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Mon
12
Sep

Genealogical Society Holds Meeting

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Larry Tuner of Wills Point is thanked by Van Zandt Genealogical Society President Jan Crow.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Buchanan Room of the County Library.  

Guest speaker for the meeting was Larry Turner of Wills Point who spoke on the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack.  He related the story of four young men from Van Zandt County who were serving on the USS Arizona at the time.  The four men were Van Wood, B.J. Johnson, D.C. Ayers and Raymond Johnson.   

The next society meeting will be our all-day seminar on Saturday, Sept. 24 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 885 First Monday Lane (Hwy 859) in Canton.   The speaker for the seminar will be Don Rainey.  Mr. Rainey will speak on “The Battle of Kings Mountain”, “Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor”, “Early American Migration Routes” and “Writing Your Family History with Historical Context”.  For more information, please call the Library of Genealogy and Local History at 903-567-5012.

Mon
29
Aug

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County wraps up 2016

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County Event Leadership Team held their Wrap-Up Party late last month.

Keeping the “Make Cancer a Fairytale” theme, the wrap-up event was a swim party based on “The Little Mermaid.”

The 2016 Relay For Life of Van Zandt County raised almost $50,000 from September 2015 through August 2016, to help save lives, help local cancer patients and support efforts to eliminate cancer suffering and death.

Wed
17
Aug

60th wedding anniversary

A celebration honoring the 60th wedding anniversary of Curtis and Barbara Ebarb will be held at the Church of Christ of Wills Point from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. 

All friends and family are invited, organizers said.

Wed
10
Aug

TVED foundation gives grants

The TVEC Charitable Foundation recently awarded five grants totaling $21,500.

Founded in 2013, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, created to serve the community and help improve the quality of life for residents in our service area. The foundation is funded entirely by donations from TVEC members who participate in Operation Round Up.

Grant recipients were:

Mon
01
Aug

Happy 80th Birthday!

Jettie Cockrell is celebrating 103 years.

Family and Friends are invited to celebrate the occasion with her at Crestwood Nursing Home, 1448 Houston Street, Wills Point.  Her birthday party will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Mon
01
Aug

Outer Space

Tuesday, July 19, the theme for Storytime was Outer Space.  Ms. Rhonda read ‘The Lunatic Adventure of Kitman and Willy’, ‘The Full Moon at the Napping House’, ‘Minnie and Moo Save the Earth’ and the most hilarious ‘Aliens Wear Underpants’.  The children made a space ship with an alien riding in it.  July 26th will be the last Storytime for the Summer, then it will be moving back to 10 a.m. on Friday’s beginning September 9.  There will be a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library on Thursday July 28 starting with stories at 5 p.m.  The children will return on Friday morning July 29th for a Breakfast Treat and Video.

Fri
22
Jul

Pretty ponies

Hannah Seigler traveled north to Purcell, Okla., July 1, competing in the Oklahoma Miniature Horse Club Cowboy Classic. Seigler padded her already impressive resume, picking up top-4 finishes with four separate entries in a variety of categories. Back in June, Seigler pulled off a similar feat at the American Miniature Horse Association Area 5 competition in Glenn Rose.  

Fri
22
Jul

Full Metal Jackets

The Rockwall High School Robotics Team 1296 recently completed an impressive feat, winning first overall at the 2016 Texas Robotics Invitational in Houston, the Chairman’s Award at the Dallas Regionals and first overall at the Texas UIL State Robotics Competition in Austin. The team, dubbed the Full Metal Jackets, includes one student with local ties in soon to be Rockwall HS junior Brandon Taylor. Taylor is the grandson of Danny and Joyce Harris of Wills Point.

Mon
20
Jun

Take a vacation at Storytime

Storytime participants make a paper suitcase to correspond with the theme of vacations June 7.

Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library has moved to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays for the summer.  The theme for Tuesday, June 7 was vacations.  Ms. Rhonda read ‘The Beach Day’ and ‘Camping Spree with Mr. Magee.’  The group talked about camping trips and trips to the beach and what items you should take with you.  The craft for Storytime was a paper suitcase.  Preschoolers are welcome to join Storytime.

 

Wed
15
Jun

Society hears of Memorial Day history; Tankersley named First Family

Martha Heard gave a Memorial Day program at Van Zandt County Genealogical Society meeting.

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society met May 28 at the Van Zandt County Library for their monthly meeting. 

The program, a history of Memorial Day, was presented by Martha Heard of Canton. Heard told of the evolution of the holiday from the original cemetery decoration day observance to the ceremonies and celebrations held today.

In addition to the program, First Vice President Ellen Wheeler presented a First Families of Van Zandt County certificate to Ron Tankersley of Canton. 

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