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Mon
07
Dec

Candy Land Christmas Parade set for Dec. 12

The Canton Chamber of Commerce Candy Land Christmas parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 but before the lights are twinkling through the downtown square, you can get a glimpse of the holiday finery at the Canton Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of Trees at the Plaza Museum.

The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the chamber. Businesses, groups or individuals decorate artificial Christmas trees and the trees are displayed in the Plaza Museum before being sold through a silent auction.

The auction is ongoing now and ends one hour after the Christmas parade Dec. 12.

Mon
07
Dec

Butch Adkison Toy Run set for Dec. 12

The 12th annual Butch Adkison Memorial Toy Run for Van Zandt County, sponsored by Bikers for Christ Tawakoni Chapter, will take place Dec. 12.

Registration will be at 10:30 a.m. at Charlie’s Place, 335 Wingo Way (FM 2965), Wills Point. 

Kickstands are to be up at noon. This is a 40 mile ride ending at the food court at Old Mill Marketplace, 542 Hwy. 64 in Canton, organizers said.

Fee for the toy run is $10. A new, unwrapped toy can be substituted for the fee.

Sun
29
Nov

Two arrested on burglary charges

The Wills Point Police Department arrested two suspects last week after receiving word of a burglary in progress call shortly before 4 p.m. Nov. 17.

According to a narrative of the incident, the WPPD was dispatched to a residence on Ash Lane in reference to a burglary in progress.

Once on the scene, officers and a trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety were advised by a homeowner that “there was someone in his trailer house robbing it and that they were still in the house.”

The homeowner added that he felt the suspect or suspects had gained entry using a window at the back of the home.

Officers entered the home through the front entrance with consent of the owner, clearing rooms throughout the residence.

Sun
29
Nov

Perryman Discusses Economics

Van Zandt County has had some set backs in the past year but still has an optimistic future, Dr. M. Ray Perryman told those gathered for a county economic outlook program Nov. 19.

Perryman is founder and president of the Perryman Group. Based in Waco, the Perryman group provides economic forecasting and overviews. The Canton Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner to hear the results of the economic outlook paid for by the county’s economic development corporations.

Perryman gave an overview of the national and state economic prospects and then talked about Van Zandt County.

“What happens at other places affects us every day,” he said.

He said recent world events have shown the need for a local planning.

Sun
29
Nov

ESD#4 waiting on contracts

The newly formed Van Zandt County Emergency Services District #4 is in the process of getting contracts drawn up and signed in order to take over the management of the Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department from the city of Wills Point.

The board has an attorney working on a contract between the ESD and the volunteer fire department. The contract must be signed prior to the ESD being able to transfer funds to the fire department. The contract should be ready within a couple of days and then the board will post the 72-hour required notice of a special meeting in order to sign the contracts, officials said.

The ESD is also waiting for a contract to sign with the city of Wills Point for rental of fire equipment and the building currently being used by the fire department.

Sun
29
Nov

Fire burns more than 100 acres

Throughout the summer and into the fall, the office of the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal has been warning residents about the potential fire dangers and need for extra caution while working outside with machinery or burning brush piles.

Even with cooler and wetter temperatures in recent weeks, those words once again proved prophetic Nov. 20 with another major fire reported north of Wills Point off County Road 3812.

Updates offered by County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen indicated that a person burning brush lost containment of the fire they had set prompting fire departments from Wills Point, Edgewood, Elmo, Terrell, South Van Zandt, Myrtle Springs, Canton, Fruitvale, Point, Able Springs, Tawakoni South, College Mound, Whitton, Point and Emory all being dispatched to the scene.

Thu
19
Nov

‘Angels’ now ready for ‘adoption’

The Wills Point Community Angel Tree is a community-wide, annual donation program that provides clothing, toys, and food for children in families facing financial hardship during the holiday season. 

According to organizers, the goal of WPCAT is to make sure that each child receives a new outfit with shoes and a coat along with two or three toys for Christmas, and that each family receives a box of food and a turkey, hen or ham.

This marks the group’s seventh year of providing these items to needy Wills Point children and their families. 

Letters went out to the families through all of the schools in the Wills Point ISD and public daycare centers, interviews have been conducted, Angels are now available, and gifts will be handed out on Dec. 11.

Mon
16
Nov

Canton leads way for sales tax revenue collections

The city of Canton helped lead the way for sales tax revenue collections in the month of November, helping to offset the slight gains and losses posted by other county cities according to the latest information released by the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar Nov. 4.

Collections by Canton, with assists from both Wills Point and Edom figures, offset slight sales tax revenue drops posted by three other county cities: Edgewood, Grand Saline and Van.

Canton posted the largest positive dollar change of any city in the county, snapping a two month streak held by the city of Van. Canton collected $298,955.86 in November 2015, up $36,421.08 over the $262,534.78 collected in November 2014.

For the second consecutive month, Wills Point posted the second largest positive dollar change by collecting $101,925.76 in November.

Mon
16
Nov

Opening night set for ‘Into the Woods’

The Wills Point High School Theater Department will unveil their latest production, a take on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at the high school cafetorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

Rehearsals have been ongoing for weeks, with actors, crew members and director Jamie Keeler working to perfect the production that combines several well-known tales.

Into The Woods is the story of stories, combining the Grimm Brother’s “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Cinderella,” as well as a few other characters in the mix.

Mon
16
Nov

Holiday activities bringing Christmas spirit to brick streets

The city of Wills Point is scheduled to turn into a winter wonderland for local residents Dec. 12, with the return of a longstanding Christmas tradition and the second occurrence of what became a new community favorite with its debut last year.

Christmas on the Bricks, sponsored by Citizen’s National Bank, will take over the downtown streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

Highlighted events are set to include familiar favorites like the Texas Fire Alarm sponsored car show, Russell Memorial United Methodist Church sponsored Breakfast with Santa, TVEC sponsored 5k Reindeer Run and live entertainment.

Additionally, vendors selling food, crafts and arts will be onsite. Organizers have also announced that this year’s parade, always a big draw for the community, will carry a Christmas in the Movies-theme in 2015.

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