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01
Jun

Hilliards to receive historical marker

One of the duties of the Canton Main Street Program is to preserve the rich history of Canton. This is accomplished not only by the renovation and restoration of historic buildings within the designated Main Street District, but also by preserving the stories of the families, people and events that contributed to the history of Canton.

The Hilliard Family of Canton will be honored with the dedication of an official Texas Historical Marker at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10 in Canton. A dedication ceremony and unveiling of the historical marker will commence at 209 S. Buffalo St. In the event of rain, the marker dedication will be at 290 East Tyler St. The public is welcome and invited to attend the event.

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Thu
01
Jun

East Texas Medical Outreach June 28-29

On June 28-29, the Fifth annual East Texas Medical Outreach Event will be held at Van Junior High School (630 South Oak Street in Van,).

Free health services will be provided to anyone without health insurance, starting at 8 a.m. on both days and will conclude at 4 p.m. on both days.

“Our goal for this program is to provide preventative and primary medical and dental screenings to uninsured East Texans. We want to refer participants that do not currently have providers to medical homes as much as we can and ultimately want to encourage participants to adopt healthy lifestyles to improve their quality of life,” says George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of NET Health.

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Thu
01
Jun

Dallas Pension Bill heads to governor's desk

With a final unanimous vote of concurrence in the House of Representatives House Bill 3158 will move on to the Governor's desk to be signed to law. The bill establishes a solution to the Dallas Pension Fund, which could dissolve in the near future without being addressed. HB 3158 is authored by The Chairman of the House Pensions Committee Dan Flynn (R-Van) and sponsored by Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) in the Senate.

"This has been a long road of working with dozens of stakeholder organizations, the City of Dallas and the Pension Plan to come to an agreed upon solution. I have said from day one this was about protecting the 10,000 Police and Fire families and I believe this legislation does this. I want to thank my staff who have involved almost every day of the last 18 months and all the parties for their hard work and efforts," said Representative Flynn.

Thu
01
Jun

Disaster relief fundraiser set for Sunday

The staff and patrons of Ramsey’s Roadhouse have been hard at work in recent weeks, putting together a fundraising effort to help the residents of Fruitvale take a step back to normalcy following the devastating storms of April 29.

Efforts put together by Ramsey’s will come together June 4 with a large-scale event that will include great food, vendors, live music, a bounce house, games and an auction from 2-8 p.m. at 505 N. Fourth St.

In announcing the event, organizers behind the effort stated, “The devastation is just overwhelming for these folks and unfortunately they will not get near the help needed. Ramsey’s Roadhouse and our awesome customers are proud to announce a special fundraiser for Fruitvale from 2 – 8 p.m. June 4. Thanks to our customers that will supply most of the food! Bring a favorite dish to share or just join us for great food and fun to help these people in their time of need.”

Thu
01
Jun

Three dead in Greenville shooting

Official information had not yet been released into a shooting in which three men died Tuesday night about 7:20 from gunshots at Nissan of Greenville on the south service road at 6403 Interstate 30. Unofficial reports state two victims may have been bounty hunters who misrepresented themselves as federal agents and waited for the third man, and a gunfight began when they attempted to arrest him. The front window broken in the melee can be seen here.

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Thu
01
Jun

Tornado survivor thanks VZCSO, first responders

April 29 was supposed to be a happy day for Clyde Scott and his guests. A wedding was to be held at the Scott’s property, a union of two people that promised forever through thick and thin, good and bad.

Needless to say, Scott and the 40 guests that were on the property were about to get hit with bad times, before the wedding was even over.

Preparations had been made for inclement weather in case the outdoor wedding needed to be moved under an awning at the home, but preparations probably didn’t include planning for multiple tornadoes.

“We knew rain was coming, but we never though that were may be a tornado, especially a tornado that would hit us directly,” said Scott. “We only knew that there as a tornado warning and the threat was headed towards the Canton area. Had we known that the Old Bethel area was to be in the path of the tornadoes, we would have entered the storm shelter.”

Thu
01
Jun

VZC Veterans Memorial holds ceremony

VZC Commissioner Pct. 2 Virgil Melton welcomed guests to the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony  Monday, May 29.

A remembrance ceremony was held to remember and honor those who had paid the ultimate price for their country- their lives.

Bro. Mark Moore of Lakeside Baptist Church of Canton opened with prayer and Cary Hilliard led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Spencer Pennington  of Canton and Bennett Porter of Edgewood played " Taps"  with echo.

Local dignitaries attended the service including Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett, VZC  Judge  Kirkpatrick and wife Benegene, District Judge Teresa Drum, Grand Saline Mayor Casey Jordan with wife Cara and son Cruz,  and Wills Point Mayor Mark Turner and wife Cathy, along with Major General James L. (Red) Brown and wife Jane.

 

Thu
18
May

Texas Cares Campaign presents check

A check in the amount of $211,660.00 was presented as part of the Texas Cares Campaign to the Salvation Army for use in the recovery efforts in Van Zandt County from the April 29 tornadoes. Shown with the donation check were left to right, Alvin J. Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Dallas; Connie Yates, Public Affairs & Communications for Tom Thumb and Albertsons in Fort Worth; Tashara Parker, CBS 19 Anchor in Tyler; Alisha Laventure, WFAA Channel 8 Anchor and Reporter in Dallas; Don Kirkpatrick, Van Zandt County Judge; Lou Ann Everett, Mayor of Canton; and Virgil Melton Jr., VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner. The check was presented in the VZC Courthouse May 15.

Thu
18
May

A labor of love Blackberry farm flourishes in Ben Wheeler

David Ellis and his wife Deanna, work the land of the Broken Chalice Blackberry farm three miles west of Ben Wheeler on FM 279 in Van Zandt County.  Together, they grow a special hybrid of blackberries while corralling dozens of bees and two lively German Shepherds and a grumpy cat.

One might be enveloped into a pocket of a forgotten time, that of a farmer toiling in the fields to produce a viable crop, working the land by hand and eventually reaping the rewards of effort when visiting the Broken Chalice farm.  David Ellis takes the long way around projects, preferring to do them the by hand.

In fact, he has planted 1,000 blackberry bushes on his property, and said that memories from childhood prompted him to put down his own set of roots in Ben Wheeler.

Ellis says he remembers walking in the footprints of his grandfather as a boy as his grandfather tilled his garden, turning over the rich soil to plant food for his family.

Thu
18
May

Ball talks Precinct Watch Program at VISIONS

Tim Ball, Chair for Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Association, was guest speaker at the latest VISIONS meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

Ball discussed the history and purpose of the Precinct Watch Program of Van Zandt County.

Ball stated that the mission of the organization is

Ball then discussed membership requirements and the different aspects of the program including”

 Monthly Precinct meetings and Crime Statistics Collection

Tracking trends and modus operandi to better determine areas of focus. Disseminating this information to members to increase community awareness.

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