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

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

For questions about classified ads, email



New salary structure tabled after meeting with auditor





A proposed fiscal year 2018 budget amendment to address the recent new salary schedule for the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department and the VZC Jail was tabled Jan. 29 during a special called meeting of the VZC Commissioners Court.

A new salary schedule for the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department and the VZC Jail was approved unanimously Jan. 24 by the VZC Commissioners Court during its regular meeting.

VZC Interim Auditor Sandy Hill spoke to the commissioners’ court Jan. 29 as she was out of town at a training meeting when the initial vote by the commissioners was taken Jan. 24.


Brick by brick

Travels along the historic brick streets in downtown Wills Point became a little easier last week as the city of Wills Point’s public works department moved forward with a maintenance project to smooth the roadway. Public works employees removed bricks from some of the worst areas of on N. Fourth and W. James St. Jan. 24-26, leveling the ground before re-setting the bricks back to their original location.


House burns in Rolling Oaks

Photo by David Kapitan



Departments from Rolling Oaks, Wills Point, Edgewood and Quinlan rushed to a house in Rolling Oaks Dec. 8., working to limit the damage from a major house fire. Units, including two from Rolling Oaks, two from Edgewood, and one each from Quinlan and Wills Point sprayed down adjoining homes and nearby grassy areas to limit the spread of the damage. Officials noted that the fire was still under investigation as of press time.  


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Subscribe to RSS - News