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Sat
18
Jul

Most county cities continue upward momentum

Things continued to trend in a mostly positive direction for Van Zandt County cities this month, with the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar releasing figures that indicate that four out of six local cities would be in line for larger sales tax revenues for July 2015 than those that were collected for the same period back in July 2014.

Hegar’s report shows that Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline and Wills Point all continued their recent upward trend while Edom and Van either took or continued a downward trend by falling behind last year’s July collection totals.

The city of Grand Saline, which has been on a hot streak in 2015, posted the largest positive dollar change for any county city in July 2015 by collecting $45.465.82. That figure was up $13,736.09, or 43.29 percent, over the $31,729.73 collected back in July 2014.

Fri
17
Jul

WPRC Rodeo weekend begins tonight

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point Riding Club has selected one of its founding members, Leon Lester, as grand marshal for this year’s WPRC Rodeo Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on July 18.

The Wills Point Riding Club will have its busiest weekend of the year beginning today (July 17), playing host to large crowds of community members and visitors during its annual two-day rodeo event.

The WPRC UPRA Rodeo is scheduled to take place nightly on July 17-18 at the Bill “Ike” Allred Arena. Each night of the rodeo action is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., and feature the Flying “C” Rodeo Company and professional barrelman and entertainer Cameron Keeton.

Following a lengthening tradition, the two-day rodeo event will bookend the annual WPRC Rodeo Parade, which is set to begin at 10 a.m. on July 18 in downtown Wills Point. This year’s parade will feature a “Blazin’ Saddles” theme.

The WPRC announced this week that Leon Lester, one of the founding members of the riding club, will be grand marshal of this year’s parade.

Fri
17
Jul

Council moves closer to wrapping Juanita Street projects

On Tuesday night, the Wills Point City Council moved one step closer to putting roadwork on Juanita Street into its rearview mirror.

The council approved a bid to repair drainage issues that have been a bump for both city leaders and area residents

Stretching back to 2013.

The project was initially put in motion back in February 2013 when city staff members were directed to develop cost estimates for road projects throughout the city. In March of that same year, plans were made to proceed with a reconstruction project of both Juanita and Gordon Streets.

Phase one of the project, which began in April 2013 and included curb and gutter replacements, and phase two, which started in August 2013, were both completed as planned.

Tue
14
Jul

Children’s shelter seeks assistance

By Pam Millican

Correspondent

 

The Children’s Shelter, an emergency placement shelter for children in Van Zandt County, is undergoing some major changes.

The shelter is owned and maintained by a board of trustees who contracts with Azleway to provide “house parents” who oversee the children and day-to-day running of the shelter.

 “Most people don’t realize there is a children’s shelter in Van Zandt County and we have been in the same location for 37 years,” said Kerry Cartier, shelter board president.

The location of the facility is undisclosed for the safety of the children.

When Child Protective Services has to remove a child from his or her home for the child’s safety due to parental neglect or when the there is no one to care for the child due to the parent’s incarceration, CPS contacts Azleway.

Tue
14
Jul

Homer Taylor 1936-2015

Visitation service for Homer Lee “Buck” Taylor, 78, of Terrell, was held Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point. 

He passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015, at his residence in Terrell.

Buck was born Aug. 1, 1936, in Dallas.

Allan Fuller Funeral Home www.allanfullerfuneralhome.com

Mon
13
Jul

Planning underway for fourth annual Back-to-School Fair

The Wills Point ISD, Wills Point PTO and Wills Point Chamber of Commerce are joining forces once again to host the fourth annual “Back-to-School Fair” for district students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunches. 

The event will be held at the high school from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8.

The fair helped to provide school supplies, haircuts, vaccinations, dental supplies and eye screenings to an estimated 293 students in 2013. That number grew to 339 students being afforded those services during last year’s event.

 “This number represents more than double the amount of students helped from the first year of the fair, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our caring and generous community,” organizers said.

Mon
13
Jul

Sheriff’s officers arrest fugitive from Colorado

Courtesy photos

July 1, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office assisted the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force in apprehending 28-year-old Joshua Borth of the Wills Point area. 


Borth is wanted by the Durango, Colo., Police Department for Sexual Assault of a Child while at a homeless shelter.

Borth is being held at the Van Zandt County Justice Center without bond until he can be transported back to Durango. 


Borth was arrested in the Myrtle Springs area without incident after being located in an abandoned structure on his family’s property. He was armed with a stolen .22-caliber long rifle and 30-06 rifle.


Borth attempted to climb out a window but quickly realized he was surrounded and gave up, the sheriff's department said. 
Borth was found with camping gear and survival equipment; it is believed Borth has been hiding in the woods on his family’s land for the past week.


Sun
12
Jul

Rodeo, parade on the horizon

By David Kapitan 

Staff Writer 

 

The annual Wills Point Riding Club Rodeo Parade and WPRC Rodeo are just a week away, with both showcase events scheduled to take center stage July 17 and 18. 

Events, and event information, includes:

Queen Competition

Ticketing for the UPRA Rodeo at Bill “Ike” Allred Arena has been underway for several weeks already with challengers for this year’s queen title hitting the bricks to sell advance tickets.

Rodeo queen contestants are broken down into three age groups: Tiny Miss, age 6 years and younger; Princess, ages 7 to 13 years; and Queen, ages 14 and up.

Rules for Tiny Miss, Princess and Queen include:

–Each contestant will be given $250 in tickets at the time of registration.

–The contest is based on ticket sales only.

Sun
12
Jul

Entrants sought for ‘Blazing Saddles’ parade

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

 

The annual Wills Point Riding Club Rodeo Parade and WPRC Rodeo continued to draw closer this week, with both major events looming July 17 and 18.

While most of the rodeo details were already finalized, organizers are putting out the call for entrants interested in participating in this year’s rodeo parade.

The Sixth Annual WPRC Rodeo Parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. July 18 in downtown Wills Point.

The parade will feature a “Blazin’ Saddles” theme.

Those riding on floats will be able to bring individually wrapped candy and trinkets to pass along to parade attendees.

Sat
11
Jul

Local reception honors state officials

Courtesy photo

Chair of Van Zandt County Vision Judy Rowton presents gifts to State officials Sen. Bob Hall and Rep. Dan Flynn.

By Payton Weidman 

Staff Writer 

 

A reception was held June 30 at the Van Zandt Country Club by the Council of Van Zandt County Communities to honor state officials Sen. Bob Hall and Rep. Dan Flynn. 

The reception brought in many people from the county and allowed people to speak with the state officials.

The reception featured a video from this year’s Van Zandt County Day in Austin. The highlight was the Van Zandt County Choir singing in the Rotunda at the State Capitol. Many of the members of the choir and choir director John Bell were in attendance at the reception. 

Hall praised the choir for their job well done at the Capitol.

Flynn said the recently concluded legislative session was a productive one.  “It was the best legislative session I’ve personally enjoyed,” he said. Flynn said the session addressed state needs and that, overall, it was an “outstanding session.”

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