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Sun
18
Jun

AARP driver safety course offered

The AARP Driver Safety Program and the Van Zandt County Library at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton are sponsoring a driver safety class from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 21.

“This course is designed for drivers 50 years of age and older primarily. The course helps you learn to compensate for the effects that passing years have on eyesight, hearing and reflexes. Most participants will qualify for insurance premium reductions of up to 10 percent off their policy cost for the next three years,” said program organizers.

Cost for the class is a nominal fee for materials only. To enroll for the class, contact Marvin at 903-340-5058. Class size is limited.

Sun
18
Jun

City revises game room, pool hall fees

The city of Wills Point kept things short and sweet during their monthly meeting, breezing through a light agenda on Tuesday night that included approving three action items.

Business opened with the public comment portion of the city’s agenda with James Thompson offering an invitation to councilmembers and area residents to attend the annual Juneteenth celebration (see related story). Activities are slated to begin at 11 a.m. June 17 with a parade, followed by a party at the city’s south park with free food, fellowship and activities.

Thompson also used his time in public comment to raise concerns about a fence that has been in disrepair “for at least 7 years” at the south park property.

For the second consecutive month, O.B. Thompson also addressed the council during public comment, disputing the high cost of his utility bill.

Sat
17
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.

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.

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