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Wed
12
Jul

News NSDAR chapter opening in Terrell

“In October 2016, Judy Callaway Ostler, Texas State Regent for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the National Society approved the organization of a new chapter to be chartered in Terrell, to serve Kaufman County and neighboring communities. Terrell resident and fourth generation DAR member, Stacey Browning, will serve as Organizing Chapter Regent. 

This new chapter has one year to organize and during that period, anyone who joins will be a “founding member”.  The window is rapidly closing for new members to join in time to be a “founding member”. 

 Are you interested in becoming a part of the very first DAR chapter in Kaufman County? Was your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or aunt a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution? Do you recall relatives talking about your family being eligible? Do you think your family may have been in the New World at the time of the American Revolution? If so, please contact us!

Wed
12
Jul

Sistrunk named Explore contest winner


Photo by DeAnna Sistrunk

With over 100 entries submitted in the Van Zandt Newspapers Explore cover contest, DeAnna Sistrunk was named the Explore 2017 cover contest winner.

Sistrunk’s photo depicts a peaceful setting over a pond in Myrtle Springs in Van Zandt County.

The contest attracted a wide variety of photographs, from roadrunners catching a frog to serene landscapes.

The winning cover was chosen for its contrast in colors and lighting, the negative space available for use, quality of the photograph and the location of the photo.

Runners up were John Haverly with his submission of a windmill at sunset and Ricky Niell with a submission of cattle on his farm. 

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Tue
11
Jul

Outdoor movie 'Moana'

Canton Main Street will host a free outdoor movie Friday, July 14th.  

“Showing will be “Moana.” The movie will start about 8:45 p.m. and will be shown across the street from City Hall 201 N. Buffalo St.   

Movie is sponsored by Canton Lions Club. Admission to the movie is free, thanks to our sponsor.  A concession stand will sell popcorn, hot dogs, soft drinks, candy and bottled water. 

Bring the whole family,  your lawn chairs or blankets for seating and come enjoy this fun, free event for a great evening out in Downtown Canton.

For more information call Tam Erwin 903-567-1849 or go to our Facebook page Canton Texas Main Street Program. 

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Tue
11
Jul

Declaring Independence


PHOTO BY DAVID BARBER

Nolan White, center, reads a portion of the Declaration of Independence during a reading of the entire document June 30 by several Canton defense lawyers on the steps of the VZC Courthouse. Other local lawyers who read portions of the Declaration of Independence included left to right, Joel Elliott, Justin Beckam, John Sickel, Dean White, Joshua Wintters and Jeff White. The reading of the Declaration of Independence is held annually by members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and other members of the Criminal Defense Bar.

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Mon
10
Jul

St. Mark to hold VBS

St. Mark C.M.E. Church will hold adult’s and children’s Vacation Bible School from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 12-14 at 402 W. 3rd Street, Wills Point. Refreshments will be served.

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Mon
10
Jul

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from June 20 to July 4, 2017.

Josef Dan Aguado, 19, Wills Point, was arrested on site for evading arrest, detention.

Hunter Case Anderson, 21, Wills Point, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Brittany Faye Bankston, 31, Canton, was arrested on site for assault.

Sean Michael Bridges, 31, Mineola, was arrested on a warrant for tamper, fabricate physical evidence.

Hayden Wayne Case, 19, Edgewood, was arrested on a warrant for terroristic threat of family.

Steven Duane Chandler, 37, Grand Saline, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance, resist arrest, search or transport and tamper, fabricate physical evidence.

Mon
10
Jul

Former police chief passes


Mike Echols

Former Canton Police Chief Mike Echols passed away Saturday, July 1, in Tyler. Chief Echols retired from the Canton Police Department Aug. 31, 2015. Echols had been with Canton PD since 1987 and was the chief since October 2007.

Memorial services were held for Michael Wayne Echols, 72, of Malakoff Monday, July 3, 2017, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Bro. C. R officiated the services. Interment followed in Haven of Memories.

He was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Corpus Christi to Robert Wayne Echols and Betty Lou Warren.

He grew up in Gainesville. He worked as a police officer for 34 years. He spent 28 years at Canton Police Department, with 10 years as chief of police.

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Thu
06
Jul

Trailblazer science exhibit to visit library

The Trailblazer traveling science exhibit will be at the Van Zandt County library, 317 First Monday Lane, Canton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12.

 Trailblazer is a traveling science exhibit filled with hands-on activities centered on energy, aerodynamics, space science, weather and biotechnology. It is suitable for all ages. The Trailblazer engages students in interactive projects in science and creates awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This program is free and open to the public.  All library patrons are invited to explore and participate in this exciting learning experience.  For more information call 903-567-4276, visit vanzandtlibrary.org or visit http://www.tame.org/programs/trailblazer.

This program is a collaboration between the Van Zandt County Library, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, and the Tocker Foundation.

Thu
06
Jul

Emergency physical loss loans available in counties affected by April tornado

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency  Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm announced that physical loss loans are available for four counties in Texas. Farm operators who have suffered major physical damage and losses caused by a tornado that occurred on April 29, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

This Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Henderson, Hopkins, Rains and Van Zandt counties as the primary damaged area. Additionally, 11 Texas counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Anderson, Cherokee, Delta, Ellis, Franklin, Freestone, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Smith and Wood.

FSA’s low interest emergency loans may be made available to any applicant with a qualifying loss in the counties named above. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only.

Wed
05
Jul

Sen. Hall calls on Gov. Abbott to prioritize grid security

As Texas Legislature heads into a special session, threats to electrical grid security loom

Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) called on Gov. Greg Abbott to add electrical grid security to the agenda items for the legislative special session starting in July.

"There are several very real threats to the Texas power grid, and the consequences would be so severe that we should address this now,” Hall said. “There are hostile countries that might cause this, but there are also natural forces that may also cause the same result soon. Either way, we need to be prepared.”

Threats to the United States from weapons designed to affect the electrical grid, such as those from North Korea, were highlighted today in the Wall Street Journal article, "North Korea Dreams of Turning Out the Lights," which explains plans by North Korea to launch electromagnetic pulse weapons, aka "EMP's," against America.

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