Grand Saline senior continues giving tradition she started in eighth grade

Courtesy photo Morgan Easley and Cassidy Milam give a donation to Mike Whatley, treasurer of Van Zandt County Humane Society.

For the past five years, Cassidy Milam, a senior at Grand Saline High School, has made it her mission to collect monetary donations, toys, treats and food for Van Zandt County Humane Society. 

Cassidy is the daughter of Danny and Wendy Milam of Grand Saline.

Humane Society President Carol Whatley said she admires Cassidy's passion and effort. “We have been the lucky recipients of Cassidy's enthusiasm since she was in eighth grade,” Whatley said. “At that time we didn't know this would be a long-term connection, but each spring she comes up with another great donation for us. She will be going to college in the fall and we really will miss her smile and her energy.  I know she will do well.

"Because we are a non-profit, all volunteer organization, we rely a great deal on community support. Cassidy and her friends have shown us what community is about every year.  We are more grateful than we can say."


Heddins says Internet, technology gateway to genealogical research

Courtesy photo Roland Heddins of Fruitvale will present "Using Technology to Preserve our Past" at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23

 Roland Heddins of Fruitvale will present his program "Using Technology to Preserve our Past" at the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Van Zandt County library.

Heddins will be telling his own story of genealogical research and how he has used photography, audio recording, videography, video production and the Internet to preserve his family history as well as the stories and memories of many of his elderly relatives over the years.

Heddins will also talk about his use of computer graphics scanning and editing software to restore, enhance and share a large collection of old family photographs.

Born in 1960 to Van Zandt County native, Charles R. Heddins and Sulphur, La. native, Barbara (Daigle) Heddins, in Lake Charles, La., he has Van Zandt County and East Texas family roots dating back to the early 1850s.


Retired teachers visit Austin

Courtesy photo A group of Van Zandt County Retired teachers along with State President Frann Plummer went to Austin and met with State Representative Dan Flynn in support of a pay increase for state retired teachers. Shown left to right is State President Frann Plummer, Malcolm Lentz, Gene Epperson, Grace Lamar, Donna Dunter, Janet Clem and Betty Wilson; standing is State Rep. Dan Flynn. For more stories like this one, subscribe to the Van Zandt News or pick up a copy from one of our vendors.

Extension Education Club tours Cherry Creek B&B

The Van Zandt Extension Education Club met April 13 in Canton to tour the Cherry Creek Bed and Breakfast, owned by Mike and Pat Mullins. Pat, president of the Free State Master Gardeners Association, led a tour of the property and gardens. Many flowers of all species including multiple varieties of iris were in bloom. Melisa Rhodes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent, said everyone was extremely impressed with the accommodations offered at the Cherry Creek Bed and Breakfast as well as the impressive gardens that surround the home. 

United Daughters of Confederacy honor local veteran

A special ceremony was held during the regular meeting of the Jesse Miller Foster Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, on Monday, April 20 at the Dairy Palace in Canton. Sherrie Archer of Canton, Chapter Recorder of Military Service Awards, expressed to member Sylvia Barbee of Canton, wife of Ernie Barbee, gratitude for Mr. Barbee’s military service and that of his Confederate ancestor, Clem S. Barbee.


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