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Thu
18
May

Texas Cares Campaign presents check

A check in the amount of $211,660.00 was presented as part of the Texas Cares Campaign to the Salvation Army for use in the recovery efforts in Van Zandt County from the April 29 tornadoes. Shown with the donation check were left to right, Alvin J. Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Dallas; Connie Yates, Public Affairs & Communications for Tom Thumb and Albertsons in Fort Worth; Tashara Parker, CBS 19 Anchor in Tyler; Alisha Laventure, WFAA Channel 8 Anchor and Reporter in Dallas; Don Kirkpatrick, Van Zandt County Judge; Lou Ann Everett, Mayor of Canton; and Virgil Melton Jr., VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner. The check was presented in the VZC Courthouse May 15.

Thu
18
May

A labor of love Blackberry farm flourishes in Ben Wheeler

David Ellis and his wife Deanna, work the land of the Broken Chalice Blackberry farm three miles west of Ben Wheeler on FM 279 in Van Zandt County.  Together, they grow a special hybrid of blackberries while corralling dozens of bees and two lively German Shepherds and a grumpy cat.

One might be enveloped into a pocket of a forgotten time, that of a farmer toiling in the fields to produce a viable crop, working the land by hand and eventually reaping the rewards of effort when visiting the Broken Chalice farm.  David Ellis takes the long way around projects, preferring to do them the by hand.

In fact, he has planted 1,000 blackberry bushes on his property, and said that memories from childhood prompted him to put down his own set of roots in Ben Wheeler.

Ellis says he remembers walking in the footprints of his grandfather as a boy as his grandfather tilled his garden, turning over the rich soil to plant food for his family.

Thu
18
May

Ball talks Precinct Watch Program at VISIONS

Tim Ball, Chair for Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Association, was guest speaker at the latest VISIONS meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

Ball discussed the history and purpose of the Precinct Watch Program of Van Zandt County.

Ball stated that the mission of the organization is

Ball then discussed membership requirements and the different aspects of the program including”

 Monthly Precinct meetings and Crime Statistics Collection

Tracking trends and modus operandi to better determine areas of focus. Disseminating this information to members to increase community awareness.

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Thu
11
May

Clothes Closet to hold giveaway

The Clothes Closet at 508 East Oak Street Church of Christ will hold the Edgewood Community Clothing Give-Away from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. 

The Clothes Closet offers a variety of sizes and styles for men and boys, ladies and girls and infant wear along with shoes. The Clothes Closet is located at 508 East Oak Street, Edgewood. For more information call Terry Johnson at 972-832-9978.

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Thu
11
May

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from April 26-May 27, 2017.

William Neal Adams Jr., 27, Grand Saline, was arrested on a warrant for manufacture, delivery of controlled substance.

Skylor Bree Allbritton, 20, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for criminal trespass.

Sarah Nicole Barker, 28, Fruitvale, was arrested on a Wood Co. warrant for theft of property.

Karie Anne Bishop, 33, Terrell, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of habitation.

Rami William Carroll, 22, Mabank, was arrested on site for assault causing bodily injury, family violence, and on a warrant for violation of parole.

Hayden Wayne Case, 19, Edgewood, was arrested on a warrant for terroristic threat of family.

Thu
11
May

Attention tornado victims and volunteers

If your home was damaged by the tornados on April 29, please fill out the

2017 East Texas Tornado Response Taskforce/Homeowner Assistance Request Intake Form

Registering with this form will get help to your location and also qualify you for grants in the future. Filling out this form allows the taskforce to get volunteers to your property to assist you and your families as quickly as possible.

Please register as a volunteer and get your wrist band and ID number.

2017 east Texas tornado response/volunteer intake form

All volunteers must be assigned a number and entered into the database in order to log their volunteer hours. This includes homeowners and all service organizations offering aide.

Why is this important?

Thu
11
May

Rolling Oaks Fire Dept. to hold pancake breakfast

The Rolling Oaks Fire Department will hold their annual pancake breakfast cooked by the firefighters.

“Come watch our men and women in action over a hot grill with all the proceeds going towards much needed essential department equipment,” said event organizers.

On Sunday, May 21, the station will be open for breakfast 6 a.m. to  2 p.m. followed by the department’s monthly meeting (open to the public.)   

The breakfast is $5 per person, and includes pancakes, sausage and drink and children eat free.  

The department will be accepting tax-deductible donations and applications as well.

“The department is always seeking individuals who want to donate their talent.  We have plenty of non-operations positions in addition to those who wish to train as firefighters,” said fire department officials.

Thu
11
May

Canton Animal Shelter dedicated to reuniting animals

“City of Canton Animal Shelter is now fully operational after it was affected by power/communication outage caused by the recent tornados that ripped through the area.

As of Monday, May 8, all functions of communication with the public have been restored. We are prepared and have been receiving animals displaced by the disaster and have been partnering with agencies to continue the efforts of caring for and reuniting families with their beloved pets at the shelter located at 320 Arnold Raul Rd, Canton.

Thu
11
May

Wilson taking Wills Point roots to NFL

The Los Angeles Chargers saw their profile climb considerably among Wills Point area football fans last week with news that Dontre Wilson, a former DeSoto High School and Ohio State standout, had signed a contract with the organization May 1.

The son of Don Wilson and Robin Summerfield, a standout athlete in her own right, Wilson grew up in Wills Point before moving to the DeSoto area prior around fifth grade.

“I grew up here. I started here. I lived her until about fifth grade,” explained Wilson. “This is where I first played football for the Wills Point Tigers. My whole family is from here.”

Wilson had to adapt quickly, jumping from a community of less than 4000 people to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Thu
11
May

Grand Saline VFD receives $38,000 grant

Grand Saline Volunteer Fire Department received funding to help purchase a new slip-on unit through the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

A slip-on unit is a complete self-contained firefighting system designed for a pickup truck or custom-built vehicle platform. It is used in wildland firefighting as well as structure and automobile fires.

This new slip-on unit is equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System, a 500-gallon poly water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank.

Firefighting foam is used for fire suppression. It cools the fire and coats the fuel, preventing contact with oxygen. The firefighter spreads a blanket of foam on the area involved, smothering the fire and decreasing the possibility of it reigniting.

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