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17
Apr

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from March 28 – April 4, 2017.

Dylan Andrew Baker, 19, Terrell, was arrested on site for minor in possession of alcohol, minor consuming alcohol and unlawfully carrying weapon.

William Thomas Belew, 40, Canton, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance.

James M. Bennett, 55, Terrell, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance.

Walter Blackwell, 35, Mineola, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of habitation.

Kimberly Ann Brungot, 26, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

Stephen Joel Bryant, 29, Canton, was arrested on a Wood Co. warrant for theft of property.

Mon
17
Apr

Maucieri attends conference

Dan Maucieri, Van Zandt County’s Human Resources Director, attended the County Management & Risk Conference April 5-7 in San Marcos, which was presented by the Texas Association of Counties.

During the event, Texas county officials and managers attended sessions that provided resources and solutions for counties on the latest in risk management, human resource trends, Health Care Reform, workplace wellness and more.

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Mon
17
Apr

Means Home Center adds Ace Hardware products


Means Home Center owner Matt Means and his business partner, Steve Neace, announced its affiliation with Ace Hardware. Shown are left to right, Means, associate specialist Niki Williams, associate Calvin Love and store manager Steven Brandon.

Same name…same location…same staff…new affiliation.

That is the message that owner Matt Means and his business partner, Steve Neace, at Means Home Center on Highway 80 in Grand Saline want to deliver to its current and future customers.

Means Home Center has recently started adding Ace Hardware products to its store inventory after Means and Neace were first approached by a representative from Ace Hardware two years ago.

“Ace Hardware is more than just a hardware distributor,” pointed out Neace. “They co-brand and use their national recognition to promote your business. They are co-marketing with us.”

According to the Ace Hardware website, over 4,600 of their 4,700 stores around the world are independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. The company was founded in 1924.

Sun
16
Apr

VZC Retired Teachers to present special program

The Van Zandt County Retired Teachers Association will have a special program at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, in the Buchanan Room at the Van Zandt County Library.

Larry Turner will present “Pearl Harbor and the Local County Boys.”

“The meeting is open to all Van Zandters and friends interested in Pearl Harbor,” members said.

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Sun
16
Apr

Chili brings wagging tails to The Mountain


Courtesy photo The 18th annual CASI sanctioned cook-off was held April 1, with Pat Anderson of Royce City taking home the championship. Event attendees were able to sample chili from cook-off contestants.

Police, firemen, therapy dogs, pirates, princesses, great music and a buffalo headlined the 18th annual Buffalo Girls Hotel CASI Chili cook-off.

The annual event raised over $100,000 for various charities for the past 18 years and has done so with the help of Chili Appreciation Society International whose motto is “cooking chili for charity.”

The organization searches for various locations to hold chili cook-offs so that CASI cooks can collect point to compete the in the Terlingua, Texas cook-off. The competition at Terlingua can be described as “the Super Bowl of all cook-offs”

The Mountain is proud to have had CASI be here for 18 years and we want to especially thank Neta Rohr  of CASI for all her hard work these past 18 years with this cook-off and we look forward to 18 more.

Sat
15
Apr

AARP Driver Safety Course to be offered

AARP Driver Safety Program and the Van Zandt County Library at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton are sponsoring a driver safety class from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

This course is designed for drivers 50 years of age and older.

“The course helps you learn to compensate for the effects that passing years have on eyesight, hearing and reflexes. Most participants will qualify for insurance premium reductions of up to 10 percent off their policy cost for the next three years. Class size is limited, so please call and enroll so we can make sure you have a space saved,” said event organizers.  

Cost for the class is a nominal fee for materials only.

To enroll for the class, contact Marvin at 903-848-7023.

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Sat
15
Apr

Panelists discuss education issues during TEA Party forum


Photo by David Barber Alice Linahan, Founder and Director of Women on the Wall, a grassroots organization advocating for quality education, served as part of a panel discussing education topics under consideration by the Texas Legislature.

Representatives from Van Zandt County, the East Texas region and the state of Texas participated in a panel discussion on a variety of education related topics April 10.

The education forum, sponsored by the Canton/Edom TEA Party, took place in the Canton Elementary School Cafetorium.

Dr. Dwayne Collins, founder and director of the Canton/Edom Tea Party, served as the moderator as he welcomed those in attendance.

Each member of the panel opened the discussion by giving an opening statement on what they believed was the major problem in education today.

Jay Tullos, Canton ISD Superintendent

Fri
14
Apr

Big inning, fielding errors carry Eustace past Grand Saline

The Grand Saline Indians endured a tough night in the field against Eustace on Friday night, totaling seven errors in a 9-3 loss to the Bulldogs.

Neither team could tally a run in the first two innings, leaving the score tied at 0-0 heading into the third.

Two errors, coupled with five singles and a double in the top of the third changed the entire tenor of the game, allowing Eustace to take a 6-0 lead on the Indians.

Grand Saline battled throughout the night, trying to draw closer with an RBI groundout from Ryan Jones in the third, an RBI Judsen Truett in the fourth and an RBI single from Jake Morrison in the fifth, but more fielding errors allowed Eustace to pad their lead and pull out the win.

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Fri
14
Apr

Bulldogs rout Quitman, no-hit Alba


Photo by Tracy Erwin Turner Bannister struck out eight Quitman batters during a three-inning outing April 7, helping lead Edgewood to a 19-1 win. Bannister also helped his own cause at the plate, finishing 2/4 with a triple, two stolen bases, 2 RBI and two runs scored

The Edgewood Bulldogs turned the corner towards the home stretch of District 12-3A play over the past week, playing their final game of round one against Quitman April 7 and their first game of round two against Alba-Golden April 12.

Edgewood made it look easy against Quitman April 7, pounding out 11 hits and stealing 11 bases in a 19-1 win.

The Bulldogs scored two in the first, five in the second, eight in the third and four more in the fourth to record a mercy rule win over Quitman.

Fri
14
Apr

Whirlwind


Photo by Britne Hammons

Wind spinners decorate at shop in downtown Edom during the April in Edom street fair April 8. Everything from plants, custom art and baked goods were available for purchase at the event, which drew a record amount of people to the street fair.

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