ROVFD garden tractor pull July 11

The Rolling Oaks Fire Department will host a tractor pull at the department Saturday, July 11, in conjunction with Lone Star Garden Tractors Pullers Association.

This is a rescheduled date from June 27 due to rain.

The start time will be 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the concession stand. The classes will be youth, stock, stock diesel, big stock, stock altered, super stock, big bike, outlaw, mini rod and super rod.

The station is located at 139 Van Zandt County Road 3832, Wills Point, off FM 751 and lies between the cities of Quinlan and Wills Point.


‘Just Desserts’ at the Edom theater next month

The Edom Civic Theatre continues its 19th season with "Just Desserts” July 10 and 11 at the Edom  Community Center off Highway 279 in downtown Edom.

According to information from the theater, "Judge Cogsworth has grudgingly agreed to judge a charity bakeoff even though he hates sweets.  Countless entries have been whittled down to three ... a raspberry tart by Lucy "Scooter" Bright, a nail salon owner; a Depression-era recipe baked by Edna Mae Carter, the local librarian; and a rich chocolate torte created by Margaret Mason, a local society lady.  When there is a murder in the middle of the judging it's up to Miss Peabody, head of the contest, and the audience to determine the murderer.  There will be clues and a chance to question the three suspects." 

Cast includes Lee Shults, Lloyd Smith, Jennifer Wood, Glenda Penn and Mary Reynolds. 

Desserts will be available at intermission benefiting the ECT scholarship fund. 


Loves celebrate milestone

Courtesy photos Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Love of Grand Saline celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Tuesday, June 30, 2015. They were married on June 30, 1945. They have six children and eleven grandchildren. They have been members of Sand Flat Baptist Church since 1970. C.O. is 90 years old and Elise is 87 years old.

Genealogical Society sponsors writing contest

 The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society is encouraging writers to submit their stories in the second annual Family History Writing Competition.

 The competition is open to both members and non-members of the VZCGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Winners will receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Authors may submit up to two entries. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible.

Entries will be accepted through Dec. 31.

While VZCGS has a goal of preserving Van Zandt County history, subject matter for the competition may include the surrounding counties. The author should engage the reader in the subject's "who, what, when, how, and where" aspect of an article.


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.


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