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Thu
17
Sep

Stroll becomes Festival Oct. 10

Autumn Main Street event includes new, returning activities

The Canton Main Street Autumn Festival is coming soon.

A planning committee has been working for several months to plan a downtown street festival that will be a refreshing day of festivities and fun in downtown Canton Oct. 10.  You may have noticed that the name has been changed from Autumn Stroll to Autumn Festival. 

The theme for the courthouse lawn decorations this year is “Scarecrow Lawn Party.”  Watch for the decorations to show up around the middle of September.

The festival will begin with a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m.

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served by Main Street board members under the tent in the Pocket Park at the corner of Dallas and Buffalo beginning at 7 a.m. – cost $5.

Arts and crafts and food vendors will line Buffalo Street with their wares. 

Wed
16
Sep

Humane Society adoption event Saturday at Tractor Supply

The Van Zandt County Humane Society and Tractor Supply Company in Canton are holding a nationally advertised adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

The humane society will have dogs available for adoption and be doing microchipping of pets.

Tractor Supply is located on Hwy. 243.

For further information, call 903-962-5700 or email vzchumanesociety.org.

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Wed
16
Sep

Edgewood police chief search continues

City administrator position added to budget

The search for a new Edgewood Police Chief is ongoing but the city has received six applications, Mayor Charlie Prater said.

Prater asked council members to review the applications and submit their top two selections to City Secretary Petra Marley.

The council had contemplated disbanding the police department and placing the city under the jurisdiction of Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office. However, council members approved next year’s budget this week and decided to continue with the hiring process.

Council members were asked to have their interview recommendations to Marley by Sept. 14 at which time she will tabulate the selections. The top three candidates will be contacted for interviews. The finalists be interviewed by Prater and the council. 

Wed
16
Sep

FBC hosting ‘Set Apart’ women’s program

First Baptist Church of Canton’s Women’s Ministry will present “Set Apart” with speaker Christi Bullard Sept. 26.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a brunch in the gym followed by a drama “Mirror, Mirror” and the special program in the worship center.

Tickets are $10 and are available in the church office, 303 Athens St. 

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Tue
15
Sep

Indian Pride


Courtesy photo

Mighty Indian Band Color Guard member Rebecca Lopez, a freshman at Grand Saline High School, strikes the final pose as part of the band’s performance at Indian Pride Night. The title of the band’s competition and halftime program this season is “Boundaries.”  

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Tue
15
Sep

Have you ever wonder what 4-H has to offer?

Extension office hosting orientation event Thursday

Are you concerned about the continually rising cost of the tuition at our state’s colleges and universities?  

How do you feel about 2.3 million dollars being awarded in scholarships this past year?     

If you like the idea of someone giving out $2.3 million in scholarships then you will want to enroll your child today in 4-H and start preparing them to apply for one of the many scholarship opportunities that Texas 4-H and Van Zandt County 4-H offers its members.  During the State 4-H Roundup this past June there was $2.3 million in scholarships awarded to 225 Texas 4-H Members.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office and the Van Zandt County 4-H Council will be hosting a             4-H Membership/Parent Orientation Kickoff Event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Extension Office located at 235 E. Groves St. in Canton at 6:30 p.m.

Mon
14
Sep

Grand Saline city approves tax rate, budget

The Grand Saline City Council met Sept. 8 to approve the 2015-’16 budget and tax rate for the city.

The tax rate of $0.87614 per $100 of assessed value is the same as last year’s tax rate.

Grand Saline City Council voted to approve the proposed budget that has a general fund operating budget that includes revenue of $1,569,975 and expenditures of $1,487,746 leaving an increase in the fund balance of $82,228.

The budget features a decrease of $0.218716 in the interest and sinking fund ad valorem tax rate to pay debt service.

Grand Saline City Administrator Rex White said that the city was able to retire two debt obligations.  

“In the current fiscal year we were able to retire two of the debt obligations enabling the debt service requirement for FY 2016 to be reduced.”

Mon
14
Sep

Bobcats Homecoming this week

Fruitvale ISD will be hosting its second Homecoming parade at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

The parade will feature student groups, classes, teams and organizations vying for best decorated float prizes.

The Bobcats Homecoming game will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, versus Memorial Christian Academy.

The week of Homecoming, the students will participate in spirit days: Monday – Pajama Pants; Tuesday – Twins; Wednesday – Fictional Character; Thursday – Footloose (Country/Western) and Friday – Bobcat Spirit.

School officials said except for pajama pants day, all other attire must comply with the district’s dress code.

Mon
14
Sep

Retired teachers to meet

The first meeting for the Van Zandt County Retired Teachers Association for the 2015-‘16 year will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the American National Bank in Canton.

The program will be presented by Paul Fike, fitness trainer at Trinity Mother Frances.

All retired teachers and school personnel are invited to attend the meeting.  All retired school personnel are eligible and encouraged to join the Van Zandt County Retired Teachers unit even if you are not retired from a school in Van Zandt County, members said. 

Sun
13
Sep

Advocacy Center receives grant funds

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County has received an additional $91,000 in grant funding for the 2016 Fiscal Year that began Sept. 1. 

The funds come in the form of a $71,000 increase in Federal grant funds through the Victims of Crime Act and $20,000 from a private East Texas Foundation. The total annual budget for the CAC is $345,000. 

The majority of funding for the CAC comes from grants which are funded by fines paid by criminals through the Attorney General’s office and not by tax dollars.  These funds are administered by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Texas and the Texas Office of the Attorney General based on numbers of children served and types of services provided.

Grant funds will be utilized to add two additional staff including a full-time licensed children’s therapist and a full-time volunteer coordinator/community educator and provide health insurance benefits to all staff.

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