New newspaper deadlines announced

The Wills Point Chronicle has new deadlines.

Deadline for all articles, photographs, display advertising and classified ads for the coming week’s issue is now 5 p.m. Monday.

For questions, call 903-567-4000.

To send news and information, email

For questions about display advertising, call 903-873-2525 and ask for Glenn McNeill Jr.

For questions about classified ads, email



BBB warns of potential skimmer scams

The Better Business Bureau recently issued a press release, warning against the rising danger of skimmers to steal banking information. The release states:

“Next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. Scammers are installing "skimmers," devices that collect the data from credit, debit or ATM cards, on these machines.

How the Scam Works

You are checking out at the supermarket or another large store, and you decide to use the self-checkout lane. You ring up your purchases and swipe your credit or debit card to pay the bill. You may not notice anything strange about the card processor, but scammers have attached a skimmer to some registers. These devices "skim" your card's information off the magnetic strip.


Bluebird Festival celebrates 24th year

‘Round and ‘round we go

Kutter Titsworth was all smiles as she rode the merry go round at the 24th Annual Wills Point Bluebird
Festival April 22. Additional photos on 7A of this week's Wills Point Chronicle. 

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Early voting numbers surge for WPISD items

Any concern that voters within the Wills Point ISD would be suffering from voter fatigue heading into the May election cycle were emphatically blown out of the water this week with the district announcing that voting over the first two days (April 24-25) topped 400 votes.

According to the district’s central office, voting totals reached 402 ballots cast in an election that will ultimately determine the fate of the WPISD’s proposed $36.2 million bond and one contested seat on the board of trustees.

$36.2 million bond

The biggest and most talked about election item on this year’s ballot has been the Wills Point ISD’s proposed $36.2 million bond item which, if passed, would reshape the district in profound ways into the future.


Crossroads to sponsor tournament

The 7th annual Scott Westfall Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, May 7 at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

The event is sponsored by Crossroads Church, but donations are being accepted in the form of team sponsorship, cash, hole sponsorship, or donated prizes for distribution.

“We would like to ask the public to partner with us again as we seek to stand beside those in times of crisis,” said Senior Pastor Mark Robertson.

Contact tournament coordinator Stuart Thomas at 972-571-9686  or at stewpop@ for detailed information concerning the tournament.


Locust Grove to hold memorial event

Locust Grove Annual Cemetery Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 7 in Hiram Community. 

Decorating of the graves will be held prior to the program and lunch will follow. 

“Bring your favorite food for a great time of fellowship. A cemetery meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m.  All members and guests are welcome to attend,” said organizers.

Donations can be mailed to Christine Toomer, 5951 County Road 120, Wills Point, 75169 or Judy Tanner, P.O. Box 145, Wills Point, 75169.


Turner Baptist Church Ladies Retreat

Turner Baptist Church will host a ladies’ retreat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 29.

Special guest speakers will be Spriggs of Faith.

“Come join us for great fellowship, special music, worship, lunch, drawings and testimonies from three women on their walk upon Earth,” said event organizers.

For more information, contact Rose Christie at 903-292-9425.


Sales tax collections continue upward trend

Van Zandt County cities followed what was mostly a positive month in March with an even better one in April, seeing the number of cities that collected more in sales tax revenue collections when comparing against the same month from the prior year climb from four to month.

According to the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Canton, Edom, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all moved in a positive direction with each collecting more money than they received in April 2016.

The city of Wills Point helped show the way locally, seeing both the largest dollar change and largest percentage change of any city in the county. In April 2017, Wills Point received a payment of $103,925.41. That total was $22,211.29 or 27.18 percent higher than the $81,714.12 received at the same time last year.


Department received fleet upgrade via donation

Photo by David Kapitan

Officer Aaron Long and K9 officer Zeus posed with the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria vehicle donated to the WPPD by the Grand Prairie Police Department free of charge. The vehicle came fully equipped with equipment to operate a K9 on a daily basis.

Since coming into service in 2016, the most recent iteration of the Wills Point Police Department’s K9 program has been a major boon to the community, directly leading to drugs being taken off the streets and numerous criminals being put behind bars.

Due to the efforts of city councilman Lance LyBrand and Grand Praire Police Chief Steve Dye, the local K9 program was made even more formidable last week with the addition of a fully equipped 2009 Ford Crown Victoria to the WPPD fleet at no charge to taxpayers.


Early voting for WPISD items begins Monday

Local voters were kept plenty busy throughout 2016, going to the polls multiple times to cast their ballots in both local and national elections. Eligible voters within the boundaries of the Wills Point ISD will get their first opportunity to cast a ballot in the new year beginning Monday, with one position on the school board and a revised bond package to be decided.

The WPISD Board of Trustees entered the filing period earlier this year with two potential spots open: Place 6 held by Russell Hiler and Place 7 held by Jeanne Deen.

Hiler was the only candidate to return paperwork for Place 6, assuring that he will be sworn in for a new three-year term at the May board meeting.

Place 7 saw the most activity of any board position, with incumbent Jeanne Deen opting not to file for re-election and three newcomers, Kay Crosby, Jason Groom and Jim Lamb, all returning paperwork announcing their intentions to run.


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