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Thu
04
May

Classical Conversation chapters conduct mock trial

An entire semester of preparation was put into action April 27 as home school eighth grade equivalent students from two East Texas chapters of Classical Conversations were in the Van Zandt County courthouse April 27 to conduct a mock trial.
 

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Thu
04
May

Fruitvale takes step to recovery

As tornadoes ran from Eustace to Emory, multiple cities in Van Zandt County took a hit from the severe storm systems and tornadoes that swept through April 29. While efforts largely focused on Canton and the surrounding areas, Fruitvale also took a heavy haymaker from the tornadoes. 
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Thu
04
May

Balloon Fest now benefit fundraiser

In reverence of the recent tornado disaster and recovery efforts, officials behind the Sixth annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Festival has shifted the festival’s focus to a benefit and community appreciation event for Friday, May 12 only.  
The event is free to the public. Donations received will go to the Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund 2017, a local fund benefiting local families in need.    
 

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Thu
04
May

Myrtle Springs Cemetery sets work day, memorial service

The Myrtle Springs Cemetery Association has scheduled work days for May 6 and 13. Workers should bring their own yard tools, saws, trimmers, etc. and should be at the cemetery by 8 a.m. each morning, event organizers said. 

The Cemetery Association will hold its annual memorial service at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 21, under the tabernacle at the cemetery. A business meeting will follow. The cemetery is located near the intersection of I-20 and VZCR 3442 in Myrtle Springs. All persons interested in the cemetery are urged to attend.

Contributions may be mailed to the Myrtle Springs Cemetery, PO Box 1092, Canton, TX 75103, or may be made the day of the memorial. Contributors can designate their donation to perpetual care or the general fund.

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Thu
04
May

American Cancer Society to Honor Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Van Zandt County encourages cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a celebration of life and hope on Thursday, May 11.

The American Cancer Society Survivors’ Celebration Reception will take place at First United Methodist Church in Canton, and will precede the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Van Zandt County on Friday, May 12.

The event commemorates the lives of hundreds of Van Zandt residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure. Volunteer cooks will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and his or her guest.  

Each survivor will receive the 2017 Relay for Life Survivor T-shirt in the signature purple, along with a goody bag filled with gifts donated by sponsors from around Van Zandt County. Many survivors have already registered for the Survivors’ Celebration Reception, and registration is still open.

Wed
03
May

Holly Springs Cemetery to hold ‘May Day’

Continuing a tradition that began in the 19th century, the public is invited to the Holly Springs Cemetery annual Memorial Day celebration Sunday, May 7, 2017. 

The official business meeting of the Holly Springs Cemetery Association will be at 11 a.m. followed by lunch under the tabernacle. 

HSCA board members and volunteers will be at the cemetery all weekend for “First of May” clean-up and fellowship activities. 

Those who are unable to attend the official meeting are urged to stop by the cemetery Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 or Sunday, May 7 for help or information. There will be people on hand to help locate burials, accept donations or to answer any questions, said organizers.

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Wed
03
May

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests from April 18-26, 2017.

Michael Randolph Allen, 36, Wills Point, was arrested on an Angelina Co. warrant for theft of property, and on a Nacogdoches warrant for theft of property.

Cecil Nakia Autry, 42, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for violation of parole.

Raymond Blake Ballard, 39, Dallas, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana.

Mandi Lyn Belken, 33, Mabank, was arrested on an Arkansas warrant for possession of dangerous drug.

Allicia Bothwell, 43, Lewisville, was arrested on six warrants for manufacture, delivery of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, tamper, fabricate physical evidence and possession of controlled substance.

Tue
02
May

Fate of key transparency bills is uncertain; legislators need to hear from constituents

Committee must move bills for the House to vote

There’s no question that Americans — particularly Texans — are increasingly suspicious of government. Trust in government is at a dangerously low level.

That’s why virtually every candidate who runs for the Texas Legislature loudly proclaims that he or she is all for transparency and accountability. Unfortunately, campaign season is a distant memory at this point in Texas’ legislative session. Lawmakers have spent four full months in the company of lobbyists who are paid nicely to convince them that the interests of their clients are threatened by transparency.

Tue
02
May

Slaton launches campaign for State House District 2

Wednesday, Bryan Slaton announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Texas House of Representatives, District 2.

Slaton, a Hunt county resident with deep family ties throughout the District, was largely underestimated by many in his underdog race in 2016. Although Slaton had never sought public office, and was outspent by more than a 2 to 1 margin, he received 49% of the vote.

Slaton is part of the younger generation of conservative leaders who have been stepping up to restore constitutional principles to our nation and state.

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Mon
01
May

Sales tax collections continue upward trend

Van Zandt County cities followed what was mostly a positive month in March with an even better one in April, seeing the number of cities that collected more in sales tax revenue collections when comparing against the same month from the prior year climb from four to month.

According to the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Canton, Edom, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all moved in a positive direction with each collecting more money than they received in April 2016.

The city of Wills Point helped show the way locally, seeing both the largest dollar change and largest percentage change of any city in the county. In April 2017, Wills Point received a payment of $103,925.41. That total was $22,211.29 or 27.18 percent higher than the $81,714.12 received at the same time last year.

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