Lifestyle

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31
Aug

Blackwell chasing music dreams in NASH Next Competition

NASH Next, an artist development competition with a stated goal of “discovering and releasing music from prominent and talented newcomers,” is carrying a strong Van Zandt County presence in its inaugural year with the inclusion of local singer-songwriter Stephen Blackwell in the field of 100 semifinalists.

Blackwell, and Edgewood graduate who lives in Wills Point with his wife Robin (formerly Sewell), a Wills Point native, and their two sons, Dodge and Truett, entered the competition back in June.

Mon
31
Aug

Library to celebrate 23 years

Looking back on achievements and mistakes is a valuable way to improve most situations.   Library Director, Susie Pulley, will revisit the beginnings of the Van Zandt County Library, the strides that have been made in some 60 years, and plans for the future at the regular Friends of the Library meeting, at 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 14.  The date also marks the 23rd anniversary of the dedication of the present building.

Friends of the Library dues are only $10 a year.  They are due now for the 2015-‘16 year.   Life memberships are still available.

Storytime for infants through pre-school children will resume at 10 a.m. Sept. 4.  The schedule through December is available at the library or on Facebook.  

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31
Aug

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Depositaccounts.com  – a bank and credit union rating service – has announced that Citizens National Bank has been named one of the 200 healthiest banks in America.

“The bank stood out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including Texas Ratio, deposit growth and capitalization,” said Depositaccounts.com’s Patrick Russo.

Citizens National ranked 16th overall nation wide.

The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much capital a bank has available compared to the total value of loans considered at risk, according to information from the rating service.

Depositaccounts.com said at the end of the first quarter of 2015, Citizens National Bank had no non-current loans and owned real estate with $14.12 million in equity giving them a Texas Ration of 0.00 percent.

The bank has increased its total deposits by $15.11 million in the past year for a n almost 16 percent growth rate.

Sun
30
Aug

Area Menus Aug. 24-28

Fruitvale ISD

Breakfast

All students

Monday-ham and cheese biscuit, 100% orange juice sun cup, fresh strawberries, Texas Toast, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, choice of milk

Tuesday-100% apple juice sun cup, craisins, blueberry whole grain muffin, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Texas Toast, choice of milk

Wednesday-fresh apples, orange juice, Eggo maple flavored mini pancakes, Honey Nut Cheerios, Texas Toast, cup of milk

Thursday-scrambled eggs, pineapple tidbits, peach cup, Honey Nut Cheerios, Texas Toast, choice of milk

Friday-Whole grain pancakes ‘n Sausage breakfast stick, orange juice, frozen strawberries, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Texas Toast, choice of milk

Lunch

All students

Sun
30
Aug

Van Zandt County 4-H recognizes members, volunteers

Van Zandt County 4-H program honored it members at their annual 4-H Awards Banquet earlier this month at the Farm Bureau meeting room in Canton.  

Guest enjoyed a barbeque brisket dinner, slide show of the year-end review, and music from the 70s as part of the banquet’s theme selected by this year’s county council.  The banquet was conducted by County Council officers Lacie Randolph, Jacob Dixon, Sabrina Swinford, Emma Berry, Mackenzie Oliver, Maggie Stephens and Rachel Cade.

During the banquet awards were presented including the Gold Star Award which is the highest honor given by 4-H. This award was presented by Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick to this year’s Gold Star winners Lacie Randolph and Sierra Ross. 

The second highest 4-H award is the Silver Star award. This honor went to Sarah Dillard.

Rookie of the year award went to Sabrina Swinford. 

Fri
28
Aug

Prows mark 70th wedding anniversary with vow renewal

Al and Sue Prow of Edgewood celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows ceremony Aug. 29 at Willow Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Prow were married Aug. 18, 1945, in the family home in Detroit, Mich., by Uncle Ray Wigginton. Mr. Prow is the son of May and Earl Prow. Mrs. Prow is the daughter of Emmett and Allene Williams. 

The couple has lived most of their married life in Michigan and Texas.  Mr. Prow retired from Detroit Diesel. 

They are members of Willow Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

The Prows have two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and his wife Cindy and Robert and his wife Gwen.  They have 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Fri
28
Aug

School Notes

Area schools will be out Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday.


The Martins Mill Mustang Booster Club will be hosting their annual Community Pep Rally at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in front of the gym.

The community is invited to come meet the junior high athletes and high school cross country team and coaches, organizers said.


Edgewood Elementary School is collecting Box Tops for Education.

“We all shop for groceries, sometimes two or three times a week – or more,” information from the school states. “Now turn those shopping trips into easy cash for Edgewood Elementary School, and encourage friends to do the same!

“Look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and send the box tops to school with your child – each one is worth 10¢ for our school.”

Thu
27
Aug

Fifth Sunday Singing this week at Oakland Baptist


Courtesy photo Gary Bower, Dennis Caudill, Renate Duty and Jimmy Duty make up the singing quartet, His Call.. The group will be performing Sunday, Aug. 30, at Oakland Baptist Church.

Oakland Baptist Church, 12468 FM 1255, will be hosting Fifth Sunday Singing at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. 

Featured will be His Call, a southern gospel quartet who minister God’s good news in song, organizers said.

A potluck lunch will be served afterwards.

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Thu
27
Aug

Bear hug thank you


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Auxiliary Chaplain Brenda Shinn of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9171 of Canton, displays some of the 307 bears donated by Richard and Molly Smith of Myrtle Springs. The bears were delivered to the Children's Hospital in Dallas. The Auxiliary and Post have collected 331 bears so far and are still accepting donations of the stuffed animals. 

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26
Aug

Be informed


Courtesy photo

The Van Zandt County Library offers Internet access, Microsoft Office products and printing in black and white and color for county residents. They also offer ABCMouse on the computers for children. A library card and access to all services provided are available to any Van Zandt County resident.

A library card is available free to residents and office services like printing, copying, and faxing are available for a small fee.

The library houses over 40,000 items including books, DVD’s, VHS, and audio books that can be checked-out for free. Individualized computer classes are available through volunteer teachers. The Library is funded by county tax dollars. 

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