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From left, Christa Sides-Pool and Wesley Pruitt presented a check to Beverly Cauley of Van Community Ministries for $18, 144.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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By Britne ReevesStaff WriterThe Wesley Pruitt Band, along with numerous other bands put on a show May 24 to raise funds for Van Community Ministries Disaster Relief at The Forge Restaurant in Ben... + continue reading
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Dawn Stevens received a broken pelvis and shoulder due to the tornado.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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By Donnita FisherManaging Editor Dawn Stevens, her four sons and two of their friends were sitting in the kitchen of their home on East Main Street in Van when the May 10 tornado hit.The house... + continue reading
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The night of May 10, changed the lives of several thousand people in and around the Van community when an EF3 tornado ripped a path of destruction from just south of Van, north almost to Grand Saline... + continue reading
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By Britne ReevesStaff WriterWith approximately 73 days left before the start of the 2015-’16 school year, Van ISD is already making a push to accommodate students despite the loss of property from... + continue reading
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From left, incumbents Amanda Davis and Jackie Nations, along with newcomer Dwayne Wheeler were sworn in June 4 by City Secretary Sereca Huff at the Van City Council meeting as Van council members.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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By Britne ReevesStaff WriterA call for transparency and information was heard throughout the Van City Council meeting June 4.Residents and a few council members alike voiced concerns involving... + continue reading
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From left, Christa Sides-Pool and Wesley Pruitt presented a check to Beverly Cauley of Van Community Ministries for $18, 144.
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Dawn Stevens received a broken pelvis and shoulder due to the tornado.
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From left, incumbents Amanda Davis and Jackie Nations, along with newcomer Dwayne Wheeler were sworn in June 4 by City Secretary Sereca Huff at the Van City Council meeting as Van council members.

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By David KapitanStaff Writer The Van Zandt County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Tuesday morning, greenlighting the appointment of board members for the soon to be established Emergency Services District #4 and spending extended discussion on a request made by M. Lee Thornton to donate labor and funds to repair a stretch of... + continue reading
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By Payton WeidmanStaff Writer Looking for things to do this Fourth of July?  Well look no further, here’s a list of the celebrations going on in or nearby Van Zandt County. ATHENS – Saturday, July 4 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center after 4 p.m. free admission for the annual firework show will begin.Visitors are encouraged to... + continue reading

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Van Vandal 2015 graduate Christopher Delaney got a congratulatory hug from a relative during graduation ceremonies at Tyler Junior College May 29.
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By Kat HinsonCorrespondentFor the Van High School seniors, 2015 will mark a year full of dramatic changes. While most Van residents will remember a year that was marked forever by the tornado that devastated a third of a city May 10, this year’s graduates will have a sobering reminder of the fragility of their world – as well as the promise of a... + continue reading
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From left, Superintendent Don Dunn and school board President Charles McCaffree congratulated Charles French on his retirement after six years of service with Van ISD.
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By Britne ReevesStaff WriterHugs, laughter and well wishes were on the agenda for the Van School Board May 21.After a devastating loss to the community Van ISD and private property, the board could finally take a breath and reevaluate where the district stands.The board was treated to a video of the tornado damage and also outlined the plans to... + continue reading
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The gray house in Van.
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By Kayla McDanielGuest ContributorThere have been many, many photos of destruction that the Van tornado produced. Pictures of uprooted trees, downed power lines and debris scattered throughout the town circled the nation and local media.But, a gray house located on Bois D’ Arc Street, with its craftsman style and clean color scheme has been... + continue reading

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Garin Shelton, the left-handed pitcher for the Van Vandals, signed a college baseball scholarship with Tyler Junior College this week. For more stories like this one, subscribe to the Van Banner... + continue reading

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Speaker Straus on April 27 welcomed the House’s passage of HB 6, HB 7 and House Joint Resolution 111, measures that work together toward undoing the state’s practice... + continue reading

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Van Chamber of Commerce for one of the newest retailers, Southern Turquoise in Van June 13.  Taking part were, from left, Van Chamber PR... + continue reading
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During the High Cemetery Memorial Day June 13, members of the Jesse Miller Foster Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy held a special memorial and dedication for all Confederate veterans buried at High Cemetery. The members taking part were, from left, Betty Wilson, Carrie Woolverton, Sherrie Archer, Lou Ann Everett, Benja Mize, Donna Carter, Sylvia Sims, Cynthia Harman, Linda Dean, Sylvia Barbee, Sibyl Creasey and Sandra Jones, seated.
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