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Thu
06
Apr

Growing Interest in Backyard Flocks Prompts Poultry Event at Canton Tractor Supply

The birds are back in town! That's right; the Tractor Supply Co. store in Canton will host a backyard poultry event on Apr 08, 2017 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. 

During the event, customers will have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities all centered around learning how to care for and manage an at-home flock.

"The popularity of raising backyard poultry has continued to grow year after year and it has a lot to do with the convenience of getting fresh eggs right from your own backyard," said Wayne Watson, manager of the Canton Tractor Supply store. "Our goal is to ensure that anyone who's interested in raising a backyard flock has the resources and information needed to do so." 

In addition to the main event, customers will also have the opportunity to enjoy and Bake Sale.

Thu
06
Apr

Farm & Ranch News

Prescribed Burn Workshop

 

The Van Zandt County Extension Wildlife and Natural Resources committee will be hosting a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Friday, April 21.   The workshop will begin at the Van Zandt County Farm Bureau building, 281 E. Hwy 243 – Canton. Cost of the event is $20 per participant. 

What is a prescribed burn?   Prescribed burning is a management tool widely used by foresters, parks departments, range and wildlife managers, ranchers and other land owners to manage excessive natural fuels under very specific and safe conditions.

The schedule of events for the day and speakers:

8:00 - 8:30 –        Registration and coffee

8:30 - 8:40 -         Welcome and introduction of presenters

8:40 - 9:25 -         Why burn? Fire history and fire effects – Chris Schenk, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Fire Program Leader

Wed
05
Apr

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from March 21 – March 28, 2017.

Donny Dewane Adams, 43, Kaufman, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Dakota Quintez Bircher, 27, Mesquite, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana.

Jeremy Dewayne Blalock, 27, Canton, was arrested on warrants for forgery financial instrument, theft property, forgery financial instrument and stealing/receiving stolen check.

Christopher Glenn Booker, 29, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for assault causes bodily injury/family violence.

Mark Allen Boyett, 40, Ben Wheeler, 40, was arrested on a warrant for impersonate public servant.

Billy Brown, 31, Canton, was arrested on site for assault causes bodily injury/family violence.

Tue
04
Apr

Farm & Ranch News

Invasion of the forest tent caterpillars

I have had several phone calls from concerned home owners over the last few days about worms infesting trees.   Forest tent caterpillars are one of the most widespread and abundant of the tent-making caterpillars. Like their close cousins the eastern tent caterpillars, forest tent caterpillars feed primarily on trees; but unlike their cousins, and the common fall webworm, the forest tent caterpillar doesn’t make an actual tent. Instead the caterpillars aggregate between feedings on a silken mat which they spin on some area of the trunk or on large branches of the host tree.

Mon
03
Apr

Proclamations and mass gathering permit applications approved


A proclamation proclaiming the month of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in Van Zandt County was unanimously approved by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting March 28. Presenting the proclamation is VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick and receiving the proclamation is Sandy Hilliard, VZC Child Welfare Board President.

Proclamations and mass gathering permit applications for two upcoming events were among the items approved by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court March 28 during its regular session.

A proclamation proclaiming the month of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in Van Zandt County was unanimously approved by the commissioners.

The approval from the commissioners came following a presentation from VZC Child Welfare Board President Sandy Hilliard and the reading of the proclamation from VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

A mass gathering permit application for a candlelight vigil in conjunction with Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in the county was also approved by the commissioners.

Sun
02
Apr

2017 Van Zandt Fair Pageant


Miss Van Zandt county Fair, is Kylie Ann Cox. Kyle also won the talent, interview and western wear competitions. She also received a $100 scholarship for placing 2nd overall in all 6 categories. First alternate and photogenic winner is Kendra Michelle Barker

March 25 was a day of crowning the 2017 Van Zandt Fair Pageant winners at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds.

The pageant is organized by Chassity Sukiennik and pageant officers and committee chairs:  Nicole Durham, Social Media; Sherri Durham, Secretary/Treasurer, and Regina Cox.  Additional help and special thanks to volunteers:  Jim cox, Ray Durham, JoAnn “G” Schmig, and Cris Sukiennik.   Plans for the 2018 pageant are underway, and entry forms are made available in the latter part of this year.

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Sun
02
Apr

Citizens honored with awards

Several award winners received special recognition during the 60th annual Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 24.

The event was held at the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Pavilion before an estimated 200 in attendance. The theme of the banquet was “A Night at the Oscars.”

“On behalf of the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce, we extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to all of our guests, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, community members, family and friends for making our 60th annual banquet an inspirational and successful night,” said Brenda Silva, Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President.

Among the announcements made by Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce board member Heather Good were the naming of the Man of the Year, the Woman of the Year, the Organization of the Year, the Business of the Year and the Pioneer of the Year.

Man of the Year—David Bessonett

Sat
01
Apr

Teachers, students honored at GS Chamber Banquet


David and Brittany Bessonett were named as the Man of the Year and the Woman of the Year March 24 at the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Heather Good, a member of the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, made the announcements.

The 60th annual Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Banquet featured the announcement of the Students of the Year as well as the Teachers of the Year in the Grand Saline ISD March 24.

GSISD Superintendent Micah Lewis announced the winners of the Male and Female Students of the Year as well as the Teacher of the Year at each GSISD campus.

Male Student of the Year—Stephen LaPrade

Stephen LaPrade is the son of Dee Dee LaPrade and has lived in Grand Saline his entire life. He has been a member of the Grand Saline High School Student Council for three years and a member of the National Honor Society for three years.

LaPrade has served as class vice-president for one year and class president for two years. He has played football for three years, baseball for one year and basketball for three years.

Fri
31
Mar

Story of the Blue Ribbon

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and by now you have probably seen blue ribbons throughout the county. The blue ribbons are there to serve as a reminder to all of us as we work together to fight and protect our children against abuse and neglect.

The Blue-Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention campaign had its early beginnings following the death of a very young child. In the spring of 1989, Bonnie Finney, a Virginia grandmother received the devastating news that her beloved grandson had died of injuries inflicted by his parents. In an expression of her grief and outrage, this grandmother did something that has given us a symbol, around which we rally for the cause of child abuse prevention.

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Thu
30
Mar

VZCSO to offer Academy Program

Sheriff Academy Program and invited citizens living in or working in Van Zandt County to attend. 

CSAP is a program designed to generate a more COACTIVE relationship between the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens it serves.  The CSAP has a dual system strategy: to allow members of the community an opportunity to develop a better understanding of their Sheriff’s Office through education and allows members of the Sheriff’s Office to establish a better rapport, develop and maintain trust and respect from the citizens that it protects and serves.

The response was tremendous.  The March class filled up immediately and the May class is also filling up rapidly so, if you are interested, you better apply soon.

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