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Dallas man arrested for hitting Chisum ISD student

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The driver of a mini-van that hit a Chisum ISD student Thursday as she got off the school bus has been arrested, according to officials.

At 4:39 p.m. Thursday, the 15-year-old student was struck as she exited the bus near her home on US 82 near Toco, according to DPS Public Information Officer Mark Tackett.

Marlon Sherod Coleman, 42, of Dallas, was arrested at the scene and held Friday on unrelated warrants charging him with speeding, driving while his license was invalid, no driver’s license and violating promise to appear twice.

He was also charged with driving while his license was invalid with a previous conviction or suspension. Bond was not set as of 10 a.m. Friday.

“(Coleman) was distracted and didn’t realize the school bus was stopped,” Tackett said Friday. “He was going too fast and jerked his vehicle to the right to avoid hitting the bus. He hit the girl as she was coming off.”

Tackett said the student broke her leg and was flown to Medical Center of Plano.

Chisum ISD Superintendent Tommy Chalaire said Thursday that first-responders, as well as the bus driver, did an excellent job and that the student will pull through.

“The student appears to be okay once she comes through her foot and ankle injury,” Chalaire said Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.”

Reopened Paris Drag Strip joins NHRA Member Track Network

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The recently reopened Paris Drag Strip has once again become an NHRA-sanctioned racetrack, allowing local racers the chance to compete on a regional and national level.

The National Hot Rod Association announced Tuesday that the drag strip would be rejoining its member track network in advance of the 2017 racing season as part of the Division 4, the South Central division.

“We welcome Paris Drag Strip back to the NHRA Member Track family,” NHRA Division 4 Director Trey Capps said in a release. “The reopening of Paris Drag Strip will be an exciting time for the racers in East Texas and the surrounding areas.”

Randy Boren, of Pattonville, said he bought the drag strip “seven or eight weeks” ago because he hated to see it the lot deteriorate. He said he decided to purchase the defunct raceway with a different vision in mind after consulting with his wife Kristy.

“I raced there for several years (under the previous ownership),” he said. “It’s an iconic place. I hate to see it grow up with grass. It’s just something for people to do in the Paris area.”

My goal is to get the street outlaw racers, bracket and have just a totally different setup,” Boren continued. “I’m gonna make it more interesting for the fans and the people this year.”

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Chisum ISD student hit by van, flown to DFW hospital

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A female Chisum ISD student was hit by a van Thursday after she got off her school bus on US Highway 82 near her home in Toco.

District Superintendent Tommy Chalaire said the student exited the bus, which was heading eastbound, when a van drove in the shoulder and hit the girl on the right-hand side of the bus.

He said the student, whose home is the last stop on the bus route, suffered a foot and ankle injury and was flown to a DFW-area hospital.

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Traffic diverted after semi tips over on Loop 286

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Traffic is being diverted after a semi-truck tipped over near the intersection of Clarksville Street and Loop 286.

Raymond Moss, a lieutenant with the Paris Police Department, said the truck’s load shifted causing the truck to tip on its side. The truck, bearing the company Schwartzmann Trucking, of Richardton, ND, was hauling some type of steel, but the exact load is not known.

Inbound US 271 traffic is blocked as well as northbound traffic on Loop 286 approaching Clarksville Street. Outbound traffic on Clarksville heading towards Mount Pleasant is unaffected.

Police said it will take a couple hours to clear debris from the wreckage, and encouraged motorists to avoid the area until it is cleared.

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. Heavy lift cranes are now at the scene.

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County roads to receive rumble strips

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Motorists traveling along FM 1499 and US 82-H in Lamar County may encounter contractor crews working along roadways during the next several weeks.

Texas Department of Transportation announced last week that Contractor Stripe-A-Zone of Grand Prairie will be placing rumble strips into roadway shoulders and centerlines on several roadways throughout seven of the nine counties located in TxDOT’s Paris District. Construction began Sept. 26.

