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Tue
06
Feb

Fruitvale man charged with animal cruelty

 Stephen Driskill, of Fruitvale, owned 11 horses who were neglected and starving. One of the young horses collapsed on a neighbor’s property where she laid for five days. The neighbor, Jenola Johnson, had been feeding the horses for a month while waiting for the SPCA to investigate. Ms. Johnson tried everything to get the horse on her feet and find someone to help. She kept the horse alive by hand feeding and watering it for the five days. Mr. Driskill was notified the horse was down and stated, “she will either get up or she won’t”.

The sheriff’s department was contacted but asked by Ms. Johnson not to contact the owner. She feared Mr. Driskill would shoot and dispose of the horse. The Sheriffs department stated they would try to expedite the SPCA case.

Tue
06
Feb

VZC Long Term Recovery Group holds weekly meeting

During their weekly meeting Jan. 29, the VZC Long Term Recovery Group approved the financial report which included the following information:

Current bank balance, $339,385.66 (prior to the meeting); funds approved, $53,689.96; and total funds available, $285,924.18.

The group encouraged those in attendance to mark their calendars for Feb. 16 as the Texas Forestry Service will be in Canton to discuss their tree replacement program. “Check our face book page in a few days for more details,” said a group spokesperson.

A Celebration Service is also planned for April 29 on the first anniversary of the tornado. Details will be coming soon by way of face book, according to the spokesperson.

The caseworkers reported that they still have a few open structure cases but we are now working on non-structure (debris removal) cases.

Thu
21
Dec

Plea bargain deal reached in Grubbs case


Emily Grubbs

Former Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Emily Grubbs accepted a plea bargain arrangement Dec. 19 during a hearing in the 294th District Courtroom in Canton.

Grubbs, 30, was indicted earlier this year for second degree manslaughter by a VZC Grand Jury involving the death of Lena Pettiet in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Highways 64 and 243 in Canton that occurred Feb. 15, 2016.

According to accident reports, while enroute to an emergency call, Grubbs’ SUV “t-boned” the white 2012 Nissan sedan driven by Pettiet.

Reports indicated that the Chevy Tahoe’s emergency lights and sirens were activated at the time of the crash but reports also indicated that Grubbs had driven around stopped cars and was proceeding through the intersection and did not see the car driven by Pettiet. After undergoing numerous surgeries, Pettiet died from multiple injuries May 5, 2016.

Thu
14
Dec

VZC K-9 Rico busts 220 lbs of marijuana

On Dec. 12, 2017, at 11:50 a.m. Lt. Burton of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 in the Canton area.

During the stop, Lt. Burton utilized his K-9 partner Rico. Rico located 220 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle.

The VZC Sheriff’s office stated that “the suspect is not being identified at this time due to further investigation.”

The suspect is being held at the Van Zandt County Jail pending arraignment for the charge of Possession of Marijuana <50 lbs >2,000 lbs a second degree felony. If convicted, the suspect could receive two to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

 

 

Mon
11
Dec

Republican Gooden running for Congress

State Representative Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) announced his run for Congress.

 

Rep. Gooden has been widely recognized as one of the most effective leaders in the Texas House for his ability to turn sound, conservative policy into law.  A few of his legislative achievements during his three terms in the House of Representatives include:

 

Mon
11
Dec

Wintters announces candidacy for VZC Court at Law

On Nov. 20, local attorney Joshua Wintters formally filed paperwork seeking election as Judge of the Van Zandt County Court at Law in the upcoming March Republican primary.

The Van Zandt County Court at Law is a “general jurisdiction” court created by statute approximately eight years ago to resolve misdemeanor criminal cases, appeals from municipal and justice courts, and civil claims under $200,000. The court was also created to relieve the burden and caseload on our District Court regarding family law matters (divorce, child custody/support, etc.) and felony criminal cases, as well as, juvenile and guardianship matters from the County Court.

Wintters contends that his education and specialized experience in these fields make him uniquely qualified to head this court.

Mon
04
Dec

Eaglettes roll past Quinlan Ford, 60-35

The Canton Eaglettes put together a dominant effort at home Nov. 28, almost doubling up the visiting Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers 60-35 in non-district play.

Canton put the game out of reach early against the overmatched Lady Panthers lighting up the scoreboard for 19 points during the first quarter to build up a 14-point lead.

The margin would only widen as play continued as Canton outpaced Ford 9-5 in the second quarter to take a 28-10 lead into the half.

The Eaglettes continued their dominance in the second half, topping Ford 16-13 in the third quarter and 16-12 in the fourth quarter to close out the 25-point win.

Canton finished with four players in double-digits, including Mattie Tullos with a game-high 14 points, Hannah Manry and Kenley Nixon with 12 and Ashley Wood with 10. Kyndall Nilius added seven points, Maddie Welty scored three points and Rachel Cade scored two.

Mon
04
Dec

VZC District Judge Teresa Drum not seeking re-election

The following is a press release provided to the Canton Herald from VZC District Judge Teresa Drum.

 

“In 2003, when I took the bench, I promised to serve four terms unless no one else wanted the job.  A few days ago, Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney Chris Martin informed me that he wanted the job.  Therefore, I will not be seeking re-election.  Although I am far too young to retire, I am ready to stand down from the bench and pursue other endeavors. 

As the first Republican female District Judge in Van Zandt County, I am proud of the many positive changes I have made.  When I took office, there were 5,147 pending cases.  During my terms of office, I disposed of over 36,000 criminal and civil cases.  Today, there are only 1,700 civil and criminal cases. 

Mon
04
Dec

Burkett announces campaign for Texas Senate

Texas State Republican Cindy Burkett announced she will run for Texas Senate in the Republican Primary next March. Burkett will face incumbent Bob Hall.

Burkett is best known for her strong faith and strong work ethic. While raising three children and working full time, at age 37, she started college at night and went on to graduate with the highest honors. She ten rose to the challenge of starting a small business, eventually co-owning a company that ran several Subway sandwich shops. As a small business owner, Burkett did everything from baking bread and making sandwiches to keeping the books and, if necessary, sweeping the floors, when area voters decided to send her to Austin.

Mon
04
Dec

Deen announces candidacy

Local West Point grad, combat veteran, small business owner to run for Congressional seat

Local hero Sam Deen spent 10 years away from home after Sept. 11, 2001, to pursue service to the country by becoming a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and serving as an Airborne Ranger-qualified Infantry Platoon Leader in the infamous Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.

Sam Deen returned home and put away the uniform of the Army in exchange for the uniform and gear of a firefighter in Garland. But, that form of service ended when Sam and his former high school sweetheart and now wife, Ashley from Grand Saline, decided to take on the challenge of being local small business owners. Sam and Ashley have helped people transform their lives through the local CrossFit gyms they own in Van Zandt and Henderson Counties.

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