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Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 12:00am

Deaths from COVID-19 in Van Zandt County now number 61, which is 1.8 percent of all positive coronavirus cases. The local number of daily cases hit a peak between Jan. 8-17, with the area deemed a hot spot for community spread cases.

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 12:00am

Current and former coaches and colleagues that worked under and/or faced Coach Mal Fowler on the football field recently shared their memories about not only his coaching accomplishments but what he stood for off the football field as well.

Sports

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Tigers and Van Vandals met for the first time this season on Tuesday, clashing in a pivotal District 14-4A showdown that could go a long way towards determining who advances to this year’s Class 4A UIL Playoffs.

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 12:00am

The Fruitvale Bobcats made it look easy this week, picking up their second win since District 23-1A began by dismissing Pioneer Tech 58-38.

Columns

The state playoffs just finished. Reaching the playoffs required many hours of hard work and sacrifice from coaches and players. Successful seasons are a testament to team unity and individual dedication.

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

For several years, if my son and/or his friends were in the car with me I would drive 5 miles out of the way to avoid going past McDonald’s. Everybody wanted nuggets, fries and a coke, not to mention playing at Playland. Once in a while I would give in, but mostly not. These days I don’t mind making chicken nuggets at home, and anybody can play in my yard who wants to.

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

Parents are paying closer attention to education options for their children. The pandemic has forced communities to not reinvent the wheel, but rather invent different types of wheels to meet the academic needs of a socially and academically diverse student body. This is one of the few positive outcomes of COVID19. Regardless of the academic option one chooses, information and data are necessary to make informed decisions for one’s children.

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

Given the current state of affairs in the world, and – more to the point – here in the good old US of A, it’s a wonder any of us are still sane. There’s the worldwide viral pandemic, the political unrest, the unemployment and economic problems, the fact that I had to buy a new phone. It just goes on and on.

Obituaries

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

Bonnie Breckenridge Miles, of Garland, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 89.

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

Elizabeth “Anna” Durham, March 26, 1928 – Jan. 14, 2021, died peacefully in her sleep in her home, and with angel escorts ascended to her eternal home with the Lord and a glorious reunion with Carl, her beloved husband of 43 years, her first and only love.

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

A public visitation for Joyce Ann Morgan, 77, of Irving, formerly of Wills Point, was held Jan. 19, 2021, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. A private family visitation was held at 2 p.m. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Wills Point.

Jan 24, 2021 - 00:00

Frank D. Wilbur, 85, of Canton, went home to be with our Lord on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, after a short battle with COVID-19.