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Tue
28
Jul

Edgewood ISD raises bar for honor grads

The Edgewood ISD school board has voted to raise the grade point average requirement to be distinguished as an honor graduate.

The current GPA required for an honor graduate is 3.0. Beginning with the 2017– ’18 school year, the required GPA will be 3.5. Raising the requirement this year or next would be unfair to current juniors and seniors, Superintendent Andy Baker said.

The board also discussed possibly creating an additional classification for the top 10 percent of each class. The top 10 percent of a graduation class often receive tuition benefits from colleges and universities.

The change comes because the majority of each class has a 3.0 GPA and are classified as honor graduates, therefore the award isn’t recognizing those students that have truly excelled academically, district officials said. According to information from the district, most schools use a 3.5 GPA as the baseline for recognizing honor graduates.

Mon
27
Jul

Grand Saline school board gets tech savvy

The Grand Saline School Board had a meeting full of tech talk as it discussed the purchase of Google Chromebooks July 20.

Lance Caffey, director of information technology, spoke to trustees about the benefits of purchasing the Google Chromebooks for high school students.  All students would be issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year.

Superintendent Trish Elliott discussed why she wanted students to have the Chromebooks. “The math department at the high school adopted online curriculum therefore needing something either an iPad or a computer in the classroom,” she said.

The Chromebook costs $200 each, which is cheaper than repairing the laptops the high school currently has, school official said. 

There are 325 students enrolled at the high school and 355 Chromebooks would be purchased so there would be 30 extra in case a student forgets his or her Chromebook at home, Elliott said.

Sun
26
Jul

ESD No. 2 to contribute to warning sirens

Correction

In the June 19 edition of the Van Zandt News, it was reported that the Grand Saline Economic Development Corporation would help pay for emergency sirens and a backup generator for the city. This information was incorrect. The VZC Emergency Services District No. 2 will help cover the cost of the siren and backup generator.

According to Grand Saline City Administrator Rex White and VZC Emergency Services District No. 2 President Bill Rowton, the total cost to purchase and install a new emergency warning siren system and backup generator for the City of Grand Saline is $58,035. The warning sirens will be heard approximately three miles in circumfrence from the location of the sirens at the Grand Saline volunteer fire department at 101 N. Green Street, Grand Saline.

Sun
26
Jul

Dad hopes accident leads to parking safety


Courtesy photo An SUV driven by a 79-year-old woman jumped the curb July 7 and hit 18-year-old Jessica Bunch as she stood in front of the Redbox movie machine in front of CVS in Canton. The Edgewood girl’s father is now calling on retailers to place barricades in front of sidewalk vending machines.

Teen hit at CVS Redbox July 7 still in ICU

Don Bunch has spent most of his time since noon July 7 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler at the bedside of his 18-year-old daughter Jessica.

Jessica was seriously injured when a 79-year-old woman driving an SUV and pulling into a handicapped parking spot at the CVS in Canton hit the gas instead of the brake, jumped the curb and slammed into the teen who was standing in front of the Redbox movie rental machine.

Sat
25
Jul

Chambers County donates to recovery efforts


Photo by David Kapitan Van Zandt County Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshal Chuck Allen presents County Judge Don Kirkpatrick with a $2,000 check received from the people of Chambers County, Van Zandt County’s sister county for sheltering, to be used towards the cleanup efforts of the tornado that damaged the Van area.
On July 2, Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Allen met with representatives from Chambers County to present Van Zandt County with a $2,000 check for disaster recovery for the citizens of Van Zandt County.
 
Chambers County is the sister county to Van Zandt during a hurricane operation. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane that forces the residents of Chambers County to evacuate, Van Zandt County is the home they will come too.
 
Sat
25
Jul

Edgewood appoints interim police chief

Officer Robert Dearing has been appointed interim Edgewood police chief, Mayor Charlie Prater has announced.

Former Police Chief Henry Askew resigned July 7.

Dearing has been with the Edgewood Police Department since November 2006.

Dearing will serve chief until a full-time chief for the city of 1,435 residents is hired, Prater said.

The city is currently accepting applications for the position.

Applicants must have TCOLE certification, pass a written test and pass a detailed background check. Duties will include traffic enforcement, respond to calls, case investigation and enforcement of all federal and state laws in addition to all city ordinances. Benefits of the position include health insurance, take home vehicle and cell phone. The salary will be based on experience and qualifications.

Application packets can be obtained between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at Edgewood City Hall, 107 NE Front St.

Fri
24
Jul

Remembering a forgotten battle


Photos by Kat Hinson Danny Hair places his smudging ceremony tools on the memorial in an effort to heal the pain of the spirits of the dead.
Redland site of Cherokee Chief Bowles memorial
 
Van Zandt County once had a red-haired, freckled-faced Indian chief that led 13 tribes of Indians against the Texas Calvary in
a battle to the death.
 
In the tip of the southeastern party of VZC close to Redland, a Cherokee Indian chief and Texas Republic President Sam Houston are memorialized by a five-foot granite marker, denoting the location of the Battle of the Neches.
 
A gruesome death awaited the half Scotch-Irish and Cherokee Indian Chief Duwa’li Bowles when he took a stand against Texas Republic President Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar who ordered that all Cherokee Indians be removed from Texas in the 1830s, 
thus forcing Bowles and his tribe from their homes and land previously given to them by Houston.
 
Fri
24
Jul

Dad hopes accident leads to parking safety

Don Bunch has spent most of his time since noon July 7 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler at the bedside of his 18-year-old daughter Jessica.

Jessica was seriously injured when a 79-year-old woman driving an SUV and pulling into a handicapped parking spot at the CVS in Canton hit the gas instead of the brake, jumped the curb and slammed into the teen who was standing in front of the Redbox movie rental machine.

The Edgewood girl who was scheduled to report to Marine boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in September remains in intensive care having undergone surgeries to remove her appendix, gallbladder and part of her bowel, place plates to stabilize her broken pelvis and relieve pressure on her lungs from her crushed rib cage. Her left ankle was also broken and just this week doctors discovered her shoulder was out of socket.

Fri
24
Jul

Shooting death under investigation

About 12:30 a.m. July 18, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting incident off VZCR 4605 in the Ben Wheeler area.
 
Jimmy W. Stanger III, 24, of Ben Wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene due to one gunshot wound of the chest.
 
The sheriff’s office said in a statement July 22 that the investigation into Stanger’s death is ongoing; no arrests have been made and no further information about the incident was available.
 
Wed
22
Jul

Trip to get movie turns tragic for Edgewood teen

Photo by Kelly Baker
An 18-year-old Edgewood girl was seriously injured July 7 when an SUV jumped the curb at the CVS drug store in Canton and trapped her between the vehicle and Redbox movie rental machine.

A 79-year-old female driving a white 2011 Ford Expedition began pulling into a handicapped parking space in the CVS parking lot on the afternoon of July 7.

According to police reports, the driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake causing her vehicle to jump the curb, run over a handicapped parking sign, continue over the sidewalk and strike 18-year-old Jessica Bunch who was standing in front of the RedBox movie machine.

The Expedition hit both the teen and the RedBox.

Both Jessica and driver of the Expedition were both transported to the hospital:  The 79-year-old by ground ambulance. Jessica, her injuries life threatening, was flown by helicopter to Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler where she was immediately taken into surgery.

 

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