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Tue
18
Aug

WPHS moving to new bell schedule for 2015-’16 year

Wills Point High School will have a new daily bell schedule when school resumes Aug. 24, school officials said.

First period will be from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; second period from 9:19 to 10:13 a.m.; third, 10:16 to 11:11 a.m.; fourth, 11:14 a.m. to 12:09 p.m.; fifth, 12:12 to 1:36 p.m.; sixth, 1:40 to 2:34 p.m.; and seventh, 2:38 to 3:32 p.m.

Lunch A will be from 12:12 to 12:42 p.m. and lunch B will be from 1:06 to 1:36 p.m.

Mandatory tutoring times will be during zero period – 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and eighth period, 3:32 to 4 p.m.

According to school officials, zero and eighth periods will be assigned to students requiring mandatory tutoring for end-of-course exams.

Optional tutoring and homework help will be available from all teachers during zero and eighth periods and “it is the responsibility of the learner to access extra help when needed,” school officials said.

 

Tue
18
Aug

Take notice of the library

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Sisters, Liz and Kate Fursova, take advantage of the free WiFi at the VZC library. Access to the WiFi is available on the front porch at 317 First Monday Lane when the library is closed.

Freebie Third Friday will be held at noon Aug. 21.  The Van Zandt County Library and Educate Van Zandt will host their second brown bag-lunch-and-learning time. 

Cindy Rakestraw’s topic will be needlework in the Buchanan Room of the Library.  No reservation is necessary.

Pencil in 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month so you will not miss a single meeting of Friends of the Library in 2015-‘16. 

An often overlooked section of the library is the young adult area.   Older pre-teens and teenagers may find loads of fiction—and reference—that is geared for their reading levels. 

Accelerated reading books are tagged in the catalogue.  Ask a staff member how to find what you need.

Sun
16
Aug

Winning heifer

TJ Queen Bee 012 won owned the heifer class 5 at the 2015 National Junior Angus Show held in July in Tulsa, Okla. Logan Morris of Wills Point owns the winning heifer. 

 

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Sat
15
Aug

Genealogical Society learns about indentured servants

"Records of Indentured Servants" will be the topic for the Aug. 22 general meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society at 2 p.m. in the Buchanan Room of the main county library located on First Monday Lane in Canton. 

Marynell Bryant of Hopkins County will be the special speaker. She is a retired journalism teacher from Sulphur Springs High School with 35 years of experience. She has bachelors and master’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She is a member of DAR, US Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames XVIIth Century, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She is also the administrator for the national Rainey/Raney DNA Surname project, chair of the Texas Heritage Certificates, TSGS, past president of Texas State Genealogical Society (3 terms), and past president, treasurer, and current librarian for Hopkins County Genealogical Society.

Tue
11
Aug

Promised ribbon cutting

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point community welcomed one of its newest additions, The Promised Land Group, which specializes in real estate and property management, with a special ribbon cutting Aug. 5. Team members at the office, located at 203 N. Fifth St., include Lisa Goodbrake, Cortney Cowden, Crystal Hagewood, Jenna Dunn, Kaye Carpenter and Morgan Coughlan.

 

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Sat
08
Aug

Talent Box to present “The Butler Did It”

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Pictured left to right at recent rehearsal of "The Butler Did It" at The Talent Box in Wills Point are Tom Marquez as Louie Fan, Dwayne Murr as Chandler Marlowe, Brenda Bennett Laura and Damion Collins as Father White.

Opening night for "The Butler Did It", written by Tim K

elly, will be at 7:30 p.m.  Friday, Aug. 21 at The Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre,  located at 244 N. 4th, Wills Point. 

Other regular seating performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22,  and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. 

Dinner theatre seating will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29. 

There will be a reception following the opening night performance.

Due to problems with a chair lift, handicap access will not be available.
Admission for adults is $10; seniors/students is $8; and children age 12 and under is $5. 

Dinner admission is $17 per person with $10 for children age 10 and under when accompanied by an adult. 

Prepaid reservations are required and may be made by calling the theatre at 903-873-8945.  Leave your name, telephone number, number in your party and date you wish to attend.  Calls will be returned. 

Thu
06
Aug

Genealogical Society learns about land research

Tresa Tatyrek of Dallas presented a program on researching land records in order to obtain family information during the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meeting July 25, at the main county library in Canton. Approximately 30 society members and guests attended the session.

Her newest topic, "Start with Land," focused on online research of some of the best sites available when researching land records. She spoke about the Bureau of Land Management website, the Virginia Northern Neck online records available through the Library of Virginia, North Carolina Grants which are being put up by the North Carolina Archives, and Pennsylvania Patents Indexes and surveys.

Thu
06
Aug

Celebrating a century: Margaret Robinson turns 100

Margaret (Mickey) Caldwell Robinson celebrated her 100th birthday on July 30. She marked the occasion with a gathering of family and cherished friends this past Saturday at the Van Zandt Country Club. When asked the secret to her long life she says with a smile, “I like it here so I decided to stay.” Mickey was born on July 30, 1915, in Montell to William Martin Caldwell and Alice Whitfield. She had one younger brother Maxwell. As a young girl, Mickey lived in many Texas towns including Lubbock, Dallas and San Antonio. Her first aspiration was to be a detective. Later, she became obsessed with aviation and wanted to be a pilot.

Wed
05
Aug

Mr. Blue Shoes entertains readers

Tue
04
Aug

More to come at the Van Zandt County Library

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The theme for Storytime at the VZC library July 21 was turtles. Buddy the turtle made a special appearance.

Summer isn’t quite over at Van Zandt County Library.  See Facebook, or ask at the desk about other activities.

Fall and winter plans are being discussed.  The Friends of the Library have upgraded the Buchanan Room visual and sound capabilities, and groups are already scheduling meetings.  Several Thursday night activities will be announced soon.  Remember, Thursday the Library opens at noon and is open until 8 p.m.  Delta Kappa Gamma, Canton Rotary, Canton Lions and other groups are pairing with the library to assist in programs.

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