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Wed
15
Jul

Photo recovery training coming to Van

National Disaster Photo Rescue Directors will travel to Van, Aug. 3 through 5 to train individuals interested in preserving and returning photos displaced by the recent tornado.

Volunteers wanting to participate in the Aug. 4 NDPR training should register online by July 17 at www.nationaldisasterphotorescue.org or contact the on-site director Nancy Stelmach at 713-725-4470 for more information.

The workshop will be located at the Van Chamber of Commerce and there is no fee.

The National Disaster Photo Rescue organization (501c3) formed after the May 22, 2011 Joplin Missouri tornado and is a ministry of First Baptist Church, Carthage Mo. 

Tue
14
Jul

Arrest Report

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. reported the following arrests for June 30 – July 7, 2015

Roderick Roynell Allen, 29, Longview, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana.

Angela Sue Ashcraft, 54, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for theft.

Kenneth Michael Barnhart, 36, Wills Point, was arrested on four warrants for no seat belt and failure to appear.

Billy Bob Basham, 24, Fruitvale, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana, and on five Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license invalid.

Diane M. Baugh, 22, Fruitvale, was arrested on two Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charles Neal Bennett, 22, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of a habitation.

Mon
13
Jul

Connells county’s first same-sex couple to wed

Courtesy photos
The Connells and their family.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

 

July 8, 2015, became a milestone day in Van Zandt County.

At his Wills Point office, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Herbert Dunn officiated the wedding of Jerry Rosengartner and Paul Connell.

With the ceremony, Rosengartner and Connell became the first couple to be married in Van Zandt County since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 gave same-sex pair the right to legally wed.

The couple actually got their marriage license in Kaufman County but came back to Van Zandt County for the ceremony. Connell, 48, has been a resident of the Wills Point area for the past 15 years. Rosengartner, 24, has here six years. They have been a couple for the past six years.

Sun
12
Jul

I-20 shutdown

Facebook photo

An 18-wheeler crashed about 3:30 p.m. July 8 on eastbound I-20 shutting down both lanes near mile marker 540. The Texas Department of Transportation diverted traffic onto FM 16 through Van for several hours. The driver survived the crash, according to TxDOT spokesperson Jean Dark, but no further information was available at presstime.

Sun
12
Jul

Patriots on parade


Photos by Donnita Fisher - A Platoon of the Fallen – part of the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery by Ken Pridgeon of Bridgeport – made their inaugural debut in the Canton parade.

Canton parade includes portraits of heroes

 

By Donnita Fisher

Managing Editor - 

 

In addition to being the traditional red, white and blue celebration of patriotic pride and America’s birthday that it always is, the Canton Chamber’s Fourth of July parade served as the unveiling of a special memorial art gallery – “Platoon of the Fallen.”

 Marchers in the parade carried large paintings of Texas military men killed during the War on Terror. Canton was chosen as one of the first cities to host a platoon.

Sat
11
Jul

Sheriff’s officers arrest fugitive from Colorado

July 1, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office assisted the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force in apprehending 28-year-old Joshua Borth of the Wills Point area. 


Borth is wanted by the Durango, Colo., Police Department for Sexual Assault of a Child while at a homeless shelter.

Borth is being held at the Van Zandt County Justice Center without bond until he can be transported back to Durango. 


Borth was arrested in the Myrtle Springs area without incident after being located in an abandoned structure on his family’s property. He was armed with a stolen .22-caliber long rifle and 30-06 rifle.


Borth attempted to climb out a window but quickly realized he was surrounded and gave up, the sheriff's department said. 
Borth was found with camping gear and survival equipment; it is believed Borth has been hiding in the woods on his family’s land for the past week.


Sat
11
Jul

Groundbreaking

Photo by Brad Blakemore - 

C & E Group and the Canton Economic Development Corp held a groundbreaking ceremony July 6 for the hotel to be built adjacent to Splash Kingdon on I-20.  Among those attending were C&E Group Inc.’s president Chad Encheff; Johnny, Marci and Brett Blevins of Kingdom Perspectives; local physician and hotel investor Dr. John Pino; State Rep. Dan Flynn, Mayor Lou Ann Everett, Councilmembers Cindy Malouf, Scott Perkins and Nathan Moore; and CEDC director Julie Seymore, Board Members Robert Jaeckle, Steve Dye, Teri Pruitt and John McKeehan along with members of the community and chamber of commerce.

Fri
10
Jul

Connells county’s first same-sex couple to wed

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer - 

WILLS POINT – July 8, 2015, became a milestone day in Van Zandt County. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Herbert Dunn officiated the wedding of Jerry Rosengartner and Paul Connell.

With the ceremony, Rosengartner and Connell became the first couple to be married in Van Zandt County since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 gave same-sex pair the right to legally wed.

Connell, 48, has been a resident of the Wills Point area for the past 15 years. Rosengartner, 24, has here six years. They have been a couple for the past six years.

Rosengartner, who said he will take the last name Connell, spoke with the Van Zandt News shortly after the wedding ceremony. He gave some details about the couple, as well as his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision and making history as the first same-sex couple in the county to exchange wedding vows.

Fri
10
Jul

The marrying kind

Despite some set-up delays with software, The Van Zandt County Clerk’s office began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples July 1.

As of July 8, the office had issued two licenses.

Local justices of the peace have taken varying stances on performing same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Pct. 3 JP Herbert Dunn said he has no problem performing the ceremonies and officiated at the counties first same-sex union July 7.

Pct. 2 Judge Ronnie Daniell has stopped doing weddings altogether in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision.

A sign on Daniell’s office door makes his position clear to those seeking wedded bliss. “Based on my Christian convictions,” the sign reads, “I, Judge Ronnie Daniell, will no longer perform weddings as justice of the peace Van Zandt County precinct #2. I must stand for my Lord, His holy word and my firm belief that is it truth.”

Thu
09
Jul

Edgewood police chief resigns

By Pam Millican

Correspondent - 

The Edgewood City Council, in a special called meeting July 7, accepted the immediate resignation of Police Chief Henry Askew.

Askew had been the police chief since 2005.

The resignation comes one week after a town hall meeting that included Askew yelling at residents and council members. One of the topics of the meeting was a letter the police department mailed to residents who were not in compliance with a new parking ordinance. The ordinance stated residents could only park on improved surfaces at their homes and not on grass or dirt.

Approximately 80 residents were in attendance at the town hall meeting. At the meeting, Askew addressed the crowd and blamed the harsh wording of the letter on the fact that the city council gave him only four hours to get the letters out.

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