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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.

Thu
01
Oct

This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Sept. 23, 1949

A victory was filed away by the Wills Point Tigers Friday night on the muddy field at Royce City, when the local lads played an entire game in the opposition end of the gridiron. The game was started in a drizzle of rain, which finally subsided, but left the field in a mass of black mud which continually gave the players trouble. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and marched to four first downs before finally losing the ball on the Royce City 17 yard line. Feature of this long drive was a 17 yard scamper by Buddy Norton which might have gone for a touchdown on a dry field. Final score was 6 to 0 in favor of the Tigers. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Mon
21
Sep

This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Sept. 16, 1949

A critical shortage of cotton pickers and the second largest staple crop in the state’s history has brought a plea for pickers from the Texas Employment Commission.

Contracts for the construction of four roads were awarded Friday, Sept. 9, in the office of Judge Leon Cox. One contract was awarded the Austin Construction Co., two to Dew Construction Co., and one to Reynolds and Huff Construction Co.

 The Wills Point Tigers will encounter the Royce City Bulldogs Friday night on the Bulldogs gridiron, in Royce City and will be seeking their first victory of the season as well as avenging a 13-6 defeat at the hands of this club last season.

Sun
30
Aug

This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Aug. 26, 1949

Commerce-Seventeen students from Van Zandt County will graduate from East Texas State College at Commencement exercises Sunday, Aug. 28. Around 750 candidates will receive degrees, the largest graduating class in the history of the 60 year old college. John Ben Shepperd, Gladewarer attorney and past president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, will deliver the commencement address at 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. the baccalaureate sermon will be given by Rev. Franz Alford, pastor of the First Christian Church of Commerce. Students of Van Zandt county receiving degrees are John Charles Beard, Amos B. Pitt, Violet Cartright, Forest E. Griffin, Royce C. Dodd, Lue Ella Brewer, Dale C. Palmer and Daphna Murphrey of Canton; Bertha Callan Ice, Raymond Roy Stallings, and W.H. Thompson of Van; Lavada H. Box, Joe Crosby Moore of Edgewood; Mildred Baldwin of Fruitvale; Mrs. Charlie Lee Simmons of Wills Point, Shirley Brock Lancaster of Martins Mill and Gladys Miller of Ben Wheeler.

Mon
17
Aug

Friday, August 12, 1949

Coach Glenn (Red) Adams announced Thursday that practice for football will begin next Monday when the lads will report at 8:30 a.m. at the gym for a physical examination and receive their uniforms. Coach Adams stated each boy reporting out for football will be given a physical examination by Dr. H.A. Baker and Dr. J.M. Shields, a service they are performing for the football team without charge.

Mrs. Ruth Jarvis received severe flesh wounds on both legs Monday when she was attacked by two dogs at the home of G.H. Miracle in the Cedar Grove Community. Mrs. Jarvis was making a business call at the new home that is under construction when attacked. Carpenters working at the house rescued her from the animals. A number of stitches were taken to close the wounds in her legs at Baker Clinic where she was carried for treatment. During her absence her nephew, Elgin C. Moughon is keeping her office.

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