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Fri
16
Nov

Suspect identified following handgun discovery

Days of fear and uncertainty about a loaded weapon being found on school grounds gave way to relief on Sunday as the Wills Point ISD announced that a suspect in the incident had been identified and banned from all school grounds following an investigation that included district personnel, the Wills Point Police Department, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms among others.

Fri
16
Nov

Transportation department issues safety reminder

Tragic accidents involving school children getting struck while loading and unloading from school buses have been all too common in recent weeks, with incidents in Indiana, Mississippi, Florida and Pennsylvania resulting in at least five deaths and multiple injuries.

In virtually each of those incidents, the primary culprit has been drivers failing too heed the flashing lights and stop sign mounted to the side of school buses.

Fri
09
Nov

Trailer fire snarls local roadways

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Dark plumes of smoke drifted across Interstate 20 after a trailer caught fire and burned near mile marker 516.

Traffic along both Interstate 20 and Highway 80 was slowed considerably throughout most of the late afternoon and early evening hours Nov. 5 after an an 18-wheeler hauling meat caught fire, sending off dark plumes of smoke and redirecting traffic.

According to reports, the driver of the 18-wheeler was traveling eastbound along I-20 near mile marker 516 when he noticed a flat on his trailer. After pulling over the driver noticed smoke coming from his trailer and hurried to detach the tractor to limit the damage.

Fri
09
Nov

Loaded weapon found on school grounds

Parents and guardians within the Wills Point ISD received a sizeable jolt at approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 6 as they received notice from the district’s messaging system that an incident had occurred just prior to the release of the high school campus for the day that a weapon of some kind had been discovered on school grounds.

The district's notice reads in part, "For the safety and security of the Wills Point ISD students and staff, we take any threats seriously. WPISD prides itself in creating a safe learning environment and any incident that threatens that environment is handled firmly and promptly.

Fri
09
Nov

Hall, Flynn victorious in local elections

Results from the Nov. 6 General Election indicated a 48.51 percent of Van Zandt County registered voters casting their vote,  with a total number of votes at 18,021. There are 37,149 registered voters in Van Zandt County.

Results of VZC voting are as follows:

 

US Senator

Fri
02
Nov

WPVFD battles house fire

Photo by Glenn McNeill, Jr.
Van Zandt County Constable Precinct 3 Robert Tisdale, WPPD officer Troy Tucker, police chief Lonnie Carroll, and officer Cassie Mosley look on as a fan helps clear smoke from a house fire along High Street.

The Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department was kept busy throughout the day Oct. 26, working help contain an afternoon house fire on E. High St. in downtown Wills Point.

According to reports, the WPVFD and Wills Point Police Department and Champion EMS were dispatched to a house on High Street after receiving word of a possible house fire.

Van Zandt County Constable Precinct 3 also arrived on scene to help contain the area before Edgewood Fire Department was called out for mutual aid.

Fri
02
Nov

​​​​​​​Santa’s Workshop is coming to town Nov. 6

The countdown to the Christmas holiday has begun so grab your list and come see what we have in store for you this year!

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Santa’s helpers will be sharing some budget friendly holiday decorating and gift giving ideas, along with recipes with a healthy twist for the upcoming Christmas season.

Fri
02
Nov

Band headed back to State Contest

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The Wills Point Tiger Band will be headed back to the Alamadome in San Antonio in early November, competing the UIL State Marching Contest for the eighth consecutive time. The Tiger Band punched their ticket for the State Contest by placing fourth overall at this year’s Area contest.

The Wills Point Tiger Band program has been a model of consistency for nearly two decades, entering the 2018-’19 school year stringing together seven consecutive appearances in the UIL State Marching Band Contest.

Any thought that Wills Point’s impressive streak was in danger of coming to an end with the departure of longtime director John Young and promotion of Nick Kornegay were firmly put to rest over the past two weeks as the Tiger Band continued its string of excellence by earning straight 1’s at the UIL Marching Contest in Mesquite Oct. 17 before finishing fourth overall in a loaded field at the UIL Area Contest to qualify for the 4A State Marching Contest in San Antonio.

Fri
26
Oct

Pilot Club hosting Baked Potato Luncheon

The Wills Point Pilot Club will be hosting one of its signature events Oct. 29, inviting the community for its annual Baked Potato Luncheon event at the Wills Point Community Center from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Entry to the lunch, which includes a baked potato with your choice of fixings, including taco, queso, pulled pork, chili, Santa Fe, broccoli cheese or standard, as well as a drink and homemade dessert, will cost just $7.50 each. Tables of eight will also be available for $50.

Fri
26
Oct

​​​​​​​Crestwood Health and Rehab to host blood drive

Crestwood Health and Rehab is hosting a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 1448 Houston St., Wills Point.  For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Mary Ann Fancher at 903-873-5400.

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