Football season is another week closer, and each of our local teams completed the first week of scrimmages. More scrimmages will take place Thursday and Friday, and a full schedule of the scrimmage slate can be seen on today’s sports page.

Area students on Friday morning went to the Exceptional Rodeo, hosted by the Paris Rodeo Association, an annual event for special needs students in the Red River Valley. They rode horses with volunteers steadying the students on either side, pet goats and rabbits, practiced their roping skills and ate lunch.

The Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a meeting in the same place it held that first meeting.

Key positions filled at North Lamar Independent School District by the board of trustees include two assistant principals and two counselors for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

An official with Region 8 Educational Service Center in Mount Pleasant has confirmed Cooper Independent School District is in full compliance with state school safety requirements.

Denicia Hohenberger, a 15-year educator with the Cooper Independent School District, has been named interim superintendent.