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Thu
27
Jul

Records from 1871 to be archived

Pam Pearman, VZC Clerk Pam Pearman gives a presentation on the need to have all county clerk office records archived digitally.

Commissioners approve change in insurance plan

A plan to digitally archive all records in the Van Zandt County Clerk’s office was approved unanimously by the VZC Commissioners Court during their July 11 meeting.

VZC Clerk Pam Pearman, along with representatives from Kofile Technologies, spoke to the commissioners about the project that will cost $292,963.20 to complete.

“Right now, if we have a disaster, the records are gone,” pointed out Pearman. “We have no backup. When this project is complete, the county can make money when people go online and purchase the records they need.” The records go back as far as 1871.

It was pointed out that no money will be due from the county to Kofile Technologies until the project is complete which is expected to take approximately six months.

Wed
26
Jul

Events planned for VZC Veterans Memorial

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial has events planned for the rest of the year, so mark your calendars and watch the newspaper for more exact dates as each event approaches.

Labor Day will be the annual Balloon Release, and the visitors center and board members have tickets for sell now, so buy anytime. The balloons are $3 each, and the balloons will be color coded to match the information provided as to active, deceased, POW/MIA or KIA(killed in action) or a veteran who has served.

Wed
26
Jul

New VZC jail administrator ready to lead

Wendy Boles, far left, the new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator, goes over an inmate file with VZC Jail Operations Clerk Teri Gillispie and VZC Jail Lieutenant Harold Canaday. Boles first worked as a jailer in VZC in 1988 and rejoined the force in 2013 as a jailer, sgt. and lieutenant before being named to her new position last month.

Responding to an ad that she read in the Canton Herald in the late 1990’s was the start of a career change for new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator Wendy Boles.

“I started working here in 1998 when Bill Dean was the sheriff,” recalled Boles. “I loved it. I worked as a jailer and then became sergeant at the jail.”

Boles did leave in 2001 to start a pipeline company in Cleburne with her husband at that time, David Moseley, but nine years later, in November, 2010, Moseley passed away.

“In 2011, I sold the company,” pointed out Boles. “My dad was in bad health at the time and I moved back to Canton to be closer to my dad and my family and I have been in Canton ever since.”

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.

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