor Duke, market lamb. Attending the State Fair of Texas with market animals were Jessi Dillard, market goat; Chase Dake, market goat; and Meanor Duke, market lamb. The District LDE Contest was held in November and consisted of three teams. The senior quiz included Alyssa Edwards and Zack

Lemons. Radio broadcasting placed seventh and held Chase Dake, Logan Gasch and Morgan Cox. Greenhand Quiz also placed seventh with members Lillie Borders, Jaclynn Carter, Rachel Jones and Alyssa Nelson. January held the Paris District Convention. Students in attendance were Zay Green, Lillie Borders, Chase Dake, Jessi Dillard, Alyssa Edwards and Alyssa Nelson. March was the Invitational CDE Contest with Chase Dake, Alyssa Edwards, Dane Reed, Jaclynn Carter and Jessi Dillard participating. Roxton’s horse judging team placed 98th out of 151 in at Waco-McLennan College and 76th out of 245 at Tarleton State College. The Area Horse Judging Contest also held successes. The

team ranked 18th out of 48, with team members Chase Dake ranking 68th, Alyssa Edwards ranking 80th, Jaclynn Carter ranking 122nd and Dane Reed ranking 26th out of 171 participants. Roxton students left the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show with several awards in tow. In the goats category, Jessi Dillard placed second, third and fifth, Chase Dake placed fourth and Kerri Anderson placed seventh. With lambs, Meanor Duke and Kerri Anderson placed seventh, Wyatt Wharton placed first, fourth and won Senior Showmanship and Chase Dake placed fourth. In the world of swine, Kaylee Dillard placed second, Jessi Dillard placed first and won Senior Showmanship, Tristin Bell placed eighth andChloe Hindman placed

tenth. Rabbits placed Jaclynn Carter in 13th, Lillie Borders in 20th, Alyssa Nelson in eighth, Rachel Jones in 15th, Miranda

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Paris Rodeo & Horse Club Rodeo

54th annual PR&HC rodeo jumps out of the gate Krista Goerte

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It’s about time for rodeo action in the Red River Valley. The 54th annual Paris Rodeo & Horse Club rodeo is set for 8 p.m. nightly ThursdaySaturday. In addition to traditional rodeo events of tiedown calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding, Paris rodeo festivities also include junior barrels and mutton bustin’ nightly. To sign up for junior barrels and mutton bustin’, call Monday between 9 a.m. and noon at 903782-9000. Mutton Bustin’ will take place at 7:30 p.m., before the rodeo each night. Junior barrels will be during the rodeo. The first rodeo activity of the year will be the Exceptional Rodeo for special needs children, set for 10 a.m. on Thursday. The rodeo parade will

line up at 5:30 p.m. on on Thursday at the rodeo grounds, and will make its way around the plaza before returning back to the rodeo arena. Friday night is “Pink Night,” where $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of the fight against breast cancer. Also Friday night, the Paris Rodeo & Horse Club queen and princess will be announced. This year there are two princess contestants and five queen contestants. Emma Fendley and Kaitlyn Cooper are the princess contestants. The queen contestants are Cheyenne Halbert, Kaitlyn Spray, Montana Figueroa, Caitlin Halbert and Adreiona Jenkins. An autograph signing with the queen contestants and seven-time National Finals Rodeo barrel man Rudy Burns, the “Crazy Cajun,” is set for 5 p.m. each night of the rodeo. A “cash scramble” for youth will be held night-

ly. The rodeo clown will scatter $1 bills throughout the arena, and the youth to collect the most dollar bills wins all the money. Advance tickets are available at Cavender’s Boot City and Big Country Farm Center. Tickets on Thursday and Friday are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Friday ticket prices are $6 for children and $11 for adults. Children 6 and under get in free. The rodeo is United Professional Rodeo Association and Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association sanctioned. The stock this year will be provided by James Andrews of Blossom. The rodeo this year is dedicated to Casey Jeffery, a long-time board member and club president, vice-president and rodeo chairman. A special tribute will also be paid to former long-time board member, past president and vicepresident Gil Flautt, who died in November. Flautt and his son in the past competed in

