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Wed
21
Sep

Fall season storytime


Courtesy photo

Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library has moved back to 10 a.m. Friday and the fall season started off with a big crowd. Ms. Rhonda
read “Homer the Library Cat,” “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” and “The Not so Quiet Library.” The craft for the day was a book worm
with each child spelling out their names to make the worm.

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Sun
18
Sep

Revolutionary War, migration routes topics of genealogy seminar

If you are interested in finding your Revolutionary War Ancestors, writing your family history or tracing the migration routes of your early American ancestors, these topics will be discussed at the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society genealogy seminar Sept. 24. 

Speaker for the seminar will be well known genealogist Don Raney.  Raney has been an active genealogist for more than 30 years. 

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Thu
15
Sep

Genealogical Society Holds Meeting


Courtesy photo Guest speaker Larry Turner and Genealogical Society President Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Buchanan Room of the County Library.  

Guest speaker for the meeting was Larry Turner of Wills Point who spoke on the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack.  He related the story of four young men from Van Zandt County who were serving on the USS Arizona at the time.  The four men were Van Wood, B.J. Johnson, D.C. Ayers and Raymond Johnson.   

The next society meeting will be our all-day seminar on Saturday, Sept. 24 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 885 First Monday Lane (Hwy 859) in Canton.   The speaker for the seminar will be Don Rainey.  Mr. Rainey will speak on “The Battle of Kings Mountain”, “Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor”, “Early American Migration Routes” and “Writing Your Family History with Historical Context”.  For more information, please call the Library of Genealogy and Local History at 903-567-5012.

Wed
14
Sep

Canton Bridge Club Results

Aug. 23 – North/South, first, Chester Neel and Bonnie Mage; second, Kay Mitchell and Phyllis Alvarez;  third, Dan Cowling and Marion Davis. East/West, first, Rosemary Mize and Mary Priest; second, Ann Bennett and Barbara Bradford; third, Neva Davis and Jan Holcomb.

Aug. 30 – North/South, first, Sue Ritschel and Yvonne Houston; second, Rosalyn Tullos and Tillie Reed; third, Rachel Lee and Patsy Gordon; fourth, Nelda Avent and JoAnn Parten. East/West, first, Jerrell and  Janie Wolaver; second, Betty Wilkinson and Mary Priest; third, Greg Cooley and Francs Sanders; fourth, Jan Holcomb and Neva Davis.

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Tue
13
Sep

Short, Benton to unite in marriage

Jordan Kinley Short, daughter of Kyle and Lisa Short of Edgewood will marry Eric Lee Benton, son of Kevin and Cindy Benton of Bowie, Oct. 23 at Thistle Springs Ranch in Cleburne.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Bettie and the late Howard Summers of Early and John and Wanda Short of Snyder.

The groom-elect is the grandson of the late Carrol and Lucille Davis and the late Floyd and Lois Benton, all of Bowie.

The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Spearman High School and a 2010 honor graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in secondary math education.  She received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University in 2011, and is currently a math teacher at Liberty High School in Frisco ISD.

Mon
12
Sep

Austin Bank announces new director


Nancy Abernathy

Austin Bank Chairman of the Board Jeff Austin Jr. has announced the appointment of a new board member.

Nancy Abernathy has joined the board as a new director.

 a new member at the May 2016 Board meeting held in Jacksonville, TX.

“Our newest board member embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table” Austin said.  “We are very fortunate to have her added to our distinguished board.”

Abernathy is a vice president and financial analyst for Jack L. Phillips Company in Gladewater. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in composite sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Mon
22
Aug

Genealogical Society to Hear Guest Speaker Larry Turner

The monthly meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Van Zandt County Library at 317 First Monday Ln. in Canton.  

The guest speaker will be Larry Turner of Wills Point.

He will be speaking about Pearl Harbor, concentrating on the USS Arizona and four young men that graduated from Van Zandt County schools.  Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Turner is a retired teacher and coach, and currently lives in Wills Point.  He began his career as a teacher and coach in Quitman in 1964.  In 1973 he became the head football coach in Italy. Turner received his bachelor of arts from North Texas State University in 1964, his master’s from East Texas State University. In 1974 he earned an administration certification. 

After his retirement, he continued to teach half days until 2006.  The last two years he taught history and science.

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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