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Fri
30
Oct

County Blotter

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests for Oct. 20 - 27, 2015.

Cody Michael Akins, 31, Fruitvale, was arrested on site for assault causing bodily injury, family violence.

Kristal Marie Baker, 34, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for forgery of financial instrument.

Tory Dean Begnaud, 34, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Buford Boone, 39, Ceuro, was arrested on site for theft of property.

Zackary Dane Byrd, 27, Wills Point, was arrested on site for possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, and on a warrant for driving while license invalid.

Fri
30
Oct

Road tax, state amendments voting continues

County voters are being 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.

There are seven constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Approval of Proposition 1 would increase the residence homestead exemption for public school property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000.

Proposition 2 would allow extend a residence homestead exemption to the surviving spouse of a totally disabled military veteran.

If approved, Proposition 3 would give the comptroller of public accounts the commissioner of the General Land Office, the attorney general, the commissioner of agriculture and railroad commissioners permission to live outside the state capital while in office.

Professional sports teams charitable foundations would be allowed to conduct charitable raffles if Proposition 4 passes

Thu
29
Oct

New grant extends TVCC adult education programs

Trinity Valley Community College’s Adult Education Department has been awarded the Accelerate TX Integrated Education and Training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission totaling almost $165,000 to fund the Student Opportunities through Accelerated Resources project.

 The purpose of the project is to extend adult education and literacy programs to include training in certified nurse aide, commercial driver’s license, and welding, occupations identified as high-demand industries in the TVCC service area. Other training disciplines may also be offered.

The focus of the project is on increasing enrollment and participation for educationally disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed adults interested in career-path employment and post-secondary education.

Thu
29
Oct

Surviving the Holidays’ Seminar offered at FBCC

The GriefShare ministry of First Baptist Church of Canton will hold a seminar, “Surviving the Holidays” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 14.

“There is help for those dealing with grief during the holidays.  No matter how long it’s been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time,” organizers said.   

“Surviving the Holidays” books/materials are made available for the participants. 

To register for the seminar and more information, call First Baptist Church at 903-567-4157 by Nov. 11.

Thu
29
Oct

WPMC sends out traffic fine reminder

The Wills Point Municipal Court has put residents with outstanding or unpaid traffic fines on notice, announcing last week that offenders will soon have their names circulated.

Grand Saline announced similar measure in recent weeks, hoping to collect outstanding fines and clear the books on violaitons. 

As part of its announcement, the WPMC is giving those with outstanding unpaid traffic fines a chance to resolve the matter by calling 903-873-4530 ext. 2 as soon as possible.

A list of names of those that haven’t settled their accounts will begin being published on the WPMC Facebook page and on the Wills Point Chronicle Facebook page the week of Nov. 2.

Additionally, randomly selected names will be published beginning in the Nov. 6 edition of the Chronicle

Wed
28
Oct

‘Miracle Worker’ begins Talent Box season

"Miracle Worker," written by William Gibson opens the 2015-’16 season at The Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre, located at 244 N. Fourth St. in Wills Point. 

The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 with regular seating.  Additional regular seating performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 2 p.m. Nov. 8.

Dinner theatre performances are at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14. Limited regular seating during dinner theater performances is available. 

The play is directed by Melinda Bass of Wills Point. 

A reception will be held after the opening night performance. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children 12 and under.

Dinner admission is $17 per adult and $10 for children 10 and under when accompanied by an adult.

Wed
28
Oct

Chrome program appears golden in GSISD

This year every Grand Saline High School student has a HP 11” Chromebook assigned to them to take home to use for school work.

Each student paid a $25 non-refundable fee for the use of the Chromebook. The money collected from the fees is put into a special fund that will be used to purchase additional Chromebooks at a later date.

The school purchased 355 Chromebooks of which 325 are issued to students with the remaining 30 assigned to the library available as loaners if a student forgets to bring theirs to school.

Math teachers are using the Chromebooks as textbooks this year. The band utilizes them to critique videos of their performances. The Ag department uses the Chromebooks for scholarship research and to write scripts for competitions.

Wed
28
Oct

Spring rain affects hay quality

Spring rains may have helped keep things green but the inability to get into fields to fertilize and cut caused the quality of Van Zandt County hay to suffer, County Extension Agent Tommy Phillips told hay producers last week.

Van Zandt County hay growers met Oct. 8 for the 2015 Hay Clinic hosted by the Van Zandt County Livestock/Forage Committee. County hay producers can submit a hay sample to be tested and scored upon its crude protein content (dry matter basis) and acid detergent fiber.

Crude protein is defined as the measure of the total nitrogen content of the forage multiplied by 6.25. ADF is the portion that remains after treatment with an acid detergent. This figure includes the cellulose, lignin and silica in a sample. As the ADF increases, the forage becomes less digestible. ADF increases with advancing maturity of forages.

Tue
27
Oct

Children’s Advocacy Center gets new executive director

The board of the Van Zandt Children’s Advocacy Center has appointed Dr. Dana Harader as the new executive director. 

Harader brings 15 years in related experience to the agency in program development, implementation and training for direct service personnel and teachers about working effectively with children and their families.

A native of Garland, Harader received both her master’s of education in emotional behavior disorders/autism and her doctorate in special education leadership from the University of North Texas. 

She has previously served as an assistant professor at Texas A&M- Commerce and at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

Tue
27
Oct

Ag Commissioner visits Van Zandt


Photo by Faith Caughron J.J. Wilson, Sandy Scheu, VZ Farm Bureau President Brian Cummins, State Rep. Dan Flynn, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Sammy Gunter, Don Metch, Darwin Douthit and Mark Chamblee in Canton at a town hall meeting Oct. 20.

Van Zandt County Farm Bureau hosted a town hall meeting with Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller Oct. 20.  

Commissioner Miller presented an overview of the responsibilities and funding of the TDA. He also made available a 32-page booklet highlighting the responsibilities and programs of TDA.  

The Texas Department of Agriculture was created to promote produce agriculture, protect consumers and promote economic development and healthy living.  TDA is responsible for various programs such and weights and measures, the Lottery ball certification, school food programs, pesticides and various grants and a multitude of other programs.  

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