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Van freshman Kendall Brown made the most of her first year competing in high school athletics, finishing seventh overall in the 4A division during this year’s State Track and Field Meet in Austin.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Four Van Zandt County student-athletes including Edgewood distance runner Cody Delarosa, Grand Saline high jumper Trent Easley, Van pole vaulter Kendall Brown and Wills Point wheelchair event... + continue reading

Outgoing Van City Council member Jackie Nations, front row, second from right, received special recognition from the City of Van as he ended a 30-year career on the council May 11.  

Friday, May 19, 2017
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The purchase of 25 complete sets of protective gear for the Van Volunteer Fire Department was approved May 11 by the Van City Council.The total cost of the purchase from Municipal Emergency Services... + continue reading

The annual Van High School All-Sports Banquet was held May 8 in the VHS Cafetorium. Isaiah Allred was recognized as the “Male Athlete of the Year” and Alexis Walton was selected as the “Female Athlete of the Year.” An estimated 450 were in attendance at the banquet.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Approximately 450 were in attendance to watch several athletes receive special recognition May 8 at the annual Van High School All-Sports Banquet held in the VHS cafetorium.Isaiah Allred was selected... + continue reading
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Van High School recently announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2017. The class will graduate Thursday, May 18 at Tyler Junior College beginning at 7 p.m.William Jackson Heard... + continue reading
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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An entire semester of preparation was put into action April 27 as home school eighth grade equivalent students from two East Texas chapters of Classical Conversations were in the Van Zandt County... + continue reading

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05/21/2017
To help raise funds for victims of the tornados that tore through Van Zandt County April 29, a benefit concert will be held from 12:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 28, at The Pickin’ Porch Park in historic downtown Ben Wheeler.Four people died and more than 50 were injured... + continue reading
05/21/2017
Several items were brought up for discussion but no action was taken by the Van City Council during a work session May 11.One of the items presented by Van City Administrator Charles West involved rescinding the agreement between the city of Van and Van Zandt County... + continue reading

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Left: Senior Cortland Davidson and sophomore Abby Jones partnered to finish third overall at the Regional Tournament in Longview.

Right: Cody Pickett and Chris Catlin, both juniors, finished the Spring season having won the District 13-4A boys doubles title and reaching the Regional Quarterfinals.

05/03/2017
The Van Vandal tennis program officially closed out its Spring season last week, sending the boys doubles team of Chris Catlin and Cody Pickett, and the mixed doubles team of Cortland Davidson and Abby Jones to compete at the Regional Tennis Tournament in Longview.Davidson and Jones would go on the finish 3-1 overall at the event, winning third... + continue reading
05/03/2017
The bi-district round of the playoffs proved to be a tough draw for teams from District 13-4A last week, with Brownsboro, Rains and Van all seeing their seasons draw to a close with series losses to teams from District 14-4A.The Lady Vandals, this year’s District 13-4A champions with a 9-1 record, overcame three fielding errors and a pair of... + continue reading
05/03/2017
The Van Vandals entered the second round of district play in a nearly impossible position, trailing every other District 13-4A in the standings by at least two games. The Canton Eagles carried a record of 5-0, followed by both Brownsboro and Mabank tied at 3-2, and Wills Point and Rains each at 2-3.Down but not out, the Vandals put together a... + continue reading
05/03/2017
Around 175 athletes from several area schools joined Van ISD students for the 5th Annual Vandal Victory Day April 19 at Van’s Memorial Stadium.Schools that participated included Van, Athens, Brownsboro, Canton, Edgewood, Eustace, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Lindale and Martins Mill as they competed in specially designed track and field events. ... + continue reading
05/03/2017
A response to a letter that Ben Wheeler author Tom Geddie wrote a number of years ago was one of the reasons that he decided to pursue writing.Geddie wrote a letter to long-time Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Morning News Sports Columnist Blackie Sherrod who Geddie described as one of his all-time favorite writers.“I actually wrote him a letter... + continue reading

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Photo by Rollin Hadsell

Van freshman Kendall Brown made the most of her first year competing in high school athletics, finishing seventh overall in the 4A division during this year’s State Track and Field Meet in Austin.

05/20/2017
Four Van Zandt County student-athletes including Edgewood distance runner Cody Delarosa, Grand Saline high jumper Trent Easley, Van pole vaulter Kendall Brown and Wills Point wheelchair event... + continue reading
05/19/2017
The Van High School Athletic Department will keep up a heavy workload throughout the summer months, hosting a series of athletic camps designed to help kids improve on their overall knowledge base... + continue reading

The annual Van High School All-Sports Banquet was held May 8 in the VHS Cafetorium. Isaiah Allred was recognized as the “Male Athlete of the Year” and Alexis Walton was selected as the “Female Athlete of the Year.” An estimated 450 were in attendance at the banquet.

05/18/17

Left: Senior Cortland Davidson and sophomore Abby Jones partnered to finish third overall at the Regional Tournament in Longview.

Right: Cody Pickett and Chris Catlin, both juniors, finished the Spring season having won the District 13-4A boys doubles title and reaching the Regional Quarterfinals.

05/03/17

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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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05/01/2017
Books and beanstalks “Jack and the Beanstalk” was read by Christina Nash during Van Storytime April 19 at the Van Community Center. The children created their own jelly beanstalk using lots of glue... + continue reading
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.

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