VFW sponsors essay scholarship contest

The Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars and their Veterans Auxiliary of Post 9171 are once giving local schools a chance to enter the national essay competition.

“This is a chance to offer students a head start on their lives,” said spokesperson Diane Farmers. “It also is an opportunity for the junior high and high school students to voice their opinions on patriotism, American history and democratic ideas and principles.”

The contest is open to all students in public, private or parochial schools or pursuing home study.

The essay for students in grades six through eight is called the Patriot's Pen. This year’s theme is "The America I Believe In."

The Voice of America contest in grades nine through 12. The theme for this year is "My Responsibility to America."


County School Menus Sept. 12-16

Edgewood ISD


All Schools

Monday-sausage, egg and cheese burrito

Tuesday-muffin square

Wednesday-waffles with syrup

Thursday-breakfast taco

Friday-cinnamon roll


Elementary, Intermediate, Jr. High

Monday-baked potato bar or hot dog with mustard, loaded potatoes, savory green beans

Tuesday-taco salad, refried beans, Mexicali corn, romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes

Wednesday-chicken strips, oven fries, steamed carrots, or tuna salad sandwich, chips

Thursday-tuna salad sandwich or meatloaf, creamed potatoes, gravy, chopped spinach, hot roll


Van ISD names Giles Counseling Center

Courtesy photos Bill Giles was awarded a bronze plaque that will be on the entryway of the new counseling center at VHS. Superintendent Don Dunn and the Van ISD Board of Trustees presented the plaque.

The 2016-’17 school year at Van Independent School district will mark 57 years in education for Van High School counselor Bill Giles.

Giles began his career at Van ISD in 1960 teaching business subjects. In August 1966, Principal G. W. Blackburn recommended him to the position of counselor. From there, history was made at Van ISD.

In Blackburn’s words, “He (Giles) has been highly professional in his relationship with the students, teachers, and parents. He also has the respect and admiration of our entire student body.” Fifty years later, this still stands true.

This past June, the Van ISD Board of Trustees voted to name the counselling center at Van High School in honor of Giles, officially being named the Bill Giles Counseling Center.

The name of the center was revealed during a back to school convocation. Present during the naming ceremony was Giles and his family.


Area School Menus Aug. 29 - Sept. 02

Edgewood ISD


Monday-ham and cheese breakfast burrito

Tuesday-breakfast sandwich

Wednesday-pancakes with fruit topping

Thursday-not available

Friday- not available


Elementary, Intermediate, Jr. High

Monday-baked potato bar or chicken spaghetti, seasoned carrots, black eyed peas, garlic bread, assorted fruit

Tuesday-taco salad, ground beef or chicken, shredded cheese, refried beans, Spanish rice, assorted fruit

Wednesday-chicken nuggets with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, hot roll, assorted fruit

Thursday- not available

Friday- not available

High School


Recovery group creates scholarship fund

After the May 10, 2015, tornado the Van Long Range Recovery Group were tasked with handling the fund that were flooding in to help the community.

Judge Scott Shinn presided over the group, which dealt out funds to those in need of repairs or help after the tornado damaged property and left some without homes.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments that we, as a group achieved. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that assisted in the recovery efforts of Van,” said Judge Shinn.

Judge Shinn said that the group received approximately $550,000 to disperse to Van tornado victims.

“We initially received $550,000 in donations to disperse and after helping those in need, we have $17,500 left,” said Judge Shinn.

“We know for many families the recovery effort still goes on and for many the tornado forever left them changed. We all can wish that it will be a long time before something like this happens again but next time I hope we are more prepared.”


DPS reminds drivers to obey traffic laws, watch for children as new school year begins

AUSTIN – As the start of the new school year approaches, the Texas Department of Public Safety cautions Texans to watch for children who are walking to and from school or waiting for buses. Drivers should be especially alert and careful around school buses – which make frequent stops – and always follow traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones.

“DPS is calling on drivers to do their part in keeping our children safe this school year by always obeying school zone speed limits and stopping for school buses,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses not only face significant traffic fines, but they needlessly put children in harm’s way – and we take these violations very seriously.”


County area menus Aug. 22-26

Edgewood ISD


Monday-sausage patty, pancake on a stick, assorted yogurt

Tuesday-yogurt bar, assorted muffin

Wednesday-chicken patty sandwich, yogurt bar

Thursday-pancake on a stick, assorted yogurt, blueberry muffin

Friday-waffles with assorted fruit toppings


Elementary, Intermediate, Jr. High

Monday-baked potato bar or spaghetti with meat sauce, seasoned broccoli, sliced carrots, garlic bread, assorted fruit

Tuesday-soft tacos, pinto beans, Mexicali corn, romaine lettuce/tomato, seasoned rice, assorted fruit

Wednesday-baked potato bar or sloppy joe sandwich, veggie beans, seasoned cauliflower, assorted chilled and fresh fruit


University News

UT Tyler announces dean’s list

The University of Texas at Tyler has named 409 students, including 18 pharmacy students, to the dean’s list for the 2016 spring semester, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Local students named to the Dean’s List are Haven Elerson, Amber Cowan, Ashlea Perkins and Amy Smalley Nantz of Ben Wheeler; Stephen Holland of Fruitvale; and Kandice Hays of Grand Saline.

In order to qualify for the Dean’s List in the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, a student must have completed nine hours during a session with a grade point average of at least 3.75.

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Van Library to kick off reading program

The Van Community Library will began its Summer Reading Program at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6.

The SRP will be held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. during the month of July and is free to participants.

Children will make crafts, enjoy a snack and be entertained by guests and special events, organizers said. 

Van Community Library is located at 310 Chestnut Street, Van.

For more information, call 903-963-7942.

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Canton Parts Plus, Wix Filters fundraising for MM FFA

Courtesy photo Canton Auto Parts store manager Junior Mixon with Martins Mill FFA members and Martins Mill AG teacher Buddy Winstead.

The Martins Mill FFA chapter is participating in a special fundraising program with WIX Filters, redeeming WIX filter box tops for 25 cents each.

The funds raised in this program are very important to the FFA program, club officials said.

The MM FFA is asking community members to use WIX filters and save the box tops for them.

The WIX filters box tops can be dropped off at Canton Parts Plus.

WIX Filters is helping FFA chapters across the country raise funds through a box top promotion, paying 25 cents for every WIX filter box top redeemed.  Since the program began in 1986, WIX Filters has contributed more than $475,000 to FFA chapters.


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