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News

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:00am

A local outcry across various social media websites asked for an update from county officials during the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. County officials responded to the request, releasing a press release regarding the virus and the impact of it on Van Zandt County.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:00am

The most tightly contested local race from the March 3 Republican Primary officially drew to a close this week with incumbent Precinct 3 Constable Robert Tisdale holding off challenger Brent Deen by a slim 1,116-1,106 margin following a March 26 recount.

Sports

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:00am

Congratulations to the Ford High School varsity baseball team for winning Dallas ISD’s Tournament Championship on Saturday, February 28, 2020.

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:00am

The Panther Winterguard recently competed bringing home high marks and the win. Congratulations to the Panther Winter Guard. They earned a Superior rating from all three judges, scoring a 272 out of 300. 

Columns

Over 23,000 people in Van Zandt County turn to the Canton Herald, Wills Point Chronicle and Van Zandt News for local news and information. Especially now, when people are looking for information on how COVID-19 is changing how we live and work in each of our communities.

While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Apr 3, 2020 - 00:00

Having survived divorce, parenting a teen, and being stuck on the O’Hare runway multiple times, I’ve learned some truths. I’ll cover a few of them in this article. At 58, imparting wisdom is just something I do because it allows me to remain seated, while sounding thoughtful. I sort of stare out into space, then jabber something like, “You know, it really doesn’t take all kinds!”

As part of the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Governor Greg Abbott announced the deployment of three National Guard Joint Task Force Brigades. The 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 176th Engineer Brigade will operate ten general support units located throughout the state.

Obituaries

Apr 3, 2020 - 00:00

The immediate family held a private funeral service for Beatriz Colunga Vargas, 24, of Emory, Friday, March 27, 2020, at St. John Catholic Church in Emory. Burial followed at Emory City Cemetery. Services were under direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.

Apr 3, 2020 - 00:00

James Vernon Brazel, of Canton, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Athens, at the age of 75.

Apr 3, 2020 - 00:00

A private graveside service for Bonnie Lee Tisdale, of Wills Point, was held Saturday, March 28, 2020, at White Rose Cemetery. Services were under direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.

Mar 20, 2020 - 00:00

Dale Redding, 66, passed away on March 3, 2020, at his home in Wills Point. He was born on March 25, 1953, in Topeka, Kansas to Kaye Redding and Dorothy Blake Seaman.

He married Deborah Ann Hodges on Aug. 19, 1981, in Dallas, Texas. They had two children son, John Kim Redding, and daughter, Sarah Ann Redding.