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Tue
25
Apr

Man leads high speed chase through county


Johnny Roulett

A man led law enforcement officers from three counties on a high-speed chase Tuesday, April 18.

A traffic stop for speeding turned into a pursuit beginning in Smith County and crossing over into Van Zandt and Wood counties. The pursuit reached speeds of 130 miles per hour and lasted about an hour.

Authorities say that 33-year-old Johnny Ray Roulett of Tullahoma, Tenn., was arrested and charged with evading arrest, tampering with identification numbers and personal property, and unlawful carry of a weapon.

Roulett is being held in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $110,000.

The chase ended just north of Lindale on Highway 69 North after a DPS Trooper officer used a maneuver to stop the vehicle.

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Mon
24
Apr

Bulldogs defeat Indians 2-1 in rivalry game


The Edgewood Bulldogs improved to 7-0 in district play with a 2-1 home win over the rival Grand Saline Indians April 14.

The Edgewood Bulldogs completed the season sweep of chief rival Grand Saline April 14, making two early runs stand up in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

Edgewood took the lead over Grand Saline in the bottom of the first inning, getting a one out walk from Kason Grant and a double from Tye Elie to put runners on second and third. Trey Erwin, the fourth batter to step up in the inning, grounded out to short to drive in Grant for a 1-0 Bulldog advantage.

After turning back a bases loaded situation by the Indians in the top of the second, Edgewood added its second and final run of the game in the home half.

The first two Bulldogs reached base in the bottom of the second before a fielder’s choice groundout and a Grand Saline miscue allowed Edgewood to take a 2-0 lead.

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Mon
24
Apr

Yesterland holds Wildflower Weekends


Photo by Ayla Rightenour Hadley Anderton, 2, sits next to some baby chicks during Yesterland’s egg hunt event.

The Easter bunny landed at Yesterland Farms during their annual Wildflower Weekends and Easter Egg hunts event in early April.

The Wildflower Weekend is in its inaugural year, and was held April 1-2 and 8-9.

Pastel and brightly colored eggs dotted the landscape of Yesterland Farms, a landscape that includes the addition of numerous attractions and even 600 rose bushes.

“We have planted over 600 rose bushes,” said Kama Bozeman, owner of Yesterland Farms, “but that is not all that we have here, in fact we have some new attractions that are geared towards the Wildflower Weekend.”

Along with egg hunting, visitors could take a visit to Bunnyville, a village just for rabbits.

Bunnyville is a small, mock town filled with buildings such as the ‘Canton Hare-ald’ where bunnies can frolic and play to the delight of visitors.

Thu
20
Apr

POND MANAGEMENT FIELD DAY

Pond Management usually becomes a hot topic around this time of year. Folks are making plans to improve their pond, and are interested in information on how to do that. Many want to stock their pond, and would like to do it properly. In addition, persons with farm ponds or lakes are always interested in other areas of improvement for a good source of water.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Rains, Wood, and Van Zandt Counties will be hosting a Pond Management Field Day on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. This program will be held at Greene’s Lake, located southeast of Emory. 

From Canton— Prior to the Hwy 69 and 19 intersection – you will turn right on  FM 3274.  Continue down FM 3274 for 4.2 miles until you reach county Road 2300 (if you reach HWY 779, you have gone too far).  Take a right on RCR 2300 for .5 mile and then turn left on Greene’s Lake Private Drive. Watch for signs leading into the location, or contact the Extension Office for a map.

Thu
20
Apr

Hensarling meets with small business owners in Canton

Today, I hosted a small business roundtable with a diverse cross-section of business owners in Van Zandt County.  As tax day looms large in the minds of all Americans, today’s conversation centered on Republicans’ pro-growth economic agenda, specifically efforts to reform our nation’s broken tax code and to roll back unnecessary Washington red tape, which have the potential to spur economic growth and job creation in East Texas. 

Too many small business owners are struggling under mountains of job-killing red tape and a tax code that benefits those who have the money and the ability to work the system.  But, relief is on the way.

Wed
19
Apr

Dandelions: Acceptable for horses?

Dandelions crop up just about everywhere – on lawns, in pastures, even in gardens. Many consider them an annoying weed, while others delight in consuming them as part of a healthy salad. Some horses even seek out dandelions to eat. What if your pasture is riddled withdandelions? Is it OK for your horse to consume them?

Wed
19
Apr

State Sen. Bob Hall announces town hall meetings

State Sen. Bob Hall has announced a series of meeting to be held throughout Senate District. 2 to discuss the ongoing 85th Legislative Session and to answer constituent questions. The time and locations of the currently scheduled town halls include:

Friday, April 21:

Mesquite, Dallas County 6- 7:30 p.m.

Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest, Mesquite, TX 75149

Saturday, April 22 :

Rockwall, Rockwall County 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087

Canton, Van Zandt County 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Old City Hall Building, 290 E. Tyler Street, Canton, Texas 75103

Wed
19
Apr

St. Justin’s garage sale set for April 20-21

St Justin’s Episcopal Women are busy planning and preparing for their 12th annual garage sale to be held at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 and at 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21.

The ladies are expecting this year’s garage sale to be another big one, said Janet Davis, president of the Episcopal Women’s Group.

The group will be adding a plant sale along with a bake sale section.  

 The plants will be provided by Master Gardener, Martha Mitchell and all baked goods will be provided by the women from St. Justin’s. 

“We will be offering free coffee with the purchase of any baked good item.  

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Tue
18
Apr

Hogue announces board candidacy

I learned early in life the rules and regulations of how a school board works.

My dad, Floyd “Sam” Brown served on the Fruitvale School Board for a continuous 20 years.  During this time he obeyed the rules and made the meetings every month.

I have tried to do the same.  I have obeyed the rules, never discussed closed sessions and always put the children, school, teachers and taxpayers first.

I have been on the board for a continuous 12 years; missing only two meetings during this time.

I have gone to several school board seminars and have maintained my required hours of training every year.

During this time we have solved many problems, remodeled our elementary, built a new junior high wing, gotten a bond election passed and are now in the process of building a new agriculture/administration building.

Tue
18
Apr

Fruitvale ISD School Board Election

I feel that I would be a good candidate for the Fruitvale ISD school board position simply because I care about the community and most importantly, the students.

Having spent my entire life in Fruitvale, I have come to know many of the students and parents on a personal level through children/youth ministry and through my kids, and watching them grow up in our wonderful little town.

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