Don Dunn 

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Posted by Vanbanner1
Educators throughout the state were less than thrilled with the Texas Legislature in 2015 as lawmakers went forward with the passage of a controversial bill (House Bill 2804) establishing a change to... + continue reading

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Van Lady Vandal players and coaches gather together on the court before matching up with the Canton Eaglettes Jan. 13.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Posted by Vanbanner1
The Canton Eaglettes and Van Lady Vandals clashed for the first time this season Jan. 13, each looking to tighten their grip as one of the four playoff qualifiers that will come out of District 13-4A... + continue reading

Van Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Davis, far left, visits with Van City Administrator Charles West and Van City Secretary Sereca Huff-Huggins following the Jan. 12 meeting of the Van City Council.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Posted by Vanbanner1
For the first time in nearly 10 years, the city of Van will have a new garbage collector.  Republic Services of Kilgore was approved by city council members Jan. 12 to take over the garbage... + continue reading

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Zanden Worley swoops in for an easy left-handed layup during the first half of play Jan. 13 in Canton. Worley finished with six points overall.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Posted by Vanbanner1
The gymnasium at Canton High School was a sea of red and green Friday night, as the Van Vandals traveled to Canton for the first of two scheduled meetings between the two teams during the 2016-’17... + continue reading

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VZC Sheriff Dale Corbett talked about funding and transparency during an interview Jan. 4.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Posted by Vanbanner1
Dale Corbett took the oath of office Jan. 1, 2017, to become Van Zandt County’s new sheriff. Sheriff Corbett answered a few pressing questions as a way of providing transparency as he travels down... + continue reading

Don Dunn 

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Van Lady Vandal players and coaches gather together on the court before matching up with the Canton Eaglettes Jan. 13.

Van Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Davis, far left, visits with Van City Administrator Charles West and Van City Secretary Sereca Huff-Huggins following the Jan. 12 meeting of the Van City Council.

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Zanden Worley swoops in for an easy left-handed layup during the first half of play Jan. 13 in Canton. Worley finished with six points overall.

Photos by David Kapitan
VZC Sheriff Dale Corbett talked about funding and transparency during an interview Jan. 4.

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01/22/2017
The Van tennis program knocked off the rust Jan. 12, hosting John Tyler for their first match since the end of the fall tennis season. The Vandals came up just short, falling 12-10 to the 6A Lions. Winning doubles matches for the Vandals were: Chris Catlin/Hunter Perry... + continue reading
01/22/2017
Throughout 2016, the Van Zandt County Jail has been on a rocky path. From escaped inmates, to deaths of inmates, budget problems, overcrowding and outsourcing of inmates the jail has seen its slew of problems.  VZC Sheriff Dale Corbett said he had a plan to combat all... + continue reading

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01/15/2017
Two Movie Nights have been set for January at the Movie House downtown in Van.“Facing the Giants” will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 and “The Croods” will be featured at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.For the showing of “The Croods,” on Kid’s Movie Night, at least one parent must stay with their child. Children are welcome to bring a pillow or... + continue reading

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From  left to right, Travis Hensarling, Congressman Hensarling, Melissa Hensarling, Speaker Paul Ryan and Claire Hensarling

01/14/2017
Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after taking the Oath of Office to represent the Fifth District of Texas for the 115th Congress:“I am honored and deeply humbled by the trust that the voters of the Fifth Congressional District of Texas have placed in me to serve... + continue reading

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Sophomore Catherine Gisore (23) finished with a team-high nine points during district play against the Bearettes.

01/13/2017
The Van Lady Vandals made their way to Brownsboro, taking one of District 13-4A’s youngest teams to take on one of the district’s most experienced groups Jan. 6. Veteran play would prove to be the difference in the game with the Bearettes relying heavily on a lineup consisting entirely of juniors and seniors to take a 61-34 win over the Lady... + continue reading

Charles West

01/13/2017
It is hard to believe that I have been working for the City of Van for one complete year as the city administrator. While the position has had its ups and downs, I am glad I accepted the position when it was offered to me. This must be the best community in East Texas and I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me into the community and... + continue reading

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Austin Hulsey (10) finished with nine points during Van’s 61-52 win over the Lindale Eagles in non-district play last week.

01/12/2017
The Van Vandals inched their way closer to the start of District 13-4A play last week, tangling with the Palestine Wildcats Jan. 3. Van took care of business in the contest, rallying for an impressive 61-52 win.Led by a balanced inside-outside scoring effort, the Vandals took an early 16-11 lead over Palestine after one quarter of play.The... + continue reading

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01/22/2017
The Van tennis program knocked off the rust Jan. 12, hosting John Tyler for their first match since the end of the fall tennis season. The Vandals came up just short, falling 12-10 to the 6A Lions.... + continue reading
01/21/2017
The Van Soccer Association has announced that signups for the upcoming Spring season will include two in person sign-up dates, scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, at the Van soccer... + continue reading

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Van Lady Vandal players and coaches gather together on the court before matching up with the Canton Eaglettes Jan. 13.

01/20/17

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Zanden Worley swoops in for an easy left-handed layup during the first half of play Jan. 13 in Canton. Worley finished with six points overall.

01/19/17

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Sophomore Catherine Gisore (23) finished with a team-high nine points during district play against the Bearettes.

01/13/17

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Austin Hulsey (10) finished with nine points during Van’s 61-52 win over the Lindale Eagles in non-district play last week.

01/12/17

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01/22/2017
Do you ever go into the library and see that there are not many patrons inside? It is very quiet and peaceful at the library.  It was reported last week that last week that volunteers are needed... + continue reading
01/16/2017
This is the beginning of a new year when many people are making resolutions. If you have resolved to help others or be more active in your community, the library might be a great starting point. The... + continue reading

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01/19/2017
The Storytime theme was snowmen.  Ms. Rhonda read “Snowmen All Year” about a boy that wished his snowman would last all year so they could run and play together.  He’s hoping this year’s... + continue reading

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01/18/2017
Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial members Dan Maurieri, Ron Carroll and Cary Hilliard accepted a $2,000 check from Laura Melton who represented the TVEC Charitable Foundation.For more stories like... + continue reading
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