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Steer wrestler Sean Thomas of Benton, Ark., leaps off his horse to tackle a steer as part of the opening night of competition at last year’s Paris Rodeo & Horse Club Rodeo.

team roping, and in this year’s rodeo, a calf will be turned out of the shoot in remembrance. Paris Rodeo & Horse Club playday series The Paris Rodeo & Horse Club also holds

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VALLEY VISIONS: AGRICULTURE Lamar county Junior Livestock Show Horse Show

Van Noord sisters take top honors at junior horse show Staff REports

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Eugenia Van Noord took the 13 and under champion belt buckle and Sarah Van Noord the 14 and over champion belt buckle at the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show Horse Show. Lettie Swaim took home the reserve champion belt buckle for 13 and under and Lisa McLeod took home the reserve champion belt buckle for 14 and over. Individual class results are as follows: Halter classes 5 and over mares: Michayla Hawkes, first; Alysia Mccormick, second; Nichole Hawkes, third; Montana Figueroa, fourth; and Mckayla Figueroa, fifth. 5 and over geldings: Lettie Swaim, first; Lisa Mcleod, second; Cheyenne Figueroa, third; Sarah Van Noord, fourth; and Eugenia Van Noord, fifth. Showmanship 13 and under: Michayla Hawkes, first; Alysia Mccormick, second; Lettie Swaim, third; Nichole Hawkes, fourth; and Hanna Van Noord, fifth. Performance classes Showmanship 14 and over; Lisa Mcleod, first; Sarah Van Noord, second; Montana Figueroa, third Horsemanship 13 and under: Eugenia Van Noord, first; Lettie Swaim, second; Alysia Mccormick, third; Nichole Hawkes, fourth; and Michayla Hawkes, fifth. Horsemanship 14 and over: Lisa Mcleod, first; Montana Figueroa, second; and Sarah Van Noord, third. Western Pleasure 13 and under: Eugenia Van Noord, first; Alysia McCormick, second; Nichole Hawkes, third;

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and Lettie Swaim, fourth. Western Pleasure 14 and over: Lisa Mcleod, first; Sarah Van Noord, second; Cheyenne Figueroa, third; and Montana Figueroa, fourth. English walk and trot: Eugenia Van Noord, first; and Sarah Van Noord, second. English Pleasure:

Saran Van Noord, first; and Eugenia Van Noord, second. Reining: Sarah Van Noord, first; Eugenia Van Noord, second; Caitlyn Cooper, third; Lisa Mcleod, fourth; and Lettie Swaim, fifth. Timed events Poles 13 and under: Mckayla Figueroa, first;

Alissa Odell, second; Kaitlyn Spray, third; Caitlyn Cooper, fourth; and Lettie Swaim, fifth. Poles 14 and over: Montana Figueroa, first; Lisa Mcleod, second; Eugenia Van Noord, third; and Cheyenne Figueroa, fourth. Barrels 13 and under: Kaitlyn Spray, first; Alissa O Dell, second;

Lettie Swaim, third; Kayla Spray, fourth; and Caitlyn Cooper, fifth. Barrels 14 and over: Sarah Van Noord, first; Montana Figueroa, second; Lisa Mcleod, third; Eugenia Van Noord, fourth; and Cheyenne Figueroa, fifth. Team Roping: Dane Reed/ Garrett Golden, first; Gatz Michaels/Clay

Mills, second. Breakaway Roping: Kolton White, first. 3D Barrels: Kaitlyn Spray, first; and Sarah Van Noord, second. Tie Down Calf Roping: Clay Mills, first. Team Roping: Dane Reed/Shane McCall, first; Dane Reed/Aaron Parker, second; and Dane Reed/ Garrett Golden, third.

The 2013 Lamar County Junior Livestock Association wishes to show its gratitude to the buyers and supporters of our show and sale. Thanks To Each Of You For Your Continued Support.

