Wills Point ISD students that opted for in-person instruction returned to the classroom Sept. 8 after taking part in online instruction for the first three weeks of the 2020-’21 school year.
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.
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
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
The Wills Point City Council laid groundwork for the city’s financial future Sept. 8, unanimously approving both a tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Mabank Panthers put on an offensive and defensive clinic Sept. 11 at home as they shut out the Wills Point Tigers 42-0.
Even during a pandemic, it’s best to not mess with Texas.
I am perplexed over this pandemic. I imagine many of you are too. Participation in sports are not causing alarming rates of hospitalizations or deaths, so why the paranoia?
I am still navigating the rough waters of parenthood. Sometimes, my children say things so innocently shocking I do not really know how to respond other than stand in a heavy silence with a look of disbelief on my face. Oftentimes, I try not to let out a little laugh to encourage them to say naughty things. My 5-year-old son started kindergarten this year. He is what they call “all boy.” He has one speed and its fast and one volume-LOUD. He also likes to pick up on the colorful language of his favorite Uncle Mike. It was no surprise that in the second week of school he got sent home with a red star. Green or yellow stars are good. Red stars are bad. The comment on why he got a red star was “Inappropriate language at lunchtime.” I asked him what he said, and he promptly told me with no hesitation whatsoever. He then told me he only said it because I did not pack his favorite “Lunchable” and put fruit instead of a chocolate candy into his lunchbox. I mean, can I argue his logic? No. I’ve been upset when I have to eat a salad rather than bacon covered French fries. But, he was punished for his transgression and he got yellow stars the rest of the week. Progress!
September is World Alzheimer’s month—a time to shine a purple light for the 50 million people globally afflicted with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and the 400 thousand plus Texans who are part of that number. In fact, every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.
A gathering of family and friends for James Matthew Steelman, 51, of Wills Point, was held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.
Marie Clark, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed from this life Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. She was surrounded by loved ones at home on the family farm.
Rita Louise Brownlee, 61, of Wills Point, passed away Sept. 7, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones.
Funeral services for Janie Ruth Orsborn, 75, of Edgewood, were held Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Edgewood. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.