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Sun
18
Dec

Volunteers honored at VZC Library

Photos by Britne Hammons 

The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library held a volunteer appreciation brunch Monday, Dec. 12.  “The brunch is a small way to say thanks for all of the hard work and many hours that volunteers put into the library. Without the volunteers, the library would not be as successful as it is today,” said Susie Pulley, VZC Librarian.

Pulley also introduced guests Beverly and Carl Birdwell. Mrs. Birdwell is the daughter of the late Al Coleman, who was one of the original first members of the Advisory Board of the VZC Library. 

Fri
16
Dec

Putman-DeBoard

Catrena Putman and Chris DeBoard announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The couple plan to wed Dec. 17, 2016. Putman works as a hospice nurse. DeBoard is a Wills Point firefighter. 

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Thu
08
Dec

Kirkpatrick speaks to UDC

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The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. 

The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her civil war ancestors.  Each block design was from 1865 and had a special meaning for an ancestor.  For example, her ancestor who served in Texas had the quilt block called "Texas Tears."

 Shown in front of the quilt are Chapter President Donna Carter and Kirkpatrick. 

The Chapter meets every third Monday and visitors are always welcome, members said.   

Wed
07
Dec

Bake sale successful for VZCHS

The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. 

Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale is such fun, and many people in the community look forward to it.  The team at Ace Hardware is always so generous with their assistance and space for us to set up, and we appreciate them.  Usually, when we are ready to leave, we will offer the employees whatever they wish at half price, but this year we sold completely out before noon.  This event was a real success, and we thank everyone who contributed."

All proceeds go directly to the care of the animals.  VZCHS is non-profit, all volunteer and organized under 501(c)3 guidelines.  For further information about their work, visit vzchumanesociety.org, or call 903-962-5700.

Sat
19
Nov

Ragans celebrate 60 years

Jack and Joyce Ragan

Jack and Joyce Ragan, of Wills Point, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 18, 1956, in Wills Point. Jack  worked as a plumber and Joyce was a mail carrier.

They have three children, Pam and Kurt Smith of Rice, Carla and Brady Roberts of Canton, and Tommie and Traci Moore of Tyler; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Ragans are members of First Baptist Church in Wills Point.        

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Mon
14
Nov

Dragons and fire come to Storytime

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Books read during Storytime at VZC Library included ‘I Want to be a Firefighter” that tells of different kinds of equipment that the firefighters use. “Fire Trucks” that shows pictures of the trucks, hoses and ladders used by firemen, “ No Dragons for Tea” is about fire safety for kids and includes a dragon that sneezes and starts a fire in the kitchen during tea with a little girl. They both learn what to do in the case of a fire and “Stop Drop and Roll” about what to do in the case of a fire emergency.  The library will be closed next Friday for Veterans Day so the next Storytime will be on Nov. 18.   Come and join Ms. Rhonda at 10 a.m. at the Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Lane, Canton.

Tue
08
Nov

Pollard speaks to Genealogical Society

Jack Pollard 

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting Oct. 22, at the County Library in Canton. 

Guest speaker Jack Pollard of Smith County gave a point presentation about his father Thomas G. Pollard.  Mr. Pollard spoke about family traditions and the migration of his ancestors to Van Zandt County.  He also shared stories about his father from the book “The Man From Edom” written by his mother Edna Martin Pollard.   Thomas G. Pollard, who was a State Senator, was born in Martins Mill, moved to Edom and then to Tyler. 

The monthly meetings of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society are held the fourth Saturday of each month, except December at 2 p.m. at the County Library, located at 885 Hwy 859 in Canton.  The program for November will be Show and Tell, with members showing their historical memorabilia. 

For information about the program or the genealogical society, contact the Library of Genealogy and Local History at 903-567-5012.   

Sun
06
Nov

Eek! Halloween comes to Storytime

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There were princesses, a veterinarian, a policeman and even an Indian in attendance at Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library on Friday, Oct. 28.  Ms. Rhonda was dressed as a scarecrow and read ‘Eek Halloween’ by Sandra Boynton, whose illustrations are always fun.  Another book was ‘The Hallo-Wiener’ about a dachshund in a hot dog costume, this was written by Dav Pilkey who writes the Captain Underpants Series. The next book was ‘Nothing at All’ about a scarecrow. The last book was ‘Room on the Broom.’  The craft was a creepy black spider.

Storytime is held at the Van Zandt County Library, 317 First Monday Lane, Canton at 10 a.m. Friday mornings.  

Tue
25
Oct

Flying squirrels at VZC Library

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Ms. Rhonda read stories about fall during Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library.  One book was about a squirrel that did not want to leave his house and was always prepared for any emergency until he discovers that he is a ‘flying’ squirrel and can jump into the unknown and return home.  One of the books told about all the fun things to do in fall like jumping in leaves, apple picking, the county fair, hayrides and carving pumpkins.  The last book was titled ‘Those Darn Squirrels’ which was a story about a man that loves birds and hates squirrels. However, after the birds flew south he was lonely and the squirrels held a meeting and decided to give the old man a present.  Storytime is held at the Van Zandt County Library 317 First Monday Lane, Canton at 10 a.m. every Friday. 

Mon
17
Oct

McDog Park

Photos by David Kapitan

Top: Kevin and Jeaneane Lilly, owners of the McDonald's located at 136 ES Commerce St., opened a dog park named after their own four-legged family member, Layce Lilly, with a grand opening event held Oct. 7.

Bottom left: Berta Winn, Local Store Marketing Coordinator/Public Relations representative for Lilly Enterprises, shares a cool treat with one of the visitors to the grand opening of the Layce Lilly Dog Park located behind the Wills Point’s McDonald’s location.  

Bottom right: An afternoon of fun in the sun at the newly opened Layce Lilly Dog Park included Cooper getting a frozen treat from Dr. Buck VanTrease of the Van Zandt Animal Care Center Oct. 7.

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