Our Special Thanks To The Volume Buyer Richard Drake Construction

PREmium BuYERS Michael Investments Choctaw Nation Paul Lester Recycling Texas Oncology Sanitation Solutions Kelly Honey Farms Paris Farm & Ranch Lamar Electric Coop Zach Michael Physical Therapy Lamar National Bank Paris Body Works Brookshire’s Big Country Lamar County Farm Bureau Pro Turf Lone Star Ag Credit Friends of Lamar County Livestock Show Valley Feed Mill Richard Drake Construction James Hodge Motors Zant Girls Hick’s Tire & Muffler Bryan & Bryan Oil Agriland H&H Contractors Blossom Telephone Lamar Delta Retired Teachers Paris Kiwanis Club RK Hall All Breed Bull Sale Pyett Oil Clarksville Cody West Farms PPF Farms Liberty National Bank Cattleman’s Livestock

KB Steele Backwoods Deer Ranch Colton Transportation RAM Foundation First Federal Community Bank West Lamar Alumni North Star Dodge Pools & More Dr. Chad Trammell Trans Canada Pipeline Lamar County Farm Bureau Agent Taco Delight Bonham Street Larry Slagle Foster Hay and Cattle Platinum Home Health Coston & Son Concrete F&F Feed Lamar Co. Soil & Water Conservation Fry & Gibbs Mike Parsons PJ Trailers Atwoods Tracy Bratcher Auto Sales DHM Farms Unruh Fertilizer Guaranty Bond Bank Detroit Locker Family Cuts Paris Vet Stone Title BR Cattle Co. Unruh Hay & Cattle Boardwalk Pipeline Crazy House

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Grand Champion Steer: Jamie Landers Buyer: Michael Investments

Grand Champions and Buyers

Grand Champion Broiler: Ryan Dougherty

Grand Champion Lamb: Sierra Kruse

Buyer: Texas Oncology

Buyer: Choctaw Nation

Grand Champion Hog: Bailey Woodard

Grand Champion Rabbit: Damien Lawson

Buyer: Kelly Honey Farms

Buyer: Paul Lester Recycling

Reserve Champion Lamb: Tiawa Kruse

Reserve Champion Rabbit: Micaela Frankland

Reserve Champion Broiler: Cole Wright

Buyer: Lamar Electric Coop

Buyer: Zach Michael Physical Therapy

Reserve Champion Goat: Trent Evans

Reserve Champion Steer: Cade Mahan

Reserve Champion Hog: Karson Stephens

Buyer: Paris Body Works

Buyer: Paris Farm & Ranch

Grand Champion Goat: Kody Ballard Buyer: Sanitation Solutions

Reserve Champions and Buyers

Buyer: Brookshires

Buyer: Lamar National Bank


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Earth-kind

AgriLife joins Master Gardeners to plant roses Mary Madewell

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An Earth-Kind rose garden will be planted in front of Paris High School soon, the first step in a hands-on research partnership with Texas Agrilife Extension Service introduced last year. A trip to Tyler is planned next week to purchase roses for the program, Annie Perry, career and technology education director, said last week. Lamar County Master Gardners have provided funding for the roses. Crape myrtles, to be planted along a PHS driveway off Collegiate Drive, will be purchased as funding becomes available. The rose garden is the first step in the collaborative project with the Lamar County Extension Office, Lamar County Master Gardeners and the Texas Agrilife Extension Service. “The project is just now getting underway due to lack of funding,” said Kasey Crawford Ward, PHS horticulture teacher. “A wood chipper has been purchased to process our own mulch.” Students will participate in hands-on research and the rose garden will become the first test site for crape myrtles in the Texas A&M University Earth-Kind program. Along with the test site, students will assist the maintenance department in adding EarthKind roses and other plants to the PHS landscape. The PISD maintenance department plans to follow the Earth-Kind landscape management program at all campuses as time and funding permits. Earth-Kind, known primarily for its fieldtested roses, is branching out to include trees and perennials, according to Steven George, national coordinator of the EarthKind Environmental Landscape Management Program with headquarters in Dallas. George spent a day last summer with Ward, PISD administrators, Lamar County master gardener Wanona Carlton and Lamar County Extension Agent Mike Morrow to

lay groundwork for the program. “We have worked out a testing protocol so any plant can be tested,” George said. “We would love to work with high school students, teaching them how we do big time research.” The PHS site will be the first in North Texas to be managed by students. Students will prepare beds according to EarthKind recommendations, select a variety of crape myrtles and keep records on each plant for five years. Fertilizer and insecticides are not to be used and a minimum amount of watering is permitted. “Some may die and some may do better than others,” George said. “That’s what this research is all about — to find plants that require minimum maintenance and maximum protection for the environment.” George said he envisions younger students coming to the high school and older students explaining what “real environmental science looks like.” “In a few years I would like for you to hold a conference for other school districts to see what you are doing,” George said. Looking out over barren ground adjacent to the PHS agriculture building

