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Members of the 816 Infantry in World War I, of which Richard Bills was a part.

RENO — A financial audit for the City of Reno showed solid budgeting Monday, with a fund balance $140,000 higher than last year’s and no overages. An auditor told council members the city had budgeted accordingly in 2020, and there were no violations to their prescribed budget.

Pleased with the audit, council members moved on to vote on the replacement of a historic headstone over the grave of World War I veteran Richard Bills. Bills, a Black soldier from Lamar County, is buried in Reno and served in the 816 Infantry, which was incorrectly marked on his original headstone and is now in poor condition.

Julia Furukawa is the assistant managing editor for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-8744 or at

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