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Wed
08
Nov

Filing for March 2018 primary election begins Nov. 13

Republican and Democratic Party candidates interested in running for office next year in the Van Zandt County Primary will be able to do so beginning Monday, Nov. 13 in the VZC Clerk’s office at the VZC Courthouse.

The filing period runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 11; however, since Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday, no one will be allowed to sign up for the election until Nov. 13, according to the VZC Clerk’s office.

Elsa Smith, the VZC Chief Election Deputy, recently released a list of VZC offices up for election on March 6, 2018, as well as the current office holders and they are as follows:

Wed
08
Nov

CHS Mighty Eagle Band wraps contests with wins

The Mighty Canton Band has just finished their contest portion of their season with great success once again. The band competed at the Mesquite Marching Festival and received 1st divisions and Outstanding Winds on Oct. 7. That same day the band went to Festival on the Lake in Little Elm, making it into finals and finishing in eighth place, as well as placing second in their classification.

On Oct. 9, the Mighty Canton Band competed at Mineola and received 1st divisions for drum major, colorguard, percussion, and overall band. The band was also named Grand Champion of the contest. The band travelled to Sounds of Fall in Princeton on Oct. 14 and made it to Finals that night, finishing in fifth place overall.

Wed
08
Nov

Sen. Hall dispels congressional run Hensarling not seeking re-election

Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who has represented the 5th Congressinal District of Texas encompassing portions of Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufman, Van Zandt and Wood counties, announced Oct. 31 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018.

Hensarling cited his family as his reason for not seeking re-ekection in a press release.

“Throughout this time, my family has graciously sacrificed for my service. As the parents of two teenagers, Melissa and I know there are only a few years left before they leave and make their own way in life. I want to be there for those years. Since my term as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee comes to an end next year, the time seems right for my departure.

“Although I will not be running for reelection, there are 14 months left in my congressional term to continue the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited constitutional government.”

Wed
08
Nov

‘Grace wins every time’ Hope Pregnancy Center holds banquet

Hope Pregnancy Center of Canton and its supporters came together Oct. 7 at the Canton Civic Center for a night of celebration at the annual fundraiser banquet. The theme for the night was “Grace Wins Every Time” and was inspired by the scripture verse, Hebrews 4:16. Buttermilks of Canton catered a meal for the banquet guests.

The night’s master of ceremonies was the Rev. Ernie McCoulskey, Director of the Kauf-Van Baptist Association. He began by introducing Deacon Jim Burkel of St. Therese Catholic Church, Canton, to ask the meal blessing. After the meal, the program began with Pastor Matt Ward of Locust Grove Baptist Church, Wills Point, giving the invocation.

HPC Board President, Janet Burns of Victory Church, Canton, bestowed special awards on two dedicated volunteers, Carolyn Little for five years of service and Rita Young for six years of service.

Wed
08
Nov

Hwy. 198 wreck leaves one injured

Texas DPS Trooper Austin Jones provided a preliminary crash report regarding an accident that injured one person on Highway 198, south of Canton on Oct. 30.

According to Jones, around 9 p.m. Oct. 30, dispatch received a call regarding an accident on Highway 198 south. The crash report given by Jones indicated that the driver was going south on Highway 198 when she left the road on the west side and hit a mailbox. The driver then corrected the vehicle and then left the road again, eventually rolling the vehicle to the right side of the bar ditch. The driver was care flighted by helicopter to CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.

Mon
06
Nov

New Canton building home to well service

That nice-looking new building on State Highway 64 in Canton, across from the FM 1255 intersection, is the soon-to-be new home of East Texas Water Well and Pump Service.

Tim and Patti Michels are the owners, and the building is the result of a steadily growing water well drilling business that Tim started 12 years ago.

Michels also owns the Best Western Canton Inn. He has been running the water well business from storage buildings near the motel, but decided it was time to relocate and make the business more convenient for customers.

“I set out with the idea that this business was going to make it on its own, without loans, and pay its own way,” Michels said. And it has, making the new building – which will open early in 2018 – a testament to that success.

Mon
06
Nov

Pulley named to new VZC emergency coordinator position

A new Van Zandt County Emergency Coordinator for the nationwide amateur radio service known as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) was recently named.

David Pulley of Canton took over the position on June 20 as the man he is replacing, Jon Palmer, made the announcement in a recent interview with the News.

“Basically, David and I are switching roles,” pointed out Palmer. “He was my assistant and now I am going to be his assistant.”

Pulley said that he is ready for the challenges that his new position will bring as he works with the 171 ham radio operators in VZC.

Mon
06
Nov

‘The Trade’ statue location discussed Resolutions fill council agenda

Once again, moving the “The Trade” statue to its final location was up for discussion during the Canton City Council meeting Oct. 17. During the meeting, the council discussed moving the statue to a downtown location in the Pocket Park, which is a centralized and empty area across from Buttermilks restaurant on Buffalo Street.

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett requested discussion on the location, stating that a resident had brought up an idea to her stating, “a lot of people would see it and it would be a focus point for the new Pocket Park.” Mayor Everett added that the “base could be made from the brick of city hall to tie it all in.”

The Pocket Park is set to undergo a $110,000 renovation, with funds coming from both the Canton EDC and City of Canton.

Canton EDC Director Julie Seymore said she wanted to make sure it would “fit well with the plan for downtown.”

Mon
06
Nov

VZC Library celebrates silver anniversary

The Van Zandt County Library will celebrated its 25th anniversary Oct. 31 in its current location at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton, but the history of the library dates back to its humble beginnings in 1933.. From its modest start in a dark room in the basement of the county courthouse, the library has grown into a 10,000-square foot facility with 45,000 items available for use.

“In 1933, the Canton area had 533 students in area schools. The library started as a resource center for rural school teachers,” said VZC Library Director Susie Pulley. “There was a county school superintendent who was the supervisor of all the common rural school districts within the county.”

Mon
30
Oct

Lotus, aquatic weeds take over Old City Lake

The Old City Lake of Canton is in “pretty bad condition,” according to Assistant City Manager Andy Wolfe who presented findings to the Canton City Council Oct. 17. Wolfe said there were two main problems with the lake, an invasion of American Lotus plants and hydrilla verticillate, an aquatic weed.

The American Lotus has overtaken a majority of the lake, with heavy foliage at the west end. Wolfe gave information on the American Lotus, which Wolfe said, “rises above the water two to three feet and produces a yellow flower.”

“That flower produces 15-20 seeds per year. So, 50 percent of seeds will come back. Unfortunately, fish will not eat the plant. You can mechanically remove it, but that is not feasible. It not only reproduces from the seeds it drops, but the rhizomes in the stem, which also reproduces. So, even if you pull them from the water, they still come back each year,” stated Wolfe.

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