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I have had a lifelong love of catching catfish and… eating them! I guess my passion for catfish comes naturally, as a boy growing up on a poultry farm in Red River County; catching catfish was a way of life. Every nine weeks or so when the chickens sold, we would pack up the old 1950 International pickup with tarps, Coleman stoves, cast iron skillets, bedding, etc., and head up to a little lake in southeast Oklahoma that was chock full of channel catfish. I would begin catching bait, small perch from our farm pond, the day before. Upon arriving at our fishing hotspot, the drill was to set up camp quickly, which was easy to do. We had no tent, just tarps or, as they were called back then “wagon sheets.” Tarps on the ground with a blanket served as bedding.

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Since 2000 there have been more than 300 gun-related incidents on school campuses or at school-related events in the United States, according to various sources. The two most recent happened in the last days of May and claimed 23 lives in Uvalde, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Nineteen of the dead in Uvalde were elementary students

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to consider a gift for that outdoorsman in your life. We outdoors guys can be a bit tricky to shop for, so I thought I would compile a list of gifts that might make your shopping a bit easier. Many of these items won’t be found on the aisle of your favorite outdoor show, but there is still time to order online.

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Of the thirteen counties served by the North Texas Food Bank, Lamar County suffers the most from food insecurity, with a record 23% or 11,440 people lacking reliable access to adequate amounts of food. Food insecurity can range from rationing to having empty cupboards, Feeding America reports.

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Penning a weekly outdoors column is an endeavor I have enjoyed for the past 36 years but at times, I find it a challenge to come up with a topic that I hope to be interesting and maybe even informative. Oh, those weeks when I am busy catching fish or hunting new places the words seem to just appear on my computer screen. But in real life, I’m not always catching big stripers or hunting;  there are those weeks when I stick close to home and that’s when I have to”wait” for a topic to hit me.!

What better place to enjoy all summer has to offer than Cooper Lake State Park! The lake water temperature is just perfect in June to cool off, splash around, and enjoy! Our amazing park rangers have finished prepping the swimming beaches for you through the addition of soft white sand just in time for the summer season.  With high gas prices this year, make Cooper Lake State Park your nearby destination for summer fun.

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The cost to fill up your vehicle continued to climb this past week, with average gasoline prices jumping roughly 13.9 cents per gallon in Texas over the last week.

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When the weather heats up, many people and pups love getting in the water to cool down. Whether a dog enjoys swimming or just splashing in the shallows, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure they stay safe this summer.

A paradise for garage sale aficionados, the Highway 82/287 yard sale makes a two-day run June 3-4 through roughly 15 towns and across more than 400 miles of highway.

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Friday the 13 was both a lucky and a big day for Paris Junior College as the institution celebrated its 97th graduation in a live ceremony at Noyes Stadium and it didn’t rain.

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Tickets are on sale for the NAACP Heritage Banquet scheduled June 18 at Love Civic Center that is to feature Lamar County native and retired educator Carolyn Jean Reese Brown, of Port Arthur.

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Be sure to leave some nonperishables in your mailbox or on your porch Saturday so that your letter carrier can take them to later donate all the goods gathered to the area food pantries as the National Association of Letter Carriers, Paris Branch 501 is holding its annual Stamp Out Hunger Fo…

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I love catching catfish when they are biting on “tight line”’ on bottom, when they are in the flooded grass and willows during the spawn, over holes baited with soured grain and when they are “on the rocks” feasting on gar eggs. I love the tug of a catfish on a trotline. But my biggest thril…

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The Market Square Farmers Market in Paris opened its regular season Saturday with excited vendors looking for a productive year greeting customers and selling products.

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What better place to experience a natural Texas than Cooper Lake State Park. Hear the rhythmic drubbing of a piliated woodpecker, the lonesome wail of a family of coyotes, the evening chorus of leopard, green tree and bullfrogs. May is a birders’ paradise. See some of our newest park inhabitants — white-tailed deer fawn.