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Tue
04
Jul

Latest warrant list released by WPMC

The Wills Point Municipal Court has continued to follow through on efforts to clear outstanding warrants and monies owed off its books throughout the year, releasing another list of persons being sought for a series of offences.

Names and dollar totals owed include: Jonathan Ray Allen, $897; April Jeannette Bailey, $192; Daniel Barbosa, $346; Brittany Vanae Barrett, $148.90; Douglas Franklin Bass, $194; Christian Lee Bellnoski, $447; Colby Lynn Birdsell, $267; Bert Wayne Bowman, $679.40; Traci Marie Brown, $956; Tristan Taylor Bunch, $564; Crystal Lashun Campbell, $358; Brandon Carraway, $455; Chelsea Willis Caver, $3186.40; Alejandro Lopez Cervantes, $1175.75; Obed Cisneros, $267; Raynesia Victoria Coats, $380; Erick Tyrone Cole, $1579.50; Curtis Lashont Collier, $595.10; Shawn Michael Connell, $375; Caleb Nathaniel Cook, $530.90; Dustin Lee Cook, $589;

Mon
03
Jul

Back the Blue events scheduled

The Wills Point Police Department will be filling the local events calendar with a new happening, 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.

Back in March, the department hosted a Community Spring Fling that drew a sizeable crowd to the south ball park for an afternoon of food, fellowship, music and dancing.

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.

Sun
02
Jul

Relay For Life and Survivor dinner rescheduled

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Zandt County and the Survivors’ Celebration Reception Dinner have been rescheduled for Friday, July 7, at The Arbors at the First Monday Grounds in Canton. The events, originally scheduled in May, were postponed due to the tornadoes that hit Van Zandt County in April.

Sun
02
Jul

Holiday events slated throughout county

Residents of Van Zandt County will have plenty to choose from during the Fourth of July. Communities across the county have events slated to please all ages.

While most of the events will be held on Tuesday, July 4, the City of Van will kick things off for the holiday with activities scheduled for Saturday, July 1.

Information about the various Fourth of July events throughout the Van Zandt County area are as follows:

Canton

The Canton Texas Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Fourth of July parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.

A stage of events will begin the evening at 5:50 p.m. “God Bless America” will be performed by Matthew Hook followed by Cody Robbins singing “America the Beautiful.”

Following a performance of “God Bless America” by Megan Gebauer, The National Anthem will be presented by Nathan George and Antonio Mendoza.

Sat
01
Jul

Four remain ahead of 2016 pace

The month of June proved to be kinder than May to most Van Zandt County cities with the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announcing last week that Canton, Edom, Van and Wills Point had all increased sales tax revenue collections when comparing figures against those of the same calendar month in 2016.

The news was a welcome sigh of relief locally after May figures indicating all six county cities had seen negative dollar changes when using the same metric.

No city in Van Zandt County enjoyed a bigger positive dollar change or positive percentage change than Van. The city received a payment of $73,605.32 this month, up $21,723.10 or 41.87 percent over the $51,882.22 collected in June 2016.

Sat
01
Jul

Inferno

Photo by David Kapitan

Fire engines from Wills Point and Edgewood responded to a house fire on Gunter Street around noon June 22. The fire sent plumes of dark smoke throughout the eastern portions of the city. No one was at home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. A fundraiser for the homeowners was launched online at www.gofundme.com/gunter-street-house-fire.

Fri
30
Jun

Greenville man drowns at Lake Tawakoni

Body recovered early Sunday morning at Cedar Cove

The body of a Greenville man was recovered at Lake Tawakoni after he apparently drowned late Saturday night.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Dwayne Noble said Andre Smith and an unidentified woman were floating in a raft at Cedar Cove near the RV Park at Cedar Cove Landing when the incident occurred.

Warden Noble said an object fell from the raft, possibly cigarettes or a lighter, and Smith entered the water to retrieve it. He said he was swimming fine but started having trouble, and the woman entered the water to help him.

“He started pulling her down, and she swam to a pier not more than 50 yards away,” Noble said.

He said when she turned around and looked, Smith could not be seen.

Emergency personnel were notified at 10:02 p.m. Saturday to respond to the 100 block of Private Road 5504, Point.

Fri
30
Jun

Volunteer fire department returns to 'status quo'

Photo by David Kapitan

Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Leipply addressed a room of his fellow firefighters June 22 explaining his position that the ESD board had overstepped its jurisdiction emphatically stating, “I am still the chief of the WPVFD. The members of the WPVFD remain intact. Citizens of the area serviced by ESD #4, we have you covered.”

Days of uncertainty about the fate of Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Leipply and the status of the WPVFD and its relationship with Emergency Services District #4 were put to rest at least temporarily last week after a series of meetings essentially resulted in all parties pushing the reset button.

ESD Meeting – June 20

Questions about both Leipply and the WPVFD came to the forefront early last week after the ESD board’s published agenda for their June 20 meeting included holding a potential vote of no confidence on the chief.

Fri
30
Jun

Leipply out as Wills Point Fire Chief

Vote of no confidence ends tenure

It was a night of high drama at the Wills Point Fire Department headquarters June 20 with the Van Zandt County Emergency Services District #4 taking on an agenda that included potentially taking a vote of no confidence on Chief Ed Leipply.

Word of the agenda item gradually spread since it was posted at both the department and the VZC Courthouse, eventually resulting in a larger than usual crowd finding its way to the fire house for the meeting.

After opening the meeting by approving minutes from the board’s previous meeting on June 6, ESD business shifted to the public comment portion of the agenda (by law, board members are not allowed to directly address or respond to public comment.)

Public Comment

Thu
29
Jun

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.”

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