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Vandal players and coaches gathered together prior to the first pitch of their game against Mineola.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The Van Vandals took their final steps before opening up District 13-4A play this week, hosting Atlanta, Edgewood, Gladewater, Mineola and Pittsburg for this year’s three-day I-20 Classic.Van... + continue reading

After nearly 25 years of service for TxDOT, Mark McClanahan is leaving his position to become Director of Maintenance for the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority effective June 1.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Mark McClanahan recently became eligible to retire in his current job with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) office in Canton so the thought of changing jobs never crossed his mind until... + continue reading

Dr.  Keven Ellis

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted by Vanbanner1
Last month I stood in the middle of the circle of desks at the State Board of Education taking the oath of office.  As I was standing there, repeating my oath being administered by Senator Larry... + continue reading
Sunday, March 19, 2017
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J.E. Rhodes Elementary School students in Mrs. Toni Rhodes and Mrs. Vicki Tompkins kindergarten classes enjoyed making a substance called “Oobleck” March 8. Oobleck gets its name from the Dr. Seuss... + continue reading

Van City Councilman Jackie Nations looks over some paperwork for the Van City Council meeting. Nations has served for 30 years as a council member

Friday, March 17, 2017
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Following the May 6 city council election, there will be two new members on the Van City Council. But, there will also be one familiar face missing from the group as Jackie Nations will officially... + continue reading

Latest News

03/23/2017
The Movie House downtown in Van will be showing the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25.The movie is free and there will be free door prizes for the parents. At least one parent must stay with their child. Popcorn will be on sale for $.50 cents... + continue reading
03/22/2017
The annual Auto & Cycle Shine & Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at the Van United Methodist Church. The church is located at 326 West Main Street in Van.Registration starts at 8 a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts available for the participants. The show... + continue reading

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Kelsie Briggs and Morgan Benge helped to guide Van to a 5-1 win over Monterey March 9. Briggs and Benge combined for four total hits in the game on offense, while Briggs allowed just one earned run in four innings on the mound.

03/16/2017
The Van Lady Vandal softball team participated in its longest road trip of the year March 9-11, heading south to San Marcos to compete at this year's Rattler Spring Break Classic.Available box scores show Van going 1-2 overall, recording a win over Monterey and losses to both Lampasas and Johnson City.The Lady Vandals struck quickly against... + continue reading

Gene Keenon, Republic Services Manager of Government Affairs/Municipal Services, answers questions from the audience during the Mar. 7 Van Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon downtown at the Movie House. Republic Services will be the new garbage collector for the City of Van effective Apr. 1. Residential garbage pickup will be on Friday each week, according to Keenon.

 

03/16/2017
Republic Services speaks to chamber There was plenty of trash talk going on at the Van Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon March 7 as representatives from Republic Services were on hand to discuss their plans to begin residential and commercial garbage service for the city of Van.Gene Keenon, Republic Services Manager of Government Affairs/Municipal... + continue reading

VZC Veterans Memorial Board members for are from left, front row Director Bob Borth, Chairman Ron Carroll, Director /Founder Red Montgomery, and Trustee Dan Cantania; middle row, PR Chair Diane Farmer; and back row, Director Cary Hilliard, Director Virgil Melton JR, Trustee David Fagenbaum, Secretary Dave Depoma, Trustee Joe Silva, Treasurer Dan Maucieri, and Trustee Mike Newberry; not pictured, Trustee Cindy Brooke

03/15/2017
What a wonderful time we had last year. After many years of generous donations and fundraisers, we were finally able to put the Kneeling Soldier on his pedestal in the Memorial Plaza. The Veterans Day Program to show the statue off was fantastic. And I know it made everyone proud to see another nice Veterans Memorial in Van Zandt County.This year... + continue reading

Rese Gremmels takes a lunch break at The Forge in downtown Ben Wheeler. Gremmels and her late husband, Brooks, began the Ben Wheeler Arts and Historical Foundation in 2006. The foundation sponsors several community events including the Hog Fest in October and the Motorized Barstool Races March 18.

03/13/2017
After buying property in 2002 in Ben Wheeler, Rese Gremmels and her husband, Brooks, could not wait to get out of the Dallas area and head to East Texas.“We moved two years later to Ben Wheeler,” recalled Gremmels. “After my husband passed away three years ago, I decided to stay in Ben Wheeler. I am not moving again.”Gremmels was born and raised... + continue reading

Tom Maddox, a member of the Tea Party and the Texas Border Volunteers, goes over a power point presentation Mar. 3 on the work of the volunteers along the Texas/Mexico border. Texas Border Volunteers grew out of the Minuteman Project about seven years ago and now aides the United States Border Patrol by patrolling, spotting and reporting illegals coming across the border from Mexico. Maddox was the guest speaker of the monthly Canton/Edom TEA Party meeting held at Edom City Limits.

03/11/2017
Despite the fact that their main speaker was forced to cancel his appearance due to illness, the Canton/Edom TEA Party meeting went on as scheduled Mar. 3 as those in attendance heard a report from TEA Party member Tom Maddox, a member of the Texas Border Volunteers.The main speaker was scheduled to be Dr. Stephen Steinlight, a Senior Policy... + continue reading

Sports

Photo by David Kapitan

Vandal players and coaches gathered together prior to the first pitch of their game against Mineola.

03/23/2017
The Van Vandals took their final steps before opening up District 13-4A play this week, hosting Atlanta, Edgewood, Gladewater, Mineola and Pittsburg for this year’s three-day I-20 Classic.Van... + continue reading
03/17/2017
Fans that attended the March 7 game between Van and Mineola were treated to a thrilling pitcher's duel, with starters from both sides trading zeroes on the scoreboard throughout.In the end, a seventh... + continue reading

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Kelsie Briggs and Morgan Benge helped to guide Van to a 5-1 win over Monterey March 9. Briggs and Benge combined for four total hits in the game on offense, while Briggs allowed just one earned run in four innings on the mound.

03/16/17

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Kelsie Briggs got the best of Henderson Feb. 28, helping guide the Lady Vandals to a 1-0 shutout win.

03/09/17

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Lady Vandal freshman Macy Rucker took home another top honor on the court, following up an All-District First Team selection as a volleyball player with Newcomer of the Year honors for basketball.

03/05/17

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Morgan Benge catches an offering from Kelsie Briggs during the three-day Lindale Softball Tournament.

03/04/17

Columns

03/19/2017
Spring has sprung and there's just no denying it. The official First Day of Spring is next week on March 20; but the grass, redbuds, bluebonnets, robins and new crop of baby calves are all proof that... + continue reading
03/11/2017
This month, the Friends of the Library are proud to present a program on disaster relief. Members and visitors will be meeting at the Van Zandt County Library at 10 a.m., Monday, March 13 to hear... + continue reading

Lifestyle

03/18/2017
Storytime March 10  was filled with silly stories. The titles that Ms. Rhonda read were ‘There is a Bird on Your Head,” by Mo WIllems, a favorite author well known for the book ‘Don’t let the... + continue reading

From left to right,  Sherrie Archer, Carrie Woolverton, Matthew Lee and Britton Lee.

03/13/2017
The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the County Library in Canton.  Society President Carrie Woolverton welcomed members and guests and... + continue reading

Scott Hyde and Duanne Harvey

03/12/17

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Left to right - Carrie Woolverton, Mayor Lou Ann Everett, Scott Fitzgerald, Sandra Jones, Beth Gordon, Sylvia Barbee, Ellen Wheeler, Tom Tyler, Shirley Fuller, Jan Crow.

02/14/17