Free State Jubilee to be held Aug. 12

Mark your calendar and save the date for the third annual Free State Back to School Jubilee will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer something for the whole family.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Child Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County have joined together to provide all the families of Van Zandt County with a free family fun day!

The Jubilee will be held in the Canton Civic Center just off Hwy 64. Look for the big yellow banners!  The event will provide free backpacks and school supplies, free haircuts, physicals, and immunizations. In addition, there will be carnival type of games, including three bounce houses, an indoor shooting gallery and much more!!  In addition to all these fun activities there will be educational opportunities to learn about gardening and recycling projects presented by the Free State Master Gardeners Association.                


GS police chief placed on administrative leave

Justin Collins

Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins was placed on paid administrative leave July 10 by the City of Grand Saline.

Joel Elliott of the Elliott Law Firm in Canton and attorney for the City of Grand Saline, told the Herlad in a July 12 interview that he has been in recent contact with outside law enforcement agencies and the Texas Municipal League regarding allegations against Collins.

“If a law has been broken, there will be an outside law enforcement investigation,” pointed out Elliott. “If there is a policy violation, a third-party person will be brought in to investigate that. We are doing everything we can to make sure this case is being investigated properly.”

Around 1 p.m. July 12, Grand Saline Mayor Casey Jordan released the following statement to the Herald.


Pct. 2 JP Judge Daniell announces retirement

Judge Ronnie Daniell

On Tuesday, July 11Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Judge Ronnie Daniell presented a letter of intent to retire to VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick.

Judge Daniell will have served the citizens of Pct. 2 and Van Zandt County for 14 years and nine months as of his planned retirement date at noon, Friday, Sept 8.

Judge Daniell said that he appreciated the citizens of Van Zandt County for allowing him to “be their servant.”


A Case for Golf: Reflections of a Lifetime Golfer

Past and present. 

I want to share with you my appreciation for the game of Golf! Golf is such a fun and challenging sport. A person can play the game for a lifetime and compete with both younger and older, beginners and skilled, thru a handicap system designed to make the playing field equal. Golf is a game of honor allowing players to keep their own score and to penalize themselves when the rules are breached.


Records from 1871 to be archived

Commissioners approve change in insurance plan

A plan to digitally archive all records in the Van Zandt County Clerk’s office was approved unanimously by the VZC Commissioners Court during their July 11 meeting.

VZC Clerk Pam Pearman, along with representatives from Kofile Technologies, spoke to the commissioners about the project that will cost $292,963.20 to complete.

“Right now, if we have a disaster, the records are gone,” pointed out Pearman. “We have no backup. When this project is complete, the county can make money when people go online and purchase the records they need.” The records go back as far as 1871.

It was pointed out that no money will be due from the county to Kofile Technologies until the project is complete which is expected to take approximately six months.

The project is scheduled to begin later this month, according to Pearman and the Kofile Technologies representatives.


New VZC jail administrator ready to lead

Wendy Boles

Responding to an ad that she read in the Canton Herald in the late 1990’s was the start of a career change for new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator Wendy Boles.

“I started working here in 1998 when Bill Dean was the sheriff,” recalled Boles. “I loved it. I worked as a jailer and then became sergeant at the jail.”

Boles did leave in 2001 to start a pipeline company in Cleburne with her husband at that time, David Moseley, but nine years later, in November, 2010, Moseley passed away.

“In 2011, I sold the company,” pointed out Boles. “My dad was in bad health at the time and I moved back to Canton to be closer to my dad and my family and I have been in Canton ever since.”


This week in Canton History...

July 20, 1961

Official announcement was made Tuesday of the purchase of L & W Chevrolet Company of Canton to Mark Culwell, formerly of Corsicana. The sale of the Chevrolet firm was effective July 15 and Mr. Culwell assumed active management at that date.

The new owner told the press that the personnel now employed with the firm will remain under the change.


CISD proposes same tax rate, prepares for new year

School to begin Aug. 21

The Canton ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, July 17 to finalize preparations for the upcoming 2017-’18 school year.

Superintendent Jay Tullos remarked that projects around district campuses were wrapping up and near completion in anticipation of the first day of school set for Aug. 21.

According to Supt. Tullos, “painting has been completed in the high school gymnasium and in the classrooms at Canton Intermediate. Hallways were also painted and are near completion. Parking lots around the district have also received new striping. On July 5, Graffix was onsite at the high school painting the eagle in the high school gym.”


Gov. Abbott announces rifle-resistant body armor grant

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) is now accepting grant applications from law enforcement agencies seeking assistance for the purchase of rifle-resistant body armor. During the 85th Legislative Session, Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 12, which funds the $25 million statewide grant program designed to provide personal body armor to law enforcement officers across Texas. Today’s announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of the deadly ambush on Dallas police officers.



Campmeeting set in Canton

The 20th Annual East Texas Baptist Campmeeting Revival, presented by Edgewood Evangelist Dennis Erwin, will be held July 17-21 at the Civic Center in Canton.

The non-profit meeting is free and open to the public. Services begin at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with special events daily, including a golf tournament, picnic and other special events.

The Wednesday morning service from 9:30-noon will feature sermons from young preachers and a revival sermon by Dr. Russell Rogers.  A gospel concert will be presented in each service by nationally known southern gospel and Bluegrass groups.

Erwin stated, “Feel free to bring your comfortable chair and meet us at the Civic Center, July 17-21.”   For more information or questions call Evangelist Dennis Erwin at 903-896-7727.


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