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EarthKind Roses in this Lamar County Master Gardeners trial rose garden are similar to roses to be planted in front of Paris High School, a part of a cooperative with the PHS horticulture program.

and greenhouse and along a driveway leading to Collegiate Drive, George visited with Crawford and Morrow. “I’ll come back and help you with a landscape design and we’ll decide where you want your test beds and then fill in with other plants with the best genetics for this area,” George said. “Once you have the design you can establish beds and add plants year after year.” George briefly described bed preparation. “Use 3 or 4 inches of really good, fully finished compost and after planting cover with four inches of mulch,” he said. “The best much is native; we are trying to emulate what mother nature does

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Lamar County Junior livestock show

Hundreds of youth participate in LCJLS Mary Madewell

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Hundreds of Lamar County youth participate each year in the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show made possible by high school agriculture teachers and a group of volunteers who believe skills learned in the show ring equate to valuable life lessons. “We give our time because we believe agriculture is important in Lamar County and we believe youngsters learn valuable lessons while raising and showing a market animal,” said Phyllis Brumley, secretary of the Lamar County Livestock Show Association. Brumley said it is important for parents to

understand children need to be responsible for both their animals and their participation in the show. “Youth need to be responsible from the time they get their animal all through the process, including making sure they meet deadlines and follow the rules of the show,” Brumley said. “In doing so they learn leadership and communication skills along with responsibility.” This year more than 250 students participated in competition with 111 animals making the sale, bringing $155,750 to top exhibitors. “We really want to thank those buyers who continue to support these exhibitors,” said Lamar County Junior Livestock Show Association presi-

dent Tom Van DerSchaaf. “Agriculture is important to Lamar County and our buyers know the importance of supporting our youth.” Michael Investments paid $5,400 for the grand champion steer shown by Jamie Landers of Chisum,daughter of Jim and Kay Landers. The Choctaw Nation gave $3,000 for the grand champion lamb shown by Sierra Kruse of Prairiland, the daughter of Brian and Debbie Kruse. Sanitation Solutions paid $1,300 for the grand champion goat, exhibited by Kody Ballard of Lamar County 4-H, son of Greg and Yvonne Ballard. Kelley Honey Farms paid $1,600 for the grand

Agriculture mechanics

Discipline focuses on hands-on training North Lamar High School agriculture mechanics students swept the fifth ag mechanics show at the 45th annual Lamar County Junior Livestock Show. Jessie Smith, Garrett Denelsbeck, Colton Whitney, all of North Lamar, took grand champion honors and Daniel Durham, Cory Compton, Chase Frazier and Ty England, also all of North Lamar, took reserve champion honors. North Lamar instructor Patt Swaim said the school’s agriculture department takes pride in ag mechanics. “We try to give students a hands on experience where they use both mind and hands to design, and fabricate various types of projects from wood and metal,” he said. “Students develop skills that will be carried with them well past their school years, many into professions such as welding.” In addition to the Lamar County show, students compete with projects in shows such a Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. “We had three projects compete in Houston this year and 18 compete in our county show,” Swaim said. “Both young men and ladies build projects. “Students are rewarded by participating in ag

mechanics for not only the prizes that they can win but the fact that they took raw products and turned it into a functional piece of equipment that will be with them for years to come.” Other Ag Mechanics show

results: Class 1 — wood projects • Michaela Middleton and Ashton Peek of North Lamar, first; • Stormy Wilhite and Alecia Bishop of North Lamar, second; • Trace Bussell of Lamar

County 4-H, third; and • Clay Mills of North Lamar, fourth. Class 2-metal and wood combination products • Landen Johnson and Dakota Hembree of North Lamar, first; and Jaycin Crostley of North Lamar, second. Class 3 — outdoor household • Dakota Phillips and Andrea Johnson, first; Colton Whitney, Clayton Farmer and Andy Walton, second. Class 4 — shooting accessories

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Jake Pilgrim, left, and Cade Mahan share a conversation about their steers during the 45th annual Lamar County Junior Livestock Show.

