MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Jason Lyle Mooneyham, 48, of Paris, pleaded guilty to theft charges in federal court Friday, received a five-year probated sentence and was ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution for stealing gambling chips from two Oklahoma casinos.

Paris Junior High School will receive some safety upgrades with new construction scheduled to start before Christmas, creating a new front office to separate visitors from the main body of the school. 

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The county fire service discussions are being postponed until a new city manager and fire chief are hired, following the resignation of former city manager John Godwin and the departure of former fire chief Mike Vogel this month, Interim City Manager and Paris Finance Director Gene Anderson said.

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If you haven’t yet bought tickets to Paris Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz,” you just might be too late. Tickets for the live stage version of the beloved 1939 film are going fast, and two shows this weekend are already sold out.

When Amber Guyger — the former Dallas police officer found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean — was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the sentencing sparked discussion and controversy as many believed the length of the punishment was too lenient. But for the people who determine sentencing l…

A 45-year-old woman was released from the hospital Tuesday after surgery, a family member said. A 43-year-old man underwent additional surgery Tuesday and is now recovering. Neither of the patients’ names have been released. 

Honey Grove ISD ESL coordinator Maria Litovsky’s approach to English Language Learners is to help them adjust to day-to-day life as a student and integrate the language as smoothly as possible.

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Families who received county water for the first time in an Arthur City neighborhood, including the Starks family, in far northern Lamar County recently expressed their appreciation Saturday to those responsible with a barbecue luncheon at the Powderly Fire Department.

 

Across a stretch of roughly a mile of the trail, dozens of volunteers in a wide variety of scary Halloween costumes frightened people eagerly looking to be spooked at the third annual Reno Haunted Trail.

Sherry Thompson of Pottsboro  has firsthand experience with the all-encompassing financial hardship prompted her to create Pink ImpACT — a faith-based, nonprofit organization that offers scholarships to high school students who have a familial connection to breast cancer, a scholarship available for students in Lamar County.

Women who have undergone breast cancer treatments and reside locally say they had a difficult time finding post-treatment services within an hour’s drive of Paris. Whether it is finding a quality wig, head scarf or even a support group, determining where to go and what to do can be difficult and frustrating.

Matthew Marquez, a senior at Detroit High School and a member of the school’s FFA team, was one of only 10 students throughout Texas selected for the prestigious Ford Leadership Scholar Program. As part of the program, Marquez is now planning a park to be added along Detroit’s walking track.

 

Paris Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire this morning at the intersection of Hickory Street and 15th Street NE. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was taken to Paris Regional Medical Center. They have since been released from the hospital.

North Lamar nurse Jennifer Elrod and assistant nurse Shirley Sanders saved the life of Stone Middle School teacher Kenda Felker when they recognized the signs of thrombocytopenia, a condition that dangerously lowers platelet counts.

Cooper High School chose, from left, Katelyn Hoffman, Lacy Brown, Kyla Ingle and Kennedi Wright for the 2019 Homecoming Court. The game is Friday night against Chisum High School. 

The Rivercrest High School band came away from Pleasant Grove Invitational competition with first place division band and color guard honors, second place division percussion, first place band in Class A and outstanding colorguard in Class A.

Lamar County’s unemployment has fallen slightly over the past year, and now sits at 3.4%. Conversely, the number of employed people has risen over the past several months.

In Leddick’s second competition,  shaking the whole time, she didn’t believe judges when they told her she won. Competing against all males, she only realized she had made it to the final round when it was just her and one other contestant.

In 1939, the school that is now known as Aaron Parker Elementary opened its doors. The school is still educating area students after 80 years.