Lifestyle

Thu
25
Jun

RootsTech program to be held at VZC Genealogical Society meeting

Sandra Crowley of Dallas will present a program entitled "Snapshot of RootsTech" for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. June 27 in the Buchanan Room of the main county library located on First Monday Lane in Canton.

Ms. Crowley states that the concept is "simple and exciting, bringing together family history enthusiasts and technologists to discover new solutions for genealogy." She will explore the latest trends in genealogy, research tools, and storytelling from the most recent RootsTech.

Sandra Crowley is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who specializes in using technology for all aspects of family history research. 

Wed
24
Jun

Ribbon cutting

Photo by Stephanie Evans

The Wills Point Chamber of Commerce hosted a special ribbon cutting for Ramsey’s Roadhouse and Pub located at 505 N. Fourth St. June 12. Linda Ramsey, owner of the business, did the honors as community members and Ramsey’s Roadhouse employees looked on.

Tue
23
Jun

VZC 4-H Club rounds out year

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Members of the Van Zandt County 4-H Project Club ended the ’14-15 year with a dinner and movie.

Pictured are Laci Randolph, Sabrina Swinford, graduating senior Kayla Barrentine, Alyse Randolph, Sierra Ross and new member Tessa Barrentine.  Not pictured is Emily Coval. The Club managers are Barbara Metch and Linda Teel. Members of the Club participated in 4-H projects, community service activities and leadership opportunities throughout the year.  

Thu
18
Jun

WPHS Class of ’55 gathers for 60th reunion

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Members of the Wills Point High Class of 1955 were, top row from left, Gerald Don Clemmons, Jerry Burch, Jackie Boyd Davis, Horace Brockman, James Fugate, Billy Wilson, Tommy Lamar, James Ashworth; second row, Joe David Day, Hubert Armstrong, Ashton Armet, Don Stringer, Truman Chitty, Jerry Brookins, Freddy Parker, Charles Willis, Bobby Don Brown; third row, Buzzy Wingo, Alice Waites, Mildred Richardson, Becky Gullett, Shirley Fant, Virginia Huff, Shirley Nell Earnhart, Patsy Alford, Judith Threatt, Judy Powers, front row, John Wayne Ward, Sylvia Wingo, Joyce Gramley, Dorothy York, Wynell Furrh, Mary Florence Allred, Betsy Campbell, Mary Lou Jordan, Linda Adams and Joy Whitaker.

The Wills Point High School Graduating Class of 1955 held its 60th class reunion at Four Winds Steakhouse near Wills Point May 23 with a number of class members, their spouses and friends present.

Class members present were LaRea Loven Miller, Sylvia Wingo Huckabee, Hubert Armstrong, Winnell Furrh Mitchell, Joy Whitaker McClanahan, Judith Threatt Hollister, Betsy Campbell McNeill, Tommy Lamar, Judy McLeod Powers, James Ashworth, Joe David Day, Joe Bob Wilson, Jerry Brookins, and the class president, Gerald Clemmons, who made arrangements for the reunion.

Class members not present were Mildred Richardson Blandsett, Shirley Earnhart Glidden, Joyce Kent Hobbs, Dorothy York Hunt, Joyce Gramley Ragan, Rebecca Gullett Ramey, Charles Willis, and Carrel Wilson.

Tue
16
Jun

Dagley celebrates 94th birthday

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Margaret Dagley celebrated her 94th birthday with her great-great nephews Brian and Levi of Tyler and great-great niece, Jaiden of Nevada.

A celebration was held in honor of Margaret Dagley’s 94th birthday June 6. Margaret was born June 7, 1921. 

Bob and Nancy Kapitan, Mary Glover and Frank and Inez Keller of Tyler took Margaret to a Terrell restaurant for dinner.  There was nice visiting and laughter, attendees said.

 Margaret was then taken to Garland to attend a David Allen (Elvis) concert.  David recognized Margaret’s birthday to the audience which brought a great applause.

Sunday morning, June 7, was a happy and surprising day for Mrs. Dagley, family members said.   

She attends Turner Baptist Church.  When she went into the church there she saw most of her family there to be with her. 

Margaret then headed to the Lumber Yard Café for lunch and a huge, beautiful birthday cake.  There was much laughter, visiting, picture taking and happy hearts, family members said.

Tue
09
Jun

Thomas joins Angus Association

Travis Thomas of Wills Point is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The American Angus Association, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

 

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Fri
15
May

Heddins says Internet, technology gateway to genealogical research

Roland Heddins of Fruitvale will present his program "Using Technology to Preserve our Past" at the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Van Zandt County library.

Heddins will be telling his own story of genealogical research and how he has used photography, audio recording, videography, video production and the Internet to preserve his family history as well as the stories and memories of many of his elderly relatives over the years.

Heddins will also talk about his use of computer graphics scanning and editing software to restore, enhance and share a large collection of old family photographs.

Born in 1960 to Van Zandt County native, Charles R. Heddins and Sulphur, La. native, Barbara (Daigle) Heddins, in Lake Charles, La., he has Van Zandt County and East Texas family roots dating back to the early 1850s.

Fri
15
May

Superhero 5K raises funs for advocacy center

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Chris Hensley and Taylor Tidwell, the first place male and female 5K winners in the VZC Children’s Advocacy Center’s Superhero Run.

The Children’s Advocacy Center raised almost $7,000 dollars at their annual Superhero 5k Run thanks to more than 75 runners and a host of sponsors and volunteers.

Funds will be used to support direct service programs including the forensic interviews, family advocacy, counseling program and student/teacher education, center officials said.

First-place runners included Chris Hensley, top male  and Taylor Tidwell, top female. 

Dozens of children also participated in the Kids’ 100 yard dash and played in the bounce houses, supplied by Ryan Williams of Jumpin’ Fun Inflatables.

Safety was provided by Canton Police Department, The Van Zandt County Emergency Management staff and Champion EMS. 

The advocacy center said they wanted to issue a special thanks to all the volunteers, especially Bikers Against Child Abuse, the Canton High School Interact Club and the Wills Point Cheerleaders and Canton High School for the use of Eagle Stadium.

 

Fri
08
May

New best friends

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Tag and his handler Kimberli Leas recently passed the handling portion of their Therapy Dogs Inc. test in their quest to become members of the Van Zandt County Therapy Dog Team. They will be proceeding on three observed tests and will then become the 11th local therapy team bringing miles of smiles to residents throughout our county, according to coordinator Vickie Ragle. 

Fri
08
May

Historical Commission receives donation

Mary Jane Hollowell, of Grand Saline, recently honored the Van Zandt County Historical Commission with a large collection of memorabilia of her husband, the late Bill Hollowell.  The collection included many items acquired during Hollowell’s 14 terms of service in the Texas State legislature.  Bill Hollowell served on various committees and was senior member of the House when he retired in 1991.  After retirement, he practiced law in Grand Saline and worked for Congressman Ralph Hall in Washington D.C. for a short period of time.

The collection includes several gavels used in the legislature, framed legislature photographs and certificates, scrapbook of photos and newspaper articles, as well as military medals from his time of service in the Texas Army and Air National Guard. 

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