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.


Red Brick Quarters

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The Red Brick Quarters Boutique, located at 124 N. Fourth St., held a special ribbon cutting ceremony July 24. Those attending the ceremony included Lanette Thomas, Yevette Lowe, Maria Gordan, Michael Clark, Diana Wilcoxson, Tamberlee Mitchell, Charlene Rose and Megan Wadsworth among others. The boutique includes shopping, painting at the bricks and a tea room.


State employee group honors lawmakers for preserving pension fund

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State Rep Dan Flynn, right, poses with TPEA executive director as he receives his award.

Rep. Dan Flynn (R–Van) and Rep. Roberto Alonzo (D–Dallas) have been named Legislators of the Year by the Texas Public Employees Association, a nonunion, nonpartisan legislative advocacy organization for Texas state government employees and retirees.

Flynn and Alonzo distinguished themselves in the eyes of the association’s 15,000 members for the leadership role they took in addressing the unfunded liabilities of the Employees Retirement System pension fund through the authorship and passage of House Bill 9.

The two lawmakers were honored at the TPEA Awards Luncheon earlier this month at the Holiday Inn–Town Lake in Austin.


Dealer attends executive conference

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John David Crow of Wills Point Ford and Wills Point Chevrolet recently participated in an intensive, four-day seminar for dealers in Dearborn, Mich., sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

The seminar discussed ways to meet or exceed customer expectations and to help those customers be more completely satisfied every time they visit the dealership to shop, to buy or lease a new or used vehicle, or to get their existing vehicle serviced.

Ford executives were involved with dealers throughout seminar and a variety of programs that Ford provides to support dealership actions were highlighted.

As part of the seminar, dealers had a tour of an assembly plant to see for themselves how quality is built into every new Ford vehicle, that process assisted by Ford management and United Auto Workers sharing common goals and encouraging teamwork, car company officials said.


WPISD to host Fourth Annual “Back to School Fair”

The Wills Point Independent School district is excited to announce that we will be hosting the fourth annual “Back to School Fair” for our students who may qualify for free and reduced lunches.

This event will give our students an opportunity to participate in several activities that will be offered that day.  Some of the activities include vaccinations, vision screening, haircuts, dental supplies (samples of tooth paste and tooth brushes), hygiene products, books and school supplies.

Parents will have the opportunity to complete the necessary paperwork to receive free or reduced meals.  Information will be available about the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) program, the Lone Star Card and Medicaid.  A representative from WIC (Women, Infant and Children) will be at the event.  Registration for primary students will also be available.


Freshman orientation planned for TVCC

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Incoming freshmen attended the first freshman orientation at TVCC.

Trinity Valley Community College in Athens will host a second freshman orientation for Saturday, Aug. 1.

Registration is $35 for students and $10 for parents. The fee covers lunch, all programs and materials. Sign-up deadline is July 29.

Students will learn how to transition from high school to college, register for fall classes, financial aid and attend sessions on money management, campus security, and the Cardinal Connection (the online student portal for information and managing applications, student financial aid and more,) school officials said.

For more information, contact TVCC Counseling at 903-675-6350 or email


Storytime at the VZC Library

The theme for Storytime this week at Van Zandt county Library was camping. Mrs. Rhonda had a campfire and read books like “Arthur Goes to Camp” by Marc Brown and “I’m Going to Climb a Mountain In My Patent Leather Shoes” by Marilyn Singer. Next week the theme will be turtles. 


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Genealogical group to hear about land research

"Start with Land" will be the program topic to be presented by Tresa Tatyrek of Dallas for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the main county

library located on First Monday Lane in Canton. 

Her newest topic will guide the genealogist to online research of some of the best sites available when researching land records. She will touch on 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.


Wills Point dentist receives Mastership Award

The Texas Academy of General Dentistry has announced that Robert Gilbreth, of Wills Point received his Mastership during the AGD 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held in San Francisco.

There are only 252 other dentists in the state of Texas who have received this award, the TAGD said.

 The Mastership Award is the highest honor available at the AGD and one of the most respected designations within the profession, according to information from the dental organization.

To accomplish this goal, Gilbreth completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education.

“Masters understand that providing great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements,” information from the TAGD states.


Miller, Griffin to wed

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Announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of Beverly Marlene Miller to Jack Carl Griffin of Fate.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Elizabeth Rinks and Kelles Miller of Wills Point.  She attended Wills Point schools, attended Tyler Junior College and is employed by Dunham and Smith Military Sales.

The groom-elect is the son of Mary Todd and J.C. (Jack) Griffin, both deceased.  The groom attended Rockwall High School and is employed by Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

A small family wedding is planned for Sept. 12, 2015, at Chip Miller Farm. 

The couple will make their home in Fate.



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