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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.

Sun
02
Aug

State Capitol Highlights

Governor says family of woman who died in custody deserves answers

Sat
01
Aug

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. reported the following arrests for July 21 - 28, 2015

Henry Geovanni Aguilar-Ramos, 35, Dallas, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated with open alcohol container.

Richard Eugene Barker, 56, Richland, was arrested on a warrant for sex offenders’ duty to register.

Billy Bob Basham, 24, Fruitvale, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana, and on five Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 warrants for driving while license invalid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Terry Dwayne Blanton, 43, Terrell, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

Rubin Brown, 56, Dallas, was arrested on site driving while intoxicated with open container, no insurance and driving while license invalid.

Thu
30
Jul

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

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

 

Has your hectic schedule and intense lifestyle robbed you of your sense of humor, peace, joy, and contentment in life? Has time become your enemy?  As you watch the minutes tick away, do you easily become frustrated and angry?  Looking back on your day, are you filled with regrets for things left undone because you just didn’t have enough time?

More importantly, as God observes the events of your day, do you think His heart is filled with sorrow for the choices you’ve made?  Were you too busy to hear His voice directing you to call a friend, write a note of encouragement, or simply sit in awe at the beauty of a rainbow?

Thu
30
Jul

Grand Saline Library

Our summer reading program is coming to an end very soon.  All entries to the reading challenges must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.  We will be giving away $25 and a Kindle Fire for both challenges.  We would like to thank Lisa Morgan for teaching yoga for us this week.  We had a great turnout for her class. We would like to thank everyone that took part in our reading program this summer.  We’ve had a record number of people use the library this summer. 

August is approaching fast and we use the month after summer reading to catch up and do some much needed housekeeping.  While everyone is preparing to get back to school things slow down at the library just enough that we can work on projects such as cleaning DVDs, inventorying books and completing reports. 

Tue
28
Jul

A Balancing Act

The Balanced Life…is it real or a myth?

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

Is it realistic to believe the balanced life includes peace, harmony, and vitality in your marriage? Can you balance husband, children, laundry, meals, and teaching a Bible study?  Of course you can, if you remember what you achieve in your marriage depends on your relationship to Christ.  If you are developing a close personal relationship with Christ, your marriage will grow in intimacy also.  

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