Back the Blue Car Show, BBQ Cook-Off set for Saturday

The Wills Point Police Department will be keeping its fingers crossed heading into the weekend, hoping that potential bad weather stays away long enough for them to complete their second major community outreach event of 2017.

Events for the department are scheduled to include both a car show and audio competition at the Wills Point High School July 15, and a BBQ Cook-Off the same day at the Lester Park ballpark. 

The Back the Blue Car Show, hosted by the WPPD and Unique Karz, is set to include a Full 28 Class Show with first and second place being awarded in all classes beginning at 9 a.m. at the high school. Additionally, several Best of Show Awards will also be presented. Proceeds raised from the event will be going towards the K-9 and WP Youth Programs. The audio competition will also be taking place at the high school throughout the morning.


Community helps provide school supplies

As the sun rose and storm clouds parted early Saturday morning of June 24, more than 100 people from the Wills Point community gathered on Gospel for Asia’s campus to participate in a 5k run to help provide needed school supplies for students of Wills Point Independent School District.

Russell Memorial United Methodist Church organized the Supply Run that GFA hosted. 120 people, including WPISD teachers, GFA staff and fitness enthusiasts signed up to help, knowing their registration fees will provide a wide variety of school supplies to pre-k through high school students for the upcoming school year.

Around 65 percent of students within the WPISD qualify for free or assisted lunches because of lower income levels. Although they receive help with lunches, many of those students still aren’t able to afford the school supplies needed to make it through the school year.


VZC Historical Commission recognized by commissioners

A Distinguished Service Award certificate was presented to the Van Zandt County Historical Commission by the VZC Commissioners Court June 27.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick presented the certificate and VZC Pct. 4 Commissioner Tim West presented a plaque designating the VZC Courthouse to be listed in the National Registrar of Historic Place by the United States Department of the Interior.

“This recognition is from the Texas Historical Commission,” pointed out Kirkpatrick. “This is the ninth year in a row that the Van Zandt County Historical Commission has received this honor and that is not an easy thing to accomplish. Congratulations. What a great job you do for Van Zandt County.”


Roberts wins Song Title Contest

The Wills Point ISD’s music department has established an impressive body of work over the years, garnering widespread praise for its success at competitions and contests throughout the state. Much of the success from the program’s continued excellence can be traced to the work done by Linda Roberts at both the primary and middle school campuses.

Roberts has taught Elementary Music for 25 years, including the past 20 years as a WPISD staff member.

“I am currently teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 5 Music. WPISD has an Elementary Music Curriculum in place for P-K-Grade 5. The students receive music instruction one day per week throughout the calendar year. They learn and experience fundamental music concepts by singing, dancing, dramatic play, as well as playing and improvising on percussion instruments and recorders.”



NSDAR chapter opening

“In October 2016, Judy Callaway Ostler, Texas State Regent for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the National Society approved the organization of a new chapter to be chartered in Terrell, to serve Kaufman County and neighboring communities. Terrell resident and fourth generation DAR member, Stacey Browning, will serve as Organizing Chapter Regent.

This new chapter has one year to organize and during that period, anyone who joins will be a “founding member”. The window is rapidly closing for new members to join in time to be a “founding member”.

Are you interested in becoming a part of the very first DAR chapter in Kaufman County? Was your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or aunt a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution? Do you recall relatives talking about your family being eligible? Do you think your family may have been in the New World at the time of the American Revolution? If so, please contact us!


Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18.

Abbott said lawmakers first must pass a “sunset bill” to extend the life of the Texas Medical Board and then tackle a 19-item list of other issues in the month-long session. Abbott’s list is a pretty close match to a list of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priorities. Here are a few of those items:

- Legislation to reform property taxes, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, and Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton. “Skyrocketing property taxes in this state are unacceptable, and Texans need reform right now,” Abbott said.


Hensarling discusses Kate’s Law

Congressman Jeb Hensarling released the following statement in response to passage of Kate’s Law and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act which contains Sarah and Grant’s Law:

“As any Texan would tell you, our national borders are not secure enough,” said Hensarling. “It is refreshing to finally have a President who will protect our national security and economic interests. While I believe America is truly a nation of immigrants, it is important to protect and defend our citizens and the people who come here legally to chase the American dream. Today, the House passed measures that protect our country and crack down on illegal immigration.

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Back the Blue events drawing closer

The Wills Point Police Department has announced that it will be hosting a Back the Blue BBQ Cook Off, Car Show and Audio Competition benefitting the department's K-9 and highlighting the work done by the high school automotive program July 14-15 in the Wills Point High School parking lot.

The BBQ cook-off will include two days of activities with a People’s Choice event at 7:30 p.m. July 14 and a head cooks meeting beginning at 8 p.m. the same night. The entry fee will be $25 for the People’s Choice event. Day two of the cook-off event (July 15) will include a Kid’s Cook competition with turn in at 10 a.m., pinto bean turn in at 11 a.m., 1/2 chicken turn in at noon, pork spare rib turn in at 1 p.m. and brisket turn in at 2 p.m. The entry fee for the kids event is free, and $125 for the meat events. Trophies and awards are scheduled to be presented at 3:30 p.m.


State Capitol Highlights

First Gulf storm of season elbows Texas
AUSTIN — State emergency responders geared up for the first time this hurricane season in response to Tropical Storm Cindy, which came ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana border on June 22.
Two deaths were attributed to the storm — one of them an elderly man found in a sand-mired pickup truck on Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula.
The storm dropped most of its rainfall east of its center — up to 18 inches in some places far to the east — and much less in Texas. But as a precaution two days before landfall, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered an increase in readiness from level four, normal conditions, to level three, increased readiness. 


Sen. Hall calls on Gov. Abbott to prioritize grid security

As Texas Legislature heads into a special session, threats to electrical grid security loom

Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) called on Gov. Greg Abbott to add electrical grid security to the agenda items for the legislative special session starting in July.

"There are several very real threats to the Texas power grid, and the consequences would be so severe that we should address this now,” Hall said. “There are hostile countries that might cause this, but there are also natural forces that may also cause the same result soon. Either way, we need to be prepared.”

Threats to the United States from weapons designed to affect the electrical grid, such as those from North Korea, were highlighted today in the Wall Street Journal article, "North Korea Dreams of Turning Out the Lights," which explains plans by North Korea to launch electromagnetic pulse weapons, aka "EMP's," against America.


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