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News

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:00am

The number of newly confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in Van Zandt County saw a sharp decline over the past 7-day reporting period with just 54 new cases being reported between Feb. 12-19 according to the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:00am

Spring turkey hunting at its core seems pretty basic: the hunter goes to the woods or fields where turkeys live, mimics the sounds of a love sick hen with his call and ultimately shoots a big gobbler. While this is textbook turkey hunting, I can tell you from almost 40 past springs hunting them, it just ain’t that simple! After all these many springs spent in pursuit of gobblers, I can honestly say no two hunts have turned out the same, maybe this is what keeps me coming back year after year.

Sports

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 12:00am

The Van Vandals and Wills Point Tigers faced similar stakes Feb. 9 as each needed a win over the other to strengthen their respective playoff bids. The two teams would go on to deliver a classic, dueling through four grueling quarters and three overtimes before Van ultimately prevailed 63- 60.

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:00am

The Wills Point Tiger tennis program hit the road Feb. 5, competing against some of the best teams in East Texas as part of the annual Kilgore Invitational. Wills Point more than held its own against several larger programs, finishing second overall to Class 5A Longview and ahead of Lindal, Center, Pleasant Grove and Spring Hill.

Columns

Feb 26, 2021 - 00:00

From the folly files comes yet another exasperating example of how millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent in schools without much, if any, return on investment as it relates to student achievement, or in this case, student safety.

Feb 26, 2021 - 00:00

I’m back in the gym again, twice a week. I still don’t enjoy it, but I like the results. I’m still fat, but the fat is in a different shape. Since I lift much more than my body weight on some exercises, there’s a macho satisfaction that results from grunting and growling out one more repetition.

Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But Texans are still dealing with broken pipes that flooded homes and businesses, damaged municipal water systems, and continued power outages in scattered areas, mainly in East and Central Texas.

Feb 19, 2021 - 00:00

Athletes have been setting records for decades. A record will last a few years then another person does what everyone thought was impossible and break it. Every so often an athlete breaks an old record that no one thought was possible. Athletes continue to jump farther, run faster, and participate longer than whatever we thought were limits of human performance.

Obituaries

Feb 26, 2021 - 00:00

Andrew Franklin Lee Huffman, 37, passed away Feb. 16, 2021, at his home in Myrtle Springs. He was born July 11, 1983, in Terrell.

Feb 26, 2021 - 00:00

Funeral services for Donald Lavon Adkins, 78, of Rattan, Okla., formerly of Alba, are scheduled for noon Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Hietts’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. Burial will follow at White Rose Cemetery.

Feb 26, 2021 - 00:00

Everly Rose Tankersley passed peacefully in the arms of her loving parents on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in the early morning hours. Everly was born on July 13, 2020.

Feb 26, 2021 - 00:00

Juanita was a sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She passed away on Feb. 12, 2021, in Denton at the age of 88.