GS council appointed, city cleanup held

The Grand Saline City Council started their monthly meeting with information about Spring Clean Up, which was held Friday, March 31 and Saturday April 1.

Citizens took advantage of the opportunity to load up old items and dump it at no charge. The city of Grand Saline did not pick up the items and emphasized that it was the citizens’ responsibility to bring the items to the dumpster location which was across from the city barn at 109 S. E. Pacific.

In other business, an ordinance was approved declaring unopposed candidates as elected for the May 6 city election.

The candidates were declared elected to office under the Section 2.053(a) Teas Election Code which authorizes the city council to declare the candidates elected to office and cancel the election.


TEA Party to host forum April 10

The Canton/Edom TEA Party will host an Education Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10 in the Canton Elementary School Cafetorium located at 1163 South Buffalo Street.

A panel of educators and citizens will be discussing educational issues especially legislation being considered by the Texas Legislature.

Panel members will include Jay Tullos, Canton ISD Superintendent; Kevin Ellis, Texas State Board of Education District 9 Representative; Jay Ferguson, Grace Community School Headmaster, the largest private school in Tyler, and Vice-President of the Texas Private School Association; Alice Linahan, Founder and Director of Women on the Wall, a grassroots organization advocating for quality education; Peggy Venable, Texas Public Policy Foundations Center for Education Freedom; Jill Dutton, Van ISD School Board trustee; and a representative from the Texas Home School Association.


March of Remembrance set for April 23

File photo The March of Remembrance will be held Sunday, April 23. The event focusing on remembering 11 million victims of the Holocaust, and also honors those who survived. A program will be held at the Farm Bureau in Canton after the walk.

‘Hate must not go unchallenged’

Christians from across the county will gather Sunday, April 23, in Canton for the 2017 Van Zandt County March of Remembrance honoring survivors of the Holocaust. The event will begin with a brief assembly at 1:30 p.m. on the east steps of the Van Zandt County Courthouse.

County Judge Don Kirkpatrick will welcome those participating in the march. Immediately following his remarks, the march will begin from the courthouse along Hwy 19 to the Farm Bureau building near the intersection of Hwys 19 and 243.


Bulldogs stay perfect in district play

Photo by Tracy Erwin Lefthander Kason Grant talks with Bulldogs catcher Trey Erwin during Edgewood’s 16-2 win over Eustace April 4.

The Edgewood Bulldogs tallied two more wins in last week, topping both Mineola and Eustace to move to 4-0 overall in District 12-3A play.

Edgewood overcame a pesky Mineola squad March 31, rallying back from a two run deficit to score one in the fourth and three in the sixth of a 4-2 win.

Turner Bannister got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing two earned runs while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings. Trever Smith pitched the final 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing a hit and striking out two.

Trever Smith finished as Edgewood's leading hitter, going 2/2 with a double and an RBI. Cooper Hill finished 1/3 with an RBI and a run scored, Hunter Robinson finished 1/2 with a run scored and Kason Grant finished 1/2.

Edgewood put together their best offensive showing since the start of district play against Eustace April 4, pounding out 13 hits in a 16-2 rout.


Candlelight vigil held for victims of child abuse, neglect

In recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Van Zandt County, a candlelight vigil was held April 3 on the east side steps of the county courthouse in Canton.

VZC Child Welfare Board President Sandy Hilliard welcomed those in attendance and Word of Victory Pastor Mike Burns led in the opening prayer.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick read a proclamation announcing that the month of April would be declared as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in the county which was unanimously approved March 28 by the county commissioners court. Soloist Sandra Washington sang “Amazing Grace.”

Guest speakers Ashley Chaney and Isaac Delacerda were introduced by VZC District Attorney Chris Martin.

Chaney was in a long-time abusive relationship involving drugs, according to Martin. Child Protective Services were called and her daughter, Madison, age 8, was removed from the home.


Growing Interest in Backyard Flocks Prompts Poultry Event at Canton Tractor Supply

The birds are back in town! That's right; the Tractor Supply Co. store in Canton will host a backyard poultry event on Apr 08, 2017 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. 

During the event, customers will have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities all centered around learning how to care for and manage an at-home flock.

"The popularity of raising backyard poultry has continued to grow year after year and it has a lot to do with the convenience of getting fresh eggs right from your own backyard," said Wayne Watson, manager of the Canton Tractor Supply store. "Our goal is to ensure that anyone who's interested in raising a backyard flock has the resources and information needed to do so." 

In addition to the main event, customers will also have the opportunity to enjoy and Bake Sale.


Farm & Ranch News

Prescribed Burn Workshop


The Van Zandt County Extension Wildlife and Natural Resources committee will be hosting a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Friday, April 21.   The workshop will begin at the Van Zandt County Farm Bureau building, 281 E. Hwy 243 – Canton. Cost of the event is $20 per participant. 

What is a prescribed burn?   Prescribed burning is a management tool widely used by foresters, parks departments, range and wildlife managers, ranchers and other land owners to manage excessive natural fuels under very specific and safe conditions.

The schedule of events for the day and speakers:

8:00 - 8:30 –        Registration and coffee

8:30 - 8:40 -         Welcome and introduction of presenters

8:40 - 9:25 -         Why burn? Fire history and fire effects – Chris Schenk, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Fire Program Leader


County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from March 21 – March 28, 2017.

Donny Dewane Adams, 43, Kaufman, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Dakota Quintez Bircher, 27, Mesquite, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana.

Jeremy Dewayne Blalock, 27, Canton, was arrested on warrants for forgery financial instrument, theft property, forgery financial instrument and stealing/receiving stolen check.

Christopher Glenn Booker, 29, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for assault causes bodily injury/family violence.

Mark Allen Boyett, 40, Ben Wheeler, 40, was arrested on a warrant for impersonate public servant.

Billy Brown, 31, Canton, was arrested on site for assault causes bodily injury/family violence.


Farm & Ranch News

Invasion of the forest tent caterpillars

I have had several phone calls from concerned home owners over the last few days about worms infesting trees.   Forest tent caterpillars are one of the most widespread and abundant of the tent-making caterpillars. Like their close cousins the eastern tent caterpillars, forest tent caterpillars feed primarily on trees; but unlike their cousins, and the common fall webworm, the forest tent caterpillar doesn’t make an actual tent. Instead the caterpillars aggregate between feedings on a silken mat which they spin on some area of the trunk or on large branches of the host tree.


Proclamations and mass gathering permit applications approved

A proclamation proclaiming the month of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in Van Zandt County was unanimously approved by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting March 28. Presenting the proclamation is VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick and receiving the proclamation is Sandy Hilliard, VZC Child Welfare Board President.

Proclamations and mass gathering permit applications for two upcoming events were among the items approved by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court March 28 during its regular session.

A proclamation proclaiming the month of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in Van Zandt County was unanimously approved by the commissioners.

The approval from the commissioners came following a presentation from VZC Child Welfare Board President Sandy Hilliard and the reading of the proclamation from VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

A mass gathering permit application for a candlelight vigil in conjunction with Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in the county was also approved by the commissioners.


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