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Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 12:00am

An Amber Alert has been issued for Grand Saline teenager Willow Sirmans who was initially reported as a runaway on May 12.

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 12:00am

Veteran Tim Pennington says he has a plan to help Van Zandt County veterans.

News

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 12:00am

It was all booms and balloons during the July 4 Independence Day celebration held on First Monday Grounds. A fireworks show paid for by the City of Canton was the backdrop for a hot air balloon glow.Photo Faith Caughron

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 12:00am

For more than 10 years in a row, the Van Zandt County Historical Commission has been recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Historical Commission.

Sports

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 12:00am

The Martins Mill boys basketball program officially found its successor to Jake Bell last week by announcing the hiring of longtime coach Doug Boxell as the new man in charge of its powerhouse program.

Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 12:00am

Athletes around the state of Texas returned to the grind June 8, getting back to in-person workouts at their respective campuses following the UIL’s decision to greenlight strength and conditioning camps with the caveat that certain guidelines must be met.

Columns

When individuals on a team speak with an open and honest dialog the team has a chance to grow strong. Teams, with common interests and shared goals, produce a superior product. American history shows us during the Revolutionary War, various religious groups and a variety of politicians united to achieve a common goal.

Jul 5, 2020 - 00:00

It seems the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Texas and the rest of the nation has caused education administrators to rethink what school is going to look like in the Fall. Social distancing, the wearing of masks, the need for gloves, and proper sanitation and cleaning of classrooms may take a back seat to virtual learning, once again.

AUSTIN — While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement. Gov. Greg Abbott recently renewed his COVID pandemic disaster declaration for all counties affected by the disease. Even so, Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on June 18 sounded a hopeful note, saying schools would resume normal operations in the fall. “It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall, but there will also be flexibility for families with health concerns so that their children can be educated remotely, if the parent so chooses,” said Morath, adding that detailed guidance would be issued soon.

In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, protests in cities across America transformed into a reckless movement calling on local leaders to defund police departments. This radical approach is gaining momentum as both the mainstream media and liberal politicians have joined the crowd attacking law enforcement. Our country faces a battle between an anarchist mob promoting a socialist takeover and hardworking American families who simply want to pursue the American dream without sacrificing our God-given liberties.

Obituaries

Jul 12, 2020 - 00:00

Rodney Lowell Currin, 42, Grand Saline, passed away July 2, 2020, in Tyler. He was born July 26, 1977, in Greenville to David and Paula Allen Currin. Rodney lived most of his life in Grand Saline and worked several years for Fire Trol.

Jul 12, 2020 - 00:00

Kennith Alton Brimer, 87, of Fruitvale, passed away June 17, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.

Jul 12, 2020 - 00:00

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Gernadean Bell, passed away at the age of 88.

Jul 12, 2020 - 00:00

Services for Greg Crume, 68, of Grand Saline, were held Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Bartley Funeral Home with Bro. Benny Dollins officiating.