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VALLEY VISIONS: AGRICULTURE top heifers of the lcjLS Submitted photos

Left: Calli West of Chisum stands her grand champion Angus heifer in the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show. Below: Miranda Smith of Detroit is shown at the Fort Worth Stock Show with her Limousin heifer, the reserve champion heifer at the Lamar County Livestock Show.

West, Smith take top heifer honors

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• Jace Wright and Cody McMikel of North Lamar, first; and Maverick Brown and Remington Brown, second. Class 5 — wildlife equipment • Jesse Smith, Garrett Deneisbeck and Colton Whitney of North Lamar, first; Conner Chipman of North Lamar, second.

Class 6 — miscellaneous projects Dylan Lee of North Lamar, first; Taylor Kennison of North Lamar, second; and Derrick Dudley of Paris, third. Class • 7 — cooking equipment Carson Rast and Nick Kreizenbeck of North Lamar, first; and Clay Caudell and Tyler Taylor of North Lamar, second.

Chase Frazier, Cory Compton, Daniel Durham, and Ty England, all from North Lamar are shown with an 18-foot trailer, which took reserve champion honors in the ag mechanics show at the Lamar County Livestock Show.

Macie Stringer of Detroit champion Brahman and Peyton Cooper of Sam Rayburn reserve. Lainey Wolf of Detroit champion Brangus. Madisyn Raulston of Detroit champion Santa Gertrudis and Molly Maroney of Sam Rayburn reserve. Kimberly Bryan of Detroit champion Simbrah. Calli West of Chisum took both grand champion and reserve in the English Division. Calli West of Chisum took both champion and reserve Angus. Brandon Clark of North Lamar both champion and reserve Hereford. Ashlee Caldwell of Detroit champion Red Angus. Shelby Downs of

North Lamar champion Shorthorn and Callie Jaynes of Detroit reserve. Miranda Smith of Detroit grand champion in Exotic Division and Macie Loonie, also of Detroit, reserve grand champion. Madi Robertson of Detroit, champion Charolais. Macie Stringer of Detroit champion Chi. Miranda Smith of Detroit champion and reserve Limousin. Sarah Lee of Sam Rayburn champion Maine Anjou. Payton Pridemore of Chisum champion Simmental and Harrison Gibbs of Red River County 4-H reserve. Macie Looner of Detroit took champion all other breeds and Garrett Clark of North Lamar took reserve.

LCJLS: Hundreds participate hog, shown by Karson Stephens of North Lamar, son of Randy and Cheryl Stephens. Lamar Electric Coop paid $1,300 for the reserve champion lamb shown by Taiwa Kruse, daughter of Brian and

Mechanics: NL sweeps awards

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Mary Madewell

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Class 8 — farm equipment • Callum Harley and Nathan Bass of North Lamar, first; Chase Canida and Taylor Kennison of North Lamar, second; and Hunter Freeman of North Lamar, third. Class 9-trailers • Daniel Durham, Cary Compton and Chase Frazier of North Lamar, first; and Andrew Russell of Paris, second.

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Calli West of Chisum walked away with the top heifer show awards at the 45th annual Lamar County Junior Livestock Show. Her Angus heifer took grand champion honors, and West won the junior showmanship buckle. Miranda Smith of Detroit took reserve championship honors, and Metz Branch of Chisum took the senior showmanship award. Other heifer show results follow. Metz Branch of Chisum grand champion in the American Division and Madisyn Raulston of Detroit reserve. Metz Branch of Chisum champion Beefmaster and Braylee Cowan of Dodd City reserve.

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Debbie Kruse. Zach Michael Physical Therapy paid $600 for the reserve champion rabbit, shown by Micaela Frankland, daughter of Jeff and Vicki Frankland. Lamar National Bank paid $700 for the reserve champion broiler pen

shown by Cole Wright, son of Dakota and Amy Wright. Twenty-three steers brought $74,250; 35 hogs $36,950; 24 goats, $19,750; 14 lambs, $15,050; eight broilers, $5,800; and seven rabbits, $3,950.

