Courtesy photo 2010 Van Zandt County Fair Pageant winners were Jenna Williams and Cheyenne Pool. This year’s pageant is set for March 18 and 19.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The 2016 Van Zandt County Fair Pageant will be held March 18 and 19. Deadline to enter the competition is Feb. 26. The Baby Miss and Mr. contest is for ages 0 to 48 months. They will compete in... + continue reading

Courtesy photos Now the fairgrounds include two covered areas and concrete support beams. The previous cattle barns have been removed.
Monday, February 8, 2016
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Donations make renovations, upgrades possible in time for county fair Discussions and fundraising for new barns has been a mainstay amongst the VZ Fair board members for years. Now, due to a... + continue reading

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
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Edgewood Lady Dog senior standout Skydra Sanford made it official Jan. 29, signing her letter of intent to play softball for Concordia University in Austin next season. Sanford was joined at the... + continue reading
Sunday, February 7, 2016
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Canton food bank to build facility The Wal-Mart store in Canton participates in the Feeding America program and donates food to the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler. The East Texas Food Bank has... + continue reading

Photo by Paul Stevens Grand Saline senior Garrett Barnes finished in first place overall at the Rains Invitational Powerlifting Meet Jan. 30. Barnes lifted 1,260 lbs. total, including 515 lbs. in the squat, 290 lbs. in the bench press and 455 lbs. in the dead lift.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Lifters representing three Van Zandt County schools, Canton, Grand Saline and Van, all hit the road last week to compete at the Rains Invitational Jan. 30. In the boys division, Grand Saline finished... + continue reading

Courtesy photo 2010 Van Zandt County Fair Pageant winners were Jenna Williams and Cheyenne Pool. This year’s pageant is set for March 18 and 19.

Courtesy photos Now the fairgrounds include two covered areas and concrete support beams. The previous cattle barns have been removed.

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Photo by Paul Stevens Grand Saline senior Garrett Barnes finished in first place overall at the Rains Invitational Powerlifting Meet Jan. 30. Barnes lifted 1,260 lbs. total, including 515 lbs. in the squat, 290 lbs. in the bench press and 455 lbs. in the dead lift.

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The 14th Annual Fun Fish trout fishing tournament is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Lake Tawakoni State Park’s Pair-A-Trees Pond.  The tourney is for kids ages 2 to 12.  Prizes will be... + continue reading
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The Edgewood basketball program turned back the clock against Grand Saline Jan. 29, playing in the old high school gym and wearing old jerseys as part of an evening dedicated to members of the 1989 State Championship winning Bulldogs basketball team.   The 2016 Bulldogs made their predecessors proud in the contest, jumping to a 10-0 lead in... + continue reading

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