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Tue
18
Jul

Fatal crash claims lives of mother, son

On July 7, 2017 at approximately 9:53 p.m., Troopers responded to a three-vehicle fatal crash on IH-20 in Van Zandt County near the city of Van.  Preliminary crash investigations revealed that a 2014 Ford F-350 was traveling east on IH-20 when it struck the back of a 2004 Ford Taurus that was also east bound.  The impact caused the Taurus to crash into the back of a 2007 Audi. 

The driver of the Ford F-350 was identified as 48 year-old Terry Donte Rose of Garland.  Rose was not injured.  

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Mon
17
Jul

Pct. 2 JP Judge Daniell announces intent to retire

On Tuesday, July 11 Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Judge Ronnie Daniell presented a letter of intent to retire to VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

Judge Daniell will have served the citizens of Pct. 2 and Van Zandt County for 14 years and nine months as of his planned retirement date at noon, Friday, Sept 8.

Judge Daniell said that he appreciated the citizens of Van Zandt County for allowing him to “be their servant.” 

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Sun
16
Jul

Sunset in Wills Point

Photographer Ine Burke captured a sunset in Van Zandt County at the Sabine River headwater by the Tawakoni Spillway and Holiday Marina in Wills Point. The photo was submitted to the Van Zandt News in the Explore magazine cover contest. See more submission photos page 1B. 

Photo by Ine Burke

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Sun
16
Jul

Senior Box Program set

Manna is participating in the Senior Box Program through East Texas Food Bank.  Applicants must be 60 years old and qualify by gross income guidelines. 

“If you are on Medicaid or Food Stamps you automatically qualify.  We must see proof of age and income.  You must apply for this program and you may do so at Manna,” said organizers.

For questions about the program, call 903-567-6107.  .  Manna is open the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

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Sat
15
Jul

Cooling bill assistance available

Summer heat is here and cooling bills will soar.  Practicing heat safety is especially important for those with fragile health, the elderly, those disabled or those with young children.  Avoiding excessive heat is essential for those with health issues. 

Greater East Texas Community Action Program will offer energy assistance services for residents in Van Zandt County.

Families are encouraged to apply now as more than one month of assistance could be available.  There are several ways to access assistance.  The GETCAP website provides a mail-in application as well as an 800# for assistance.

Visit www.get-cap.org or call 800-621-5746 for information or the application.    

Fri
14
Jul

Campmeeting set in Canton

The 20th Annual East Texas Baptist Campmeeting Revival, presented by Edgewood Evangelist Dennis Erwin, will be held July 17-21 at the Civic Center in Canton.

The non-profit meeting is free and open to the public. Services begin at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with special events daily, including a golf tournament, picnic and other special events.

The Wednesday morning service from 9:30-noon will feature sermons from young preachers and a revival sermon by Dr. Russell Rogers.  A gospel concert will be presented in each service by nationally known southern gospel and Bluegrass groups.

Erwin stated, “Feel free to bring your comfortable chair and meet us at the Civic Center, July 17-21.”   For more information or questions call Evangelist Dennis Erwin at 903-896-7727.

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Thu
13
Jul

Gov. Abbott calls Special Session

No one who serves in the 85th Legislature was surprised by Governor Greg Abbott’s call for a special session to convene on Tuesday, June 18. When the regular session adjourned on Memorial Day, most of the legislators knew that there were critical items which did not pass both houses that would bring us back in special session. 

The primary reason the special session has been called is to pass legislation to continue the Texas Medical Board and several other licensing agencies. Such legislation, known as a “sunset  bill” is necessary to prevent the automatic closing of a state agency after a pre-determined amount of time. The Governor emphasized that no other issues would be placed on the agenda until after the sunset bills pass. 

After the sunset legislation is passed, the Governor said he will put an additional 19 items on the call of the special session. Those items are:

Thu
13
Jul

Edom Fire Dept. to celebrate 50 years

The Edom Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating its 50th anniversary Aug. 19. Events at the firehouse will include an open house and barbeque. Attendees will learn how the Edom Volunteer Fire Department grew from a single truck to a fully-functioning full station today. Edom Volunteer Fire Fighters past and present will also be on hand during the event to celebrate the occasion.  A special article concerning the EFD will be published in the coming weeks of the Van Zandt News.

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Thu
13
Jul

Tornado takes heavy toll of life, property in 1919

Editor’s Note: The following was an article published in the April 11, 1919, Canton Herald regarding a tornado that went through Van Zandt County. The path of the tornado was similar to that of the April 29, 2017, tornadoes.

A destructive storm passed about five miles south of Canton around 4 a.m. Wednesday resulting in a number of deaths and damaging residences and property.

At press time, the number of fatalities reached 10 in Van Zandt County and the number may continue to rise.

The tornado entered the county near the southwest corner passing about three miles northwest of Eustace and then moved entirely through the county in a northeasterly direction before leaving the county a few miles southeast of Grand Saline.

A Canton physician said Wednesday night that during his visits to the injured that he counted 30 houses that were either totally destroyed or so badly demolished that they could not be repaired.

Wed
12
Jul

News NSDAR chapter opening in Terrell

“In October 2016, Judy Callaway Ostler, Texas State Regent for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the National Society approved the organization of a new chapter to be chartered in Terrell, to serve Kaufman County and neighboring communities. Terrell resident and fourth generation DAR member, Stacey Browning, will serve as Organizing Chapter Regent. 

This new chapter has one year to organize and during that period, anyone who joins will be a “founding member”.  The window is rapidly closing for new members to join in time to be a “founding member”. 

 Are you interested in becoming a part of the very first DAR chapter in Kaufman County? Was your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or aunt a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution? Do you recall relatives talking about your family being eligible? Do you think your family may have been in the New World at the time of the American Revolution? If so, please contact us!

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