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Fri
28
Aug

Colfax homecoming set for Sunday

The Rev. Jack Cox will be the main speaker at Colfax Homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

All past and present residents of Colfax, as well as others with ties to the area, are invited to attend, according to Homecoming Association secretary Joan Driver.

Morning worship will be followed by a business meeting and potluck luncheon.

Cox, a retired United Methodist minister and district superintendent, currently resides at Hideaway Lake.

Thu
27
Aug

Auditions for ‘Miracle Worker’ set at Talent Box

Melinda Bass will hold auditions for parts in "The Miracle Worker," written by William Gibson at the Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre, 244 N. Fourth St. in Wills Point. 

The auditions will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

The script calls for seven males, ages 7 to 70 and seven females age 7 to 70. 

Performances are scheduled October 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24.

Thu
27
Aug

City warns residents of water bill scam

The city of Canton is warning its water customers about a telephone scam. 

Thu
27
Aug

Cooper in concert at Straw Hat dinner theater

The Myrtle Springs Alumni Straw Hat dinner theater will host a concert starring Barbara Cooper Aug. 29. “Barbara lives in Van Zandt County and is about the most talented female singer in our area with the same smooth voices as Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee and other successful country female singers. It is almost impossible to distinguish the difference between the songs rendered by Barbara and those whom she fashions and presents in her concerts,” concert official LaRea Miller remarked,

A variety of music, including country, Brenda Lee hits, gospel and pop, will be rendered by Cooper during the performance. 

The concert and dinner will take place at the old school building in Myrtle Springs, located on VZCR 3447, just off Hwy, 64 in Myrtle Springs.

The alumni association will serve dinner beginning at 6 p.m.  The concert will follow. 

Advanced paid reservations are required. 

Thu
27
Aug

DPS enhances patrols for Labor Day enforcement period

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing DWI patrols Aug. 21 – Sept. 7, which includes the Labor Day holiday weekend. During this period, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“Impaired drivers who take to the roadways put other travelers in harm’s way, and these increased patrols during the Labor Day holiday are designed to save lives by getting these dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The department urges all drivers to do their part to keep our road and highways safe by obeying traffic laws and not drinking and driving.”

The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

 DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Labor Day holiday:

•    Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.

Wed
26
Aug

Labor Day balloon release rescheduled

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Annual Balloon Release usually held on Labor Day has been rescheduled for November.

The event will be held around Veterans Day, organizers said.

More information will be available as the event draws near.

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Tue
25
Aug

Police chief retirement reception Aug. 27


Chief Mike Echols

A retirement reception for Canton Police Chief Mike Echols will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Canton Senior Citizens Center, 200 W. Groves St.

Echols last day with the department will be Aug. 31. He has been with CPD since 1987 and has been chief since October 2007.

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Tue
25
Aug

Grand Saline ISD recognizes students, sets tax rate

Superintendent Trish Elliott recognized students at the recent Grand Saline ISD Board Meeting by awarding the Superintendent’s Award to 10 students for the 2014-15 school year. The award is presented to students who receive an A in all subjects during the school year.

Recipients by grade were: 10th grade – Kathryn Davis and Stephen LaPrade; eighth grade – Piper Fisher, Eleanor Geremonte, Luke Melton and Sunny Robertson; seventh grade – Gavin Foster and Delana Meyer; and sixth grade – Amanda LaPrade and Matthew McCormick

Grand Saline ISD received Met Standard at all campuses for their 2015 Accountability Summary from the state with no distinctions.

Mon
24
Aug

Proposed county budget reflects positive revenue figures County election locations, judges set

The Van Zandt County Commissioners met Aug. 18 in a special session to discuss the upcoming local elections and the 2015-’16 county budget.

A public hearing was held on the matter of the proposed budget for the fiscal year to end Sept. 30, 2016. No county residents spoke during the public hearing held for the proposed budget.

County Judge Don Kirkpatrick said he was “pleased that the proposed budget is balanced and that the revenue exceeds the expenditures by $144,924 without a tax rate increase.”

Kirkpatrick pointed out that the proposed tax rate of $0.485847 will raise the commissioner’s budget by 1 percent more in property taxes which will raise the road and bridge budget in VZC by $293,379.

Mon
24
Aug

Head-on crash injures one on 751

A 19-year-old Quinlan woman was serious injured about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 in a head-on collision on FM 751 near VZCR 3812.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chuck Turner, Brooklyn Willett was northbound on FM 751 when her red Ford Focus crossed into the southbound and hit a silver Ford Ranger being driven by Denise Reed, 59, of Wills Point.

Willett, a 2014 graduate of Quinlan Ford High School, was unconscious and had to be extricated from the vehicle, Turner said. Although came to for a bit, she lost consciousness again before authorities could ask her about the incident. She was taken to the hospital by air ambulance.

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