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Van High School freshmen, along with their parent or guardian, signed the Van/Tyler Junior College Promise Pledge to earn two years of tuition and fees at TJC during the first ever TJC Signing Ceremony held Nov. 28 at the Van High School Cafetorium. Among those in attendance was TJC President Dr. Mike Metke and Van Independent School District Superintendent Don Dunn.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
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The Van Independent School District held its first ever Tyler Junior College Signing Ceremony Nov. 28 in the Van High School Cafetorium.During this historic event, Van freshmen, along with their... + continue reading

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Van Vandal Head Coach Jared Moffatt speaks to his team after the Vandals suffered a 34-28 defeat at the hands of Kennedale in the Class 4A state quarterfinals Friday night at The Star in Frisco. Van finished its 20016 campaign with an overall record of 12-2. The Vandals competed in their first regional final since 2008 and participated in the fourth round of the state playoffs for the first time since their state championship season of 1979.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
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It was a tale of two halves Friday night as the Van Vandals saw their quest for a possible state championship come to a stunning ending Friday night.The Kennedale Wildcats, trailing Van 21-7 at... + continue reading

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Van Vandal senior receiver Isaiah Allred shares an emotional moment with Vandal assistant coach Scott Reynolds after the Vandals were eliminated by Kennedale in the Class 4A, Region II, Division I championship game, 34-28, Friday night at The Star in Frisco. The Vandals ended their 2016 season at 12-2 as they competed in the state quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
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Vandals have record breaking season Like all Van Vandal football fans, I was disappointed with how the 2016 season ended Dec. 2 at The Star in Frisco as the Vandals lost a heartbreaking 34-28... + continue reading

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Lady Vandal junior Alli Lloyd was recognized by competing coaches as this year’s District 13-4A Defensive MVP in volleyball. Lloyd was also one of eight Van players to be recognized as an Academic All-District performer. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016
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The Van Lady Vandals enjoyed a bounce back season on the volleyball court in the 2016, returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus courtesy of an excellent blend of youth and experience.Despite... + continue reading

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VZC Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde speaks to the VZC Commissioners Court Nov. 22 about a proposed tax collection agreement between the county appraisal district and the county. Following Hyde’s presentation, the court voted unanimously to accept the agreement.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
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After reviewing proposals from three different firms, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to hire Patillo, Brown & Hill of Waco as the new auditing firm for the county for... + continue reading

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Van High School freshmen, along with their parent or guardian, signed the Van/Tyler Junior College Promise Pledge to earn two years of tuition and fees at TJC during the first ever TJC Signing Ceremony held Nov. 28 at the Van High School Cafetorium. Among those in attendance was TJC President Dr. Mike Metke and Van Independent School District Superintendent Don Dunn.

Photos by David Kapitan
Van Vandal Head Coach Jared Moffatt speaks to his team after the Vandals suffered a 34-28 defeat at the hands of Kennedale in the Class 4A state quarterfinals Friday night at The Star in Frisco. Van finished its 20016 campaign with an overall record of 12-2. The Vandals competed in their first regional final since 2008 and participated in the fourth round of the state playoffs for the first time since their state championship season of 1979.

Photo by David Kapitan

Van Vandal senior receiver Isaiah Allred shares an emotional moment with Vandal assistant coach Scott Reynolds after the Vandals were eliminated by Kennedale in the Class 4A, Region II, Division I championship game, 34-28, Friday night at The Star in Frisco. The Vandals ended their 2016 season at 12-2 as they competed in the state quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Photo by David Kapitan

Lady Vandal junior Alli Lloyd was recognized by competing coaches as this year’s District 13-4A Defensive MVP in volleyball. Lloyd was also one of eight Van players to be recognized as an Academic All-District performer. 

Photos by David Barber

VZC Chief Appraiser Scott Hyde speaks to the VZC Commissioners Court Nov. 22 about a proposed tax collection agreement between the county appraisal district and the county. Following Hyde’s presentation, the court voted unanimously to accept the agreement.

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12/10/2016
The Van Lady Vandals improved their overall record to 7-9 on the season Nov. 29, edging past Rusk by a score of 41-33.Rusk got the better of Van in the opening quarter, taking a narrow 11-9 lead over the Lady Vandals.Led by a balanced offensive and defensive effort, Van... + continue reading
12/10/2016
The First Assembly of God in Van will be having an hour of praise and worship every Sunday at 5 p.m.The church is located at 409 N. Maple Street in Van. “We would like to extend an invitation to the community of Van as well as those in the surrounding area to come out for... + continue reading

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Van Vandal Coach Jared Moffatt holds up the regional semifi nal trophy while talking to his team after Van’s 55-27 win over Paris.
 
