Edom Historical Museum sets up book exchange

Kimber Crow of Edom, whose great-grandmother taught school in Edom in the late 1930s, enjoys selecting a book to read from Edom’s ’Free Book Exchange,’ located in front of the Edom Historical Museum. This local addition to the  program was provided for the community of Edom by local artists Zeke & Marty. Folks can put books, movies or music in and get books, movies or music out for their enjoyment.

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DA provides funds for constable radios

Jesse Ison, Van Zandt Constable Pct. 2, and Deputy Constable Greg Taylor stopped by the VZC District Attorney’s Office recently to personally thank VZC DA Chris Martin for purchasing new radios for all of the constables in Van Zandt County.

Earlier this year, Martin was present during a commissioner’s court meeting when he heard a plea from the constables asking the Commissioner’s to provide additional funding for new radios in their patrol units that would also work with their body radios. Knowing that the County was experiencing a financial crunch and that the constables needed the equipment to safely do their jobs, Martin stepped in and offered to buy the radios utilizing funds he had legally seized and taken from criminals, thereby saving taxpayer money.

He spent $2,976 to buy new radios for the elected constables in all four precincts. Martin said he sincerely appreciated Constable Ison and Deputy Constable Taylor taking the time to stop and say thanks.


State Rep. Flynn visits The Talent Box

The Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre located  244 N. 4th Street, Wills Point, was honored to have State Representative Dan Flynn and wife, Susan,in the audience of our performance of "Exit the Body" Special event.  State Rep. Flynn and his wife graciously agreed to take a photo with the cast after the performance.


Marriage licenses issued Aug.17-23


Gavin Scott Powers and Tasha Renee Layne

Jacob Christopher Keierleber and Kristen Mae Daniels

Gabriel Scott Pearson and Kiley Jade Brown

Coby Alton Herrin and Jackylnn Dale White

Joshua Caine Boles and Shellie Renea Ellingburg

Ryan Scott Canada and Emily Erin Eberhart

David Weston Dukes and Casey Dell Heddin

Aron Dan Grissom and Tinnia Joe Stone


New year, projects and volunteers at library

Now that school is back in session, activity has picked up at the library. Students are searching for materials to use for school projects; and parents are studying to keep up with or help their children. Stay-at -home parents may be searching for guidance with a new hobby or home improvement project. The Van Zandt County Genealogy Society will hold their monthly meeting in the Buchanan Room of the Van Zandt County Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.  Zeffie Pruitt, a Canton High School alumna who also attended Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, will bring the program, “Meaning of Kwanzaa.”

Zeffie has studied and practiced Kwanzaa with her family and friends for over 20 years and enjoys the ability to teach others about this tradition. Come hear her presentation as she introduces us to a tradition that many know little about.


Groves celebrate 55th anniversary

Joe and Dorisene Groves, of Canton, celebrated 55 years of marriage this month. They were married Aug. 5, 1962, at the former Groves Parking Lot.

The picture shown was taken in Lufkin during their first year of marriage and where they began their teaching careers in coaching and home economics. The Groves were both educators in the Canton ISD.


The Inspired Cook

Homemade spaghetti sauce, that’s amoré

                Do you have a favorite ethnic food? I certainly do. Other than good ol’ down-home, country cooking, my favorite types of food are Italian and Tex-Mex. In fact, these cuisines have been my favorites since I was a teenager.

I simply adore the seasonings that comprise their flavor profiles. You may have noticed that I frequently incorporate them into my food creations.

My passion for Italian food began in 1968, when my aunt Merle first prepared a delectable spaghetti dinner for my family. To accompany it, she served a green salad drizzled with Italian dressing and toast made of thickly sliced French bread slathered with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt.

Yum! I can taste it now!

Almost every time we went to Dallas to visit her and my uncle, my sister Beckie and I would request this meal. As a dutifully devoted aunt, Merle always granted our wishes.


KWJB The Bee and Van Zandt News honored for service by Canton FFA

Austin, Texas – The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) held their annual Professional Development Conference, July 24-28, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. Agricultural science teachers spent the week attending professional development workshops, training classes and general sessions with motivational speakers to enhance their current teaching methods and keep up with the latest curriculum developments in agricultural education and technology. Members from across Northeast Texas received VATAT Awards during the Area 6 Meeting held Tuesday, July 25, at the Hilton Arlington. The VATAT Outstanding Radio Station Award can only be awarded by the VATAT to 1 deserving radio station in Area 6 and is based on a nomination from a VATAT member. This award was created to acknowledge appreciation for radio stations that publicize agriculture education and FFA programs in Texas.


Using the best resources possible- libraries

Four times a year a group of librarians and library staff from libraries across northeast Texas come together to exchange ideas and share information. 

This group is an invaluable resource to each of us.  There are city libraries, county libraries and non-profit libraries represented.  There are libraries from more metropolitan areas and libraries from very rural areas.  The one thing that we all have in common is that we all are working to bring the best resources possible back to our communities.  

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Stuffed animals stay the night


Thursday, July 27, preschool children came to the Van Zandt County Library for Storytime for their stuffed animals.  It was a dark and mysterious night at the library with stuffed animals that were busy exploring, playing games and having snacks.  The children returned on Friday morning for snacks and a video of all the antics of their stuffed animals. 

“The children were surprised to see what those mischievous critters did overnight at the library. A big thank you to Ms. Rhonda and to Austin Lomas who photographed and produced the stuffed animal video.  Storytime for preschoolers will move back to Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. Join us at the Van Zandt County, 317 First Monday Lane, Canton,” said VZC Librarians.


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