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07
Dec

NSDAR honors county veterans

Left to right, Pastor David McNary, Harold Tanner, Chapter Regent Sherrie Archer, County Commissioner Virgil Melton and Ron Wilson were all present at the November meeting of the NSDAR meeting. Veterans were honored with a service pin.

The Neches River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution paid homage to veterans at its meeting held Nov. 12. 

Special recognition was given to veterans who served at any time during the Vietnam era which spanned from 1955 to 1975. 

Regent Sherrie Archer presented pins designed for this remembrance to the veterans in attendance and thanked them for their service and their sacrifice.

Mon
07
Dec

Find your roots at the VZC library

“It’s The Lightcrust Doughboys from Bewley’s Mills”…  If you remember that radio introduction, you are surely a long-time Texan.

 The Van Zandt County Library has a book about them, and their times in The Texas Collection. “Paddling the wild Neches,” tells the story of the Neches River, and points to some things we Texans need to do to preserve it.  This is also in the Texas Collection, as is “One Ranger, A Memoir” and the “History of the Humble Oil and Refining Company.”

Sun
29
Nov

Holiday hours, dates set at VZC Library

Never before has the visibility of the “shop local” tag been greater than it has become in recent years. With small communities taking charge of highlighting the benefits of shopping locally and programs like Small Business Saturday designing special days when these benefits are heavily marketed, it is no wonder that the buzz is spreading!

Sun
29
Nov

Fairy Tales

The Storytime theme at the Van Zandt County Library for Friday Nov. 20th was Fairy Tales.  The first book that Ms. Rhonda read was Little Bunny Foo Foo in which the good fairy was scolding the Little Bunny for bopping the forest animals on the head.  The second book was “Knight Fight” and the third book was titled “I am a Princess.”  During the craft the children were transformed into princes and princesses with crowns and princess hats. 

Sun
29
Nov

Local truck driver recognized for safety milestone

George W. Pierce Jr. of Wills Point has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 23 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.

Sun
29
Nov

Genealogical Society writing contest taking entries through end of year

Entries in the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s second annual Family History Writing Competition will be accepted until Dec. 31.

The competition is open to both members and non-members of the VZCGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Winners will receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Authors may submit up to two entries.

Sun
29
Nov

Small Business Saturday kicks off events

As the annual hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays continues to inch ever closer, the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce is issuing a reminder about upcoming events sure to delight locals and visitors alike.


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday conceived and launched by American Express to promote local small businesses, will celebrate its fifth anniversary Nov. 28. The event stresses the ideas of promoting local small businesses.

Sun
29
Nov

Holiday Open House set for Dec. 11

Law enforcement officials with ties to the Wills Point community will once again be joining forces this holiday season, hosting their annual Holiday Open House event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at the community center.

This year’s event will be hosted by law enforcement representatives including Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Herbert Dunn, WP Municipal Court Judge Rachel Ramsey, Precinct 3 Constable Robert Tisdale as well as interim chief John Turner and Sergeant Rob Powell, both of the WPPD.

Wed
18
Nov

Schedule your visit to VZC library

We are blessed to be able to celebrate Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but it does confuse us because many public services run on a different schedule during November and December.  The Van Zandt County Library schedule changes somewhat during this time.

Veteran’s day will be observed Nov. 11.  The county Holidays for Thanksgiving begin at noon Wednesday, Nov. 25 and are closed Thursday and Friday.  

Note that Wednesday the Library will open at 9 a.m. for this special holiday schedule.   Christmas closing will be different also, so watch the website, vanzandtlibrary.org, for those times.

Schedules are available in the Library.  There will be no Storytime on Friday, Nov. 27.

The Christmas Bow Project will be getting underway soon.  The first Christmas after the library moved to the present building, Mrs. Pat Hackney initiated a program which has become a staple at the library.  

Mon
19
Oct

Find a bargain, enrich life with reading at the VZC Library

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The Storytime theme Friday, Oct 9 was pirate adventures. Children made pirate hats so they could create more “adventures” at home. Mrs. Rhonda read several books about pirates and there was plenty of “Pirate Talk by the participants.

Thursday, Oct. 22 is the big day to find out who are the lucky people that  will take home the American Girl Doll, and the Chrome Notebook offered by the Friends of the Van Zandt County Library.  

New Advisory Board members will begin their terms at the regular meeting Oct. 22.  Their job is to keep policies up to date and to advise the commissioners court of needs and any problems with the library. 

Preschoolers Storytime continues to be well attended.  The Oct. 23 theme is “llama, llama.”  It is a great way to encourage love of books.  Studies show that children who are introduced to reading early are  more successful in the classroom.

At 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24, the Genealogy Society will be back in the Buchanan Room for their regular meeting.  Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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