News

Thu
24
Sep

Shuffield to speak at seminar

The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s annual all day genealogical seminar is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at St. Teresa Catholic Church Fellowship Hall located at 14786 FM 859 South, in Canton.  The deadline for registering is Sept. 24.

The fee for the event is $40 which will include a continental breakfast and a catered luncheon by Laurie’s Kitchen.

Newspaper research, Republic of Texas, American Revolution and Civil War research will be topics with Lynna Kay Shuffield of Houston, a well-known genealogist and lecturer, as the featured speaker.

Advanced registrations are now being taken at the Library of Genealogy and Local History located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 

Registrations are may also be made by sending a check or money order for $40 to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 1388, Canton, 75103. 

Tue
22
Sep

Hensarling staff offering federal agencies help in Van

Staff from U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s office will be in Van from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, to meet with constituents needing assistance with federal agencies. 

Hensarling’s staff will be available at the Van City Hall, 113 W. Main St.

“Dealing with federal agencies can be an intimidating experience.  I want my constituents to know that my staff and I stand ready to help.  I hope that you will let my office assist you in your dealings with federal agencies or bureaucracies,” Hensarling said.

Providing outstanding constituent service is a priority for his office, the congressman said. He said this meeting in Van provides an additional opportunity for constituents with questions or concerns to bring those to his attention.

District offices located in Dallas and Athens are always open for constituents to visit, as well as mail, fax, email or call for assistance, he said.

Mon
21
Sep

Visions meeting hears presentation on Morton Salt

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Ed Fasulo, facility manager of the Morton Salt facility in Grand Saline, was the guest speaker/presenter at this month’s Vision meeting conducted by the Van Zandt Communities. Fasulo gave attendees a look at the Morton Salt operations, and future plans in the works for the company.

The Council of Van Zandt Communities met at the Van Zandt Country Club in Canton Sept. 8 for their monthly Visions meeting on local happenings, and to hear a presentation from Ed Fasulo, the facility manager for the Morton Salt operation located in Grand Saline.

The groups’ goals include “improving communication and coordination among the cities and communities, becoming a force affecting administrative and legislative change that will benefit all individuals, cities, communities, schools, and government bodies, encouraging more effective participation of citizens in local, county, and state government, sharing of calendars of events and supporting city, county, and community events, and supporting a legislative year visit to Austin through Van Zandt County Days at the State Capitol.”

As part of this month’s agenda, attendees to the Vision meeting where given an overview of both the history and future of Morton Salt in Grand Saline and beyond by Fasulo.

Mon
21
Sep

Edgewood police chief search continues; City administrator position added to budget

The search for a new Edgewood Police Chief is ongoing but the city has received six applications, Mayor Charlie Prater said.

Prater asked council members to review the applications and submit their top two selections to City Secretary Petra Marley.

The council had contemplated disbanding the police department and placing the city under the jurisdiction of Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office. However, council members approved next year’s budget this week and decided to continue with the hiring process.

Council members were asked to have their interview recommendations to Marley by Sept. 14 at which time she will tabulate the selections. The top three candidates will be contacted for interviews. The finalists be interviewed by Prater and the council.

 

Budget

Mon
21
Sep

Edgewood police chief search continues; City administrator position added to budget

The search for a new Edgewood Police Chief is ongoing but the city has received six applications, Mayor Charlie Prater said.

Prater asked council members to review the applications and submit their top two selections to City Secretary Petra Marley.

The council had contemplated disbanding the police department and placing the city under the jurisdiction of Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office. However, council members approved next year’s budget this week and decided to continue with the hiring process.

Council members were asked to have their interview recommendations to Marley by Sept. 14 at which time she will tabulate the selections. The top three candidates will be contacted for interviews. The finalists be interviewed by Prater and the council.

 

Budget

Mon
21
Sep

Flynn honored by 36th Infantry Division Association

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Brigadier General Richard Noriega and Major General Lester Simpson present State Rep. Dan Flynn with a T-Patch license plate and bayonet.

Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn was recently honored by the 36th Infantry Division Association for his passage of House Bill 923 which allowed for the creation and sale of commemorative T-patch license plates honoring the historic 36th infantry division.  

At the event, a model of the license plate was revealed to members of the division and their families.

Among the guests there were Assistant Division Commander, Brigadier General Richard Noriega and 36th Infantry Division Commander Major General Lester Simpson who presented Flynn with his own T-Patch license plate and bayonet.  

Flynn served with the 36th Infantry Division which included many notable members such as World War II's most decorated soldier, Audie Murphy.

 

Sun
20
Sep

Board discusses district facility needs, Matus appointed as trustee

Wills Point ISD Trustees held their regular monthly meeting  Sept. 14, focusing on potential facility needs, specifically at both the middle and high school campuses, and appointing a new trustee to fill one of the board’s two current vacancies.

Business opened with interim Superintendent Randy Hancock and Assistant Superintendent Damon Davis each giving presentations on the middle and high school campuses and the lighting issues caused by a light pole collapse during the 2014-’15 school year.

Regarding the middle school cafeteria and high school, Hancock said, “We’ve had issues with the middle school cafeteria and some ongoing issues at the high school with structural movement.”

The district worked with WJE (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc) an engineering firm that specializes in existing facilities and looking at potential safety issues, who reviewed both sites and found that both facilities were safe in their current condition.

Sat
19
Sep

Homecoming parade to kick off weeklong celebration

Wills Point High School will be a hub of activity during the upcoming week, due in large part to homecoming week festivities and the big 5-year reunion that will bring hundreds of Tiger faithful to their high school home for a weekend.

Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

Wills Point’s homecoming week festivities will kick off with a parade and community pep rally Sept. 21 at the high school campus.

Last year’s event proved to be a success, with hundreds of attendees lining the brick streets of downtown to watch the parade and take pictures.

To help traffic flow throughout the area, organizers moved this year’s parade and pep rally Wills Point High School campus.

The parade route will begin next to the football stadium, and work its way around the entirety of the main campus before the pep rally takes place in the south end of the high school parking lot.

Sat
19
Sep

FFA Showteam excels at Four States Fair

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D.J. Wood competed with his Class 3 Red Brahman heifer and won first place Sept. 11. Wood then returned to the ring during the Champion drive to win Reserve Grand Champion.

The Wills Point FFA Showteam headed east this past week competing at the Four States Fair in Texarkana, Ark.

The Showteam brought home honors and numerous accolades for their performance during the fair.

The Junior Show opened up Sept. 11 with the Junior Brangus Show.

Wills Point FFA team member Tori Goggans won third place with her Class 4 Brangus heifer.

D.J. Wood then competed with his Class 3 Red Brahman heifer and won first place. He then returned to the ring during the Champion drive to win Reserve Grand Champion.

Krista Lambeth entered the Santa Gertrudis show with her Class 3 heifer winning third place.

The Sept. 12 competition started out with Kaden Morris entering the ring in Class 2 Angus heifers and winning first place.

Fri
18
Sep

Commissioners approve tax rate, budget

During the Sept. 8 Van Zandt County Commissioner’s meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved the budget and tax rate for fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2015, and ending Sept. 30, 2016.

The tax rate for the fiscal year is $0.485847, which is the same as last year’s tax rate.

Court regular Ronnie Jones spoke during the public comment section on the 2016 budget hearing.

Jones told the commissioners that there were several things that needed to be “done,” including obtaining a final outside audit and finding out where the county stood financially.

Jones also asked for transparency regarding what the court does and why it does it, specifically asking commissioners to “do what you say you will do.”

A bit of banter was heard as commissioners discussed the holiday schedule for FY 2016.

Currently, VZC employees receive a holiday on their birthday.

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