Author: Toni McDowra

Election Day – Prop A the big ticket vote for the city

As city voters head to the polls today, Proposition A is no doubt the big ticket vote.  The fate of the Paris Economic Development Corporation will rest in the hands of the voters as to whether they want their quarter of a cent tax to continue to go to the PEDC or reallocated to roads and street maintenance. “The election has certainly created a lively debate about the PEDC. Most all of Paris’ peer communities in the region have EDCs and many in our community believe Paris will be at a disadvantage if voters shift sales tax collection to other uses. Other voices...

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Doors, Leaks – or is safety the real issue for the Lamar County Courthouse?

Today a special meeting was called by Lamar County Commissioners Court Judge, Chuck Superville.  The meeting came about after District Court Judge Bill Harris took to social media with concerns about repairs and security of the courthouse. Superville opened the meeting by reading the agenda and stating “We set aside $2.5 million in funds for repairs and water infiltration issues this year.  However, we do have 7 buildings we have to keep up with.  We have been very careful with the taxpayer’s money.  We shaved a penny and a quarter off the tax rate this year and these reports...

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Record early voter turnout – Prop A most likely the reason

Today is the fourth day of early voting for the up and coming election on November 7, 2017.  Most likely the numbers are up due to Proposition A. Proposition A is the For or Against the abolition of a sales tax for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises at the rate of one-fourth of one percent and the adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Paris, Texas at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. To break it down further.  For – ...

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Top 2017 Kid Costumes for Halloween – Trolls, Emojis and more

This year there are a couple of new trends to hit the market and also some old favorites. Female superheros are not just for adult women, your little one can become Super Women in a flash.  The costume can be found at most retail stores, Wal-Mart, Target, Party City and Spirit Halloween.  If you’re crafty, you can easily make your own. If you have dressed up as a Troll for Halloween back in the day, well they are back for 2017.   What’s more, the costume works for kids big and small, so you can make your Troll costume a...

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Lamar County Chamber Banquet last night – “Where Champions are made”

Last night the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 113th annual banquet.  The theme for the evening was “Where Champions are Made.” Over the course of my career in the news business I have attended many chamber banquets; from Arlington, TX to Fort Worth, Grapevine, Frisco, Plano and a few in between, however last night was a stand out for me.  The program was positive and inspiring. As the current President, Ken Higdon made his final speech before moving to Denison, TX to take the reins of the Denison Chamber of Commerce, he left the crowd with this...

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