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Tue
15
Dec

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 9, 1949

Adults as well as children attending the big Christmas parade in Wills Point last Friday got a touch of the holiday spirit as Santa Claus was ushered into town on a gaily decorated float. Preceding Santa Claus a colorful parade which assembled at the school building, marched around town, led by the Terrell band. They were followed closely by the Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point bands. Each group gave a short exhibition, playing holiday music. Floats representing the various groups at school participated in the parade. New tractors and automobiles representing the various agencies in town, the school buses, and many others rode in the parade. There were also boys and girls on their brightly decorated bikes as well as horseback riders.

Mon
07
Dec

Keeping Warm

Aside from first aid, the most important demand your body has is to keep your core body temperature at 98.6°F. Since winter is coming on, maybe it’s a good time to talk about keeping warm.

As I sit here writing this story, I’m wearing long undies, a warm leather jacket, and a wool cap. I’ve got a portable electric heater by my feet that clicks on every once in a while. Outside, it’s 51°F., rainy, and 100% humid. Indoors, it’s 64°F. I could turn up the heat, but I decided to heat me instead of the house.

Mon
07
Dec

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 2, 1949

A game between the Wills Point Tiger quint and the Edgewood Bulldog quint will open the home season in basketball for the local aggregation next Tuesday night. Probably starting lineup for the Tiger A team will be Kenneth Murray, Stanley Horton, Wayne Sledge, Buddy Norton and Dan Wilson.

Felix Massey, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Massey and sophomore at East Texas State Teachers College, was voted the most popular boy on the campus in the annual student poll. He is a member of the Tejas Club and is also a member of the Epsilon Kappa Alpha, a national science fraternity.

Sun
29
Nov

Driver safety course offered at VZCL

The Rolling Oaks Fire Department held its annual November election and added a new position to their operations during this election.

The positions of treasurer and assistant chief were up for term vote. Laurie Debord was re-elected as treasurer and Robert Noah was re-elected to the assistant chief position. 

ROFD Chief Perry Debord promoted James Douglas “Doug” Hall to the open position of captain. 

James Dustin “Dusty” Hall was elected to the newly created position of assistant treasurer. He will work closely with the treasurer, ROFD officials said. 

Sun
29
Nov

Brick$ Buck$ are here!

Never before has the visibility of the “shop local” tag been greater than it has become in recent years. With small communities taking charge of highlighting the benefits of shopping locally and programs like Small Business Saturday designing special days when these benefits are heavily marketed, it is no wonder that the buzz is spreading!

Sun
29
Nov

Texas roads have not had a fatality free day since Nov. 7, 2000

Never before has the visibility of the “shop local” tag been greater than it has become in recent years. With small communities taking charge of highlighting the benefits of shopping locally and programs like Small Business Saturday designing special days when these benefits are heavily marketed, it is no wonder that the buzz is spreading!

Mon
16
Nov

This week in Wills Point History Friday, Nov. 11, 1949

Mrs. Ava Jane Johnson has been named general chairman for the chamber of commerce banquet which will be held in the basement of the Methodist church on Thursday, Nov. 17, for the benefit of the White Rose Cemetery Association. Mrs. Johnson is experienced at the job and preparations are moving forward to one of the most successful banquets ever held.

T.H. Arterberry, Dean of Kilgore College, will be the guest speaker.

The Wills Point Tigers will close a comparatively successful football session tonight on the local field when they meet the perennial opponents, Edgewood Bulldogs for a second place in the district standings should Grand Saline beat Van at Van this afternoon.

“Wills Point, the newcomer to District 18-A this season, will be host to the winning squad, and the mythical team, chosen by the coaches of this district, for the annual banquet, Dec. 14. Coach Floyd Wagstaff of Tyler Junior College will be guest speaker for the occasion.

Tue
13
Oct

Plan now to plant small grains, offset decreased summer hay quality

A vast majority of the hay that was produced in East Texas this year (especially the first cutting due to excessive spring rains) is low in both protein and energy; thus leaving producers scratching their heads on how to fill the gap in fulfilling their herds nutritional needs. 

With feed grain costs high, inter-seeding small grains in Bermuda grass pastures is a better idea than ever.

The key factor this year will be soil moisture.  Most of our East Texas soils don't have deep moisture reserves due to prolonged dry spell this summer.  Producers need to check for soil moisture before planting.

Whether you intend to use a prepared seedbed or plant into Bermuda grass sod, Van Zandt producers should start planning now for small grains. Now is the time to check with dealers for seed availability and price, pick the location, and test the soil.

Tue
13
Oct

Wills Point History Friday, Oct. 7, 1949

The Van Zandt Count Christian Rural Overseas Program committee met in the assembly room at the courthouse in Canton Monday morning for the purpose of organizing the ensuing CROP drive in this county. A program was outlined by the group to have supervised meetings throughout the county for the purpose of collecting agricultural products for overseas distribution. This county is going to send raw cotton, and will accept it as donations. Money given to the drive will be used to buy cotton.  (See newspaper for complete article.)

The Wills Point Tigers continued to ring the warning bell to the teams in the district which have counted them out at the running, as they defeated the Hillcrest Panthers on the local field Friday night 12 to 7 coming from behind in the last two minutes of the contest to score the winning touchdown. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Mon
05
Oct

Wills Point History: Friday, Sept. 30, 1949

W.R. Mhoon, president of the Chamber of Commerce, has announced that the chamber and the city, will erect street signs on all Wills Point streets as soon as materials are available. The people of Wills Point have been assured of city mail delivery and the street signs are one requirement set out by the post office department before the service is initiated. Signs will be erected at each intersection.

A tragic accident claimed the life of one of Van Zandt County’s outstanding citizens late Thursday evening, Sept. 22, when former County Judge, W.L. Steed, was drowned in a lake on his farm near Canton. Mr. Steed was fishing when the accident occurred. When he failed to return home by the hour his family was expecting him, they became alarmed and went to the lake to check on his welfare. His body was discovered in the water by a neighbor. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Saturday afternoon with interment in Hillcrest cemetery.

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