12 18 2014

Chief of Police Richardson announces retirement; Marshal Davis pushes for animal shelter

By Britne Reeves Staff Writer Tony Richardson, who served as Van chief of police, has announced his retirement. Richardson served as chief from May 2011. No interim chief has been named as of presstime. Van Police Investigator Tim Scharfenberg [...]

Making the List

Van ISD Way Off Broadway opens with Cotton Patch Gospel production

From Staff Reports Van High School’s Way Off Broadway will open its 2014 season with Cotton Patch Gospel, a reverential retelling of the Gospels of Mathew and John set in a contemporary Southern Bluegrass setting. Written by Tom Key and Russell [...]

“Little Hope was Arson” Documentary about 2010 East Texas church fires

By Donnita Fisher Managing Editor “Little Hope was Arson,” a documentary looking at a string of arson fires in East Texas, will debut today (Sunday, Nov. 23) at Liberty Hall in Tyler. The movie, called part detective story – part faith [...]

Maples found guilty of capital murder

By Britne Reeves Staff Writer   A Van Zandt County jury found Larry Michael Maples, 45, guilty of capital murder last week. Maples was found guilty of killing Heather Maples, 34, in Ben Wheeler in March 2013. Maples had pleaded not guilty [...]