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08
Aug

Parker wins Explore contest

 

Brian Shawntane Parker, 33, of Wills Point is the owner of Guardian Floor Care but his major interest outside of the business is photography.

Parker, who is married and the father of two children, started doing photography in January of this year and has been practicing all types of photography to find what he likes the best.

“I don’t necessarily have a favorite subject,” said Parker. “I tend to shoot when something catches my eye.”

Wed
08
Aug

Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

 

AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1. 

Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses.

Wed
08
Aug

Canton ISD to keep tax rate steady for 12th year

The Canton ISD School Board held their final meeting July 30 before the start of the 2018-’19 school year set to begin Aug. 20.  On the agenda during the July 30 meeting was approving the 2018-’19 tax rate, discussing school security and construction updates.

This is the 12th consecutive year that Canton ISD has kept the tax rate the same. The board approved a total tax rate of $1.471 broken down as: maintenance and operations, $1.04 and interest and sinking, $0.431.

Wed
08
Aug

Architects, engineers continue to meet about courthouse preservation

 

Plans to restore the Van Zandt County Courthouse continue to move forward as architects and engineers from around the area and the state have been meeting.

Texas Historical Commission Architect James J. Malanaphy of Austin along with architects Michael D. Barham, Lowrie Floyd of Tyler and Jeffrey Lee Basehore of Edom visited and toured each room of the five-story courthouse July 19 and have been meeting on a regular basis since then, according to VZC Pct. 4 Commissioner Tim West.

Wed
08
Aug

Car chase ends with arrest of Canton woman

 

One arrest was made following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle just after daybreak Friday, Aug. 3 on State Highways 19 and 64 in the Canton area.

Texas Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Staff Sgt. Jean Dark of Tyler said the driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as Angel Long, 33, of Canton, who was transported to the Van Zandt County Jail.

Wed
08
Aug

Plaster releases monthly JP statistics

The statistical report for June and July 2018 from the office of the Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Court in Van Zandt County was as follows, according to VZC Pct. 2 JP Sandra Plaster:

“June and July both have been very productive months for the Court,” emphasized Plaster in her report.

The following is the statistics for June 1-30:

Wed
08
Aug

Anna to sing at Grace Family Church Aug. 12

 

Singer Grace Anna will be performing at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at Grace Family Church, located at 1953 Mill Creek Road in Canton.

Grace Anna has become a singing sensation on Facebook and YouTube, according to a church spokesperson.

“This is your chance to hear her sing, get your picture with her and get an autographed copy of her new book,” said the church spokesperson. “There will be lots of good music, barbecue and fellowship.”

Wed
08
Aug

Road maintenance plans updated for VZC

 

 

Canton maintenance plans to conduct overlay operations on the I-20 Service Roads between Mile Markers 514 and 516. Crews will also perform routine maintenance work on roadways around the county. Lane closures are possible at work locations.

 

Van Zandt County construction projects updates:

 

SH 64 Widening Project

Thu
24
May

Canton ISD graduation Friday

 

 

The Class of 2018 at Canton Independent School District will hold commencement ceremonies at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 25 at the Norris Birdwell Football Stadium, W. State Highway 243 at Cherry Creek Rd., Canton.  Valedictorian Riley Nicks and Salutatorian Grant Tullos.

Honor graduates (listed in alphabetical order) are Canton High School

Thu
24
May

Deibert, Vaughn take seats as new councilmen

It was a night of new faces and special recognitions during the Canton City Council meeting April 15. New council members Daniel Deibert and Andrew Vaughn were sworn in as councilmembers. Deibert and Vaughn will fill the seats of previous councilmembers Shawn Stewart and Scott Perkins. Councilwoman Cindy Malouf ran uncontested and was also appointed as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett honored and recognized a few individuals for service to Canton and also awarded scholarships to graduating seniors.

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