Colfax UMC to hold egg hunt

Colfax UMC will hold an Easter egg hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday April 14 at the church located at FM 16 between Van and Highway 64.

Children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to attend the event, organizers said.  The Easter egg hunt will also feature games and refreshments.

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Brookshire’s, Del Monte to aid hunger relief

Brookshire’s and Del Monte have teamed up to fight hunger in communities throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas with the new “You CAN Help” program.

Through April 18, customers will receive one free can of Del Monte products for every five Del Monte cans (13.5 oz – 15.25 oz) purchased in a single transaction. They are encouraged to donate some or all of the canned goods or any other non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food banks and pantries in their community. As bins are filled throughout the program, all donated products will be distributed to the organizations predetermined by each store.

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Trailer Manufacturer Has a Nice, Big New Home

Pitbull Arms Co.

On Tuesday (April 11), the Wills Point Economic Development Commission will stage a ribbon cutting and open house at a true Van Zandt County success story, Brazos Trailer Manufacturing.

The ribbon cutting will dedicate the company’s new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and office facility in the Wills Point Business Park. That facility represents a huge leap for a company that started from scratch four years ago. Brazos Trailer Manufacturing builds trailers for rock hauling and construction companies.

Owners Nathan and Chris Bullard started Brazos Trailer Manufacturing on some rural land Chris owns near the Wills Point airport. They got into trailer manufacturing when they ran a trash hauling business, and began building their own dumpsters. That evolved into trailer manufacturing and the start of their current business.


St. Justin’s Episcopal to celebrate Holy Week

St. Justin’s Episcopal Church will be celebrating Holy Week beginning today, April with the celebration of Palm Sunday, The Sunday of the Passion with a procession of the palms followed by Holy Eucharist services.

The Maundy Thursday service, Washing of Feet and Holy Eucharist service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

Good Friday services, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist services will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14.

There will be no service on Holy Saturday this year.

Celebration of Easter Sunday and Holy Eucharist Service will be at 10 a.m. April 16.

The service begins with the "Flowering of the Cross" performed by all children attending. The annual Easter Egg Hunt with refreshments will follow the Sunday Easter service.

“All young children are encouraged to bring their empty basket to church. Everyone is welcome to attend.”


Skunk population leads to increase of rabies

Local pets test positive for virus 

Have you noticed an increase in dead skunks on the side of the road this year? The weather has been very conducive to the efficient reproduction of skunks. Due to this increase in population of skunks, there is a natural increase in the number of rabies cases in East Texas.  Most of the skunks on the side of the road would test positive for rabies. The safest course when you see a skunk is to treat it as if it were rabid.

At Canton Veterinary Clinic, we have sent several skunks off for rabies testing this year and almost all have been positive for the Rabies virus.

About two weeks ago, a pet dog was brought in displaying symptoms of sickness and vomiting. The dog eventually bit the owner and the owner’s daughter. The dog was tested for rabies and the test came back positive.


GS council appointed, city cleanup held

The Grand Saline City Council started their monthly meeting with information about Spring Clean Up, which was held Friday, March 31 and Saturday April 1.

Citizens took advantage of the opportunity to load up old items and dump it at no charge. The city of Grand Saline did not pick up the items and emphasized that it was the citizens’ responsibility to bring the items to the dumpster location which was across from the city barn at 109 S. E. Pacific.

In other business, an ordinance was approved declaring unopposed candidates as elected for the May 6 city election.

The candidates were declared elected to office under the Section 2.053(a) Teas Election Code which authorizes the city council to declare the candidates elected to office and cancel the election.


TEA Party to host forum April 10

The Canton/Edom TEA Party will host an Education Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10 in the Canton Elementary School Cafetorium located at 1163 South Buffalo Street.

A panel of educators and citizens will be discussing educational issues especially legislation being considered by the Texas Legislature.

Panel members will include Jay Tullos, Canton ISD Superintendent; Kevin Ellis, Texas State Board of Education District 9 Representative; Jay Ferguson, Grace Community School Headmaster, the largest private school in Tyler, and Vice-President of the Texas Private School Association; Alice Linahan, Founder and Director of Women on the Wall, a grassroots organization advocating for quality education; Peggy Venable, Texas Public Policy Foundations Center for Education Freedom; Jill Dutton, Van ISD School Board trustee; and a representative from the Texas Home School Association.


March of Remembrance set for April 23

File photo The March of Remembrance will be held Sunday, April 23. The event focusing on remembering 11 million victims of the Holocaust, and also honors those who survived. A program will be held at the Farm Bureau in Canton after the walk.

‘Hate must not go unchallenged’

Christians from across the county will gather Sunday, April 23, in Canton for the 2017 Van Zandt County March of Remembrance honoring survivors of the Holocaust. The event will begin with a brief assembly at 1:30 p.m. on the east steps of the Van Zandt County Courthouse.

County Judge Don Kirkpatrick will welcome those participating in the march. Immediately following his remarks, the march will begin from the courthouse along Hwy 19 to the Farm Bureau building near the intersection of Hwys 19 and 243.


Bulldogs stay perfect in district play

Photo by Tracy Erwin Lefthander Kason Grant talks with Bulldogs catcher Trey Erwin during Edgewood’s 16-2 win over Eustace April 4.

The Edgewood Bulldogs tallied two more wins in last week, topping both Mineola and Eustace to move to 4-0 overall in District 12-3A play.

Edgewood overcame a pesky Mineola squad March 31, rallying back from a two run deficit to score one in the fourth and three in the sixth of a 4-2 win.

Turner Bannister got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing two earned runs while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings. Trever Smith pitched the final 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing a hit and striking out two.

Trever Smith finished as Edgewood's leading hitter, going 2/2 with a double and an RBI. Cooper Hill finished 1/3 with an RBI and a run scored, Hunter Robinson finished 1/2 with a run scored and Kason Grant finished 1/2.

Edgewood put together their best offensive showing since the start of district play against Eustace April 4, pounding out 13 hits in a 16-2 rout.


Candlelight vigil held for victims of child abuse, neglect

In recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Van Zandt County, a candlelight vigil was held April 3 on the east side steps of the county courthouse in Canton.

VZC Child Welfare Board President Sandy Hilliard welcomed those in attendance and Word of Victory Pastor Mike Burns led in the opening prayer.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick read a proclamation announcing that the month of April would be declared as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in the county which was unanimously approved March 28 by the county commissioners court. Soloist Sandra Washington sang “Amazing Grace.”

Guest speakers Ashley Chaney and Isaac Delacerda were introduced by VZC District Attorney Chris Martin.

Chaney was in a long-time abusive relationship involving drugs, according to Martin. Child Protective Services were called and her daughter, Madison, age 8, was removed from the home.


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