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Tue
08
Sep

State Capitol Highlights

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth.

Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until Sept. 30 to answer to the charges.

Paxton is accused of encouraging two individuals to buy stock in Severgy, a Collin County-based technology firm, and being compensated for his actions without being registered as an investment advisor in accordance with Security and Exchange Commission regulations. Also Paxton is accused of falsely giving prospective investors the impression that he was an investor in Severgy.

The Texas Rangers turned over evidence gathered during an investigation that ensued when a formal complaint against Paxton, the state’s top legal officer, was lodged in April by Texans for Public Justice, an Austin-based government watchdog group. Paxton was indicted by a Collin County grand jury on July 28.

Tue
08
Sep

Pet Talk: Geese as Pets

If you’re looking into a new pet but don’t want to settle for the usual cat or dog, geese might be a good pet for you. In order to own pet geese, you must have adequate space and check with city guidelines and neighborhood associations to make sure backyard poultry, ducks and geese are allowed in your area. Although many of us have heard the horror stories of aggressive geese attacking park visitors, pet geese who are hand raised and handled daily are often more docile. Before you jump into owning geese, there are a few things you should know and consider in order to create a comfortable living environment where your geese can thrive.

 

Tue
08
Sep

Forage producers need to watch for Fall armyworms

If you are in the forage business whether it is the hay business or forage to feed beef or dairy cattle, horses, sheep or goats, then you need to be on the watch for fall armyworms.  With the wonderful rain we are starting to receive, we have already have received a few calls and with the rain last week producers need to be diligent in watching their pastures and fields. 

Mon
07
Sep

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Statement on Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers

As more details of the tragic death of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth unfold, a morbid reality is unveiled about America's negative attitude toward our law enforcement officers. It must end now or we run the risk of fewer men and women willing to go into the profession and families insisting their spouses change careers.

Police officers are judged 24/7, 365 days a year for their entire career. One mistake can get them sued, fired or killed. I want to remind Texans and the rest of our country that these brave souls are the thin line between a country of law and order and a society of total lawlessness where no one is safe.

I challenge all Texans to think about how underappreciated our officers must feel, how dangerous their jobs are, how they leave their families everyday not knowing if they are coming home and more importantly, if there is anything you can do to help make their job a little easier.

Sun
06
Sep

County Blotter

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Deptartment reported the following arrests for Aug. 25 – Sept. 1, 2015.

Melton Lee Allgood, 31, Wills Point, was arrested on site for assault, family violence impeding breath, circulation.

Michael Wayne Barrett, 39, Wills Point, was arrested on six warrants for driving while license invalid, violation of promise to appear, open container of alcohol and speeding.

Stephen Paul Barton, 51, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Dawn Marie Bratcher, 25, Wills Point, was arrested on site for deadly conduct discharged firearm.

Christy Tuton Broussard, 46, Arlington, was arrested on view for public intoxication.

Jake Taylor Burton, 25, Grand Saline, was arrested on a Dallas Co. warrant for theft of property, and on a Collin Co. warrant for theft of property.

Fri
04
Sep

Be a part of the solution to crime in Van Zandt County

Crime is a big problem in any community and with a shortage of local and county law enforcement, there is room for you to pitch in and make a difference.

The Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program is a free program benefitting all residents of Van Zandt County.  The program is the eyes and ears of the community and participation is available to any qualified Van Zandt County Resident. Participants will receive training on what to do and what not to do as a member.

Sun
30
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.

Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.

Sat
29
Aug

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes literacy

This fall we are proud to announce we are starting the 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten program. 

The goal of this program is to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. 

According to research, the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than it does any other time. 

Reading to children at an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter school with the skills they need to succeed.  Most important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

Mon
24
Aug

Gain some “Common Sense” at the library

Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” Horace Mann’s “Annual Reports,” and John Kenneth Galbraith’s “The Affluent Society,” are three titles are included in a volume called “Books that changed America,” which is found at 028.1 DOW in the Van Zandt County Library. 

This is a book of discussions of 25 books that are important in American history.  In the same area of the library, “Literacy in America,” and “500 Great Books for Teens,” and other titles highlight some of the classic books that have influenced the American public.   

Some—but not all—of the titles mentioned are in the library, but alas, many have been removed from the shelves to make way for material that checks out often.   It is public library policy to remove books that have not checked out in five years.  It is interesting to see how many of the authors and their works that elicit the comment: “I never heard of that.”

Sun
23
Aug

County Blotter

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests for Aug. 11 - 18, 2015

Jackie William Ballard, 62, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for injury to a child, elderly, or disabled with intentional bodily injury.

Ruby Mitchelle Barcenas, 30, Rice, was arrested on view for assault causing bodily injury.

Garry Winston Boyd, 44, Chandler, was arrested on site for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and transfer of precursor substance for unlawful manufacture.

Laura Michelle Dean Brimer, 23, Grand Saline, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation.

Ashley Amber Diane Buswell, 21, Grand Saline, was arrested on two warrants for false report to police officer and prostitution.

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