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Thu
30
Mar

ETGS to hold meeting April 8

East Texas Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Tyler Public Library at 2 p.m. April 8.

There will be no formal program, but a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the society.

“We hope that some of past members will come to tell about the early days of ETGS. Also, a “show and tell” of items of interest from the past, especially the unusual or photos, etc. will be part of the day. Join the celebration,” said event organizers.

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Thu
30
Mar

TFB invests in technical school scholarships

To ensure a bright future for its members in Van Zandt County and across the state, Texas Farm Bureau recently invested $35,000 in scholarship funds for students of Texas State Technical College.

The initial investment is targeted to help Van Zandt County Farm Bureau members follow their dreams while building a skilled workforce.

“TSTC offers many programs that give students a leg up in the workforce,” Kevin Wilkerson, Van Zandt CFB president, said. “This investment will help reach the members who would like to pursue accreditation in fields like diesel mechanics, biology or culinary arts.”

The TSTC system has 10 campuses across the state, offering degrees in a variety of fields including agriculture technology, dental hygiene, digital media design, engineering and more.

Wed
29
Mar

Meals on Wheels to serve breakfast

After several weeks of successful deliveries, the Meals on Wheels Ministry’s pilot program called Sunrise Senior Servings is officially underway and growing. The breakfast meal program is designed to meet the nutritional needs of the organization’s most nutritionally at-risk clients, and it offers a box of shelf-stable breakfast foods designed to complete seven breakfast meals.

“The boxes contain a combination of non-perishable items like dry cereal, dried fruit, milk and juice that satisfy 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowance for the senior population we serve,” said Meals on Wheels Ministry  President and CEO, Mike Powell. “The boxes are delivered weekly, directly to the doors of the homebound elderly and disabled clients we serve. We believe that this program will make a profound impact on the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people.”

Wed
29
Mar

FSA to accept loan applications

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by damages and losses caused by drought occurring Nov. 1, 2016 and continuing are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Tyler as of today according to Joseph Grier.

Upshur, Gregg, Rusk, Smith and Van Zandt are 5 of 26 counties in Texas recently named by President Trump, eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and/or physical losses resulting from the disaster.

Grier stated that farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100% of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue the agricultural business, whichever is less.  For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 3.875.

Wed
29
Mar

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from March 7 – March 14, 2017.

 

Russell Gene Adkins, 63, Grand Saline was arrested on warrants for criminal trespass/BF, 2-issuance of bad check and theft of property with previous conviction/Lindale PD.

Cindi Allison, 47, Ben Wheeler, was arrested on a warrant for harassment.

Tranquilina R. Amador, 48, Grand Saline, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated/weekend commit.

Shellye Ann Anderson, 38, Mabank, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance.

Cecil Nakia Autry, 42, Wills Point, was arrested on site for falsification of drug test results.

William Blair Beall, 41, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Tue
28
Mar

Join the March for Meals

Meals on Wheels Ministry announced that it will be participating in the national 2016 March for Meals campaign.  On Thursday, March 30, festivities will include a special showing of support by “Community Champions,” both elected officials from the organization’s six county service area as well as local celebrities who have volunteered to deliver meals and help bring awareness to the mission of Meals on Wheels. The month of March mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build the support that will sustain them all year long.

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Tue
28
Mar

Lady like


Photo by Ayla Rightenour

This up and close photo of an Asian beetle on a dandelion was shot by Ayla Rightenour at her home in Grand Saline. This year, the county was plagued with the Asian Lady beetles who bite and release an odor when threatened. Asian lady beetles have a white marking behind its head in the openings of what looks like a black M. The general ladybug does not have the “M” marking.

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Tue
28
Mar

Business News

Supporting youth at the VZC Fair

Why some local businesses invest in the future

The climax of each year’s Van Zandt County Fair is the animal auction, and more often than not it is businesses buying those animals. It’s a great way to “give back” to the community, but is there any business benefit for these companies?

We asked several local animal-buying businesses, and found out that business benefit doesn’t really even show up on their list of reasons for paying those high prices for the fair animals and most of these businesses just give back or sell back the animals after the bidding is over.

Tommy Clark, owner of Tractor Ranch on I-20, has been supporting the fair since 2010, when his business moved to Van Zandt County, and before that, supported the Kaufman County Fair for years.

Mon
27
Mar

Safe Haven: Life in the Humane Society

When some hear the word animal shelter, it can mean one of two things. Either it’s a shelter designed to help sick or abandoned animals or it’s a death sentence.

According to the ASPCA pet statistics, approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs, and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are euthanized.

Some shelters provide only the basic needs such as food, water and a small enclosure. While some may see this as cruelty, it is better for the animal rather than being left alone in the world. There is no way to get an accurate count on how many abandoned pets die from exposure, illness or even fights with other animals.

Sun
26
Mar

GS man arrested for theft in six counties

The arrest of a Grand Saline man around 9:30 p.m.  Thursday, March 16 led officers to evidence tying him to burglaries in six northeast Texas counties, as well as the unlawful restraint of a young woman in his company.

Brenda Jelane Reynolds, 27, of Grand Saline, had initially willingly left with Michael Bernard Barry, 39, of Grand saline several days prior, but was alarmed  when Barry refused to take her home. After that, she  secretly texted her husband of the predicament and began occasionally sending him their GPS location. The husband forwarded the information to her father, who then notified Camp County officials that the couple was in their vicinity.

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