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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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Tue
26
Apr

Mathea Guild meeting held


Left to right are Lanette Thomas with Baci, Kathy Burkham with Star, Waumdene Blue with Gremlin, Pat Hammon with Hobo and Vicki Ragle with Lady Bug.

Sixteen members and one guest attended the Van Zandt County Mathea Guild meeting held Thursday, April 14 at the American National Bank in Canton.

Vicki Ragle, speaker of the group of five ladies with ATD “Alliance of Therapy Dogs” a local group of ladies that volunteer with their dogs known as “Therapy Dogs of VZCounty.”

These ladies with their Therapy Dog Teams make visits to nursing/assisted living homes, hospitals, hospice enters, schools, libraries and court settings involving children.

Therapy Dog Teams bring happiness and cheer to people young and old alike.  The dogs are trained to be obedient and have manners and good leash skills.  The Therapy Dogs are known to help stress, depression, high anxiety situations, Alzheimer and dementia patients.

Refreshments were served by Hostesses Betty Hanna, Rosemary Mize and Shirley Morgan.

Thu
21
Apr

Canton Bridge Club News

April  5 ­– North/South, first, Bonnie Magee and Chester Neel; second, Tillie Reed and Rosalyn Tullos; third, Jan Holcomb and Neva Davis; fourth, Kay Mitchell and Dee Gemmel.

East/West, first, Shirley Shelton and Mike Graham; second, Betty Wilkinson and Mary Priest; third, Ann Bennett and Barbara Bradford; fourth, Phyllis and Manuel Alvarez.

 

March 29 – North/South, first,Rachel Lee and Sandy Hilliard; second, Sue Ritschel and Yvonne Houston; third, Rosalyn Tullos and Tillie Reed.

East/West, first, Ann Bennett and Patricia Hargrave; second, Jean Roach and Valerie Chapman; third, Marion Davis and Dan Cowling.

 

March 22 – North/South, first, Richard and Mary Hinkle; second, Beth Hankins and Patsy Williams; third Gloria Rowland and Mary Priest.

East/West, first, Barbara Bradford and Ann Bennett; second, Betty Wilkinson and Ursula Brooks; third, Mary Lawrence and Dee Gemmel.

Wed
20
Apr

It’s a girl!


Evie Sage

Scott and Emily Thompson of Pollock, La. welcomed their first child into the world at 5:16 p.m. on April 6. 

Evie Sage weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and is 19 and ½ inches long. 

She is the granddaughter of Mike and Tammy Cunningham of Ruston, La. and Keith and Teresa Thompson of Edgewood. 

Her great-grandparents are Dave and Ann Hill of Alexandria, La., Roy and Virginia Cunningham of Memphis, Tenn., Sharon Fullerton of Columbus, Ohio and Stanley Tull of Edgewood. 

She is the niece of Ali Cunningham of Ruston, La., Kyle Thompson of Edgewood and Justin Haynes of Ruston, La.

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Wed
20
Apr

Storytime grows at VZC Library

Ms. Rhonda had visitors to Storytime on Friday, April 8 about things that grow.  The gifted and talented class from Canton Middle School came to help at the library.  The stories read were “When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy” by Valorie Fisher;“Amanda and the Magic Garden,” by John Himmelman;  and “Muncha, Muncha, Muncha!” by Candace Fleming.  Storytime is held at 10 a.m. on Fridays.

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Tue
19
Apr

New flooring complete at VZC Library


The Van Zandt County Library is open with new flooring. Come check it out at 317 First Monday Lane.

The new flooring for the Van Zandt County Library is complete. The trustees have cleaned the floors and the mini library has been moved back into the main

Library. The Library staff thanks everyone that helped make this possible.

Twenty-eight different volunteers helped with some phase of the move.

"We are thankful to the City of Canton for budgeting for the new flooring, to The Friends of the Library for purchasing paint and painting the walls, to Judge Don Kirkpatrick and Commission Tim West for overseeing the move part of the project and to each individual that helped. A special thank you goes to the president of the Library Advisory Board, Russell Harris for coordinating between the county, city and the flooring company. This was almost an impossible task but with the help of many, we were able to get this done! We had 12 volunteers that came for our Saturday workday to finish up organizing the books," said Susie Pulley, director of the VZC Library.

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