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Fri
30
Jun

Greenville man drowns at Lake Tawakoni

Body recovered early Sunday morning at Cedar Cove

The body of a Greenville man was recovered at Lake Tawakoni after he apparently drowned late Saturday night.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Dwayne Noble said Andre Smith and an unidentified woman were floating in a raft at Cedar Cove near the RV Park at Cedar Cove Landing when the incident occurred.

Warden Noble said an object fell from the raft, possibly cigarettes or a lighter, and Smith entered the water to retrieve it. He said he was swimming fine but started having trouble, and the woman entered the water to help him.

“He started pulling her down, and she swam to a pier not more than 50 yards away,” Noble said.

He said when she turned around and looked, Smith could not be seen.

Emergency personnel were notified at 10:02 p.m. Saturday to respond to the 100 block of Private Road 5504, Point.

Fri
30
Jun

Committee needs manpower


Members of the Van Zandt County Long Range Recovery Group met June 26.Due to the July 4 holiday schedule, the committee will hold its next weekly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, July 10 at the old Canton City Hall location.

Volunteer number drop drastically for tornado cleanup 

Members of the Van Zandt County Long Range Recovery Group heard a number of updates from various individuals during their weekly meeting June 26.

Shawn Stewart, VZC Long Term Recovery Group Vice-Chairman, was in charge of the meeting held downtown at the old Canton City Hall location in the absence of committee chairman Russell Hopkins.

“We have a description of the various sub-committees that work with this group available for you to take a look at while we are here for this meeting,” announced Stewart to those in attendance. “We need help in these sub-committees. We need manpower, anything that anybody can bring to this table. We also have a sign-up sheet available. We need to be starting the process of matching the talent with the need. That is a connection we need to see happen.”

Thu
29
Jun

WFD to hold supper, show

Whitton Fire Department to host hamburger supper and fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. “The menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, Bobby Beans, desserts and drinks. Donations will be taken at the door. The Firehouse Band will provide live music until the fireworks start at dark. All donations collected go toward fire department operating costs,” said event organizers.

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Thu
29
Jun

Sen. Hall calls on Gov. Abbott to prioritize grid security

As Texas Legislature heads into a special session, threats to electrical grid security loom

Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) called on Gov. Greg Abbott to add electrical grid security to the agenda items for the legislative special session starting in July.

"There are several very real threats to the Texas power grid, and the consequences would be so severe that we should address this now,” Hall said. “There are hostile countries that might cause this, but there are also natural forces that may also cause the same result soon. Either way, we need to be prepared.”

Threats to the United States from weapons designed to affect the electrical grid, such as those from North Korea, were highlighted today in the Wall Street Journal article, "North Korea Dreams of Turning Out the Lights," which explains plans by North Korea to launch electromagnetic pulse weapons, aka "EMP's," against America.

Thu
29
Jun

Fox Well to appear in Edom July 4

A free concert by Fox Well will headline the activities for the Fourth of July celebration in Edom Tuesday, July 4.

Fox Well will appear on stage at the Edom Community Park on FM 279 at 7 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to stay for the fireworks show afterwards, organizers said.

A concession stand benefitting local scholarships will be set up for the event.

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Wed
28
Jun

Bible Baptist to celebrate 67th anniversary

Bible Baptist Church of Grand Saline, founded in 1950, will celebrate its 67th anniversary Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Bro. Freddy Pendleton will be guest speaker. Services will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 408 Larson St., Grand Saline.

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Wed
28
Jun

Relay For Life and Survivor dinner rescheduled

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County and the Survivors’ Celebration Reception Dinner have been rescheduled for Friday, July 7, at The Arbors at the First Monday Grounds in Canton. The events, originally scheduled in May, were postponed due to the tornadoes that hit Van Zandt County in April.

The Survivors’ Celebration Reception Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Arbors. Volunteer cooks will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and a guest. Relay For Life encourages all cancer survivors to attend this celebration of hope.

“If you are a cancer survivor who would like to attend the dinner, you may register in advance by sending your name, address, phone number and T-shirt size to Relay For Life, PO Box 393, Canton, TX 75103,” said event organizers.

Tue
27
Jun

July 4 Celebration scheduled at Living Alternatives

A faith, family and freedom celebration is set for Tuesday, July 4 at Living Alternatives.

The event is presented by Tyler radio stations KVNE (89.5 FM) and KGLY (91.3 FM) and will be held at 17141 State Highway 110 North in Lindale.

“In honor of God’s provision for this nation, Living Alternatives invites you to a community sponsored Independence Day celebration,” said an event spokesperson.

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Tue
27
Jun

Four Mile Community Cemetery fundraiser July 4

The annual fundraiser for Four Mile Community Cemetery will be held Tuesday, July 4. The cemetery business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.

 Bishop Erik Gronberg will deliver the memorial message. All veterans will be recognized.

“The Pledge of Allegiance, the Star Spangled Banner and the raising of the flag will all be performed,” organizers said.

A lunch of barbecue, hot dogs, potato salad and drinks will be provided and served in the Parish Hall.

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Mon
26
Jun

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from June 6 to June 13, 2017.

 

William Cole Browning, 34, Balch Springs, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Dustin Chandler Bunger, 32, Tyler, was arrested on site for manufacture/delivery of controlled substance PG 1.

Lana Michelle Calder, 40, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Bryan Edward Cantrell, 39, Canton, was arrested on site for aggravated assault with weapon.

Roy Harold Chelette, 45, Grand Saline, was arrested on site for criminal trespass.

Christina Cummings, 44, Chandler, was arrested on a warrant for criminal nonsupport/mtr.

Michael Allen Dry, 39, Athens, was arrested on a warrant for criminal nonsupport.

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