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Mon
15
Jun

Edgewood Heritage Park hit by thieves


Photos courtesy Ricky Niell The 6-foot vintage Gulf Oil sign at Heritage Park in Edgewood became the target of thieves last week. The sign has an estimated value of $1,000.

By Pam Millican

Correspondent

 

The Edgewood Heritage Park in downtown Edgewood was fell victim to theft last weekend.

Heritage Park employees reported that a 6-foot round Gulf Oil sign was taken from the back wall of the old Gilliam Station early last week.

The sign was attached to the back of the station approximately 10 feet off the ground. The sign has a value of about $1,000.

Gilliam Station is located on the corner of the park on Main Street and approximately 100 feet from a street light. It would have taken at least two people and a 10-foot ladder to take down the sign.

The Heritage Park is located one block from the police station.

As of presstime, the Edgewood Police Department could not be reached for comment. 

 

Sat
13
Jun

Juneteenth celebration set for June 20

Organizers were hard at work this week, putting together the finishing touches on the 18th annual Juneteenth Celebration in Wills Point.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with the news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free. 

This announcement came two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862. The celebration of June 19 became “Juneteenth,” and the observance has grown beyond the borders of Texas and traveled to other countries. It became an official state holiday in Texas after having been signed into law on June 13, 1979.

Wed
27
May

GRAND SALINE LOOKS TO REPLACE WARNING SIRENS

By Kat Hinson
Correspondent
Wed
27
May

Remembering a remarkable airman

Duward F. Sumner was born and spent his early life in Van Zandt County. His mother, father, grandparents and great grandfather are buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton, the county seat. The story of Sumner’s life and his outstanding record as a World War II pilot would make a good Hollywood script. Yet today, Duward Sumner’s name would draw a blank among most people living in Van Zandt County.

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Wed
27
May

MARTINS MILL TOP TWO HEADED TO UT

Commencement for the Martins Mill High School graduating class of 2015 will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, at O’Neal Weaver Gymnasium at Martins Mill High School. The class will be led by Valedictorian Sydney Bartlett and Salutatorian Dylan Stuart Weatherford. Sydney, 18, has been a Martins Mill Mustang since eighth grade. She is the daughter of Tony and Marie Bartlett.

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Wed
27
May

VANDALS, BULLDOGS CONTINUE POSTSEASON MARCH

The playoff march continues on for both the Van Vandals and Edgewood Bulldogs this week after each team picked up impressive wins in the Area round. Two other county teams, the Canton Eagles and Martins Mill Mustangs, each watched their season draw to a close after narrow losses to Bullard and Bowie respectively..

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Tue
26
May

On the road to recovery

Van pushes back despite disaster

By Britne Reeves

Staff Writer

Emergency operations continue in Van through the combined effort of law enforcement agencies, relief organizations and hundreds of volunteers.

Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen credits the generosity of people across the state and the nation with helping the community after a tornado May 10 destroyed 90 homes and damaged 110 others cutting a path through Van 10 miles long.

“I never would have dreamed that we would be this far along with recovery as we are at this time,” Allen said. “We have no other place to put all of the physical donations.”

Although physical donations are filling up the buildings, monetary donations are still needed.

Mon
25
May

Remembering a remarkable airman


Duward F. Sumner

Duward F. Sumner was born and spent his early life in Van Zandt County. 

His mother, father, grandparents and great grandfather are buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton, the county seat. 

The story of Sumner’s life and his outstanding record as a World War II pilot would make a good Hollywood script. Yet today, Duward Sumner’s name would draw a blank among most people living in Van Zandt County. 

Young Sumner lost his father at the age of 2, had trouble with his step-father, left home in his early teens, received a limited education, worked odd jobs to survive and found his special place in life in the U.S. Army. 

The Army provided an outlet unique to him and fitted to his talents.  His service during World War II was his finest hour. If ever a soldier’s life and remarkable war record deserves to be retold, it is Duward F. Sumner’s. 

This is a brief recap of that story.

Sun
24
May

Memorial Day event honors sacrifice

Canton’s new mayor Lou Ann Everett, Brigadier General Howard N. Palmer, Jr., Commander, Army Componet Command Texas State Guard, a 21-gun salute and an airplane flyover are all part of the Memorial Day program planned for 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Canton.

Everett will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the event that will also include presentation of the colors by the East Texas Stampede 4H Equestrian team.

“Last year we were all treated to a missing man, three-plane flyover, much to everyone's delight. So, this year, four local area private planes will be in the air again for all to see as they fly over,” said Diane Farmer, Veterans Memorial public relations chairman.

Pastor Dan Torina of Grace Fellowship Church will lead the opening prayer and M/Sgt Bob Borth, USAF Ret. will read “The Veteran.”

Fri
22
May

Grand Saline looks to replace warning sirens

Considered in healthy financial shape

By Kat Hinson

Correspondent

The Grand Saline City Council’s May meeting focused largely on measures to replace the emergency warning system for the city of Grand Saline.

The city’s sirens have not been usable for an estimated three years due to the difficulty of finding replacement parts; while efforts to replace the system have been underway for some time, the incident in Van has made city officials determined to speed up the process.

Grand Saline Fire Marshal Tully Davidson presented a report on possible replacement systems, with models ranging from about $20,000 to more than $100,000.

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