Boswell, Brewer selected for NCA Varsity Spirit Spectacular

Courtesy Photo Wills Point senior cheerleaders Micaela Brewer and Myranda Boswell were both selected as NCA All-American Cheerleaders during the NCA Camp held at SMU this past weekend. The pair is hoping to do enough fundraising to travel to Orlando, Fla., in December to attend the NCA Varsity Spirit Spectacular.

Cheerleaders begin fundraising to get to Orlando, Fla., event

Myranda Boswell and Micaela Brewer are both WPHS senior cheerleaders, needing the help of their hometown to represent Wills Point and bring their Tiger Pride to Orlando, Fla., in December at the National Cheerleaders Association Varsity Spirit Spectacular.

Boswell and Brewer were both nominated to try out for the honor while at the NCA Camp held at SMU this past weekend. After their nominations, both performed for a panel of judges and were selected for the NCA All-American Team.

Only captains and co-captains of cheer teams, as well as officers of dance teams, are allowed to attend the Varsity Spirit Spectacular.


Celebrating 102 years

Jettie Cockrell

Jettie Cockrell will celebrate her 102nd birthday Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the occasion with her at Crestwood Nursing Home, 1448 Houston Street, Wills Point.

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State employee group honors lawmakers for preserving pension fund

State Rep Dan Flynn, right, poses with TPEA executive director as he receives his award.

Rep. Dan Flynn (R–Van) and Rep. Roberto Alonzo (D–Dallas) have been named Legislators of the Year by the Texas Public Employees Association, a nonunion, nonpartisan legislative advocacy organization for Texas state government employees and retirees.

Flynn and Alonzo distinguished themselves in the eyes of the association’s 15,000 members for the leadership role they took in addressing the unfunded liabilities of the Employees Retirement System pension fund through the authorship and passage of House Bill 9.

The two lawmakers were honored at the TPEA Awards Luncheon earlier this month at the Holiday Inn–Town Lake in Austin.


Grand Saline FFA attends 87th State FFA Convention

Courtesy photo Eleven members from the chapter and chapter advisors made the trip to Corpus Christi. Members attending were: Adam Brown, Katie Davis, Brooke Denton, Randy Denton, Angela Gislason, Madison Hendrix, Mason Hendrix, Sawyer Means, Spencer Means, Cash Nations, and Taylor Nations.

The Grand Saline FFA Chapter attended the 87th annual State FFA Convention in Corpus Christi. The convention ran from July 13 through the 17.  Over 12,500 members and guests attended this year’s convention. Eleven members from the chapter and chapter advisors made the trip to Corpus Christi. Members attending were: Adam Brown, Katie Davis, Brooke Denton, Randy Denton, Angela Gislason, Madison Hendrix, Mason Hendrix, Sawyer Means, Spencer Means, Cash Nations and Taylor Nations. Chapter advisors were Kelly Clements and Bryce Nations.


Heritage, weather bring leathersmith to Canton

For more than 160 years, the Crane family has been in the leather business.

Cory Crane is an eighth generation leather craftsman. He and his wife, Misty, recently opened a shop – Crane Custom Leather – in Canton’s Old Mill Marketplace Pavilion V Shop 174.

“I’m originally from east Tennessee,” Mr. Crane said. “I learned the business from my grandparents and a great uncle. I’m the only grandkid who went into the business and it will probably die with me unless one of my kids decides to go into it.”

The Cranes first operated a shop in Gatlinburg (Tenn.) National Park.

“We were in Gatlinburg about five years in the national park and then our shop flooded,” Mrs. Crane said. 

The Cranes lost a lot of inventory and supplies. A disagreement between their insurance and their landlord’s insurance was hard on the business. So when a friend working at the Grand Canyon suggested they move out west, they did.


Snake Encounters visit Grand Saline Library

We had a great time at the library this week with Daryl Sprout and his Snake Encounters show.  Mr. Sprout brought a variety of non-venomous snakes to the library to educate the attendees on the reptiles.  After the show everyone was able to get hands-on time with Neon, the Albino Burmese Python and Capone, the Argentine Black and White Tegu.  Our summer reading program is coming to an end very soon.  All entries to the reading challenges must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  We will be giving away $25 and a Kindle Fire for both challenges. 

We are continuing our work on the exterior of the building.  In addition to painting the doors, we have also painted the swing out front.  The Civic Center sign received a fresh coat of paint and a new white background to make it more visible.  New signs for the front of the library are being worked on and we can’t wait until they are ready. 


Freshman orientation planned for TVCC

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Trinity Valley Community College in Athens will host a second freshman orientation for Saturday, Aug. 1.

Registration is $35 for students and $10 for parents. The fee covers lunch, all programs and materials. Sign-up deadline is July 29.

Students will learn how to transition from high school to college, register for fall classes, financial aid and attend sessions on money management, campus security, and the Cardinal Connection (the online student portal for information and managing applications, student financial aid and more,) school officials said.

For more information, contact TVCC Counseling at 903-675-6350 or email


Grand Saline students earn Austin Bank scholarships

Austin Bank has awarded college scholarships to 36 East Texas high school students – including three from Grand Saline – as part of its Commitment-to-Community program that supports the educational goals of area youth.

Sydney Gillentine, Ashton Sauseda and William Silva are the 2015 Scholarship recipient from Grand Saline High School.

Gillentine is the daughter of Craig and Kim Gillentine. Sauseda is the daughter of Michael and Shari Sauseda. Silva is the son of Ciro and Brenda Silva.

“Austin Bank commends these outstanding students on their educational goals and their determination to achieve those goals through a college education,” said Jeff Austin III, Vice Chairman of the Board. “We are pleased to assist these students, their families and the East Texas Community by providing scholarship funds for education.”


Summer S torytime to wrap at VZC Library

Courtesy photo Winners of gift bags during summer reading were Brandon Monee, Cooper Wright, Maggie, Kenna Davis, Liam Erwan, Jose, Lexi Vanagan, Zoe Marsh, Lilah Shaw, Ana Rubio, Jennifer Upfat, Aiden Alarquolf, Maverick Bear, Frankie Rubio and Addison Alexander. Winner of a Dragon Touch Tablet was Cidney Geis; and the Canton Rotary club also sponsored a $50 cash prize.

The last summer reading program for the year will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24.

Mr. Blue Shoes will be the featured presenter.  The drawing for the grand prize along with other end of the summer program activities. Plan to be in attendance.  Bring your reading logs.

Canton Lions Club’s vision screening was deemed a success.  Twenty-seven children were screened for vision problems, and three were found to need further help from an ophthalmologist.   

The Lions who attended and administered the tests said they were grateful that most of the children tested in the normal range, but pleased that those who needed other care were detected. “It is worth all the time and effort that goes into these screenings if one child’s vision is improved,” said Jimmy Strickland, Immediate Past District Governor of Lions.


University News

Sam Houston State honors

The Dean's List at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, recognizes full-time undergraduate students who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA out of a possible 4.0 during a regular semester.

Micaela Brown and Kristopher Sims from Edgewood have been named to the SHSU Dean's List for spring 2015.

Renae Powers, Edgewood, was named to the SHSU President’s Honor Roll for spring 2015.

The President's Honor Roll at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, recognizes full-time undergraduate students who achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA during a regular semester.



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