Short, Benton to unite in marriage

Jordan Kinley Short, daughter of Kyle and Lisa Short of Edgewood will marry Eric Lee Benton, son of Kevin and Cindy Benton of Bowie, Oct. 23 at Thistle Springs Ranch in Cleburne.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Bettie and the late Howard Summers of Early and John and Wanda Short of Snyder.

The groom-elect is the grandson of the late Carrol and Lucille Davis and the late Floyd and Lois Benton, all of Bowie.

The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Spearman High School and a 2010 honor graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in secondary math education.  She received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University in 2011, and is currently a math teacher at Liberty High School in Frisco ISD.


Austin Bank announces new director

Nancy Abernathy

Austin Bank Chairman of the Board Jeff Austin Jr. has announced the appointment of a new board member.

Nancy Abernathy has joined the board as a new director.

 a new member at the May 2016 Board meeting held in Jacksonville, TX.

“Our newest board member embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table” Austin said.  “We are very fortunate to have her added to our distinguished board.”

Abernathy is a vice president and financial analyst for Jack L. Phillips Company in Gladewater. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in composite sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Genealogical Society to Hear Guest Speaker Larry Turner

The monthly meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Van Zandt County Library at 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton.  

The guest speaker will be Larry Turner of Wills Point.

He will be speaking about Pearl Harbor, concentrating on the USS Arizona and four young men that graduated from Van Zandt County schools.  Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Turner is a retired teacher and coach, and currently lives in Wills Point.  He began his career as a teacher and coach in Quitman in 1964.  In 1973 he became the head football coach in Italy. Turner received his bachelor of arts from North Texas State University in 1964, his master’s from East Texas State University. In 1974 he earned an administration certification. 

After his retirement, he continued to teach half days until 2006.  The last two years he taught history and science.


Texas Bank and Trust earns 5-Star rating

BauerFinancial Inc., a bank rating firm, has announced that Texas Bank and Trust Company has earned its Recommended Status of 5-Stars.

This marks the 91st consecutive quarter that Texas Bank and Trust has earned a recommended rating from Bauer.

BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the nation’s banks since 1983. Earning a 5-Star rating from Bauer indicates that Texas Bank and Trust Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation, information from the company states.

“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “We’ve seen the ups … and the downs of this industry and the one constant, is that community banks, like Texas Bank and Trust Company, continue to shine, even in the toughest times. Knowing their customers is the key to making solid investments into the future of the communities they serve.”


Artistic moments

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Left, Natalie Walters makes mini clay pizzas at Art-Burn Studio & Classes in Canton. Art-Burn was previously located in Ben Wheeler. Right, Eliot Burk and Kelly Smith do a drawing exercise in a recent teen class at Art-Burn Studio & Classes.

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Red Hat group looking for members

The Red Hat Society is looking for new members. 

Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month.  Dues are $15 for a year.

The Red Hat Society is for women approaching 50 and beyond. The group is recognized by their red hats and purple clothes. 

According to information from the group, “the Red Hat Society empowers women to embrace aging and actively take part in creative play.”

For more information, call Janie Estill at 903-865-1119 or 903-880-7221.

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Birth Announcement

It’s a boy!


Tanner Bryce Weatherford


Taylan Weatherford, of Katy, is proud to announce the arrival of his baby brother, Tanner Bryce Weatherford.

Proud parents are Dustin and Gulsah Weatherford of Katy.

Tanner arrived at 2:22 p.m. June 16, 2016, at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston.  He weighed 8 pounds, 8.4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Steve and Teresa Smith of Canton, Rickey and Becky Weatherford of Martins Mill and Unsal and Zehra Ceker of Cypress.

Great-grandparents are Leroy and Joy Crabtree of Canton and Bobby Weatherford of Martins Mill.

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Stuffed friends sleep at library

Courtesy photo Mrs. Rhonda reads a bedtime story before children leave their stuffed animal friends at the library for a sleepover.

Story time on hiatus until September

July 28, 19 pre-school Story Time children brought their stuffed animal friends to the Van Zandt County Library for a sleep over.

Mrs. Rhonda read bedtime stories to the animals before they were tucked in for the night. Some of the attendees were Pinkie, Sparkle, Elefantita, Marshall and Caterina. There were bears, monkeys, a rabbit, several dogs, a turtle and even a mallard duck spending the night in the Library.

The Friends of the Library furnished snacks in the morning when the children returned to the library to pick up their animals and watch a slide show of all the mischief the animals got into after the Library closed.  

Story Time will take the month of August off and return to its Friday morning time Sept. 9.


Genealogical Society Holds Meeting

Courtesy photo Carol Taylor, left, was the guest speaker at the VZC Genealogical Society meeting in July. She was welcomed by Society President Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting July 23 in the Buchanan Room of the County Library. 

The brief historical moment, a regular feature of the meetings by Martha Heard of Canton, was about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCCC provided work for many young men during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  

Guest speaker Carol Taylor of Greenville talked about Ben Bickerstaff and the war of reconstruction in Texas after the Civil War. Taylor is co-author of the book “The Devils Triangle,” which is a historical look at the terrorist and outlaw groups operating in the northeast Texas area following the Civil War.

Refreshments were served by hosts for the meeting, Scott Fitzgerald of Tyler and Sandra Jones of Canton. 

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month except December at the VZC Library, 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton. 


Summer Reading gets ready to Zoofari

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This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the Magician.

Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of Van Zandt County Library.

Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday at Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln.

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