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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.

Of all the Reno City meetings to see strong turnout, one would not have anticipated the Reno Parks and Trails Committee meeting to bring more than 31 guests to speak in full support of an all-inclusive park for the City of Reno Tuesday night.

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Prairiland ISD’s Board of Trustees increased its teacher pay scale by $2,000 when it approved its budget for the coming 2022-23 Fiscal Year at its meeting earlier this week.

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The Lamar County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Monday to adjust the payment schedule of law enforcement and detention center officers in the coming Fiscal Year 2023 in an effort to incentivize officer retention and remain competitive with other area agencies.

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Blossom businessman Jeff Morrison may say he is “not much of an actor,” but the man who owns “Weezy’s,” a popular cafe in the tiny town east of Paris, has been in two independent films, one of which was made by his childhood friend and occasional visitor to Lamar County, Austin-based Bradley N. Hadley.

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School board members passed a $7,885,578 budget for fiscal year 2022-23 in a Monday night meeting at Detroit High School that saw three executive sessions and a report on the process of what school personnel have to follow on bullying reports.

Sam Bell Maxey House put on a day for dads Saturday featuring doughnuts, a scavenger hunt, checkers and horseshoes in celebration of Father’s Day. “Donuts with Dad” gave fathers a chance to spend some quality time with their sons and daughters.

An estimated 500 vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheelers and even horses came out to celebrate Paris’ 11th annual Juneteenth Parade at Leon Williams Park Saturday morning. Though the route was initially set to begin at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and 20th St. NE, so many vehicles were lined up on 20th Street. that the parade began on Fitzhugh Avenue at Booker T. Washington Homes instead.

While people tend to dress differently depending on the season, most pets “wear” the same coat year-round. Shaving off this hair during the hot summer months may seem like a good idea to keep a dog cool, but it can actually have the opposite effect for some animals.

Lamar County Commissioners are to receive the county judge’s preliminary budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and begin budget discussions when the court meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lamar County Courthouse, 119 N. Main St.

RENO – The Parks and Trail Committee has plans for a public hearing concerning applying for a Parks and Wildlife grant to be used for park improvements that would include a playground for children of all ages and ability levels at 6 p.m., Tuesday in City Hall, 160 Blackburn St.

The Paris Independent School District Board of Trustees plans to adopt a budget for the coming school year at its 5:30 p.m., Monday in the Elaine Ballard Administration Building, 1920 Clarksville St.

After years of removing sanctions from the property and laying 200 miles worth of underground pipes, city councilor and owner Mihir Pankaj hosted the Home2 Suites by Hilton groundbreaking Tuesday morning on the site at 3143 NE Loop 286.

With gas prices rising astronomically each day, those still driving their vehicles are seeking ways to make every dollar last. Poor driving habits can lose drivers 15% and 30% of gas mileage efficiency on highways and between 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic. In a time when inefficiency can cost approximately $1.41 per gallon, here are some handy tips from experts across the country to preserve gas mileage and stretch every gallon.