– Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class Timothy Keith Lowery was bestowed the honor of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal on June 15, surrounded by his family Tim and Carol Lowery, his parents and Brittney Lowery, his sister.
The medal was given to him for professional achievement as power plants collateral duty inspector, Strike Fighter Squadron 25 from December 2010 to June 2011.
Paris – A Paris Junior College student is one of eight individuals in the state selected to participate in the Texas A&M Biomedical Sciences Summer Academy. Britney Moore is a fall 2010 graduate of PJC's Biomedical Sciences program.
Paris, TX – New head coaches will welcome Paris High athletes back to school on Monday, Aug. 1, to start formal preparations for the 2011 football and volleyball seasons.
Students are reminded that they must have a current UIL physical on file before they are allowed to participate in workouts. This includes all incoming 9th and 11th graders. Contact Athletic Trainer Chad Helberg for more information.
Van Zandt County – Van Zandt County Commissioner Ricky Laprade will remain in office for at least another month. A Monday hearing regarding the petition to remove him from office has been rescheduled to September 22.
Van Zandt County District Attorney Chris Martin agreed to the postponement because his office is scheduled to begin the murder trial of Johnson Burris.
– Richard Ogden, superintendent for Hughes Springs ISD in Cass County, is the Region 8 Superintendent of the Year.
He'll represent the region and compete with 18 other region superintendents for the 2011 Texas Superintendent of the Year Award, to be announced October 1. Region 8 serves 47 school districts in 11 Northeast Texas counties.
Ogden is joined by Royse City ISD Superintendent Randy Hancock, who is representing Region 10, which has 117 school districts in its nine county service area.
– The severe drought and extreme heat are not only affecting the local landscape, but what's underneath. Local municipalities typically repair more water main breaks during the summer, especially in triple digit heat.
"Normally we might see ten, 15, maybe 20 breaks in a month," says Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell. "But we just concluded July and had 60 breaks and I expect that to increase again this month."