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Wed
24
May

CHOICE Act passes committee

This week the Financial Choice Act, which I introduced, passed the Financial Services Committee. This legislation will end bank bailouts, toughen penalties for wrongdoing on Wall Street, promote economic growth, and provide desperately needed regulatory relief for small community banks and credit unions.

Wed
24
May

Major General Brown to speak at Memorial Day Ceremony

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.

Tue
23
May

Nationally Accredited

The Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission has recommended Canton for National Accreditation to the National Main Street Center.  The recommendation is based upon Canton’s Report of Progress submitted to the state office as part of its annual reporting requirements for Fiscal Year 2016.

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Tue
23
May

Canine befriends bovine Friendship saves calf’s life

Jack the miracle dog is half part Great Pyrenees and cur dog.  But, his heritage didn’t stop him from saving the life of one of Jim Leas baby calves on his property in western Van Zandt County.

Just outside of Canton, Jack, who resembles a massive Golden Retriever, follows in Jim Leas footsteps, protecting the property and making sure each animal is hale and healthy.  Jack can be seen sprawled out on the cool concrete floor of the barn, occasionally offering up a friendly paw to shake or rolling over for a belly rub.

Jack was adopted from the Canton Animal Shelter, but Jim Leas said it was one of the best decisions he has made in the canine variety.

 

Tue
23
May

Houston pension solution bill passes house

Senate Bill 2190 passes with 4 amendments in the House of Representatives

After passing 2nd reading in the House Monday, Senate Bill 2190--authored by Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and sponsored by Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) in the House--passed for the 3rd and final reading late last night in a vote of 115-29.

Tue
23
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.

Mon
22
May

Whitton Community Center homecoming set

Whitton Community Center will hold a homecoming event at noon, June 4.

Two quilts will be auctioned, “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” and a “Yo-Yo” coverlet.

Donations are appreciated for the upkeep of the center, officials said.

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Mon
22
May

Commissioners, auditor clash on overtime pay

Overtime pay for all county employees that worked following the April 29 tornadoes was approved during a called meeting May 15 of the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court.

The unanimous decision by the commissioners followed  a 30-minute discussion among the commissioners, VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick, representatives from the VZC Sheriff’s Department and VZC Auditor Freddy Thomas.

 “The question is whether to pay our county employees who worked following our April 29 tornado disaster overtime or comp time,” said Kirkpatrick. “In my opinion, we have a policy of comp time and we ought to stick with the policy. It would cost the county right now to pay overtime. I see no reason to change the policy.”

Sun
21
May

Animals await to be reunited at Canton Animal Shelter

Nearly three weeks later after the April 29 tornadoes in Canton, animals at the Canton Animal Shelter are still waiting to be reunited with their families.

Ladeania Jones, supervisor of the Canton Animal Shelter, said that her main concern was getting animals who had been displaced by the tornado reunited with their families.

“Before the tornadoes, we had about four animals awaiting adoption, after the tornadoes came through, we filled up quickly with animals that were lost either before or after the tornadoes. The best way to see if a pet has a family is to check for a microchip. I stress the importance of getting the animals scanned for a microchip. We can do at the shelter or a vet clinic can also do it. That way, we can get these babies home and where they need to be.”

Sat
20
May

Master Gardener series to begin May 25

The Free State Master Gardener Library series titled plant propagation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 25.

Plant propagation is the process used by gardeners to produce more plants from either a single plant or two parent plants. If a single plant is used then asexual propagation occurs. This type of propagation produces plants that resemble the parent plant.

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