Early voting starts Monday for Nov. 3 vote ; County road tax, state amendments on ballot

Early voting for the Nov. 3 State Constitutional Amendment and Van Zandt County Special Road Tax election begins Monday, Oct. 19.

Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Oct. 30 at the Plaza Museum, 119 N. Buffalo St. in Canton.

County voters are being asked “to adopt or reject the Special Road Tax not to exceed” 10 cents on $100 property valuation to be used for county road and bridge maintenance.

There are seven constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Approval of Proposition 1 would increase the residence homestead exemption for public school property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000.

Proposition 2 would allow extend a residence homestead exemption to the surviving spouse of a totally disabled military veteran.


New newspaper deadlines announced

The Wills Point Chronicle has new deadlines.

Deadline for all articles, photographs, display advertising and classified ads for the coming week’s issue is now 5 p.m. Monday.

For questions, call 903-567-4000.

To send news and information, email

For questions about display advertising, call 903-873-2525 and ask for Glenn McNeill Jr.

For questions about classified ads, email



Council appoints Pearson as city administrator

The Wills Point City Council cemented a key leadership position during its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, removing the interim tag from Pam Pearson’s job title to make her the first full-time administrator the city has had since Feb. 16, 2015.

The position had been in flux in recent years, with Wills Point mayors past (Deby Frye) and present (Mark Turner) and various department heads taking on the responsibilities at various times.

City officials hired Mike Ohrt for the position in July 2013, but Ohrt’s tenure lasted less than a year following a lack of confidence vote by council members in February 2014.

Immediately following Ohrt’s dismissal, Mark Turner advised that he would be acting as city administrator “with assistance from other leadership positions within the city.”

In March of this year, city leaders appointed longtime resident Pam Pearson as the interim city administrator.


Ladies Club to host ninth annual pancake fundraiser

The Wills Point Ladies Club's Ninth Annual Pancake Fundraiser Breakfast is set for this Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Wills Point Community Center. 

The event will be held from 7 to 11 a.m., and the menu will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit and beverage. The cost is only $5 per ticket which can be purchased in advance from any Ladies Club member or at the door. 

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Ladies Club High School Scholarship Fund. 

The Ladies Club will also be selling raffle tickets for various great prizes, including dinner at Four Winds Steakhouse. The proceeds from the raffle will go to support the group’s Community Service Fund.

 “We invite the whole community to fellowship and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast while helping us support our youth in their efforts to pursue higher-level education and in service to our community,” organizers said.

The Wills Point Community Center is located at 307 N. Fourth St.  



Whitton Community dinner set

Whitton Community Dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct 24.  Dinner will be spaghetti with hearty meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, iced tea and great desserts. “Come, bring the family for a fun time!” remarked Whitton Community spokesperson.


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October is domestic violence abuse month

The East Texas Crisis Center in Canton is asking for help to raise awareness to end domestic violence.  One in three women will experience domestic violence in a lifetime.  One in three children will witness domestic violence, said Crystal Mayer, Victim Advocate for Van Zandt and Rains counties.   

“Twenty people per minute are victims of physical violence (slapping, pushing, and shoving) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.  Eighteen to 35 is the age range for which domestic violence is highest.  Thirty is the average number of new domestic violence clients seen by the East Texas Crisis Center in Van Zandt County each month,” said Mayer.

“At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, a proclamation will be signed during Commissioner’s Court, inside of the Courthouse by County Judge Don Kirkpatrick.  This year the HOPE award will be presented to two police officers in Van Zandt County,” Mayer said.   


Terrell Pickers and Grinners to be at Talent Box special event

Courtesy photo

Henry Bates of Wills Point, standing left, will emcee a fundraising event for the Talent Box Theatre Oct. 24. Singers will be, from left, Jan Bates of Wills Point, Helen Boothe of Wills Point, Doris Downs of Kaufman and Shirley Sykes of Kaufman. Buddy Boothe of Wills Point, standing right, is the lead guitarist. Other entertainers will be, sitting from left, Don Moffitt of Kaufman, Leon Jordan of Kaufman, Bryan Boothe of Wills Point and Joe Davis of Kaufman.

Helen Boothe and The Terrell Pickers and Grinners will be at the Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre, 244 N. Fourth St. in Wills Point, to entertain you. 

This event will be held Oct. 24 with Henry Bates of Wills Point emceeing the event.  This is a fundraiser for the theater and funds raised will be used for theater expenses. 

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment at 7:30 p.m. 

There will be good old-fashioned country music, good ol’ gospel music and comedy. 

Musicians will include Buddy Boothe of Wills Point, Bryan Boothe of Wills Point, Leon Jordan of Kaufman, Joe Davis of Kaufman, and Don Moffitt of Kaufman. 

Vocalists are Helen Boothe of Wills Point, Jan Bates of Wills Point, Doris Downs of Kaufman and Shirley Sikes of Kaufman.

Admission for dinner and entertainment is $25 per person.  For entertainment only is $15 per person.


Trail of Darkness open Saturdays, Sundays in Fruitvale

The Trail of Darkness is a spooky experience – including a maze – located at 1317 VZCR 1905 in Fruitvale. The location is about 1.5 miles from the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Hwy. 80.

The haunted adventure will be open 7 p.m. to midnight Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for kids under age 12.

Anyone who donates canned food items will receive $1 off admission.

The canned goods will be donated to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Wills Point and Manna in Canton.

All football players for Van Zandt County will receive $1 off admission and police officers, police department personnel and first responders will receive $1 off admission for themselves and their children. (ID must be shown.)

For more information, call 903-802-8054 or visit the Trail of Darkness Facebook page.



Crossroads offering Judgement House beginning Oct. 10

Crossroads Church in Canton will be presenting Judgement House: 59 Minutes (Eternity is less than an hour away) from 4 to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday beginning Oct. 10.

Judgement House is a dramatic walk-through presentation about the truth of people’ choices and their consequences both in this life and the next, organizers said.

Four different people “are living different lives, in different places with different struggles, aspirations and routines but the one thing they do have in common is that they each have only 59 minutes to live.”

Judgement House is a walk-through, live drama where groups of 10 are guided through different rooms representing a scene from an unfolding story that is acted out in short dramatizations.

The tour takes about 45 minutes. A new tour begins every 15 minutes a new tour


The event is free and individuals and groups are welcome. Reservations are not required,


ABC Room Open House set for Oct. 17

From 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17, the ABC Room will host a Sip and See Open House introducing its new building to the community. 

At the beginning of the open house there will be a dedication ceremony. 

“Our new room will be dedicated in memory of Dan Perez Jr.,” said Karen Forester, ABC Room board president. “Dan worked tirelessly finishing our building. He and wife, B.J., are cherished friends of the ABC Room.

Perez died May 31.

Mrs. Perez has recently joined the ABC Room board of directors. 

Originally called the Rainbow Room, the ABC Room provides emergency resources for children taken in to state care.

The new facility is located at 124 W. Dallas St. (Hwy. 64.) Parking is in the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department parking lot.



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