Gene Watson's roots lie in the Paris area, spending some of his formative years in the vicinity. He went on to score major success with hits in the 1960's and 70's, and remains a towering figure in country music.
Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30. Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge. Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters.
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.
Ken Higdon, president and CEO of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, says Paris is becoming a mecca for live music, like a number of other cities in Northeast Texas. He says the chamber has added about 150 new members in the 18 months since he's been in the position. A Love's Travel Center is under construction and a new Dairy Queen has recently been announced.