Engagement Miller and Griffin

Announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of Beverly Marlene Miller to Jack Carl Griffin of Fate.

Beverly is the daughter of Elizabeth Rinks and Kelles Miller of Wills Point.  She attended Wills Point Schools, attended Tyler Jr. College and is employed by Dunham and Smith Military Sales.

Jack is the son of Mary Todd and J.C. (Jack) Griffin, both of whom are deceased.  The groom attended Rockwall High School and is employed by Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

A small family wedding is planned for Sept. 12, 2015, at Chip Miller Farm.  The couple will make their home in Fate.


GriefShare Program Offered at First Baptist Church

If you are a person who has experienced the death of a loved one, you are invited to register for the GriefShare program held at First Baptist Church.  This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one.  The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD.  Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily routines.  Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them.


Florida Georgia Line connects to Van Zandt

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Cameron McCasland

Florida Georgia Line and Villain Place bring home both the Bronze Telly and a Golden Hermes Award for Florida Georgia Line “Dirt” Lyric video.

And the video has a Van Zandt County connection.

It was produced by former Edgewood resident Cameron McCasland.

The lyric video for Florida Georgia Lines “Dirt” has been awarded the Gold at the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards in addition to a Bronze statue at the 36th annual Telly Awards.

According to the awards programs, “the video stands out in its use of practically placed text for the lyrics.”

The video was shot by Josh Ickes with lead art design employed by Villain Place designer J. Kyle Kelly.

This marks the second Golden Hermes and Bronze Telly for both Norman and McCasland who previously matched this feat for their collaboration on the music video for “Precious Time” by the rock n’ roll duo “Numerics” in 2009.


Farmer’s market brings local flavor

Courtesy photo Mary Keller has been a regular vendor at the Wills Point Farmers Market in 2015, selling a collection of herbs including oregano, sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, thyme and chives. Other items being sold by vendors include jams and jellies, fruits and vegetables, eggs and baked goods.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer


The Wills Point Community Farmers’ Market is currently in the midst of celebrating its third year of existence, setting up shop each Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the historic Depot Museum in downtown.

In previous years, the market had been held on the grounds of Bill “Ike” Allred and at Bruce Cabin, the site of Wills Cabin, during the summer months.

This year’s event, which began on May 15, got off to a slow start due in large part to the rollercoaster weather that wreaked havoc with growers and farmers throughout the first half of 2015. Even with the minor setback early on, items for sale at this year’s market have included homegrown produce and herbs, eggs, as well as jams, jellies, canned and baked goods.


ETMC seeks community input on health needs

Online survey available through July 31


The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has embarked on a process to identify the health needs of the communities it serves and is seeking the public’s assistance.

ETMC is asking members of the community at-large (age 18 and older) to complete a short, online survey that asks questions about access to doctors and health information, as well as health status and medical issues of concern to them and their communities.

Survey participants are asked to provide their name and contact information in order to be entered in a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize of an Apple iPad. However, all responses are confidential and names are not associated with survey responses.


Rodeo, parade on the horizon

The annual Wills Point Riding Club Rodeo Parade and WPRC Rodeo are just a week away, with both showcase events scheduled to take center stage July 17 and 18. 

Events, and event information, includes:

Queen Competition

Ticketing for the UPRA Rodeo at Bill “Ike” Allred Arena has been underway for several weeks already with challengers for this year’s queen title hitting the bricks to sell advance tickets.

Rodeo queen contestants are broken down into three age groups: Tiny Miss, age 6 years and younger; Princess, ages 7 to 13 years; and Queen, ages 14 and up.

Rules for Tiny Miss, Princess and Queen include:

–Each contestant will be given $250 in tickets at the time of registration.

–The contest is based on ticket sales only.

–In order to qualify, $100 in tickets must be sold.

–To receive additional tickets, ticket money from the original packet must be turned in.


Annual gospel camp meeting coming to Canton

The 18th annual East Texas Baptist Camp meeting will be held at the Canton Civic Center July 13 through 17.

The music begins nightly at 7 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

There will be preaching, special exhibits and a snack bar.

Guest speakers are Mark Thrift, pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church in Houston; Ronnie Barefield, pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Ripley, Miss.;  Andy Russell, pastor Martin Baptist Church in New Albany, Miss.; and Scott Matthews, evangelist from Blacksburg, S.C.

Singing nightly will be Rochesters from Blacksburg, S.C. For more than 50 years, this family has been traveling across America playing instruments and singing bluegrass gospel. The 13-member group ranges in age from 13 to 80.

The Erwins from Edgewood will be singing each night as well. Siblings Keith, Kody, Kristopher and sister Katie have recently signed with the Stowtown Record Label.


Everest VBS begins at Pruitt Baptist next week

A summer kids’ event called Everest VBS will be hosted at Pruitt Baptist Church located on Hwy 110 between Van and Grand Saline on July 13 through 17.

According to information from the church, at Everest VBS, “kids will discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life and participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.”

Kids at Everest VBS will join an international missions effort to provide Thai language children’s Bibles to kids in Thailand.

Everest is for kids that have finished kindergarten to sixth grade and will run each evening from 6 to 8 p.m. 


Swing for Recovery set for July 25

Sponsorships available

The Swing For Van Recovery Golf Benefit Tournament will be July 25 at Van Zandt Country Club.

Entry fee is $500 per team which includes four players green fee, cart fee, range balls, a goody bags and lunch tickets.

For an extra $20 plays can buy two mulligans, one buy the drive and one throw.

There will be 28 teams per flight with either an 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. flight available.

Sponsorships ranging from $25,000 to $200 are available.

Platinum sponsorship $25,000 includes two team entries, hole sponsorship, banner displayed at registration and concert, a vendor booth, recognition in all advertisement and 10 hole sponsorships.

At $10,000, gold sponsors receive one team entry, one hole sponsorship, a banner at registration and concert, a vendor booth, recognition in all advertisement and five hole sponsorships.



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Storytime at Van Zandt County Library had a Patriotic Theme and was all about America in celebration of Independence Day. Mrs. Rhonda read books including “Sweet Land of Liberty” by Callista Gingrich and “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key.

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