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Thu
02
Mar

Barstool Race event set in Ben Wheeler

The Forge Bar & Grill and Moore’s Store to host the third annual Motorized Barstool Races in Ben Wheeler
Saturday, March 18.

Now in its third year, The Forge and Moore’s Store are ready to host the fastest two minutes in Ben Wheeler history!

This family friendly event attracts hundreds of people to downtown Ben Wheeler to enjoy food, live music, local merchants and of course, the famed Barstool Race. Each year, participants race their motorized barstools down a small strip of Hwy 279 in downtown Ben Wheeler. Each barstool is built at home by the participant following the rules provided by The Forge and Moore’s Store.

Wed
01
Mar

New hotel part of a business boom in Van?


The Poe House in Canton.

Is Van shaping up to be a Van Zandt County boomtown? If so, a new Fairfield Inn opening in May at Interstate 20 and FM 314 may be just the first step in a wave of development that Charles West foresees.

West is Van’s city manager and director of the Van Economic Development Board. He sees the 74-room hotel as a catalyst for more growth.

Van got a boost when a new Love’s Travel Stop opened at that intersection, and it is now bringing with it the hotel. With a lot of people staying overnight, they might be interested in checking out Van’s downtown, only about a mile off the highway.

The hotel, opening May 9, has a pool, meeting room space, and a workout facility. It will employ some 22 people.

West said Van’s downtown businesses are hopeful that they will benefit from the hotel’s overnight guests, and he believes efforts to improve downtown, through grants for sidewalk improvements, will help draw new businesses and customers into the heart of Van.

Wed
01
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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Tue
28
Feb

Be on the lookout for burweed

 Well last year this pesky lawn weed was my number one horticulture related call for two months.  This weed that has infected a vast majority of yards in our area.   Lawn burrweed, carpet burrweed or spur weed  (Soliva spp.), a cool season annual introduced from South America, has become a nuisance on golf courses, athletic fields, parks and lawns throughout much of Texas and the Southwest. The weed becomes a real nuisance when the seed matures in the spring because the sharply pointed spines on the seed can easily pierce the skin. Burweed becomes a deterrent to the use of athletic fields, parks and playgrounds in the spring when the seed mature. On golf courses, burweed invades even the most closely mowed putting greens as well as fairways, tees and roughs.

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Tue
28
Feb

TEA Party monthly meeting date changed to March 3

The date of the next monthly meeting of the Canton/Edom TEA Party has been changed from Monday, Mar. 6 to Friday, Mar. 3.

The meeting will take place at Edom City Limits at 7 p.m., according to Dr. Dwayne Collins, the director and founder of the Canton/Edom Tea Party.

Edom City Limits is located two miles west of downtown Edom on FM 279. The public is invited to attend.

“We are making this date change due to the traveling schedule of our speaker,” announced Collins.

The main topic of the meeting will be on illegal immigration. As an introduction to the subject, TEA Party member Tom Maddox, a member of the Texas Border Volunteers, will give a report from that organization.

Mon
27
Feb

Looking back

Cotton testing 101

Leon Jamison, Plainview; Tod Burns, Canton; Richard Herrin, Wills Point; and Tom Harpool, Denton, examine a cotton test block during a field day held in Plainview.  The field day was hosted by Paymaster Seeds.  Seventy Paymaster Seed dealers and distributors attended.

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Mon
27
Feb

Commissioners approve radios, repair

With the appointment of Dan Maucieri as the Van Zandt County Human Resources Director, commissioners were faced with the problem of finding room in the already packed courthouse for another office.  The suggestion of adding a human resources director to take some of the load off of the county treasurer’s office came from an outside audit.

Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. said that an office was needed for Maucieri, citing the need for “confidentiality,” as a major factor.

“We knew that we were not going to keep him in the treasurer’s office because of confidentiality reasons. We began looking for a place to create an office. After discussion with department heads and elected officials, we considered taking up a spot in the law library for the human resources department,” said Melton.

Melton said that the books in the law library were outdated and that most of the labor to construct the office would be completed by adult probationers.

Sun
26
Feb

County implements job training program


Dan Maucieri, the human resource director for Van Zandt County, looks over information from Workforce Solutions of East Texas.

A new training program between Van Zandt County and Workforce Solutions of East Texas is underway to help with younger and less experienced individuals to get involved in the workforce.

Dan Maucieri, who was recently appointed to serve as the county’s new human resources director, has been working with Debra Holcomb of Workforce Solutions to begin the program.

Maucieri presented the program in a recent meeting of the county commissioners and received approval.

Sat
25
Feb

Hammer: Two steps back


Photos by Faith Caughron

The Western Swing Festival kicked off in Canton Feb. 16 at the Canton Civic Center. The event attracts visitors from across the nation. Visitors come to show off their dance moves, new steps and enjoy the camaraderie involved at the festival.

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Sat
25
Feb

County races set for May 6 elections

A final list of candidates for the May 6 city and school elections in Van Zandt County has been released as the filing deadline was Feb. 17. Candidates seeking office are as follows:

City of Canton

Candidate filing for two seats, currently held by Connie Odic and Nathan Moore are up for election. Moore and Odic have filed for re-election and were not challenged. They will continue to hold their seats on the council.  The mayor’s position held by Lou Ann Everett is also up for election on the May 6 ballot. Everett has also filed for re-election.  Everett will be challenged by Roy J.  Yarbrough. 

Each city council seat will be for a two-year term beginning in May 2017.

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