In Lamar County, nearly eight miles worth of roadway along Loop 286 (Business US 82-H) to US 271 South will undergo construction to implant the rumble strips, while a little over seven miles of roadway along SS 1499 to US 271 North will be repaired to include the strips.

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Ronnie Bass appointed new Precinct 3 commissioner

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Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville appointed a new Precinct 3 commissioner Monday.

Ronnie Bass was appointed by the county judge following the Sept. 30 retirement of incumbent Rodney Pollard. The commissioners accepted his resignation during a meeting Sept. 12.

“Rodney has left Ronnie in a really good situation,” Superville said Monday, referencing several bids read earlier in the meeting for equipment to be used in Precinct 3. “There are about 200 miles of road in each precinct… each commissioner only has $1 million to maintain (those roads). … It’s a tough job, but it’s vitally important.”

Superville said a formal letter will be sent to Bass offering him the position of appointee for the remainder of Pollard’s term, which ends Dec. 31. If accepted, commissioners are expected to approve his appointment at a future meeting.

Bass’ elected term will begin Jan. 1 and continue until Dec. 31, 2020.

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Crime Stoppers Unsolved Crime: City Mart Robbery

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The Paris Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a male suspect, seen in the video above wearing a hoodie, that robbed a convenience store Sept. 4.

In the 16-second security cam footage, the suspect is shown entering City Mart through the front entrance and quickly produces a pistol from the pocket on his hoodie. The suspect then retrieves the cash from the register and leaves the store.

According to a release, Lamar County Crime Stoppers could pay up to $1,000 for the information that leads to this person’s arrest. The release says that if you know the person, you are urged to report that information to law enforcement. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers.

In order to be eligible for the reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers through one of the four ways listed below:

To report information about this crime or any other felony crime, contact Crime Stoppers via phone or Internet.

Tip line: (903) 785-TIPS (8477)

Office: (903) 737-4111


County to hold final public hearing on tax rate

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Lamar County commissioners will hold the final public meeting to discuss the proposed 2016-17 fiscal year budget and tax rate at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Commissioners will discuss and possibly adopt the proposed .4066 effective tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, a one percent decrease compared with the current tax rate of .4275.

The commissioners will also discuss and possibly adopt the property tax increase reflected in the proposed 2016-17 budget, which will raise property taxes by one percent compared with last year’s budget.

Of that amount, $163,789 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year.

The amount of revenue and percentage increase in revenue are based on the proposed budget. These figures are subject to increase, or decrease, depending on the actions taken during the special meeting Thursday.

In other business, commissioners are expected to approve a resolution authorizing the submission of an application o the Texas Department of Agriculture for a Texas Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Relief.

The meeting will be held at the Lamar County Courthouse, located at 119 N Main Street.

Editor’s Note: You can view the meeting’s agenda here

OHP releases name of Paris man killed in Valliant crash

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol have released the name of a Paris driver killed in a crash with a semi-truck Monday in Valliant.

Larry Nolen, 66, was identified Monday as the man killed during a crash at the intersection of Oklahoma 98 and US 70 near Valliant earlier that day.

Shortly before 11 a.m, troopers were dispatched to the accident where they said Nolen was driving northbound on Oklahoma 98 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a Progressive Transportation semi-truck heading eastbound on US 70.

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Two Paris businesses hit with vandalism

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Two Paris businesses were vandalized earlier this week, according to police.

Paris Farm & Ranch and Maximum Elevation Off-Road, both located off Loop 286, reported receiving damage sometime between the hours of 6 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

“Given the close proximity (of the two businesses), it’s possible they are connected,” Lt. John Berry, public information officer for the Paris Police Department, said Friday of the two vandalism reports.

Around 10:41 a.m. Thursday, Paris Farm & Ranch reported that the glass door and windshield on a Case tractor were damaged. According to a release, the damage was said to be greater than $2,500, making this a felony offense.

An employee at Maximum Elevation Off-Road said that the windshields of four vehicles had been busted out. He did not know the cost of the damage.

No suspects were named as of Friday. The investigation is ongoing.

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