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Tue
25
Jul

Free State Jubilee to be held Aug. 12

Mark your calendar and save the date for the third annual Free State Back to School Jubilee will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer something for the whole family.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Child Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County have joined together to provide all the families of Van Zandt County with a free family fun day!

Tue
25
Jul

Ladies club recognizes Mitchell

The Wills Point Ladies Club, represented by Amanda Johns (President 2017-‘18) and Sherry Walker (Secretary 2017-‘18), presented Connor Mitchell with a thank-you gift in recognition of his military service to his country and his community. Mitchell is a 2013 WPHS graduate and proudly served from Jan. 2014-May 2017 as a Specialist in the 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Ranger Battalion Special Operations Unit.

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Mon
24
Jul

Pct. 2 JP Judge Daniell announces intent to retire

On Tuesday, July 11Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Judge Ronnie Daniell presented a letter of intent to retire to VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

Judge Daniell will have served the citizens of Pct. 2 and Van Zandt County for 14 years and nine months as of his planned retirement date at noon, Friday, Sept 8.

Judge Daniell said that he appreciated the citizens of Van Zandt County for allowing him to “be their servant.”

Mon
24
Jul

West Nile makes first appearance

County residents enjoyed a relatively uneventful year in 2016, dodging the brunt of most new and emerging illnesses that have made waves across much of the county in previous years. A case of West Nile Virus, among the most notorious of these illnesses, was not confirmed in Van Zandt County until a Sept. 17, 2016 report by the Texas Department of State Health Services last year.

Hopes that the county might best that outcome this year with no reported cases officially came to a close July 11 with the DSHS publishing a report confirming someone had tested positive for having the West Nile Virus. The local case is among eight confirmed cases statewide through the week ending July 7.

Other counties in the state of Texas with confirmed cases of West Nile include Collin, Cooke, El Paso, Montgomery, Panola, Tarrant and Val Verde Counties.

Sun
23
Jul

JH Band gets jump on school year

Courtesy photo

The next generation of Tiger Band standouts posed for a picture outside the junior high band hall.

The next wave of Wills Point Tiger Band standouts were kept busy throughout last week, participating in the annual WPJH Summer Band Academy July 10-14. Unlike previous years, Tiger Band instructors tweaked the formula somewhat from previous years, conducting instructional sessions in the mornings followed by activities that encourage comradery in the afternoons.

WPJH Band Director Bobby McCoy explained, “At the Academy we try to mix music work and fun. The music is both serious audition music and fun spirit or pep music. There is something at the camp for everybody. We mix up the instruction time between full band, splitting into the three major groupings that make up a band and sectionals where we teach each individual instrument section.  By differentiating instructional groupings, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of other students and instrument sections throughout the day as well as explore several music styles.”

Sat
22
Jul

Five show sales tax revenue growth

Van Zandt County cities came close to making it a clean sweep in sales tax revenue collection gains in the month of July with the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announcing last week that Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all outpaced collection totals from the same calendar month in 2016.

Edom, which has enjoyed a solid year overall in sales tax revenue growth after a rocky 2016, proved to be the county’s outlier by seeing sales tax revenue collections drop from $1,599.52 down to $1,302.75. The drop of $296.77 when comparing July 2016 totals to those posted July 2017 amounts to a negative dollar change of 18.55 percent. 

The city of Canton led all county cities in overall dollar change, receiving a county-best payment of $317,658.34 in July 2017, up $43,537.55 or 15.88 percent over collections in July 2016.

Sat
22
Jul

Collection efforts continuing for Back to School Fair

For the sixth consecutive year, the Wills Point ISD, Wills Point PTO and Wills Point Chamber of Commerce have joined together to collect and distribute school supplies at a Back to School Fair for students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunches. This year’s Back to School Fair has been scheduled for Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Wills Point High School campus.

Fri
21
Jul

RMUMC to host Neighbor to Neighbor Lunch

Russell Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 201 S. 4th St., is hosting its monthly Neighbor to Neighbor Lunch this Saturday, July 22. Anyone who wants a good meal is invited to the Deen Building (corner of 4th Street and Orville) for a free meal between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Fri
21
Jul

Hundreds attend inaugural Back the Blue events

Photo by David Kapitan

Local Back the Blue events in Wills Point included a rolling caravan of vehicles from the Van Zandt County Regional Airport to the high school parking lot.

The Wills Point Police Department has put together a concerted effort to improve relations between the department and community at-large over the past year, hosting a series of events to help bridge the gap between the residents of the city and first responders. In March, the department hosted its first ever Spring Fling event at the south ballpark, drawing crowds with food, fellowship and music. The WPPD took another step forward in its effort to reach the community, welcoming hundreds to both the Wills Point High School and Lester Park for their first ever Back the Blue BBQ Contest and Car Show. Despite the lingering threat of inclement weather throughout most of the morning, both events went off without a hitch, earning high praise from many event attendees.

Events kicked off July 14 with the BBQ Contest beginning at Lester Park with a series of smaller events leading into Saturday morning.

Thu
20
Jul

State Capitol Highlights

Lawmakers plan to file teacher pay legislation in special session

AUSTIN — A special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, is set to begin on July 18. The agenda is big.

Before adjourning in late May, our 150 state representatives and 31 state senators did the only thing the Texas constitution requires them to do each time they meet for 140 days every two years: they passed a state budget to cover the next two years.

But Abbott decided he wanted them back in Austin to extend the functions of the Texas Medical Board, and to do it with all possible speed. Abbott added a while-you’re-at-it list of 19 other topics for lawmakers to resolve to his satisfaction after they breathe new life into the Texas Medical Board.

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