Lifestyle

Mon
30
Jan

Veteran remembered


From left to right Darlene Weesner and Carolyn Cantrell of Wills Point.

 U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling’s Regional Director, Phillip Smith, recently presented medals and a flag flown over the Capitol to the family of deceased World War II Army Veteran, Corporal Vernon M. Cantrell.  The posthumous presentation took place at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Museum.  Medals Awarded were Good Conduct Medal; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star; World War II Victory Medal; and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

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Wed
18
Jan

Donation


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Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial members Dan Maurieri, Ron Carroll and Cary Hilliard accepted a $2, 000 check from Laura Melton who represented the TVEC Charitable Foundation. 

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Fri
23
Dec

30 years


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Denice Meredith was honored at the December meeting of the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department for her 30 years of service as treasurer.

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Tue
20
Dec

Volunteers honored at VZC Library


Photos by Britne Hammons

The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library held a volunteer appreciation brunch Monday, Dec. 12.  “The brunch is a small way to say thanks for all of the hard work and many hours that volunteers put into the library. Without the volunteers, the library would not be as successful as it is today,” said Susie Pulley, VZC Librarian.

Pulley also introduced guests Beverly and Carl Birdwell. Mrs. Birdwell is the daughter of the late Al Coleman, who was one of the original first members of the Advisory Board of the VZC Library.

“Al served off and on for over 20 years as an Advisory board member. He was also a big Lions Club member and always supported the Library with money through the Lions Club,” said Pulley

Guests enjoyed a homemade brunch while visiting with library staff and volunteers.

Thu
08
Dec

State Farm grants $5K to Grand Saline


State Farm grants $5K to Grand Saline

State Farm granted a $5,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to the City of Grand Saline’s Fire Marshal’s office to re-start its smoke detector installation program to better serve senior members of the community and families with low incomes.  Accepting the grant was from left, Grand Saline City Administrator Rex White, Grand Saline Fire Marshal Tully Davidson and State Farm agent Johnny Thomas. “On behalf of State Farm, it is our sincere hope that our efforts will help ensure the safety of the entire community,” said Johnny Thompson, local State Farm agent.

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Wed
07
Dec

Kirkpatrick speaks to UDC


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The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. 

The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her civil war ancestors.  Each block design was from 1865 and had a special meaning for an ancestor.  For example, her ancestor who served in Texas had the quilt block called "Texas Tears."

 Shown in front of the quilt are Chapter President Donna Carter and Kirkpatrick. 

The Chapter meets every third Monday and visitors are always welcome, members said.  

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Wed
07
Dec

Retirement


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Doug Stuart, left, helped his wife, Eva Stuart, right, celebrate her retirement from Van Zandt County Nov. 30. Eva had been a county employee for 33.5 years, and began her career in 1983. She served the county at the Ag Extension Office.

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Tue
06
Dec

Mathea Guild hosts trivia game


Courtesy photo From left to right, Lou Ann Everett, Max Callahan, Sandy Giles and Ann Russell.

The Mathea Guild met Nov. 10 at the Plaza Museum in Canton.

Ann Russell held the meeting in the absence of President,Rose Dearman. Shirley McMahan introduced the speaker for the day, the well-known Max Callahan.

Callahan, a teacher, taught at Canton Junior High for 17 years and was principal for 15 years. As a teacher, he incorporated a game like Jeopardy in his classroom.

At the meeting, Lou Ann Everett, Sandy Giles and Ann Russell played a game like Jeopardy on a board provided by Callahan. Lou Ann Everett won the game.

The December Mathea meeting will be a luncheon at the Victorian Lady Tea Room in Mabank to celebrate Christmas. Visitors are welcome, Mathea Guild member said.

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Mon
05
Dec

Bake sale successful for VZCHS


Courtesy photo Participating in the bake sale from left to right was Brenda Jones, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett and Diane Poole.

The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. 

Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale is such fun, and many people in the community look forward to it.  The team at Ace Hardware is always so generous with their assistance and space for us to set up, and we appreciate them.  Usually, when we are ready to leave, we will offer the employees whatever they wish at half price, but this year we sold completely out before noon.  This event was a real success, and we thank everyone who contributed."

All proceeds go directly to the care of the animals.  VZCHS is non-profit, all volunteer and organized under 501(c)3 guidelines.  For further information about their work, visit vzchumanesociety.org, or call 903-962-5700.

Thu
01
Dec

Kirkpatrick speaks to UDC


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The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. 

The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her civil war ancestors.  Each block design was from 1865 and had a special meaning for an ancestor.  For example, her ancestor who served in Texas had the quilt block called "Texas Tears."

 Shown in front of the quilt are Chapter President Donna Carter and Kirkpatrick. 

The Chapter meets every third Monday and visitors are always welcome, members said.  

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