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Mon
27
Feb

Parker donates to ABC Room


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Wills Point Junior High student Jolie Parker, 12, donated a television that she won to the ABC Room in Canton. ABC Room is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, toys and other items to children who are placed in Child Protective Services.

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Sun
26
Feb

Genealogical Society installs new members


Left to right - Carrie Woolverton, Mayor Lou Ann Everett, Scott Fitzgerald, Sandra Jones, Beth Gordon, Sylvia Barbee, Ellen Wheeler, Tom Tyler, Shirley Fuller and Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society met Jan. 28, at the Van Zandt County Library for their monthly meeting.  After the pledge to the American flag, Martha’s Moment by Martha Heard was given.  Mrs. Heard related interesting facts about previous presidential elections. She also spoke about the whooping cranes that winter in Texas, and a festival which is held in Aransas Pass at the end of February that celebrates these endangered birds.

Jan Crow, outgoing president, presented certificates of recognition of service to the board officers who served under her. 

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Thu
23
Feb

Mize speaks to Friends of Library

The February meeting of the Friends of Van Zandt County Library was held Feb. 13. The program was a presentation on “The Orphan Trains” presented by Benja Mize.

The attendees learned that the Orphan Trains ran from 1850 to 1932 and over 250,000 children were put on the trains as “riders”. Mize stated that the children started out on the train in New York City and were taken off the trains at each stop to see if anyone would take them.

“The children that were not chosen were put back on the trains to ride to the next stop and it all started over again. Siblings were most of the time separated. Many of the children were taken as no more than laborers for the families
that took them in.”

The next meeting will be Monday, March 13 and the program will be a Disaster Relief presentation with John and Brenda Fuller.  

Tue
31
Jan

Author Roy Philp Jr. speaks at GS Library


Roy Philp Jr.

Roy Philp Jr., author of “The Hoot Owl Man,” was the guest speaker Jan. 19 at the Grand Saline Public Library

Set in East Texas, the book tells the story of David and his son, Matthew,  who are on a campout when they discover an unconscious girl in a canoe floating down the river. The girl, Molly, awakens and quickly mesmerizes David and Matthew with her “zest and pizzazz.”

Philp is a retired pharmacist living in Beaumont. He has three children and five grandchildren. His grandfather’s storytelling was one of his inspirations.

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Mon
30
Jan

Veteran remembered


From left to right Darlene Weesner and Carolyn Cantrell of Wills Point.

 U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling’s Regional Director, Phillip Smith, recently presented medals and a flag flown over the Capitol to the family of deceased World War II Army Veteran, Corporal Vernon M. Cantrell.  The posthumous presentation took place at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Museum.  Medals Awarded were Good Conduct Medal; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star; World War II Victory Medal; and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

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Wed
18
Jan

Donation


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Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial members Dan Maurieri, Ron Carroll and Cary Hilliard accepted a $2, 000 check from Laura Melton who represented the TVEC Charitable Foundation. 

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Fri
23
Dec

30 years


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Denice Meredith was honored at the December meeting of the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department for her 30 years of service as treasurer.

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Tue
20
Dec

Volunteers honored at VZC Library


Photos by Britne Hammons

The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library held a volunteer appreciation brunch Monday, Dec. 12.  “The brunch is a small way to say thanks for all of the hard work and many hours that volunteers put into the library. Without the volunteers, the library would not be as successful as it is today,” said Susie Pulley, VZC Librarian.

Pulley also introduced guests Beverly and Carl Birdwell. Mrs. Birdwell is the daughter of the late Al Coleman, who was one of the original first members of the Advisory Board of the VZC Library.

“Al served off and on for over 20 years as an Advisory board member. He was also a big Lions Club member and always supported the Library with money through the Lions Club,” said Pulley

Guests enjoyed a homemade brunch while visiting with library staff and volunteers.

Thu
08
Dec

State Farm grants $5K to Grand Saline


State Farm grants $5K to Grand Saline

State Farm granted a $5,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to the City of Grand Saline’s Fire Marshal’s office to re-start its smoke detector installation program to better serve senior members of the community and families with low incomes.  Accepting the grant was from left, Grand Saline City Administrator Rex White, Grand Saline Fire Marshal Tully Davidson and State Farm agent Johnny Thomas. “On behalf of State Farm, it is our sincere hope that our efforts will help ensure the safety of the entire community,” said Johnny Thompson, local State Farm agent.

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Wed
07
Dec

Kirkpatrick speaks to UDC


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The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. 

The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her civil war ancestors.  Each block design was from 1865 and had a special meaning for an ancestor.  For example, her ancestor who served in Texas had the quilt block called "Texas Tears."

 Shown in front of the quilt are Chapter President Donna Carter and Kirkpatrick. 

The Chapter meets every third Monday and visitors are always welcome, members said.  

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