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VZC Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde speaks to the VZC Commissioners Court Nov. 22 about a proposed tax collection agreement between the county appraisal district and the county. Following Hyde’s presentation, the court voted unanimously to accept the agreement.

Monday, December 5, 2016
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After reviewing proposals from three different firms, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to hire Patillo, Brown & Hill of Waco as the new auditing firm for the county for... + continue reading

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
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The Texas Tennis Coaches Association recently announced that Wills Point's Len Turner has been named its Tennis Coach of the Year in the 4A classification. Turner, shown with his wife Angel, daughter... + continue reading

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Senior Kamree Clark was the lone Wills Point volleyball player to receive Superlative recognition for her play during the 2016 season, earning Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors alongside Alli Lloyd of Van. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016
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The Wills Point Lady Tigers extended their streak of playoff appearances to five seasons this year, finishing fourth overall in a stacked district that included perennial state title contender Rains... + continue reading
Saturday, December 3, 2016
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A milestone anniversary will be crossed during the upcoming week, with Wednesday, Dec. 7 marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing by Japanese forces of United States military bases and assets on... + continue reading

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Tyler James battles a Caddo Mills player in the paint for a rebound. James finished play with a game-high 10 points for the Tigers. 

Friday, December 2, 2016
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The Wills Point Tigers moved two steps closer to tournament play as well as the start of district play over the course of the past week, taking on T.K. Gorman at the 20th annual Tyler Area Basketball... + continue reading

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VZC Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde speaks to the VZC Commissioners Court Nov. 22 about a proposed tax collection agreement between the county appraisal district and the county. Following Hyde’s presentation, the court voted unanimously to accept the agreement.

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Senior Kamree Clark was the lone Wills Point volleyball player to receive Superlative recognition for her play during the 2016 season, earning Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors alongside Alli Lloyd of Van. 

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Tyler James battles a Caddo Mills player in the paint for a rebound. James finished play with a game-high 10 points for the Tigers. 

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12/08/2016
The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. The guest speaker was Paula Jacobs Kirkpatrick of Canton. She brought a quilt that commemorated her... + continue reading
12/07/2016
The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale is such fun, and many people in the community... + continue reading

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Ed Pickett designed the Kneeling Soldier

11/30/2016
Pastor Dan Tarno of Grace Bible Fellowship Church of Canton set the tone for the Kneeling Soldier memorial dedication Nov. 11 by remarking, “We don’t fight the battles we know we can win; rather, we fight the battles that we believe in.” The veterans of Van Zandt County battled and believed in a vison- a vison to create one of the best veteran’s... + continue reading

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Wills Point City Administrator Pam Pearson and Commissioner Pct. 3 Keith Pearson

11/29/2016
The inaugural First Responders Banquet was held Nov. 12 with 713 first responders and guests filling the Canton Civic Center to highlight and show appreciation for first responders in Van Zandt County.For every First Responder that attended, a specially-minted challenge coin was provided to them along with a T-shirt to commemorate the banquet.... + continue reading

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Workers with Excel 4 Construction, LLC. out of Fort Worth continued the city's planned sewer repairs along Hatch St. Weather permitting, city leaders are hopeful that the project will be concluded by next week.  

11/26/2016
The Wills Point City Council has found itself in a cycle it would be more than happy to break in the month of November, holding a second called emergency meeting in less than three weeks due to needed sewer line repairs in the eastern portion of the city.Council members initially met in a special called session back on Nov. 3, reviewing a series... + continue reading

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Brandon Smith scored his 12th rushing touchdown of the season during the final quarter of play against Pleasant Grove.

11/25/2016
Two of the hottest 4A teams in Texas met at Longview Pine Tree Nov. 18 as the District 6-4A champion Wills Point Tigers, owners of a seven-game winning streak, tangled with Texarkana Pleasant Grove, itself on a four-game winning streak, in the Area round of the playoffs.Despite some big plays on both sides of the football, Wills Point could not... + continue reading

Van Zandt County Auditor Freddy Thomas presents an agenda item to the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting Monday, November 7. A number of agenda items were unanimously approved by the commissioners during their 30-minute session. The next meeting of the commissioners court is set for Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m.

11/23/2016
A number of proposals received approval from the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court regular meeting Monday, Nov. 7The meeting was held a day earlier than normal due to Election Day Nov. 8, according to Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick.The commissioners approved the purchase of regular license plates for two newly acquired exempt vehicles... + continue reading

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11/27/2016

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Dr. Kimberly Neiman presented prizes to Mrs. Yarbrough’s kindergarten class after they collected more candy than any other class within the Wills Point ISD during this year’s Sweets for Soldiers campaign. Additionally, Kensli Timmons was awarded a special prize for making the largest individual donation. 

11/23/2016

Sports

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12/04/2016
The Texas Tennis Coaches Association recently announced that Wills Point's Len Turner has been named its Tennis Coach of the Year in the 4A classification. Turner, shown with his wife Angel, daughter... + continue reading

Photo by David Kapitan

Senior Kamree Clark was the lone Wills Point volleyball player to receive Superlative recognition for her play during the 2016 season, earning Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors alongside Alli Lloyd of Van. 

12/03/2016
The Wills Point Lady Tigers extended their streak of playoff appearances to five seasons this year, finishing fourth overall in a stacked district that included perennial state title contender Rains... + continue reading

Photo by David Kapitan

Tyler James battles a Caddo Mills player in the paint for a rebound. James finished play with a game-high 10 points for the Tigers. 

12/02/16

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Brandon Smith scored his 12th rushing touchdown of the season during the final quarter of play against Pleasant Grove.

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12/05/2016
Now that Thanksgiving has been celebrated, leftovers dispatched and lots of shopping has been accomplished, we are now on the express train leading to Christmas holidays.Storytime resumes at 10 a.m... + continue reading
12/03/2016
Friday, December 2, 1960:   “Santa Claus will be welcomed in style on his first visit next Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, with a giant gala Christmas parade. He will be riding on his bright red... + continue reading

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12/08/2016
The Jesse Miller Foster Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its regular November meeting at the Dairy Palace in Canton Monday, Nov. 21. The guest speaker was Paula... + continue reading
12/07/2016
The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our... + continue reading

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