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Three arrested after early morning high speed chase through multiple counties

Around 12:45 Am Wednesday morning a white SUV led several agencies on a high speed chase through Van Zandt and Rains Counties.

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U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) was in Canton on Tuesday for a town hall meeting to update the citizens of Van Zandt County on his continued efforts to hold Washington accountable to the American people and to hear from them about the issues that are most concerning to them.

Calling attention to national studies that show the educational benefits of early educational opportunities, the Fruitvale School Board voted to join school boards all over Texas sending a resolution to the legislators in Austin to approve and fund all-day pre-kindergarten in every school district in the state. The action took place at the regular board meeting on March 19.

Spirits were high in the Grand Saline High School library Monday evening when scores of students were recognized by school board members for their achievements, both personal and representing the district.

Van Zandt Courthouse Chambers were filled again yesterday when people came to speak to commissioners and the county judge about the county road conditions in all four precincts. This time 12 persons had signed the register and each was given 2.5 minutes to present their views on the problems.

As the spring season approaches and new life is blooming on trees and gardens across the town, Texas General Van Zandt Regional Medical Center is taking on a life of its own. The lawn is being mowed and furniture put in place for a busy future ahead. Orientation classes and protocol training has already begun for new hires.

In September of 2004, staff writer Steven Williams of the Grand Saline Sun did an article on a Fruitvale family who left a lamp burning for a son who was deployed to Iraq. Well that son, Michael Hale, has since and successfully returned home, the lamp gone dark and has been living life in his hometown.

The recent rainfall has torn up roads and flooded personal property and county roads; but what has it done for the local big lakes? Whereas most of the smaller stock ponds and personal lakes are overflowing and full for the first time in years, some big local lakes still remain well below normal levels.

The monthly City Council meeting was attended by a handful of citizens as the council took action of a few items.

The Commissioners Court meeting got a little heated Tuesday morning as citizens once again showed up with the topic again being the roads in precinct 3.

If you are out and about over the next several days and weeks you will see county employees throwing filler in the collection of potholes that have amassed due to the recent wet weather.

The long awaited town hall meeting was held last Thursday in regards to the opening of the old Cozby-Germany Hospital. Several local citizens came out to show support and get a better understanding of the hospital.

Students of Grand Saline Independent School District were anxiously awaiting the phone call that eventually came Wednesday morning—school was canceled for the day. A front that moved through the area transformed Grand Saline into a winter wonderland and dumped a couple inches of snow on its way through.

In a step to further the quality of education local students are exposed to, Superintendent Trish Elliott is assisting in the founding and development of the Grand Saline Educational Foundation. The intent of the foundation is to aid in the access to quality education for the students right here at home.

Talking and listening and polite civil discourse was the rule of the day when a crowded gallery of citizens met with the county’s four commissioners and county judge to find a solution to the road and bridge problems in Van Zandt County.

Lane Davis, a senior at Grand Saline High School takes the next big step in his life. Last Thursday Davis signed his intent and took the oath for the United States Army.

Tender Learning Center is teaching life essentials in the classroom. Along with the ABC’s and 123’s, the center is teaching students how to communicate using the fundamentals of our language.

May 9, 2015, has been set as the date for the GSISD School Board election. Three places are up for election this year: Eddie Paul Johnson, Kyle Currey and Micah Lowe. Lowe was not previously elected but filled the position vacated by Mike Blake. Lowe has turned in the required packet for candidates.

Students, parents, grandparents all crowded into the Fruitvale ISD School Board meeting room February 19 to support parents of several students who were presenting their formal protests of the discipline meted out to their children for inappropriate behavior.

Texas is keeping good to its reputation. Coming off a weekend that saw many out and about in shorts and short-sleeved shirts; old man winter decided to show his yet again.

New Horizons Assembly of God has endured some tough times in recent past. But a glimmer of hope is, well, just over the horizon.

In East Texas the academics can lose the spotlight to high school sports. But a couple of Saturdays ago, districts that are normally fierce rivals in the sporting arena to engage in a different type of competition.

Monday is not a day Constable Mickey Henson nor his deputy Tommy Monk will be forgetting any time soon. A routine traffic stop took a turn for the worse and things got potentially deadly in a blink of an eye.

As a senior in high school this year, Jessica Todd plans on fulfilling one of her dreams--going to CCU for Marine Science. More specifically, Marine Biology.

