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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.

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. 

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