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From left, Garret Denelsbeck, Colton Whitney, Jesse Smith, all of North Lamar, are shown with the grand champion entry in the ag mechanics show at the Lamar County Livestock Show. The team built a hunter’s platform and dog box on the back of an ATV.

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Veterinarian medicine

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Dr. Amy Ballard Hughes of Paris Veterinary Clinic examines a bull. The clinic is located at 2105 N. Main and accepts animals of all sizes.

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Dr. Marc White uses a metal rasp to file a horse’s teeth, a procedure known as ‘floating the teeth.’ The filing doesn’t hurt, Dr. White assures, because there are no nerves there. Horse teeth should be examined annually and floated if necessary to reduce pain, mouth odor, problems with wearing caused by a bit, problems eating and weight loss.

Local vets offer technological advances to clients Eva Dickey

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While it may take years before widespread genetic testing changes humanity, animals are experiencing a difference today. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a single genetic test for breeding dairy cattle has almost completely replaced older pedigree tests in less than two years. Developed by Curtis Van Tessell at the USDA, this test costs only $250, replacing the previous system’s $50,000 price tag. The cheaper testing allows smaller dairy farmers to enter into the profitable business of selling cattle eggs and sperm. Using genetic testing, milk producers predict that the annual increase in U.S. milk production will double to 5 percent. Veterinarians Dr. Amy Ballard Hughes and Dr. Marc White of Paris Veterinary Clinic use a similar system to recommend selection of bulls based on genetic traits. Hughes said in the future, they hope to breed for better traits and explore the many possibilities. The clinic also offers ultrasound capabilities that aid in the reproductive area as well as offering Long Range, which is a new cattle de-wormer with extended release injection. A single treatment lasts up to 100-150 days, which is long enough to break the parasite life cycle and effectively reduce parasite burdens on the pasture. The extended activity of this de-wormer provides the ultimate parasite solution. “We are excited about this new product because if we can control burdens in the pasture, they will be controlled in the herd,” said Hughes. Paris Veterinary Clinic is at 2105 N. Main Street

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Family Traditions

Three generations of Pridemore family raising cattle Eva Dickey

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Farming and cattle raising comes as natural to the Pridemore family as breathing. A three-generation family runs the 150 acres, more than 40 head of cattle and Pridemore Fencing Company. The farm started in the 1970s on their little piece of land in Sumner and continues to run with the entire family having a hand in its success. Owner of the ranch, Joe Pridemore, contributes the beginning to FFA. “When my son, Bo got involved, we started learning more about it and just got more interested,” said Joe. “It’s amazing to think about. Then it was a hobby, now it’s our life.” The family continues to be involved in FFA and has had many successes in competitions, both locally and at state. Both of Joe’s children, Bo Pridemore and Deanna Langston, showed at FFA shows and have passed the love of ranching and showing

cattle to a third generation. Bo’s daughter, Meggan was a state officer and received a full ride scholarship to Blinn College where she majored in Ag Business and is now finishing cosmetology school. His son Cole won champion Simmental in San Antonio and received a $10,000 scholarship to attend Paris Junior College. He is now a driller on an oil rig. His son, Ethan took a different route and drills gas wells but assisted the family when needed. Payton is a freshman at Chisum High School and active in FFA and has been showing since thirdgrade. In 2012, he earned champion overall heifer. Payton also is very active in varsity baseball. Roby is in seventh-grade and is just getting started in his FFA adventures, but is also active in select baseball and football. “We are proud to say the Pridemore family all have received their educations,” Bo said, “and their affiliation with FFA and their success in showing is to thank for

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some of that.” Deanna’s son, Laramie Huie has been involved in FFA since second grade and held various titles including Belt Buckle Banaza, Simmental Champ, Champion Calf and Reserved Division Champ. Laramie is a senior at Chisum High School and plans to attend PJC and major in agriculture and business while working for the family-owned fencing company. Even the in-laws play a significant part in the family business. Jason Lindgren does the clippings, groomings and serves as a coach, helping to get the animals ready for show, according to Huie. Meggan and Jason also just started the fourth generation with their 11-month-old daughter, Cora. Plans are already in the making for her to show and keep the family name alive, said “Papa Joe.” “I am proud of all my family has accomplished,” said Joe, “and I hope we keep it alive for generations to come.”

