The Lamar County Chamber has exceeded many goals since March 2018 when Paul Allen stepped into the role of chamber president. With its ambassador program jumping from 27 members to 70 in under a year, Allen is excited for what’s in store this year and next. 

It’s so easy to go about our daily lives ignoring the road work happening downtown — unless it stops us while we’re already late for work — or to forget the new business down the street just renovated a historic building or schools are daily answering the challenge of educating students with limited funding.

For years, the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society and the REACH Center in Paris has provided vital services to Lamar County residents with disabilities and their families. At the organization’s helm is Krissy Crites.

A 25-year old Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Drive, will receive a $1.5 million renovation later this year after Paris voters approved a 2-cent increase to the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax in a May 4 election.

Paris ISD follows a district-wide motto that “students don’t care what you know unless they know that you care.” With this in mind, Capturing Kids’ Hearts was implemented district-wide and teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. 

Thirty six years ago, Kimberly-Clark opened its plant on 238 acres of former pasture land off Southwest Loop 286 in Southwest Paris. The facility was built to produce and distribute Huggies brand diapers, and employment was expected to peak at about 250 people.

In honor of industrialist and founder of American Cast Iron, John J. Eagan, Paris Economic Development Corp. directors have named the street leading to the American SpiralWeld Pipe facility in Paris Industrial Park the J.Eagan Street.

Candy-coated fun draws people to The Wicked Apple, owner Karen Boaz said. Recently, she said, the Collegiate Drive shop came up with a white chocolate-dipped strawberry with a magical unicorn design.

As people get older, they invariably face a host of additional challenges as health problems, financial worries and lifestyle changes become increasingly common. For residents of Northeast Texas communities, the Area Agency on Aging is here to help.

Does your skilled nursing facility pass the smell test? Donna Gordon and Cary Scott, both with Heritage House of Paris, said one of the key things to look for, besides recommendations from friends and family, is to go to Medicare.gov and look at the rating of the facility.

As Kyle Keeley was preparing to go to college on a football scholarship, he knew he wanted to become an optometrist. His plans quickly changed, however, when he was injured and had to participate in physical therapy. 

As it nears its second anniversary, the Paris-Lamar County Health District’s Health4U program continues its work of combating obesity and the chronic diseases related to it in Lamar and Red River counties through education and community outreach.

While Northeast Texas Trail enthusiasts celebrate the official opening day for the 2019 trail season April 13, Northeast Texas Trail backers cautiously await word from the 86th Legislature announcing the 130-mile recreational trail will become a Texas Parks & Wildlife linear park.