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Workforce Solutions closing its doors in Canton Dec. 31

Due to budget cuts, Workforce Solutions will be closing its office on State Highway 19 in Canton effective Dec. 31.

The announcement was made Oct. 18 by Wills Point City Administrator Pam Pearson, who also serves on the Workforce Solutions of East Texas board, as she spoke to the VZC Commissioners’ Court during their regular meeting.

“A couple of years ago, Workforce Solutions took a look at the operations of their offices in Canton and Emory,” pointed out Pearson, a three-year member of the board, who was appointed to the board by the VZC Commissioners’ Court. “The decision was made to share employees and close the Canton office two days a week and the Emory office three days a week. Later, the decision was made to close the Emory office and keep the Canton office open five days a week.”

In the past year, less than 200 clients came through the doors at the Canton office, according to Pearson.

Mon
23
Oct

Fly-In event draws crowds to VZCRA

Van Zandt County Regional Airport, the once destitute airport in Wills Point, came alive Saturday as attendees, aircraft, classic vehicles, food, and fun abounded at the annual Fly-In.

The day kicked off with the posting of colors by the Trinity Valley Young Marines, prayer by Doyle Ethridge, and Lloyd David Foster singing the National Anthem. DJ 1 Time, aka Officer Benny Jones, kept the crowd in the groove with music throughout the day. Civil Air Patrol TX 214 served breakfast and lunch while children played on the slide and bounce house.

Unique aircraft flew in and out of the airport all day, with a flour bombing event at noon. Six aircraft competed in the event and Darryl Reynolds was the winner in his Hughes 300.

Mon
23
Oct

Homecoming 2017

Claire Hiler, joined by her father Russell Hiler and 2016 WPHS Homecoming Queen Gaby Gonzalez, was crowned 2017 WPHS Homecoming Queen Oct. 13 at Ken Autry Davis Field.

Mon
23
Oct

Tiger Band begins contest season

The Wills Point Tiger Band hit the marching contest season with a vengeance over a seven day stretch beginning Oct. 7, marching in Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Mineola and Princeton with their new show entitled “Dia de los Muertos.”

Tiger Band director John Young noted, “Musically it is one of my favorite productions that we have done. It requires great technique from the woodwinds, brass and percussion. Visually our guard under the direction of Nathan Ascano has been amazing. They have progressed to another level this year visually and have a very technically demanding show."

Mon
23
Oct

Commissioners, Bates weigh in on tax rate increase

Several Van Zandt County officials were given the opportunity to share their thoughts about the recent tax rate increase approved by the VZC Commissioners Court during an Oct. 9 meeting of the VZC Tea Party held at Edom City Limits.

The VZC Commissioners Court voted 4-1 on Sept. 12 to increase the county tax rate by three cents which is beyond the rollback rate.

A petition drive is currently underway in the county to attempt to get the VZC commissioners court to call for a tax rollback election in 2018.

Dr. Dwayne Collins, the founder and director of the VZC Tea Party, welcomed the crowd of around 60 to the meeting in Edom which exceeded two hours.

Mon
16
Oct

Tigers set to begin District 6-4A play

The chase for a spot in this year's 4A UIL Football State Playoffs officially gets underway this week for District 6-4A teams with Wills Point, Canton, Dallas Lincoln, Dallas Roosevelt, Emory Rains and Ferris all set to begin play against one another beginning Oct. 13.

District openers are scheduled to include Wills Point hosting Dallas Roosevelt for Homecoming, Canton hosting Ferris, and Rains hosting Dallas Lincoln.

Roosevelt, which finished 2016 with a 2-8 record overall, enters its matchup with Wills Point after a 2-3 start to open the 2017 season.

Roosevelt opened the season at home Sept. 1, falling 41-20 to Spruce. The Mustangs lost to 29-15 to Dallas Madison the following week before pulling out a 30-27 win over North Dallas Sept. 15 and a 42-0 shutout win over Pinkston Sept. 22. Wilmer-Hutchins recorded a decisive victory over the Mustangs ahead of the bye week, scoring a 41-6 win over Roosevelt Sept. 29.

Mon
16
Oct

WPHS announces 2017 Homecoming Court

Duchesses vying for the title of 2017 WPHS Homecoming Queen will include Claire Hiler, Molly Harris, Hannah Myers, Grace Roberts and Maddie Booth. The announcement of this year’s Queen will be made tonight (Oct. 13) at halftime of the District 6-4A contest between the Wills Point Tigers and Dallas Roosevelt Mustangs at Ken Autry Davis Field.

Mon
16
Oct

Burn ban tabled by court

Following a recommendation from Van Zandt County Fire Marshal James Lehman, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court tabled the issue of a potential burn ban during a brief meeting Oct. 4.

Lehman reported to the commissioners’ court that there are 57 counties across the state currently under a burn ban including Henderson and Kaufman counties.

Lehman remarked that rain showers that came through the county Oct. 3 had changed his mind about requesting a burn ban.

“We have received a number of calls from citizens asking about a possible burn ban,” said Lehman. “We are close to needing a burn ban but I recommend we table this and take another look at the situation in two weeks when we meet again. It is a concern but right now, knock on wood, we are not seeing a whole lot of grass fire calls and fire calls overall at the current time.” Commissioners agreed to bring the subject back on the agenda for the Oct. 18 meeting.

Mon
16
Oct

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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