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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

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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

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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.”

Fri
10
Jul

Farmer’s market brings local flavor

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Mary Keller has been a regular vendor at the Wills Point Farmers Market in 2015, selling a collection of herbs including oregano, sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, thyme and chives. Other items being sold by vendors include jams and jellies, fruits and vegetables, eggs and baked goods.

By David Kapitan 

Staff Writer 

 

The Wills Point Community Farmers’ Market is currently in the midst of celebrating its third year of existence, setting up shop each Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the historic Depot Museum in downtown.

In previous years, the market had been held on the grounds of Bill “Ike” Allred and at Bruce Cabin, the site of Wills Cabin, during the summer months.

This year’s event, which began on May 15, got off to a slow start due in large part to the rollercoaster weather that wreaked havoc with growers and farmers throughout the first half of 2015. Even with the minor setback early on, items for sale at this year’s market have included homegrown produce and herbs, eggs, as well as jams, jellies, canned and baked goods.

Sat
04
Jul

Gray skies can’t cloud Jubilee

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Looking Back Texas provided the boot scootin’ music.

By Payton Weidman

Staff Writer

 

A few rain clouds couldn’t stop the fun at the first Free State Jubilee held on First Monday Grounds in Canton June 27. 

The event had a cakewalk booth, three different bounce houses for kids, live music, a Corn Hole tournament, a salsa and canning competition and information about gardening and beekeeping.

“The Free State Jubilee was a huge success by all accounts,” said county extension agent Melisa Rhodes. “The rain clouds may have darkened the skies and rained down on Van Zandt County but it did not stop the first annual Free State Jubilee! The rain stopped just in time for everyone to enjoy the cooler temperatures and experience all the fun and educational opportunities that the Free State Jubilee had to offer.”

Fri
03
Jul

VZCRA soaring to new heights

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Heavy equipment has been in action at the Van Zandt County Regional Airport in recent months for the latest improvement project. The airport, which has already seen the installation of a terminal building and fuel tank, is currently in the midst of a runway overlay project.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

 

The Van Zandt County Regional Airport has been a hive of activity in recent years, growing and blossoming with the addition of fuel tanks, a new terminal building, a growing events calendar and, lately, the start of work on a runway overlay project.

Efforts for the revitalization began in earnest back in 2007, with the Wills Point EDC forming an Airport Advisory Board to conduct an assessment of the airport, focusing on future growth and demand of the community.

Those initial efforts led to the pursuit of grant funding which eventually helped pave the way for a beautification project that helped add striping to the runway and the replacement of the airport’s lighting system.

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