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Sat
15
Apr

Panelists discuss education issues during TEA Party forum


Photo by David Barber Alice Linahan, Founder and Director of Women on the Wall, a grassroots organization advocating for quality education, served as part of a panel discussing education topics under consideration by the Texas Legislature.

Representatives from Van Zandt County, the East Texas region and the state of Texas participated in a panel discussion on a variety of education related topics April 10.

The education forum, sponsored by the Canton/Edom TEA Party, took place in the Canton Elementary School Cafetorium.

Dr. Dwayne Collins, founder and director of the Canton/Edom Tea Party, served as the moderator as he welcomed those in attendance.

Each member of the panel opened the discussion by giving an opening statement on what they believed was the major problem in education today.

Jay Tullos, Canton ISD Superintendent

Fri
14
Apr

Big inning, fielding errors carry Eustace past Grand Saline

The Grand Saline Indians endured a tough night in the field against Eustace on Friday night, totaling seven errors in a 9-3 loss to the Bulldogs.

Neither team could tally a run in the first two innings, leaving the score tied at 0-0 heading into the third.

Two errors, coupled with five singles and a double in the top of the third changed the entire tenor of the game, allowing Eustace to take a 6-0 lead on the Indians.

Grand Saline battled throughout the night, trying to draw closer with an RBI groundout from Ryan Jones in the third, an RBI Judsen Truett in the fourth and an RBI single from Jake Morrison in the fifth, but more fielding errors allowed Eustace to pad their lead and pull out the win.

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Fri
14
Apr

Bulldogs rout Quitman, no-hit Alba


Photo by Tracy Erwin Turner Bannister struck out eight Quitman batters during a three-inning outing April 7, helping lead Edgewood to a 19-1 win. Bannister also helped his own cause at the plate, finishing 2/4 with a triple, two stolen bases, 2 RBI and two runs scored

The Edgewood Bulldogs turned the corner towards the home stretch of District 12-3A play over the past week, playing their final game of round one against Quitman April 7 and their first game of round two against Alba-Golden April 12.

Edgewood made it look easy against Quitman April 7, pounding out 11 hits and stealing 11 bases in a 19-1 win.

The Bulldogs scored two in the first, five in the second, eight in the third and four more in the fourth to record a mercy rule win over Quitman.

Fri
14
Apr

Whirlwind


Photo by Britne Hammons

Wind spinners decorate at shop in downtown Edom during the April in Edom street fair April 8. Everything from plants, custom art and baked goods were available for purchase at the event, which drew a record amount of people to the street fair.

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Fri
14
Apr

Missing man located after hours long search

Local law enforcement officials were on high alert throughout most of the morning April 6, looking for an elderly man who had wandered from his home in the early morning hours. According to the Wills Point Police Department Facebook post published at 6:59 a.m., 74-year old Dave Lewis was last seen at approximately 6 a.m. near the 500 block of Wynne Road.

The post described Lewis as last being seen “wearing dark green jacket, real baggy blue jeans, navy sock cap and glasses.”

Multiple agencies responded to the area, conducting searches on the ground and via search helicopter in the southern part of Wills Point and along Highway 80 towards the Elmo area.

At approximately 12:23, dispatchers notified law enforcement officials that a subject matching Lewis' description had been seen near the Terrace Drive area of Wills Point.

Thu
13
Apr

Colfax UMC to hold egg hunt

Colfax UMC will hold an Easter egg hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday April 14 at the church located at FM 16 between Van and Highway 64.

Children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to attend the event, organizers said.  The Easter egg hunt will also feature games and refreshments.

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Wed
12
Apr

Brookshire’s, Del Monte to aid hunger relief

Brookshire’s and Del Monte have teamed up to fight hunger in communities throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas with the new “You CAN Help” program.

Through April 18, customers will receive one free can of Del Monte products for every five Del Monte cans (13.5 oz – 15.25 oz) purchased in a single transaction. They are encouraged to donate some or all of the canned goods or any other non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food banks and pantries in their community. As bins are filled throughout the program, all donated products will be distributed to the organizations predetermined by each store.

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Wed
12
Apr

Trailer Manufacturer Has a Nice, Big New Home


Pitbull Arms Co.

On Tuesday (April 11), the Wills Point Economic Development Commission will stage a ribbon cutting and open house at a true Van Zandt County success story, Brazos Trailer Manufacturing.

The ribbon cutting will dedicate the company’s new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and office facility in the Wills Point Business Park. That facility represents a huge leap for a company that started from scratch four years ago. Brazos Trailer Manufacturing builds trailers for rock hauling and construction companies.

Owners Nathan and Chris Bullard started Brazos Trailer Manufacturing on some rural land Chris owns near the Wills Point airport. They got into trailer manufacturing when they ran a trash hauling business, and began building their own dumpsters. That evolved into trailer manufacturing and the start of their current business.

Tue
11
Apr

St. Justin’s Episcopal to celebrate Holy Week

St. Justin’s Episcopal Church will be celebrating Holy Week beginning today, April with the celebration of Palm Sunday, The Sunday of the Passion with a procession of the palms followed by Holy Eucharist services.

The Maundy Thursday service, Washing of Feet and Holy Eucharist service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

Good Friday services, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist services will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14.

There will be no service on Holy Saturday this year.

Celebration of Easter Sunday and Holy Eucharist Service will be at 10 a.m. April 16.

The service begins with the "Flowering of the Cross" performed by all children attending. The annual Easter Egg Hunt with refreshments will follow the Sunday Easter service.

“All young children are encouraged to bring their empty basket to church. Everyone is welcome to attend.”

Tue
11
Apr

Skunk population leads to increase of rabies

Local pets test positive for virus 

Have you noticed an increase in dead skunks on the side of the road this year? The weather has been very conducive to the efficient reproduction of skunks. Due to this increase in population of skunks, there is a natural increase in the number of rabies cases in East Texas.  Most of the skunks on the side of the road would test positive for rabies. The safest course when you see a skunk is to treat it as if it were rabid.

At Canton Veterinary Clinic, we have sent several skunks off for rabies testing this year and almost all have been positive for the Rabies virus.

About two weeks ago, a pet dog was brought in displaying symptoms of sickness and vomiting. The dog eventually bit the owner and the owner’s daughter. The dog was tested for rabies and the test came back positive.

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