12/02/2016
Not since the state championship season in 1979 have the Van Vandals had the opportunity to play December football games but they have earned that right this year after easing past the Paris Wildcats in the Class 4A regional semifinals, 55-27, Friday afternoon at Eagle Stadium in Allen.Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals, now 12-1 for the season... + continue reading
11/26/2016
Entry forms for the Dec. 3 Van Christmas Parade remain available at Van City Hall, located downtown at 113 West Main Street.The parade, sponsored for the first time by the City of Van, will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the parade lineup setting up at 5 p.m. on the east side of Maple Street next to the police station.According to Van city officials, the... + continue reading
11/25/2016
The inaugural First Responders Banquet was held Nov. 12 with 713 first responders and guests filling the Canton Civic Center to highlight and show appreciation for first responders in Van Zandt County.For every First Responder that attended, a specially-minted challenge coin was provided to them along with a T-shirt to commemorate the banquet.... + continue reading

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Connor Houston (1), the Van Vandal receiver, looks for running room after receiving a reverse handoff against the Mineral Wells Rams last Friday night in Irving Schools Stadium. Houston caught four passes for 37 yards as the Vandals registered an impressive 54-7 win in the Class 4A Area championship game. The Vandals will meet the Paris Wildcats in the Class 4A regional semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon in Allen.

11/24/2016
IRVING-The Class 4A Area championship game between the Van Vandals and the Mineral Wells Rams was predicted by the “experts” to be a close, competitive contest but somebody forgot to tell the Vandals as they put together, arguably, their best overall team performance of the 2016 season dominating the Mineral Wells Rams, 54-7, Friday night at... + continue reading

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Representatives from Chevron were on hand Nov. 14 at the VISD trustees meeting, presenting a donation check totaling $50,000. Presenting the check are Rosa West, middle, and Luke Hendricks, right, of Chevron. Accepting the check is Van ISD Superintendent Don Dunn. The check will be used to purchase iPads for classrooms in Van ISD.

11/24/2016
A special program to recognize past educators who have made significant contributions in the Van Independent School District was presented for discussion at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Van ISD Board of Trustees.Van ISD Superintendent Don Dunn presented the program known as “Legacy Wall” to the trustees.“Van ISD has a rich tradition of excellence,”... + continue reading

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12/10/2016
The Van Lady Vandals improved their overall record to 7-9 on the season Nov. 29, edging past Rusk by a score of 41-33.Rusk got the better of Van in the opening quarter, taking a narrow 11-9 lead over... + continue reading

Photos by David Kapitan
Van Vandal Head Coach Jared Moffatt speaks to his team after the Vandals suffered a 34-28 defeat at the hands of Kennedale in the Class 4A state quarterfinals Friday night at The Star in Frisco. Van finished its 20016 campaign with an overall record of 12-2. The Vandals competed in their first regional final since 2008 and participated in the fourth round of the state playoffs for the first time since their state championship season of 1979.

12/08/2016
It was a tale of two halves Friday night as the Van Vandals saw their quest for a possible state championship come to a stunning ending Friday night.The Kennedale Wildcats, trailing Van 21-7 at... + continue reading

Photo by David Kapitan

Lady Vandal junior Alli Lloyd was recognized by competing coaches as this year’s District 13-4A Defensive MVP in volleyball. Lloyd was also one of eight Van players to be recognized as an Academic All-District performer. 

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12/06/2016
Yes, another Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we're headed for the merriment of Christmas.  Before we bid adieu to turkey day, let's take a look back.Do you have a special memory of... + continue reading
12/05/2016
Now that Thanksgiving has been celebrated, leftovers dispatched and lots of shopping has been accomplished, we are now on the express train leading to Christmas holidays.Storytime resumes at 10 a.m... + continue reading

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12/08/2016
The Van Zandt County Humane Society held its final fundraiser for 2016 at Higginbotham Ace Hardware in Canton. Carol Whatley, president of the organization, spearheaded the event.  "Our... + continue reading

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Pictured left to right are fourth grade leadership students, Bella Irwin and Riley Pino; and fifth grade leadership students, Abbey Thelen and Isabelle Williams with Sharon Stehsel at Van Zandt County ABC Room. 

11/27/2016
ABC Room was a recipient of a project developed by the Leadership Group at Canton Intermediate School.  The Leadership Students (63 total on campus in third through fifth grades) helped organize... + continue reading

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Left to right: Trina Harris, Gail Anthony and Jody Krouse making new pieces out of old, broken pottery. 

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