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Paris City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to increase the Paris Economic Development Corp. board from five to seven members, and councilors appointed two new directors.

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As the blue sky simmered to orange in the west, six figures clad in red sequin tops emerged on horseback from the gates at the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club. Warmly welcomed by a rowdy crowd sprinkled with cowboy hats and light-up wands, the Spirit Riders from Hawkins kicked off the festivities at the 61st annual Paris Rodeo on Friday night.

The U.S. Postal Service got a new leader in June, Louis DeJoy, appointed by President Donald Trump, and the new postmaster general has set up several new policies that have delayed the mail, according to several advocacy groups for postal carriers.

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U.S. Army veteran and academic advisor Kelvin Hicks has released his fourth book: “Encourage Yourself: Life-Giving Quotes of Encouragement.”

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The Lamar County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss an agreement between the City of Paris, the police department and the Lamar County Sheriff’s office.

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Recently, Capt. Frankco Higdon of The Salvation Army-Paris, Texas, issued an update on the status of the organization’s emergency shelter: “People in the community ask me wherever they see me, ‘when is the shelter going to open?’ and I tell them if the community helps us, the shelter will be open.”

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Paris will soon be home to a new, long-awaited fast food franchise, as work began recently on a Chick-fil-A, to be located along Lamar Avenue near Loop 286.