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Wed
08
Nov

Suspect arrested following Edgewood bank robbery

An Alba man was taken into custody shortly before 10 a.m. Nov. 3 after reportedly robbing a teller at the First National Bank branch in Edgewood.

According to Edgewood Chief of Police David Hammonds, the Edgewood PD was contacted by a concerned citizen at approximately 9:38 a.m. advising that the FNB branch had just been robbed. While en route, Hammonds made contact with the VZC Sheriff's Office where he was advised that 9-1-1 had just been contacted regarding the same incident.

Law enforcement officials raced to the scene, receiving information from a witness or witnesses of the incident that the suspect in question was wearing a black hoodie and black mask, and had left the bank property on foot through Oak Hill Cemetery.

The brief chase ended at 9:44 a.m., just six minutes after the first call was received, with the suspect, identified as 53-year-old Thomas Dean Cornish, being apprehended in his vehicle without further incident.

Wed
08
Nov

Collins sentenced in VZC District Court

Former Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins appeared before District Judge Teresa Drum in the 294th judicial district in Canton Nov. 7.

Collins was charged with one count of theft of property by a public servant of more than $100 and less than $750, a Class A misdemeanor, and one count of abuse of official capacity which was dismissed as part of a plea agreement in which he had to surrender his law enforcement licenses.

On count one, Collins received a one-year sentence in the VZC Jail which was suspended and placed on community supervision for two years, fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs totaling $363, restitution in the amount of $216.63 and a Crime Stoppers fee of $50.

Collins submitted his resignation as Grand Saline police chief in writing to the City of Grand Saline Oct. 4 after being indicted by a VZC Grand Jury and turning himself in to VZC law enforcement authorities.

Wed
08
Nov

Community garden program gives back to county

The idea of a community garden was birthed by a small group of Van Zandt County Master Gardener Fall 2017 interns as they investigated different ideas for projects.  Each intern class, upon graduation, must have a community service project under their belt.  Little did they realize how far-reaching and extensive a community garden project could reach. The intern group includes Sherri Doss, Carter Hallmark, Louella Iliff, Sharon Palmer, Susan Warren, and Jamie Woelfel.

 

Wed
08
Nov

VZC residents shoot down proposition 1,048 voters went to polls

Six out of seven proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 7 ballot were approved by Van Zandt County voters in totals released by the VZC Clerk’s office.

Only Proposition 5 went down to defeat in a close vote, with 499 for and 513 against. Proposition 5 expanded the definition of a “professional sports team,” giving more team-connected foundations the ability to hold charitable raffles.

The remaining constitutional amendments were approved in overwhelming fashion and the results were as follows:

Proposition 1: For, 936 (90.09 percent); Against, 103 (9.91 percent.)

What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — those whose homes were donated to them by charity for less than market value.

Proposition 2: For, 769 (74.52 percent); Against, 263 (25.48 percent.)

What it means: This would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity in Texas.

Wed
08
Nov

Vincent DePaul Murphy Sr.

Vincent DePaul Murphy Sr.

1939-2017

Memorial services for Vincent DePaul Murphy Sr., 77, of Wills Point, were held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Wills Point with Rev. Patrick Fenton officiating.  Services were under the direction of Allan Fuller Funeral Home in Wills Point.

He passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, near Terrell, due to a car accident. 

He was born Dec. 24, 1939, in Dallas to Thomas P. Murphy and Annie Talty Murphy.  He was raised in Oak Cliff and graduated from W. H. Adamson High School.  He married Carol Sue Crossland Jan. 17, 1959, in Dallas. He owned and operated Murphy’s Sand & Gravel for 25 years, retiring in 2014 and had owned and operated Murphy’s Music in Irving since 1969. 

Mon
06
Nov

The Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Oct. 24 – Oct. 31, 2017

 

Abbott, Landon Ray, 44, Fruitvale, was arrested on four warrants for possession of controlled substance, forgery financial instrument, and violation of bond protective order.

Noal Mazahaem Algamedi, 20, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for assault, family violence.

Daniel Horton Amador, 27, Canton, was arrested on a Wood Co. warrant for possession of controlled substance, and on two warrants for bail jumping and failure to appear and driving while license invalid.

Brittany Lynn Bailey, 27, Wills Point, was arrested on site for manufacture, delivery of controlled substance.

Frank Matthew Baker, 51, Ben Wheeler, was arrested on site for public intoxication.

Shelby Barnes, 18, Wills Point, was arrested on site for criminal trespass.

Mon
06
Nov

Filing for March 2018 primary election begins Nov. 13

Republican and Democratic Party candidates interested in running for office next year in the Van Zandt County Primary will be able to do so beginning Monday, Nov. 13 in the VZC Clerk’s office at the VZC Courthouse.

The filing period runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 11; however, since Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday, no one will be allowed to sign up for the election until Nov. 13, according to the VZC Clerk’s office.

Elsa Smith, the VZC Chief Election Deputy, recently released a list of VZC offices up for election on March 6, 2018, as well as the current office holders and they are as follows:

Mon
06
Nov

VZC Commissioners accept donations, settlements

Several donations and settlements were announced by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court Nov. 1 during its regular meeting as the court barely had a quorum present.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. (Pct. 2) and Commissioner Tim West (Pct. 4) were present with Commissioner Brandon Brown (Pct. 1) and Commissioner Keith Pearson (Pct. 3) being absent.

Brown was with his wife, Melissa, in the hospital as she continues to recover from injuries suffered in a recent automobile accident and Pearson was in Kilgore representing the county in a meeting of the East Texas Council of Governments, according to Kirkpatrick.

Mon
06
Nov

Hensarling not seeking re-election in 2018

Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who has represented the 5th Congressinal District of Texas encompassing portions of Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufman, Van Zandt and Wood counties, announced Oct. 31 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018.

In a media release, Hensarling explained;

“Today (Oct. 31) I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the US Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned.

“Throughout this time, my family has graciously sacrificed for my service. As the parents of two teenagers, Melissa and I know there are only a few years left before they leave and make their own way in life. I want to be there for those years. Since my term as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee comes to an end next year, the time seems right for my departure.

Mon
06
Nov

Edgewood Heritage Festival marks 41 years Nov. 11

The Edgewood Heritage Festival will celebrate its 41th anniversary Saturday, Nov. 11.

A jewel of Van Zandt County, the Heritage Park Museum of East Texas will be featured at the Edgewood Heritage Festival in downtown Edgewood.

Live music will set the tone for a day to enjoy everything from classic cars and antique tractors to homemade jams and jellies and an Old West Shootout, model train exhibit and a children’s area with activities for the little ones. Vendors will be offering the answer for Christmas gifts.

 Admission and parking are free for the event running set to run from 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m.

      

Veterans Day Celebration

 

The highlight of the 41st Edgewood Heritage Festival will be the honoring of American military veterans. Nov. 11 is also Veterans Day, and this year the organizers of the festival decided to dedicate the day to American veterans.

At noon a special program will begin at the Gazebo in the park.

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