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12
May

This week in Wills Point History Friday, May 13, 1960

There was a light turnout for the primary election held Saturday throughout Van Zandt County. Approximately 3,224 votes were cast. Van Zandt’s voting strength is approximately 3,855. Van Zandt county voting was consistent with voting throughout the state. Governor Price Daniel carried Van Zandt county 2,013 to his opponent Jack Cox’s 1,159. In the only contested county-wide race incumbent Sheriff J.W. Burnett polled 73 per cent of the votes to win re-election to a second term. Burnett carried 31 of the 32 boxes. His opponent John T. Trant of Van carried the Edgewood box.

Fri
06
May

This week in Wills Point History Friday, April 29, 1960

The May 6, 1960, issue of the Wills Point Chronicle is not available on microfilm. This week additional items from the April 29, 1960 issue, is being substituted in lieu of the May 6, 1960, issue.

Denton. -Troy D. Roberts, teacher in the Wills Point Independent School District, has been awarded a grant for study in a summer institute for high school science and mathematics teachers at North Texas State College. He will be enrolled in the physics program, Dr. Robert C. Sherman, institute director, announced.

Mon
02
May

This week in Wills Point History Friday, April 29, 1960

Coach Jerry Fausett and Douglass Lindsey attended a meeting in Canton Wednesday night to begin plans for a county-wide baseball league in connection with the summer recreation program.  Six teams were entered in the competition, one Pee Wee League team, two Little League teams, two Pony League teams and one Babe Ruth team. Play will get underway the first week of June and end the latter part of July.

Mon
25
Apr

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

A two-night short course on cotton will be held at the Wills Point high school auditorium Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, beginning at 7:30 each night, according to an announcement made this week by Todd W. Berry, county agent. Major cotton insects identification, life history and control, and chemical control of weeds will be the major points discussed. The meetings are being sponsored by the county entomology committee and the agriculture committee of the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce. Members of the county entomology committee are: Forest Bailey of Grand Saline, Bill Pickens of Edgewood and Charles Curtis of Wills Point. Jack Lester is chairman of the agricultural committee of the chamber of commerce.

Mon
18
Apr

This week in Wills Point History Friday, April 15, 1960

At a meeting of the Wills Point Public Library Board of Directors Tuesday night, the location was changed to an upstairs office in the Campbell building across the hall from the office of Dr. J.W. Bettis.  Dr. Bettis, who serves as president of the association, stated that the date of the opening is still June 1. We’re still running a little behind the number of books we hoped to have by this time and would appreciate getting any books in as soon as possible. One hundred and twenty three books were donated last week to the library. Those making book contributions were Mrs. Laura Adams, James Brockman, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Rose and the estate of Mrs. Ellis Campbell. Dr. Bettis asked if anyone has books to donate please call the chamber of commerce office at 54 so they may be picked up or leave them at the office.

Mon
11
Apr

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

M.K. Hallman and Jack E. Deen were re-elected to serve another term of three years as school trustees in the election Saturday, April 2. Mr. Hallman and Mr. Deen begin their new terms Monday night, April 11, when the board meets.

The city council of Wills Point this week, posted a reward of $100 for the apprehension of and upon conviction of anyone found maliciously destroying city property. Recently signs at the city limits of Wills Point have been pushed over by automobiles, the council said. And several months ago the rubber stop signs in the center of the downtown streets were cut off at the base near the concrete mounting.

Mon
04
Apr

This week in Wills Point History Friday, April 1, 1960

Plans for a public library in Wills Point are well underway and the opening date has been set for June 1, according to Dr. J.W. Bettis, president of the newly organized Wills Point Library Association. This project is being, sponsored by the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday Book Club and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Each organization is, represented by two directors on the association board. Dr. Bettis and Blant Castleberry representing the chamber, Mrs. D.L. Bateman, and Mrs. W.H. Wingo, Jr., are from the Wednesday Book Club and representing BP&W club is Mrs. Scott.  The library will be located in the Wills Cabin. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Mon
04
Apr

DPS chief reminds citizens to be vigilant

AUSTIN — Following news reports of coordinated, terroristic bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, the Texas Department of Public Safety posted a reminder to Texans to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behaviors.

DPS Director Steven McCraw said ordinary Texans “play a crucial role in helping law enforcement protect the public from groups and lone-wolf actors intent on harming others.”

“Fighting crime in today’s threat environment,” McCraw added, “can be greatly enhanced through the combined efforts of the public and law enforcement, and we urge individuals to report any illegal or suspicious activity they witness to iWATCH or their local authorities.”

Mon
21
Mar

This week in Wills Point History Friday, March 18, 1960

The city of Wills Point this week passed an ordinance providing for the construction of a general market and manufacturing building and called for bids on its construction.

First construction on Interstate 20 in Van Zandt and Smith Counties is expected to begin about April 10 or 15, according to district highway engineer, W.W. Potter. Mr. Potter stated that bids would be let Tuesday or Wednesday for the work. Set for construction are 6.62 miles of grading and bridge structures from the Van Zandt County line to a point 6.6 miles east. The same type of work is set for Van Zandt County from Highway 64 north of Canton, east 4.2 miles to highway 19.

Fri
11
Mar

This week in Wills Point History Friday, March 11, 1960

The 14th annual Future Farmers Livestock and Poultry show will be held at the W.T. Russell Cotton Warehouse on South Fourth Street on Saturday, March 19. The Chamber of Commerce Show Sponsor, has donated $125 as prize money to be presented in silver dollars by Jack Lester, chairman of the agriculture committee. Twenty-seven boys of the chapter have entered 50 of their projects in the show including livestock and poultry.

There is a little labor and lots of flavor in electric skillet cookery, according to Paula Caldwell and Dafamay Sherwood, 4-H members from the Myrtle Springs 4-H Club. These girls have worked up a 15 minute electric team demonstration “Using An Electric Fry Pan.” They plan to give demonstrations to various clubs and civic groups in the county.

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