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.