The action wasunderway as children hunted down eggs Saturday during the 26th annual Hilliard Easter Egg Hunt. The event was held during the Van Spring Fling.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
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Chamber officials pleased with turnout Van Area Chamber of Commerce officials were all smiles following the annual Van Spring Fling and Hilliard Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday at the Van Area... + continue reading

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Baileigh Briggs went 2/3 with a triple and 2 RBI in Van’s 9-6 win over the visiting Wills Point Lady Tigers.

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Baileigh Briggs went 2/3 with a triple and 2 RBI in Van’s 9-6 win over the visiting Wills Point Lady Tigers.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
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The Van Lady Vandals continued to pace the pack in the race for this year’s District 13-4A crown, keeping current second place team Canton at arm’s length with wins over Brownsboro and Wills Point.... + continue reading
Friday, April 21, 2017
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I am Pete Lucas. My wife Margarette and I have five sons, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandsons and have been residents of Van for 24 plus years. I am running for Van City Council, Place 3.I grew... + continue reading

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Paloma Pitman blew away the field in the 100 meter hurdles, clocking a time of 16.80 seconds. The next closest competitor, Sophie Welty of Canton, finished .61 seconds behind.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Track and field teams from Canton, Van and Wills Point all faced their biggest tests of the season April 12-13, traveling to Rains High School to compete in this year’s District 13-4A Meet. Outside... + continue reading
Thursday, April 20, 2017
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My name is Dean Stone and I am running for Van City Council Place 3.I have lived in Van for 40 years and I have previously served as mayor and as a city council member.I have been married to my wife... + continue reading

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04/22/2017
Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Van started in April 2016 around Ernie and Jane Burns’ dining room table as they and Don Smith discussed the idea. A board of directors was formed the next month.  The board members include Charles Ryan, president; John Hensmen, vice... + continue reading
04/22/2017
Early voting for the Saturday, May 6 Van City Council election is set to begin Monday, April 24 and continue through Tuesday, May 2 downtown at Van City Hall.The hours for early voting will be as follows:Monday, April 24: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April... + continue reading

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04/19/2017
“Finding Dory” will be shown at The Movie House downtown in Van at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22.The movie is free and there will be door prizes for the parents. At least one parent must stay with their child.Children may bring a pillow or blanket to sit on. Parents are welcome to bring their own “bag” lawn chairs.Popcorn will be sold for $.50 cents... + continue reading

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Chris Catlin and Cody Pickett (not pictured) will be one of two Vandal doubles’ teams to compete at the Regional Tennis Tournament.

04/15/2017
The Van Vandal athletic program welcomed teams from Brownsboro, Canton, Emory Rains, Mabank and Wills Point to the district’s tennis center April 4-5 for this year’s District 13-4A Varsity and JV Tennis Tournaments.Van finished second overall in both the varsity girls and varsity boys divisions of the event, finishing as runners-up behind Wills... + continue reading
04/15/2017
April in Edom bloomed to life last weekend, with a large crowd gathering for the annual event held in downtown Edom. In front of Vintage Edom, a number of different hanging baskets and arrangements decorated the sidewalk in an artful array of colors.For more stories like this one, subscribe to the Van Banner or pick up a copy from one of our... + continue reading

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Kelsi Briggs picked up the win against the Mabank April 4, allowing one earned run over four innings while striking out two.

04/14/2017
The Van Lady Vandals put themselves firmly control of the race for the top seed in District 13-4A, winning twice last week to improve to 6-1 overall this season. Those two wins, coupled with a surprising loss by the Canton to Wills Point April 7, put the Lady Vandals in first place with just three games left to play on the district calendar.Van... + continue reading

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Jacoby Bogue finished 3/4 at the plate during District 13-4A play, adding a stolen base and two runs scored against Mabank and Rains.

04/13/2017
The Van Vandals have been District 13-4A’s hard luck team this season, battling down to the wire in virtually every contest only to come up just short in game against Brownsboro, Wills Point and Canton.Two more teams were added to that list this week as Mabank rallied back with five runs late April 4 to top Van and Rains holding off a late Vandal... + continue reading

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Photo by David Kapitan

Baileigh Briggs went 2/3 with a triple and 2 RBI in Van’s 9-6 win over the visiting Wills Point Lady Tigers.

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Photo by David Kapitan

Baileigh Briggs went 2/3 with a triple and 2 RBI in Van’s 9-6 win over the visiting Wills Point Lady Tigers.

04/22/2017
The Van Lady Vandals continued to pace the pack in the race for this year’s District 13-4A crown, keeping current second place team Canton at arm’s length with wins over Brownsboro and Wills Point.... + continue reading
04/21/2017
The Van Vandals entered last week on the outside of the 2017 playoff picture looking in, having lost each of their first five games in district play.Van changed the narrative of their season in a... + continue reading

Photo by David Kapitan

Chris Catlin and Cody Pickett (not pictured) will be one of two Vandal doubles’ teams to compete at the Regional Tennis Tournament.

04/15/17

Photo by David Kapitan

Kelsi Briggs picked up the win against the Mabank April 4, allowing one earned run over four innings while striking out two.

04/14/17

Photo by David Kapitan

Jacoby Bogue finished 3/4 at the plate during District 13-4A play, adding a stolen base and two runs scored against Mabank and Rains.

04/13/17

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04/17/2017
Easter: The Oxford dictionary defines Easter as the “most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”It is held, in the Western Church,... + continue reading
04/04/2017
For most older folks, the word “tablet” brings to mind some kind of vitamin. For younger folks, a “tablet” looks like an overgrown cell phone. This is the kind of tablet we’ll talk about here.A... + continue reading

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04/18/2017
The children enjoyed stories about “The Greatest Egg” and “The Easter Parade” during Story Time at the Van Community Library April 5.They decorated Easter eggs for their craft and then proudly showed... + continue reading

Bonnie Green took home first place in best of show for her rag quilt. She is show in VZC Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes, right.

04/12/2017
Van Zandt Extension Education Association held a Cultural Arts Program at the extension office on March 13 with Agent Melisa Rhodes judging the event.Bonnie Green took home the first place and best... + continue reading