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Lady Vandal junior Alli Lloyd was recognized by competing coaches as this year’s District 13-4A Defensive MVP in volleyball. Lloyd was also one of eight Van players to be recognized as an Academic All-District performer. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016
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The Van Lady Vandals enjoyed a bounce back season on the volleyball court in the 2016, returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus courtesy of an excellent blend of youth and experience.Despite... + 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.

Saturday, December 3, 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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Van Vandal Coach Jared Moffatt holds up the regional semifi nal trophy while talking to his team after Van’s 55-27 win over Paris.
 
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Not since the state championship season in 1979 have the Van Vandals had the opportunity to play December football games but they have earned that right this year after easing past the Paris Wildcats... + continue reading
Saturday, November 26, 2016
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Entry forms for the Dec. 3 Van Christmas Parade remain available at Van City Hall, located downtown at 113 West Main Street.The parade, sponsored for the first time by the City of Van, will begin at... + continue reading
Friday, November 25, 2016
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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... + continue reading

Photo by David Kapitan

Lady Vandal junior Alli Lloyd was recognized by competing coaches as this year’s District 13-4A Defensive MVP in volleyball. Lloyd was also one of eight Van players to be recognized as an Academic All-District performer. 

Photos by David Barber

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.

Photo by Dylan Turner
Van Vandal Coach Jared Moffatt holds up the regional semifi nal trophy while talking to his team after Van’s 55-27 win over Paris.
 

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12/05/2016
Texas Department of Transportation released the following information regarding a motor vehicle crash on Van Zandt County Road 4909 on Nov. 22.“A crash occurred at approximately 3:47 p.m. involving one vehicle driven by Emma Williams of Ben Wheeler. The 2001 White Dodge... + continue reading
12/04/2016
It is holiday season around Van Zandt County and events have stacked up for the upcoming weeks.Cities around the county have planned parades, gatherings, and carnivals to offer entertainment to residents of the county. CantonThe Canton Texas Chamber of Commerce will host... + continue reading

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Connor Houston (1), the Van Vandal receiver, looks for running room after receiving a reverse handoff against the Mineral Wells Rams last Friday night in Irving Schools Stadium. Houston caught four passes for 37 yards as the Vandals registered an impressive 54-7 win in the Class 4A Area championship game. The Vandals will meet the Paris Wildcats in the Class 4A regional semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon in Allen.

11/24/2016
IRVING-The Class 4A Area championship game between the Van Vandals and the Mineral Wells Rams was predicted by the “experts” to be a close, competitive contest but somebody forgot to tell the Vandals as they put together, arguably, their best overall team performance of the 2016 season dominating the Mineral Wells Rams, 54-7, Friday night at... + continue reading

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Representatives from Chevron were on hand Nov. 14 at the VISD trustees meeting, presenting a donation check totaling $50,000. Presenting the check are Rosa West, middle, and Luke Hendricks, right, of Chevron. Accepting the check is Van ISD Superintendent Don Dunn. The check will be used to purchase iPads for classrooms in Van ISD.

11/24/2016
A special program to recognize past educators who have made significant contributions in the Van Independent School District was presented for discussion at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Van ISD Board of Trustees.Van ISD Superintendent Don Dunn presented the program known as “Legacy Wall” to the trustees.“Van ISD has a rich tradition of excellence,”... + continue reading

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The Van Vandal 8th grade White team capped a remarkable season Nov. 3 against Kaufman, racking up a 20-0 win over the Lions to finish the year with a 9-0 record. Powered by an excellent offense and shut down defense, the Vandals outscored opponents by a staggering 196-12.

11/19/2016
The Van 8th grade White team finished off an undefeated season last week defeating Kaufman 20-0 and running their record to 9-0 on the season.There have been lots of undefeated teams at the junior high level in Van throughout the years. However, they fashion in which this team played was rare. In 9 games, Van outscored their opponents 196-12.... + continue reading

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A member of the Colfax Masonic Lodge applied a level to the cornerstone to be placed at J. E. Rhodes Elementary School. 

11/19/2016
Construction continued during a Masonic cornerstone ceremony for the new J.E. Rhodes Elementary School Friday, Nov. 4. The event attracted school and community officials, along with several Masons to usher in a new beginning for the school.The Colfax Masonic Lodge led the ceremony, leading the event off with a quote from the Isaiah 28:16“So this... + 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.

11/18/2016
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

Sports

Photo by David Kapitan

Lady Vandal junior Alli Lloyd was recognized by competing coaches as this year’s District 13-4A Defensive MVP in volleyball. Lloyd was also one of eight Van players to be recognized as an Academic All-District performer. 

12/03/2016
The Van Lady Vandals enjoyed a bounce back season on the volleyball court in the 2016, returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus courtesy of an excellent blend of youth and experience.Despite... + continue reading
12/02/2016
Wayne Nelson, 76, of Ben Wheeler, made a hole-in-one at Twin Lakes Golf Course Nov. 22 on hole No. 7. The pin was approximately 121 yards away and Nelson hit a 5-iron. Nelson was playing in the... + continue reading

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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
12/04/2016
Thanksgiving Day is over, and across Van Zandt County, people are preparing for Christmas. While Santa Claus brings toys and candy, I’d like to suggest some durable gifts for emergency preparedness.... + continue reading

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Pictured left to right are fourth grade leadership students, Bella Irwin and Riley Pino; and fifth grade leadership students, Abbey Thelen and Isabelle Williams with Sharon Stehsel at Van Zandt County ABC Room. 

11/27/2016
ABC Room was a recipient of a project developed by the Leadership Group at Canton Intermediate School.  The Leadership Students (63 total on campus in third through fifth grades) helped organize... + continue reading

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11/21/2016
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 7 for Bush’s Chicken in Van by the Van Area Chamber of Commerce.Among those in attendance included members of the chamber’s board of directors, the Van City... + continue reading

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Left to right: Trina Harris, Gail Anthony and Jody Krouse making new pieces out of old, broken pottery. 

11/20/16