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.


Annual gospel camp meeting coming to Canton

The 18th annual East Texas Baptist Camp meeting will be held at the Canton Civic Center July 13 through 17.

The music begins nightly at 7 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

There will be preaching, special exhibits and a snack bar.

Guest speakers are Mark Thrift, pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church in Houston; Ronnie Barefield, pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Ripley, Miss.;  Andy Russell, pastor Martin Baptist Church in New Albany, Miss.; and Scott Matthews, evangelist from Blacksburg, S.C.

Singing nightly will be Rochesters from Blacksburg, S.C. For more than 50 years, this family has been traveling across America playing instruments and singing bluegrass gospel. The 13-member group ranges in age from 13 to 80.

The Erwins from Edgewood will be singing each night as well. Siblings Keith, Kody, Kristopher and sister Katie have recently signed with the Stowtown Record Label.


Everest VBS begins at Pruitt Baptist next week

A summer kids’ event called Everest VBS will be hosted at Pruitt Baptist Church located on Hwy 110 between Van and Grand Saline on July 13 through 17.

According to information from the church, at Everest VBS, “kids will discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life and participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.”

Kids at Everest VBS will join an international missions effort to provide Thai language children’s Bibles to kids in Thailand.

Everest is for kids that have finished kindergarten to sixth grade and will run each evening from 6 to 8 p.m. 


Swing for Recovery set for July 25

Sponsorships available

The Swing For Van Recovery Golf Benefit Tournament will be July 25 at Van Zandt Country Club.

Entry fee is $500 per team which includes four players green fee, cart fee, range balls, a goody bags and lunch tickets.

For an extra $20 plays can buy two mulligans, one buy the drive and one throw.

There will be 28 teams per flight with either an 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. flight available.

Sponsorships ranging from $25,000 to $200 are available.

Platinum sponsorship $25,000 includes two team entries, hole sponsorship, banner displayed at registration and concert, a vendor booth, recognition in all advertisement and 10 hole sponsorships.

At $10,000, gold sponsors receive one team entry, one hole sponsorship, a banner at registration and concert, a vendor booth, recognition in all advertisement and five hole sponsorships.



Courtesy photos

Storytime at Van Zandt County Library had a Patriotic Theme and was all about America in celebration of Independence Day. Mrs. Rhonda read books including “Sweet Land of Liberty” by Callista Gingrich and “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key.

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ROVFD garden tractor pull July 11

The Rolling Oaks Fire Department will host a tractor pull at the department Saturday, July 11, in conjunction with Lone Star Garden Tractors Pullers Association.

This is a rescheduled date from June 27 due to rain.

The start time will be 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the concession stand. The classes will be youth, stock, stock diesel, big stock, stock altered, super stock, big bike, outlaw, mini rod and super rod.

The station is located at 139 Van Zandt County Road 3832, Wills Point, off FM 751 and lies between the cities of Quinlan and Wills Point.


‘Just Desserts’ at the Edom theater next month

The Edom Civic Theatre continues its 19th season with "Just Desserts” July 10 and 11 at the Edom  Community Center off Highway 279 in downtown Edom.

According to information from the theater, "Judge Cogsworth has grudgingly agreed to judge a charity bakeoff even though he hates sweets.  Countless entries have been whittled down to three ... a raspberry tart by Lucy "Scooter" Bright, a nail salon owner; a Depression-era recipe baked by Edna Mae Carter, the local librarian; and a rich chocolate torte created by Margaret Mason, a local society lady.  When there is a murder in the middle of the judging it's up to Miss Peabody, head of the contest, and the audience to determine the murderer.  There will be clues and a chance to question the three suspects." 

Cast includes Lee Shults, Lloyd Smith, Jennifer Wood, Glenda Penn and Mary Reynolds. 

Desserts will be available at intermission benefiting the ECT scholarship fund. 


Loves celebrate milestone

Courtesy photos Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Love of Grand Saline celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Tuesday, June 30, 2015. They were married on June 30, 1945. They have six children and eleven grandchildren. They have been members of Sand Flat Baptist Church since 1970. C.O. is 90 years old and Elise is 87 years old.

Genealogical Society sponsors writing contest

 The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society is encouraging writers to submit their stories in the second annual Family History Writing Competition.

 The competition is open to both members and non-members of the VZCGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Winners will receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Authors may submit up to two entries. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible.

Entries will be accepted through Dec. 31.

While VZCGS has a goal of preserving Van Zandt County history, subject matter for the competition may include the surrounding counties. The author should engage the reader in the subject's "who, what, when, how, and where" aspect of an article.


Awards lunch honors child welfare workers

Courtesy photos Winners at the Region IV Awards Luncheon held in Canton last month.

The Van Zandt County Child Welfare Board recently hosted the Region IV Annual Awards Luncheon in Canton. 

On June 19, close to 100 people attended the luncheon, including members of the Van Zandt County commissioner’s court.  Texas is divided into nine regions and Region IV is comprised of 23 counties.  Every year, each county’s child welfare board submits nominees for those people and foster youth who “stand out” among all others.  Awards were given in the following categories and those winners represent the listed county:

Outstanding Female Youth – Van Zandt County

Outstanding Male Youth – Harrison County

Foster Parents of the Year – Van Zandt County

Outstanding CPS Leader – Cherokee County

Volunteer of the Year – Panola County

Outstanding Community Resource – Van Zandt County.

“It is clear that Van Zandt County had some real stars this year,” said VZC Child Welfare Board President Sandy Hilliard.


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