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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.”

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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.)

Mon
27
Jun

This Week in Wills Point History Friday June 24, 1960

New officers of the Rotary Club will be installed Friday night at a picnic supper planned at Stump Hollow at 7 o’clock. Member’s wives will be honored with Rotary Ann night.  Rev. Ben Pierce, new pastor of the Russell Memorial Methodist Church, will give a short talk and install the officers. Dick Senter will be installed as president, Jimmy Burden, vice president; and Ralph McLeod, secretary-treasurer. New directors are R.M. Hooks, and Dr. J.W. Bettis, while the hold-overs are F.M. Hollandsworth, outgoing president, and W.T. Russell.

Mon
27
Jun

DPS asks citizens to report suspicious behavior

AUSTIN — In the wake of the widely reported June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the Texas Department of Public Safety called on Texans to pay close attention to what’s happening in their own communities.

DPS Director Steven McCraw on June 17 said, “Amid today’s ever-present threat of terrorism and crime, we are reminded that members of the public can be law enforcement’s greatest resource.”

Mon
20
Jun

This Week in Wills Point History Friday June 17, 1960

Moorman and Singleton crews began moving into Wills Point Wednesday afternoon to start closure on the Iron Bridge Dam.  Crews will start the closure on July 1, according to information from the Sabine Water Authority office in Point.

The first Goodwill Get-Together this year will be held Tuesday night, June 21, at Myrtle Springs school house at 7:30 o’clock. Benny Simpson, who is with the Texas Research Foundation at Renner, will give a short talk after the supper. The, get-together, is sponsored by the agriculture committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Members of the Myrtle Springs Parent-Teachers Association will prepare and serve the food. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
15
Jun

This week in Wills Point History Friday, June 10,1960

Summer recreation baseball got underway Monday night with four teams seeing action this week. Boys reporting on the Little League No. 1 team are Steve Steadham, Richard Davis, Wayne Langford, Tim Provence, Tim Sockwell, Joe Dempsey, C.W. Wilson, Charles Curtis, Steve Roberts, Gerald Chandler, James Chitty, Kirk Evans, Rickey Liston, and Mike Smith. Managers, Curtis Lynn Ebarb, Ralph Liston and T.K. Provence Jr. (See newspaper for names of players on the other teams.)

Thu
02
Jun

10 states join Texas AG in lawsuit over school bathrooms

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 25 filed a lawsuit against the heads of the federal Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Commission and other entities for issuing directives that would require public schools to open up restrooms and locker rooms to both sexes. 

Joining Texas in the lawsuit are the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Plaintiffs also include a diverse coalition of top state officials and local school districts, including the Harrold (Texas) Independent School District.

Thu
02
Jun

This week in Wills Point History Friday, June 3,1960

The Wills Point Library opened as scheduled Wednesday, June 1, with Hugh Scott, 13-year-old-son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, checking out the first book. An excellent selection of books, are available to the reading public Dr. J.W. Bettis, president of the Library Association stated. The bookshelves hold more than 1,000 books on religion, fiction and reference. Office hours will be each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 5 o’clock. Mrs. W.H. Wingo, Jr. is the librarian. The public is urged to attend the open house planned on Sunday afternoon, June 12.

Pay N Save Super Market in Wills Point has announced the inauguration of the issuance of S&H green stamps as a bonus to shoppers at their store located on the corner of James and Fourth.

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23
May

This week in Wills Point History Friday, May 20, 1960

Groundwork began this week on the new general marketing and manufacturing center to be constructed in Wills Point. Leslie M. James is the contractor. Plans call for the 115 x 275 foot structure to be brick backed up with lightweight concrete blocks. The building is to be located at the corner of High and Fifth Streets, facing south on High street. Completion date is set for sometime in October, Mr. James stated.

Preliminary and unofficial federal census returns released this week gave Wills Point a current population of 2,261. This represents an increase of 231 in the past ten years since the 1950 census count was given at 2030. The 1960 population given for Van Zandt County was 18,461, showing a big decline since the 1950 census. (See newspaper for complete article.)

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