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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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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.

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.

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The annual Texas 4-H Round-Up was held at College Station last week, June 6 to 10. This event allows all senior 4-H members, grade 9 to 12, that place first in their district, to compete at the state level against the other first place winners in each specific contest in the the 11 districts across the state.

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.

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After months of review, Lamar County Commissioners on Monday passed a culvert installation policy to require property owners to pay for the installation of culverts on county road rights of way.

Local schools will host several athletic camps involving different sports, including basketball, baseball, football and more in the weeks ahead. Prairiland, Chisum and North Lamar are among some of the local schools that have posted dates and times for this summer’s camps.

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Lamar County residents have begun receiving property valuations for 2022 from the Appraisal Board, and many have seen marked raises of more than 100% in five-year increments. The increases seem outrageous to some residents, but they still barely keep pace with towering market prices.

Area schools recently hosted summer camps for local athletes in different sports. This week, Prairiland hosted a boys basketball camp and North Lamar hosted a softball camp. North Lamar softball camper Brystol Addy catches the ball at first base to record an out while Coach Kate Riney observ…

Lamar County Farm Bureau board member Paul Bayer, center, presents $2,000 scholarships to Kristen Parson, left, of Chisum High School,  and Madison Cox, of Prairiland High School.

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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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The Lamar County Grand Jury handed down 18 indictments during its May session, including several aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, one of burglary of a building, another for child criminal neglect and several drug related charges.

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.

In a for-women-only event at Holiday Inn Express, presenter Erick Bruno from Focused Fire Training taught 10 women the basics of firearm safety in a three-hour defensive carry course Tuesday night. The seminar covered the basics of firearm safety, methods of carry and lawful use of force.