Genealogical Society sponsors writing contest

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society is encouraging writers to submit their stories in the second annual Family History Writing Competition.

 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. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible.

Entries will be accepted through Dec. 31.

While VZCGS has a goal of preserving Van Zandt County history, subject matter for the competition may include the surrounding counties. The author should engage the reader in the subject's "who, what, when, how, and where" aspect of an article.


BB Nails

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The Wills Point Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for BB Nails on June 19. Attendees for the special ceremony included Chamber Director Royce Pollard, Wills Point Chamber President Jennifer Ross, nail tech Linhda Clark, owner Loan Nguyen, councilman Mike Jones, owner Li Li Nguyen, Chamber Director Byron Wright and Chamber Director Tina Rosamond.


Daughters honor Confederate vets

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During the High Cemetery Memorial Day June 13, members of the Jesse Miller Foster Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy held a special memorial and dedication for all Confederate veterans buried at High Cemetery. The members taking part were, from left, Betty Wilson, Carrie Woolverton, Sherrie Archer, Lou Ann Everett, Benja Mize, Donna Carter, Sylvia Sims, Cynthia Harman, Linda Dean, Sylvia Barbee, Sibyl Creasey and Sandra Jones, seated.

Members of the Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy conducted a special memorial service and marker dedication for all Confederate veterans buried at High Cemetery June 13.

The ceremony took place during the regular High Cemetery Association Memorial Day event.

Chapter members taking part in the dedication were Donna Carter, Chapter President, of Edgewood, Benja Mize, Lou Ann Everett, Sandra Jones, Sherrie Archer and Sylvia Barbee of Canton, Sibyl Creasey of Ben Wheeler, Betty Wilson of Grand Saline, Sylvia Sims of Edgewood, Linda Dean of Wills Point, Cynthia Harman of Colfax, and Carrie Woolverton of Kaufman. The association president, Pastor Jim Leach, also took part in the ceremony.


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. 


Ribbon cutting

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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.


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.  


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.


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.


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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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.


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