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Sat
10
Oct

GS students charged with planting hoax bombs


Left- Bracy Erin Harvey, 18; right- Justin Kyle McGallian, 17.

Two Grand Saline High School students have been arrested in connection with fake pipe bombs found at Indian Stadium after the Grand Saline versus Hawkins football game.

Bracy Erin Harvey, 18, and Justin Kyle McGallian, 17, were arrested Oct. 2 on charges of hoax bombs in school zone.

According to the Texas Penal Code, a hoax bomb is defined as “a device that reasonably appears to be an explosive or incendiary device or by its design causes alarm or reaction of any type by an official of a public safety agency or a volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies.” 

A person commits an offense if he or she “knowingly manufactures, sells, purchases, transports or possesses a hoax bomb with the intent to use the hoax bomb to make another believe that the hoax bomb is an explosive or incendiary device or cause alarm.”

Sat
10
Oct

Crossroads offering Judgement House beginning Oct. 10

Crossroads Church in Canton will be presenting Judgement House: 59 Minutes (Eternity is less than an hour away) from 4 to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday beginning Oct. 10.

Judgement House is a dramatic walk-through presentation about the truth of people’ choices and their consequences both in this life and the next, organizers said.

Four different people “are living different lives, in different places with different struggles, aspirations and routines but the one thing they do have in common is that they each have only 59 minutes to live.”

Judgement House is a walk-through, live drama where groups of 10 are guided through different rooms representing a scene from an unfolding story that is acted out in short dramatizations. 

Sat
10
Oct

Spate of grass fires leads to disaster declaration


Photo courtesy of Van Zandt County Fire Marshal A large pasture fire north of Wills Point destroyed approximately 110 acres Oct. 2. Quick work by Wills Point, Edgewood, Point, South Tawakoni and West Tawakoni, as well as Champion EMS, the Red Cross, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal helped to alleviate some of the possible damage, saving 10 homes that were threatened by the blaze.

Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick exercised his rights under Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code, issuing a disaster declaration Oct. 6 with the purpose of “mitigating the hazard posed by wildfires by curtailing the practice of outdoor burning.”

The move comes on the heels of a series of grass fires over the past week that have threatened homes and laid waste to roughly 200 acres in and around the area.

On Sept. 28, multiple departments from Wills Point, Whitton and Elmo were dispatched to battle a grass fire located south of Wills Point between FM-47 and CR 3918. Reports from that incident indicate that the fire was triggered when workers in the area clearing a portion of the land and brush got into old fencing or metal with a piece of equipment, sending off sparks.

Three houses were threatened in that fire, but local departments were able to contain the blaze with no injuries or damages to homes being reported.

Fri
09
Oct

Road tax, other ballot issues, to be discussed Oct. 12

The Van Zandt County Farm Bureau is hosting an informational meeting about November ballot issues at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

Items to be discussed include the county road tax and several state propositions, Van Zandt County Farm Bureau President Brian Cummins said.

The purpose of the meeting is not to endorse or condemn any issue, but to provide information so that voters can make informed decisions, Cummins said.

County voters are being asked to approve an additional tax of 10 cents per $100 of property valuation that can only be used for county road and bridge maintenance.

County Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. will be on hand to explain how commissioners will use the funds if approved by the voters. Van Zandt County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde will talk about the tax implications of the road tax and how the proposal will affect the average homeowner. 

Fri
09
Oct

Blackwell enlists EHS for NASH Next Competition


Photo by David Kapitan Bulldog cheerleaders and football players helped lend their smiling faces for a selfie taken by Stephen Blackwell.

Stephen Blackwell, currently a semifinalist in NASH Next, an artist development competition with a stated goal of “discovering and releasing music from prominent and talented newcomers," returned to his roots earlier this week by enlisting the faculty and staff of Edgewood High School to help with a video shoot for a performance of an original song entitled “Small Town Livin’ Life”.

Blackwell, who graduated from EHS and currently resides in Wills Point, entered the NASH Next competition back in June. 

Thu
08
Oct

Crossroads offering Judgement House beginning Oct. 10

Crossroads Church in Canton will be presenting Judgement House: 59 Minutes (Eternity is less than an hour away) from 4 to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday beginning Oct. 10.

Judgement House is a dramatic walk-through presentation about the truth of people’ choices and their consequences both in this life and the next, organizers said.

Four different people “are living different lives, in different places with different struggles, aspirations and routines but the one thing they do have in common is that they each have only 59 minutes to live.”

Judgement House is a walk-through, live drama where groups of 10 are guided through different rooms representing a scene from an unfolding story that is acted out in short dramatizations.

The tour takes about 45 minutes. A new tour begins every 15 minutes a new tour

begins.

The event is free and individuals and groups are welcome. Reservations are not required,

Thu
08
Oct

Caney Creek to host movie, ice cream night

Caney Creek Cowboy Church will present a Family Movie Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.  The featured movie will be “Nail 32.”

The featured artist Holly Spears will be in attendance as well as writer and producer Jason Campbell.

Admission is free.

The annual ice cream social with homemade ice cream will also be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 before the movie time.

Caney Creek Cowboy Church is located at 1144 VZCR 1806 in Grand Saline.

Thu
08
Oct

Free movie at Grace Bible Oct. 11

Grace Bible Fellowship will host a free movie night at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

The movie will be “God’s Not Dead.”

Concessions will be available from the Faith Warriors youth group.

Grace Bible Fellowship is located at 17897 FM 1255 in Canton.

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Wed
07
Oct

Gun club asks police, first responders to join them for fish fry

The Big Rock Gun Club is inviting all county law enforcement and first responders to its annual fish fry Oct. 18 to show our appreciation for their work.

According to Steve Shipley, officers and first responders just need to “show their badge and they eat free.”

The club would like to know how many are coming however for preparation purposes. RSVPs can be left with Shipley at 972-644-7981.

The Big Rock Gun Club is located at 3959 VZCR 2901.

Wed
07
Oct

Terrell Pickers and Grinners to be at Talent Box special event


Courtesy photo Henry Bates of Wills Point, standing left, will emcee a fundraising event for the Talent Box Theatre Oct. 24. Singers will be, from left, Jan Bates of Wills Point, Helen Boothe of Wills Point, Doris Downs of Kaufman and Shirley Sykes of Kaufman. Buddy Boothe of Wills Point, standing right, is the lead guitarist. Other entertainers will be, sitting from left, Don Moffitt of Kaufman, Leon Jordan of Kaufman, Bryan Boothe of Wills Point and Joe Davis of Kaufman.

Helen Boothe and The Terrell Pickers and Grinners will be at the Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre, 244 N. Fourth St. in Wills Point, to entertain you. 

This event will be held Oct. 24 with Henry Bates of Wills Point emceeing the event.  This is a fundraiser for the theater and funds raised will be used for theater expenses. 

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment at 7:30 p.m. 

There will be good old-fashioned country music, good ol’ gospel music and comedy.  

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