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The hashtag #Clearthelist began a few weeks ago on Twitter, and now even has a Facebook page for Lamar County teachers. The Lamar County Teachers: Clear The List page has posts for each school so teachers can post Amazon wish lists for their classrooms.

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Public schools around Lamar County started back to school today, with teachers, students and parents converging in classrooms to figure out schedules, class times, pick-up times and what supplies were forgotten that morning as they adjusted to a new routine.

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In the area of Student Achievement, North Lamar saw a gain of 12 points on test scores. This was up to an 88 and another high B. North Lamar High School increased by 13 points to 89, once again making exceptional gains.

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North Lamar ISD could see a lower tax rate in Fiscal Year 2019-20, after its Board of Trustees approved a proposed tax rate lower than the current year’s due to recent state legislation.

Today is the last day for the state tax-free weekend shopping for back to school items. Area residents turned out to take advantage of the savings. For a list of eligible items, visit the state comptroller's website. 

Doors open for North Lamar ISD on Thursday with students returning for the 2019-20 school year. Teachers are back preparing their classrooms and helping those new to their campuses get familiar with their surroundings.

The Chisum FFA program sent eight chapter members to the camp at Sulphur Springs High School on July 25, and FFA Director Matt Preston said he was glad the students had a chance to attend.

The Paris Junior College Board of Regents agreed on a proposed tax rate of 0.084%, a reduction from the current tax rate of 0.085%

The county’s athletes from Paris, North Lamar, Chisum and Prairiland will hear from Lamar County’s own renowned Coach Gene Stallings and receive motivational bracelets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at First Christian Church, 780 20th St. NE.

The gymnasium at Aaron Parker Elementary School was filled with activity Saturday morning as laughing, smiling children ran around the hardwood floors. No, it wasn’t a gym class; it was Ready, Set, Go, an opportunity for students to get excited and prepared for the coming school year.

BOGATA — Rivercrest ISD proposed a new tax rate of $1.28 per $100 valuation, new pay scales for professional and auxiliary staff, and a new $8 million budget Tuesday night, all of which will be the subject of a public hearing Aug. 26.

Kaden Johnson grinned from ear to ear in satisfaction as he watched the electric green slime he had just spent several minutes making slide through his fingers. Excitedly, he put his slime in a Ziploc bag to take home, and he got ready to make some tie-dye shirts.

PATTONVILLE — Ryan Dougherty, Gracie Harp, Emily Newman, Allen Elliott and Carsyn Fernandez of the Prairiland FFA Chapter were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 91st annual Texas FFA State Convention July 15-19 in Fort Worth. 

Campuses at North Lamar ISD are preparing for the 2019-20 school year. North Lamar High School will host an orientation camp for freshmen while meet the teacher events have been set for grades K-8.

Between 60 and 70 volunteers answered the call to spend some time Saturday bringing new life to the more than 200 panther paws on North Lamar ISD streets and parking lots. District Trustee Kristi Trammell said more than half of the volunteers were students, and volunteers included Interim Su…