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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Be informed

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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. 


University News

Trinity Valley Community College

TVCC graduated 214 students in commencement ceremonies held Friday, Aug. 14 in Cardinal Gym.

Students from Edgewood receiving their degrees are Bree M. Dolan, AA; Mollie M. Trent, AA and Bertha A. Velazquez, CER.

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Grand Saline Library: Every day an adventure at the library

Before coming to the library I spent 16 years working in the university setting.  One thing that you learn working on a college campus is to expect the unexpected. That lesson is also very important in libraries.  You never know from one today to the next what you will get into at the library.  

Library staff needs to have a diverse knowledge in all kinds of areas.  Some days you are in the floor playing with homemade play dough with toddlers and other days you are attending meetings and writing grant proposals. 

New library volunteers are always surprised with the diversity of things that we do at the library. From helping people get the necessary paperwork for divorces and power of attorney when they are facing some of the biggest struggles of their lives to proctoring tests and recording speeches for college students.  


School Menu's August 24 - August 28

Edgewood ISD


All Schools

Monday-pig in blanket with cinnamon toast, cereal with toast, peaches, fruit juice, choice of milk

Tuesday-scrambled eggs with biscuit, cereal with toast, applesauce, fruit juice, choice of milk

Wednesday-cinnamon roll, cereal with toast, apple slices, fruit juice, choice of milk

Thursday-sausage with biscuit, cereal with toast, orange, fruit juice, choice of milk

Friday-french toast sticks with syrup, cereal with toast, pineapple, fruit juice, choice of milk


Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School

Monday-corn dog, broccoli, carrot sticks, pears, choice of milk

Tuesday-king ranch chicken, beans, salad, baked apples, choice of milk


Edgewood ISD announces free, reduced price policy

Edgewood Independent School District today announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  Each school or the central office has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Starting on Aug. 18, Edgewood ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits.  Applications also are available at any of the secretary’s office at each campus.


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Diane Wakeland, family advocate and volunteer coordinator for the Van Zandt Children's Advocacy Center, right, greets Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett at the new center. The Children’s Advocacy Center recently hosted a 10th anniversary open house at their new facility, 503 W. Hwy. 243 in Canton. The new facility more than doubles the size of the previous offices and provides additional offices, counseling space, meeting and training space and a large volunteer work room.


Freebie Friday this week at the library

The Van Zandt County Library and Educate Van Zandt will host Freebie Third Friday at noon Friday, Aug. 21, at the library, 317 First Monday Ln.

Cindy Rakestraw will present the program on crochet and knitting.

“Bring your thread, hooks and needles and ask your questions,” organizers said. “Participate in the one-hour workshop and hone your skills or learn a new one.”

Those attending are invited to bring their lunch as well.  


Genealogical Society learns about indentured servants

"Records of Indentured Servants" will be the topic for the Aug. 22 general meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society at 2 p.m. in the Buchanan Room of the main county library located on First Monday Lane in Canton. 

Marynell Bryant of Hopkins County will be the special speaker. She is a retired journalism teacher from Sulphur Springs High School with 35 years of experience. She has bachelors and master’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She is a member of DAR, US Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames XVIIth Century, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She is also the administrator for the national Rainey/Raney DNA Surname project, chair of the Texas Heritage Certificates, TSGS, past president of Texas State Genealogical Society (3 terms), and past president, treasurer, and current librarian for Hopkins County Genealogical Society.


Shuffield to provide genealogical lecture

Courtesy photo Lynna Kay Shuffield of Houston will be the speaker for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society's all day seminar Saturday, Sept. 26.

Lynna Kay Shuffield of Houston, a well-known genealogist and lecturer, will be the featured speaker for the VZC Genealogical Society's annual all day seminar scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 26 at St. Therese Catholic Church Fellowship Hall located at 14786 FM 859 South, Canton. The deadline for registering is Sept. 24.

Topics for the seminar will include newspapers, Republic of Texas, the American Revolution and Civil War research.

A graduate of Sam Houston Senior High School, the University of Houston-Downtown, Shuffield also attended Rice University Navy ROTC program for four years. 

Shuffield has conducted genealogy research that spanned most of the southern states and also written articles published in national, state and privately funded genealogical and local history periodicals.


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