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Tue
22
Aug

VZC DA releases statement on Collins investigation

Van Zandt County District Attorney Chris Martin released a statement Aug. 3 regarding the investigation into allegations against Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins.

“The City of Grand Saline officially referred criminal allegations it had received regarding (Grand Saline) Chief of Police Justin Collins to the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney’s office on July 26, 2017,” said Martin in the statement. “Due to Chief Collins previous employment within the Van Zandt County DA’s Office as an investigator, I believe a potential conflict of interest exists in the matter and I have chosen to refer the investigation to the Texas Attorney General’s office.”

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Thu
17
Aug

Brain Gym set for Aug. 31

Brain Gym set for Aug. 31

The Canton Church of Christ, in collaboration with IMPACT Van Zandt, will host  “Movements to Calm the Brain, a presentation on Brain Gym” at noon, Aug. 31.

“Brain Gym® consists of 26 easy and enjoyable targeted activities that bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in self-esteem, self-control, communication, comprehension, concentration, memory, reading, writing, organizing, listening, and physical coordination.

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Thu
17
Aug

Crossroads Church to hold worship, prayer event

On April 29, our county was changed forever by a series of tornadoes.  In their aftermath, many generous people have given money, time and materials to restore our neighbor’s lives.  The storms took only a few moments to do their damage but the recovery effort is a long-term situation and involves more than just cleaning and fixing homes.  

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Wed
16
Aug

The Blotter

 

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from Aug. 1 – 8, 2017:

Ashley Marie Aldridge, 26, Ben Wheeler, was arrested on a Smith Co. warrant for criminal trespass.

Troy Allen Alldredge, 46, Mabank, was arrested on two warrants for assault causing bodily injury, family violence and burglary of habitation.

Daniel Horton Amador, 27, Canton, was arrested on site for driving while license invalid.

Patrick Allen Bieber, 47, Terrell, was arrested on two warrants for injury to child, elderly or disabled and retaliation.

Jonathan Daniell Bresee, 34, Van, was arrested on site for assault.

Edwin Carl Byler Jr., 60, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

Jacob David Collard, 20, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for assault, family violence.

Wed
16
Aug

Private property: Protecting Texas' future

Since before our nation's founding, private property rights have been recognized as an indispensable pillar in supporting a free and prosperous society.  Private property, and the rights inherent in ownership, are foundational for a free people because they are the product of a person's labor.  If a person cannot enjoy the fruits of his or her labor by the acquisition and use of private property, that person lacks a constitutionally guaranteed security.  Robust property rights empower us to pursue our own dreams and live according to our own personal values.
Nowhere is this better understood than Texas. Early Texas settlers took extraordinary risks to experience the promise of property ownership for themselves.  Despite this legacy, Texas law does not provide adequate protections against government regulations, eminent domain, and regulatory takings that disrupt or prevent a property owner's right to use and develop their property.

Tue
15
Aug

Barber celebrates 35 years with newspaper

David Barber, 58, is celebrating his 35th anniversary with Van Zandt Newspapers Thursday, Aug. 10. He was born in Shreveport, La., and grew up in Dallas before moving to the Colfax Community near Van during mid-term of his freshman year in high school.

Barber is a 1977 graduate of Van High School, a 1979 graduate of Tyler Junior College and a 1982 graduate of the University of North Texas.

He began his career at Van Zandt Newspapers on Aug. 10, 1982, working as a reporter before moving to the advertising department in 1983 where he worked until October 2016, when he was named as Senior Reporter for the company.

Mon
14
Aug

Hensarling holds meeting in Canton

U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) held a town hall meeting Aug. 10  at the Farm Bureau building in Canton.

The Congressman gave a brief update on issues including tax reform, health care, caring for our nation’s heroes, and rolling back onerous regulations from Washington bureaucrats while answering a variety of questions from constituents.

 

“Our country is in desperate need of fundamental tax reform,” said Hensarling. “Our tax code is unfair, too complicated, and puts our workers at a competitive disadvantage. I am working with President Trump and other Republicans to change Washington by reforming and streamlining our tax code. As I travel across the district, I hear over and over again how burdensome taxes are on families and small businesses. I will not stop fighting to get our economy firing on all cylinders.”

 

Sun
13
Aug

Plaster to succeed Daniell as Justice of the Peace Pct. 2

Following a closed executive session Aug. 8, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court named Sandra Plaster as the interim VZC Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace.

Plaster will take over for Ronnie Daniell, who recently announced his retirement effective at noon, Friday, Sept. 8. Daniell will administer the oath of office to Plaster on that day.

She has served in the Pct. 2 JP office since November 2007 first as a part-time clerk before being named as the full-time court clerk and administrator on May 11, 2009.

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Sat
12
Aug

Accidents on Interstate 20

A string of accidents have plagued Interstate 20 in Van Zandt County over the course of the last week.

Two accidents, one a multi-vehicle accident near the 514-mile marker and the other a single-vehicle accident near the 512 mile marker, helped to back up traffic along I-20 Aug. 3. The driver in the single-vehicle accident was shaken up but not seriously injured. 

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Sat
12
Aug

Proposed tax rate vote tabled after discussion

After much discussion, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court tabled any action on the proposed 2017-‘18 tax rate during their regular meeting Aug. 8 which drew a standing-room only crowd.

The new fiscal year for the county will begin Oct. 1, 2017, and conclude on Sept. 30, 2018.

“VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick and I visited Aug. 7 with VZC Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde and based on that discussion, we are presenting a proposed tax rate of $.585847 for fiscal year 2018,” announced VZC Auditor Freddy Thomas to the commissioners. “That is the same as the proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2017 and this does include the special road tax rate. The effective rate is $.552805 and the rollback rate is $.587864.”

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