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Sat
21
Nov

One arrested In Rolling Oaks arson investigation


Left - Michael Lee Burgess; Right - Roger Conroy

VZ Fire Marshal Allen says quite a few more on his “to-get list”

One man was arrested Monday in a Rolling Oaks subdivision arson and burglary investigation underway by the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal’s office.

Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen said Tuesday morning that Michael Lee Burgess, 42, was arrested Monday.

Burgess was taken into custody on a burglary of habitation warrant that was initiated from the fire marshal's office. Burgess has also been charged with child endangerment, engaging in organized crime and illegal outdoor burning. Bonds of almost $60,000 were recommended.

Allen said a second man, Roger Conroy, was wanted on charges of arson, burglary of habitation, engaging in organized crime and child endangerment although an arrest had not been made by Tuesday morning.

Fri
20
Nov

Dinner play scheduled at Myrtle Springs Saturday night, Nov. 21

The Straw Hat Dinner Theater will open its doors Saturday night, Nov. 21, for dinner and presentation of a one act comedy entitled “The New Girl,” written by Vaughn McBride. 

The play takes place in the county nursing home.  Characters Flo and Clarissa have lived a long life, still maintain their dignity and never lack for words or a subject for communication.  They are very blunt and say what they wish, when they wish.  Clarissa is confined to her bed and Flo travels down the halls and in and about the rooms as she pleases in her wheelchair.  However, they are not ready to die!  Not for a minute!

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.  The play follows.  Cost is $15 which includes dinner and the entertainment.  No charge is made for children 12 years and younger.  This all takes place at the old school in Myrtle Springs on VZCR 3447.  It is sponsored by the Myrtle Springs Alumni Association and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

Fri
20
Nov

Edom to host Thanksgiving dinner

Monday, Nov. 23 will be the Edom Thanksgiving Dinner at the Edom Community Center.  Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., organizers said.  

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Fri
20
Nov

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County kickoff Sunday, Nov. 22

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County will hold a kickoff for the annual event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Van Zandt County Regional Airport, 36671 Hwy. 64, Wills Point.

Everyone is invited to the kickoff to learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer, organizers said.

Guests will have the opportunity to register a team or individually for the Relay For Life event, which will be held May 6, 2016, at the Arbors on the First Monday grounds.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

Thu
12
Nov

Edom Christmas tree event set

Edom Christmas Tree Lighting Service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in downtown Edom.  There will be Christmas Carols, refreshments and visits with Santa, organizers said. 

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Wed
11
Nov

Paying homage in bronze Canton artist sculpts soldier


Photo by Britne Hammons Artist Ed Pickett carefully crafts a section of a kneeling solider that will be bronzed and on display at the VZC Veterans Memorial once finished.

Ed Pickett is a man of many talents. A self-taught vintner, artist, sculptor and veteran are just some of the names that Pickett can tuck under his belt.

Pickett, a larger than life character, haunts his establishment, the Savannah Winery and Bistro in Canton, but more than likely, wine and food are not the only things that one could find in Pickett’s establishment.

In fact, an 8 foot Styrofoam and clay sculpture of a soldier kneeling is tucked away in a corner of the front room of the Savannah Winery.

Pickett is a sculptor, and a good one at that. His almost 8-foot, double body size rendition of Canton solider Juan Herrera is lifelike and precise to the point.

The sculpture, once completed and bronzed, will be part of the Van Zandt County Veteran’s Memorial.

Pickett can be described as an eccentric artist, but one who also has a big heart.

Wed
11
Nov

‘Santa’s Workshop’ coming to Canton Nov. 16

The Van Zandt Extension Education Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension County Agent Melisa Rhodes will be hosting “Santa’s Workshop” Nov. 16 at the Farm Bureau meeting room in Canton.  Registration for the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6 p.m.

Family and Consumer Science agent Johanna Hicks of Hopkins County and FCS Agent Katie Phillips of Kaufman County will join Van Zandt County FCS Agent Melisa Rhodes in demonstrating holiday recipes, homemade Christmas gift ideas, gift wrapping ideas and holiday decorating ideas. 

“You won’t want to miss the fun evening that will allow you to give unique gifts, decorate with style, and will allow you while entertaining your holiday guest to serve delicious holiday recipes,” Rhodes said. “VZEEA club members will have crafts available for sale that night so you can start checking off your Christmas list.”

Tue
10
Nov

FSA accepting emergency loan applications

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by damages and losses caused by drought occurring Oct.13, 2015, and continuing are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Tyler.

Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, and Van Zandt are 7 of 42 counties in Texas recently named by President Obama, eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and/or physical losses resulting from the disaster.

Grier stated that farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100 percent of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue the agricultural business, whichever is less.  For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 3.625.

Tue
10
Nov

County voters approve road tax, amendments

Van Zandt County voters approved a Special Road Tax and seven constitutional amendments Nov. 3.

Voters were asked “to adopt or reject the Special Road Tax not to exceed” 10 cents on $100 property valuation to be used for county road and bridge maintenance.

The 4,750 voters that voted on the Special Road Tax held a margin of 54.38 percent, or 2,583 voters casting their vote to approve the Special Road Tax with 2,167 voters, 45.62 percent rejecting the Special Road Tax.

The new Special Road Tax will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate; and the tax rate will be raised effectively by 7.997 percent.

The new tax rate will raise more for maintenance and operations on a home valued at $100,000 by approximately $33.11.  

There were also seven constitutional amendments on the ballot, and voters approved all amendments.

Mon
09
Nov

Mathea Guild to meet Nov. 12

Mathea Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Van Zandt County Library in Canton.

Speaker for the meeting will be a representative from the East Texas Crisis Center and Children’s Advocacy Center.  They will give an update on “Christmas Needs and Deeds” for their center, organizers said.  Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.

The Mathea meetings are held the second Thursday of each month beginning in September and ending in May of each year.

The Mathea Guild has kept the same motto “to learn in any matter.”

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