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Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:00am

City leaders throughout the State of Texas found themselves in a holding pattern over the past three months, waiting to learn the full impact of COVID-19 as it relates to sales tax revenue collections and future budgeting from the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:00am

City workers embarked on phase two of their brick street repair project June 8, tackling sinking and buckling issues around the Rose Monument. The effort to repair the historic brick streets comes more than three months after workers fixed similar issues near the North Fourth Street-West James Street intersection in late February. Initial plans called for the second phase of repairs to begin earlier, but those plans were ultimately pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by David Kapitan

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:00am

Wills Point Chief of Police Lonnie Carroll presented the Grand Champion Prize of the WPPD Back the Blue BBQ Cook-Off to Chicken Fried BBQ. Additional photos on 2A.Courtesy Photo

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:00am

Think you have the stomach to win the first annual Canton Texas Chamber of Commerce (CTCC) Hot Dog Eating Contest? Would a grand prize of $500 give you a little motivation?

News

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 12:00am

A total of 355 votes in Van Zandt County were cast on the first day of early voting for the July 14 Republican and Democratic Party Runoff Elections.

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 12:00am

Maintenance crews plan to continue base repairs on the I-20 Service Road between SH 64 and FM 859. Expect lane closures with traffic control by flaggers.

Sports

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 12:00am

The next generation of Tiger athletes were kept busy last week with a dedicated group hitting the fields at Jack Lester Park June 23-26 for the annual Wills Point Baseball Camp. The local sports calendar will stay plenty busy during the coming weeks with camps for football, softball, basketball and volleyball looming just over the horizon.

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:00am

The Wills Point High School Athletic Department has hit the ground running in recent weeks, getting back to work with their annual tennis camp and summer strength and conditioning camp. Things are expected to kick up another notch during the week ahead with the annual Tiger Baseball Camp slated to run from June 22-25.

Columns

When individuals on a team speak with an open and honest dialog the team has a chance to grow strong. Teams, with common interests and shared goals, produce a superior product. American history shows us during the Revolutionary War, various religious groups and a variety of politicians united to achieve a common goal.

Jul 3, 2020 - 00:00

In the days before he starred in ‘Gilligan’s Island’, Bob Denver played a beatnik on ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’. Now, for those of you who may not know what a “beatnik” was, in the 1950s (No, I wasn’t alive then, nor when dirt was invented), a beatnik was a person into “beat” poetry – usually non-rhyming verses accompanied by a bongo drum, often in a coffee shop. Beatniks were also stereotyped to be sloppy and lazy – 1950s “hippies”.

Jul 3, 2020 - 00:00

There’s a container of hand sanitizer sitting on my desk as I write this today. Four months ago, that space would have probably been taken up by yesterday’s coffee mug. Not anymore.

The fourth annual Van Freedom Boom! Independence Day celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 27.

Obituaries

Jul 3, 2020 - 00:00

Thompson Leon Lester was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Wills Point, the son of Sam and Lida Coleman Lester. He attended his grade school years at Cedar Grove and was a 1942 graduate of Wills Point High School. Leon served two years in the United States Army from 1945- 1946. All his life he was a cattleman and rancher. He was the originator and a co-owner of the Van Zandt Livestock Commission for 27 years. Leon was also one of the founders of Wills Point Riding and Roping Club. The Wills Point FFA honored him with a lifetime membership for his contributions to their chapter. Leon was a member of First Baptist Church in Wills Point. He married LaVerne Corry on Feb. 14, 1995, in Canton.

Jul 3, 2020 - 00:00

Services for Lynda Motes McFerren, 73, of Emory, were held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at Bartley Funeral Home, with Andy Clower officiating.

Jul 3, 2020 - 00:00

Nancy C. Kapitan, 78, of Wills Point, passed away June 25, 2020.

Jun 26, 2020 - 00:00

Bonnie Foster, 74, of Wills Point, passed away June 19, 2020, at Crestwood Nursing Home.