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Sun
05
Feb

Scam hits residents in VZC

Can you hear me?" Police in several states are urging people to avoid answering this simple question from a phone number they do not know.

Authorities say the question is aimed at getting unsuspecting victims to say "yes" -- an answer the fraudster then records as a way to authorize charges on a phone, utility or credit card bill.

The scam involves the victim saying “yes,” and then their voice is recorded saying “yes.” Other questions might be, “Are you the lady of the house?"; "Do you pay the household telephone bills?"; or "Are you the homeowner?”

Those who receive a phone call asking “Can you hear me?” should hang up the phone and not answer.

In many cases, scammers will play back a person's verbal confirmation and threaten to take legal action if they try to deny the charges.

Sun
05
Feb

VZCSO graduates Citizen Academy

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the completion of its first Sheriffs Citizens Academy under the authority of Sheriff Corbett. 

The Sheriff Citizens Academy was first introduced to members of the Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program with the goal of providing Precinct Watch Members with a better understanding of the policies, procedures and aspects of law enforcement that members of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department face on a daily basis. 

Several topics were covered during the four weeks of instruction to include patrol procedures, jail operations, crimes against property, tactical operations, penal code, code of criminal procedure, family violence, narcotics, communications, sex offenders and shooting decisions and role playing.  There were 26 students enrolled in the program with classes that started Jan. 9 and students graduating on Feb. 2.

Sat
04
Feb

County Blotter

The Van Zandt Co. Sheriff’s Deptartment reported the following arrests from Jan. 10-17, 2017.

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

Margaret Louise Ashcraft, 32, Kaufman, was arrested on site for manufacture, delivery of controlled substance, and on a warrant for violation of parole.

Barbara Jean Bean, 54, Elkhart, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Kegan Richard-Robert Brown, 23, Wills Point, was arrested on site for public intoxication.

Janice Chism, 53, Wills Point, was arrested on a warrant for theft of property.

Jaime Cordova, 21, Dallas, was arrested on site for driving while intoxicated.

Collin Weston Dodson, 19, Edgewood, was arrested on site for tamper; fabricate physical evidence and possession of marijuana.

Sat
04
Feb

Buzzard Festival flies in Feb. 11

Grand Saline will host their second annual Buzzard Fest Feb. 11. Live entertainment, vendors, contests along with other family fun events are planned for the festival. 

Special attractions such as the Rat Rod Car Show will kick things off starting 8 a.m. At 10 a.m. the following festivities will begin: wagon rides, outhouse races, road kill cook-off and chili dinner, and Mr. and Mrs. Old Buzzard contest.

For more information call 903-962-5631 or visit the Grand Saline Main Street Facebook page. Entries are being accepted for the outhouse races. Entry into the race is $25.

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Fri
03
Feb

100 days


Courtesy photo

Martins Mill ISD posted the following regarding the celebration of 100 days at school. “When it's the 100th day of school and your young kinders become feeble old men and women, they tend to have trouble getting to class quickly.”

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Thu
02
Feb

Hensarling marks anniversary

Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement to mark the 44th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade:

“As we mark the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade, it is my hope that we will take this opportunity to remember the millions of precious human lives ended by the unspeakable tragedy of abortion.
 “As Americans, we share a sacred responsibility to protect the innocent and defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. As a matter of morality, history, science, reason, and most of all faith, I can come to no other conclusion but that every human life begins at conception and every life is worthy of protection. 

Wed
01
Feb

Senator Hall lands committee assignments

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named Senator Bob Hall,  Vice Chairman of Transportation.  Senator Hall was also appointed to serve on education, agriculture, water and rural affairs and veterans affairs and border security.

"I want to thank Lt. Governor Patrick for his confidence in appointing me to these positions," said Hall. "Not only are these areas important issues for Senate District 2, but they are crucial to Texas' continued leadership in economic prosperity, free market competition, and rock-solid conservatism."

According to the legislative priorities set by Senate leadership, these four committees will make pivotal decisions on hot-topic issues ranging from school choice, to toll roads, to securing the Texas-Mexico border, and provides Senator Hall an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on important legislative matters this session.

Tue
31
Jan

Buzzard Fest coming to Grand Saline

Grand Saline will host their second annual Buzzard Fest Feb. 11. Live entertainment, vendors, contests along with other family fun events are planned for the festival. 

Special attractions such as the Rat Rod Car Show will kick things off starting 8 a.m. At 10 a.m. the following festivities will follow: wagon rides, outhouse races, road kill cook-off and chili dinner, and Mr. and Mrs. Old Buzzard contest.

For more information call 903-962-5631 or visit the Grand Saline Main Street Facebook page. Entries are being accepted for the outhouse races. Entry into the race is $25.

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Mon
30
Jan

Comptroller releases sales tax revenue figures

The first sales tax revenue collection figures of the new year were released by the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar Jan. 11, indicating that four out of six county cities are off to a better financial start than they were in 2016.

Van Zandt County cities finished up the first month of the new year up a combined $54,309.46, or 11.54 percent in sales tax revenue collections. For reference, the six county cities finished all of 2016 up a combined $103,035.00 over 2015 collections.

Canton, which finished last year with the biggest positive dollar change and percent change among county cities, collected a $317,634.67 payment this month. That total was $51,307.28 more than the $266,327.39 received for the same calendar month in 2016.

Sun
29
Jan

VZC Commissioners approve multiple requests during lengthy agenda Jan. 24


VZC Commissioners Brandon Brown and Virgil Melton Jr. listen as County Auditor Freddy Thomas makes a presentation calling for a county-wide auction of all surplus fixed assets owned by the county.

Van Zandt County Commissioners breezed through a 20-plus item agenda as they approved a number of requests during their Jan. 24 regular session.

Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the county juvenile probation department to submit an application for the Vocational/Occupational Initiatives Creating Employment (VOICES) grant to the office of the Governor’s criminal justice division for 2017/2018.

A resolution authorizing submission of the 2017/2018 Texas Community Development Program application was requested by the Fruitvale Water Supply.

The agreement between the county and the Fruitvale Water Supply Corporation was approved by the commissioners.

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