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Sun
30
Aug

19-year CPD veteran named new chief


Lt. Brad Allison

Lt. Brad Allison, 45, has been selected to be the next chief of the Canton Police Department.

Allison will take over the CPD’s top spot when current Chief Mike Echols officially retires Aug. 31. Echols has been with the department since 1987. He has been chief since October 2007.

Allison has been with CPD 19 years and has worked his way through its ranks starting out as a patrolman before becoming a corporal, sergeant and then lieutenant. He has spent the last two and a half years as a narcotics officer.

Originally from West Monroe, La., Allison said he grew up and wanted to be a police officer. “From the time I was a little boy, I always wanted to be a policeman,” he said.

He moved to Texas at age 18 and while working for a trucking firm eventually putting himself through the police academy.

Sun
30
Aug

Fruitvale recognizes special ed supervisor

Rebecca Bain attended her first Fruitvale ISD board meeting as the new superintendent of Fruitvale ISD and her first agenda item at the meeting was to recognize Linda Eddy.

Upon the dissolution of the Van Zandt County Special Education Co-op, Fruitvale promoted Eddy to oversee Fruitvale’s Special Education Program.

“Ms. Eddy was instrumental in the organization and success of the program. Our special needs students are being served better than ever before under Ms. Eddy’s supervision,” Bain said.

Eddy told the board it wasn’t just her but the entire Fruitvale staff that joined together to make the program a success.

Sat
29
Aug

Cowboy show benefits tornado victims

The Cross Brand Cowboy Church of Tyler will be hosting a benefit for Van tornado victims at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

R.J. Vandygriff will be presenting his award winning one-act play “The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet.” The show depicts the American cowboy from the early trail drive days of the 1800s to today’s modern rancher.

Vandygriff is a 2014 Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Famer and a2013 Western Male Vocalist of the year. He has appeared on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Red Steagall. He also appeared or worked in more than 100 episodes of “Walker, Texas Ranger.

Van ISD will be honored at the Saturday performance and food – hamburgers and fries – will be served before the matinee performance.

Admission for both performances and the cost of food will be a love offering with proceeds all going to those in the Van area affected by the May 10 tornado.

Fri
28
Aug

Precinct Watch grant


Courtesy photo

The TVEC Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program. The foundation is funded by donations from Operation Round Up, a voluntary program that allows TVEC members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. The portion that is rounded up goes to the TVEC Charitable Foundation and may be used to award grant requests to local charitable organizations.  TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long made the check presentation to PWP Chairman Buster Leavell, center, and Vice Chairman Tim Ball.

Fri
28
Aug

Colfax homecoming set for Sunday

The Rev. Jack Cox will be the main speaker at Colfax Homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

All past and present residents of Colfax, as well as others with ties to the area, are invited to attend, according to Homecoming Association secretary Joan Driver.

Morning worship will be followed by a business meeting and potluck luncheon.

Cox, a retired United Methodist minister and district superintendent, currently resides at Hideaway Lake.

Thu
27
Aug

Auditions for ‘Miracle Worker’ set at Talent Box

Melinda Bass will hold auditions for parts in "The Miracle Worker," written by William Gibson at the Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre, 244 N. Fourth St. in Wills Point. 

The auditions will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

The script calls for seven males, ages 7 to 70 and seven females age 7 to 70. 

Performances are scheduled October 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24.

Thu
27
Aug

City warns residents of water bill scam

The city of Canton is warning its water customers about a telephone scam. 

Thu
27
Aug

Cooper in concert at Straw Hat dinner theater

The Myrtle Springs Alumni Straw Hat dinner theater will host a concert starring Barbara Cooper Aug. 29. “Barbara lives in Van Zandt County and is about the most talented female singer in our area with the same smooth voices as Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee and other successful country female singers. It is almost impossible to distinguish the difference between the songs rendered by Barbara and those whom she fashions and presents in her concerts,” concert official LaRea Miller remarked,

A variety of music, including country, Brenda Lee hits, gospel and pop, will be rendered by Cooper during the performance. 

The concert and dinner will take place at the old school building in Myrtle Springs, located on VZCR 3447, just off Hwy, 64 in Myrtle Springs.

The alumni association will serve dinner beginning at 6 p.m.  The concert will follow. 

Advanced paid reservations are required. 

Thu
27
Aug

DPS enhances patrols for Labor Day enforcement period

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing DWI patrols Aug. 21 – Sept. 7, which includes the Labor Day holiday weekend. During this period, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“Impaired drivers who take to the roadways put other travelers in harm’s way, and these increased patrols during the Labor Day holiday are designed to save lives by getting these dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The department urges all drivers to do their part to keep our road and highways safe by obeying traffic laws and not drinking and driving.”

The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

 DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Labor Day holiday:

•    Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.

Wed
26
Aug

Labor Day balloon release rescheduled

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Annual Balloon Release usually held on Labor Day has been rescheduled for November.

The event will be held around Veterans Day, organizers said.

More information will be available as the event draws near.

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