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Thu
03
Aug

Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

AUSTIN — The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, before proceeding to other matters.

At the urging of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate moved quickly to pass legislation continuing the function of the Texas Medical Board and several other health-care related state oversight boards through 2019.

The House, led by Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, tentatively passed similar legislation (House Bill 1) through its State Affairs committee but 10 amendments to the bill have been pre-filed, and those, plus the main bill, will be subject to a full-House floor debate scheduled for July 24.

Wed
02
Aug

Football highlight video made available

Wills Point ISD Assistant Superintendent Damon Davis, son of legendary Tiger head football coach Ken Autry Davis, announced this week that a DVD of football highlights from the 1964-1976 football seasons, including a copy of Wills Point’s 14-0 win over White Deer in the 1965 Class A State Championship game, are now available to the public for a $10 donation with all funds going towards funding the Ken Autry Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ken Autry Davis began building his legacy as a local legend during a standout athletic career in Wills Point.

Davis would go on to play collegiately at Stephen F. Austin where he would letter in football all four years, including three as the starting halfback for the Lumberjack program.

Tue
01
Aug

Low pay, lack of staff plagues VZC Jail

Several issues including budget needs for the Van Zandt County Jail and Sheriff’s Department were the main topics of discussion during a special session July 18 of the VZC Commissioners Court.

No decisions were reached as staff members of the VZC Sheriff’s Department and VZC Jail, VZC Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell, VZC District Judge Teresa Drum and other county employees were among those in attendance meeting with VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick, VZC Pct. 1 Commissioner Brandon Brown and VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr.

“We wanted to post this meeting to make it legal,” pointed out Kirkpatrick. “We met with representatives of the sheriff’s department and the jail last week and there were some issues that came up at that meeting that were beyond my control. Our thought then was to bring in everyone involved today (July 18) for a roundtable discussion.”

Mon
31
Jul

Back to School Fair set for Aug. 12

For the sixth consecutive year, the Wills Point ISD, Wills Point PTO and Wills Point Chamber of Commerce have joined together to collect and distribute school supplies at a Back to School Fair for students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunches.

This year’s Back to School Fair has been scheduled for Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Wills Point High School campus.

The Back to School Fair has grown every year since its inception, growing to provide 413 students with school supplies, haircuts, dental supplies, eye screenings and vaccinations in 2016 alone.

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Sun
30
Jul

Wreck on FM 751 shuts down road

FM 751 north of Wills Point was temporarily closed to traffic both ways July 25 after a single vehicle accident occurred just south of Union Grove Cemetery. The driver, identified as Louis Loza, was reportedly traveling south towards Wills Point when he lost control of his truck. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle flip multiple times in the air, spreading debris over the roadway before landing on the passenger side. Loza escaped serious injury in the accident but was transported to a hospital via ambulance. The Wills Point Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety each responded to accident.

Fri
28
Jul

Governor Abbott announces growing support for school finance reform

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Governor Greg Abbott today announced that his call for school finance reform is generating growing support across Texas.

School finance reform is part of the Governor's 20-item agenda for the ongoing special legislative session.

“The current school finance system is complex, inefficient, and not family-centered. We hope that the legislature establishes a commission to study the system, and recommend fundamental reforms which will benefit all Texas children.” – Michael Barba, Associate Director of Public Policy, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.

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Thu
27
Jul

State Capitol Highlights

Abbott gives lawmakers initial marching orders for special session

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on July 10 issued a formal proclamation for the special session that begins July 18, directing the Texas Legislature to extend expiration dates for the Texas Medical Board and other state boards that regulate psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers.

Abbott said he plans to issue a supplemental proclamation further directing lawmakers to pass another list of items he previously announced. The areas of legislation would:

— Reform laws governing ad valorem property taxes;

— Increase average salary and benefits of Texas teachers;

— Establish a statewide commission to study and recommend improvements to the current public school finance system;

— Preempt local regulation of the use of hand-held mobile communication devices while driving; and

Thu
27
Jul

Records from 1871 to be archived

Pam Pearman, VZC Clerk Pam Pearman gives a presentation on the need to have all county clerk office records archived digitally.

Commissioners approve change in insurance plan

A plan to digitally archive all records in the Van Zandt County Clerk’s office was approved unanimously by the VZC Commissioners Court during their July 11 meeting.

VZC Clerk Pam Pearman, along with representatives from Kofile Technologies, spoke to the commissioners about the project that will cost $292,963.20 to complete.

“Right now, if we have a disaster, the records are gone,” pointed out Pearman. “We have no backup. When this project is complete, the county can make money when people go online and purchase the records they need.” The records go back as far as 1871.

It was pointed out that no money will be due from the county to Kofile Technologies until the project is complete which is expected to take approximately six months.

Wed
26
Jul

Events planned for VZC Veterans Memorial

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial has events planned for the rest of the year, so mark your calendars and watch the newspaper for more exact dates as each event approaches.

Labor Day will be the annual Balloon Release, and the visitors center and board members have tickets for sell now, so buy anytime. The balloons are $3 each, and the balloons will be color coded to match the information provided as to active, deceased, POW/MIA or KIA(killed in action) or a veteran who has served.

Wed
26
Jul

New VZC jail administrator ready to lead

Wendy Boles, far left, the new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator, goes over an inmate file with VZC Jail Operations Clerk Teri Gillispie and VZC Jail Lieutenant Harold Canaday. Boles first worked as a jailer in VZC in 1988 and rejoined the force in 2013 as a jailer, sgt. and lieutenant before being named to her new position last month.

Responding to an ad that she read in the Canton Herald in the late 1990’s was the start of a career change for new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator Wendy Boles.

“I started working here in 1998 when Bill Dean was the sheriff,” recalled Boles. “I loved it. I worked as a jailer and then became sergeant at the jail.”

Boles did leave in 2001 to start a pipeline company in Cleburne with her husband at that time, David Moseley, but nine years later, in November, 2010, Moseley passed away.

“In 2011, I sold the company,” pointed out Boles. “My dad was in bad health at the time and I moved back to Canton to be closer to my dad and my family and I have been in Canton ever since.”

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