Region IV Child Welfare Board award recipients named

Outstanding Community Resource award winner, Van Zandt County Commissioners Court

Region IV Child Welfare Board had their annual awards luncheon June 9 in Pittsburg. There are 23 counties in Region IV, each county submits their winners to be considered for the Region award. Region award winners are then sent to State to be considered for the State Award.

Sandy Hilliard, president of region IV, presented the awards. Van Zandt County had three winners for the region.

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Gutierrez-Reynolds to wed

Jose and Brenda Gutierrez announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jennifer Michelle Gutierrez to Jonne Telliot Reynolds II, Saturday, July 22 at Tundra Baptist Church in Canton.

Gutierrez is a graduate of Canton High School and the University of Texas at Tyler, where she received a bachelor of science in nursing.

Reynolds is the son of Jonne T. Reynolds of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Katy Pepe of Abilene. He is a graduate of Abilene Cooper High School, and Angelo State University where he received a bachelor of science in kinesiology.

They are both currently employed at Wills Point High School.

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It’s a boy!

Amanda Pattison and David Gutierrez of Waxahachie announce the birth of their son,
Alexander Patrick Gutierrez, June 9 at Medical City, Dallas.

 He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. and is 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Kevin and Diane Pattison of Carrolton; paternal grandparents are Jose and Brenda Gutierrez of Phalba; maternal great-grandparents are Victor and Dorothy Pattison of Lake City, Fla.; and paternal great-grandmother is Mary Cobbs of Phalba.

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Brewery donates $15K

Courtesy photo

Last week, representatives from the Shiner Beer Brewery donated $15,000 to the VZC Disaster Relief Fund. The VZC Long Range Recovery Group accepted the donation.

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4-H Salute to Excellence honors Van Zandt County leader

Courtesy photo Dr. Doug Steele, Director, Texas A&M AgriLife, Carolyn Davis, honoree, and Melisa Rhodes, Van Zandt County Extension Agent.

The 2017 Texas 4-H State Roundup, the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas 4-H honored  leaders and volunteers during the Salute to Excellence Banquet.  Those honored were nominated from across the state for their outstanding contribution to Texas 4-H. They live by the 4-H motto “Make the best better” a reality.

Carolyn Albert Davis was nominated for the Salute to Excellence award by Van Zandt County Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes in recognition of her dedication, commitment and impact in the lives of 4-H youths and their families.


Martins Mill third graders earn green thumbs

Courtesy photo Third grade students of Martins Mill Elementary School with VZC Extension Agent Tommy Phillips and Master Gardener and Junior Master Gardener Donna Burcham.

Third grade students at Martins Mill Elementary recently completed the Golden Ray Series of the Junior Master Gardener Curriculum of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.   

Students received their completion certificates at the end of the year awards assembly.

The students were guided by art teacher and Master Gardener  Elizabeth Lowe and Master Gardener  and Junior Master Gardener Specialist Donna Burcham.   The students have a series of raised garden beds of the south side of the school campus and it is doing quite well, said AgriLife representatives. 

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Summer reading pays off

Prize winners for Van Zandt County Library’s first Summer Reading program are: $50, Taylor Cauley; two tickets to Splash Kingdom, Kaitlyn Moody, Caleb Schaphorst and Clayton Cauley; building sets,  Paige Davis, Esteban Galan and Alonzo Ramirez.  “Thank you to Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of the Library for sponsoring Summer Reading 2017,” said VZC librarians.

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Marriage Licenses

Thomas J. Dodd and Jamie Ann Hansel

Steve R. Keltner and Rebecca Jo-Ann Harris

Matthew James Dale and Kelly Annalisa Blanchard

Larry Leroy Jackson and Katherine Ann Slone

David Wayne Aaron and Analie Meryl Sharp

Bret Mason Canerdy and Destiny Leigh-Anne Hill

Richard Adam Davis and Heather Lynn Couch

Jess Walter Berkebile and Amy Marie Becker

Jonathan Dan Farmer and Heather Jo Williams

Nathan Keith Crouch and Alyssa Cheyenne Nicole Plummer

Cotton Benjamin Hendley and Hannah Mattice Fleming

Ridge Ray Crow and Ashlin Ruthie Nicole Lovett


Culinary herbs topic of program at VZC Library

Which is it "herb" or "erb"? Find out during the Van Zandt Library series "Culinary Herbs in your Garden and Diet" at 10 a.m.  June 15.

The presentation will focus on the top common culinary herbs, how to grow them and how they can be incorporated into a diet. Discover fun facts about these and other herbs that are edible and tasty. Techniques for preserving your favorite herbs will be discussed and recipes shared.  

 The presentation will be facilitated by Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist Nancy Szabo.  Gardening has long been a hobby for Nancy who moved to Texas from Ohio three years ago. She became a Master Gardener to learn gardening techniques in this very different climate.  Both Nancy and her husband retired from careers in Information Technology and now live on a 40-acre farm in Wills Point along with cows, chickens, dogs, a donkey and cat.


Summer fun begins at GS Library

You have kept us on our toes this summer at the library. During the last week of May and first week of June, we have been busy having lots of fun and learning lots of new things. 

Wild Things Zoofari visited and we learned about toucans, lemurs, porcupines, serval cats, fennec foxes, and wallabies. The fennec fox was the favorite of the day. Over 200 people came to see the animals. 

We have also started our annual coloring contest. This summer we are coloring pictures of the library. The coloring contest is open to all ages, from babies to adults. 

We closed out the week with a visit from the TAME (Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) Trailblazer science museum on wheels. Over 100 children toured the museum and got to learn all about science. From aerodynamics to weather, the Trailblazer had it all. 


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