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Mon
04
Apr

DPS chief reminds citizens to be vigilant

AUSTIN — Following news reports of coordinated, terroristic bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, the Texas Department of Public Safety posted a reminder to Texans to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behaviors.

DPS Director Steven McCraw said ordinary Texans “play a crucial role in helping law enforcement protect the public from groups and lone-wolf actors intent on harming others.”

“Fighting crime in today’s threat environment,” McCraw added, “can be greatly enhanced through the combined efforts of the public and law enforcement, and we urge individuals to report any illegal or suspicious activity they witness to iWATCH or their local authorities.”

Mon
21
Mar

This week in Wills Point History Friday, March 18, 1960

The city of Wills Point this week passed an ordinance providing for the construction of a general market and manufacturing building and called for bids on its construction.

First construction on Interstate 20 in Van Zandt and Smith Counties is expected to begin about April 10 or 15, according to district highway engineer, W.W. Potter. Mr. Potter stated that bids would be let Tuesday or Wednesday for the work. Set for construction are 6.62 miles of grading and bridge structures from the Van Zandt County line to a point 6.6 miles east. The same type of work is set for Van Zandt County from Highway 64 north of Canton, east 4.2 miles to highway 19.

Fri
11
Mar

This week in Wills Point History Friday, March 11, 1960

The 14th annual Future Farmers Livestock and Poultry show will be held at the W.T. Russell Cotton Warehouse on South Fourth Street on Saturday, March 19. The Chamber of Commerce Show Sponsor, has donated $125 as prize money to be presented in silver dollars by Jack Lester, chairman of the agriculture committee. Twenty-seven boys of the chapter have entered 50 of their projects in the show including livestock and poultry.

There is a little labor and lots of flavor in electric skillet cookery, according to Paula Caldwell and Dafamay Sherwood, 4-H members from the Myrtle Springs 4-H Club. These girls have worked up a 15 minute electric team demonstration “Using An Electric Fry Pan.” They plan to give demonstrations to various clubs and civic groups in the county.

Mon
29
Feb

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Feb. 26, 1960

Dick Senter was elected president of the Rotary Club for the year 1960-61. He will take over his duties on July 1, along with the other new officers. Jim Burden was elected vice-president, Ralph McLeod was re-elected secretary-treasurer, and R.M. Hooks was chosen director. Serving with Mr. Hooks will be F.M. Hollandsworth and W.T. Russell, holdover directors. In the absence of C.D. Cates, program chairman, R.K. Crow was introduced as special speaker by Roy Curtis.

Thu
18
Feb

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Feb.19, 1960

Turnout at the Agri-Business Conference held Tuesday in the high school auditorium was excellent, with more than 250 attending the program throughout the day.

Mayfield Tractor Co. was robbed sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning at

7 o’clock, according to Ed Plessis, chief of police, who investigated the robbery.”

Mon
01
Feb

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Jan. 29, 1960

H.L. Gaddis, police chief of Wills Point the past two years turned in his resignation to the city office Saturday morning effective at that time.  Mr. and Mrs. Gaddis moved Saturday to Rockwall where he has accepted a position on the police force there. According to Joe Gabbert, city recorder, several applications for the job have been received. He said members of the city council, will probably meet early in February to discuss plans.

Tue
26
Jan

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Jan. 22, 1960

Building permits issued in Point during the year 1959 more than doubled the number of permits issued for the previous year. Total estimated value of the 33 permits issued for building and improvements amounted to $278,025.
Bryan Blalock, known throughout the nation as “the East Texas humorist with a ready flow of homespun wisdom and philosophy,” will be the guest speaker at the annual chamber of commerce banquet Thursday night, Jan. 28, at 7:30 o’clock in the school cafeteria. Dewitt Bateman will serve as master of ceremonies.  Special music will be presented by the high school orchestra and the Cartwright school choir.  J.T. Wages, immediate past president, will give a brief talk following the presentation of officers and directors by W.H. Wingo.  Jr. Gene Mayfield, president, will make a short talk. Proceeds from the banquet will go to the White Rose Cemetery Association.

Tue
12
Jan

Pedestrian safety can be enhanced with smart phone

It goes without saying that many people received smart phones as Christmas presents this year.  And of course it also goes without saying that smart phones are known for distracting drivers and pedestrians when they are driving or walking on our roadways and crossing intersections.  Many people either ignore the recommendations to wear bright reflective clothing when walking on streets and crossing intersections at night or simply find themselves in a situation where they were unable to plan ahead and wear appropriate safety enhanced clothing.  After all most people don’t leave the house thinking well my car will break down on the side of the road today so I better wear my reflective clothing.

Tue
12
Jan

Make Your Own Emergency Gear

I’ve never traveled to Outer Mongolia. One account I read of was a young man who backpacked through it. He expected no restaurants or hotels. So he packed a couple weeks of food along with him.

One thing he noticed was that it was impossible to litter in that benighted country. Every time he threw away a tin can, some woman would grab it before it hit the ground. For him it was garbage. For her it was a useful article in her household.

Tue
12
Jan

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Jan. 8, 1960

Jack E. Gibbard, cooperative weather observer, has compiled a summary of the weather during our past year. Date of lowest temperature recorded was Jan. 4 with 8 degrees. Date of highest temperature recorded was July 14 with 103 degrees. Total rainfall including, snow (if any) was 47.56 inches. Date of greatest amount recorded was Feb. 14 with 2.53 inches. Wettest month was October when 9.16 inches fell.

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