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Mon
17
Aug

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. reported the following arrests for Aug. 4 – 11, 2015

Ray Chane Alexander, 23, Edgewood, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of a building.

Jason Paul-Martin Anderton, 31, Quinlan, was arrested on site for passing in no passing lane.

Daniel Bryan Barr, 35, Temple, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Shae Morgan Blackburn, 24, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Christopher Matthew Britton, 23, Grand Saline, was arrested on three warrants for terroristic threat, public intoxication and traffic miscellaneous.

Sun
16
Aug

Judge not thou cat nor dog

"Judge not, lest ye be judged.” One of the more important life lessons.  "Don't judge a book by its cover."  Also very true. 

When we judge without knowledge, we just show the world how foolish we are. Stay informed!  Get the facts!  "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." A direct quote from Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or one of those really important guys. This is true as well.

Fri
14
Aug

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?
In the hectic, busy world we live in, can we experience peace?
 
How often we become entangled in “stuff.”  Organizing the school carnival (no one else would do it), chaperoning field trips (no other parent was available), baking cookies for school parties (we’ll do anything for our kids), and before we know it we’ve overextended ourselves.  We hit the floor running each morning and accelerate our pace throughout the day. 

We’re tired!  And it shows, because we easily become frustrated and short-tempered dealing with every day occurrences.  Flat tires, broken washing machines, colicky babies, and demanding toddlers and teenagers keep our heads spinning and lives turned upside down.  

Tue
11
Aug

Summer gives away to school

Large print books coming to VZC Library

Summer programs at the Van Zandt County Library are giving way to thoughts of school starting.  The staff, The Friends of the Library, The Library Advisory Board –and of course the children who enjoyed the programs—are grateful for the support of the Community that made it possible.  

Trinity Valley Electric Corporation underwrote the performers who presented a widely varied range of subjects to an average of 100 kids and half that many adults each Friday morning for seven weeks. 

The Canton Rotary Club provided a $50 bill for each session to one lucky child. 

The Canton Lions Club provided a vision screening clinic one Friday.  Drawings for smaller gift bags each week closed the programs.

Sat
08
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

AUSTIN — The Texas House Committee on County Affairs met July 30 to hear testimony on Sandra Bland and jail standards.

Bland, 28, was pulled over by a state trooper in Hempstead  July 10. Soon after, she was placed in the Waller County Jail and was found dead in her cell July 13. Investigators ruled the death a suicide. The story, covered by local, state, national and world news agencies, has emerged in the context of other tragic outcomes involving black citizens and law enforcement.

“How does someone get pulled over for not signaling and end up dead three days later? It just does not compute,” said Committee Chair Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, in opening the hearing. Coleman called for discussion on how such an event might affect the Texas Department of Public Safety’s training of officers and how Texas county jails might adjust their practices in the incarceration of mentally ill inmates.

Fri
07
Aug

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

In the hectic, busy world we live in, can we experience peace?

When you think of a balanced life, what comes to your mind? Do you envision your responsibilities and activities on one side of the scale and your expectations and dreams on the other?  Perhaps you immediately thought of rushing here and there, hectic schedules, and deadlines piled up on one side of the scale and leisure time, peace and tranquility on the other.

Fri
07
Aug

Six Steps to prepare for tax-free weekend, back-to-school shopping

Texas CPAs offer tips to save money on expenses

With tax-free weekend just a few days Aug. 7 through 9, the group Texas CPAs is sharing six tips to help families save money and prepare for back-to-school shopping.

 Tip #1: Do a Closet Inventory

•   Kids grow out of clothes quickly, but before counting out last season’s wardrobe, check the closet to see if those khaki pants or that collared shirt still fit and are in good shape.

•   An older sibling’s gently worn clothes could be used to supplement a younger child’s back-to-school wardrobe.

Tue
04
Aug

Consider your pet when making final preparations

Most of us don't wish to think about our own mortality.  It's unpleasant, final and scary. One of the hardest things we humans do is plan for it. Have you planned? What would happen to all your stuff? Who will get your precious family heirlooms? What about that pillowcase your great-grandma embroidered? You're afraid to use it, but don't want it to get lost. And what about those baseball cards your dad left to you?  There really isn't one in the bunch that would bring any money, but maybe someday... Is there someone you trust enough to take care of all these things?

What would happen to your pet? Let's say you have a dog or cat who has been so happy with you, and feels safe and loved, and you love him. You have been a twosome for a long time. You become ill and know you have some decisions to make.  What will you do with him?

Tue
04
Aug

Making a 72-hour emergency kit for $20

A “72-Hour Emergency Kit” is portable, has basic supplies and tides a couple of people over for 72 hours.

 It may take that long for local, county, state, and non-profit agencies to respond to a disaster or emergency. Until then, you’re on your own.

A commercial kit can cost hundreds of dollars. A truly comprehensive 72-hour kit requires a truck to haul it.

If you’ll settle for a smaller, homemade kit, you can make one for around $20. Here’s what you need:

• Carrying bag. Use eight grocery store plastic bags, stuffed to make two bags four layers thick. You could use a school knapsack or a backpack.

• 3 gallons of water per person, for three days. Carry the water in three 1-gallon plastic jugs. These weigh 25 pounds, and a kid’s little red wagon or suitcase with wheels could haul them. For two people, that’s 6 gallons or 50 pounds of drinkable water.

Mon
03
Aug

More to come at the Van Zandt County Library

Summer isn’t quite over at Van Zandt County Library.  See Facebook, or ask at the desk about other activities.

Fall and winter plans are being discussed.  The Friends of the Library have upgraded the Buchanan Room visual and sound capabilities, and groups are already scheduling meetings.  Several Thursday night activities will be announced soon.  Remember, Thursday the Library opens at noon and is open until 8 p.m.  Delta Kappa Gamma, Canton Rotary, Canton Lions and other groups are pairing with the library to assist in programs.

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