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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!

Wed
12
Jul

Sistrunk named Explore contest winner


Photo by DeAnna Sistrunk

With over 100 entries submitted in the Van Zandt Newspapers Explore cover contest, DeAnna Sistrunk was named the Explore 2017 cover contest winner.

Sistrunk’s photo depicts a peaceful setting over a pond in Myrtle Springs in Van Zandt County.

The contest attracted a wide variety of photographs, from roadrunners catching a frog to serene landscapes.

The winning cover was chosen for its contrast in colors and lighting, the negative space available for use, quality of the photograph and the location of the photo.

Runners up were John Haverly with his submission of a windmill at sunset and Ricky Niell with a submission of cattle on his farm. 

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Tue
11
Jul

Outdoor movie 'Moana'

Canton Main Street will host a free outdoor movie Friday, July 14th.  

“Showing will be “Moana.” The movie will start about 8:45 p.m. and will be shown across the street from City Hall 201 N. Buffalo St.   

Movie is sponsored by Canton Lions Club. Admission to the movie is free, thanks to our sponsor.  A concession stand will sell popcorn, hot dogs, soft drinks, candy and bottled water. 

Bring the whole family,  your lawn chairs or blankets for seating and come enjoy this fun, free event for a great evening out in Downtown Canton.

For more information call Tam Erwin 903-567-1849 or go to our Facebook page Canton Texas Main Street Program. 

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Tue
11
Jul

Declaring Independence


PHOTO BY DAVID BARBER

Nolan White, center, reads a portion of the Declaration of Independence during a reading of the entire document June 30 by several Canton defense lawyers on the steps of the VZC Courthouse. Other local lawyers who read portions of the Declaration of Independence included left to right, Joel Elliott, Justin Beckam, John Sickel, Dean White, Joshua Wintters and Jeff White. The reading of the Declaration of Independence is held annually by members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and other members of the Criminal Defense Bar.

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Mon
10
Jul

St. Mark to hold VBS

St. Mark C.M.E. Church will hold adult’s and children’s Vacation Bible School from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 12-14 at 402 W. 3rd Street, Wills Point. Refreshments will be served.

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Mon
10
Jul

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from June 20 to July 4, 2017.

Josef Dan Aguado, 19, Wills Point, was arrested on site for evading arrest, detention.

Hunter Case Anderson, 21, Wills Point, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Brittany Faye Bankston, 31, Canton, was arrested on site for assault.

Sean Michael Bridges, 31, Mineola, was arrested on a warrant for tamper, fabricate physical evidence.

Hayden Wayne Case, 19, Edgewood, was arrested on a warrant for terroristic threat of family.

Steven Duane Chandler, 37, Grand Saline, was arrested on site for possession of controlled substance, resist arrest, search or transport and tamper, fabricate physical evidence.

Mon
10
Jul

Former police chief passes


Mike Echols

Former Canton Police Chief Mike Echols passed away Saturday, July 1, in Tyler. Chief Echols retired from the Canton Police Department Aug. 31, 2015. Echols had been with Canton PD since 1987 and was the chief since October 2007.

Memorial services were held for Michael Wayne Echols, 72, of Malakoff Monday, July 3, 2017, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Bro. C. R officiated the services. Interment followed in Haven of Memories.

He was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Corpus Christi to Robert Wayne Echols and Betty Lou Warren.

He grew up in Gainesville. He worked as a police officer for 34 years. He spent 28 years at Canton Police Department, with 10 years as chief of police.

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