Paris – Area school districts, colleges and universities are following the every moves of the Texas Legislature, to learn how they'll be affected by budget cuts.
This week, the Paris Junior College Board of Regents received a report from President Pam Anglin that shows proposed cuts at PJC of either $1.7 or $1.6 million. To allow for the 2.5 percent cut to this year's budget, vacant positions are being left open for the remainder of the fiscal year. Also, student travel has been frozen unless it is for competition purposes.
Paris – Paris residents and local officials came together last night to celebrate 25 years of fighting crime in the City and County.
Since 1986, the efforts of Lamar County Crime Stoppers, with the help of local tipsters, has led to the arrest of more than 1,800 individuals, over 3,400 cases cleared and over $270,000 in rewards paid. The organization has also recovered over $2 million worth of property and nearly $900,000 worth of drugs removed from the streets.
Campbell – The Campbell ISD continues to be hampered by a large portion of ill students and staff, and administrators are forced to cancel classes again Friday.
It's the third day this week that all grade levels will be shut down.
About 75 students and some staff were out on Monday with flu-like symptoms. When classes resumed Thursday, 90 students and six staff remained home sick, according to Campbell High School Principal Earnie Phelps.
Paris – The Paris Junior College Board of Regents this week was presented with designs for a new Science and Technology Building to be construction at the north end of campus.
The design, by SHW Architects, includes an open, flexible classroom that can seat up to 120, and several classrooms that can hold 60 or 30-plus students. There would be a math center, classrooms, science labs with shared prep rooms, space for faculty and adjuncts and common space for students to gather.
Greenville – A Greenville man, convicted on two counts of armed robbery, will serve a lengthy prison term.
Following a one day trial, a jury found 21-year-old Israel Michael Pettigrew guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He is to serve ten and five years in prison on each of the two charges.
A third aggravated robbery indicted against Pettigrew is still pending.