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News

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Police Department said goodbye to one of its own April 9, laying to rest retired K9 Zeus after years of faithful service to both local and neighboring communities.

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00am

On Sunday April 11, 2021 at approximately 10 p.m. the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 800 block of FM 2965 just outside the city limits of Wills Point. Upon arrival deputies, along with Wills Point PD and Texas DPS, made contact with a family member of the homeowner who stated Gerald Powell, who was inside the home with several firearms, had stated he had killed a family pet and was going to kill his mother next.

Sports

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Tigers have been a team on a mission since the calendar turned towards district play, roaring out of the gates with a 3-1 record heading into play Athens April 9.

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Lady Tigers faced a tall task last week, squaring off against an explosive Athens offense to start the second round of district play. Wills Point and Athens were not strangers, having played as recently as March 19. The Lady Hornets followed up their 23-1 win in that contest with a 15-0 shutout of the Lady Tigers at home April 9.

Columns

Apr 16, 2021 - 00:00

The news resonating with Freida and me over the past few weeks was not the stimulus check hitting our bank account. Nor the huge cargo ship finally coming free in the Suez Canal. Nor the dour little rice dumpling of a dictator in North Korea firing off more ballistic missiles in Japan’s direction. Or even the much-ballyhooed British monarchy’s distress over Prince Harry’s new baby tainting the House of Windsor’s Anglo-Saxon purity with African American blood. No, what gripped us was losing the couple we count among our best friends and neighbors here in Canton. They moved away. Far enough away that we may never see them again.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week banning state agencies, cities or counties from creating a “vaccine passport” requirement.

Should coaches be upset over a bad call by a sports official? After all they are human and sometimes make an error in judgment. Does the official receive consequences like what their error in judgement caused players and coaches? Suspending officials for judgment errors is a touchy subject.

Apr 16, 2021 - 00:00

In parts of Europe, parents hold off on formally educating children until they are “ready to learn”. In Finland, students start school “late,” receiving no formal instruction until age seven. Finnish daycare centers often replace reading, writing and math instruction with opportunities for creative play. Kindergarten in Finland is not geared to prepare students for primary instruction. Instead, the focus of “education” revolves heavily around specifically structured play and physical activity. The goal is to ensure children are happy and age-appropriately responsible.

Obituaries

Apr 16, 2021 - 00:00

Carey Alden Robertson, of Edgewood, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the age of 62.

Apr 16, 2021 - 00:00

Dianne LaRue Simmons was born on March 12, 1946, in Corpus Christi, to parents Glen Simmons and Lucile Pierson Simmons.

Apr 16, 2021 - 00:00

Vernon Dennis Patterson, of Wills Point, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the age of 69.

Apr 16, 2021 - 00:00

Martha L. Jacobs, of Wills Point, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the age of 86.