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Wed
26
Apr

Turner Baptist Church Ladies Retreat

Turner Baptist Church will host a ladies’ retreat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 29.

Special guest speakers will be Spriggs of Faith.

“Come join us for great fellowship, special music, worship, lunch, drawings and testimonies from three women on their walk upon Earth,” said event organizers.

For more information, contact Rose Christie at 903-292-9425.

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Wed
26
Apr

“CPS changed my life”: Chaney reflects on life changing events


Ashley Chaney of Wills Point stands with her daughter, Madison, 10.

Ashley Chaney said her life changed forever the day that Child Protective Services came into her home and removed her 8-year old daughter almost two years ago.

Chaney had been in an abusive relationship involving drugs when CPS was called leading to Chaney recognizing the fact that her life needed to change for the better.

“My life was very unmanageable when CPS became involved in my life,” recalled Chaney. “Having CPS involved changed my life. I thought CPS were bad people in my eyes at first but honestly, they saved my life and were a blessing in disguise. I thank CPS, CASA  and my support system including my family and friends.”

Chaney was born in Tyler and grew up in Wills Point where she attended school. She is a 2000 graduate of Wills Point High School.

“I lived in Garland, Lindale and Lake Dallas before moving back to Wills Point. I always knew I would come back, said Chaney.

Tue
25
Apr

Undefeated


Photo by Christine Davis

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs, ranked 17th overall among all 2A softball teams in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, recently wrapped up another undefeated run through District 14-2A play. The team was scheduled to play a warmup game in Frankston April 21 beginning at 7 p.m. ahead of this year’s playoffs. Martins Mill team members include (front row, l-r) Bray Birt, Josie Erickson, Leah Morgan, Lydia Burns, Abbie Orrick, Britney McCurley, Kaylyn Gates, Grace Camacho, (back row, l-r) Yao Huang, Page Gandy, Maci Pettit, Taylor Sparks, Briley Moon, Calli Camacho and Jessie Camacho.

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Tue
25
Apr

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from April 11-18, 2017.

James Allen Adam, 46, Wills Point, was arrested on two warrants for driving while license invalid and driving while intoxicated.

Destinee Nicole Allgood, 30, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Lisa Marie Boudreau, 51, Magnolia, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Joe Allen Brower, 45, Terrell, was arrested o a warrant for sex offender’s duty to register.

Jeremy Trey Brunner, 21, Canton, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Roosevelt Nelson Courtney, 31, Shreveport, La., was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana.

Damon C. Droby, 44, Mabank, was arrested on site for robbery.

Tue
25
Apr

Man leads high speed chase through county


Johnny Roulett

A man led law enforcement officers from three counties on a high-speed chase Tuesday, April 18.

A traffic stop for speeding turned into a pursuit beginning in Smith County and crossing over into Van Zandt and Wood counties. The pursuit reached speeds of 130 miles per hour and lasted about an hour.

Authorities say that 33-year-old Johnny Ray Roulett of Tullahoma, Tenn., was arrested and charged with evading arrest, tampering with identification numbers and personal property, and unlawful carry of a weapon.

Roulett is being held in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $110,000.

The chase ended just north of Lindale on Highway 69 North after a DPS Trooper officer used a maneuver to stop the vehicle.

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Mon
24
Apr

Bulldogs defeat Indians 2-1 in rivalry game


The Edgewood Bulldogs improved to 7-0 in district play with a 2-1 home win over the rival Grand Saline Indians April 14.

The Edgewood Bulldogs completed the season sweep of chief rival Grand Saline April 14, making two early runs stand up in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

Edgewood took the lead over Grand Saline in the bottom of the first inning, getting a one out walk from Kason Grant and a double from Tye Elie to put runners on second and third. Trey Erwin, the fourth batter to step up in the inning, grounded out to short to drive in Grant for a 1-0 Bulldog advantage.

After turning back a bases loaded situation by the Indians in the top of the second, Edgewood added its second and final run of the game in the home half.

The first two Bulldogs reached base in the bottom of the second before a fielder’s choice groundout and a Grand Saline miscue allowed Edgewood to take a 2-0 lead.

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Mon
24
Apr

Yesterland holds Wildflower Weekends


Photo by Ayla Rightenour Hadley Anderton, 2, sits next to some baby chicks during Yesterland’s egg hunt event.

The Easter bunny landed at Yesterland Farms during their annual Wildflower Weekends and Easter Egg hunts event in early April.

The Wildflower Weekend is in its inaugural year, and was held April 1-2 and 8-9.

Pastel and brightly colored eggs dotted the landscape of Yesterland Farms, a landscape that includes the addition of numerous attractions and even 600 rose bushes.

“We have planted over 600 rose bushes,” said Kama Bozeman, owner of Yesterland Farms, “but that is not all that we have here, in fact we have some new attractions that are geared towards the Wildflower Weekend.”

Along with egg hunting, visitors could take a visit to Bunnyville, a village just for rabbits.

Bunnyville is a small, mock town filled with buildings such as the ‘Canton Hare-ald’ where bunnies can frolic and play to the delight of visitors.

Thu
20
Apr

POND MANAGEMENT FIELD DAY

Pond Management usually becomes a hot topic around this time of year. Folks are making plans to improve their pond, and are interested in information on how to do that. Many want to stock their pond, and would like to do it properly. In addition, persons with farm ponds or lakes are always interested in other areas of improvement for a good source of water.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Rains, Wood, and Van Zandt Counties will be hosting a Pond Management Field Day on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. This program will be held at Greene’s Lake, located southeast of Emory. 

From Canton— Prior to the Hwy 69 and 19 intersection – you will turn right on  FM 3274.  Continue down FM 3274 for 4.2 miles until you reach county Road 2300 (if you reach HWY 779, you have gone too far).  Take a right on RCR 2300 for .5 mile and then turn left on Greene’s Lake Private Drive. Watch for signs leading into the location, or contact the Extension Office for a map.

Thu
20
Apr

Hensarling meets with small business owners in Canton

Today, I hosted a small business roundtable with a diverse cross-section of business owners in Van Zandt County.  As tax day looms large in the minds of all Americans, today’s conversation centered on Republicans’ pro-growth economic agenda, specifically efforts to reform our nation’s broken tax code and to roll back unnecessary Washington red tape, which have the potential to spur economic growth and job creation in East Texas. 

Too many small business owners are struggling under mountains of job-killing red tape and a tax code that benefits those who have the money and the ability to work the system.  But, relief is on the way.

Wed
19
Apr

Dandelions: Acceptable for horses?

Dandelions crop up just about everywhere – on lawns, in pastures, even in gardens. Many consider them an annoying weed, while others delight in consuming them as part of a healthy salad. Some horses even seek out dandelions to eat. What if your pasture is riddled withdandelions? Is it OK for your horse to consume them?

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