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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.

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.

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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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.

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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Red River County Commissioners ushered in a new era that was in a way a return to the past during Monday’s meeting in the County Annex when they accepted Janice Gentry’s registration as district clerk then named Brenna Williams to the position.

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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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Voters approved two amendments to the Texas Constitution, gave approval to a $16 million bond election for Prairiland ISD, and elected members to city and school district governing boards at a Saturday election.