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The ACLU of Texas says it wants to know what roles two Northeast Texas sheriff’s departments played in a late-August immigration roundup at a trailer manufacturing company in Lamar County. But law enforcement officials say there’s nothing to find. 

A Lamar County woman is in the hospital in Plano after officials say she was mauled by a pack of dogs in Deport this weekend. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year-old Jackie Brooks was visiting her sister and went for a walk near County Road 16080 on Saturday morning.

Mark Haslett
Mark Haslett, KETR News

U.S. Customs & Immigration Enforcement said Friday that the number of undocumented workers arrested in an enforcement raid on A sumner-area business is 159. Of those, 145 were Mexico nationals. The remainder a mix of Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran nationals.

Cars blocked access to the parking lots of Load Trail in Sumner during Tuesday's Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.
Mark Haslett

More than 100 people were arrested Tuesday at Load Trail, a vehicle trailer company in the unincorporated Lamar County community of Sumner, about 15 miles west of Paris.

Two separate accidents claimed the lives of two men in Northeast Texas on Tuesday. 

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

The Roxton ISD in Lamar County announced Wednesday that it may consolidate with another school district. The announcement was made in the Roxton Progress newspaper. It states that financial problems in the district are creating "an increasingly deep and unsustainable budget shortfall.”

The ISD is reportedly in talks with at least two neighboring districts. The question of a merger could find its way onto a November ballot.

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

After a generally damp winter and spring, signs of drought have returned to three counties in Northeast Texas.

Road Work Begins On FM 38 In Delta, Lamar Counties

Apr 20, 2018
Motorists are urged to pay attention and reduce speeds in work zones.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Two road improvement projects have started on Farm-to-Market 38 in Delta and Lamar Counties, according to Texas Department of Transportation.

TxDOT reports that Contractor A.K. Gillis & Sons, Sulphur Springs, Texas, was awarded the contract for this project valued at more than $2.4 million. The contractor plans to complete the work in 128 working days, weather permitting, with a target completion date of October 2018. Construction began on April 9, 2018.

Anyone calling you for not showing up for jury duty is probably a scammer. 

The Reno Police Department in Lamar County formally has a new chief. 

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested a Prairiland High School senior Monday on charges of making terroristic threats. 

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

Officials in Lamar County say multiple wildfires have led them to extend the county’s burn ban for another month. On Tuesday the County Commissioner’s Court extended the ban until January 10.

The Commissioner's Court also doubled the possible penalty. Anyone caught burning brush or leaves could face a $1000 fine.

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.

High Speed Chase Ends in Arrest

Aug 31, 2016
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.

Authorities search for missing woman in Lamar County

Jun 30, 2015
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.

US Highway 271 bridge in Lamar County closes

May 30, 2015
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:

Arrests made following rash of auto thefts

Jul 22, 2014
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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.

GOP primary: Lamar Co. ballot

Feb 18, 2014
Road and park improvement bonds will be on Lamar County ballots on Saturday.
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The following candidates are on ballots in the Lamar County Republican Party primary election on March 4.

Regional and county offices

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The Campbell Soup Company released its FY 2014 first-quarter earnings Nov. 19, with total sales down two percent. The company attributed the slow numbers to weaknesses in overall industry trends, among other factors.

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