Pumpkins galore at Storytime

Friday’s theme for Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library was fall pumpkins. Ms. Rhonda read “Tuttle’s Shell” by Salvatore Murdocca, about a turtle that has lost his shell and finds a pumpkin as a replacement.

Next was “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman, about a witch that wanted some pumpkin pie but the pumpkin that she grew was so large that she couldn’t get it off the vine. It takes a ghost, a vampire, a mummy and a bat to get the pumpkin off the vine. The witch discovers that cooperation works best.

The children each made a paper plate pumpkin to take home.

“Join us on Friday, Oct. 20 for Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library when Ms. Rhonda continues in the Halloween spirit,” said VZC Librarians.


All about letters

Van Storytime continued Oct. 11 with the continuation of the creation of an alphabet letter book. The letter of the week was “G.”

“The kids created gumball machine pictures for their craft. Van Storytime meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Van Community Library at 310 Chestnut St. All preschoolers are invited,” stated organizers.

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Van Zandt representation

left, VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett, and VZC Commissioner Pct. 3 Keith Pearson represented Van Zandt County at the Semi-Annual Board of Directors Meeting of the East Texas Council of Governments. Commissioner Pct. 2 Virgil Melton (not pictured) will serve on the 2017-‘19 Executive Committee. The meeting was held in East Mountain on Thursday, Sept. 28. Van Zandt County will host the next meeting in March.

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Marriage licenses issued Sept. 20-26

John William Hull and Ashley Patrie Elliott

Joshua Lee Johnson and Taren Alise Pruitt

Jonathan Glen Mann and Kimberly Owen

Hunter Lee Houser and Sydney Nicole Strickland

Mason Cole Hassell and Paige Marie Whiteley

Cody Lewis Reed and Cassie Marie Vines

Ricardo Chavez and Adriana Garcia.


Silver Award Project completed by Van Girl Scouts

Van Girl Scout Troop 1319 completed their Silver Award Project recently. The project required research, design, requesting and receiving donated materials and supplies, painting and installing a mini-library in Van City Park.

The Silver Award Project reflects a 50-hour service commitment identifying a need in the community.

The mini-library is registered with the international Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Van Girl Scout Troop 1319 volunteered for the past three summers at the Van Community Library’s Summer Reading Program.

The troop recognized a need as the library is open only three days a week, however, children in the program needed books available all week, therefore, the troop presented their project to the Van Library Board and the former Van Parks and Recreation Board.


Ritchie celebrates 35 years

Mary Ann Ritchie of Grand Saline began working with the Van Zandt County Appraisal District in 1982 and has been a dedicated member of the Appraisal District’s staff for 35 years. She continues to serve as the business office manager.

An engraved desktop clock was awarded to her on Aug.

11, 2017, by VZC Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde.

Hyde conveyed his deepest appreciation, which was echoed by the district staff, in show of their sincere support for Ms. Ritchie’s continued service and dedication to the Appraisal District as well as the community of Van Zandt County.

“The Van Zandt County Appraisal District proudly congratulates Ms. Ritchie on this milestone in her career and for being such an integral part of the Appraisal District family,” said Hyde.


Marriage licenses

July 19-25, 2017


Kamol Sonock Vilay and Tiffany Wynne Wright

Carl Wayne Samples and Betty Jean Cluck

Joed Mark Holmes and Emily Christine Meyer


VCL holds summer reading finale

The Summer Reading Program at the Van Community Library held its Grand Finale July 28. It was a huge success as over 100 children and adults attended. The children enjoyed the Magician Balloon Man as he entertained them with music, balloons and magic tricks. There were drawings for many prizes and games before hot dogs, drinks and cookies were served. The library would like to express its appreciation to all of the volunteers including the Van Girl Scouts, the Van Volunteer Fire Department, chef Dennis Worthen for grilling the hot dogs and Van City Councilman Ernie Burns for providing the train rides.


Happy 50th Anniversary

Kelly and Cindy Cole are celebrating 50 years of marriage. They were wed Aug. 11, 1967 at First Baptist Church in Mabank, TX. After beginning their teaching careers in Mesquite, they settled in Van in 1971 where they taught in Van ISD until they both retired in 2001. They have spent much of their time since retiring enjoying their children, Randall and Melissa Cole and granddaughter, Susanna, of Maumelle, AR, and Susan and Micah Lewis and grandchildren Grant, Gabbie and Gabe of Grand Saline. Their family will host a come and go reception at First Baptist Church in Van, where they have been members since 1971. Friends and family are invited to come celebrate with them from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.


Meyers to speak to Genealogical Society

The East Texas Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at the Tyler Public Library’s Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, 75702.  The meeting will be held from 2-3:30p.m. 
Kelvin Meyers will present a lecture on “Can a Dead Man Sign a Deed?” Kelvin uses a tombstone that says the person died in 1928, but he is also on a deed in 1932. 
Meyers wants to know if a dead man signed a deed? It is resolved using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Kelvin shows the research steps he takes and the analysis that gives him an answer.


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