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Tue
27
Jun

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.

Mon
26
Jun

WPPD to host second community outreach event

The Wills Point Police Department will be doing its second major community outreach event of the year July 15, 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.

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 July 15 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. Additionally, several Best of Show Awards will also be presented.

Those interested in entering a vehicle are asked to pay a $20 entry fee with 100 percent of the proceeds from the event going towards the K-9 and WP Youth Programs.

Mon
26
Jun

Juneteenth celebrated with parade, gathering

Photo by David Kapitan

Participants of the June 17 parade, which included a variety of vehicles ranging from bicycles to classic cars, make their way down South 4th Street in Wills Point. 

Members of the Wills Point community and beyond joined together June 17, braving warm temperatures and high humidity once again for the largest Juneteenth celebration in the area.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with the news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free. 

This announcement came two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. The celebration of June 19 became “Juneteenth,” and the observance has grown beyond the borders of Texas and traveled to other countries. It became an official state holiday in Texas after having been signed into law on June 13, 1979.

This year's local Juneteenth celebration commemorated the 152nd anniversary of Granger's arrival in Galveston.

Sun
25
Jun

Donations roll in for county after tornadoes

Several donations earmarked for the Van Zandt County Tornado 2017 Fund were recognized and accepted June 13 by the VZC Commissioners Court.

Monetary donations were presented by WESTEX of FMC Motor Coach Rally Chapter, $1,200; and VZC employee Bonnie LaPrade, $1,800.

Commissioners also recognized and accepted the donation of a portable building from Winslow Carport to be used at the current VZC debris site near Wills Point.

A donation of 450 gallons of fuel and a fuel tank from Duko Oil Co. of Emory was recognized and accepted by the commissioners’ court.

The free installation of a culvert at VZCR 3104, north of VZCR 3106, from citizen Lee Thornton was also recognized and accepted by the commissioners.

Sun
25
Jun

Valve issue leads to boil water notice

Wills Point water customers were given a boil water notice earlier this week after an issue with a valve at the water plant late June 18 resulted in pressure being below the minimum water pressure threshold.

Due to the low-pressure issue, officials within the utilities department began a process of issuing a boil water notice while also taking water samples that could be tested by an outside lab.

Sat
24
Jun

Jail generator, insurance dominate meeting

Replacing a generator at the Van Zandt County Jail and supplemental insurance for county employees were two main topics of discussion June 13 during a two-hour regular session of the VZC Commissioners Court.

Commissioners discussed foregoing the bidding process or proposals for the purchase and installation of a new generator for the Van Zandt County Jail.

The old generator at the jail was damaged by lightning during the April 29 tornadoes and the jail is currently operating with a generator borrowed from the city of Tyler.

Sat
24
Jun

Cartwright School receives historical marker

Photo by David Kapitan

The historical marker dedication at the Cartwright School included a presentation of the United States and Texas flags.

The Cartwright School in Wills Point received its just recognition June 19 with a special ceremony to unveil a historical marker bringing back former graduates and school staff members to the building located at 315 Bertha Street. The Cartwright School was approved as a historical site by the Texas Historical Commission in December 2016, with donors for the marker including Tommy C. Scott, Ora Dell Howard, Corliss Brown, Clarence Harden, Don Skinner, Esther Moorehead-Gibson, Shirlene Shields-Cook, Leatha Williams-Buchanan, the Wills Point Historical Society, Phillip Williamson, Stepz All Star, Junita Myers, Thelma Myers and Cassandra Haynes.

Fri
23
Jun

Local church to host blood drive June 25

Trinity Baptist Church is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at 1104 Goodnight Boulevard in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Jeremy Ogdie at 903-873-3270.

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Thu
22
Jun

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;

Thu
22
Jun

Texas A&M AgriLife to offer food handlers class

Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program is being offered by Melisa Rhodes, County Extension Agent.  This class is now required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The class is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure you serve safe food at your establishment. Some practices discussed are:     

· Good Personal Hygiene

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