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Thu
29
Jun

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.

Thu
29
Jun

Fox Well to appear in Edom July 4

A free concert by Fox Well will headline the activities for the Fourth of July celebration in Edom Tuesday, July 4.

Fox Well will appear on stage at the Edom Community Park on FM 279 at 7 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to stay for the fireworks show afterwards, organizers said.

A concession stand benefitting local scholarships will be set up for the event.

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Wed
28
Jun

Bible Baptist to celebrate 67th anniversary

Bible Baptist Church of Grand Saline, founded in 1950, will celebrate its 67th anniversary Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Bro. Freddy Pendleton will be guest speaker. Services will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 408 Larson St., Grand Saline.

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Wed
28
Jun

Relay For Life and Survivor dinner rescheduled

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County and the Survivors’ Celebration Reception Dinner have been rescheduled for Friday, July 7, at The Arbors at the First Monday Grounds in Canton. The events, originally scheduled in May, were postponed due to the tornadoes that hit Van Zandt County in April.

The Survivors’ Celebration Reception Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Arbors. Volunteer cooks will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and a guest. Relay For Life encourages all cancer survivors to attend this celebration of hope.

“If you are a cancer survivor who would like to attend the dinner, you may register in advance by sending your name, address, phone number and T-shirt size to Relay For Life, PO Box 393, Canton, TX 75103,” said event organizers.

Tue
27
Jun

July 4 Celebration scheduled at Living Alternatives

A faith, family and freedom celebration is set for Tuesday, July 4 at Living Alternatives.

The event is presented by Tyler radio stations KVNE (89.5 FM) and KGLY (91.3 FM) and will be held at 17141 State Highway 110 North in Lindale.

“In honor of God’s provision for this nation, Living Alternatives invites you to a community sponsored Independence Day celebration,” said an event spokesperson.

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Tue
27
Jun

Four Mile Community Cemetery fundraiser July 4

The annual fundraiser for Four Mile Community Cemetery will be held Tuesday, July 4. The cemetery business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.

 Bishop Erik Gronberg will deliver the memorial message. All veterans will be recognized.

“The Pledge of Allegiance, the Star Spangled Banner and the raising of the flag will all be performed,” organizers said.

A lunch of barbecue, hot dogs, potato salad and drinks will be provided and served in the Parish Hall.

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Mon
26
Jun

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from June 6 to June 13, 2017.

 

William Cole Browning, 34, Balch Springs, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Dustin Chandler Bunger, 32, Tyler, was arrested on site for manufacture/delivery of controlled substance PG 1.

Lana Michelle Calder, 40, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Bryan Edward Cantrell, 39, Canton, was arrested on site for aggravated assault with weapon.

Roy Harold Chelette, 45, Grand Saline, was arrested on site for criminal trespass.

Christina Cummings, 44, Chandler, was arrested on a warrant for criminal nonsupport/mtr.

Michael Allen Dry, 39, Athens, was arrested on a warrant for criminal nonsupport.

Mon
26
Jun

Donations roll in for county after tornadoes

Several donations earmarked for the Van Zandt County Tornado 2017 Fund were recognized and accepted June 13 by the VZC Commissioners Court.

Monetary donations were presented by WESTEX of FMC Motor Coach Rally Chapter, $1,200; and VZC employee Bonnie LaPrade, $1,800.

Commissioners also recognized and accepted the donation of a portable building from Winslow Carport to be used at the current VZC debris site near Wills Point.

A donation of 450 gallons of fuel and a fuel tank from Duko Oil Co. of Emory was recognized and accepted by the commissioners’ court.

The free installation of a culvert at VZCR 3104, north of VZCR 3106, from citizen Lee Thornton was also recognized and accepted by the commissioners.

VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. expressed his appreciation to the other commissioners for their help in his precinct following the April 29 tornadoes.

Sun
25
Jun

Cartwright School receives historical marker


Photo by David Kapitan The historical marker dedication at the Cartwright School included a presentation of the United States and Texas flags.

The Cartwright School in Wills Point received its just recognition June 19 with a special ceremony to unveil a historical marker bringing back former graduates and school staff members to the building located at 315 Bertha Street. The Cartwright School was approved as a historical site by the Texas Historical Commission in December 2016, with donors for the marker including Tommy C. Scott, Ora Dell Howard, Corliss Brown, Clarence Harden, Don Skinner, Esther Moorehead-Gibson, Shirlene Shields-Cook, Leatha Williams-Buchanan, the Wills Point Historical Society, Phillip Williamson, Stepz All Star, Junita Myers, Thelma Myers and Cassandra Haynes.

Sat
24
Jun

Don’t Get Burned from Scam Claiming to Benefit Tyler Fire Department

BBB Serving Central East Texas is alerting the community about a scam which claims to benefit Tyler Fire Department and reminds consumers to do their homework before sending money to any organization.

The scam was reported via BBB Scam Tracker, an online tool used to provide consumers with a place to report scams and fraud and to warn others about malicious or suspicious activities. A local business owner reported that Firehouse Promotions contacted them for the third year in row claiming to be selling advertisement space on magnetic boards for $500 to help benefit Tyler Fire Department. BBB contacted Tyler Fire Department who confirmed that Firehouse Promotions is not raising money on their behalf.

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