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Tue
04
Jul

Van Zandt County 4-H Members Recognized at State 4-H Roundup

Van Zandt County 4-H Members Sierra Ross, Chloe Dixon, Addison Alexander and Mallory Alexander participated in the 2017 Texas 4-H Roundup at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The highlight of the weeklong event focused on competitive events, workshops, and general assembly’s where members were recognized for their projects and achievements each night. Senior 4-H Member Sierra Ross served as a member of the Texas 4-H Council and assisted with planning meetings, events, and assisted with community service projects.

Tue
04
Jul

State Capitol Highlights

First Gulf storm of season elbows Texas
AUSTIN — State emergency responders geared up for the first time this hurricane season in response to Tropical Storm Cindy, which came ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana border on June 22.
Two deaths were attributed to the storm — one of them an elderly man found in a sand-mired pickup truck on Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula.
The storm dropped most of its rainfall east of its center — up to 18 inches in some places far to the east — and much less in Texas. But as a precaution two days before landfall, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered an increase in readiness from level four, normal conditions, to level three, increased readiness. 
Four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads were activated, along with two Texas Military Department vehicle squads. Also, the Texas Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Task Force, the Texas Military Forces Aircraft and shelter and feeding teams were placed on standby.

Mon
03
Jul

Pucketts recall April 29 tornado


Only a clean slab remains following an April 29 tornado that destroyed the home of Pat and Jenneane Puckett of Canton on VZCR 2434.

Surviving a tornado is nothing new for Pat Puckett of Canton but he has no interest in being in the path of another one especially after what he and his wife, Jenneane, experienced during and after the April 29 storms that struck their home and property in Van Zandt County.

Puckett was a 10-year old in July, 1957 living with his family in Silverton, Texas when a tornado hit their residence around daylight.

“My mother was killed in that tornado,” recalled Puckett. “I was unconscious for three days. Our neighbors saw me crawling out from under one of my dad’s combines. I don’t recall that. I landed a half-mile from my house and I survived. How I got to where I landed, I have no idea to this day.”

Thirteen years later, in 1970 in Lubbock, Puckett survived another tornado. “I was living in an apartment building and the tornado tore up my car and truck,” said Puckett.

Sun
02
Jul

Bluebonnet


Photo by Brandi Knight

Izzi, the pet prairie dog, of Brandi Knight sits in a bed of bluebonnets in Martins Mill. 

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Sun
02
Jul

Events slated throughout county

Parades, fireworks headline holiday activities

Residents of Van Zandt County will have plenty to choose from during the Fourth of July. Communities across the county have events slated to please all ages.

While most of the events will be held on Tuesday, July 4, the City of Van will kick things off for the holiday with activities scheduled for Saturday, July 1.

Information about the various Fourth of July events throughout the Van Zandt County area are as follows:

Canton

The Canton Texas Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Fourth of July parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.

A stage of events will begin the evening at 5:50 p.m. “God Bless America” will be performed by Matthew Hook followed by Cody Robbins singing “America the Beautiful.”

Following a performance of “God Bless America” by Megan Gebauer, The National Anthem will be presented by Nathan George and Antonio Mendoza.

Sat
01
Jul

Saline Creek Lake able to provide water to 24k

The second and final survey report on the topography/hydrology study on Saline Creek was presented to the council June 20.

On May 16, results of the topography map of the Saline Creek area were presented and determined that no structures or homes would be affected by the lake.

The City of Canton hired Johnson & Pace Inc. of Longview to conduct the study of the Saline Creek area. Joe Hart presented the information on the second study June 20.

Hart said the water availability model, which is an analysis of how much water can be pumped out of the lake for use, yielded a range anywhere from 2.23 million to 3.4 millions of gallons of water a day.

“To put that in perspective,” Hart said, “the city of Canton currently has 2.06 million of gallons per day base.  Even at the lowest normal pullout, the lake would double the city’s water supply. From a population standpoint, the city of Canton would provide water to 24,000 people.”

Sat
01
Jul

VZC Historical Commission recognized by commissioners


VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick presents the VZC Historical Commission with a Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission June 27.

A Distinguished Service Award  certificate was presented to the Van Zandt County Historical Commission by the VZC Commissioners Court June 27.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick presented the certificate and VZC Pct. 4 Commissioner Tim West presented a plaque designating the VZC Courthouse to be listed in the National Registrar of Historic Place by the United States Department of the Interior.

“This recognition is from the Texas Historical Commission,” pointed out Kirkpatrick. “This is the ninth year in a row that the Van Zandt County Historical Commission has received this honor and that is not an easy thing to accomplish. Congratulations. What a great job you do for Van Zandt County.”

Fri
30
Jun

Greenville man drowns at Lake Tawakoni

Body recovered early Sunday morning at Cedar Cove

The body of a Greenville man was recovered at Lake Tawakoni after he apparently drowned late Saturday night.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Dwayne Noble said Andre Smith and an unidentified woman were floating in a raft at Cedar Cove near the RV Park at Cedar Cove Landing when the incident occurred.

Warden Noble said an object fell from the raft, possibly cigarettes or a lighter, and Smith entered the water to retrieve it. He said he was swimming fine but started having trouble, and the woman entered the water to help him.

“He started pulling her down, and she swam to a pier not more than 50 yards away,” Noble said.

He said when she turned around and looked, Smith could not be seen.

Emergency personnel were notified at 10:02 p.m. Saturday to respond to the 100 block of Private Road 5504, Point.

Fri
30
Jun

Committee needs manpower


Members of the Van Zandt County Long Range Recovery Group met June 26.Due to the July 4 holiday schedule, the committee will hold its next weekly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, July 10 at the old Canton City Hall location.

Volunteer number drop drastically for tornado cleanup 

Members of the Van Zandt County Long Range Recovery Group heard a number of updates from various individuals during their weekly meeting June 26.

Shawn Stewart, VZC Long Term Recovery Group Vice-Chairman, was in charge of the meeting held downtown at the old Canton City Hall location in the absence of committee chairman Russell Hopkins.

“We have a description of the various sub-committees that work with this group available for you to take a look at while we are here for this meeting,” announced Stewart to those in attendance. “We need help in these sub-committees. We need manpower, anything that anybody can bring to this table. We also have a sign-up sheet available. We need to be starting the process of matching the talent with the need. That is a connection we need to see happen.”

Thu
29
Jun

WFD to hold supper, show

Whitton Fire Department to host hamburger supper and fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. “The menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, Bobby Beans, desserts and drinks. Donations will be taken at the door. The Firehouse Band will provide live music until the fireworks start at dark. All donations collected go toward fire department operating costs,” said event organizers.

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