Awards lunch honors child welfare workers

Courtesy photos Winners at the Region IV Awards Luncheon held in Canton last month.

The Van Zandt County Child Welfare Board recently hosted the Region IV Annual Awards Luncheon in Canton. 

On June 19, close to 100 people attended the luncheon, including members of the Van Zandt County commissioner’s court.  Texas is divided into nine regions and Region IV is comprised of 23 counties.  Every year, each county’s child welfare board submits nominees for those people and foster youth who “stand out” among all others.  Awards were given in the following categories and those winners represent the listed county:

Outstanding Female Youth – Van Zandt County

Outstanding Male Youth – Harrison County

Foster Parents of the Year – Van Zandt County

Outstanding CPS Leader – Cherokee County

Volunteer of the Year – Panola County

Outstanding Community Resource – Van Zandt County.

“It is clear that Van Zandt County had some real stars this year,” said VZC Child Welfare Board President Sandy Hilliard.


Ben creative

Courtesy photos. The Ben Creative Art Center has been busy. Recent activities included jewelry making classes with instructor Sylvia Morse and an opening for the work of abstract artist Carolyn Ellis.


Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Melton of Grand Saline are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lace Melton to Daniel Deibert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Deibert of Canton. Lace is a graduate of Grand Saline High School and Texas A&M University and is the branch manager and vice president of Texas Bank and Trust in Canton. She is also the granddaughter of the late Jessie and Lura Mae Lynch and the late Waimon and Elwanda Melton all of Grand Saline.

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Dealer Partners Nicholas Varela and Gilbert Lopez and Dealer Principal Fernando Varela recently celebrated the re-grand opening of All-Star Ford with an appearance by Dallas Cowboy lineman Zack Martin and a ribbon cutting with members of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. All-Star Ford is located at 17849 1-20.

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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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