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Wed
09
Sep

Forage producers need to watch for Fall armyworms

If you are in the forage business whether it is the hay business or forage to feed beef or dairy cattle, horses, sheep or goats, then you need to be on the watch for fall armyworms.  With the wonderful rain we are starting to receive, we have already have received a few calls and with the rain last week producers need to be diligent in watching their pastures and fields. 

Wed
09
Sep

Residents invited to upcoming Watch meetings

The Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program meets by precinct at the following times and locations in September:

Precinct One meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at 304 S. Houston St. in Grand Saline.

Precinct Two meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Elm Grove Church, 979 VZCR 2708.

Mon
07
Sep

Precinct Watch grant

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The TVEC Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Van Zandt County Precinct Watch Program. The foundation is funded by donations from Operation Round Up, a voluntary program that allows TVEC members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. The portion that is rounded up goes to the TVEC Charitable Foundation and may be used to award grant requests to local charitable organizations.  TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long made the check presentation to PWP Chairman Buster Leavell, center, and Vice Chairman Tim Ball.

 

Sun
06
Sep

Genealogical group sets fall seminar Sept. 12, 13

The East Texas Genealogical Society's annual fall seminar will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 and 9 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Fellowship Hall of First Assembly of God Church, 5309 Rhones Quarter Rd. in Tyler.

Cost is $15 for the Sept. 12 session and $50 for the Sept. 13 event.

Sun
06
Sep

3rd annual Van Zandt County Wildlife Expo Friday, September 11th

The Van Zandt County Extension Wildlife and Natural Resources committee will be hosting the third annual Van Zandt County Wildlife Expo Friday, Sept. 11, at the Farm Bureau in Canton. 

The program is from 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.   

Cost is $12 per person which covers the cost of the program, refreshments and handouts. 

Sun
06
Sep

Fall events calendar to include annual favorites

The first day of fall is still be several weeks away (Sept. 23) and temperatures may still be hovering near triple digits, but that’s not stopping the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce from working on several community favorite events scheduled to take place before the end of the year.

BOO on the Bricks

The annual BOO on the Bricks celebration sponsored by Dukes Travel Plaza will return to the brick streets in downtown on Saturday, Oct. 31. Family friendly events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and stretch into the early afternoon.

The overall event schedule is set to include the Harvest Health Fair hosted by Alinea Family Hospice Care, trick-or-treat through the entire downtown, a kid’s costume contest hosted by STEPZ a pet costume contest hosted by Blair Dog Center, the annual Trunk-or-Treat and more.

Sat
05
Sep

Time to get hay tested: Winter Pasture program set for Tuesday, Sept. 8

The Van Zandt County Extension Livestock/Forage Committee will be collecting hay samples for the annual hay evaluation clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Farm Bureau Building in Canton. 

Following collection of the hay samples at 5:30 p.m., there will be a program on winter pastures, soil fertility and gearing pastures up for spring that will be available for producers in Van Zandt County.

Sat
05
Sep

Burn ban still in effect

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The Wills Point Fire Department flies a flag indicating whether or not a burn ban is currently in effect in Van Zandt County. The flag currently flying outside the WPFD was raised on Aug. 11 after county commissioners voted to put a 90-day burn ban in effect. The ban could be lifted as soon as the next commissioners court meeting, scheduled for Sept. 8.

Thanks to the fickleness of Texas weather, even during the summer months, many local and county residents have questioned whether Van Zandt County is still under the burn ban enacted by commissioners back at their Aug. 11 meeting.

At that time, Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen approached commissioners requesting a burn ban due to temperatures over 100 degrees, a lengthy stretch of no rainfall and a high rating in the Keetch, Bryam Drought Index.

The index cited is used by the Texas A&M Forestry Service to predict fire danger for the area, rated the county in the dangerous range. Allen told commissioners that the county is at a level of 700 with the max level being 800. “Right now, we are at the 700 level, but that could potentially rise within the next two weeks to a 750. Unless we get some significant rain soon, we will remain under the burn ban,” said Allen.

Sat
05
Sep

Five-year reunion set for Sept. 26

A rivalry game, a milestone anniversary and a major reunion are coming together to create a perfect storm for Wills Point alumni to return home, celebrate and reminisce during the final full week in the month of September.

Beginning Sept. 21, and culminating Sept. 26, the Wills Point Alumni Association, Wills Point ISD and Wills Point community as a whole will celebrate not only the annual homecoming week and game against the Canton Eagles, but also the big 5-year reunion honoring every graduate of the WPISD.

This year’s festivities will include an added wrinkle, with 2015 marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 State Champion Wills Point Tiger football team.

Fri
04
Sep

Turner named interim police chief

The City of Wills Point moved swiftly in finding a bridge to its next full-time chief of police, hiring and administering the oath of office to interim Chief John Turner in a brief ceremony Sept. 2.

Hiring someone to fill in the chief of police position for the city became a necessity after Kirk King announced his resignation effective Aug. 25.

Shortly after the resignation, the city issued a press release explaining “Kirk King tendered his resignation as Chief of Police with the city of Wills Point.

In his statement to city manager Pam Pearson, King stated, ‘As much as I have wanted to continue the restructuring of the Wills Point Police Department, I have other matters that also deserve my undivided attention.”

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