Marriage Licenses issued during the weeks of March 1-15

Jamie Alberto Robles and Stephanie Betancourt

Ashton Lee Moore and Cassandra Anne Moses

Clarence William Smith and Collette Yvonne Shelton

David Keith McCullough and Donna Marie Mathis

Ricky Jason Little and Mechelle Evette

Kenneth Don Capp and Tricia Marie Ciaruffoli

Cole David Ramsey and Jordan Laci Wright

Auturo Silvestre Palomino and Maria Del Carmen Aguilar

Travis Carroll Younger and Jessica Marie Davis

Steven Lee Prock and Jessica Renate Reynolds

Delton Troy Reynolds and Ashton Elizabeth Fortner

Eric Wayne Ieppert and Jamie Lynn Babin

John Darian Jones and Nancy Lea Swearenin

David Rooney Powell and Jena Rachelle York

Rowdy Jake Heddin and Misty Dawn Rains

Robert Howell Lewis and Karen Sue Farthing

Malachi William Briggs and Courtney Shae Ross

Troy Lee Clowers and Larie Janice Matthiessen


“Rose” added to MMISD library

Principal Don Layton, Rose Scott and Gary Vawter.

In late December 2016, the Van Zandt News ran a series of articles called, “I survived,” a story about a young girl named Rose who lived through the terrors of Nazi-occupied Vienna, Austria. Gary Vawter took Rose’s memoirs and complied them into a book.

Rose Scott and Gary Vawter visited Martins Mill ISD and presented the book to the school’s library. Lola House and Mikayla Martin represented the district and accepted the book to add to the school’s collection.

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Harvey thanked

Scott Hyde and Duanne Harvey

Duanne Harvey has been a member of the Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors for the past five years.  He was presented a plaque for his dedication and service to the Van Zandt County Appraisal District and the residents of the community on Feb. 28, 2017.

Scott Hyde, Chief Appraiser thanked Harvey for his tireless dedication to the position.  This sentiment was echoed by staff and remaining board members.

Mr. Hyde stated that Harvey has “always kept the best interest of the people of Van Zandt County as well as the district in mind as he performs his duties as board chair.”

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Hillcrest Cemetery Assoc. honored

At the awards ceremony were left to right, Mayor Lou Ann Everett, Board Member Elvis Allen, and Association President Ann Moore.

Preservation Texas honored the city of Canton at the annual Preservation Texas Summit Feb 27, by presenting the city with a cemetery preservation award for the city’s work on Hillcrest Cemetery. 

Preservation Texas was founded in 1985 and is the advocate for the historic resources of Texas.  The ceremony was held at the historic Grand Lodge of Texas’ auditorium in Waco.

Hillcrest Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Canton and was threatened by neglect and vandalism until the Hillcrest Cemetery Restoration Committee formed and led city efforts to restore the cemetery.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans Auxiliary announce essay winners

Courtesy photo Texas State Essay Judge, Texas State Commander Peyton Lumpkin, Scholarship Donator, David Rhodes, Scholarship Donator, State President Andrea King and National Veterans Auxiliary President Collette Bishop

When the 2016-‘17 school year began, entry forms were given to local students in high school and junior high.

They were asked to voice their opinions on patriotism and democracy by writing essays and submitting them to their local Veterans of Foreign Wars/Veterans Auxiliary for a chance to win scholarships. The theme for high school was "My Responsibility to America" and junior high was "The America I Believe In."

Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9171/Veterans Auxiliary and Athens Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7103 both had entries make it through the local, district and state level. At the high school level senior David Rhodes New Frontiers Lighthouse Christian in Canton, was escorted to an all-expense paid trip to Austin for the Mid-Year Conference by District 30 President, Ed and Linda Faught.


Tankersley Real Estate opens

A ribbon cutting and open house were held Feb. 6 by the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce for the new office of Tankersley Real Estate located downtown at 210 North Main Street. Owner Victoria Tankersley  prepares to cut the ribbon. The business also has an office in Van.

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Parker donates to ABC Room

Courtesy photo

Wills Point Junior High student Jolie Parker, 12, donated a television that she won to the ABC Room in Canton. ABC Room is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, toys and other items to children who are placed in Child Protective Services.

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Genealogical Society installs new members

Left to right - Carrie Woolverton, Mayor Lou Ann Everett, Scott Fitzgerald, Sandra Jones, Beth Gordon, Sylvia Barbee, Ellen Wheeler, Tom Tyler, Shirley Fuller and Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society met Jan. 28, at the Van Zandt County Library for their monthly meeting.  After the pledge to the American flag, Martha’s Moment by Martha Heard was given.  Mrs. Heard related interesting facts about previous presidential elections. She also spoke about the whooping cranes that winter in Texas, and a festival which is held in Aransas Pass at the end of February that celebrates these endangered birds.

Jan Crow, outgoing president, presented certificates of recognition of service to the board officers who served under her. 

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Mize speaks to Friends of Library

The February meeting of the Friends of Van Zandt County Library was held Feb. 13. The program was a presentation on “The Orphan Trains” presented by Benja Mize.

The attendees learned that the Orphan Trains ran from 1850 to 1932 and over 250,000 children were put on the trains as “riders”. Mize stated that the children started out on the train in New York City and were taken off the trains at each stop to see if anyone would take them.

“The children that were not chosen were put back on the trains to ride to the next stop and it all started over again. Siblings were most of the time separated. Many of the children were taken as no more than laborers for the families
that took them in.”

The next meeting will be Monday, March 13 and the program will be a Disaster Relief presentation with John and Brenda Fuller.  


Author Roy Philp Jr. speaks at GS Library

Roy Philp Jr.

Roy Philp Jr., author of “The Hoot Owl Man,” was the guest speaker Jan. 19 at the Grand Saline Public Library

Set in East Texas, the book tells the story of David and his son, Matthew,  who are on a campout when they discover an unconscious girl in a canoe floating down the river. The girl, Molly, awakens and quickly mesmerizes David and Matthew with her “zest and pizzazz.”

Philp is a retired pharmacist living in Beaumont. He has three children and five grandchildren. His grandfather’s storytelling was one of his inspirations.

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