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.



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.

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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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