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Gov. Abbott calls special election Seven amendments on November ballot

There will be seven amendments for Van Zandt County voters to recognize on the Nov. 7, 2017 uniform election ballot called by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. This election is not ordered by Van Zandt County.

In order for an amendment to become part of the Texas Constitution, it needs the support of the Legislature and a majority of Texas voters. But the amendments must make it to the ballot by a way of joint resolutions which receive more than two-thirds of the vote in both chambers of the Texas Legislature. So, a minimum of 100 votes in the Texas House and 21 votes in the state Senate.

The Texas Secretary of State’s office will randomly assign each resolution a ballot number ahead of the election.

Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, – Friday, Nov. 3, at the old Canton City Hall building located at 290 E. Tyler St.

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Edom Arts Festival celebrates 45th anniversary

Edom Arts Festival was in full swing last weekend, with a multitude of visitors filling the alleyways and streets of Edom to find unique pieces of art and fair finds. The festival also has a children’s area where children can make their own art and take home. Eliot Burk was on hand to help lead a children’s theatre group during the festival. Buffalo Clover Fine and Fun Art sponsored children’s area. More photos page 11A. 

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Commissioners wife involved in accident

Last weekend, Melissa Brown, wife of VZC Commissioner Pct. 1 Brandon Brown was involved in a serious accident. During the commissioners court meeting Oct. 18, County Judge Don Kirkpatrick released this public statement, “

“Commissioner Brown’s wife was recently involved in a horrible accident. I talked to Commissioner Brown this morning (Oct.18). I told him that we would remember the entire family in our prayers. She (Melissa Brown) is in the intensive care unit still fighting. She is improving. She has broken legs, broken arms, broken back and internal bleeding. Let us all remember this family in our prayers.”

No other information was available as of presstime.

 

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Workforce Solutions closing its doors in Canton Dec. 31

Due to budget cuts, Workforce Solutions will be closing its office on State Highway 19 in Canton effective Dec. 31.

The announcement was made Oct. 18 by Wills Point City Administrator Pam Pearson, who also serves on the Workforce Solutions of East Texas board, as she spoke to the VZC Commissioners’ Court during their regular meeting.

“A couple of years ago, Workforce Solutions took a look at the operations of their offices in Canton and Emory,” pointed out Pearson, a three-year member of the board, who was appointed to the board by the VZC Commissioners’ Court. “The decision was made to share employees and close the Canton office two days a week and the Emory office three days a week. Later, the decision was made to close the Emory office and keep the Canton office open five days a week.”

In the past year, less than 200 clients came through the doors at the Canton office, according to Pearson.

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Commissioners table measure to borrow money

Following a lengthy discussion, the Van Zandt County Commissioners’ Court voted to table an agenda item regarding the borrowing of $750,000 for the remainder of the calendar year.

The decision to table the measure took place during the regular meeting Oct. 18 of the VZC Commissioners’ Court.

VZC Auditor Freddy Thomas introduced Jake Lawrence of Government Capital who made the presentation to the commissioners’ court regarding the borrowing proposal.

If approved, the $750,000 would have been deposited into the county’s general fund account on Oct. 27 and the loan would have been required to be paid back by January 31, 2018.

“I don’t want to borrow money if we can get by without it,” emphasized VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. expressed concerns to Lawrence about the amount of money in the proposal for a financial adviser ($15,000). “That is too much,” said Melton.

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Houston ministry acquires nursing home Facility to be repaired, cleaned up

An old nursing home in Canton is set to undergo major renovations and repairs as part of a project of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Houston.

Heritage Manor Nursing Home on College Street in Canton sat derelict and unused after being closed due to a plethora of problems.

According to a media release on the church’s website, “Questions asked around Canton produced a lot of information: the facility, which apparently operated for many years with poor care and possible abuse of its residents, was closed due to substandard conditions.”

New Beginnings Minister Joe Donalson said that while the bones of the structure were good, there were extensive repairs to be made before opening the facility’s doors.

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Drugs, cash, guns confiscated, six arrested in raid

Six people were arrested and cash, drugs and guns were confiscated in an early-morning raid last week in the Quinlan area, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

“Early Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, 2017, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a compound known as ‘Ketchum’s Compound’ located in the 10000 block of Hilltop Circle in the Quinlan area. The Sheriff’s Office MRAP was used to make entry into the compound. The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team as well as the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were used to execute the search warrant,” Meeks said.

The sheriff said during the search of the property, Investigators recovered marijuana, methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, firearms and United States currency.

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VZC Tea Party talks COS project

A presentation on the Convention of States project opened the meeting of the Van Zandt County Tea Party Oct. 9 at Edom City Limits.

Dr. Dwayne Collins, the founder and director of the VZC Tea Party, introduced Greg Holton of Sulphur Springs and Linda Rice of Denison to discuss the political movement in Texas and across the nation.

Holton serves as district captain for House District 2 in the Convention of States project while Rice works as a regional captain.

“The Convention of States project is at work in all 50 states and Phase I has begun,” pointed out Holton. “The COS (Convention of States) resolution passed in Texas in May 2017 and we are the 11th state to do so.”

According to the COS website, the COS project was founded in 2013 by Citizens for Self-Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. Their main headquarters is located in Purcellville, Vir., and their phone number is 540-441-7227.

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Commissioners, Bates weigh in on tax rate increase

Several Van Zandt County officials were given the opportunity to share their thoughts about the recent tax rate increase approved by the VZC Commissioners Court during an Oct. 9 meeting of the VZC Tea Party held at Edom City Limits.

The VZC Commissioners Court voted 4-1 on Sept. 12 to increase the county tax rate by three cents which is beyond the rollback rate.

A petition drive is currently underway in the county to attempt to get the VZC commissioners court to call for a tax rollback election in 2018.

Dr. Dwayne Collins, the founder and director of the VZC Tea Party, welcomed the crowd of around 60 to the meeting in Edom which exceeded two hours.

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Area festivals highlight October

Oct. 14 was a big day in Van Zandt County with multiple festivals kicking off on the same day. The Canton Autumn Stroll, Edom Festival of the Arts, Van Oil Festival and VZC Regional Airport Fly-In offered residents a chance to experience fall festivities.

A handful of festivals still fill the weekends in October, which is set to include the US 80 Hi-Way Sale, Ben Wheeler Hog Fest and Halloween events slated for late October.

On Nov. 11 the Edgewood Heritage Festival will be the last festival of the fall season in Van Zandt County. Surrounding cities and counties also have a slew of festivals set, such as the Tyler Rose Festival and Mineola Iron Horse Festival.

 

US 80 Hi-Way Sale scheduled for Oct. 20-22

 

The Historic US 80 Hi-Way Sale will begin at 8 a.m. daily Oct. 20-22 and will draw crowds from far and wide looking for a bargain, according to the East Texas Tourism Association.

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