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   Paris News (Newspaper) - August 3, 2009, Paris, Texas                                Water boil order cancelled 165 residences in Northeast Paris were^ notified late Friday, of the order to boil water MARY MADEWELL mary.madewell@theparisnews.com A brief water boil order issued to 165 residences in Northeast Paris late Friday through hand-delivered notices as well a Code RED message on telephones was cancelled Sunday. The notification area was bounded by North Collegiate Avenue; Ridge-view Road, 28th N.E. Street and the North loop. "We were not required and did not make a public announcement because we did not want to alarm citizens unnecessarily," Carruth said Saturday morning. The water boil order was required by Texas Commission on Environmental JQuality after two water samples sent on a routine basis to a Kilgore laboratory tested positive for coliform bacteria, one of which tested positive for fecal coliform/E.coli bacteria. Fecal coliform and E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that water may be contaminated with human or animal feces. Microbes in feces can cause short-term effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and those with severely compromised immune systems. The water system is required to submit a minimum of 30 water samples each month for bacteriological analysis. Carruth said multiple samples were taken from the original site Saturday morning and all samples were returned negative Sunday morning. The city manager expressed appreciation to Nancy Brannon in state Rep. Mark Homer's officer for assistance in WATER P-5 Sports Feldman leads Rangers to victory over Mariners PAGE 11 Health care Middle-class tax hikes may be enacted to fund national system PAGE 12 Smile Lamar County children get healthy smiles PAGE 3 AUGUST 3, 2009    MON DAY Sole solution Vol. 140^'N6. Sam Craft I The Parts News Brandyn McNeal of Paris stands with pairs of TOMS shoes at Small Town Rags. McNeal was one of 12 volunteers chosen from all over the country to be part of a trip to Argentina sponsored by TOMS to give shoes to needy children. Paris resident set to give away shoes ... in Argentina STEPHANIE NORMAN stephanie.norman@theparisnews.com Saving soles of a different kind is the sole purpose behind TOMS Shoes. And Paris resident, Brandyn McNeal, is one of about a dozen volunteers from throughout the United States chosen to assist the company in an Argentina shoe drop scheduled in September. In 2006, Blake Mycoskie, a Texas resident, decided to create a line of shoes, which are eco-friendly, after visiting Argentina and seeing countless children living without shoes. For each pair of TOMS purchased, another pair is given to a child in need. This program, One-for-One, has been so successful that more than 140,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed to shoeless children as of now, and by the end of this year, Mycoskie plans on handing out more than 300,000 TOMS total. McNeal talked with The Paris News about his involvement late this past week. "I saw it through an AT&T commercial back in April and thought 'Wow! That's amazing,"' McNeal said. Out of the thousands of applications for the volunteer position, he never thought he would be one of the lucky 12. "It's 12 volunteers and two other people that work for TOMS that are going with us," McNeal said. "We've all connected SHOES P-5 Finalists considered for position of Paris Police Chief Ilk       i. |�-'t'i.J". '�" BOB HUNDLEY TED GIBSON City manager to recommend police chief City manager to present his choice at the regular city council meeting Aug. 10 ' i' MARY MADEWELL      ; � mary.madewell@theparisnews.com City Manager Kevin Carruth on Friday said he has completed background checks and final interviews with the two finalists for Paris police chief and will make a recommendation to the City Council at an Aug. 10 meeting. "We have been fortunate in that we had a very qualified pool to choose from and the depth of knowledge and experience of two finalists is making the final selection difficult," Carruth said. "I think it is safe to say that the Paris Police Department will be in good hands regardless of the ultimate choice." Carruth is to choose between interim Police Chief Bob Hundley, who has been with the department the past 34 years, and Ted Gibson, an investigator with the Lamar County Sheriffs Department with 38 years experience in law enforcement, many of those in top assignments in other cities. Although in competition for the top Paris position, both candidates spoke highly of one another in an earlier interview. "I have a lot of respect and admiration for Ted Gibson," Hundley said late Wednesday. "Of course, I would like to serve my department as chief." Gibson reciprocated. "Bob (Hundley) and I are friends and we have talked about this," Gibson said. "No matter how it goes we will be supportive of one another. It is just an honor for me to be considered for this position in my home town after 38 years in law enforcement." Both Hundley and Gibson have strong ties to Paris and long law enforcement careers. Hundley began climbing the ranks after beginning as a rookie patrol officer in 1975 following a short stint at Paris Junior College. He is a graduate of Paris High School. During the course of his early career he returned to college and received an associates degree in criminal justice. He rose to the rank of lieutenant in the early 1990s and was named assistant police chief in 2004. He was named interim chief early this year upon the retirement of former Chief Karl Louis. POLICE CHIEF P-8 Bluegrass festival comes to Cooper Lake Center GRANT CONNIE BEARD connie.bearddtheparisnews.com There are nine bands ready to jam at the 2009 Cooper Lake Center Bluegrass Festival. The two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7 and 8. The bands will be on the stage at 1 and 7 p.m. Friday and noon and 6 p.m. Saturday. .....The easiest way to get to the center is to take Texas 19 to Country Road 4795 (the road to Cooper Lake Dam) and follow the signs. Admission is $ 15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday. Two-day admission is $30. Tickets are available at the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, 903-784-2501. There is no charge for children 12 and under. "We're hoping for a lot of locals," said Bud Swayne, a director on the South Sulphur Regional Development Association. "We're guaranteeing a great time." The association will provide a free hay ride to transport people from the parking area to the stage. Door prizes also will be presented. This is the second year the SSRDA is holding a bluegrass festival at the center. The program director and emcee will once again be Bill Grant, who put together a similar festival in Hugo, Okla., for more than 30 consecutive years. Bands scheduled for Friday include Hickory Hill, Salt Grass, High Strung and The Mack Smith Band. On Sunday, BLUEGRASS P-5 Just the facts  Cooper Lake Center  Friday, Aug. 7 1 and 7 p.m.; $15  Saturday, Aug. 8 Noon and 6 p.m.; $20  $30 for both days  Tickets at Lamar County Chamber of Commerce; 903-784-2501 50
                            

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