During their 35-minute regular meeting Sept. 16, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the acceptance of Pass-Through funds totaling $14,925.05 from the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG).
City leaders throughout the State of Texas found themselves in a holding pattern over the past three months, waiting to learn the full impact of COVID-19 as it relates to sales tax revenue collections and future budgeting from the office of Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
City workers embarked on phase two of their brick street repair project June 8, tackling sinking and buckling issues around the Rose Monument. The effort to repair the historic brick streets comes more than three months after workers fixed similar issues near the North Fourth Street-West James Street intersection in late February. Initial plans called for the second phase of repairs to begin earlier, but those plans were ultimately pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by David Kapitan
Wills Point Chief of Police Lonnie Carroll presented the Grand Champion Prize of the WPPD Back the Blue BBQ Cook-Off to Chicken Fried BBQ. Additional photos on 2A.Courtesy Photo
The Wills Point Tiger tennis program is no stranger to dominant play, maintaining a place near the top of the Class 4A rankings annually. Despite a host of new faces getting their first taste of varsity action in 2020 Wills Point has found itself in a familiar position, entering last week with a perfect 5-0 mark this season.
The Wills Point Tigers had their hands full Sept. 18, making their way south to Athens to tangle with a 3-0 Hornets squad that opened the year three consecutive wins of at least 14 points or more. Athens would add a fourth consecutive double-digit win to their resume against the Tigers, generating 501 yards of total offense en route to a 62- 21 triumph over Wills Point.
We may never utterly understand the manifestations of the Coronavirus for a decade or more until meta analyses of research studies are concluded. What will be the lasting effects for young people, immediate and long term? Will there be a recurrence?
Parental involvement in education has always been the foundation of student success and achievement. Without parental input, teachers are less likely to reach optimal outcomes in the classroom. Our mid-COVID return to instruction has presented students and educators with unprecedented experiences and challenges that portend to disrupt education service provision in and out of the classroom. Now more than ever, parents must be front and center in their children’s education.
My new home office (I was banished upstairs) is a mess – mostly with some of the 500 CDs I’ve accumulated. But I did move a bookshelf stereo system up here with me, and I’ve been listening to quite a bit of 1980s Christian music. Every once in a while, I come across a real gem – something that’s not just synthesizer drivel (which I still dearly love – check out It Don’t Matter, by Crumbacher).
I was recently recording “Campfire Talk”, the weekly radio segment that Larry Weishuhn aka.”Mr. Whitetail” and I have produced for the past 11 years. The topic of hunting blinds, aka. ‘deer stands’ came up and we reflected upon just how much deer stands have changed since the 1960s when we both began hunting deer.
Gary Don Myers, 62, of Wills Point, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at his home. Gary was born Dec. 17, 1957, in Rockwall, to parents, Howard Ray Myers and Sue Carol Dudley Myers. He was a material inspector in the construction industry for many years. Gary and his wife, Julie, have lived in the Wills Point Community for over 10 years. He is described as a great friend and an even greater Dad.
Beverly Ann Wright of Wills Point, passed away at her home Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was 79.
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of Dr. Bob Gilbreth. Dr. Bob peacefully entered his eternal rest at home surrounded by family. A celebration of his life will be held at a future “post-COVID” date. Please keep Fritz and the Gilbreth family in your prayers. Services will be under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home.
A gathering of family and friends for James Matthew Steelman, 51, of Wills Point, was held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.