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Mon
04
Sep

WPPD makes donation to auto tech department

The Wills Point ISD has put together a concerted effort to ready students for life after graduation from high school, beefing up its Career and Technology department with a state of the art CTE facility completed in 2014.

The facility allowed the district to expand available coursework for students, including Auto Tech I and Auto Tech II courses.

Students in both auto tech and small engine repair classes were each given a boost this week with the Wills Point Police Department continuing its push for community involvement by donating tools and other pieces of equipment for student use during a brief presentation ceremony Aug. 29.

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Sun
03
Sep

Briefs

Fall seed meeting Sept. 11

Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op will hold fall seed meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 at the Farm Bureau meeting room in Canton. RSVP to 903-455-6365.

Lakeside Music Festival set

The second annual Lakeside Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. until sunset, Sept. 30 until dark at the West Tawakoni City Park. Admission is free. Bring a chair and enjoy the fireworks, said organizers.

Sun
03
Sep

Wills Point man to compete on game show

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, Wills Point Native Wade Crouch will be vying for a chance at $10,000 on Game Show Network’s new game show “Snap Decision.”

Hosted by David Alan Grier, “Snap Decision” is a new comedy game show that puts preconceptions, first impressions, and gut instinct to the ultimate test. Studio contestants go head-to-head for the grand prize as they are asked to make snap judgments about three strangers, recently interviewed on the street. However, looks can be deceiving, as people are often not who they may seem, leading to unexpected twists, turns, and outrageous and hilarious results. Crouch will compete with two other contests for $10,000.

Sat
02
Sep

Labor Day balloon release set

At 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4, the VZC Veterans Memorial will hold the annual Veterans Memorial Balloon Release event at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the intersection of Hwys 19 and 243.

“Balloons are ready to be sold for $3 each from the Veterans Memorial Visitors Center and Museum in Canton,” said Diane Farmer, VZC Veterans Memorial PR chair. “This is a great way to honor and remember your veterans. Balloons will also be for sale at the event. Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy the ceremony. The Pledge of Allegiance, prayers for Veterans and those serving, music and comments will fill the agenda. Remember, some gave all and all gave some.”

Sat
02
Sep

Commissioners approve increase in proposed tax rate

In a 4-1 vote, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court approved a proposed tax rate for the new fiscal year Aug. 22 that exceeds the preceding year’s rate as well as the effective and rollback tax rates.

The proposed property tax rate for the 2017-‘18 fiscal year which begins Oct. 1, 2017, and concludes Sept. 30, 2018, is $.615847 per $100 valuation which exceeds the rollback rate requiring two public hearings prior to the final adoption of the proposed tax rate.

The first public hearing will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 and the second hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8. Both public hearings will take place in the VZC Courthouse.

Information released by the commissioners’ court showed that the preceding year’s tax rate was $.58547.

The effective tax rate is .552805 while the rollback tax rate is $.587864, according to the commissioners’ court.

Fri
01
Sep

VZC Genealogy Society to hold seminar

The Van Zandt County Genealogy Society will present the 37th annual Genealogy Seminar Sept. 23 at St. Teresa Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, Canton.

John Sellers will present informational and educational programs. Sellers has been working on the programs and Van Zandt County Genealogy is proud to make this information available to the public,” said Genealogy Society members.

Sellers will present "The Other Court in Texas," a methodology lecture on knowing and accessing records in the District Courts of Texas. The records include, divorce, civil and criminal cases and expert cases. Research procedures will also be discussed.

Sellers will also present "Women, That Gender You Can't Do Without In Your Research.

" Sellers said to “remember women are a half of your family tree. A methodology lecture addresses the ways to research your female lines. Different research strategies and methods will be highlighted. Case studies will also be used.”

Fri
01
Sep

Beating the odds The Rally for Rylan

Rylan Greene wants to be a police officer when he grows up and his favorite thing to do is to play outside and race his brothers from one end of the yard to the other. He is the youngest of Torrance and Amanda Greene’s sons, and is still very much the baby of the family.

This year, Rylan walked down the hallways of Wills Point Primary School to his first-grade classroom, to officially begin his first day of school Aug. 28.

Last year on the day he was to start kindergarten, Rylan was walking down a different hallway, the sixth-floor hallway of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Facing the Odds

Wed
30
Aug

Ribbon Cutting

The Wills Point Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for ASAP Books and Taxes Aug. 22. The business, located at 560 N. 4th St., specializes in tax returns, bookkeeping and payroll services. Business owner Tamara Rhoades cut the ribbon surrounded by members of the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce, family members and city officials.

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Sun
27
Aug

Meet the Teacher

Wills Point High School varsity cheerleaders helped to welcome parents and students to the primary campus during Meet the Teacher Night Aug. 22. Parents and students were able to familiarize themselves with the primary campus, get information needed for the upcoming school year, and drop off supplies to make the first day of school (Aug. 28) less hectic.

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Sun
27
Aug

Court OKs body armor for sheriff’s department

Several requests from the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department received approval from the VZC Commissioners Court Aug. 8.

A grant application through the Office of the Governor for rifle-resistant body armor was given the go-ahead following a presentation from Tim Scharfenberg of the VZC Sheriff’s Department.

“This is a no-match grant which means that it is fully funded by the governor’s office,” said Scharfenberg. “Last Saturday, we had to deal with an individual who was suicidal and had a rifle. I was standing there using my own protection. He was trying to get us to kill him. I was wearing my 22-year old panels which are pistol-proof that expired several years ago. What we are wanting to apply for is a grant that will provide our guys something safer and provide us more protection.”

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