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Sat
17
Jun

Sun sets on chance for local rodeo in 2017

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point Riding Club announced the end of an era late last week, advising the community that the annual rodeo event would not be happening in 2017. The rodeo has long been a summer staple of the Wills Point calendar, drawing thousands to the area.

The Wills Point Riding Club delivered bad news to local residents June 7, announcing that this year’s WPRC Rodeo would not be taking place for the first time in 60-years after an agreement with the property owner of Bill “Ike” Allred Arena could not be reached.

Posting on Facebook June 7, the WPRC stated, “Well I have been given the go ahead to let everyone know and this comes with a heavy heart that Wills Point Riding Club will not be having a rodeo this year. This comes due to a conflict with owner of the arena and the agreement that we had as a club with him. This is a 60-year long tradition that has been a part of Wills Point and the whole Van Zandt County community.

Fri
16
Jun

Canton Tractor Supply to host pet adoptions

Tractor Supply Company in Canton at 401 E. Highway 243 will host pet and livestock adoptions Saturday, June 17.

During the event, which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners, families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals, and are also invited to interact with adoption volunteers to learn more about the joys and responsibilities associated with owning anything from cats and dogs to rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and more.

Purina Days is an annual in-store event from June 14-18 that highlights pets and livestock, as well as the tools needed to properly care for them. Canton Tractor Supply team members with experience caring for a wide variety of animals will be on-site to lend expert advice to customers.

Fri
16
Jun

Cartwright School to receive historical marker

The Cartwright School, a local landmark that served black children and adults in Wills Point prior to desegregation, will soon be honored for significant role it played for generations of community residents with a historical marker dedication early next week.

According to a brief history of the Cartwright School posted on the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce website, “The Cartwright School was the first school for blacks. The provision for the school was made over 100 years ago. Originally, the unnamed school was located on N. Wills St. Professor Needham Wright was the first teacher, teaching children during the day and adults at night.

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Thu
15
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

Wed
14
Jun

VZC Veterans Memorial holds ceremony

Photo by Faith Caughron

Red Montgomery with Moses Cantrell, Major General Brown and Cole Cantrell at the VZC Veterans Memorial Day ceremony

VZC Commissioner Pct. 2 Virgil Melton welcomed guests to the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony  Monday, May 29.

A remembrance ceremony was held to remember and honor those who had paid the ultimate price for their country- their lives.

Bro. Mark Moore of Lakeside Baptist Church of Canton opened with prayer and Cary Hilliard led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Wed
14
Jun

East Texas Medical Outreach June 28-29

On June 28-29, the Fifth annual East Texas Medical Outreach Event will be held at Van Junior High School (630 South Oak Street in Van,).

Free health services will be provided to anyone without health insurance, starting at 8 a.m. on both days and will conclude at 4 p.m. on both days.

“Our goal for this program is to provide preventative and primary medical and dental screenings to uninsured East Texans. We want to refer participants that do not currently have providers to medical homes as much as we can and ultimately want to encourage participants to adopt healthy lifestyles to improve their quality of life,” says George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of NET Health.

Tue
13
Jun

Tornado survivor thanks VZCSO, first responders

April 29 was supposed to be a happy day for Clyde Scott and his guests. A wedding was to be held at the Scott’s property, a union of two people that promised forever through thick and thin, good and bad.

Needless to say, Scott and the 40 guests that were on the property were about to get hit with bad times, before the wedding was even over.

Preparations had been made for inclement weather in case the outdoor wedding needed to be moved under an awning at the home, but preparations probably didn’t include planning for multiple tornadoes.

Tue
13
Jun

The VZC District Attorney’s Office released the Grand Jury Action Docket for May 31

Bryce David Anton, evading arrest, detention with vehicle.

Weston Karl Oxford Bramhall, possession of controlled substance.

Richard Issac Brown, driving while intoxicated.

Rexanne Harris Brumbelow, possession of controlled substance.

Mon
12
Jun

Splash Kingdom Waterpark still open after fire

Splash Kingdom Waterpark owners Johnny and Marcie Blevins stand with their son, Brett, in front of temporary buildings at Splash Kingdom.

On April 28, a portion of the Splash Kingdom Waterpark was destroyed by an early morning fire. According to Splash Kingdom Owner Johnny Blevins, no official cause for the fire has been given after investigations from local and county fire officials.

 “The investigation is over,” said Blevins. “The fire officials investigated for two or three days before being interrupted by the massive outbreak of tornadoes that struck April 29 and we totally understood that. Everything in front was burned so completely. They were able to determine that there were no accelerants but they could not determine the start or the cause of the fire.”

Mon
12
Jun

Blood drive scheduled for June 15

Carter BloodCare and the city of Wills Point are teaming up June 15, hosting a blood drive at the Wills Point Community Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in helps of replenishing local blood supplies and making a positive impact on those in need throughout the North and East Texas areas.

Each year, Carter BloodCare provides “life-saving transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in over 50 counties throughout North, Central, and East Texas…with more than 300,000 units of blood products to meet patients’ treatment requirements.”

General information and guidelines provided to those interested in potentially donating includes:

-All donors must present a valid photo ID at the time of donation. IDs must be issued by state (DL or ID), school or U.S. government (passport, military ID, resident alien ID, green card or work visa).

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