Lifestyle

Tue
24
May

Summer story time moving to Tuesday

Reading program begins June 10

May means high school graduation and it’s great to see these promising young adults heading into their futures. 

We at the library wish each one bright year’s ahead. Libraries have played a large part in their 19 years of schooling. 

Also in May, Armed Forces Day is May 21. The library has a varied inventory of books covering all aspects of military service.  Don’t forget to thank those who have served for their contribution to our nation’s security.

If you haven’t seen the newly renovated library, come by and be sure to visit the new release section.  New selections are arriving each week. 

There have been inquiries about a book sale, since there wasn’t one this spring.  Another sale will probably take place this fall. 

Tue
24
May

Mathea Guild officers installed


Courtesy photo Rosemary Rumbley was the guest speaker at the Mathea Guild May meeting.

Mathea Guild meeting was held May 12 at the Van Zandt County Country Club in Canton.

Rosemary Rumbley was the guest speaker. According to club members, Rumbley is one of their all-time favorites who always offers a unique presentation. Rumbley is a humorist, teacher, actress, historian, journalist and author and has entertained the Mathea guild for more than 30 years.

Luncheon was held and Mayor Lou Ann Everett installed the officers for the 2016-‘17 year. 

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Mon
23
May

Pierce recognized for safety driver milestone

George W. Pierce Jr. of Wills Point has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 24 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer. 

The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle. Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based upon the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area. The Association currently has more than 157,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.

Thu
19
May

Myrtle Springs Alumni hear Show Stoppers


Courtesy photos The Canton High School Show Stoppers

Patrons attending the Myrtle Springs Alumni “Straw Hat” Dinner Theater were entertained by the Canton High School Show Stoppers Choir April 30. 

The choir is one of the groups organized and under the direction of Angela Russell of the CHS music department.  Students participating were freshmen to seniors. 

Kim Chitty, spokesperson of the alumni association, said the audience was “amazed by the talent these young people have and their ability to blend their voices in a most incredible manner.” 

Students participating in the program were Megan Gebauer, Lexi Veihl, Micah Stanley, Bryce Terry, Matthew Hook, Skylar Walukas and Mila Harrison.

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Thu
19
May

Importance of Potassium for Bermuda Hay Fields

            Potassium is often the most overlooked element in producing hay here in East Texas.  For years producers have just thought about nitrogen.  For the last 5 years, fertilizer recommendations have been calling for more and more potassium as producers have been neglecting this much needed nutrient.  Soil potassium levels/fertility does not affect crude protein and digestibility (TDN, ADF) of forages. Deficient or low potassium fertility levels will most assuredly reduce forage growth.  In other words, it can become first limiting nutrient and decrease overall yields.

Wed
18
May

Austin Bank receives Cornerstone Award

The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, presented a Cornerstone Award to Austin Bank for its help in the aftermath of tornado destruction in Van.

Scott Moseley, vice president/location president in the Van office, and Kelly Tunnell, senior vice president, retail market manager, accepted the award at the Texas Bankers Association’s 132nd Annual Convention held in Grapevine earlier this month.

On May 10, 2015, an EF3 tornado touched down in Van, leaving two dead, 43 injured and about one-third of the town’s homes and businesses damaged.

Wed
11
May

Wallace UMC announces new pastor

Dr. Mark H. Young has accepted the position of Pastor at Wallace UMC. Dr. Young began his ministry with Wallace UMC in April 2016.

Dr. Young is a Full Elder and member of the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

The Rev. Young has served in several churches including Russell Memorial UMC, Wills Point; Wesley Memorial UMC, Huntsville; Bellaire UMC (Houston); Klein UMC, Spring; Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Superintendent for the Beaumont District.  Sherri and Mark have three grown children, Peter, Paul and Mary, (all living in the Houston area).

The Young’s have a farm with chickens and goats and are living on Mrs. Young’s old home place.

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Wed
04
May

Happy Bear at VZCL Storytime


Courtesy photos Happy Bear took a turn coloring with children at the Van Zandt County Library.

We had visitors on Friday, April 22 at the Van Zandt County Library for Storytime.  Darla Costlow and Happy Bear from Children’s Advocacy Center came to read stories.  Several children had their photo taken with Happy Bear.  There was also a giraffe sighting during craft time. 

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Wed
27
Apr

Extension Ed members attend District Conference


Courtesy photo Attending the convention in Denton were, top row from left, Carolyn Davis, Inez Stamper, Judy Dickens, front row, Carolyn Minor and Jimmie Lou Buchanan. Not pictured is Van Zandt County Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes.

The Van Zandt Extension Education Association members attended their annual District 4 Conference and Cultural Arts Event in Denton April 12 and 13. 

The VZEEA County Chairperson Carolyn Davis and voting delegates represented the local association at the District level.  This year the VZEEA group was responsible for providing morning snacks and lunch treats. 

“The group showed off their excellent culinary skills and provided the 60-plus members in attendance with some delicious homemade baked goods,” said Van Zandt County Extension Family and consumer Science Agent Melisa Rhodes. 

The VZEEA members who placed first last month at the county level represented their group at the District Cultural Arts event. 

Tue
26
Apr

Texas United Daughters of the Confederacy hold special memorial


Courtesy photo Attending a Confederate veteran memorial service were TXUDC members from left, Carrie Anne Woolverton, Betty Wilson, Pattizo Humphries, Kitty Wheeler, Sylvia Sims, Donna Carter, Lou Ann Everett, Cynthia Harman, Benja Mize, Sandra Jones, Syliva Barbee and Linda Dean.

The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the Texas United Daughters of the Confederacy held a special memorial service honoring all confederate veterans resting in Old Northside Cemetery, at the Edgewood Heritage Center on Saturday, April 16.

Veterans honored included Pvt. Allen Blair, Pvt. James W. Blair and Pvt. James Jefferson Parkerson. 

Members of the Chapter, participating in the memorial service program were President and Historian Donna Carter; Vice President, Linda Deen; Secretary, Kitty Wheeler; Treasurer, Sylvia Barbee; Registrar, Carrie Ann Wilson-Woolverton; Parliamentarian, Benja Mize; and members, Sandra Jones, Lou Ann Everett, Cynthia Harman, Sylvia Sims and Elizabeth (Betty) Wilson.

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