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Thu
23
Mar

“The Secret Life of Pets” to be shown

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 and water will be available for $.25 cents. 

Children may bring a pillow or blanket to sit on and parents are welcome to bring their own “bag” lawn chair.

Thu
23
Mar

McClanahan leaving TxDOT

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.

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 he received a phone call last November from a representative with the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA).

For almost 25 years, McClanahan has worked as the Maintenance Section Supervisor in the Canton office for TxDOT but his long career will end in a few weeks as he has accepted a new challenge with NET RMA.

Wed
22
Mar

Bettering the lives of children

Dr.  Keven Ellis

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 Taylor, I asked myself, “How did I end up here?” 

Many years ago, I answered the call to serve on two different committees at my local school district, then I answered the call to serve on the Lufkin ISD board of trustees, which led me to answer the call to run for the State Board of Education.  I answered yes to all of these calls because of my dedication and care for children.

I have been a member of the Lions Club International for 19 years.  The Lions motto is simply, “We Serve.”  I would like to put out a call to action that we all heed that motto of service to the children of Texas.  There is much work to do.

Wed
22
Mar

Auto show set for April 29

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 will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry fee is $20 which includes lunch.

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Tue
21
Mar

Canton Post Office to host passport fair

Need a passport, but can’t make it to the post office during normal office hours? To ensure U.S. citizens are prepared to travel abroad this summer, the U.S. Postal Service will be hosting a passport fair at the Canton Post Office, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25, 2017. Customers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serviced basis.

To obtain a passport applicants need to:

Tue
21
Mar

Health Fair, Blood Drive set

Canton Healthcare will present an inaugural Health Fair and Carter Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Friday, March 24.

“There will be food, fun, door prizes and entertainment all for a great cause.  Free blood pressure and blood sugar checks will be provided.  Also, there will be education on dental hygiene, nutrition education, financial planning and more,” said event organizers.

A few of the vendors providing services are Sensible Dentistry, Geriatric Solutions, American Home Care, Always Accurate Hospice, Cornerstone Hospice, Hospice Plus, more and more added daily.

Canton Healthcare is located at 1661 S. Buffalo, Canton. 

For more information call 903-567-4135.

Mon
20
Mar

Raney to speak at genealogy meeting

The monthly meeting of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in the Buchanan Room of the Van Zandt County Library at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton.  

Guest speaker will be Don Raney, a sixth generation Texan and active genealogist for over 35 years. He is a life member of the San Jacinto Descendants and past director of GENTECH and the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Computer Interest Group.  Mr. Raney’s topic for this meeting will be “Land Research in the Federal Land States”. 

Sat
18
Mar

Spring Fling, egg hunt set for April 15

Preparations continue for the annual Van Spring Fling and Hilliard Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 15 at the Van Area Historical & Oil Museum.

The Van Area Historical & Oil Museum is located at the intersection of FM 16 and VZCR 1501 in Van.

There will be a raffle for a handmade spring tablecloth made by Mildred Carty of Van. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or six tickets for $5 and are available at the Van Area Chamber of Commerce office downtown or on the day of the spring fling.

There will be vendors, food, fabulous entertainment, slide, face painting, shaved ice, museum tours and more, organizers said.

The Hilliard Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature three age groups; 3 years old and under, 4-5 year old and 6-8 year old.

Fri
17
Mar

March movies slated

Two movies will be featured during the month of March at the Movie House located downtown in Van.

“Sully” will be shown this Saturday at 6 p.m. The movie is free and there will also be free door prizes.

Popcorn will be on sale for $.50 cents and water will be available for $.25 cents. If you wish to bring your own soft drink, you are welcome to do so and you may bring your own “bag” lawn chair.

“The Secret Life of Pets” will be shown 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. Children may bring a pillow or blanket to sit on and parents are welcome to bring their own “bag” lawn chair.

Fri
17
Mar

Nations looks back on 30-year career as Van city councilman

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

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 end his term after 30 years of service.

Nations was born in Grand Saline in December 1948. “My first year was in Wisdom Temple,” recalled Nations. “The school there closed down. My mother was a teacher there and when the school closed down, my mom and dad bought the housing facility where the teachers lived and moved it to Van on Ohio Street. As the crow flies, the new location was about a mile from where I live today. I have not ventured far from Van in my lifetime.”

After attending public school in Van, Nations graduated from Van High School in 1968.

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