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Sun
19
Mar

Spring has sprung

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 spring is here. And, did everyone remember to “Spring Forward” with your clocks and watches as we welcomed Daylight Saving Time?

At the Van Zandt County Library, spring has arrived, also. This Friday, there will be no Story-Time because of spring break. St. Patrick's Day is also being observed with a collection of Irish and St. Paddy's books. Don't forget to wear your green March 17 to keep yourself safe from being pinched!

Sat
11
Mar

Fullers talk disaster relief at VZC Library

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 John and Brenda Fuller describe their experiences providing comfort to those who have suffered terrible losses.

John and Brenda Fuller consider disaster relief a calling and are passionate about helping and encouraging hurting people who have lost everything. They have been serving with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for the last 12 years. It is the third largest relief agency in the world, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Fullers have spent many hours being trained to help in crisis situations in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires and ice storms.

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Tue
28
Feb

Summer activities on tap at VZC Library

Yee Haw! This week's Storytime will feature the great state of Texas. But it's not just a state; Texas is a state of mind, an attitude. Ms. Rhonda will gather her group of little Texans in the Van Zandt County Library at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Afterward, there will be a craft project to be completed.

The Friends of the Library met Feb. 13 for a presentation over a program about the Orphan Trains that operated circa 1854 to 1929. These trains carried approximately 150,000 orphaned or abandoned children from impoverished and over-crowded eastern cities to the mid-west and southern states.

“Benja Mize brought the tale to life and did a great job. The FOL were delighted to welcome many guests to the meeting; and a few audience members shared personal stories of relatives who made the trip,” librarians said.

Wed
22
Feb

County Sales Plunge for Once-Popular Rifle

Gun owners may have been relieved when Donald Trump was elected, but you can’t blame gun shop owners if they have a few mixed feelings. While former President Obama was a boon to gun sales, the new president hasn’t been.

Reflecting a national trend of a drop in firearms sales, shops in Van Zandt County are seeing the effects of a president who is more gun-friendly. Especially when it comes to AR-15 rifles.

David Wiley, owner of Wiley’s Gun Shop in Wills Point, says that business for him has remained strong, but the type of firearms people are buying has changed noticeably since Trump’s election.

“They’re back to buying normal stuff, like bolt action rifles and hunting shotguns,” Wiley said. “I’m still selling some of the AR-15s, but I’m now selling maybe one a week rather than 20.”

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Tue
21
Feb

Illuminating Texas History

Lone survivor of Bonilla expedition found

Feb. 16, 1599

 

Sun
19
Feb

February marks 91st Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It was established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Dr. Woodson was the son of a runaway slave and later earned a PHD from Harvard University. Black History Month was chosen for the month of February in honor of the birth month of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

This month we honor and celebrate the history of African Americans, their contributions to society and the challenges they faced. The promise of the American dream has made our nation the greatest in the history of the world.

All citizens have the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams and determine their own destiny. The history of African Americans and their inspirational stories are a reminder of just how important equal opportunity and freedom are. African Americans have contributed in science, literature, art... and the success of America.

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Wed
15
Feb

Lobbying for Twinkies and dog parks

I'll begin my 2017 lobbying efforts on behalf of fat lazy dogs everywhere.  The saying is 'if your dog is too fat you're not getting enough exercise'.  I agree with that. 

First husband and I have many dogs - have I mentioned this?  Anyway, half of them lie around in the den and only occasionally go out, mostly when we force them to.  We have noticed that Fat Tanner, in particular, has put on a few pounds.  He resembles a barrel.  Our litttle dachshund, Tubby, is well-named.  She tries to run, and does pretty well for about 6 feet, then stops to rest. It's obvious I'm not getting enough exercise. 

Fri
03
Feb

President Trump: It’s time to declare day after Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday

If I was able to directly communicate with  President Donald Trump I would suggest to him that there is one more executive order that he needs to consider in addition to addressing the border wall, Obamacare, immigration and other important issues.
I think he needs to consider adding another holiday for America and I believe that the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday should be declared a national day off for all Americans.
What other event do we have that attracts over 100 million television viewers in our nation, in addition to millions of others around the world and brings them together, regardless of political party preference, like the Super Bowl?
Although the football game itself between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston is supposedly the main reason that people tune in, all of us know that the game itself is not the only reason that Americans watch.

Thu
02
Feb

HB2804 to provide insight

When HB2804 was passed, and supported by all Senate District 2 area Senate and House Legislative Members in 2015, the objective was to give parents greater insight and transparency into the quality of education their local schools were achieving through an A-F Grading System. Parents are accustomed to receiving and have no difficulty understanding an A-F report on the academic progress of their children. They are entitled to a similar report on the progress and quality of the school their child attends. Just as a parent would not be well informed if the only information a student brought home was a report of “met standards” or “needs improvement,” a report with such limited information fails to provide parents meaningful evaluation of the education quality achievements for their school.

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Wed
01
Feb

Just my opinion

The Van Banner asked a few citizens their opinion on President Donald Trump’s first few days into office. See below for their answers.
What issue would you like to see President Trump and his administration emphasize during his first 100 days in office?
I would like to see President Trump do something with health insurance.  This is something that effects everyone, not just one group.  I don't know if this is possible but while they are working on this issue do everything they can to include both republicans and democrats ideas on this issue.  We have already seen what happens when only one party votes for an issue.  Not working on this issue together will be another failure for the American people. Lesley Goode, Van
I would like to see President Trump and his administration emphasize Health Care, Border Security, the Economy and Supreme Court nomination. Dwayne Wheeler, Van

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