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Sat
12
Aug

Vegetable gardening seminar set

When is the best time to start a fall garden? Now, according to Master Gardener John Womack.

What should you do first when starting a vegetable garden? Find the best location and then decide should it be planted north – south/east – west? Womack will present the seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at the VZC Library.

What do you do next? Do you want raised beds or field beds? Which is the best? Which is the easiest? How do you make raised beds? Do you have to plow a field bed? What about tilling?

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Fri
11
Aug

Free State Back to School Jubilee set for Saturday

The third annual Free State Back to School Jubilee will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and will offer something for the whole family.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Child Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County have joined together to provide all the families of Van Zandt County with a free family fun day.

The Jubilee will be held in the Canton Civic Center just off Hwy 64. Look for the big yellow banners.

The event will provide free backpacks and school supplies, free haircuts, physicals, and immunizations.

In addition, there will be carnival type of games, including three bounce houses, an indoor shooting gallery and much more.

Fri
11
Aug

Crossroads Church to hold worship, prayer event

On April 29, our county was changed forever by a series of tornadoes. In their aftermath, many generous people have given money, time and materials to restore our neighbor’s lives. The storms took only a few moments to do their damage but the recovery effort is a long-term situation and involves more than just cleaning and fixing homes.

The Van Zandt County Long Term Recovery Group has been formed to help Van Zandt County's neighbors with a 'Long Haul' commitment. This commitment is to our emotional and spiritual care as well as financial and construction needs. The Emotional and spiritual sub-committee of the LTRG invites you to a special worship gathering to help with the healing of all of our residents.

At 3 p.m. Sunday April 13, the public is invited to Crossroads Church in Canton to gather for prayer and praise. Clergy from many local churches, local musicians, county leaders and more will lead the event.

Thu
10
Aug

Tiger Band holds first full practice

some WPISD students may be clinging hard to the final weeks of summer, members of the Tiger Band are already at work on both the practice field and in the classroom to ensure that the 2017-’18 school year will be another successful one for the acclaimed program. Coming off a year in which the program finished fourth overall at the UIL 4A State Marching Contest, Tiger Band members will once again tackle a heavy workload.

October will be the Tiger Band’s busiest month with competitions and contests scheduled to include: the Mesquite and Sunnyvale Contests Oct. 7, the Mineola Contest Oct. 9, the Princeton Contest Oct. 14 and the UIL Contest Oct. 25. The spring will also be packed with events, including the All-Region Contest, the UIL Concert Contest and a band trip to Branson, MO.

Wed
09
Aug

Free State Jubilee to be held Aug. 12

Mark your calendar and save the date for the third annual Free State Back to School Jubilee that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and will offer something for the whole family.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Child Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County have joined together to provide all the families of Van Zandt County with a free family fun day.

The Jubilee will be held in the Canton Civic Center just off Hwy 64. Look for the big yellow banners.

The event will provide free backpacks and school supplies, free haircuts, physicals, and immunizations.

In addition, there will be carnival type of games, including three bounce houses, an indoor shooting gallery and much more.

Tue
08
Aug

Events planned for VZC Veterans Memorial

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial has events planned for the rest of the year, so mark your calendars and watch the newspaper for more exact dates as each event approaches.

Labor Day will be the annual Balloon Release, and the visitors center and board members have tickets for sell now, so buy anytime.

The balloons are $3 each and the balloons will be color coded to match the information provided as to active, deceased, POW/MIA or KIA (killed in action) or a veteran who has served.

The VZC Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in September at the Van Zandt County Country Club.

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Mon
07
Aug

The Talent Box reaches out to deaf community

The Talent Box, a nonprofit community theatre located at 244 N. 4th Street, Wills Point, will host encore performances of "Exit the Body," written by Fred Carmichael.

There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and a dinner theatre performance with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and performance at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19.

Limited regular seating may be available at the dinner theatre performance. There will be an ASL Interpreter for the benefit and enjoyment for deaf patrons.
Admission for the matinee is $15 per person and the dinner theatre performance is $25 per person. Prepaid reservations are required for dinner and may be made by calling the theatre, 903-873-8945.

Mon
07
Aug

Auditor discusses budget concerns for VZC

There is a sign on the wall in Van Zandt County Auditor Freddy Thomas’ office that reads, “I’m the Auditor, Not a Magician.”

Those words may very well describe the challenges that Thomas faces as he continues working with VZC officials on the fiscal year 2018 budget.

“The frustrating part of this process is that we have not been able to move the county forward as far as improving its financial condition,” said Thomas. “Over a period of time, the county has gotten itself in a back against the wall situation.”

Thomas discussed what he believes are three primary issues facing the county in the new budget year beginning Oct. 1.

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Sun
06
Aug

VZC employee handbook updated after 21 years

For the first time in 21 years, Van Zandt County employees will have a new employee handbook following approval July 25 by the VZC Commissioners Court.

VZC Human Resource Director Dan Maucieri highlighted the new 71-page handbook in a presentation to the commissioners.

“This handbook is very much changed from what we have had,” emphasized Maucieri. “The employee handbook that we are working under now was originally published in 1996. Updates were added as they were required by the commissioners’ court. When an update was approved, it was sent out to all department heads and then the page was swapped out in the handbook. We did a great job keeping up with that but the time had come for our employee handbook to go under a complete revision.”

Fri
04
Aug

Suspect arrested following brief chase

A routine traffic stop by the Wills Point Police Department July 29 turned into something more when one of the passengers in the vehicle was identified as having an outstanding warrant out of Oklahoma. After being told he was under arrest the suspect, 26-year old Joshua Andrew Yabara, briefly led officers on a chase before being arrested at a local residence short time later.

According to the police narrative of the incident, a WPPD officer was patrolling near N. Mary and N.E. Commerce Street when he noticed a marron truck “with the front license plate not displayed properly.”

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