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Mon
15
Jun

Hensarling staff to offer help here next week

Staff from U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s office will be in Canton June 19 to meet with constituents needing assistance with federal agencies.

Hensarling’s staff will be available at the Van Zandt County Courthouse in the County Judge’s Conference Room from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Dealing with federal agencies can be an intimidating experience.  I want my constituents to know that my staff and I stand ready to help.  I hope that you will let my office assist you in your dealings with federal agencies or bureaucracies,” Hensarling said.

Providing outstanding constituent service is a priority for his office, the congressman said, and this meeting in Canton provides an additional opportunity for constituents with questions or concerns to bring those to his attention.

Mon
15
Jun

Class of 2015 enters next phase following graduation

Photo by David Kapitan

Maverick Cunigan shakes hands with Superintendent Suzanne Blasingame as WPHS Principal Jim Lamb looks on.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

 

The 168-member Wills Point High School Class of 2015 earned its title as graduates on June 6, officially making the transition from local students to district alumni in commencement exercises held at Sunnyvale Baptist Church.

The senior class, led by Valedictorian Ben Webb and Salutatorian Stephen Magee, filed into the heart of the church to the traditional playing of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

After a few brief remarks, senior class President Aaron Berberich presided over the seating of the graduates.

Third-ranked student Austin Roberts provided the opening remarks of the event to fellow classmates, thanking parents, teachers, friends, family and the school administration for providing support and guidance throughout the years.

Tue
09
Jun

Free State Jubilee to show off Van Zandt’s best June 27

It’s time to find out who makes the best salsa, cranks out the best homemade ice cream and raises the best produce in Van Zandt County.

The Free State Jubilee will be held June 27 on First Monday grounds in Canton.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Committee is sponsoring this “free, fun day event for the families of Van Zandt County,” Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes said.

Tue
09
Jun

Nine car I-20 crash kills one

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A nine car pile up caused one fatality and injured others
Monday afternoon June 1.

By Donnita Fisher

Managing Editor

A fatality accident brought traffic on eastbound Interstate 20 to a standstill Monday afternoon, June 1, near the Myrtle Springs Cemetery Road exit two miles east of Canton.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. when an 18-wheeler traveling in right lane of traffic “failed to control his speed and ran into the back of a 2007 Ford Escape traveling in that same lane. The Ford Escape was then pushed forward into a 2013 Ford SEL. The Ford SEL was then pushed into a 2015 KIA Soul which was then pushed into a 1998 Peterbilt truck towing a flatbed trailer.”

The 18-wheeler then hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee pushing it into another 18-wheeler, a 2007 Western Star towing a Wabash trailer.

Tue
09
Jun

Lamb reinstated following special called meeting

Photo by David Kapitan

Over 200 people, including 184 that signed in and dozens of others, gathered at the Wills Point administration building on May 28 to show their support for high school Principal Jim Lamb.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

A contingent of more than 200 people flooded in and around the Wills Point ISD Administration Building May 28, showing their support for WPHS Principal Jim Lamb.

Lamb was placed on was placed on administrative leave by the district at the end of the school day May 22.

Rumors and speculation about the reasoning behind the decision kicked into overdrive shortly after word of Lamb being placed on administrative leave began to spread.

Much of that speculation ultimately landed on an ongoing debate about which student had earned the title of valedictorian for the WPHS Class of 2015, and the decision by Lamb to not officially announce the top ranking student at the annual WPHS Scholarship Banquet that took place May 21.

The top position for the senior class had previously been a point of contention, being discussed at special called meetings on April 16 and May 12.

Mon
08
Jun

Students voice concerns over final class rankings

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

The finish line may just be a day away for the Class of 2015, but two graduates from this year’s class are far from finished in their fight to bring more transparency and clarity to the school district’s ranking policy.

Stephen Magee, currently ranked second by the district, and Austin Roberts, currently ranked third, were at one time considered the valedictorian and salutatorian of this year’s senior class.

Mon
08
Jun

Webb, Magee to lead Class of 2015

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Valedictorian Ben Webb and Salutatorian Stephen Magee

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

Valedictorian Ben Webb and Salutatorian Stephen Magee are scheduled to lead the Wills Point High School Class of 2015 through commencement exercises at Sunnyvale First Baptist Church in Mesquite at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6.

Ben Webb – Valedictorian

Ben Travis Webb is the 19-year-old son of Tess Deen and the grandson of Doctors Travis and Carol Deen.

He will graduate on Saturday with a class best 4.862 grade point average. Webb has been enrolled at Wills Point High School for two years, participating in athletics as a member of the golf team, as well as the UIL academic team, the National Honor Society and the WPHS Student Council.

Thu
04
Jun

Remembering the fallen: a Memorial Day salute

Photo by Faith Caughron

Taps was played by Ridge Taylor at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Day service May 25.

By Diana Farmer

Guest Contributor

Remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve, and memorializing those who remain lost was on the agenda of the Memorial Day Ceremony in Canton at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial May 25.

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett emceed the event with Major Brigadier General Howard N. Palmer Jr. serving as the guest speaker.

Many Veterans from the branches of military were on hand to witness the memorial.

Soldiers from World War II, the Korean, Iraq and Afghanistan wars were all present to pay their respects. 

 

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Wed
03
Jun

Commissioners continue down road to recovery

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer

The Van Zandt County Commissioners Court continued to take steps to help repair the damage done by recent weather events that have battered much of the county during a meeting Tuesday, May 26.

The commissioners started down the road to recovery by approving a bid with Traylor Associates, Inc. to prepare the necessary paperwork for a Texas Department of Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund Grant and green lighting a measure that could lead to the reappraisal of storm damaged property.

Business opened with Precinct 2 Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr. advising constituents that county workers and the commissioners’ court as a whole were doing their best to get things repaired and operational as quickly as possible.

Tue
02
Jun

Tigers honor academic excellence at Scholarship Banquet

Photo by David Kapitan

Lt. Colonel Jerry Dittman announced that class of 2015 member Aaron Berberich had been granted admission to West Point, receiving a $250,000 scholarship.

by David Kapitan

Staff Writer

The Wills Point Tiger academic community gathered together at the high school campus last week, recognizing excellence in the classroom during the annual WPHS Scholarship and Who’s Who program May 21.

During the ceremonies, organizers recognized that the Class of 2015 had earned more than $1.5 million in grants and scholarships towards their academic future.

Scholarship awards announced included:

-Shelby Rotenberry: $1,000, TVEC; $12,000, UT Tyler Patriot Scholarship; $1,000, Wills Point PTO; $250, City of Wills Point; $500, Hardman-Watson

-Stephen Magee: $1,000, TVEC; $250, Round Em Up Cowboy Church

-Hallie Davis: $92,928, UNT Terry Foundation

-Garrett Lathem: $500, Principal Textbook Scholarship; $500, Bluebird Scholarship; $500, Ministerial Alliance; $500, WP Rotary Club; $43,100, UT Grants

 

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