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Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 12:00am

An early morning crash on March 21 took the life of Donald “DJ” James Young on Highway 198. According to close friend Kathy Turner, Young was coming back from playing pool in Gun Barrell City. Turner suspects he fell asleep at the wheel. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. Turner, who is a resident of Canton, befriended Young while playing Pokémon in Canton and remarked, “We will miss him. His family and children will miss him. It is a sad thing.” No official reports have been released regarding the cause of the accident.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 12:00am

During a short regular monthly meeting March 23, the Van School Board approved some coronavirus-related agenda items.

Sports

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:00am

The University Interscholastic League effectively hit the pause button on all spring extracurricular activities last week, adopting a two-week break for all meets, competitions, matches and games in an effort to curb the ongoing coronavirus.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:00am

With another basketball season in the rearview, District 14-4A girls’ coaches have released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees for the 2019-’20 campaign. Brownsboro finished with a district-high four Superlative recognitions while Athens, Canton and Van all earned one each.

Columns

Just after midnight on Saturday, March 14, the House of Representatives passed legislation in an attempt to prepare our economy for the coronavirus pandemic. I voted against this bill and would like to share my reasons for voting against it.

Mar 22, 2020 - 00:00

I had never really considered retirement until Jocelyn and I bought the farmhouse, with its three acres (an acre of buildings, an acre of woods,and an acre of pasture) – but I could easily keep myself occupied replacing rotten wood, painting outdoors, keeping wisteria at bay… and I also have other activities planned for my eventual retirement.

Mar 22, 2020 - 00:00

The arrival of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID 19, has disrupted every aspect of living for people across the globe. This unprecedented world health event serves as a reminder that we should be prepared for anything and that we are never prepared for everything. As education officials determine what to do next and how to do it, students, parents and teachers await information on when schools are closing and when, or if, we will be returning this school year.

In keeping with the theory that an involved and informed citizen is a good citizen, I currently volunteer politically. Not that I’m running for anything, mind you (I’m much too opinionated to be of any use to anyone) but behind the scenes.

Obituaries

Mar 29, 2020 - 00:00

Private services for Vernadene Lide Holland, 88, of Euless, were held Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Entombment was in Haven of Memories. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

Mar 29, 2020 - 00:00

James Vernon Brazel, of Canton, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Athens, at the age of 75.

Mar 29, 2020 - 00:00

Private services for Dr. Glenn Walter Anderson, Sr., 83, of Canton, were held Monday, March 23, 2020, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with Dr. Mike Roberson officiating. Interment was in Haven of Memories. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mar 29, 2020 - 00:00

Leonard Owen Humphrey was born March 23, 1936, to Marshal and Dale Humphrey in Canton and passed away March 12, 2020. He graduated from Van High School in 1953. He studied Aero Engineering at Arlington State, Petroleum Technology at Kilgore College, and Business Marketing at UT Tyler.