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May

Clothes Closet to hold giveaway

The Clothes Closet at 508 East Oak Street Church of Christ will hold the Edgewood Community Clothing Give-Away from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. 

The Clothes Closet offers a variety of sizes and styles for men and boys, ladies and girls and infant wear along with shoes. The Clothes Closet is located at 508 East Oak Street, Edgewood. For more information call Terry Johnson at 972-832-9978.

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May

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from April 26-May 27, 2017.

William Neal Adams Jr., 27, Grand Saline, was arrested on a warrant for manufacture, delivery of controlled substance.

Skylor Bree Allbritton, 20, Canton, was arrested on a warrant for criminal trespass.

Sarah Nicole Barker, 28, Fruitvale, was arrested on a Wood Co. warrant for theft of property.

Karie Anne Bishop, 33, Terrell, was arrested on a warrant for burglary of habitation.

Rami William Carroll, 22, Mabank, was arrested on site for assault causing bodily injury, family violence, and on a warrant for violation of parole.

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

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11
May

Attention tornado victims and volunteers

If your home was damaged by the tornados on April 29, please fill out the

2017 East Texas Tornado Response Taskforce/Homeowner Assistance Request Intake Form

Registering with this form will get help to your location and also qualify you for grants in the future. Filling out this form allows the taskforce to get volunteers to your property to assist you and your families as quickly as possible.

Please register as a volunteer and get your wrist band and ID number.

2017 east Texas tornado response/volunteer intake form

All volunteers must be assigned a number and entered into the database in order to log their volunteer hours. This includes homeowners and all service organizations offering aide.

Why is this important?

Thu
11
May

Rolling Oaks Fire Dept. to hold pancake breakfast

The Rolling Oaks Fire Department will hold their annual pancake breakfast cooked by the firefighters.

“Come watch our men and women in action over a hot grill with all the proceeds going towards much needed essential department equipment,” said event organizers.

On Sunday, May 21, the station will be open for breakfast 6 a.m. to  2 p.m. followed by the department’s monthly meeting (open to the public.)   

The breakfast is $5 per person, and includes pancakes, sausage and drink and children eat free.  

The department will be accepting tax-deductible donations and applications as well.

“The department is always seeking individuals who want to donate their talent.  We have plenty of non-operations positions in addition to those who wish to train as firefighters,” said fire department officials.

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11
May

Canton Animal Shelter dedicated to reuniting animals

“City of Canton Animal Shelter is now fully operational after it was affected by power/communication outage caused by the recent tornados that ripped through the area.

As of Monday, May 8, all functions of communication with the public have been restored. We are prepared and have been receiving animals displaced by the disaster and have been partnering with agencies to continue the efforts of caring for and reuniting families with their beloved pets at the shelter located at 320 Arnold Raul Rd, Canton.

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11
May

Wilson taking Wills Point roots to NFL

The Los Angeles Chargers saw their profile climb considerably among Wills Point area football fans last week with news that Dontre Wilson, a former DeSoto High School and Ohio State standout, had signed a contract with the organization May 1.

The son of Don Wilson and Robin Summerfield, a standout athlete in her own right, Wilson grew up in Wills Point before moving to the DeSoto area prior around fifth grade.

“I grew up here. I started here. I lived her until about fifth grade,” explained Wilson. “This is where I first played football for the Wills Point Tigers. My whole family is from here.”

Wilson had to adapt quickly, jumping from a community of less than 4000 people to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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11
May

Grand Saline VFD receives $38,000 grant

Grand Saline Volunteer Fire Department received funding to help purchase a new slip-on unit through the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

A slip-on unit is a complete self-contained firefighting system designed for a pickup truck or custom-built vehicle platform. It is used in wildland firefighting as well as structure and automobile fires.

This new slip-on unit is equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System, a 500-gallon poly water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank.

Firefighting foam is used for fire suppression. It cools the fire and coats the fuel, preventing contact with oxygen. The firefighter spreads a blanket of foam on the area involved, smothering the fire and decreasing the possibility of it reigniting.

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11
May

Federal funds likely to be denied

Texans taking care of Texans is what it is looking out to be for relief efforts throughout Van Zandt County.

While multiple agencies, groups and volunteers have pitched together to combat the destruction from the April 29 tornadoes and piece the county back together, federal officials say that only $9 million in damages has occurred, which includes damages in Smith and Van Zandt counties, which does not meet the $36 million threshold to qualify for federal assistance.

According to Pct. 4 Commissioner Tim West, two thresholds have to be met to qualify for federal assistance.

“Both thresholds have to be met for federal assistance. We (as a county) met the $189,000 threshold; the state will not meet the $36 million threshold to qualify for federal funds. If both thresholds are not met, then the county will not receive federal funds,” said VZC Pct. 4 Commissioner Tim West.

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11
May

Concert benefit set for VZC Tornado Relief

Wesley Pruitt band to headline event

To help raise funds for victims of the tornados that tore through Van Zandt County April 29, a benefit concert will be held from 12:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 28, at The Pickin’ Porch Park in historic downtown Ben Wheeler.

Four people died and more than 50 were injured in what officials say were nine tornados that ravaged the area. Hundreds of homes, businesses, and properties were destroyed.

The Van Zandt County Twister Relief Concert features a long list of talented musicians who are stepping forward to donate their time to the cause.

Confirmed performers include Jeff Allen, Wesley Pruitt Band, Will Burgin, Clay Thrash, Austin Layne, Heather Little, Meredith Crawford, Seek the Peace, Buddy and the Flashbacks, Diamondback TX, Chad Bennett, TuTu Jones and blacktopGYPSY.

Instigated by Canton’s own Wesley Pruitt, the benefit holds special meaning to him.

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11
May

Kirkpatrick denies bankruptcy rumors

Auditor calls for proper purchasing procedure 

At the beginning of the May 9 session of the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court, VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick addressed rumors about the county being bankrupt.

“The rumor started in Smith County that our county is bankrupt,” said Kirkpatrick. “Let me assure you that the county is not bankrupt. The county did not have much money before the recent tornadoes. Anytime you have a disaster, the cost of the cleanup and the appraisal costs are high. The appraisal district will be coming to a commissioners’ court meeting soon and request that we allow them to go out and re-appraise all of the homes that were damaged or destroyed. I can assure you that we are all still working together.”

In other business, the commissioners approved a recommendation from Kirkpatrick to extend the county’s disaster declaration for an additional 20 days to expire May 26.

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