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Thu
20
Jul

Records from 1871 to be archived Commissioners approve change in insurance plan

A plan to digitally archive all records in the Van Zandt County Clerk’s office was approved unanimously by the VZC Commissioners Court during their July 11 meeting.

VZC Clerk Pam Pearman, along with representatives from Kofile Technologies, spoke to the commissioners about the project that will cost $292,963.20 to complete.

“Right now, if we have a disaster, the records are gone,” pointed out Pearman. “We have no backup. When this project is complete, the county can make money when people go online and purchase the records they need.” The records go back as far as 1871.

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Wed
19
Jul

GS Council talks Salt Museum, audit reports


An overflowing crowd which included several law enforcement officers were in attendance July 11 at the regular monthly meeting of the Grand Saline City Council. No one signed up to speak for the “public comment” portion of the meeting. Council members heard an audit report and an update on the proposed new Salt Museum during their 35-minute open session.

An update from councilwoman Mary Jane Hollowell and Grand Saline Salt Museum Board President Dr. James Lea on the proposed new Salt Museum facility for the city was presented during the July 11 Grand Saline City Council meeting.

“As many of you know, we have plans for a Salt Museum to come on line,” said Hollowell. “The plans are in the works right now and we hope that it will be completed in a year. While the construction is going on, I would propose that the city along with the chamber of commerce, the EDC as well as some others begin working together on a city-wide campaign to prepare for receiving visitors. The museum board is expecting an overwhelming attendance, most of which will be first time visitors to Grand Saline. We want to put Grand Saline in the very best light that we can.”

Wed
19
Jul

A moment of silence: Officers pay homage to those killed

A number of law enforcement agencies throughout Van Zandt County participated in a moment of silence July 7 to honor the fallen Dallas Police Department officers that were killed in the line of duty in downtown Dallas one year ago.

Last year, one day after the shooting in downtown Dallas that took the lives of five police officers and wounded numerous others, Van Zandt County came together in a prayer vigil to honor the fallen and wounded Dallas and DART police officers.

Pct. 4 Constable Bob Keltner was one of the organizers of the event last year and said that he felt a “deep sense of brotherhood,” with the men and women of law enforcement during the July 7, 2016, attack. 

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Tue
18
Jul

GS police chief placed on administrative leave

Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins was placed on paid administrative leave July 10 by the City of Grand Saline.

Joel Elliott of the Elliott Law Firm in Canton and attorney for the City of Grand Saline, told the News in a July 12 interview that he has been in recent contact with outside law enforcement agencies and the Texas Municipal League regarding allegations against Collins.

“If a law has been broken, there will be an outside law enforcement investigation,” pointed out Elliott. “If there is a policy violation, a third-party person will be brought in to investigate that. We are doing everything we can to make sure this case is being investigated properly.”

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Tue
18
Jul

Fatal crash claims lives of mother, son

On July 7, 2017 at approximately 9:53 p.m., Troopers responded to a three-vehicle fatal crash on IH-20 in Van Zandt County near the city of Van.  Preliminary crash investigations revealed that a 2014 Ford F-350 was traveling east on IH-20 when it struck the back of a 2004 Ford Taurus that was also east bound.  The impact caused the Taurus to crash into the back of a 2007 Audi. 

The driver of the Ford F-350 was identified as 48 year-old Terry Donte Rose of Garland.  Rose was not injured.  

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Mon
17
Jul

Pct. 2 JP Judge Daniell announces intent to retire

On Tuesday, July 11 Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Judge Ronnie Daniell presented a letter of intent to retire to VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

Judge Daniell will have served the citizens of Pct. 2 and Van Zandt County for 14 years and nine months as of his planned retirement date at noon, Friday, Sept 8.

Judge Daniell said that he appreciated the citizens of Van Zandt County for allowing him to “be their servant.” 

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Sun
16
Jul

Sunset in Wills Point

Photographer Ine Burke captured a sunset in Van Zandt County at the Sabine River headwater by the Tawakoni Spillway and Holiday Marina in Wills Point. The photo was submitted to the Van Zandt News in the Explore magazine cover contest. See more submission photos page 1B. 

Photo by Ine Burke

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Sun
16
Jul

Senior Box Program set

Manna is participating in the Senior Box Program through East Texas Food Bank.  Applicants must be 60 years old and qualify by gross income guidelines. 

“If you are on Medicaid or Food Stamps you automatically qualify.  We must see proof of age and income.  You must apply for this program and you may do so at Manna,” said organizers.

For questions about the program, call 903-567-6107.  .  Manna is open the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

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Sat
15
Jul

Cooling bill assistance available

Summer heat is here and cooling bills will soar.  Practicing heat safety is especially important for those with fragile health, the elderly, those disabled or those with young children.  Avoiding excessive heat is essential for those with health issues. 

Greater East Texas Community Action Program will offer energy assistance services for residents in Van Zandt County.

Families are encouraged to apply now as more than one month of assistance could be available.  There are several ways to access assistance.  The GETCAP website provides a mail-in application as well as an 800# for assistance.

Visit www.get-cap.org or call 800-621-5746 for information or the application.    

Fri
14
Jul

Campmeeting set in Canton

The 20th Annual East Texas Baptist Campmeeting Revival, presented by Edgewood Evangelist Dennis Erwin, will be held July 17-21 at the Civic Center in Canton.

The non-profit meeting is free and open to the public. Services begin at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with special events daily, including a golf tournament, picnic and other special events.

The Wednesday morning service from 9:30-noon will feature sermons from young preachers and a revival sermon by Dr. Russell Rogers.  A gospel concert will be presented in each service by nationally known southern gospel and Bluegrass groups.

Erwin stated, “Feel free to bring your comfortable chair and meet us at the Civic Center, July 17-21.”   For more information or questions call Evangelist Dennis Erwin at 903-896-7727.

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