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Wed
08
Nov

Suspect arrested following Edgewood bank robbery

An Alba man was taken into custody shortly before 10 a.m. Nov. 3 after reportedly robbing a teller at the First National Bank branch in Edgewood.

According to Edgewood Chief of Police David Hammonds, the Edgewood PD was contacted by a concerned citizen at approximately 9:38 a.m. advising that the FNB branch had just been robbed. While en route, Hammonds made contact with the VZC Sheriff's Office where he was advised that 9-1-1 had just been contacted regarding the same incident.

Law enforcement officials raced to the scene, receiving information from a witness or witnesses of the incident that the suspect in question was wearing a black hoodie and black mask, and had left the bank property on foot through Oak Hill Cemetery.

Wed
08
Nov

Festive events on tap locally

Local residents will have plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of downtown Wills Point before the close of the year with a series of events, ranging from Small Business Saturday to Christmas on the Bricks, looming just over the horizon. Small Business Saturday

Launched seven years ago through a campaign conceived and launched by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday designed to provide a local alternative to the Black Friday promotional campaigns launched by major retailers throughout the country.

The event, scheduled for the day after Black Friday (Nov. 25), stresses the idea of promoting local small businesses.

The Wills Point Chamber of Commerce noted, “The goal is to grow Wills Point, generate interest and excitement in our community and to provide our small businesses visibility that the power in numbers can create.”

Christmas on the Bricks

Wed
08
Nov

Filing for March 2018 primary election begins Nov. 13

Republican and Democratic Party candidates interested in running for office next year in the Van Zandt County Primary will be able to do so beginning Monday, Nov. 13 in the VZC Clerk’s office at the VZC Courthouse.

The filing period runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 11; however, since Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday, no one will be allowed to sign up for the election until Nov. 13, according to the VZC Clerk’s office.

Elsa Smith, the VZC Chief Election Deputy, recently released a list of VZC offices up for election on March 6, 2018, as well as the current office holders and they are as follows:

Wed
08
Nov

Pearson to speak at town hall meeting

A town hall meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in Wills Point with Precinct 3 Commissioner Keith Pearson and other members of the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court as well as County Auditor Freddy Thomas set to appear.

The topic of discussion will be the county's $0.03 cent tax increase. Other members of county departments will be present to discuss their department's needs.

The meeting will be held at the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce building 307 N. 4th St.

The meeting is open to the public.

Petition signings against tax increase scheduled

A group of residents against the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court’s proposed $.03 cent tax increase announced this week that will be holding two separate petition signings for local residents to voice their position Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

Wed
08
Nov

Roth’s announces free Thanksgiving day feast

Roth’s Seafood and Steakhouse is gearing up for a Thanksgiving feast. Restaurant owners, Jim and Mercedes Roth, is creating an atmosphere of celebration and giving for everyone in the community to participate in.

“No one will be turned away.” said Mercedes, “This event is for everyone in our community, regardless of their situation. We want citizens to know they are loved and there will be someone to have a Thanksgiving meal with. We are so thankful for having an opportunity to celebrate our good fortune and to thank God for all he has given us.”

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Wed
08
Nov

VZC Commissioners accept donations, settlements

Several donations and settlements were announced by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court Nov. 1 during its regular meeting as the court barely had a quorum present.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. (Pct. 2) and Commissioner Tim West (Pct. 4) were present with Commissioner Brandon Brown (Pct. 1) and Commissioner Keith Pearson (Pct. 3) being absent.

Brown was with his wife, Melissa, in the hospital as she continues to recover from injuries suffered in a recent automobile accident and Pearson was in Kilgore representing the county in a meeting of the East Texas Council of Governments, according to Kirkpatrick.

Mon
06
Nov

Boo!

Jane Butler, dressed as a little old lady, was one of 27 entrants into the 0-3 age group at the BOO on the Bricks Costume Contest.

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Mon
30
Oct

Commissioners table measure to borrow money

Following a lengthy discussion, the Van Zandt County Commissioners’ Court voted to table an agenda item regarding the borrowing of $750,000 for the remainder of the calendar year.

The decision to table the measure took place during the regular meeting Oct. 18 of the VZC Commissioners’ Court.

VZC Auditor Freddy Thomas introduced Jake Lawrence of Government Capital who made the presentation to the commissioners’ court regarding the borrowing proposal.

If approved, the $750,000 would have been deposited into the county’s general fund account on Oct. 27 and the loan would have been required to be paid back by January 31, 2018.

“I don’t want to borrow money if we can get by without it,” emphasized VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. expressed concerns to Lawrence about the amount of money in the proposal for a financial adviser ($15,000). “That is too much,” said Melton.

Mon
30
Oct

Holiday favorites on tap locally

Children and parents will be able to get their fill of Halloween fun in the coming days, with BOO on the Bricks, BOO at the Park and Hallelujah Night at the International Outreach Church all planned locally.

BOO on the Bricks

The 8th annual BOO on the Bricks celebration will return to the brick streets in downtown Oct. 28. Family friendly events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and stretch into the early afternoon.

The overall event schedule is set to include arts, crafts and food vendors and a Kid’s Zone set up on High Street and the Harvest Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community center.

Additionally, Trick or Treat and Trunk or Treat events will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through the health fair and downtown area.

A kid’s Costume Contest sponsored by STEPZ All-Star Gym and a Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Blair Dog Center is scheduled for noon.

Mon
30
Oct

City issues ordinance reminder regarding signage

The city of Wills Point issued another ordinance reminder to the public earlier this week, clarifying the rules governing the placement of signs on city, TxDOT and/or Union Pacific rights-of-way.

A post on the city’s official Facebook page Oct. 23 reads in part:

“With Highway 80 Sale and numerous events recently, many signs were placed in city, TxDOT, and/or Union Pacific rights-of-way. As described in Chapter 30-8 e) of the General provision below.

These signs are in violation of City Ordinance and were removed today. Code enforcement will strictly enforce all future signs placed in rights-of-way.

“Wills Point City Ordinances - Chapter 30 - SIGNS Sec. 30-8. - General provisions.

“(a) Content. The City does not regulate the content of signs; however, no sign shall contain any obscene, indecent or immoral words, pictures, descriptions or other such matter.

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