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Sat
25
Jul

It’s a boy!


Torin Lee Hammons

Torin Lee Hammons was born at 9:39 a.m. June 19, 2015, in Tyler weighing 8.1 pounds and was 19.1 inches long.

His parents are Britne Reeves and Trevor Hammons of Canton.

Grandparents are Don and Shanna Reeves of Jefferson and Buddy and Leslie Lindsey of Ben Wheeler. 

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Sat
25
Jul

Wills Point Riding Club UPRA Rodeo


Photo by David Kapitan
Dakota Rice fi nished in the money by posting the second best score during the ranch bronc event on
July 17.
Thu
16
Jul

Genealogists get ‘snapshot’ of technology


Courtesy photo - Van Zandt County Genealogical Society President Jan Crow, left, welcomes special speaker Sandra Crowley of Dallas during the society’s June meeting at the main county library.

“Snapshot of RootsTech” was the topic of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society's meeting June 27 at the main county library with 27 members and visitors in attendance.

Sandra Crowley of Dallas was the special speaker. Society President Jan Crow of Mabank presided over the meeting.

Crowley stated that the concept is “simple and exciting, bringing together family history enthusiasts and technologists to discover new solutions for genealogy.” She spoke about the latest trends in genealogy, research tools, and storytelling from the most recent RootsTech.

Crowley is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She specializes in using technology for all aspects of family history research.

Thu
16
Jul

First Baptist to host Sandy Boyd

First Baptist Church of Canton welcomes the community to come and hear the powerful and life-changing testimony of Sandy Boyd Sunday morning, July 19, in the 10:30 am service. At first appearance, Mrs. Boyd looks like a normal pastor’s wife and mother. But as she begins to share her dynamic testimony, congregations across the country quickly realize her life was a chamber of horrors. She was born into a family that had practiced witchcraft for many generations. At the age of twelve, her father controlled her through drugs for his demonic rituals. Her life was one of abuse and making the wrong choices.  Suicide was the only solution she could see to get her daughter of out of this terrible life style.  But her story gets incredibly exciting as hope is revealed to her when she finds a Gideon Bible in her car. 

Wed
15
Jul

Engagement Miller and Griffin

Announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of Beverly Marlene Miller to Jack Carl Griffin of Fate.

Beverly is the daughter of Elizabeth Rinks and Kelles Miller of Wills Point.  She attended Wills Point Schools, attended Tyler Jr. College and is employed by Dunham and Smith Military Sales.

Jack is the son of Mary Todd and J.C. (Jack) Griffin, both of whom are deceased.  The groom attended Rockwall High School and is employed by Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

A small family wedding is planned for Sept. 12, 2015, at Chip Miller Farm.  The couple will make their home in Fate.

Wed
15
Jul

GriefShare Program Offered at First Baptist Church

If you are a person who has experienced the death of a loved one, you are invited to register for the GriefShare program held at First Baptist Church.  This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one.  The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD.  Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily routines.  Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them.

Tue
14
Jul

Florida Georgia Line connects to Van Zandt

Courtesy photo
Cameron McCasland

Florida Georgia Line and Villain Place bring home both the Bronze Telly and a Golden Hermes Award for Florida Georgia Line “Dirt” Lyric video.

And the video has a Van Zandt County connection.

It was produced by former Edgewood resident Cameron McCasland.

The lyric video for Florida Georgia Lines “Dirt” has been awarded the Gold at the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards in addition to a Bronze statue at the 36th annual Telly Awards.

According to the awards programs, “the video stands out in its use of practically placed text for the lyrics.”

The video was shot by Josh Ickes with lead art design employed by Villain Place designer J. Kyle Kelly.

This marks the second Golden Hermes and Bronze Telly for both Norman and McCasland who previously matched this feat for their collaboration on the music video for “Precious Time” by the rock n’ roll duo “Numerics” in 2009.

Tue
14
Jul

Farmer’s market brings local flavor


Courtesy photo Mary Keller has been a regular vendor at the Wills Point Farmers Market in 2015, selling a collection of herbs including oregano, sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, thyme and chives. Other items being sold by vendors include jams and jellies, fruits and vegetables, eggs and baked goods.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

 

The Wills Point Community Farmers’ Market is currently in the midst of celebrating its third year of existence, setting up shop each Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the historic Depot Museum in downtown.

In previous years, the market had been held on the grounds of Bill “Ike” Allred and at Bruce Cabin, the site of Wills Cabin, during the summer months.

This year’s event, which began on May 15, got off to a slow start due in large part to the rollercoaster weather that wreaked havoc with growers and farmers throughout the first half of 2015. Even with the minor setback early on, items for sale at this year’s market have included homegrown produce and herbs, eggs, as well as jams, jellies, canned and baked goods.

Tue
14
Jul

ETMC seeks community input on health needs

Online survey available through July 31

 

The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has embarked on a process to identify the health needs of the communities it serves and is seeking the public’s assistance.

ETMC is asking members of the community at-large (age 18 and older) to complete a short, online survey that asks questions about access to doctors and health information, as well as health status and medical issues of concern to them and their communities.

Survey participants are asked to provide their name and contact information in order to be entered in a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize of an Apple iPad. However, all responses are confidential and names are not associated with survey responses.

Mon
13
Jul

Rodeo, parade on the horizon

The annual Wills Point Riding Club Rodeo Parade and WPRC Rodeo are just a week away, with both showcase events scheduled to take center stage July 17 and 18. 

Events, and event information, includes:

Queen Competition

Ticketing for the UPRA Rodeo at Bill “Ike” Allred Arena has been underway for several weeks already with challengers for this year’s queen title hitting the bricks to sell advance tickets.

Rodeo queen contestants are broken down into three age groups: Tiny Miss, age 6 years and younger; Princess, ages 7 to 13 years; and Queen, ages 14 and up.

Rules for Tiny Miss, Princess and Queen include:

–Each contestant will be given $250 in tickets at the time of registration.

–The contest is based on ticket sales only.

–In order to qualify, $100 in tickets must be sold.

–To receive additional tickets, ticket money from the original packet must be turned in.

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