Genealogical Society learns about indentured servants

"Records of Indentured Servants" will be the topic for the Aug. 22 general meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society at 2 p.m. in the Buchanan Room of the main county library located on First Monday Lane in Canton. 

Marynell Bryant of Hopkins County will be the special speaker. She is a retired journalism teacher from Sulphur Springs High School with 35 years of experience. She has bachelors and master’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She is a member of DAR, US Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames XVIIth Century, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She is also the administrator for the national Rainey/Raney DNA Surname project, chair of the Texas Heritage Certificates, TSGS, past president of Texas State Genealogical Society (3 terms), and past president, treasurer, and current librarian for Hopkins County Genealogical Society.


EISD announces Meet the Teacher date

Edgewood Independent School District is hosting Meet the Teacher night Thursday, Aug. 20. 

Parents and students are invited to come pick up registration packets and deliver school supplies as well as meet new staff members for the 2015-’16 school year, school officials said.

The high school campus will hold its Meet the Teacher event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The primary, intermediate and middle school campuses Meet the Teacher time will be held from 6 to 7:15 pm.

Edgewood ISD will host a Title I informational meeting in the Intermediate School library from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20.  


Educate Van Zandt annual meeting Aug. 18

The annual meeting for Educate Van Zandt will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Aug. 18in the Buchanan Room of the Van Zandt County Library.  

All interested persons are invited to attend, organizers said.

Educate Van Zandt is the adult education program.

The Van Zandt County Library is located at 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton.

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Rodgers named Jackson Church minister

Ed and Darlene Rodgers

Ed Rodgers has been named the Jackson Church of Christ minister.

Rodgers is a semi-retired minister for Churches of Christ and has preached for congregations in California, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma and Texas.

Rodgers’ wife, Darlene, will teach a Bible class at the church. The couple has been married for more than 56 years.

Services for the Jackson Church of Christ is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning and worship is at 11 a.m. Rodgers can be reached at 903-267-9792.

Jackson Church of Christ is located at 6051 FM 1651.


New pastor at Edom United Methodist Church and Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church

Beginning Aug. 2, Rev. Jason Huffman will be the new pastor at Edom United Methodist Church and Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church. He first felt called to the ministry in 1994 at the age of 17 and has been working primarily in full-time youth ministry in a variety of churches since 1998. He received a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 2003 and began working as a youth director at First United Methodist Church in his home town of Palestine in 2006. In 2012 he began the process to be a pastor in the United Methodist Church and continued to serve in Palestine as an associate pastor until the end of June of this year. He is currently taking classes to be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church. When asked about his journey to the United Methodist Church, he says “It was like putting on a shoe that fit really well.”


Take notice of the Van Zandt County Library

Courtesy photos Sisters, Liz and Kate Fursova, take advantage of the free WiFi at the VZC library. Access to the WiFi is available on the front porch at 317 First Monday Lane when the library is closed.

Freebie Third Friday will be held at noon Aug. 21.  The Van Zandt County Library and Educate Van Zandt will host their second brown bag-lunch-and-learning time. 

Cindy Rakestraw’s topic will be needlework in the Buchanan Room of the Library.  No reservation is necessary.


Creagleville Cemetery

Creagleville Cemetery Association will hold their annual membership meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 at the Liberty Temple Church.

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Martins Mill receives high honors in TEA accountability scores

Aug. 10, the Martins Mill school board held their last meeting before school starts for the 2015-’16 school year.  All board members were present as they made final decisions and preparations for the new school year. 

The principals of the elementary and high school each gave a report on the upcoming year.

In the elementary school, the 2015-’16 attendance estimate is 273, which includes pre-k students.  The estimate of total junior high and high school students is 235.

 The TEA school accountability ratings were recently released, giving both principals something to smile about. 

The elementary met standards on student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. 


Ranch Academy Charter School accepting students

The Ranch Academy is now enrolling new students for grades eight through 12.

The school will have informational meetings from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15, or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Ranch Academy is an open enrollment public Charter School with a credit recovery program. It features accelerated instruction where children can learn at their own pace in small classes with individualized attention, school officials said.

Ranch Academy educators have been serving local students for 17 years, they said.

The school is located at 3120 VZCR 2318 in Canton.

For more information, call 903-939-8000.


Talent Box to present “The Butler Did It”

Courtesy Photo Pictured left to right at recent rehearsal of "The Butler Did It" at The Talent Box in Wills Point are Tom Marquez as Louie Fan, Dwayne Murr as Chandler Marlowe, Brenda Bennett Laura and Damion Collins as Father White.

Opening night for "The Butler Did It", written by Tim K

elly, will be at 7:30 p.m.  Friday, Aug. 21 at The Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre,  located at 244 N. 4th, Wills Point. 

Other regular seating performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22,  and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. 

Dinner theatre seating will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29. 

There will be a reception following the opening night performance.

Due to problems with a chair lift, handicap access will not be available.
Admission for adults is $10; seniors/students is $8; and children age 12 and under is $5. 

Dinner admission is $17 per person with $10 for children age 10 and under when accompanied by an adult. 

Prepaid reservations are required and may be made by calling the theatre at 903-873-8945.  Leave your name, telephone number, number in your party and date you wish to attend.  Calls will be returned. 


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