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Sun
06
Aug

Mighty hydration

The Grand Saline Mighty Indian Band enjoyed slices of watermelon for a morning snack while they were busy practicing for the upcoming 2017-’18 school year Aug. 2.  The Grand Saline Mighty Indian Band Boosters said a “big thank you goes to Angela and Lance Kindle for the donation of watermelons. We appreciate you for helping keep the band hydrated.” 

 

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Sat
05
Aug

Hensarling in Canton Aug. 10

U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) will host a town hall meeting in Canton to give an update on recent actions taken by the House of Representatives and hear from the residents of Van Zandt County about the issues that are important to them.

The discussion will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Farm Bureau Building, 281 East Highway 243, Canton, TX 75103

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Fri
04
Aug

Free State Back to School Jubilee set for Saturday

The third annual Free State Back to School Jubilee will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and will offer something for the whole family.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Child Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County have joined together to provide all the families of Van Zandt County with a free family fun day.

The Jubilee will be held in the Canton Civic Center just off Hwy 64. Look for the big yellow banners.

The event will provide free backpacks and school supplies, free haircuts, physicals, and immunizations.

In addition, there will be carnival type of games, including three bounce houses, an indoor shooting gallery and much more.

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Fri
04
Aug

Saline Creek discussion floods council

It was a rare event in Canton City Hall Chambers Aug. 1, as council chambers were packed with people from around the county to speak during an open forum. The council added an agenda item for open discussion regarding the Grand Saline Creek project, with Mayor Pro Tem Shawn Stewart adding that the purpose for the open forum was to “address concerns,” regarding the Saline Creek lake project.

During the open forum, concerned citizens from around Van Zandt County asked questions relating to the projected cost of the lake, estimated costs to secure water rights, what additional acreage, if any, would be encompassed by the lake, an estimated timeline for the lake project and concerns about if a study of demography projections had been completed. 

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Thu
03
Aug

Events planned for VZC Veterans Memorial

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial has events planned for the rest of the year, so mark your calendars and watch the newspaper for more exact dates as each event approaches.

Labor Day will be the annual Balloon Release, and the visitors center and board members have tickets for sell now, so buy anytime.

The balloons are $3.00 each and the balloons will be color coded to match the information provided as to active, deceased, POW/MIA or KIA (killed in action) or a veteran who has served.

The VZC Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in September at the Van Zandt County Country Club.

There will be a gun raffle held with the winning ticket to be chosen during the golf tournament.

In November, the Veterans Memorial will sponsor a turkey shoot on Highway 64 so join us to win a holiday meal.

Mon
31
Jul

Council to open discussion on Saline Creek Lake

The Canton City Council will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at Canton City Hall. The meeting will be an open meeting for discussion over Saline Creek Lake. Citizens will be able to ask questions to the council.

The second and final survey report on the topography/hydrology study on Saline Creek was presented to the council June 20.

On May 16, results of the topography map of the Saline Creek area were presented and determined that no structures or homes would be affected by the lake.

The City of Canton hired Johnson & Pace Inc. of Longview to conduct the study of the Saline Creek area. Joe Hart presented the information on the second study June 20.

Hart said the water availability model, which is an analysis of how much water can be pumped out of the lake for use, yielded a range anywhere from 2.23 million to 3.4 millions of gallons of water a day.

Sun
30
Jul

The Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from July 18-25, 2017:

Travis Wayne Anders, 27, Alba, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

Miranda Diane Balt, 21, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury, family violence.

Randi Lynn Blankenbaker, 37, Wills Point, was arrested on site for assault and family violence.

John David Brewer, 45, Sulpher Springs, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

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Sun
30
Jul

A new cockatoo at the zoo

East Texas Zoo and Gator Park expands

 Come meet a new face, or 200 new faces, at the East Texas Zoo and Gator Park, located on Van Zandt County Road 1255. 

Formerly known as the East Texas Gator and Wildlife Park, co-owners Miguel Rocha and Justin Scoggins changed the name after purchasing the venue in December 2016 and have transformed the attraction into a tropical setting and are offering a whole lot more bang for your buck.

“When we bought the venue in December 2016, we realized the previous owners were only using the front three acres of the property. So, we expanded the zoo to encompass all 25 acres,” said Rocha. “We want people to know that this is a whole new place. We still have what everyone liked, which was the alligators, but we have added so much more to enhance it.” 

Sat
29
Jul

VZC employee handbook updated after 21 years

For the first time in 21 years, Van Zandt County employees will have a new employee handbook following approval July 25 by the VZC Commissioners Court.

VZC Human Resource Director Dan Maucieri highlighted the new 71-page handbook in a presentation to the commissioners.

“This handbook is very much changed from what we have had,” emphasized Maucieri. “The employee handbook that we are working under now was originally published in 1996. Updates were added as they were required by the commissioners’ court. When an update was approved, it was sent out to all department heads and then the page was swapped out in the handbook. We did a great job keeping up with that but the time had come for our employee handbook to go under a complete revision.”

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Fri
28
Jul

Edom VFD to celebrated 50th anniversary

The Edom Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 50th year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at Station No. 1 on Highway 279 east. The celebration will include a review of the department’s history and a barbecue dinner for those who attend.

Before being organized into an actual fire department, fighting fires in the community was a group effort. When a call came in of a fire, the Jordan boys, Pat, Sam, and Mike, Noah Price, Joe Jimmy Crow, and any other able bodied young man available, would pile into a pick-up truck and go try to help. Their firefighting equipment consisted of a tow sack, a rake or shovel, and if they were really lucky, a bucket of water to wet down the tow sacks. This was in the mid-1960s.

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