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Kevin Burton, right, of the East Texas Woodturners along with the Woodturners President Dennis Lorenz presented Van Community Ministries with an $8,450 check.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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By Payton WeidmanStaff Writer  Disaster struck Van May 10, 2015, but the East Texas Woodturners didn’t let that stop them from seeing the beauty in the destruction. The East Texas... + continue reading
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An SUV driven by a 79-year-old woman jumped the curb July 7 and hit 18-year-old Jessica Bunch as she stood in front of the Redbox movie machine in front of CVS in Canton. The Edgewood girl’s father is now calling on retailers to place barricades in front of sidewalk vending machines.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Don Bunch has spent most of his time since noon July 7 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler at the bedside of his 18-year-old Jessica.Jessica was seriously injured when a 79-year-old woman... + continue reading
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Incoming freshmen attended the first freshman orientation at TVCC.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Trinity Valley Community College in Athens will host a second freshman orientation for Saturday, Aug. 1.Registration is $35 for students and $10 for parents. The fee covers lunch, all programs and... + continue reading
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Austin Bank has awarded college scholarships to 36 East Texas high school students as part of its Commitment-to-Community program that supports the educational goals of area youth.Brooke Kellam and... + continue reading
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Mrs. Rhonda took the children on a safari this week during Storytime. She read books including “Starry Safari,” “We’re Going on a Lion Hunt” and “Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes.” Storytime is held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday morning during the summer.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
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The last summer reading program for the year will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24.Mr. Blue Shoes will be the featured presenter.  The drawing for the grand prize along with other end of the... + continue reading
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Kevin Burton, right, of the East Texas Woodturners along with the Woodturners President Dennis Lorenz presented Van Community Ministries with an $8,450 check.
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An SUV driven by a 79-year-old woman jumped the curb July 7 and hit 18-year-old Jessica Bunch as she stood in front of the Redbox movie machine in front of CVS in Canton. The Edgewood girl’s father is now calling on retailers to place barricades in front of sidewalk vending machines.
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Incoming freshmen attended the first freshman orientation at TVCC.
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Mrs. Rhonda took the children on a safari this week during Storytime. She read books including “Starry Safari,” “We’re Going on a Lion Hunt” and “Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes.” Storytime is held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday morning during the summer.

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07/30/2015
About 12:30 a.m. July 18, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting incident off VZCR 4605 in the Ben Wheeler area.Jimmy W. Stanger III, 24, of Ben Wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene due to one gunshot wound of the chest.The sheriff's office said in... + continue reading
07/29/2015
After graduating 23 seniors from last year’s squad, the Van Vandal football team begins the process of filling several holes in the lineup when two-a-day pre-season practices begin Monday.Vandal Head Coach Jared Moffatt enters his sixth year as the leader of the Vandal... + continue reading

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Danny Hair performed a smudging ceremony at the July 18th Battle of the Neches Memorial.
07/25/2015
Van Zandt County once had a red-haired, freckled-faced Indian chief that led 13 tribes of Indians against the Texas Calvary in a battle to the death.In the tip of the southeastern party of VZC close to Redland, a Cherokee Indian chief and Texas Republic President Sam Houston are memorialized by a five-foot granite marker, denoting the location of... + continue reading
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Members of the Van Zandt County Historical Commission were on hand at Tuesday morning’s commissioners court meeting and recognized for receiving their seventh consecutive Distinguished Service Award certificate from the Texas Historical Commission.
07/24/2015
The Van Zandt County Commissioners Court tackled a heavy workload during their first meeting of July, accepting a donation to help with disaster relief, approving a grant from the East Texas Council of Governments, approving the purchase of a patrol unit for Precinct 4 Constable Pat Jordan, reallocating funds to help bring industry to the county,... + continue reading
07/23/2015
The Van City Wide Garage Sale held in the newly refurbished Movie House July 17 and 18 brought in numerous residents from throughout the county.  People came in not only to shop, but to talk and even tell about their tornado stories.“Thank you Van community, you did us proud once again and the disaster fund is several thousand dollars bigger... + continue reading

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07/29/2015
After graduating 23 seniors from last year’s squad, the Van Vandal football team begins the process of filling several holes in the lineup when two-a-day pre-season practices begin Monday.Vandal Head... + continue reading

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07/25/2015
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas.Abbott’s action comes following the July... + continue reading

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Incoming freshmen attended the first freshman orientation at TVCC.
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Trinity Valley Community College in Athens will host a second freshman orientation for Saturday, Aug. 1.Registration is $35 for students and $10 for parents. The fee covers lunch, all programs and... + continue reading