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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00am

Van Zandt County cities were extremely fortunate throughout the final weeks of 2021 and opening week of 2022, largely dodging the surge of COVID-19 cases that struck other parts of the country.

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00am

The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees recognized the Tiger tennis program at their Jan. 10 meeting. The tennis program finished the fall season with a 21-2 record overall, including a bronze medal winning performance at the Class 4A State Team Tennis Tournament. The spring season will begin Jan. 21 at the Anna Tournament. Courtesy photos

Sports

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Tigers put the finishing touches on non-district play last week, wrapping up a first half with 56-41 triumph over Alba-Golden Jan. 7.

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Lady Tigers renewed their longstanding rivalry with Canton Jan. 7, making the short trek down Highway 64 to clash with the Eaglettes.

Columns

Most people define the success of sports teams by the scoreboard. Coaches know the scoreboard does not tell the full story. A losing team might have played the best game of the year while the winning team played poorly. Standardized testing can be compared to a football contest.

Jan 7, 2022 - 00:00

Warning signs are everywhere, advising, cajoling, demanding. And for the most part they are necessary. Take for example a common one posted on freeway offramps declaring ‘Wrong Way.’ Now that’s one you’d want to pay attention to, unless of course you fancy multiple head-on collisions in your near future.

Dec 31, 2021 - 00:00

Coaches are criticized for running the ball or throwing the ball too much. Criticism comes from every angle especially during times of adversity. How should we handle the stones that critics hurl with harsh intent?

Dec 31, 2021 - 00:00

Jan. 1, 2022: Lake Tawakoni State Park will host its annual First Day Hike event from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Organizers stated, “Start your new year off right with a self-guided hike at Lake Tawakoni State Park! Set your intentions for the new year with a mindful hike or just enjoy the first day of 2022 with a peaceful walk. Be sure to stop by the park headquarters afterward (open until 4:30pm) to claim your First Day Hike sticker!” The event is free with park entry ($5 per person age 13 and up).

Obituaries

Jan 7, 2022 - 00:00

Gladys Laverne Calloway passed away on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at the Hospice of East Texas facility in Tyler, Texas, at the age of 92. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at Hiett’s Lybrand Funeral Home Chapel, Wills Point, with the Rev. Don Myers officiating.

Jan 7, 2022 - 00:00

Greg Owen Thompson, 56, of Caddo Mills, passed away Dec. 21, 2021, in Plano. Burial was held at Small Cemetery. Private services were under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home.

Jan 7, 2022 - 00:00

Jose R. Hernandez, 64, of Wills Point, Texas, passed away on Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, in Irving. Jose was born on April 8, 1957, in El Salvador. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Wills Point. Burial was at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point. Online condolences may be made at allanfullerfunearlhome.com.

Jan 7, 2022 - 00:00

Funeral services for Lanesa “Susie” Ann Hamilton, were held Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Lanesa passed away Dec. 19, 2021, in Canton. Lanesa Ann Hamilton was born Sept. 4, 1957, to the late James Hamilton and Odell Spencer Hamilton. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Odell Hamilton.