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Sun
02
Apr

2017 Van Zandt Fair Pageant


Miss Van Zandt county Fair, is Kylie Ann Cox. Kyle also won the talent, interview and western wear competitions. She also received a $100 scholarship for placing 2nd overall in all 6 categories. First alternate and photogenic winner is Kendra Michelle Barker

March 25 was a day of crowning the 2017 Van Zandt Fair Pageant winners at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds.

The pageant is organized by Chassity Sukiennik and pageant officers and committee chairs:  Nicole Durham, Social Media; Sherri Durham, Secretary/Treasurer, and Regina Cox.  Additional help and special thanks to volunteers:  Jim cox, Ray Durham, JoAnn “G” Schmig, and Cris Sukiennik.   Plans for the 2018 pageant are underway, and entry forms are made available in the latter part of this year.

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Sun
02
Apr

Citizens honored with awards

Several award winners received special recognition during the 60th annual Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 24.

The event was held at the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Pavilion before an estimated 200 in attendance. The theme of the banquet was “A Night at the Oscars.”

“On behalf of the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce, we extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to all of our guests, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, community members, family and friends for making our 60th annual banquet an inspirational and successful night,” said Brenda Silva, Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President.

Among the announcements made by Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce board member Heather Good were the naming of the Man of the Year, the Woman of the Year, the Organization of the Year, the Business of the Year and the Pioneer of the Year.

Man of the Year—David Bessonett

Sat
01
Apr

Teachers, students honored at GS Chamber Banquet


David and Brittany Bessonett were named as the Man of the Year and the Woman of the Year March 24 at the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Heather Good, a member of the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, made the announcements.

The 60th annual Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce Banquet featured the announcement of the Students of the Year as well as the Teachers of the Year in the Grand Saline ISD March 24.

GSISD Superintendent Micah Lewis announced the winners of the Male and Female Students of the Year as well as the Teacher of the Year at each GSISD campus.

Male Student of the Year—Stephen LaPrade

Stephen LaPrade is the son of Dee Dee LaPrade and has lived in Grand Saline his entire life. He has been a member of the Grand Saline High School Student Council for three years and a member of the National Honor Society for three years.

LaPrade has served as class vice-president for one year and class president for two years. He has played football for three years, baseball for one year and basketball for three years.

Fri
31
Mar

Story of the Blue Ribbon

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and by now you have probably seen blue ribbons throughout the county. The blue ribbons are there to serve as a reminder to all of us as we work together to fight and protect our children against abuse and neglect.

The Blue-Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention campaign had its early beginnings following the death of a very young child. In the spring of 1989, Bonnie Finney, a Virginia grandmother received the devastating news that her beloved grandson had died of injuries inflicted by his parents. In an expression of her grief and outrage, this grandmother did something that has given us a symbol, around which we rally for the cause of child abuse prevention.

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Thu
30
Mar

VZCSO to offer Academy Program

Sheriff Academy Program and invited citizens living in or working in Van Zandt County to attend. 

CSAP is a program designed to generate a more COACTIVE relationship between the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens it serves.  The CSAP has a dual system strategy: to allow members of the community an opportunity to develop a better understanding of their Sheriff’s Office through education and allows members of the Sheriff’s Office to establish a better rapport, develop and maintain trust and respect from the citizens that it protects and serves.

The response was tremendous.  The March class filled up immediately and the May class is also filling up rapidly so, if you are interested, you better apply soon.

Thu
30
Mar

ETGS to hold meeting April 8

East Texas Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Tyler Public Library at 2 p.m. April 8.

There will be no formal program, but a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the society.

“We hope that some of past members will come to tell about the early days of ETGS. Also, a “show and tell” of items of interest from the past, especially the unusual or photos, etc. will be part of the day. Join the celebration,” said event organizers.

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Thu
30
Mar

TFB invests in technical school scholarships

To ensure a bright future for its members in Van Zandt County and across the state, Texas Farm Bureau recently invested $35,000 in scholarship funds for students of Texas State Technical College.

The initial investment is targeted to help Van Zandt County Farm Bureau members follow their dreams while building a skilled workforce.

“TSTC offers many programs that give students a leg up in the workforce,” Kevin Wilkerson, Van Zandt CFB president, said. “This investment will help reach the members who would like to pursue accreditation in fields like diesel mechanics, biology or culinary arts.”

The TSTC system has 10 campuses across the state, offering degrees in a variety of fields including agriculture technology, dental hygiene, digital media design, engineering and more.

Wed
29
Mar

Meals on Wheels to serve breakfast

After several weeks of successful deliveries, the Meals on Wheels Ministry’s pilot program called Sunrise Senior Servings is officially underway and growing. The breakfast meal program is designed to meet the nutritional needs of the organization’s most nutritionally at-risk clients, and it offers a box of shelf-stable breakfast foods designed to complete seven breakfast meals.

“The boxes contain a combination of non-perishable items like dry cereal, dried fruit, milk and juice that satisfy 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowance for the senior population we serve,” said Meals on Wheels Ministry  President and CEO, Mike Powell. “The boxes are delivered weekly, directly to the doors of the homebound elderly and disabled clients we serve. We believe that this program will make a profound impact on the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people.”

Wed
29
Mar

FSA to accept loan applications

Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by damages and losses caused by drought occurring Nov. 1, 2016 and continuing are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Tyler as of today according to Joseph Grier.

Upshur, Gregg, Rusk, Smith and Van Zandt are 5 of 26 counties in Texas recently named by President Trump, eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and/or physical losses resulting from the disaster.

Grier stated that farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100% of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue the agricultural business, whichever is less.  For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 3.875.

Wed
29
Mar

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from March 7 – March 14, 2017.

 

Russell Gene Adkins, 63, Grand Saline was arrested on warrants for criminal trespass/BF, 2-issuance of bad check and theft of property with previous conviction/Lindale PD.

Cindi Allison, 47, Ben Wheeler, was arrested on a warrant for harassment.

Tranquilina R. Amador, 48, Grand Saline, was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated/weekend commit.

Shellye Ann Anderson, 38, Mabank, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance.

Cecil Nakia Autry, 42, Wills Point, was arrested on site for falsification of drug test results.

William Blair Beall, 41, Tyler, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

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