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Lamar County

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

The number of burn bans in Northeast Texas increased to three Tuesday.

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

Officials in Lamar County Monday issued the region’s first total burn ban of the season.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some weekend rainfall, drought conditions are back to moderate throughout much of Northeast Texas. 

Texas Education Agency
Texas Education Agency

A higher percentage of students from Northeast Texas finished college than students statewide. That’s according to data put together by the Texas Tribune, which looked at graduation rates among 300,000 public school students who completed 8th grade in 2005. Statewide, 21 percent of those students have graduated from college by now. Ten of the 11 counties comprising Northeast Texas exceeded that average. Hunt County was the only one to come in below the state average.

Local fire departments and emergency services agencies continue to head to the Houston/Galveston area.

The effort to move a controversial Confederate statue from the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris will have to wait. 

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Lauren Corbell, city editor and columnist of the Paris News, reports that the North Lamar ISD has scheduled a $44.9 million bond election for Saturday, May 6.  Lauren says the North Lamar school board consulted with the public to find out why a previous bond proposal failed.  And Lauren reports the annual Paris Winefest is planned for this Saturday, April 1.  It's a fund raiser to benefit the downtown Paris Main Street program.

Delta County deputies were just some of the law enforcement called on for the high speed chase last Friday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A high speed vehicle chase which started in Paris went through Delta County last Friday before the suspect was apprehended just inside the Hunt County line.

The bridge at Brushy Creek in Delta County continues to be under construction.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

State Highway 24 (at John’s Creek) reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed due to excessive flooding, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Delta County Sheriff’s office has been informing drivers to be aware some GPS devices (such as on cell phones) has not been updating with detour information, when deemed necessary.

Delta County joins several other counties in allowing the emergency burn ban to expire. As of Thursday, Sept. 17 citizens may burn inside the county limits. Citizens should contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (903) 395-2146 prior to conducting any outdoor burning.

Lamar, Delta, Hopkins and Rains are no longer under a burn ban.

Ali J. Burress remains missing after car crash in remote area of Lamar County.
Courtesy of LCSO

Ali J. Burress, 28, remains missing after she crashed her car into a ditch near a Lamar County corn field around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Satellite view of US Highway 271
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According to authorities the bridge on US Highway 271 crossing from Lamar County over the Red River into Oklahoma will close at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 due to rising waters.

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Roxton resident Sandra Johnson describes a little about the annual "Roxton Saturday Night" festival, which is set to entertain Northeast Texans for a tenth year this weekend. This year's headline musical artist is Stacy Musgrove, who is scheduled to take the stage in downtown Roxton at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20.

Press release from Roxton Saturday Night organizers:

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According to statistics, a car can be stolen in less than 60 seconds. Delta County has experienced a rash of auto thefts and car burglaries over the past few weeks and according to the Insurance Information Institute car burglaries peak in July and August.

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Lamar Electric Cooperative is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone whose tip leads to the indictment of those responsible for a recent spate of copper thefts.

Thieves have made off with about seven miles of wire, worth about $20,000 to the company, according to spokesperson Dena Beason. M0st of the thefts occurred around Maxey and other areas west of Paris, she said.

Also, one botched effort resulted in some customers losing power last week, Beason said.

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