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Laramie Huie exhibited his heifer on Feb. 14 at the state FFA livestock show. He placed first in his class and later competed against other class winners in his heifer’s age division and won champion of that division. He was awarded Grand Champion Simmental Heifer. Huie was awarded a $10,000 scholarship and a belt buckle.

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Texas Farm Bureau

Parum named Farm Bureau manager in Lamar County Mary Madewell

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John Parum grew up on a farm in the small community of Frost in Navarro County and today is the newly named Farm Bureau agency manager, serving Lamar and Red River counties. He has served as an agent in Hunt and Delta counties and comes to Paris from Vernon where he served as agency manager since 2003. “Once you get agriculture in your blood, you never get it out,” Parum said. While in Vernon, Parum said he was active in the community and plans to become an active part of the Paris community. “I’ve always been a big supporter of youth in agriculture and hope to become involved here because youth are the future of agriculture,” Parum said. Along with serving as Farm Bureau agent, Parum is active in the goat business, stemming from a teenage daughter’s interest in showing goats. She graduated high school this year, but Parum said he plans to continue his goat business. “A friend of mine in Vernon is partners with me, and we are in the goat business in a pretty big way, I guess you’d say,” Parun said. “We specialize in raising show goats and have an artificial insemination program.” Parum said he hopes to help local youth with their

goat projects in any way he can. The local bureau is known for its youth scholarship program. This year’s scholarship recipients include Cody Edwards, Cody Malone, Shelby Downs, Bailee Ballard, Jessy White, Hannah DeVoss, Sydney Ragan and Shane McCall. The Texas Farm Bureau includes many programs, the most known being its insurance division. “We were competitive in Vernon, but I believe even more so in Lamar and Red River counties,” Parum said. “After studying the market here, I think we can save some people a lot of money.” Parum said people do not have to be farmers or ranchers to take advantage of Farm Bureau insurance. In addition to its insurance program, the Texas Farm Bureau supports farmers and ranchers and advocates for a safe and affordable American food supply, according to its website. Members create and shape the organization’s position on policy, and organization leadership works to implement the policy to benefit Texas agriculture. The organization’s roots are in the early 1920s when a group formed to support Texas AgriLife Extension Service agents and to market agricultural products. Since the Depression years, the group has grown from 15,600 members to almost 470,000

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The agricultural producers of Lamar County and its neighbors are accustomed to looking to the skies. No other business in the area is more dependent on the weather, and the lack of rain in recent years has many people — not just farmers and ranchers — worried. “We remain in the severe stage of drought here in Lamar County,” said Mike Morrow, AgriLife Extension Service agent for Lamar County. Mike “2011 was Morrow an historically dry year. Last year was a little better, but if we had two years like 2011 it would have been terrible. Our producers are still working, dealing with the dry conditions and hoping for a change in the weather.” A reduced agricultural

economy will definitely have an impact on a local economy, said Morrow. Cow and calf operations reacted to the ongo-

ing drought by culling their herds, said Morrow. In a normal year, a rancher might cut 10-15 percent of their older cows

to bring in new younger heifers, but in 2011 some local producers culled up to 50 percent of their herds. A few sold out

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Drought: Dry conditions affect local economy at all levels from Page 18 mother cows in the count before 2011. “You gotta have grass to grow a herd,” said Morrow. “That depends on rain.” When grass is in short supply, producers are forced to put hay into the pastures, but drought has also affected the supply of hay, making it harder to find and more expensive. Fortunately, spring hay production in 2012 was boosted somewhat by timely rains in the area. Morrow said everybody got a good cutting of rye grass and at least one cutting of warm weather Bermuda grass, before the hot and dry weather returned. Arid conditions persisted into the winter months affecting hay supplies this spring. Row crops have also been impacted by drought in the area. Morrow reports that row crops such as corn and grain sorghum has average yields in 2012 primarily due to early good spring rains. Producers that irrigated their crops through the hot and dry summer also brought in fair yields. Wheat, which is grown on a different timetable, has struggled this year. Wheat is planted in the fall, which was dry last year. Some crops did not get enough rainfall to even emerge. In an average year, Morrow said, row crops will account for about $40-50 million in gross sales in Lamar County. Livestock will account for another $40-45 million gross. “That’s close to $100 million,” he said. “The drought has had

