Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hill of Van celebrated 65 years of marriage Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at the Van Community Center with approximately 100 family members in attendance.

Clifford O. Hill and Patsy J. Watson met in Denton where he attended North Texas State University and she attended Texas State College for Women.  They were married Aug. 25, 1950, in Cross Plains.  Both are retired school teachers.

Mr. and Mrs. Hill previously lived in Quitman and Winters where they raised their children.  They currently live in the Pruitt Community, their home since 1980 and where Clifford, son of Earl and Verlie Nations Hill, was born and raised.  Patsy, daughter of R.T. and Nannie Watson, was born and raised in Burkett.

The couple have three children, Jim and Shirley Hill of Van, Lynanne and Randall Caussey of San Angelo and Trish and Rick Parker of Van.  They also have eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


Church raises funds for Four Mile Community Cemetery

History tells us that July 4th has been celebrated for 167 years at Four Mile Lutheran Church and Four Mile Community Cemetery.

The tradition is the cemetery receives donations at this time to maintain the wonderful little country graveyard. It is its annual fundraiser. The event is both solemn and festive.

Two historical bells have been restored and put in place by Mark Wise. These two bells and their re-installment were recognized as part of this year’s observance.

One came from Joy and Bill Freeman and rung out each Sunday as a call to worship, since its installment in the 1960s.


Reed elected for Landman award

Kevin Reed

Van resident Kevin Reed, the vice president of land and business development for Buffco Production, has been named a finalist for the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association 2015 Best Landman award.

Reed also serves as a trustee for the Van Independent School District Board of Trustees.

The winner of the TIPRO award will be announced in October and the finalists will be profiled in November issue of “Texas Monthly.”

Buffco is a local oil and gas production company, established in East Texas in 1981 by Frank Bufkin.

TIPRO is one of the largest statewide organizations of its kind, serving more than 2,800 independent producers and royalty owners.


Pet of the Week


They call me Misty but you can call me your dog because I would love to be just that.

As a red heeler I am supposed to bond with one or two people for my whole life. Would you give me the chance to do that?

I have never been a house dog but I could be especially on a cold, Texas night.  A soft pillow for my bed near you would make me feel so loved.  I have not had a chance to be around people too much.  I was all alone but I do not want to be!

Friendly, eager to please, and loving is how others would describe me.  No one is a stranger to me once I trust them to be kind to me!  I am a little shy at first but like with any dog once I can trust you I would be your friend and guard dog for life.    I also will tolerate cats if I must...

Give me a job, teach me how to do it, and I will.  I am a smart dog and I like to be active but I can also walk on a leash if you have patience with me.

Thank you for your consideration,



Five-year reunion set for Sept. 26

A rivalry game, a milestone anniversary and a major reunion are coming together to create a perfect storm for Wills Point alumni to return home, celebrate and reminisce during the final full week in the month of September.

Beginning Sept. 21, and culminating Sept. 26, the Wills Point Alumni Association, Wills Point ISD and Wills Point community as a whole will celebrate not only the annual homecoming week and game against the Canton Eagles, but also the big 5-year reunion honoring every graduate of the WPISD.

This year’s festivities will include an added wrinkle, with 2015 marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 State Champion Wills Point Tiger football team.


New driver ed program now required for teens

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced last week the implementation of the Impact Texas Teen Driver program, which is a new requirement for driver license applicants who complete a teen driver education course.

The two-hour ITTD program contains several videos that provide awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

“Driving is one of the most dangerous things teens do on a daily basis, and it should command their undivided attention,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

“This new component of teen driver education underscores the risks of distracted driving, and is designed to provide young and inexperienced drivers with additional information and skills to help keep them and others safe on the road.”

Beginning Sept. 1, anyone who takes a teen driver education course – including Parent Taught Driver Education – must also complete the ITTD program, which consists of watching the video and printing out the ITTD completion certificate.


Area menus Aug. 31-Sept. 4

Edgewood ISD 


All Grades


Tuesday-cereal with toast, sausage link, jelly, fruit, oatmeal with toast, juice, choice of milk

Wednesday-cereal with toast, ham, egg and cheese on toast, juice, jelly, fruit, choice of milk

Thursday-cereal with toast, breakfast pizza, jelly, fruit, juice, choice of milk

Friday-cereal with toast, sausage with biscuit, gravy, fruit, jelly, juice, choice of milk


Option 1


Tuesday-fish, cole slaw, baked beans, juice bar, choice of milk

Wednesday-beef, cheese nacho, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, applesauce, choice of milk


University News

Tyler Junior College


The TJC C School of Nursing and Health Sciences has announced August graduates from its vocational nursing programs.

Graduating from the Lindale program are Layla Davis and Courtney Jones from Grand Saline.

Graduating from the Tyler evening program is Mary Hensley from Ben Wheeler.

Graduating from the Tyler morning program is Mallory Monk from Grand Saline.


Van Zandt professionals attend Crimes Against Children conference

Seventeen local professionals attended the 27th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference held Dallas earlier this month as part of the multi-disciplinary team of the Children’s Advocacy Center.  

The advocacy center received more than $8,000 in grants and scholarships to support the training of eight team members, including Forensic Investigator Patty Flowers, Children’s Therapist Anna Mitchell, Jennifer Poynter, Miranda Davis and Casie Darter from Child Protective Services; Robyne Fedrick with the Grand Saline Police Department, Christie Burleson from Juvenile Probation and Robin Sherwood with the Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

The annual conference was attended by more than 7,500 professionals focused on child advocacy and the investigation, prosecution and conviction of child abuse, including a keynote address from ICE Director Sarah Saldana with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 


East Texas Stampede 4-H Equestrians earns national titles

The East Texas Stampeded Elite team riders competing at the National Competition in Mississippi in July were Ashley Loper, Macey Maroney, Mary Faith LaPrade, Maggie Stephens, Bri Caughron, Zoe Appleman, Rachel Cade and Libby Dailey.

The East Texas Stampede Equestrian team representing Van Zandt County and Texas 4-H is fresh off their competition schedule which ended with successful trip to the South East Mounted National Open Competition at Mississippi State University Horse Park in Starkville, Miss. 

The team’s season started in late fall of 2014 and continued with multiple rescheduled practices in spring 2015 due to the abundance of rainfall in Van Zandt County. With patience and determination, the show season started as planned with performances at the TVCC college rodeo in Athens, appearances at the Annual Mesquite Rodeo Parade and the Van Zandt County Veteran’s Memorial Presentation of Colors. 

Those honors were followed by performances at the 50th annual LaDonia Rodeo and the Canton Poor Boy Rodeo.  


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