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Wed
24
May

VZC receives grant

A check in the amount of $211,660 was presented as part of the Texas Cares Campaign to the Salvation Army for use in the recovery efforts in Van Zandt County from the April 29 tornadoes. Shown with the donation check were left to right, Alvin J. Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Dallas; Connie Yates, Public Affairs & Communications for Tom Thumb and Albertsons in Fort Worth; Tashara Parker, CBS 19 Anchor in Tyler; Alisha Laventure, WFAA Channel 8 Anchor and Reporter in Dallas; Don Kirkpatrick, Van Zandt County Judge; Lou Ann Everett, Mayor of Canton; and Virgil Melton Jr., VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner. The check was presented in the VZC Courthouse May 15.

Wed
24
May

Assessing your property after a violent storm

Powerful storms are a fact of life across Texas, especially in the spring. They can leave unprepared building owners with extensive roof damage, some of which might not become obvious until unexpected leaks and puddles show up inside your building.

So, what can building owners do after a storm? Here are some tips on assessing your property and the steps you should take after your building has experienced severe storm damage:

Puddling on the roof – If you’re able to do so safely from the ground, survey your roof for puddles of water. Water should run off of your roof immediately. Take notice of any debris that may be interfering with your drainage system.

Tue
23
May

Trustees receive preliminary 2017-18 budget information

During their regular monthly meeting May 15, the Van School Board took a look at the preliminary budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Van ISD Business and Support Services Director Danny Morrow presented the preliminary budget to the trustees.

“This is preliminary information based on what is known today (May 15),” pointed out Morrow. “It is still subject to change as certified values are not final until late July and we are still a couple of weeks away from the legislature wrapping up their regular session.”

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Tue
23
May

Van High School Class of 2017 graduates before overflowing crowd

A standing room only crowd of over 2,500 packed Wagstaff Gymnasium at Tyler Junior College as they witnessed 162 graduates receiving their diplomas May 18 during the graduation ceremony for the Van High School Class of 2017.

Following the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” Van ISD Board President Scott Thomas gave the invocation and welcomed those in attendance.

VHS Class of 2017 graduating senior Caleb Weaver led in the Pledge of Allegiance before VHS Principal Jeff Hutchins addressed the graduates.

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Tue
23
May

Major General Brown to speak at Memorial Day Ceremony

Guest speaker Major General James K. Brown Jr.

On Memorial Day, the VZC Veterans Memorial will host a program at the Plaza Museum in Canton at

10 a.m., Monday, May 29.

The guest speaker will be Major General James K. Brown Jr., the Deputy Commanding General of the Army National Guard out of Fort Bragg, N.C. since 2015.

He is a career Army officer who has commanded active and reserve forces from platoon to brigade level. In addition to his command tours, key assignments for Major General Brown have include Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Affairs(G5) in Bosnia-Herzegovina during stabilization Force Seven and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations(G3) of the 49th Armored Division.

Mon
22
May

Ribbon cutting, Open House held recently at Med Stop Clinic

The Van Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony April 22 for one of its newest members, Med Stop Clinic.

The chief operating officer at Med Stop Clinic hosted refreshments and gave on-site tours of its flagship model of operations and virtual examination demonstration to the chamber directors, the Van City Council and the visiting public.

This is just like any typical urgent care facility that you would visit for an off-hours or on-hours minor emergency.

Patients with severe ear ache, flu, sprained ankle or chest pain that you’re not quite convinced is just indigestion are welcomed to come to the clinic.

The only difference is you are being examined by the doctor through the aid of a trained medic and a computer screen.

Mon
22
May

Kirkpatrick denies bankruptcy rumors

At the beginning of the May 9 session of the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court, VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick addressed rumors about the county being bankrupt.

“The rumor started in Smith County that our county is bankrupt,” said Kirkpatrick. “Let me assure you that the county is not bankrupt. The county did not have much money before the recent tornadoes. Anytime you have a disaster, the cost of the cleanup and the appraisal costs are high. The appraisal district will be coming to a commissioners’ court meeting soon and request that we allow them to go out and re-appraise all of the homes that were damaged or destroyed. I can assure you that we are all still working together.”

In other business, the commissioners approved a recommendation from Kirkpatrick to extend the county’s disaster declaration for an additional 20 days to expire May 26.

Sun
21
May

Concert benefit set for VZC Tornado Relief

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 in what officials say were nine tornados that ravaged the area. Hundreds of homes, businesses, and properties were destroyed.

The Van Zandt County Twister Relief Concert features a long list of talented musicians who are stepping forward to donate their time to the cause.

Confirmed performers include Jeff Allen, Wesley Pruitt Band, Will Burgin, Clay Thrash, Austin Layne, Heather Little, Meredith Crawford, Seek the Peace, Buddy and the Flashbacks, Diamondback TX, Chad Bennett, TuTu Jones and blacktopGYPSY.

Sun
21
May

FEMA funds make way to Van from 2015 tornado

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 regarding the additional vehicle registration fees collected and being designated to be turned over to the VZC Children’s Advocacy Center.

Currently, $1.50 of every car that is registered in the city of Van goes to the VZC Children’s Advocacy Center.

Sat
20
May

Council discusses demolition of two properties

Public hearings on two requests were held May 11 by the Van City with one request approved and the other tabled.

A public hearing on a substandard trailer house structure located at 400 N. Palm St., was held. Van City Administrator Charles West informed the council members that the owners of the structure had been notified by mail and did not respond.

Following the public hearing, the council members voted unanimously to approve advertising for bids to demolish the structure.

A public hearing on a zoning change request to change the zoning from R-1 Residential to Commercial on property owned by Jon Lewis on N. Maple Street was tabled by the city council.

During the public hearing, issues arose as to the correct address on the property. West said that the address the city had on the application was 212 N. Maple St. which Victoria Tankersley of Tankersley Real Estate in Van questioned.

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