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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.

Mon
04
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.

Mon
04
Jan

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 30, 1949

The Van Zandt County Bar Association meeting in the district court room at Canton Monday, Dec. 20, elected Buck J. Wynne of Wills Point president of the association for the ensuing year. Judge Henry Geddie, Dean of Van Zandt county lawyers presided at the meeting. W. Ernest West of Canton, was elected vice president of the association, and Alton Mills of Van was elected secretary-treasurer.”

Mon
04
Jan

New ‘open carry’ legislation takes effect on Jan. 1

AUSTIN — The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015.

The first is HB 910, a law conditionally allowing the “open carry” of handguns in public places. It will take effect on Jan. 1.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the law “authorizes individuals to obtain a license to openly carry a handgun in the same places that allow the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun with some exceptions.”  

Mon
04
Jan

New gun laws in Texas

In 2016, for the first time in almost 20 years, two new laws restoring some of our God given rights of self-defense will become effective. The 84th legislature passed and Governor Abbott signed into law Texas House Bill 910, which will allow for the open carry of handguns and Texas Senate Bill 11 which will allow for limited carry of concealed handguns on college campuses.

Tue
22
Dec

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 16, 1949

Francis Lea, owner of Lea’s Grocery and Market, has announced the change-over of his store to a Tom Thumb Foods Mart. Mr. Lea stated that he is making the change-over in order to buy foods at a closer margin, thus passing a saving on to his patrons. The store will continue to be home owned and operated.

The Wills Point Tigers won their second straight victory over the Edgewood Bulldogs Friday night at Edgewood by a score of 26 to 9. Horton paced the Tiger scoring with three field shots and three free tosses. Murray followed close behind with 8 tallies and Norton sank 5 points. Appleton and Sledge accounted for the other four points with a field shot each.

Tue
22
Dec

Giving your teen a smart phone for Christmas? Don’t let them be a ‘pedextrian!’

Many parents will be giving their teens a smart phone this Christmas season.

While this amazing technology has made life much more convenient, it is well known that these devices are also responsible for many distracted driving crashes. What might not be apparent are the dangers that smart phones pose for teens when they are walking — especially crossing streets.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 50 percent of all pedestrian deaths occur among young adults 19 years old and under. Injuries to older teens have increased 25 percent over the past five years.

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