an impact on our local economy. Lamar County is very fortunate to have a diverse economy that does not depend on one industry.” Drought has affected the bottom line of area agricultural producers and their ability to pump money into the local economy. Less money in the pockets of ag producers means less money to spend on equipment and supplies. That impacts the businesses and services that support the agricultural industry of the area, such as feed retailers, fuel and fertilizer suppliers, farm equipment dealers, machinists and lenders that cater to agricultural producers. When ag producers are pinching pennies on operations, they are also cutting back on spending elsewhere, such as goods and services, cars, clothing and entertainment, even medical services, Eventually, the restricted flow of spending will be felt at every level of the economy. The average yearly rainfall in Lamar County

is 45.69. In 2011, Lamar County received about 33.10 inches of rain, in 2012, 34.40 inches. So far this year, rainfall has totaled nearly 12 inches, below the average for this time of year, which is more than 13 inches. Weather experts are noncommittal about the chances of the drought breaking anytime soon, but Morrow said the ag producers of Lamar County have been luckier than producers in other parts of the state. Rainfall has been marginal, but it has rained at propitious times in Northeast Texas, allowing producers to make fair crops. Strong commodity prices during the last 4-5 years and good prices for calves have helped keep producers afloat. Northeast Texas is also blessed with an abundance of lakes and stock ponds, making irrigation a viable option in dry seasons, said Morrow. But area lakes are also showing signs of suffering under the lack of rainfall. Lake Pat Mayse, the city’s drinking water supply is

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Master Gardeners

Lamar County Master Gardeners to hold annual plant sale

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he Lamar County Master Gardeners Association annual plant sale is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 4 at Farmers Market on 1st Street S.W. in Paris. There will be native and adapted perennials, small shrubs, roses and vegetables. There may also be some annuals. It’s kind of like a potluck supper; you never know what kinds of dishes will show up, but they will all be good. Plants for sale are grown by members of the Lamar County Master Gardener Association, are suitable for this zone and are reasonably priced. We are excited to have a new class of potential Lamar County Master Gardeners in training this year. New people with new skills and interests add variety and excitement to our volunteer efforts in horticulture education. On the first class day on April 16, Mike

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A probationer with the Lamar County Community Service Department helps Master Gardeners clean the flower garden in front of the county facility on U.S. Highway 82 W.

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Morrow, Lamar County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent-agriculture and Master Gardener coordinator, welcomed trainees and explained the agenda for the 10-day course. Immediate past president, Wanona Carlton, gave a presentation on “What is a Master Gardener?” She explained the purpose and requirements for becoming and remaining a Master Gardener. The PowerPoint presentation created by Carlton and fellow LCMG Jackie Neugent highlights past and current projects of the group. A special treat was a visit by Jayla Coston Fry, Texas State Master Gardener coordinator and a graduate of Chisum ISD. Fry is the author of

the training manual for Texas Master Gardeners and taught the first day of class. Her lively presentation brightened everyone’s day and got everyone off to a good start in their study of botany. It was also a treat to have Roger Skipper, Fannin County agent

assisting with the training. Workdays this year have involved pruning and cleanup of several ongoing projects at the Rose Trial Garden in Heritage Park and the Earth-Kind

Demonstration Garden at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office on U.S. Highway 82. On April 13, LCMGs gathered to weed the beds and dig perennials for the annual plant sale. Community Service Restitution volunteers

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Lamar County Exension Agent Mike Morrow, left, and Fannin County Extension Agent Roger Skipper teach a new class of Master Gardeners.

from Lamar County Adult Probation worked along side LCMGs to divide and prepare the plants for sale. — Marva Sansing is president of the Lamar County Master Gardeners Association.

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