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Fri
24
Feb

Metch contributes to cattle industry


Courtesy photos Barbara Metch and her husband, Gary after winning the division reserve championship

A 4H project gone wild, is what Barbara Metch calls Metch Polled Herefords. Herefords became a part of Barbara Metch Holan’s  life at age 10, when she started to show steers. Metch was recently featured in the Texas Polled Hereford newspaper for her contributions to the cattle industry.

In a feat that is quite remarkable, Barbara’s first show Grand Champion Polled Hereford Steer went on to win Grand Champion Steer.  By age 11, she acquired a new heifer and began her next steer project.

Barbara said that “showing and working with the cattle people was a way of life from then on,” sparking a love for Polled Herefords that transcended through her life.   

Leadership started at an early age for Barbara, she became involved in the 4-H Club programs and currently works as a leader and manager of local 4-H clubs.

Thu
23
Feb

Looking back

Lloyd Shinn, second from left, went to work in the Dean Mathis Store when he was 145 years old. This photograph was taken in 1940 and shows Shinn with Wes Stone, far left, and store owners Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mathis far right.

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Thu
23
Feb

Fowler to be inducted into ETCA Hall of Honor Feb. 25

When Mal Fowler received a phone call from the East Texas Coaches Association (ETCA) recently, he was not expecting to receive the news given to him from the organization.

Kyle Preston, the ETCA Vice-President, informed Fowler that he had been named as one of the 2017 Hall of Honor inductees by the ETCA.

Fowler, who served as the head football coach at Van High School for a total of 26 years over two different time periods, will be recognized during the 2017 ETCA Hall of Honor Banquet set for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Northridge Country Club in Texarkana.

“When Kyle Preston told me over the phone that I had been chosen for induction into their Hall of Honor, I was totally surprised and shocked,” recalled Fowler. “I think there were some people in Van that knew about it before I did. I think they went to bat for me and I appreciate all of their support. “I need to start working on what I want to say at the banquet,” said Fowler.

Wed
22
Feb

DAR to present program to Gen. Society

Neches River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will present a program for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society Saturday, Feb. 25.

Each year, DAR recognizes the contributions of the first president of the United States, George Washington.

“The chapter has partnered with the Genealogical Society for the event. The guest speaker will be Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett.  Chapter Awards will be presented and refreshments will be served.  All are invited to attend,” members said.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month, except December.  For more information contact the Library of Genealogy and Local History at 903-567-5012.

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Wed
22
Feb

PWP Precinct 4 Patrol members recognized


Sheriff Dale Corbett, Bobby Harvey, Mary Harvey, Ginger Carson, Joe Carson and Gary Ross

A meeting of the Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program was held at Callender Lake Feb. 9, with 34 members and nine guests attending for the Precinct 4 monthly meeting.

Among the guests attending were representatives of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s office, Sheriff Dale Corbett, Captain of Patrol & Operations Tim Scharfenberg, Crime Prevention Specialist, Reserve Deputy Anthony Risner. Other guests included guest speaker U.S. Marshal Brandon Corbett, PWA Vice Chair John Murry and Membership Coordinator Sheila Bellamy.

One aspect of the PWP is Precinct Patrols, which provides special training and guidelines for members who want to volunteer to patrol within their precinct. Upon completion of their training, these members provide the Precinct Patrol Coordinator dates and times that they are available to assist.

Tue
21
Feb

Chorale members needed

The Van Zandt County Choir will perform at State Capitol Building Rotunda on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. 

Residents from Van Zandt County are invited to be a part of the choir and sing. Rehearsals are 7 p.m. Mondays at the First Baptist Church Choir loft through Feb. 27 at 303 Athens St., Canton.

The choir leaves at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 from the Canton Courthouse Annex parking lot and will return the same day about 8 or 9 p.m. depending on traffic, organizers of the event said.

Sign-up online at www.firstcanton.com/VZChoir.  For more information or questions contact John Bell, Minister of Music & Pastoral Care at 903-567-4157 ext. 107 or email: john@firstcanton.com

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Tue
21
Feb

Deadline passed to file in city, school elections

Filing ended Feb. 17 for the local school board and city council seats up for election on the May 6 ballot in Van Zandt County. The entire list of candidates will be printed in the Feb. 26 issue of the News. As of Feb. 15, those who have filed include the following:

Canton City

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. The mayor position held by Lou Ann Everett is also up for election on the May 6 ballot. Everett has also filed for re-election.  Each city council seat will be for a two-year term beginning in May 2017. Candidate packets can be picked up at Canton City Hall, 201 N. Buffalo St., Canton. The last day to file is at 2 p.m. Feb. 17.

Mon
20
Feb

Tullos talks education at Canton TEA party

Canton ISD Superintendent Jay Tullos shared his personal thoughts and opinions on issues related to public education as the guest speaker at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Van Zandt County TEA Party held at the Canton Church of Christ.

“What I say tonight are my personal opinions and beliefs,” said Tullos. “If I say something you like or dislike, let me know but not the whole school.”

Tullos and his wife, a second grade teacher in Canton ISD, have two children, one is a junior and the other is a sophomore at Canton High School.

Tullos and his family moved to Canton in December 2010.

The Canton ISD superintendent grew up in deep East Texas in Houston County. He described himself as a conservative Christian.

Mon
20
Feb

Fire ravages house in Grand Saline

Grand Saline first responders were called to a structure fire on N. Main Street at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 According to reports, the homeowner was burning leaves in a 55-gallon drum barrel and thought the fire had died out. Due to high winds, some of the embers blew out from the barrel to the shed that was close by the home.

The fire destroyed half of the home along and the home also had extensive smoke damage.

 “There was some damage to some other buildings,” said  Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins. “The siding on one of the mobile homes was Spring Street was melted and there were some holes in a trampoline.”

“I’ve been in this business for a long time,” said Grand Saline Fire Marshal Tully Davidson. “I want to go on record and say those guys (first responders) did a heck of a stop on that house.”

Sun
19
Feb

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Jan. 24-31, 2017.

Cathi Irene Alford, 47, Quinlan, was arrested on a warrant for manufacture, delivery of a controlled substance.

Daniel Taylor Arnold, 21, Ben Wheeler, was arrested on three warrants for aggravated assault, and interfering with emergency request for assistance.

Bradlee Dewayne Bell, 17, Wills Point, was arrested on two warrants for criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Samuel Glenn Bell, 31, Canton was arrested on three warrants for theft of property, expired drivers’ license and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Robert Daniel Crews, 28, Midlothian, was arrested on an Ellis Co. warrant for assault.

Phil Otis Cross Jr., 38, Dallas, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

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