Van spirit can’t be wrecked

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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.

EF stands for the Enhanced Fujita, the classification scale for tornadoes. Tornadoes are divided into six categories – EF-0 through EF-6.  


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