Farmers across America received billions of dollars in 2018 and 2019 in the form of market facilitation payments, reimbursements to offset losses that are the result of the ongoing trade war with China. However, the program now has an uncertain future.

The event is a longstanding tradition, marking 30 years in 2019, Steve Tucker, president of Red River Valley Fair Association, said. 

“We’ve got four buildings full of vendors with arts and crafts, Christmas present ideas, food, jellies — just bringing the community out,” he said.

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Aldridge has worked in prison ministry for 10 years, and has been the chaplain at Lamar County Sheriff’s Office for 8 years. He and the other pastors spend a lot of one-on-one time with inmates counseling, praying and listening, he said.

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This year, Deport’s annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Line-up for participating groups and organizations will take place at 3:30 at the park near First Baptist Church.

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Cattleman’s Livestock Sale Barn was filled to capacity Tuesday afternoon as hundreds turned out to bid on cattle while supporting local students.

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Multiple volunteer fire departments responded to the call at 98 County Road 34721, including Lamar Point, Hopewell, Powderly and Faught. They found the home fully engulfed upon arrival, responders on scene said.

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The Reno Streets Commission approved a $15,000 bid for drainage work on a stretch of a little more than a mile along Old Clarksville Road. The recommendation must now go before the city council for official approval.

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People can honor victims of all crimes with the 17th annual Tree of Angels, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Presbyterian Church, 309 S. Church St.

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The Salvation Army is easily recognized by its signature red bucket and annual Christmas Angels, but the help they organization provides to Lamar County goes much further than that.

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Paris is ringing in the holiday season with lights, gifts and plenty of events where children can get Santa sightings, from the Christmas in Fair Park, which starts Friday, to Saturday's 10th annual evening Christmas parade. 

The 44th annual race featured a 1-mile fun run, a 2-mile walk and a 5K run, starting at the Love Civic Center and continuing along the Trail de Paris.

Families traveling outside of Texas for Thanksgiving might want to increase their fuel budget slightly as Thanksgiving gas prices are the highest they’ve been in five years.

At the October City Council meeting, officials approved an agreement for the grant to fund the new fire truck. The city put up $10,000 for the truck, and the grant will cover the rest of the expenses, which could come to $500,000.

Downtown Paris lit up for the holidays Saturday night at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Crowds gathered with treats, hot cocoa, music and light. Alyson Hearn led the crowd in singing Christmas carols, and Santa heard present requests from children on the square.