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Tue
07
Mar

Mobile radios for VZC constable vehicles approved

A request for new mobile radios for all Van Zandt County constable vehicles was approved by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting Feb. 28.

Bob Keltner, the Precinct 4 reserve constable, made a presentation to the commissioners requesting the purchase of the mobile radios for $3,400.

After the commissioners discussed where the funding for the request would come from, Van Zandt County District Attorney Chris Martin spoke and volunteered to have the money taken from the bond forfeiture funds of the DA’s office to pay for the mobile radios.

It was pointed out that no taxpayer money was being used for the purchase and the request was approved unanimously by the commissioners.

In other business,

—commissioners ratified the grant application for Victim Assistance Program #2830703 following a request from Martin’s office.

Mon
06
Mar

VZC Sheriff’s Office to begin program

 Van Zandt County Sheriff Dale Corbett is striving to generate a more COACTIVE relationship between The Van Zandt Sheriff’s Office and the citizens it serves.  Part of his strategy is to actively seek members of the community to join the Citizens Sheriff Academy Program.

The program was designed to allow members of the community an opportunity to develop a better understanding of their sheriff’s office through education.  Also, it allows members of the sheriff’s office to establish a better rapport and maintain trust and respect from the citizens that it protects and serves.

Mon
06
Mar

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Feb. 14 thru 21, 2017.

 

Ronnie Joe Abbott, 29, Wills Point, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Jolyn Rene Baugh, 38, Edgewood, was arrested on a warrant for unauthorized use of vehicle/sop.

Samuel Gordon Berglund, 28, Plano, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated BAC.

Tevin Dekraig Campbell, 24, Tyler was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated and open container.

Stephen Lee Casey, 40, was arrested onsite for possession of controlled substance and driving without license with previous conviction/suspension.

Roy Harold Chelette, 45, Grand Saline, was arrested on warrants for criminal trespass and criminal trespass/bf.

Sun
05
Mar

Master Gardener geranium fundraiser in full bloom

The Van Zandt County Free State Master Gardeners are selling red, coral and fuchsia geraniums this year.  The one gallon plants are grown locally and will be delivered March 30.

This is the third year the Master Gardeners have sold geraniums to the public, and last year they were in full bloom and beautiful when delivered, Master Gardeners said.

“Get a head start on your summer gardens! Order from a Van Zandt County Master Gardener today, or give Pat Mullin a call at 903-520-8556 or the Van Zandt County Extension Office at 903-567-4149. Geraniums are to be paid for in advance, and March 20 is the deadline for orders,” said event organizers.

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Sun
05
Mar

Fruitvale ISD sees contested race, awards team

Fruitvale ISD will have one of the few contested school board races this year. There are three available positions on the board, with four Fruitvale residents vying for a seat.

 Incumbents Jean Hogue, Michael Johnson, and the unexpired term of Jan Jones in which Heath Yates has been filling during the interim, have all filed for election.   Filing for seats were Hogue, Yates, Jason Brown and Kenneth Hudson. The Fruitvale School Board met Feb. 20 to call for the May 6, election.

Superintendent Rebecca Bain presented high school counselor Amanda Masterson with a special employee recognition award for her hard work and dedication. Masterson handles testing, scheduling, and student counseling.

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Sat
04
Mar

Gardeners to host debate

The Freestate Master Gardener Program will meet at the Van Zandt County Library in Canton  March 9.

The meeting is open to the public.  Refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m.

 A presentation by the Canton High School Debate Team debating  if “GMO's dangerous or not,” will begin at 9 a.m.

Visitors are asked to RSVP by calling the County Ag Extension office at 903-567-4149. There is limited seating.

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Sat
04
Mar

Fruitvale ISD breaks ground


Photos by Pam Millican

Fruitvale ISD students, staff, residents, and school board members joined together Feb. 17 for the long- awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the new Career and Technology Facility.  Dirt work began Feb. 20th.

Fruitvale residents passed a $1.5 million bond during the May 2016 election to cover the cost of the facility, contingent upon receiving a state grant which will pay for 65.8  percent of the new facility. FISD learned they had received the grant last October.

The 9,300 square foot facility will include a state of the art computer animation course lab for students, veterinary technician and floral design laboratory space, an agricultural science classroom and will also double the existing agriculture mechanics shop space.

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Fri
03
Mar

Gun Show set for March 11-12

A Gun Show will be held by G&S Promotions on March 11 and 12 at the Canton Civic Center, 800 Flea Market Road in Canton. Times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

There will be new and used rifles, shotguns and handguns for sale.  Active duty and retired military will receive $2off the price of admission with identification. 

For more information, contact G&S Promotions at 918-659-2201.

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Fri
03
Mar

Rese Gremmels reflects on successes, challenges


Rese Gremmels takes a lunch break at The Forge in downtown Ben Wheeler. Gremmels and her late husband, Brooks, began the Ben Wheeler Arts and Historical Foundation in 2006.

After buying property in 2002 in Ben Wheeler, Rese Gremmels and her husband, Brooks, could not wait to get out of the Dallas area and head to East Texas.

“We moved two years later to Ben Wheeler,” recalled Gremmels. “After my husband passed away three years ago, I decided to stay in Ben Wheeler. I am not moving again.”

Gremmels was born and raised in Longview and moved to Dallas at the age of 13 where she spent most of her adult life. She is a graduate of North Garland High School.

“I started working when I was 16 years old,” recalled Gremmels. “I worked at Valley View Mall which is about to be torn down. I then worked for various law firms in the Dallas area as a data entry employee and later worked my way into management administration, primarily bookkeeping, until I retired in 2000.”

Thu
02
Mar

AgriLife Extension to hold license training

The Rains, Van Zandt and Wood County Extension offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding a Private Applicators training for all area agricultural producers on Friday, March 3, at the Rains County Extension office, 401 Tawakoni Drive, Emory, Texas  The event will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration.   The cost for the training is $10. 

After the conclusion of the training, producers will then need to schedule a testing date with Texas Department of Agriculture. PSI Testing centers are located all around in Dallas and East Texas. 

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