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Fri
09
Dec

Resources for Veterans available

    Almost 3 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq. Half have been deployed more than once.  Almost a million of those who served, live with a disability.  When they served as young men and women they gave everything they had to give and excelled at their job.  When they have returned home, America has not taken care of them as they should. Besides those who gave their life, some will love with disabilities the rest of their life. 

Approximately  300,000 homeless veterans will sleep tonight on the streets somewhere in America. In addition, almost one and a half million are at risk for being homeless; that number will rise.  Too many veterans lose their family; the rate of divorce among veterans is 47 percent higher than other marriages.  22 veterans commit suicide every day; one every 2 hours.  At least half a million veterans have PTSD.

Mon
05
Dec

Dates, times change for library during holiday season

Now that Thanksgiving has been celebrated, leftovers dispatched and lots of shopping has been accomplished, we are now on the express train leading to Christmas holidays.

Storytime resumes at 10 a.m., Dec. 2, where children will be reading about the North Pole; and we all know who lives there!

Miss Rhonda has some good books picked out and fun craft projects prepared. Also, coming up on Wednesday, Dec. 14 is Dog Days at the Library. Come at 4 p.m. and read to a sweet, patient audience.

The Friends of the Library continue to accept donations for the Christmas Bow Project. These donations buy new books for the Children's Section of the library.

Sat
03
Dec

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, December 2, 1960:

   “Santa Claus will be welcomed in style on his first visit next Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, with a giant gala Christmas parade. He will be riding on his bright red sleigh and handing candy out to the children.”

   “The Tiger cagers took their opening game of the basketball season Tuesday night from Mabank, 41-38. Richard Shinn and George Conn tied for high point honors with 10 points each. In the B game, the local lads also took a victory, 37-21. Johnny Paul Hargrove was high point man in the game with 14 points. Head Coach Jerry Faucett commended the boys in their games against Mabank and commented on their improvement since practice began last week.”

   “Don Davis was among 10 outstanding students at Henderson County Junior College who were named to Who’s Who Monday. Students were chosen from a field of 52 nominees by a student-faculty committee.”

Wed
30
Nov

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, November 25, 1960

   “When basketball workouts began Monday afternoon, 25 junior high boys reported. The eighth grade boys reporting were: Jack Lybrand, Mike Callahan, Gerald Hayden, Jimmy Lindsey, Vaughn Martin, Brad Ferrell, Bobby Roberts, Larry Webb, James Boxley and Jerry Truett. Seventh graders were: Ronnie Travis, Billy Morgan, Richard Davis, Roy Deen, Steve Steadham, David Laney, Tim Sockwell, David Teel, Gregg McKnight, Bruce Miracle, Chuck Allen, Randy Kerr, Wayne Langford, Jimmy Hay and Charles Cannefax.”

Tue
22
Nov

This Week in Wills Point History...

Friday, November 18, 1960

  “Wills Point Tigers jelled into a solid team Friday night and beat Malakoff 52 to 6 at Malakoff. This victory gave the Tiger’s a co-championship for the district with Brownsboro. The district committee selected Wills Point to represent the district in the state play-offs. The Tigers had a 4 win, 1 loss record, and Brownsboro had a 3 win, 1 loss and 1 tie record.” (See newspaper for complete article.)

Mon
21
Nov

Relax from the rat race at VZC Library

The elections are over and we survived. But if your nerves are still jangling, the library is a good place to quiet your thoughts and relax.

Read an entertaining book and take time to browse through a magazine. Remember, the hectic holidays are fast approaching! Speaking of holidays, the Van Zandt County Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Nov. 23 – 25.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society has a fun program coming up. “Show and tell” will take place in the library's Buchanan Room at 2 p.m. Nov. 26. Bring a family keepsake and share a story about it. Items suggested include a family quilt, pictures, books, dishes, jewelry or any other item that is a family keepsake or treasure. It sounds like our own Antiques Roadshow.

Storytime returns at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Miss Rhonda will have something entertaining to read and for the preschoolers to make.

Tue
15
Nov

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, November 11, 1960

   “Wills Point Junior High Tigers trampled Kerens Tuesday night 32-12 in drizzling rain to take the muchly deserved district championship. A large crowd of Wills Point fans followed the boys to Kerens and supported the youngsters despite the downpour of rain that fell intermittently during the game. Mike Callahan brought in the first Tiger score in the first quarter and Gerald Hayden added the extra points on a pass play.” (See newspaper for complete article.)

   “During half-time activities at the Wills Point-Kerens football game, last Friday, November 4, Miss Linda Burch, senior student and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Burch was crowned football sweetheart. Wills Point won the game 12 to 7 to add stimulus to the special event.” (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
09
Nov

This week in Wills Point History...

   “The Junior High Tigers overcame the Edgewood Pups Tuesday night in the last half to take a 32-14 victory on the local field. The Junior High Tigers journey to Kerens Tuesday night, Nov. 8, for the play-off for the district championship.”

  “Wills Point Tigers, still clinging to a share of the conference lead, will clash with the Kerens Bobcats in one of the most important games in District 17A tonight on the Tiger field. With this being their homecoming, the Tigers will be fired up and ready to show Kerens some real action.”

   “Joe McLeod, 17 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart McLeod, received his license to preach last week. Dr. Harry T. Rankin, district superintendent of the Tyler district of the Texas Methodist Conference, presented the license to him, Wednesday night, October 26, at Russell Memorial Methodist Church services.  He serves as co-sponsor of the Junior MYF and leads many programs in the youth department.”

Tue
01
Nov

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, October 28, 1960

   “Fireman are busy this week adding the final touches on plans for the third annual Hallowe’en Carnival and Chili Supper, slated for Monday night, October 31. Chili will be served in the cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The three hours should give everyone ample time to get to the supper. Firemen have been busy this week selling tickets and those who may have missed purchasing theirs, may contact any fireman or the Chamber of Commerce. The 50- cent ticket covers the menu of chili, homemade pie, and coffee or milk. Wayne Dawson and Raymond Martin are in charge of the supper arrangements. The carnival will be held downtown in an area marked off on N. Fourth Street.”

Mon
31
Oct

Free cell phones for emergencies

Having a cell phone on your person can be useful to you if there’s an emergency at school involving one of your children. The cell phone is definitely useful if you’re job hunting and hoping a potential employer will call.

It’s important to be able to be notified if there is a sudden illness, if the car won’t start, or if the electricity has gone off. We need to know if a child or grandchild is sick, if a neighbor needs help, or if a planned event has been cancelled. It helps to know when your spouse has locked the car keys inside the car.

My wife and I both have cell phones. When we travel, each brings a cell phone. If we become separated, we use our cell phones to find each other.

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