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Petition drive underway to force tax rollback election

Van Zandt County Pct. 2 citizen Ronnie Jones has been working for the past several weeks seeking enough signatures on petitions to force the VZC Commissioners Court to call for a tax rollback election in 2018.

With the help of approximately 45 other volunteers, Jones is confident that the necessary number of over 2,500 signatures can be reached prior to the Dec. 12, 2017, deadline.

The VZC Clerk’s office had previously reported that at least 10 percent of the registered voters in the county were needed to sign the petitions and force the commissioners court to call for a tax rollback election but that figure is actually seven percent, according to Elsa Smith, the Chief Election Deputy in the VZC Clerk’s office.

Mon
16
Oct

Fly-In scheduled to land at VZCRA Oct. 14

The Van Zandt County Regional Airport will be the place to be locally on Saturday, with a wide range of events set to touch down as part of this year’s annual Fly-In event Oct. 14.

The VZCRA Fly-In is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and will include hands on aviation fun for the whole family, a bounce house for children, a car show, prize drawings as well as the Civil Air Patrol breakfast and lunch.

Among the newest additions to this year's event will be the Wills Point Police Department providing child fingerprint and DNA kits.

The annual fly-in, which includes a series of events for both children and adults, has been the latest addition to a lengthy airport revitalization project that has included striping projects, replacement of lighting systems, the installation of a fuel tank and installation of a card reader in 2013, construction of a new terminal building in 2014 and a runway overlay project that was completed in 2015.

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16
Oct

US 80 Hi-Way Sale scheduled for Oct. 20-22

The Historic US 80 Hi-Way Sale will begin at 8 a.m. daily Oct. 20-22 and will draw crowds from far and wide looking for a bargain, according to the East Texas Tourism Association.

Organized to promote and increase tourism trade and traffic along US 80, the first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway in America, the 2,400 mile route begins in Savannah, Ga., makes its way through East Texas and concludes in San Diego, Calif.

The three-state event will cover a 392-mile route – one of the nation’s longest – from Mesquite, through Louisiana to Jackson, Miss.

Mon
16
Oct

Recognitions, administrative updates dominate October meeting

It was a night of recognitions and reports for the Wills Point ISD this week with the board of trustees honoring the work done by district employees before getting a series of updates from administrators Oct. 9.

Board business opened with a series of recognitions that included students from Valerie Grey’s class at Earnest O. Woods Intermediate School leading meeting attendees in pledges to both the Texas and U.S. flags.

Woods Intermediate Principal Melanie Mullin explained the students were selected to lead the pledges after winning the campuses’ new College Wednesdays contest. Students were presented special certificates from board president C.W. Wilson after making a presentation on one of the colleges they researched.

Board members proceeded to move on to staff recognitions, honoring members of the custodial staff and principals with certificates of appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the district.

Mon
16
Oct

Suspect arrested following shooting incident

First responders, including members of the Wills Point Police Department, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department and Champion EMS were all dispatched to a local apartment complex Tuesday afternoon in response to reports of an incident involving gunshots and a resident reportedly struck in the lower extremities by a bullet.

According to reports, two males visited a mutual acquaintance at the Royal Lane Apartments located in the northern portion of Wills Point shortly after 1 p.m. Oct. 10.

The situation escalated quickly with an argument turning into a physical confrontation between the two visitors to the apartment, the resident, and a friend of the resident that was on scene at the time of the incident.

Mon
09
Oct

Commissioners alter meeting dates Payroll schedule forces change

Following a request from the Van Zandt County treasurer’s office, the VZC Commissioners Court agreed to change the dates of their regular meetings.

Previously, the commissioners court had been meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The commissioners court will now meet every other Wednesday. The starting time will remain at 9 a.m. The new regular meeting schedule began Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Each year, the commissioners court is required to set the date and time of each regular meeting for the new fiscal year prior to the Oct. 1 start date of the new fiscal year. 

Mon
09
Oct

Kirkpatrick, commissioners to appear at Tea Party meeting

The recent approval of a tax rate increase and the new budget by the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court will be a major topic of discussion at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 during a meeting of the VZC Tea Party.

Dr. Dwayne Collins of the VZC Tea Party said that the public is invited to attend the meeting to be held at Edom City Limits, on FM 279 between Edom and Ben Wheeler.

VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick and all four VZC Commissioners (Brandon Brown, Pct. 1; Virgil Melton Jr., Pct. 2; Keith Pearson, Pct. 3; and Tim West, Pct. 4) are scheduled to be in attendance.

VZC Auditor Freddy Thomas and a representative from the VZC Sheriff’s Department are also planning to appear, according to Collins.

The meeting will open with an update on the Convention of States from speaker Greg Holton prior to the presentation from the county officials.

Mon
09
Oct

Dogs running at large prohibited within city limits

The Wills Point Municipal Court issued a press release earlier this week, outlining all city ordinances regarding both at large dogs and dangerous dogs after seeing an influx of both types of cases throughout the summer and into the fall.

Mon
09
Oct

VZCRA Fly-In scheduled for Oct. 14

October is one of the busiest months on the local events calendar, bringing with it events ranging from the Van Zandt County Regional Airport’s annual Fly-In event to Halloween events at the end of the month.

The VZCRA Fly-In will be among the first community events to take place this month, scheduled from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Fly-In events are scheduled to include hands on aviation fun for the whole family, a bounce house for children, a car show, prize drawings as well as the Civil Air Patrol breakfast and lunch.

The annual fly-in, which includes a series of events for both children and adults, has been the latest addition to a lengthy airport revitalization project that has included striping projects, replacement of lighting systems, the installation of a fuel tank and installation of a card reader in 2013, construction of a new terminal building in 2014 and a runway overlay project that was completed in 2015.

Mon
09
Oct

Warning issued regarding solicitors within city limits

The Wills Point city office issued a warning to residents this week, urging locals to be on the lookout for unlicensed solicitors in their respective neighborhoods. The warning comes on the heels of an increase in door-to-door salesman frequenting the area in recent weeks.

The city has dealt with an influx of unlicensed solicitors several times in years past, prompting similar warnings to be issued. In January 2016, the Wills Point Police Department arrested two suspects that were selling goods and services door-to-door without proper licensing that were found to have criminal records.

Additionally, the department has already issued multiple citations as a direct result of solicitors failing to obtain proper licensing through the city office.

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