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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00am

The year 2019 saw changes in direction and personnel for the Van Zandt County Emergency Services District #4 and the Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department. Membership on the board of the ESD #4 changed late in the year, as did volunteers at the VFD.President of the ESD #4 board, Ken Byrd, shifted focus and stepped aside for two new members. Byrd had been on the board since it was approved by the voters four years ago. As he moved out, the new members sworn in were Teresa Byrd and Ray Thomason.

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00am

Law enforcement officials from across Van Zandt County made their way to the Rolling Oaks community north of Wills Point Jan. 9, responding to multiple reports of a disturbance involving possible gunshots.According to a Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office press release of the incident, “A verbal disturbance began on Van Zandt County Road 3840 in the Rolling Oaks area shortly after 8:30 a.m. Jan. 9 over alleged stolen property. The argument escalated into a shooting. The three individuals involved each retrieved weapons from their homes and began exchanging gun fire.

Sports

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Lady Tigers officially hit the most important stretch of the 2019-’20 season last week, wrapping up non-district play with a home contest against Grand Saline before traveling to Canton for a showdown against the rival Eaglettes.Wills Point and and Grand Saline had been familiar foes during the 2019-’20 season, entering Tuesday night’s contest having already met once before. The Lady Tigers prevailed in that initial contest played Nov. 12, outpointing Grand Saline in each of the first three quarters on their way to a 42-29 win.

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Tigers played host to the Grand Saline Indians for the second time this season, following up a Dec. 12 meeting between the two squads with a non-district showdown Jan. 7. Wills Point, which defeated the Indians 57-39 in their first meeting, completed the season sweep of the Indians with a 55-34 triumph on Tuesday night.Play would be competitive throughout much of the opening quarter with the Tigers taking a slim 9-6 lead on the Indians after eight minutes of play.

Columns

Remember in the TV show “Star Trek” how Dr. McCoy could simply scan someone with a hand held device and get a diagnosis? We’re not there yet, but a new brain scanning technique is giving researchers more clues into Alzheimer’s disease.It’s now possible to predict with some degree of accuracy where in the brain areas will decrease due to Alzheimer’s disease, simply by identifying where tangles of tau protein have gathered.

Jan 17, 2020 - 00:00

The trajectory of public education has changed immensely in the 14 years I have been teaching. When I began my teaching career, I was excited to have the privilege of teaching children and impacting lives. I had a set vision of what I wanted to accomplish and took my role as an educator seriously. Little did I know, I entered a system with conflicting agendas that would try my resolve to educate children. More than a decade later, I left public schools, but not public education. I have taken on a new role that includes imparting knowledge of the school system and helping parents advocate for their children in public schools.My most important message to parents is “Know for yourself.” I was a student during the time when parents trusted schools to educate their children. If a teacher or administrator said something, it was respected by parents. As far as I can remember, students were taught and learned although I know some slipped through the cracks somewhere.

Jan 3, 2020 - 00:00

As we head into 2020, a lot of us will make resolutions that we may or may not keep. No matter your goals for the coming year, the Alzheimer’s Association®

Jan 3, 2020 - 00:00

I was thinking back a few weeks ago, and I thought in our small animals patients, what’s the most common problem I see? I went around and asked the technicians

Obituaries

Jan 17, 2020 - 00:00

Keith Edwin Glenn passed away at home Dec. 28, 2019. Keith was born May 9, 1965, in Howell, Michigan to his parents Anna (Smith) and Larry Glenn.He is a 1983 graduate of Howell High School. Although Keith had talents for many hands-on trades, for most of his professional life, he was a skilled carpenter and particularly honed his expertise in finish carpentry. He had a strong work ethic and was always eager to share his talents with those in need.

Jan 17, 2020 - 00:00

Shirley Joe Crouch, 76, of Moore, Oklahoma, formerly of Wills Point, passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2019.Shirley was born July 27, 1943, in Roxton, Texas, to Hoyle and Inez Crouch. He was a heavy machinery operator by trade and always preferred the Bulldozer above all other equipment. He truly loved his family as they did him. He will be eternally missed among his loved ones and friends.

Jan 17, 2020 - 00:00

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18

Jan 10, 2020 - 00:00

Geretta (Geri) Gale Terrell, 79, of Whitesboro, was called home to Heaven on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Geri was born on Jan. 2, 1940, in Wills Point to Henry and