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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.

Wed
26
Oct

Volunteers, farm animals fill up the VZC Library

Cows, horses, pigs and chickens are some of the first animals that come to mind when you think of the farm. But when Miss Rhonda reads about the farm at preschool Storytime, there's no telling what might come up!

Come to the the Van Zandt County Library at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, and you will find out. Who knows, Old MacDonald may even make an appearance!

The October meeting of the Friends of the Library was really interesting. Members and guests learned about an event that happened near the end of the Texas War for Independence called the Runaway Scrape. Mayor Lou Ann Everett brought it to life with her narration.

The next big event for the group will be the Book Fair, Nov. 4 and 5. If you would like to donate books, please bring them in by Nov. 1. And there's always plenty to do, if you want to help; please leave your name and contact info with the librarians at the circulation desk.

Mon
24
Oct

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, October 21, 1960

   “Greater Wills Point United Fund climbed 21 per cent since last Thursday to reach 45 per cent of its goal, stated Dewitt Bateman, drive chairman.”

   “The Tigers will give their give their ancient arch rivals, the Edgewood Bulldogs, a taste of real football 1960 style, Saturday night when they clash at Brandon Field for the Bulldogs homecoming game.” (See newspaper for complete article.)

   “Jimmy Burch, 1960 graduate of Wills Point High School and Tiger football star, was elected co-captain of the freshman team at North Texas State College, Denton, last week, where he is attending on an athletic scholarship. Burch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Burch.”

Wed
12
Oct

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, October 7, 1960:

“The Business and Professional Women’s Club met Monday evening in Wills Cabin for the first social of their new year. Mrs. Bill Courtney, president, welcomed the guests and all new members. Following invocation by Mrs. A.N. Herrin, a delicious dinner was served to the group cafeteria style by Mrs. Willie Arnett, Mrs. Joe Crow and Mrs. Emma T. Blasingame, hostesses.” (See newspaper for those in attendance.)

  “Chevrolet line for 1961, including trucks, Corvair and the regular passenger cars, are being displayed today at Queen City Chevrolet Co.’s open house. In addition to the completely new body styling, which provides easier loading for both passengers and baggage, the Chevrolet has many improvements.”

Mon
10
Oct

Find monkeys, history at the VZC Library

Monkey Business! If you're ready to find out about the business that monkeys take part in, come to Preschool Storytime 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7. Miss Rhonda will be reading about monkeys at the Van Zandt County Library.

If your child is in the older group, Dog Days at the Library will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12. The children have a chance to read to the most patient and adorable audience ever- dogs.

For the adult library patron, at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10 the second Friends of the Library meeting will take place. Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett will be portraying Belle Wood, in a one-woman dramatization of the Diary of the Runaway Scrape of 1835.

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