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Fri
16
Oct

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 local@vanzandtnews.com.

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

For questions about classified ads, email classifieds@vanzandtnews.com.

 

Wed
22
Mar

Canton Post Office to host passport fair

Need a passport, but can’t make it to the post office during normal office hours? To ensure U.S. citizens are prepared to travel abroad this summer, the U.S. Postal Service will be hosting a passport fair at the Canton Post Office, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25, 2017. Customers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serviced basis.

To obtain a passport applicants need to:

Tue
21
Mar

Sales tax figures surge for most county cities

Van Zandt County cities entered the month of March looking for a reprieve in sales tax revenue collection figures after four out of six local cities failed to keep pace with the numbers they posted in February 2016 last month.

Most cities in had their hopes answered March 8 with the office Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announcing that Edom, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point had all exceeded numbers posted for the same calendar month the previous year.

Van entered the month of March on a distinct downward turn in terms of sales tax revenue collections during the first two months of 2017, collecting $46,270.18 less in January and February combined than those same months the previous year.

Van bounced back in a big way, nearly finding its way back to even by collecting $71,188.44 in March. That total was a staggering 144.32 percent higher than the city had received back in March 2016.

Mon
20
Mar

Score

The Wills Point Junior High gymnasium received a needed upgrade courtesy of John David Crow and Wills Point Ford last week with the unveiling of a new scoreboard. Crow explained that he had attended a game to watch his son play when he noticed that the previous scoreboard was working only intermittently. Crow contacted the school the next day, asking if there was a way he could donate a new scoreboard to help benefit the district. WPJH Principal Casey Cochran explained, “Our junior high program is the starting point for so many of our students to become involved in some kind of organized athletic sport. I am so thankful that John David Crow as a business owner saw the need for our campus, and stepped up to support our students. Our student-athletes were also very grateful and excited that someone was investing in them.” Those present at the scoreboard unveiling last week included Cochran, John David Crow and Wills Point athletic director Greg Cranfill.

Mon
20
Mar

WPJH hosts 4th annual Career Day

Photo by David Kapitan

Guest speakers for the fourth annual Career Day event at the Wills Point Junior High campus posed for a picture prior to making their presentations.

Students at the Wills Point Middle School campus got a glimpse at what their futures might hold March 10 with professionals in a variety of fields making presentations as part of the school's fourth annual Career Day event.

Fields represented included law enforcement, nursing, veterinary sciences, health and beauty, and others. The event gave students the opportunity to interact with people practicing in those fields and in some cases, handle equipment they might use should they follow that career path.

Sun
19
Mar

VZC Day celebrated at State Capitol

County commissioners Keith Pearson and Virgil Melton Jr., NASA Astronaut Rex J. Walheim, Wills Point PCED, City Administrator Pam Pearson
and Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

Van Zandt County Day 2017 was held in the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday, March 7 during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.

The opportunity was coordinated and largely funded by the Council of Van Zandt County Communities President, Lisa Morrison; Vice President, Tam Erwin; Secretary, Nancy Hammonds; Treasurer, Karen Samples; and the board of directors.

Van Zandt County Day provides officials and citizens of Van Zandt County an opportunity to show support to our representatives in Austin and for elected officials to hear from the citizens.  

Sun
19
Mar

WPISD hosts town hall meeting

Photo by David Kapitan

WPISD Superintendent Scott Caloss outlines the district’s proposed $36.2 million bond for community members at the first of two planned town hall meetings March 9.

The Wills Point ISD opened the doors to the middle school cafeteria March 9, welcoming approximately a dozen community members during the first of two planned town hall meetings to discuss the upcoming $36.2 million bond election that will go before voters on the May 6 ballot.

District leaders used a similar strategy last fall, hosting three town hall-style meetings to get the word out about a proposed $42.5 million bond that was ultimately defeated by just 26 votes (1382-1408) on the November 2016 ballot.

Superintendent Scott Caloss opened the March 9 meeting that also included WPISD Board of Trustees members Russell Hiler and C.W. Wilson, assistant superintendent Damon Davis and several other district representatives, by explaining that the primary feedback received as to why last year’s bond proposal was voted down was the overall size of the bond package.

Sat
18
Mar

A splash of color

Crystal Diaz squeezer her eyes shut as a Wills Point Primary School employee sprinkles her with orange paint as part of the March 10 Color Run.

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Sat
18
Mar

Rose Monument to receive needed repairs

The Wills Point City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night, addressing a handful of bookkeeping items while also hearing a request from members of Keep Wills Point Beautiful to move forward on a project that could help restore the Rose Monument to its previous standards.

The city’s agenda opened with Viki Arnold and Melody Blasingame, both members of KWPB, addressing the council on the city’s soon to be 101-year old landmark.

Arnold stated, “As most of you know, the Rose Monument will turn 101 years old in April and if you've had a close look at it lately, you'll see that it's in dire need of some refreshing.”

Blasingame and Arnold proceeded to outline some of the major issues they are hoping to address at the monument, including needed repairs to the urns and curlicues, and the need for a fresh coat of paint.

Fri
17
Mar

Tigers tame Wildcats in non-district play

Photo by David Kapitan

Tyler James watches a pitch sail towards home plate for one of his seven strikeouts on the afternoon against Paris March 14.

The Wills Point Tigers wrapped a busy week at home March 14, following a third place at their annual home tournament with a 3-1 win over the Paris Wildcats.

Play against Paris was conducted at a brisk pace with the Wildcats getting a solid performance from pitcher Zack Norris and Wills Point getting the same from Tyler James.

Neither team could get the timely hit they needed in the first five innings as the Wildcats and Tigers traded zeroes on the scoreboard.

With the threat of extra innings looming, Wills Point got the break through inning it needed in the bottom of the sixth to establish a 3-0 lead on the visiting Wildcats. After an out to begin the frame, Wills Point’s Caden Bennett reached base courtesy of a Paris error.

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