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Fri
22
May

Grand Saline looks to replace warning sirens

Considered in healthy financial shape

By Kat Hinson

Correspondent

The Grand Saline City Council’s May meeting focused largely on measures to replace the emergency warning system for the city of Grand Saline.

The city’s sirens have not been usable for an estimated three years due to the difficulty of finding replacement parts; while efforts to replace the system have been underway for some time, the incident in Van has made city officials determined to speed up the process.

Grand Saline Fire Marshal Tully Davidson presented a report on possible replacement systems, with models ranging from about $20,000 to more than $100,000.

Tue
19
May

Moore convicted in 2012 murder of niece

Sentenced to life without parole

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

Michael Vincent Moore, the man accused of murdering his 16-year old niece Alicia Chanta Moore and dumping her body in a wicker box along North FM 47 three miles outside of Wills Point in November 2012, officially got his day in court with a weeklong trial in Canton. 

After a day of jury selection and three and a half days of testimony and evidence in the 294th District Court, it took jurors less than two hours of deliberation to seal the fate of the now 57-year old former resident of Grand Prairie.

 

Mon
18
May

Commissioner responds to criticism, talks about roads, budget


Pct. 3 Commissioner Bobby Chaney

“When people read or hear something, they automatically think it is true and I have an issue with that. A lot has been said it just not true.”— VZC Pct. 3 Commissioner Bobby Chaney

Most agree, Van Zandt County’s roads are in need of repair. It’s how the roads got in disrepair and where the money to fix them will come from that stirs discussion and debate. 

Pct. 3 Commissioner Bobby Chaney has been the brunt of much public criticism because of the state of the roads in his precinct. His constituents say he’s unavailable and unreachable.

At times, it’s gotten downright ugly.

The Van Zandt News sat down with Chaney and asked him about the roads, his availability and about being a commissioner.

The answers are in his own words.

Sun
17
May

Voters OK Wills Point hotel, ESD #4

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

Wills Point voters cleared a path for the construction of a Best Western Plus Hotel to be built in the eastern portion of the city with no property tax increase for residents.

Voters overwhelmingly supported the measure by a 283-67 margin, (80.86 percent for, 19.14 percent against).

“For several years, groups and individuals in the community have approached EDC to assist with the construction of a hotel in Wills Point,” EDC Administrator Pam Pearson said. “The search is finally over and the voters have approved the construction of a 3-story Best Western Plus Hotel at Wills Point Business Park. The EDC Board is thrilled the community is allowing sales tax dollars to fund incentives of a tourism project which will accommodate overnight guests attending events and generate additional revenue.”

Fri
15
May

Van spirit can’t be wrecked


Photo by David Kapitan The scene on East Pennsylvania Street May 13.

Spirit of community shines on

By Britne Reeves

Staff Writer

 “We are Van” is the motto that sums up the identity of the 2,600 people who live in the community of Van.

The town thrives on its oil history and the stellar performance of its school district.

The spirit of Van can be seen in the red banners and signs posted throughout the community. After all  “once you’re a Van Vandal, you’re always a Van Vandal.”

The essence of that community spirit came shining forth May 11 after an EF-3 tornado ravaged most of the northeastern part of the town during the late evening May 10.

“This is a strong city and community. They will bounce back,” Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick told an assembled group of media in front of the Frist Baptist Church of Van Monday morning May 11.

Thu
07
May

FISD superintendent Jones resigns

By Pam Millican
 
Dr. Jennifer Jones submitted her resignation to the Fruitvale ISD school board at their meeting last week. Jones has been the superintendent for five years and the district has accomplished a lot under her leadership, officials said. She also serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Shelter as well as being active in many local organizations. 
 
Thu
07
May

Fire chiefs disagree about ESD #4

By David Kapitan
 
Proponents behind the push to create a new Emergency Services District encompassing the city of Wills Point and outlying areas hosted a town hall at the Wills Point Community Center April 24, spelling out their reasoning for putting the matter before voters on the May 9 ballot.
 
Thu
07
May

Going courting

County Court at Law Judge Randy McDonald played host to the mock trial of the home school group Classical Conversations and students, from left, Ethan Little, Ryan Bearse and Abby Muse, were the attorneys.
 

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