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Tue
04
Aug

Seal coating taking place on area highways

Texas Department of Transportation crews are resuming the annual summer seal coat operations to help preserve roadways throughout the Tyler District.

Work kicks started this week State Hwy. 11 in Wood County.


Seal coat is the department’s preventive maintenance program that utilizes a two-step process to cover existing roadway surfaces with a layer of hot asphalt followed by rock. The process seals the roadway to keep water out thereby adding years of life and requiring less maintenance while providing a new driving surface for motorists, according to TxDOT officials.


TxDOT said motorists can expect some travel delays and lane closures as the work continues for the next five weeks across seven of the district’s eight counties. Traffic control will be provided by flaggers.

The expected completion date for the $8.5 million contract is the end of August.


Mon
03
Aug

New dance coming to Canton Senior Citizens Center

Beginning Aug. 14, John Rugg hopes you dance – at least every second and fourth Friday evening.

The Country Drive Band will be hosting a dance every second and fourth Friday at the Canton Senior Citizens Center, 200 W. Groves St.

Rugg is the drummer for the band, which has been performing in the Van Zandt area for the last seven years.  Comprised of six area musicians with four of the members performing together at any one time, the band has a vast repertoire of dance music that is appealing to all ages to keep you boot scootin’ on the dance floor, Rugg said.  

The group is enjoying its third year of Thursday night dances in Mineola, he said, and the band is excited to add the Canton Senior Citizens Center dance as their newest local venue in their busy performance schedule.  

Mon
03
Aug

Advocacy Center celebrating 10th anniversary with open house

The Children’s Advocacy Center will host a 10th anniversary open house at their new facility, 503 W. Hwy. 243, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7. 

The new facility more than doubles the size of the previous offices and provides additional offices, counseling space, meeting and training space and a large volunteer work room. 

Refreshments, including lunch, will be served. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at noon and the public is invited to attend.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County started over 10 years ago with a vision to provide justice, hope and healing for abused children, center officials said.  The agency received its nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service in August 2005 under the leadership of then Criminal District Attorney Leslie Dixon.

Several community agencies and their members joined Dixon to focus on successful prosecution of child abuse cases through the use of forensic interviews.

Sat
01
Aug

Commissioners discuss budgeting, payment of invoices

 

Accountability and communication were the words of the day for Van Zandt County leaders July 28, with commissioners and county auditor Kenny Edwards spending extended time talking about invoices received from various departments without the necessary purchase order numbers.

The discussion, which came near the end of the meeting, picked up where the July 14 commissioners court meeting left off. At that time, Edwards noted that his office had received several invoices for payment lacking the needed purchase order numbers.

 “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do here,” Edwards said. “I’ve got invoices over there. I added them up yesterday, and what I currently have is approximately $17,000 worth of invoices without purchase orders. I know some things don’t require purchase orders, but a lot of things do.”

Fri
31
Jul

Camping out

Photos by David Kapitan

Incoming fourth through ninth grader Tiger athletes participated in the final Wills Point High School Athletic Department camps of the summer July 27 through 30. The student athletes were participated in games and drills led by members of the Tiger coaching staff. The 2015-’16 school year is scheduled to start Aug. 24.

Fri
31
Jul

Warmer, dryer conditions raise fire risk

Van Zandt County has found itself in a relatively rare position during the dog days of summer so far, benefitting from unseasonably heavy rainfalls early in the year and ducking hundred degree temperatures until just recently.

With July fading into August and a steadier onslaught of the usual summer conditions for East Texas, favorable conditions for grass fires are also on the rise.

Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen said earlier this week that most departments in the county had reported relatively steady numbers to date.

Every city in the county has ordinances in place that ban the burning of brush or trash within the city limits. Allen explained that while permits are not required to burn in Van Zandt County (outside the local city limits), a few guidelines should always be followed when burning brush or garbage to limit potentially hazardous situations.

Allen also offered a series of tips for those planning to burn any brush or trash:

Thu
30
Jul

Hats, White Gloves Tea coming Aug. 1

The community is invited to the Sixth Annual Linda Glover Hats and White Gloves Tea at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at Russell Memorial United Methodist Church, event organizers said.

Tickets are $15 each and may be pre-purchased at the church office or Adele’s.  Included in the ticket is a three-course meal, fashion show presented by Adele’s; cello performance by local talent and door prizes.  

 

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Tue
28
Jul

Competitors go for gold at LSGTPA Tractor Pull

Photos by LSGTPA

John Aufdenkamp pulls to victory in the LSGTPA Stock Altered Class during the Rolling Oaks VFD tractor pull.

Summer temperatures welcomed the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams at the Rolling Oaks Volunteer Fire Department Tractor Pull in Wills Point.  The event was the second annual LSGTPA event, hosted by the Rolling Oaks VFD, near Lake Tawakoni.  With temperatures in excess of 100 degrees on a loose track, the drivers and machines were put to the test under the Texas sun. 
Arlen Foulks with Racers for Christ, was on hand to present the prayer during opening ceremonies.  

The Youth Class drivers took to the track first for the opening round of LSGTPA pulling action.  After the dust cleared, Jared Stephan took the top spot aboard his 'Iron Head' machine, for the Moody Pulling Team.  Kody Langham pulled to the runner-up spot, aboard his Bonham Service Center entry.  Lane Duncan placed his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, on the podium in third place. 

Tue
28
Jul

GriefShare starting Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church will offer GriefShare, a nondenominational program for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The DVD seminar features grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion.

The GriefShare classes will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 2. in the parlor of First Baptist Church, 303 S. Athens St.  To register or for questions or information, call 903-567-4157 by July 30.

 

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Tue
28
Jul

ETMC online survey continues through July 31

East Texas Medical Center is asking residents aged 18 and over to complete a short, online survey.

Survey participants will be asked to provide their name and contact information in order to be entered in a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize of an Apple iPad. However, all responses are confidential and names are not associated with survey responses, hospital officials said.

The survey is available on the ETMC website, www.etmc.org/health-survey, and will be open until July 31. 

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