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  • Still in search of unique, quality Christmas gifts for loved ones on your list? Step inside Hope Chest Collectibles, where the friendly Hope family is waiting to help you find a memorable gift certain to light up the face of everyone on your list.
  • With sixteen Top 10 singles and five number one hits to his credit, Gary Morris will bring his many talents to Paris on Saturday, December 12, as a benefit for the Paris Junior College 2015 Annual Fund. The concert is set for 7 p.m. in the North Lamar High School Theater.
  • Floodwaters were lapping at the edge of The Java Joint at Lake Bonham on Sunday, November 30.
  • This spinach growing in a Fannin County garden will supply nutritious greens from November until May.
  • Both the unemployment rate (5.0 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (7.9 million) were essentially unchanged in October. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.7 percentage point and 1.1 million, respectively.
  • 2001 Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Enron was formed in 1985 by Kenneth Lay after merging Houston Natural Gas and InterNorth. Several years later, when Jeffrey Skilling was hired, he developed a staff of executives that, by the use of accounting loopholes, special purpose entities, and poor financial reporting, were able to hide billions of dollars in debt from failed deals and projects. Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow and other executives not only misled Enron's board of directors and audit committee on high-risk accounting practices, but also pressured Andersen to ignore the issues. Enron shareholders filed a $40 billion lawsuit after the company's stock price, which achieved a high of US$90.75 per share in mid-2000, plummeted to less than $1 by the end of November 2001. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation, and rival Houston competitor Dynegy offered to purchase the company at a very low price. The deal failed, and on December 2, 2001, Enron filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Enron's $63.4 billion in assets made it the largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history until WorldCom's bankruptcy the next year. Many executives at Enron were indicted for a variety of charges and some were later sentenced to prison.