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Fri
04
Sep

Be a part of the solution to crime in Van Zandt County

Crime is a big problem in any community and with a shortage of local and county law enforcement, there is room for you to pitch in and make a difference.

The Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program is a free program benefitting all residents of Van Zandt County.  The program is the eyes and ears of the community and participation is available to any qualified Van Zandt County Resident. Participants will receive training on what to do and what not to do as a member.

Sun
30
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.

Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.

Sat
29
Aug

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes literacy

This fall we are proud to announce we are starting the 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten program. 

The goal of this program is to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. 

According to research, the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than it does any other time. 

Reading to children at an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter school with the skills they need to succeed.  Most important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

Mon
24
Aug

Gain some “Common Sense” at the library

Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” Horace Mann’s “Annual Reports,” and John Kenneth Galbraith’s “The Affluent Society,” are three titles are included in a volume called “Books that changed America,” which is found at 028.1 DOW in the Van Zandt County Library. 

This is a book of discussions of 25 books that are important in American history.  In the same area of the library, “Literacy in America,” and “500 Great Books for Teens,” and other titles highlight some of the classic books that have influenced the American public.   

Some—but not all—of the titles mentioned are in the library, but alas, many have been removed from the shelves to make way for material that checks out often.   It is public library policy to remove books that have not checked out in five years.  It is interesting to see how many of the authors and their works that elicit the comment: “I never heard of that.”

Sun
23
Aug

County Blotter

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests for Aug. 11 - 18, 2015

Jackie William Ballard, 62, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for injury to a child, elderly, or disabled with intentional bodily injury.

Ruby Mitchelle Barcenas, 30, Rice, was arrested on view for assault causing bodily injury.

Garry Winston Boyd, 44, Chandler, was arrested on site for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and transfer of precursor substance for unlawful manufacture.

Laura Michelle Dean Brimer, 23, Grand Saline, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation.

Ashley Amber Diane Buswell, 21, Grand Saline, was arrested on two warrants for false report to police officer and prostitution.

Fri
21
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

AUSTIN — A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT’s Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves.

Fenves said he appointed a task force in June, shortly after he became president, “to identify options for the statues along the Main Mall that have long been a source of discussion, debate and more recently, controversy.” The task force reported its findings to Fenves on Aug. 10.  

Wed
19
Aug

Remembering and saying thanks


Roger Johnson

May 10, 2015,  is a day the citizens of Van  will never forget. The tornado damage and loss of life in our community made us realize how fragile we are and how things can change in a matter of seconds.

The resilience of the people in Van and support from people and organizations in and around Van Zandt County have been an essential part of our recovery process. This support has given the people of Van the hope and strength to move forward.

Helping Van in their tornado recovery process will take many years and we will continue to need help in so many ways from so many people. 

The Swing For Van Recovery Golf Tournament held July 25 at The Van Zandt Country Club was nothing more than a group of volunteers coming together to show their support and it was a huge success.

Tue
18
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

AUSTIN — Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

A 49-page opinion of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was released on Aug. 5. The panel ordered that much of the case be remanded to a federal district court in Texas for further consideration.

Mon
17
Aug

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. reported the following arrests for Aug. 4 – 11, 2015

Ray Chane Alexander, 23, Edgewood, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of a building.

Jason Paul-Martin Anderton, 31, Quinlan, was arrested on site for passing in no passing lane.

Daniel Bryan Barr, 35, Temple, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Shae Morgan Blackburn, 24, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Christopher Matthew Britton, 23, Grand Saline, was arrested on three warrants for terroristic threat, public intoxication and traffic miscellaneous.

Sun
16
Aug

Judge not thou cat nor dog

"Judge not, lest ye be judged.” One of the more important life lessons.  "Don't judge a book by its cover."  Also very true. 

When we judge without knowledge, we just show the world how foolish we are. Stay informed!  Get the facts!  "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." A direct quote from Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or one of those really important guys. This is true as well.

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