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Sun
21
Aug

Texas Bank and Trust earns 5-Star rating

BauerFinancial Inc., a bank rating firm, has announced that Texas Bank and Trust Company has earned its Recommended Status of 5-Stars.

This marks the 91st consecutive quarter that Texas Bank and Trust has earned a recommended rating from Bauer.

BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the nation’s banks since 1983. Earning a 5-Star rating from Bauer indicates that Texas Bank and Trust Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation, information from the company states.

“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “We’ve seen the ups … and the downs of this industry and the one constant, is that community banks, like Texas Bank and Trust Company, continue to shine, even in the toughest times. Knowing their customers is the key to making solid investments into the future of the communities they serve.”

Sat
20
Aug

Artistic moments


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Left, Natalie Walters makes mini clay pizzas at Art-Burn Studio & Classes in Canton. Art-Burn was previously located in Ben Wheeler. Right, Eliot Burk and Kelly Smith do a drawing exercise in a recent teen class at Art-Burn Studio & Classes.

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Mon
15
Aug

Red Hat group looking for members

The Red Hat Society is looking for new members. 

Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month.  Dues are $15 for a year.

The Red Hat Society is for women approaching 50 and beyond. The group is recognized by their red hats and purple clothes. 

According to information from the group, “the Red Hat Society empowers women to embrace aging and actively take part in creative play.”

For more information, call Janie Estill at 903-865-1119 or 903-880-7221.

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Mon
08
Aug

Birth Announcement

It’s a boy!

 

Tanner Bryce Weatherford

 

Taylan Weatherford, of Katy, is proud to announce the arrival of his baby brother, Tanner Bryce Weatherford.

Proud parents are Dustin and Gulsah Weatherford of Katy.

Tanner arrived at 2:22 p.m. June 16, 2016, at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston.  He weighed 8 pounds, 8.4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Steve and Teresa Smith of Canton, Rickey and Becky Weatherford of Martins Mill and Unsal and Zehra Ceker of Cypress.

Great-grandparents are Leroy and Joy Crabtree of Canton and Bobby Weatherford of Martins Mill.

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Sun
07
Aug

Stuffed friends sleep at library


Courtesy photo Mrs. Rhonda reads a bedtime story before children leave their stuffed animal friends at the library for a sleepover.

Story time on hiatus until September

July 28, 19 pre-school Story Time children brought their stuffed animal friends to the Van Zandt County Library for a sleep over.

Mrs. Rhonda read bedtime stories to the animals before they were tucked in for the night. Some of the attendees were Pinkie, Sparkle, Elefantita, Marshall and Caterina. There were bears, monkeys, a rabbit, several dogs, a turtle and even a mallard duck spending the night in the Library.

The Friends of the Library furnished snacks in the morning when the children returned to the library to pick up their animals and watch a slide show of all the mischief the animals got into after the Library closed.  

Story Time will take the month of August off and return to its Friday morning time Sept. 9.

Fri
05
Aug

Genealogical Society Holds Meeting


Courtesy photo Carol Taylor, left, was the guest speaker at the VZC Genealogical Society meeting in July. She was welcomed by Society President Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting July 23 in the Buchanan Room of the County Library. 

The brief historical moment, a regular feature of the meetings by Martha Heard of Canton, was about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCCC provided work for many young men during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  

Guest speaker Carol Taylor of Greenville talked about Ben Bickerstaff and the war of reconstruction in Texas after the Civil War. Taylor is co-author of the book “The Devils Triangle,” which is a historical look at the terrorist and outlaw groups operating in the northeast Texas area following the Civil War.

Refreshments were served by hosts for the meeting, Scott Fitzgerald of Tyler and Sandra Jones of Canton. 

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month except December at the VZC Library, 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton. 

Thu
28
Jul

Summer Reading gets ready to Zoofari

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This week’s entertainer was Todd McKinney the Magician.

Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of Van Zandt County Library.

Summer Reading is held at 10 a.m. each Friday at Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Ln.

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Tue
26
Jul

Austin Bank Welcomes Nancy Wilson


Nancy Wilson

Jeff Austin III, vice chairman of the board of Austin Bank, recently announced Nancy Wilson has joined the bank as assistant vice president and retail office manager in their Van office.

“We are pleased to welcome Nancy who is a skilled banker with more than 35 years of experience.  Her strong customer service skills and management experience will help to serve our customers and the Austin Bank team,” said Austin.  “Nancy has both the skills and desire to help families and businesses with their financial needs; and a strong commitment to the Van community.”

Wilson previously worked with First State Bank in Ben Wheeler as a senior vice president, BSA officer, compliance officer and loan department supervisor.

Tue
26
Jul

Goodbye, Marleigh


Wildthings Zoofari entertained the children at the Summer Reading Program of Van Zandt County Library. Joey the kangaroo was a big hit and everyone enjoyed petting him, librarians said. Summer Reading is sponsored by Trinity Valley Electric Company, Splash Kingdom and Friends of the VZC Library.

July 22 was the last Summer Reading Program at the VZC Library and was also Volunteer Marleigh Cowgill’s last day as a volunteer at the library. “Marleigh has given years unselfishly and many hours to help at the Library and she will be missed. The Librarians wish her well as she attends school in California,” librarians said.

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Sun
24
Jul

Doing the didgeri


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The didgeridoo is a wind instrument from Australia. Last week’s program at the Grand Saline Public Library was Didgeridoo Down Under. Those attending learned about the importance of ecology, animals from Australia and some got a turn trying to play the didgeridoo.

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