Free Paris Weekly Headline Round-Up:
A body recently found by local rancher has been identified by the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office as the missing Ali J. Burress1. Burress went missing on June 29, 2015 after she drove her vehicle into a cornfield off of Lamar County Road 14850. The investigation is still on-going at this time.
On last Thursday night, March 23, a Mount Pleasant track team bus and a following passenger car were involved in a fatal collision with a 18-wheeler. The driver of the 18-wheeler was killed and has been identified as 50-year-old Bradley Ray Farmer of Board, Missouri and the driver of the passenger car was also killed, and has been identified as Mount Pleasant’s assistant girl’s track coach, 30-year-old Angelica Beard. At least a dozen students were also injured in the crash.
1. Correction. Her name was Ali Jo Burress, previously mistyped as Burris, based on the press release.
In other news:
- Paris ISD to cancel election (TPN)
- NL to talk bond (TPN)
- Take advantage of NL Townhalls (staff, TPN)
- NLISD explains bond (Reed, TPN)
- NL OK’s earlier start date (Reed, TPN)
- PEDC considers donation (McLaughlin, TPN)
- PEDC says wait on money (TPN)
- Paris to get $600k (TPN)
“Paris ISD is projected to receive $600,000 more in funding from the TEA Allotment,” the The Paris news reported because of the 54 new enrolled students. They plan to buy a bus at what Superintendent Paul Jones says is two-thirds of the cost of a new bus.
- RRVDSS schedules event to memorialize late member (TPN)
- March for Meals (TPN)
- The Paris News earns awards (TPN)
TPN won first place in General Excellence in the Northeast Texas 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, beating out larger newspapers like Texarkana Gazette and Lufkin News. “Judges recognized The Paris News consistency and effort to focus on all aspects of the community, including youngsters,” the Paris News reported.
City editor Lauren Corbell and managing editor Anna Rae Gwarjanski won third and fourth place, respectively, in column writing. Former sports writer Kevin Kues won first place in sports writing. Lora Arnold took second place in sports photography with “Oh My!,” the photo she took when Paris Wildcat Jalon Pipkins reached back to make a touchdown catch against Alvarado in the playoffs. Former staff writer Amanda Gohn won third place in Journalist of the Year. Source: The Paris News
- NL bus, car in accident (TPN)
No injuries reported for the kids on the bus at the time. The bus sustained minor damages while the other car involved sustained major front end damage from the bus’s left rear tire. The bus was driven back to NL where kids were placed on a different bus and taken home. source: Reno PD press release
- Homelessness survey in Lamar County, Coalition hopes to counsel homeless population on resources (TPN)
This article, written by Sally Boswell, summarizes the Homelessness Coalition’s recent survey and outreach efforts and the needs of our community. She cites the 23,678 homeless Texans who were physically counted by Texas Homelessness Network in 2016. Of that nearly 23,678 people, 7,486 were unsheltered and 16,192 were living in an emergency shelter. Homelessness is a complex issue no doubt, and nearly 65 people identified as homeless in a focused survey of 100 conducted by the Lamar County Homelessness Coalition in January of this year. The real problem with getting people into houses– permanently? The lack of affordable housing in Paris. Studies show that our county is 1,195 doors short of housing units for those with extremely low income and 920 short for very low incomes. April Carl, the outgoing executive director of United Way of Lamar County said, “The affordable housing issue is affecting our working poor as much as the homeless– families that are working day to day and still can’t afford housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that in Lamar County, to be able to afford a basic, one-bedroom apartment, a person has to be making $11 per hour. There is a large percentage of the population here that does not make that an hour, and that basic one-bedroom apartment is in seriously short supply,” to the Paris News. We could save $20,000 by housing someone than allowing them to remain on the street, Carl told the Paris News. They report that she’s spoken with city leaders and economic development officials about reaching out to developers and investors about building apartment complexes and homes in the city telling the Paris News, “To entice new business and industry you have to have housing for the employees. We need to raise awareness of the need of hardworking families who cannot find affordable housing. We need to be creative and find a way and nurture it bit by bit until we can get everyone in Paris and Lamar County suitably housed.”
To entice new business and industry you have to have housing for the employees. We need to raise awareness of the need of hardworking families who cannot find affordable housing. We need to be creative and find a way and nurture it bit by bit until we can get everyone in Paris and Lamar County suitably housed.” – April Carl, outgoing Executive Director at United Way Lamar County
- Lanny Joe Burnett speaks on Texas History in Bonham, April 11 (eP!)
“Cowboy Poet” Lanny Joe Burnett will speak at 7 p.m. on April 11 at the Creative Arts Center in Bonham, Texas. “Anyone who has heard Lanny Joe knows what enjoyable speakers both he and his wife, Cindy Baker Burnett are. Lanny Joe will talk about the period just before the Alamo through the 1880s and this will be the first of two in a series of lectures about Texas,” eParisExtra.com reports.
- Warrant Round up in Reno, Texas (eP!) [see press release to the right]
- Compost site and trash drop off– Free! (eP!)
- US 82 road work slated for Lamar County (eP!)
- The Cinderella Project accepting prom dress donations (eP!)