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Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 12:00am

A resolution opposing efforts by the Texas Legislature regarding proposed legislation to silence county officials was approved unanimously March 3 by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting.

Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 12:00am

At around 7 a.m. Feb. 27, the Edgewood Fire Department was called out to a structure fire in the 600 block of Johnson Street, Edgewood. Upon arrival they found half of the home fully engulfed by flames and called out the Wills Point, Fruitvale, and Grand Saline Fire Departments for mutual aid. The smoke was so intense that no firefighter could enter the home without an oxygen tank and mask. Fortunately, the home was not occupied as it was a renovation project. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Van Zandt County Fire Marshal. Photo by Nick Gibbons

Sports

Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 12:00am

The old saying goes that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. That statement may need a refresher to include Martins Mill reaching the State Tournament after the Lady Mustangs blitzed previously unbeaten Douglass March 2 to clinch the program’s 14th final four appearance in the last 16 years.

Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 12:00am

Van Zandt County boys basketball programs acquitted themselves well on the court during the 2020-’21 season with four programs, Canton, Edgewood, Martins Mill and Van, all reaching at least the bi-district round of the UIL Playoffs.

Columns

Mar 7, 2021 - 00:00

Helen Joyce Garrett, of Edgewood, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at the age of 74.

Mar 7, 2021 - 00:00

I hope all of you are well and not suffering any problems from our blizzard. We still have our dogs and cows so we did okay. As a matter of fact, we fared better than so many others, and for that we are grateful.

Mama is gone from this world joining many others like our dad, a nephew I hardly got to know, a couple of sainted grandmothers, my favorite aunt, and several old friends. I’ve noticed that the older I get the more folks I have on the other side. But my family and I fully expect to be reunited with these folks, and we don’t expect the time to be very long. Whether by rapture or by death, our time on this world is always short.

Remember Robinson Crusoe? He was stranded on a desert island and forced to fend for himself to survive. And no, he didn’t have nearly the amount of fun that the folks on Gilligan’s Island did.

Obituaries

Mar 7, 2021 - 00:00

Services for Jimmy Lee Flanagan, 75, of Canton, were held Sunday, Feb.28, 2021, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Canton with Dr. Mark Moore officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment will be in Haven of Memories.

Mar 7, 2021 - 00:00

Beverly P. Roddy, of Wills Point, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at the age of 87.

Mar 7, 2021 - 00:00

Funeral services for Janice Marie Deisher, 77, of Edgewood, are scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service time. Burial will follow at Barrett Cemetery.

Mar 7, 2021 - 00:00

A funeral service was held for Donald “Donny” Truett Tunnell, 70, of Canton at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at Eubank Funeral Home, Bro. Billy Smith and Bro. Jay Barnes officiating. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren and great grandchildren.