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Thu
30
Jul

Hats, White Gloves Tea coming Aug. 1

The community is invited to the Sixth Annual Linda Glover Hats and White Gloves Tea at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at Russell Memorial United Methodist Church, event organizers said.

Tickets are $15 each and may be pre-purchased at the church office or Adele’s.  Included in the ticket is a three-course meal, fashion show presented by Adele’s; cello performance by local talent and door prizes.  

 

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Tue
28
Jul

Competitors go for gold at LSGTPA Tractor Pull

Photos by LSGTPA

John Aufdenkamp pulls to victory in the LSGTPA Stock Altered Class during the Rolling Oaks VFD tractor pull.

Summer temperatures welcomed the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams at the Rolling Oaks Volunteer Fire Department Tractor Pull in Wills Point.  The event was the second annual LSGTPA event, hosted by the Rolling Oaks VFD, near Lake Tawakoni.  With temperatures in excess of 100 degrees on a loose track, the drivers and machines were put to the test under the Texas sun. 
Arlen Foulks with Racers for Christ, was on hand to present the prayer during opening ceremonies.  

The Youth Class drivers took to the track first for the opening round of LSGTPA pulling action.  After the dust cleared, Jared Stephan took the top spot aboard his 'Iron Head' machine, for the Moody Pulling Team.  Kody Langham pulled to the runner-up spot, aboard his Bonham Service Center entry.  Lane Duncan placed his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, on the podium in third place. 

Tue
28
Jul

GriefShare starting Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church will offer GriefShare, a nondenominational program for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The DVD seminar features grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion.

The GriefShare classes will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 2. in the parlor of First Baptist Church, 303 S. Athens St.  To register or for questions or information, call 903-567-4157 by July 30.

 

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Tue
28
Jul

ETMC online survey continues through July 31

East Texas Medical Center is asking residents aged 18 and over to complete a short, online survey.

Survey participants will be asked to provide their name and contact information in order to be entered in a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize of an Apple iPad. However, all responses are confidential and names are not associated with survey responses, hospital officials said.

The survey is available on the ETMC website, www.etmc.org/health-survey, and will be open until July 31. 

Mon
27
Jul

Remembering a forgotten battle

Photo by Kat Hinson

Danny Hair led a smudging ceremony at the July 18 Battle of the Neches Memorial.

Van Zandt County once had a red-haired, freckled-faced Indian chief that led 13 tribes of Indians against the Texas Calvary in a battle to the death.

In the tip of the southeastern party of VZC close to Redland, a Cherokee Indian chief and Texas Republic President Sam Houston are memorialized by a five-foot granite marker, denoting the location of the Battle of the Neches.

A gruesome death awaited the half Scotch-Irish and Cherokee Indian Chief Duwa’li Bowles when he took a stand against Texas Republic President Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar who ordered that all Cherokee Indians be removed from Texas in the 1830s, thus forcing Bowles and his tribe from their homes and land previously given to them by Houston.

The Battle of the Neches memorial was held July 18 at the location of the battle between Chief Bowles and his tribe of Cherokee Indians and the Texas Calvary.

Sat
25
Jul

Dad hopes accident leads to parking safety

Courtesy photo

An SUV driven by a 79-year-old woman jumped the curb July 7 and hit 18-year-old Jessica Bunch as she stood in front of the Redbox movie machine in front of CVS in Canton. The Edgewood girl’s father is now calling on retailers to place barricades in front of sidewalk vending machines.

Don Bunch has spent most of his time since noon July 7 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler at the bedside of his 18-year-old daughter Jessica.

Jessica was seriously injured when a 79-year-old woman driving an SUV and pulling into a handicapped parking spot at the CVS in Canton hit the gas instead of the brake, jumped the curb and slammed into the teen who was standing in front of the Redbox movie rental machine.

The Edgewood girl who was scheduled to report to Marine boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in September remains in intensive care having undergone surgeries to remove her appendix, gallbladder and part of her bowel, place plates to stabilize her broken pelvis and relieve pressure on her lungs from her crushed rib cage. Her left ankle was also broken and just this week doctors discovered her shoulder was out of socket.

Fri
24
Jul

Trustees eye proposed budget of 2015-’16 school year

The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees talked dollars and cents July 16, hosting a nearly hour-long budget workshop led by Superintendent Suzanne Blasingame prior to the start of their regular monthly meeting.

 “We are not proposing an increase in taxes for this school year,” Blasingame said. “Our rate as been $1.04 for maintenance and operations and then $1.104 for the I and S (interest and sinking fund) understanding that we’re in the middle of re-selling those funds. With that consideration, Mrs. Sanderson (Director of Finance Mary Sanderson) and I felt like we need to keep it as is at this time.”

The re-sale of those bonds could produce close to $120,000 in savings for taxpayers.

Proposed tax collections for the 2015-’16 year, which will start late in 2015, are estimated to be $5,726,817.

Fri
24
Jul

Resignations bring dramatic close to July meeting

Courtesy photos

Suzanne Blasingame and Dyde Manning III

Months of rumors swirling around the community regarding potential turnover in the upper reaches of the Wills Point ISD finally came to a head during the July 16 board of trustees meeting, with the announcement that Superintendent Suzanne Blasingame had tendered her resignation.

Moments after the news was announced, longtime trustee Dyde Manning III took the floor to voice his disappointment and frustration with the board’s actions. Manning offered his own resignation before abruptly walking out prior to the adjournment of the meeting.

Speculation about Blasingame’s position as the district’s superintendent had picked up in intensity in recent months despite the fact that trustees renewed her contract in January following an executive session item listed on the agenda as “Superintendent’s evaluation and contract.”

Thu
23
Jul

Larry Ottinger 1944-2015

A Celebration of Life Service for Larry Ottinger, 70, of Wills Point, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015, at International Outreach Church, located at 1404 Lake Drive, Wills Point. Burial will follow at White Rose Cemetery under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.

Larry went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Mon
20
Jul

Connells county’s first same-sex couple to wed

Courtesy photos

The Connells and their family

At his Wills Point office July 8, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Herbert Dunn officiated the wedding of Jerry Rosengartner and Paul Connell.

With the ceremony, Rosengartner and Connell became the first couple to be married in Van Zandt County since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 gave same-sex pair the right to legally wed.

The couple actually got their marriage license in Kaufman County but came back to Van Zandt County for the ceremony. Connell, 48, has been a resident of the Wills Point area for the past 15 years. Rosengartner, 24, has lived here six years. They have been a couple for the past six years.

Rosengartner said he will take the last name Connell.

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