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Fri
16
Oct

New newspaper deadlines announced

The Wills Point Chronicle has new deadlines.

Deadline for all articles, photographs, display advertising and classified ads for the coming week’s issue is now 5 p.m. Monday.

For questions, call 903-567-4000.

To send news and information, email local@vanzandtnews.com.

For questions about display advertising, call 903-873-2525 and ask for Glenn McNeill Jr.

For questions about classified ads, email classifieds@vanzandtnews.com.

 

Wed
29
Nov

Dry, windy conditions spark fire concerns

The Wills Point Fire Department found itself back to a familiar mantra this week, once again

advising county residents to exercise caution if they are planning on burning brush or working with mechanical equipment outdoors.

The renewed call for vigilance was sounded by the department earlier this week after an increase in service calls for fires, including a brush fire between County Road 3917 and Highway 80 Nov. 27 that was triggered by a mixture of a controlled burn and unfavorable weather conditions.

Brush trucks and engines from Wills Point, Edgewood, Elmo and College Mound answered the call, extinguishing the fire before any people were injured or homes destroyed.

With little to no rainfall expected in the foreseeable future, fire officials have stressed that those working outside, especially those using equipment or machinery, be hyper vigilant about their work space and surroundings.

Wed
29
Nov

Tour of Homes among Dec. 9 highlights

Organizers behind some of the biggest holiday events of the season are working hard this week, looking to put the finishing touches on this year’s installment of local Christmas staples.

This year’s holiday events, scheduled for Dec. 9, will also include something new for local residents with the Wills Point Historical Society scheduled to host a Christmas Tour of Homes.

The Tour of Homes, which will take place from 4:30-7 p.m., will serve as a fundraiser for the historical society with tickets costing $15. Stops are scheduled to include the homes of Karl and Keeta LyBrand, Tiffany Crosby Hulsey, Paul and Julie Addison, and Rusty and Carol Miracle, as well as a stop at the First Christian Church located at 211 Third Street.

Christmas on the Bricks

Wed
29
Nov

IMPACT Van Zandt hears from Scott on child abuse

Child abuse investigations were the main topic of discussion at the IMPACT Van Zandt meeting Nov. 16 at Four Square Church in Canton.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration at the University of Texas at Tyler Dr. David Scott was the guest speaker, discussing the components of child abuse investigations and the roles of law enforcement and Child Protective Services.

Scott spent 14 years with the Longview Police Department and worked as an academy instructor at East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore instructing investigations pertaining to child abuse, family violence and sexual assault.

He is a certified TCLEOSE Advanced Instructor and specializes in teaching and developing the Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigators Course and Advanced Child Abuse Investigations.

Dr. Scott also currently serves as policy coordinator for the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin.

Wed
29
Nov

PHBC announces musical extravaganza event

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, located at 812 N. Wills St., has announced that it will be hosting "The Miracle of Christmas Musical Extravaganza!" program Dec. 16 beginning at 7 p.m.

The event, which will be open to the public, will include "music, praises, testimonies, refreshments and more."

In a press release announcing the event, PHBC stated "We warmly invite you to our 'Miracle of Christmas Musical Extravaganza!' We welcome everyone!"

Additional event information can be obtained by calling 214-406-1605.

Wed
29
Nov

Education agency releases final 2016-'17 TAPR

School districts from around the state were given a sizeable chunk of information in mid-November, receiving a copy of the Texas Education Agency’s final version of the 2016-’17 Texas Academic Performance Report.

The TAPR provides a wide reaching snapshot of a school district’s performance and makeup, analyzing its performance on a series of metrics including STAAR test results and postsecondary readiness among others. Additionally, the district’s student population is broken down into a variety of subsections including ethnic background and socioeconomic standing.

STAAR

The TEA’s final TAPR proved to be a mixed bag for the district as a whole, highlighting notable gaps on the overall performance of students in state-mandated testing over the past two years.

District officials have emphasized that while STAAR results are important, year-to-year growth and regression should also be weighed when examining results.

Wed
29
Nov

Kirkpatrick praises genealogists Plaster thanks commissioners

A copy of a book outlining the history of Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton titled, “Stories Beneath the Stones,” was presented by two members of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Library to the VZC Commissioners Court Nov. 15 during the court’s regular meeting.

Benja Mize and Lawrence Greer from the VZC Genealogical Library did the research on the book and made the presentation to VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick and the commissioners court.

“We will also be presenting this book to the Canton City Council at their next meeting,” pointed out Greer. “This book is about the people who are buried at Hillcrest Cemetery. This book is actually written as an extension of the Hillcrest Cemetery preservation project that was started by the City of Canton in 2012. It covers biographies of everyone buried in that cemetery. We took this project on because we just felt like it needed to be done.”

Wed
29
Nov

White Gift Service scheduled for Dec. 6

The White Gift Service, a longstanding Wills Point tradition, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Wills Point High School cafeteria. The event, a narrative reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ, includes performances by both a singing choir and bell choir, and Wills Point High School seniors in the roles of angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, the wise men, and narrators.

Wed
08
Nov

Sen. Hall dispels congressional run Hensarling not seeking re-election

Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who has represented the 5th Congressinal District of Texas encompassing portions of Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufman, Van Zandt and Wood counties, announced Oct. 31 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018.

Hensarling cited his family as his reason for not seeking re-ekection in a press release.

“Throughout this time, my family has graciously sacrificed for my service. As the parents of two teenagers, Melissa and I know there are only a few years left before they leave and make their own way in life. I want to be there for those years. Since my term as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee comes to an end next year, the time seems right for my departure.

“Although I will not be running for reelection, there are 14 months left in my congressional term to continue the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited constitutional government.”

Wed
08
Nov

Funds help maintain Vets Memorial

Throughout the year, the VZC Veterans Memorial holds an array of events to raise donations to help fund the memorial.

The first Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament was successful thanks to the sponsors and golfers. The money raised helped engrave and place the 11-foot, 14,000-pound black granite obelisk in the Memorial Plaza.

In 2016, the Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament raised over $20,000 and paid for the remainder of the $74,000 bronze Kneeling Soldier which was dedicated on Veterans Day 2016.

This year, funds raised during the golf tournament will fund the restoration and painting of the Marine Helicopter and the F-4 Phantom Jet, as well as other pieces of equipment. It will also fund a new sidewalk, regular ground maintenance and repairs.

Additional funds will be needed to make unexpected repairs on the obelisk, and the remainder will be saved for emergency needs and Veterans Outreach Projects.

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