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Sat
05
Sep

Time to get hay tested Winter Pasture program set for Tuesday, Sept. 8

The Van Zandt County Extension Livestock/Forage Committee will be collecting hay samples for the annual hay evaluation clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Farm Bureau Building in Canton. 

Following collection of the hay samples at 5:30 p.m., there will be a program on winter pastures, soil fertility and gearing pastures up for spring that will be available for producers in Van Zandt County.

 Why is it important to get your hay analyzed for its feeding value?  Forage testing provides useful information about the nutritive value of a forage, according to Van Zandt County Extension Agent Tommy Phillips. 

Sat
05
Sep

How to grow roses topic of gardeners program

“How to Grow Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Roses in Your Landscape” will be the title of the program for The Free State Master Gardener Association (Van Zandt County) program at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Farm Bureau Building, 281 E. Hwy. 243, Canton.

Mark Chamblee of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery will be the guest speaker.

The program is free and open to the public.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Pre-register by calling 903-567-4149.

For more information about becoming a Master Gardener or for information about the Master Gardener program, call President Pat Mullin at 903-520-8556 or County Extension Agent Tommy Phillips at 903-567-4149.

Fri
04
Sep

Residents invited to upcoming Watch meetings

The Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program meets by precinct at the following times and locations in September:

Precinct One meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at 304 S. Houston St. in Grand Saline.

Precinct Two meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Elm Grove Church, 979 VZCR 2708.

Precinct Three meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Wills Point Community Room, 134 N. 4th St., Wills Point

Precinct Four will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Calendar Lake meeting room.

Visitors are welcome, PWP Chairman Buster Leavell said.

Fri
04
Sep

Senior’s bravery shines on

An anchor for the soul

Students around the county dressed in their best for the first day of school Aug. 24 while making their way to their respective classrooms, each one bright about the future and what the new school year could bring.

But for Canton High School Senior Heather Massey, 17, things would be a bit different this year.

Heather has been diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, a form of cancer that forms in the body’s soft tissues.

Heather, the blonde-haired, blue and brown eyed cheerleader, is the daughter of David and Susan Massey of Canton.

Heather also has heterochromia iridium, a difference in the color of the iris’ of her eyes, and at first glance she seems a normal, high school senior looking forward to graduation.

Fri
04
Sep

Morton’s topic of Visions lunch Sept. 8

The Council of Van Zandt County Communities – VISION 2017 September luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Van Zandt Country Club in Canton.

This month’s program will feature Morton Salt facility manager Ed Fasulo.

Cost for lunch if $12 and by reservation only.

To RSVP, call or text Karen Samples at 214-534-8990 or email wpkaren352@gmail.com.

Fri
04
Sep

Mathea Guild to hold meeting

Mathea Guild will start their 2015-‘16 year at10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the home of Ann Russell.

Officers for this year are: President Rose Dearman; First Vice President Sally Medley; Second Vice President Ann Russell; Secretary Trina Harris; Treasurer Judy Chitty; Parliamentarian Delores Anderson; and Reporter Ruthie McAdoo. 

Speaker for the meeting will be Lou Ann Everitt, mayor of the city of Canton.  She will speak on hope and plans for the city. 

The association was formed and exists for the purpose of promoting friendship and maintaining the best interest of literature, history, current events and cultural arts, members said.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month beginning in September and ending in May of each year.  More information regarding meetings will be published each month.  Visitors are welcome to the meetings, guild members said. 

Thu
03
Sep

Edom election cancelled

The Edom City Council election, scheduled for Nov. 3 will be cancelled, Edom city officials have announced.

All candidates were unopposed.

Serving as city council members for the 2015-2019 term will be Lynn Huff, returning for a second term,

and Denise Baskind, serving a first term.

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Thu
03
Sep

Hayes in free concert Sept. 5

Wade Hayes will be performing a free concert at Cedar Flats on the Mountain at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

For more information call 903-521-0863.

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Thu
03
Sep

Advocacy center to hold child trafficking conference

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County will host “Interdiction for the Protection of Children,” a two-day professional conference focused on child trafficking. 

The training workshops are presented by the Texas Department of Public Safety of Austin.  The conference is scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30 and will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church, Canton. 

Registration is free. 

Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsay Ray and DPS Sgt. Scott Johnson, based in Van Zandt County, will offer opening remarks and share the practices and focus of area law enforcement in combatting the problem of child trafficking. Sgt. Derrick Prestidge from Austin will join a team of TDPS experts to present the two-day training.

Wed
02
Sep

Van ISD calls $13.2M bond election

Van ISD will ask voters to decide on a $13.2 million bond package in the Nov. 3 election.

The Van ISD board of trustees voted to call the election at the Aug. 17 meeting. If the bond proposition is approved, trustees said, it “would address growth and provide needed educational space for current and future Van ISD students.

The board approved the 2015 bond package based on the recommendation of the Bond Advisory Committee.

The committee, comprised of more than 30 parents, business and community leaders and VISD staff representatives, reviewed demographic and capacity data. The bond package was presented to the board by Kenneth Meadows, spokesman for the citizen’s committee.

If approved, the bond election would result in a tax increase of no more than 6.06 cents, or $3.02 monthly on a home valued at $106,209, school officials said.

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