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Wed
14
Feb

Van Oil Fest, events discussed with Van council, chamber

Participation and input on date selection for community events the City of Van participates in was a major topic of discussion Jan. 11 for the Van City Council and the Van Area Chamber of Commerce. The council and the chamber exchanged their views on the topic Jan. 11.

“Over the past few months in our city council meetings, we have talked about working together with the chamber of commerce,” pointed out Van Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Davis. “We had talked about that before plans were made for any event that we would sit down and discuss it. The next thing that I know is that Charles West (Van City Administrator) attended a meeting with the chamber and that events were planned for the whole next year. I am just trying to find out what we need to do that will work out best for Van. We need to work together and open up a line of communication. It just seems like we are battling each other all the time and that is not conducive for our city.”

Wed
14
Feb

Van Oil Fest, events discussed with Van council, chamber

 

Participation and input on date selection for community events the City of Van participates in was a major topic of discussion Jan. 11 for the Van City Council and the Van Area Chamber of Commerce. The council and the chamber exchanged their views on the topic Jan. 11.

“Over the past few months in our city council meetings, we have talked about working together with the chamber of commerce,” pointed out Van Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Davis. “We had talked about that before plans were made for any event that we would sit down and discuss it. The next thing that I know is that Charles West (Van City Administrator) attended a meeting with the chamber and that events were planned for the whole next year. I am just trying to find out what we need to do that will work out best for Van. We need to work together and open up a line of communication. It just seems like we are battling each other all the time and that is not conducive for our city.”

Wed
14
Feb

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, 2017.

 

Willis Eugene Bagley II, 33, Longview, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance PG 1/MTR.

John Wayne Ballew, 51, Dallas, was arrested on a warrant for parole violation.

Robert Benner, 32, Mabank, was arrested on a warrant for assault CBI family violence/MTR.

Bert Wayne Bowman, 49, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana/weekend commit.

Kelly Lynn Broyles, 50, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for intoxication assault with vehicle.

Zachary Keith Broyles, 27, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for assault causes bodily injury/MTR.

Jason Paul Brunner, 35, Canton, was arrested on warrants for driving while intoxicated and driving without license with previous suspension.

Wed
14
Feb

Broyles sentenced to 10 years in prison

 

 

A Van Zandt County jury assessed a 10-year prison sentence to a 50-year old woman Feb. 1 in the courtroom of VZC District Judge Teresa Drum.

Kelly Lynn Broyles received the prison sentence after the jury found her guilty of intoxication assault with a vehicle SBI (serious bodily injury), a third-degree felony. Broyles also received a $10,000 fine and ordered to pay court costs totaling $529.

John Hanna was struck by the vehicle driven by Broyles on the First Monday grounds in Canton on April 4, 2014.

According to Assistant District Attorney Tonda Curry of the VZC DA’s office, Broyles got behind the wheel of her car while she was “high on pills.”

Wed
14
Feb

VHS Senior Clarke earns state recognition in band

 

Since he was in the fifth grade, Van High School senior Gavin Clarke has played the trumpet and as much as he loves playing it now, it was not always that way when he first started.

“I became interested in music when I lived in Florida,” said Clarke. “I was actually forced to play an instrument I did not want to play in the beginning. My fifth-grade band teacher forced everyone to choose an instrument and I chose the trumpet because it had the least number of vowels and buttons. Halfway through my fifth-grade year, I fell in love with the trumpet. I have been playing the trumpet for the past eight years.”

All of the work that Clarke has put in over the past eight years on the trumpet paid off as he became the first Van High School Mighty Vandal Band member since 2010 to be named to the Class 4A All-State Band.

Wed
14
Feb

Traffic stop leads to cache of heroin Street value estimated between $2.5-$3 million

According to the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop on westbound Interstate 20 led to the discovery of a cache of heroin valued between $2.5 to $ 3 million dollars. The traffic stop was conducted by VZC deputies with assistance from Texas DPS troopers and two pounds of heroin was discovered. The discovery led investigators to a residence in Van Zandt County a short distance from the traffic stop. During a search of the residence, with the assistance from Canton Police Department and Texas DPS, approximately 33 pounds of heroin and $18,700 cash was located inside the residence. The estimated street value of the heroin is $2.5- $3 million dollars. The VZC Sheriff’s Office said the suspects will not be identified due to pending further investigation.

Tue
06
Feb

Martins Mill Homecoming 2018

Martins Mill ISD celebrated homecoming week Jan. 22-26 with a host of activities including themed days and the annual homecoming parade. Festivities culminated at halftime of the varsity boys game between the Mustangs and Campbell with Daniela Landaverde being crowned the 2018 Martin Mill Homecoming Queen.

Tue
06
Feb

Governors urge congressional leaders to pass disaster aid funding

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and the governors of California, Puerto Rico and Florida on Jan. 24 asked U.S. House and Senate leaders to hurry up and pass supplemental disaster funding, and to send the legislation to President Trump.

“Over the past several months, we have received numerous assurances that adequate disaster funding was imminent,” the governors wrote in a joint letter. “Its continued delay only exacerbates ongoing uncertainty in devastated areas. Simply put, the communities devastated by these storms cannot be completely put back together until the federal government makes good on its promise to our citizens. If ever there was a time and role for the federal government to urgently help its citizens rebuild communities damaged by epochal disasters, now is the time to step up and fill that role.”

Tue
06
Feb

Raising money for others important to Wills Point student


Jolie Parker, center, an eighth-grade student in Wills Point, stands with Sharon Stehsel, the President and Co-Founder of the ABC Room, right, and Terri Davenport, the ABC Room Treasurer. Prior to the Christmas holidays, Jolie raised $1,000 through donations to help buy Christmas presents for 39 foster children in Van Zandt County.

 

Jolie Parker recalled when she was adopted and was looking for a way to give back to others who were facing the adoption process as well.

“I have been in a happy home and I know there are other kids that are not adopted that are going through the process and I thought it would be nice to get them a gift that they don’t have,” said Jolie.

The Wills Point eighth grader has shown her willingness to help other children in a number of different ways.

“A year ago, we did our annual ‘Bunco’ event which is a fundraiser for us at the ABC Room,” explained Sharon Stehsel, the President and Co-Founder of the ABC Room. “Elizabeth Parker, Jolie’s mother, contacted us to let us know that her daughter, through a school project, won the top prize which was a television. Jolie wanted to donate the television to the ABC Room.”

Tue
06
Feb

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Jan. 23 – Jan. 30, 2017.

 

Ronald Gene Anderson, 56, Hutchins, was arrested onsite for driving while intoxicated with child under 15.

Steven Dewayne Bivins, Jr., 19, Dallas, was arrested on site for possession of marijuana.

Michael Everett Boyd, Jr., 49, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Dolton Ray Carson, 22, Gun Barrel, was arrested on site for public intoxication.

Raymond Blake Caulk, 33, Canton, was arrested on site for fail to identify fugitive intent give false information and on warrants for criminal mischief/Wood Co. and engage in organized criminal activity/Wood Co.

Kristi D. Cooksey, 32, Wills Point, was arrested on site for criminal mischief.

Erin Nicole Cope, 27, Canton, was arrested on site for manufacture/delivery controlled substance PG 1 and possession of dangerous drug.

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