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.


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.


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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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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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.


Blue ribbon

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Sandy Hilliard, left, gave a plaque of appreciation to Billie Rose Floral owner Janis Brown for her contribution of blue ribbons in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Brown said that she makes the bows out of blue ribbon each year and “loses count” on how many bows are made for Van Zandt County and will make them until the “ribbon runs out.”

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Everett entertains Genealogical Society

Lou Ann Everett presented a program on the writings of Dilue Rose Harris to the Genealogical Society March 26.

The monthly meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society was held Saturday, March 26, 2016, in the Buchanan Room of the VZC Library. 

Lou Ann Everett presented a program on “The Runaway Scrape...A Living Portrayal of Dilue Rose Harris".  The writings of Dilue Rose Harris recalled the events leading to the Texas revolution was a source for early Texas history.

Everett portrayed Dilue Rose Harris during the presentation.

The Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. at the County Library, and visitors are always welcome.

For information about the Genealogical Society call 903-567-5012.

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Austin Bank wins ‘best company’ award

Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2016 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

The bank was recognized and honored at the Texas Association of Business Awards dinner in Austin in March. 

This is the eighth consecutive year for Austin Bank to receive this award.

The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of “Texas Monthly,” the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Companies to Work for in Texas.  The 2016 list is comprised of 100 companies which benefit the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.  Austin Bank ranked number eight in the medium sized company category.

“Austin Bank is especially proud to receive this honor because it came from the input of our employees,” said Jeff Austin III, vice chairman of the board.


April activities spring at GS Library

It seems like 2016 just stared and we are already rolling into April.  We have had a great start to the year at the library and we hope to continue to be able to have great attendance at the library and at our programs. 

April 11-15 is National Library Week and we are celebrating by hosting the Friends of the Library book sale from April 12-19 at the library.  Books will be sold by the inch and will cost $.50 an inch.  We will be offering a variety of different promotions throughout the week so check at the library and on our Facebook or twitter to see what the offers are. 

On April 26 we will be hosting a Medicare Workshop at 10 a.m.  We will close out April with an adult coloring party at 2 p.m.  April 28. 

We would love to have you visit the library and attend one of our events. We hope to see you soon. 


Van Zandt Extension Education Association Hosted Annual Cultural Arts Event

Courtesy photo Van Zandt County Extension Club Members meet March 14 to work on a community project. Taking part were, seated from left, Ann Mallow, Inez Stamper, Faye Wright, Jimmie Lou Buchannan, back row, Carolyn Minor, Sally Ronk, Carolyn Davis, Judy Dickens and Pat Kelley. Not pictured are members Mary Norrell and Jeanine Upton.

Members of the Van Zandt Extension Education Association met March 14 to host their annual Cultural Arts competition and conduct their monthly meeting.

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes, a monthly meeting was conducted along with judging of the Cultural Arts projects and completing a community service project.

Representatives from the VZEEA group were selected to attend the upcoming District Cultural Arts competition and Conference that will be held April 12 and 13 in Denton.  Award winners earning first or second place honors will represent Van Zandt County at the district level in their respective categories.  

Following the business meeting the winners were announced and everyone enjoyed the potluck dinner that was served, Rhodes said. 


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