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06
Nov

Martin's Mill Fall Festival

Maritns Mills Elementary Fall Festival Coronation winners Ryleigh Pannell and Jaxton Stewart. Martins Mill  Pre-K and Headstart raised $16,914.25 for the fundraiser. 

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Mon
06
Nov

‘Grace wins every time’ Hope Pregnancy Center holds banquet

Hope Pregnancy Center of Canton and its supporters came together Oct. 7 at the Canton Civic  Center for a night of celebration at the annual fundraiser banquet.  The theme for the night was “Grace Wins Every Time” and was inspired by the scripture verse, Hebrews 4:16.  Buttermilks of Canton catered a meal for the banquet guests.

The night’s master of ceremonies was the Rev. Ernie McCoulskey, Director of the Kauf-Van Baptist Association.  He began by introducing Deacon Jim Burkel of St. Therese Catholic Church, Canton, to ask the meal blessing.  After the meal, the program began with Pastor Matt Ward of Locust Grove Baptist Church, Wills Point, giving the invocation. 

HPC Board President, Janet Burns of Victory Church, Canton, bestowed special awards on two dedicated volunteers, Carolyn Little for five years of service and Rita Young for six years of service. 

Mon
30
Oct

Pulley named to new VZC emergency coordinator position

A new Van Zandt County Emergency Coordinator for the nationwide amateur radio service known as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) was recently named.

David Pulley of Canton took over the position on June 20 as the man he is replacing, Jon Palmer, made the announcement in a recent interview with the News.

“Basically, David and I are switching roles,” pointed out Palmer. “He was my assistant and now I am going to be his assistant.”

Pulley said that he is ready for the challenges that his new position will bring as he works with the 171 ham radio operators in VZC.

Mon
30
Oct

Wills Point sales tax figures show slight dip

October proved to be an overall positive month for Van Zandt County in terms of sales tax revenue collections with Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline and Van all outpacing collections for the same calendar month in 2016.

According to the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar, the city of Canton led all county cities in overall dollar change for the fourth consecutive month, receiving a county-best payment of $293,808.30 in October 2017. That figure was up $22,109.55 or 8.14 percent over collections in October 2016.

Van showed sales tax revenue growth for the second consecutive month, following September’s growth of $13,416.41 (when compared to Sept. 2016) by collecting $9,176.68 more than the same month last year.

Grand Saline, which found itself on the negative side of the ledger last month, bounced back in October by collecting $6,429.43 more than the $40,259.79 received from the comptroller’s office last year at this time. 

Mon
30
Oct

Rep. Party District 2 honors Collins

Every two years the Republican Party of Texas recognizes an outstanding volunteer from each of the 31 Texas senatorial districts.  Criterion for the award is that the individual advance the conservative values held by the Republican Party.  The recipient of the award for senate district 2, which includes Van Zandt County, was Dr. Dwayne Collins of Edom. 

The award was presented to the recipients Sept. 22 in Austin.  The honorees were treated to an entire day’s activities which included a private tour of the Capital building as well as the Governor’s Mansion.  At breakfast and lunch, they met with many of the state officials who thanked them for their tireless work on behalf of the Republican Party.  The day culminated in a huge gala where the award was presented to each person by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Mon
30
Oct

From humble beginnings VZC Library to celebrate anniversary

The Van Zandt County Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Oct. 31 in its current location at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton, but the history of the library dates back to its humble beginnings in 1933.. From its modest start in a dark room in the basement of the county courthouse, the library has grown into a 10,000-square foot facility with 45,000 items available for use. 

“In 1933, the Canton area had 533 students in area schools. The library started as a resource center for rural school teachers,” said VZC Library Director Susie Pulley. “There was a county school superintendent who was the supervisor of all the common rural school districts within the county.”

Mon
23
Oct

The Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Oct. 10-17, 2017.

Ricky John Addison Jr., 35, Canton, was arrested on a Canton Police Dept. warrant for assault causing bodily injury.

Sheryl Lynn Addison, 54, Canton, was arrested on site for assault against elderly or disabled.

Noal Mazahaem Algamedi, 20, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for assault, family violence.

Krystal Antoni Allman, 34, Highland Village, was arrested for possession of controlled substance.

Julian Martin Bahena, 17, Canton, was arrested on site for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Joseph Bison, 47, Gladewater, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance.

Derek Ivan Bradley, 19, Canton, was arrested on site for criminal trespass.

Austin Layne Brasher, 27, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for obstruction or retaliation.

Mon
23
Oct

Veterans Memorial to celebrate 10th anniversary Grand re-opening of gift shop, welcome center set

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial is a proud monument to those who have bravely fought in wars throughout the decades. Visitors flock to the memorial to remember loved ones, experience the attractions and to pay homage to those who have served. However, behind the memorial is a treasure-filled trove of history and memorabilia of wars of the past.

The Veterans Memorial Gift Shop and Welcome Center is exactly that, a museum and shop filled with artifacts of world wars and conflicts and photos of veterans, stocked with merchandise to help support the Memorial.

Despite the obvious intent of gift shop and museum, veterans of Van Zandt County often come to share stories, to find help and fellow veterans.

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