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Tour of Homes among Dec. 9 highlights in Wills Point

Organizers behind some of the biggest holiday events of the season are working hard this week, looking to put the finishing touches on this year’s installment of local Christmas staples.

This year’s holiday events, scheduled for Dec. 9, will also include something new for local residents with the Wills Point Historical Society scheduled to host a Christmas Tour of Homes.

The Tour of Homes, which will take place from 4:30-7 p.m., will serve as a fundraiser for the historical society with tickets costing $15. Stops are scheduled to include the homes of Karl and Keeta LyBrand, Tiffany Crosby Hulsey, Paul and Julie Addison, and Rusty and Carol Miracle, as well as a stop at the First Christian Church located at 211 Third Street.

Christmas on the Bricks

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04
Dec

Dry, windy conditions spark fire concerns

The Wills Point Fire Department found itself back to a familiar mantra this week, once again

advising county residents to exercise caution if they are planning on burning brush or working with mechanical equipment outdoors.

The renewed call for vigilance was sounded by the department earlier this week after an increase in service calls for fires, including a brush fire between County Road 3917 and Highway 80 Nov. 27 that was triggered by a mixture of a controlled burn and unfavorable weather conditions.

Brush trucks and engines from Wills Point, Edgewood, Elmo and College Mound answered the call, extinguishing the fire before any people were injured or homes destroyed. 

With little to no rainfall expected in the foreseeable future, fire officials have stressed that those working outside, especially those using equipment or machinery, be hyper vigilant about their work space and surroundings.

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04
Dec

Flynn honors veterans at FBC Ben Wheeler

State Representative Dan Flynn was the guest speaker at the First Baptist Church of Ben Wheeler during their Veterans Day Celebration in November.

State Rep. Flynn spoke to those in attendance concerning Border security, jobs, status of Texas, along with bills to be presented this year. He also issued a big thank you to all veterans that were in attendance.

State Rep. Flynn focused on how Veterans can find help that is offered, how veterans’ needs need to be addressed and that everyone should be thankful for the military.

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04
Dec

Fruitvale ISD recognized for program

Twelve Texas school districts have been recognized for their outstanding programs with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s 11th Annual Bragging Rights 2017-2018 special issue. Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities.

Fruitvale ISD was recognized for their program, More Than a Diploma.

“Nearly 200 nominations for school district programs across Texas poured in this year, and each one deserves to be noticed,” says Texas School Business Editorial Director Dacia Rivers. “It’s our hope that the 12 districts we chose inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The mission of Texas School Business is to share the good news happening in Texas public schools, and there’s never a shortage of news-worthy school programs for us to cover.”

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04
Dec

2018 VZC Primary Election Filling Report

The following is a list of what offices are open for election during the 2018 VZC Primary Election.

The filing period for candidates interested in running for office in the Van Zandt County Primary election opened Nov. 13 and will run through Dec. 11. All offices open for election have a four-year term limit.

 

VZC offices open for election are:

 

County Clerk

Held by: Pamela Pearman

Filed: Elsa Smith and Susan Strickland

 

VZC Commissioner Pct. 2.

Held by: Virgil Melton Jr.

Filed: Ronnie Jones

 

VZC Commissioner Pct. 4

Held by: Tim West

Filed: None.

 

VZC County Court at Law

Held by: Judge Randal L. McDonald

Filed: Joshua Wintters

 

VZC County Judge

Held by: Judge Don Kirkpatrick

Filed: None.

 

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Dec

The Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Nov. 21 – 28, 2017.

 

Amanda Lee Aldrich, 30, Crandall, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Brittany Lynn Bailey, 27, Wills Point, was arrested on warrants for possession of marijuana and manufacture/delivery controlled substance PG 1.

Frankie Lee Barker, 64, Bossier City, LA, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance PG1/mtr.

Daniel David Burke, 43, Dallas, was arrested on site for driving without license with previous conviction/suspension.

Heath Alan Clark, 33, Scurry, was arrested on site for public intoxication, defective headlamp and expired driver license.

Felecia Joan Dupre, 39, Quinlan, was arrested on site for public intoxication.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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