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Tue
13
Jun

Brookshire’s, KVNE/KGLY donate $40K to East Texas tornado victims

Representatives from Brookshire Grocery Co., 89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY presented $40,000 in Brookshire’s gift cards to the Rev. Jon Thornsbury, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Canton, who is coordinating disbursement to East Texans impacted by the recent tornadoes.

It all started with an idea from the radio stations to help people in need by collecting some grocery gift cards. BGC stores began serving as gift card collection points, and the company offered to match up to $10,000 in donated cards. The East Texas community and people from other areas responded so generously that the $10,000 goal was quickly surpassed and Brookshire’s extended its match to $20,000. From May 4-24, KVNE, KGLY and BGC stores – including Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s and Spring Market – served as collection sites and collected more than $20,000 in cards, which BGC matched.

Mon
12
Jun

Kids eat free at Applebee’s

Just in time for summer vacation, Dallas-based Apple Texas has announced that kids eat free all day, every day in all 67 of their Applebee’s restaurants from June 1 – 30.

“This is a great way for us to give back to the communities where we have restaurants,” said Chris Dharod, chief operating officer of Apple Texas.  “Families are an important part of our business and not only is this a special offer for the kids, it’s an opportunity for families to go out for a great meal and save money at the same time.”  

Kid's meals range from a mini burger or chicken tenders to chicken mac and cheese, Caesar salad, or even a sirloin steak.  All kids’ meals include a side item as well as a choice of juice, milk or chocolate milk.

Details of the offer:  One “Kids Eat Free” meal per adult meal purchased.  Kids’ meals are for kids 12 and under.  Dine-In only.

Mon
12
Jun

Grand Jury docket released

The VZC District Attorney’s Office released the Grand Jury Action Docket for May 31

Bryce David Anton, evading arrest, detention with vehicle.

Weston Karl Oxford Bramhall, possession of controlled substance.

Richard Issac Brown, driving while intoxicated.

Rexanne Harris Brumbelow, possession of controlled substance.

Jennifer Genell Clark, theft of property.

John Cumba, deadly conduct.

Stanley Christopher Danner, aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child, sexual contact, indecent exposure.

Hunter Wade Davidson, forgery of financial instrument.

Zack Aaron Dean, burglary of habitation.

Kelly Jean Dickens, driving while intoxicated.

Shannon Barry Dodds, Aggravated assault.

Sun
11
Jun

Texting while driving illegal Sept. 1

Gov. Abbott calls for special legislative session

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the ban into law Tuesday, June 6, ending a decade-long effort by safety advocates to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road.

Texas will become one of the last states to adopt a texting while driving ban when the law takes effect Sept. 1. Texting would be punishable by a fine of up to $99 for first-time offenders and $200 for repeat offenses. According to the Governor's Highway Safety Association, Arizona, Missouri and Montana will be the only states without a texting while driving ban.

Sat
10
Jun

Recovery group provides support, help

The April 29 tornadoes still affect some in Van Zandt County. For those who have questions concerning donations, volunteering or getting help the VZC Long Range Recovery Group has the answers.

The group consists of 11 people who live throughout Van Zandt County who are tasked with helping victims obtain the resources they need, maximizing the strengths of supporters, and developing a comprehensive, streamlined process for those who need help.

The VZC Long Range Recovery Group met Tuesday, June 6 to discuss how to help those in need.

“We were updated from the caseworkers regarding their current caseload.  They have had 43 people apply for assistance in two weeks.  Their vetting and interview process has begun and recommendations to the VZC Long Range Recovery Group should be made soon,” said Shawn Stewart, member of the group. Stewart also mentioned that “25 of the 43 applicants were uninsured.”

Fri
09
Jun

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from May 30 - June 6, 2017.

Craig William Bare, 57, Tyler, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance and unlawful carrying weapon.

Karie Anne Bishop, 33, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of habitation.

Sean Michael Bridges, 31, Wills Point, was arrested on site for tamper, fabricate physical evidence.

Henry Eugene Brock, 51, Wills Point, was arrested on site for unlawful possession of firearm and on a warrant for burglary of habitation.

Lindsey Charles Brown, 36, Canton, was arrested on three warrants for assault and interference with emergency request for assistance.

Keri Marie Bruff, 26, Tyler, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance.

Fri
09
Jun

Wintters talks recovery following tornadoes


Attorney Josh Wintters speaks June 6 at the Van Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Recovery efforts and donations following the April 29 tornadoes that struck Van Zandt County were the main topic of discussion June 6 at the Van Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon held in Van.

Attorney Josh Wintters, a member of the Van Zandt County Long Range Disaster Recovery Board, spoke to those in attendance about what has taken place since the storms and what lies ahead for county residents who were impacted.

Among those attending the luncheon were Texas House of Representatives member Dan Flynn and Texas State Senator Bob Hall.

“I do have the opportunity to work with various groups and I take those opportunities very seriously to do the things to help our community,” said Wintters. “There are a lot of needs in our community and one of the most recent needs came as a result of the storms April 29.”

Thu
01
Jun

McMullen heading to Marines


Staff Sgt. Joshua Allen and Triston McMullen

As the country took a day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, an 18- year-old in Canton is counting down to the days to boot camp.

Triston McMullen of Canton is looking forward to Aug 28, the day he leaves for boot camp to become a Marine. He is heading to San Diego, Calif., for 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, he will return home for a short reprieve and then head back for Basic Reconnaissance Courses.

McMullen has been waiting for Aug. 28 since he was 7 years old. His mother, Tabetha McMullen, said she has watched her son being called to serve.

“Honestly, I tried to advise him against it at a young age,” said Tabetha. “I even tried reverse psychology and that didn’t work. I did a lot of praying and asked God to change his (Triston’s) mind.”

Thu
01
Jun

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from May 23-30, 2017

Skylor Bree Allbritton, 20, Canton, was arrested on site for criminal trespass.

Christopher Aaron Boeckers, 31, Arlington, was arrested on a warrant for manufacture, delivery of controlled substance, and on a Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 warrant for driving while license invalid.

James Leon Stacey Boswell, 30, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for theft of service.

Kristin Jan Christopher, 42, Canton, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Anastasia Denise Clark, 30, Dallas, was arrested on a Dallas County warrant for aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Anthony Wayne Clifton, 53, Wills Point, was arrested on site for violation of bond, protective order and criminal mischief.

Thu
01
Jun

Kids to eat free atApplebee’s

Just in time for summer vacation, Dallas-based Apple Texas has announced that kids eat free all day, every day in all 67 of their Applebee’s restaurants from June 1 – 30.

“This is a great way for us to give back to the communities where we have restaurants,” said Chris Dharod, chief operating officer of Apple Texas.  “Families are an important part of our business and not only is this a special offer for the kids, it’s an opportunity for families to go out for a great meal and save money at the same time.”  

Kids’ meals range from a mini burger or chicken tenders to chicken mac and cheese, Caesar salad, or even a sirloin steak.  All kids’ meals include a side item as well as a choice of juice, milk or chocolate milk.

Details of the offer:  One “Kids Eat Free” meal per adult meal purchased.  Kids’ meals are for kids 12 and under.  Dine-In only.

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