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Amid the fun, fireworks and festivities, the Fourth of July holiday weekend sees some of the most alcohol-impaired accidents of any time period in the country. Driving safe and making sure to get a sober ride can keep loved ones safe and able to continue enjoying many fun holidays in the future.

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Massive firework shows, live music, waterslides, food trucks and vendors drew hundreds of people to Reno and Honey Grove on Saturday afternoon and evening to celebrate July 4th in true Texas fashion. People came from all over the area, including neighboring counties and cities, to have some summer fun, play games and enjoy the events.

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While gas prices remain high throughout the nation, they’ve fallen slightly in recent days, dropping an average of 12 cents per gallon in Texas over the past week.

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A sudden summer rainstorm forced the cancellation of the first 903 Sun Sets concert Thursday evening, but event organizers called the happening “very cool” when music lovers lingered on the square despite the absence of live music.

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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.

Sugar Hill Sass was one of the vendors selling items Saturday at the Honey Grove Chamber of Commerce Margarita Crawl downtown. The vendors were offering boutique items, clothing, earrings and home decor as well as orgranizations sharing information about their group, according to Lore Lane, …

In a colorful series of community events, Vacation Bible School programs return to churches across the county this summer. Vacation Bible Schools are hosted by individual churches as an opportunity for kids to hang out with others their age, play games, do crafts and learn more about the Christian gospel and faith.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton won his Republican runoff election against Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Tuesday even though Paxton is facing a slew of legal problems, including an FBI investigation and a trial on securities fraud charges.

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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.!

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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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On Sunday night, a severe thunderstorm packing winds with gusts to 95 miles an hour knocked down trees, knocked out power and lifted a church off its foundation in Honey Grove.

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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…