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Wed
14
Sep

This Week in Wills Point history...

Friday, Sept. 9, 1960

Weather Report: Following is the weather report for the week ending Sept. 8, as furnished by Jack Gibbard, co-operative observer of the National Bureau, Department of Agriculture: Temperature ranged from 100-101 for a high and 69-70 for a low from Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, partly cloudy, no precipitation.

Saturday Sept.10 will find qualified voters of Van Zandt County who own taxable property at the polls registering their desires on a proposed one million dollar bond election. The bond election is for the purpose of constructing new roads and improving existing roads in all areas of the county.

Tue
13
Sep

Storytime started Friday, Friends meeting, Dog Days this week

John Motley

Labor Day has passed and activities are gearing up after the “lazy days of summer.”

The first Preschool Storytime of fall was Friday, Sept. 9.  This week Miss Rhonda will point out all the fun that takes place at the library.

Then at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Dog Days at the Library will continue. This program is for kindergarten through fifth grade students, or is it for the dogs?

Who knows! Everyone has fun! Come read to these easy-going and lovable dogs.

Our volunteer profile this week is about a 17-year-old young man, John Motley.

This Canton High School junior said he was looking to volunteer to pass the time, but also wanted to find a way to improve our society. When he found out the Van Zandt County Library was looking for volunteers, he stepped up.

He began volunteering in August and has worked two days a week, totaling four hours a week. 

Mon
29
Aug

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, August 26, 1960

School bells will ring out once more again next week as students end their summer vacation and begin regular classes promptly at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Students will register on Wednesday Aug. 31, during the scheduled hours that have been worked out by the faculty, R.M. Hooks, superintendent stated this week.

Twenty-one gridders continue to drill this week four hours a day in their pre-season training. Errol (Butch) Marlow, tackle and Dale Smith, center, who head coach Edsel Nix believes will be a big asset to the squad, reported for their first practice session Tuesday morning.

Mon
22
Aug

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Aug. 19, 1960

Twenty-one boys including 12 lettermen reported to their new coach this week for football practice of the A squad. Edsel Nix, head coach, stated this week that the boys are looking good on the field and are shaping up nicely, and they are catching on quickly to the new offensive and defensive plays.

Wed
17
Aug

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Aug.12, 1960

Horace Ray Dawson, a teacher at Sheffield School in Iran, works in a nuclear physics laboratory as one of eight teachers in a National Science Foundation research participation program at North Texas State College this summer. He is working with Dr. Pat Windham, who directs research in which neutrons are studied in collision with an atomic nucleus, producing gamma-rays similar to X-rays. Dawson is a 1953 graduate of Wills Point high school and North Texas State College. (See newspaper for picture.)

Wed
10
Aug

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Aug. 5, 1960

Two more big nights of the rodeo are left here in Wills Point at the all new arena. The Wills Point Riding and Roping Club is expecting another big crowd tonight and Saturday night. Each night a number of attractions are being featured on the thrill-packed program including, a group of Camp Fire Girls of Dallas, presenting a colorful Indian dance routine in authentic feathered costumes. H. H. (Son) Lide stock contractor, is furnishing some of Texas’ best rodeo stock for the show.

Mon
01
Aug

This Week in Wills Point History Friday, July 29,1960

Directors of the Texas Sabine River authority Wednesday, July 20, welcomed a new board member and transacted a number of items of business connected with its expanding watershed development program according to John W. Simmons, executive vice president and general manager. The new director is Gus Orsborn, Jr. of Emory. By appointment of Governor Price Daniel, he succeeded B. B. Rabb of Emory who resigned because of ill health. During its meeting in the authority headquarters at Orange, the board approved land purchases for the Iron Bridge Reservoir amounting to 600 acres and costing around $90,000.00. These transactions leave approximately 4,500 acres of the 60,000 needed for the reservoir still to be acquired. Total cost of the land will run to about 7 million dollars. Approximately, 56,000 acres have been, acquired by the authority to date.

Mon
01
Aug

Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law

AUSTIN — Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20.

In striking down the law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the Fifth Circuit said it disproportionately and negatively affects African-American and Hispanic citizens’ right to vote.

Gov. Greg Abbott decried the ruling in Veasey et al. v. Abbott et al., saying: “The Fifth Circuit ... wrongly concluded the law had a discriminatory effect. Voter fraud is real and it undermines the integrity of the election process.”

Fri
22
Jul

This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 22, 1960

Twenty-seven Wills Point merchants and their guests toured Lake Tawakoni Tuesday afternoon in a tour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. A school bus was obtained from the local schools to enable the men to travel together as a body and observe firsthand the new developments of Lake Tawakoni. The tour took in the Dewitt Deen addition, Terrell pump station, Dallas pump station, Shady Acres, Frank Martin addition, Tawakoni Causeway, SRA offices, the Iron Bridge Dam and all the additions on Highway 35. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
06
Jul

This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 8, 1960

Gateway Addition’s first all-electric Gold Medallion Home, a stunning example of modern living, opens for public showing this week-end with open house on Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. The white brick face brick home, designed and engineered by Gateway Lumber Co., is in the new Gateway Addition in Wills Point. The Gold Medallion Home, the program of which is backed by the Texas Power and Light Co., is loaded with all the latest in electrical appliances, most of which are built in. The home is approximately 1,708 square feet of living area and a two car garage. (see newspaper for complete article and picture.)

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