CANTON--A man, accused of arson, was fatally shot in Van Zandt County after a woman says he was trying to enter her home.

Local elections are just over the horizon and now is the time to act if you would like to run for any local seat. All of the seats are at-large. The following are up for re-election:

Routine business took up most of the February 10 Grand Saline City Council meeting, but a highlight was the mayor’s recognition of Chris Walker for being the first person to step forward and obtain a candidate packet to run for one of the two council member positions to be elected on May 9, 2015. He has not completed the packet so cannot yet be considered a candidate.

More than 50 county citizens crowded into County Court-at-Law yesterday morning to hear the much touted $43,000 Van Zandt County Road Pavement Assessment Survey. Along with numerous county employees they filled the larger courtroom that had

been designated for today’s meeting.

Officers with the Grand Saline Police Department have been actively working a Burglary of a Building case for the past week. The Grand Saline High School was burglarized and almost $3,000 worth of baseball equipment was stolen. The burglary was reported on Tuesday February 3, 2015 after the high school baseball coaches and players noticed they were missing important game and practice equipment.

Van Zandt County is gearing up for a new Texas Two Step. Beginning March 1, 2015, the state will no longer issue vehicle inspection stickers and will move to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” program. Under the new system, Texas vehicle owners will need to pass inspection prior to renewing their registration. The familiar blue-bordered Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) registration sticker will serve as proof of both inspection and registration.

It is an age-old battle that does not ever seem to go away. Dumping along county roads is an ever-present problem that has law enforcement looking for solutions while the unsightly act costs the county money, time and man power to tackle.

The FUMC hosted a First Responders Appreciation Dinner last Friday night at The Old School Museum. Members of the GS Police Department, Fire Department, and Champion EMS enjoyed an evening of barbecue, fellowship, relaxation and live music.

On Thursday January 22, 2015 The Grand Saline Police Department responded to possible drug sales in the area of East Garland Street in Grand Saline, TX. It was reported that a white Ford sport utility vehicle was pulling up to other vehicles and making possible hand transactions.

The agenda looked quite ordinary, but Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick and the four commissioners had to confront several issues not as ordinary as first appeared. George Flowers, chief of jail operations in the Sheriff’s Department stood and told the elected officials that both of the gas 500,0000 BTU 125 gallon water heaters at the Justice Center went out, and only with round-the clock-dedication of McIntyre plumbers did the center escape having to evacuate prisoners to another facility.

To those with a taste for the political, few things could top actually being present at the President of the United States’ State of the Union address. Thanks to 5th District representative Congressman Jeb Hensarling, one local political guru was given that chance with one added bonus, she was the Congressman’s personal guest.

When it comes to tackling hard-hitting issues facing teens and tweens today, there is nobody more suited for the job than former National Football League offensive tackle Shawn Harper. Harper visited Grand Saline High School last Wednesday to bring his unique perspective through words of encouragement for the students.

Becky Oliver and the FOX4 news affiliate in Dallas has doubled down on their attack of Texas General Hospital and the men behind the opening of the old Cozby Germany facility. Oliver found other patients claiming that TG was guilty of outrageous and malicious billing.

As the second semester of school gets underway, Fruitvale ISD Board of Directors met January 15 and polished off the agenda in less than one hour. All members were present except Michael Johnson.

The Mineola District Convention was held on January 14, 2015 at Lindale's Performing Arts Center. Sawyer Means was currently serving as the Mineola District Sentinel. Sawyer Means and Katie Davis both had to take a test over their knowledge about agriculture, go through an interview process, and write a speech to present in front of about 380 FFA members who attended the convention. Sawyer was running to be elected on the Area VI officer team, and Katie was running to be elected on the Mineola District officer team. Neither one of them got elected, but we are very proud of them for wanting to run. During the convention, the Grand Saline FFA received awards from Leadership Development Events at District contest. These include Agricultural Issues- 3rd place with Katie Davis, Brooke Denton, Sawyer Means, and Spencer Means on the team, and Job Interview- 3rd place with Brooke Denton competing. The Grand Saline FFA had 17 members to attend convention; 4 of which were voting delegates.

Residents and alumni of Fruitvale Independent School District have their sights set on a venture that has been a year in the making. The project is the foundation and establishment of the Fruitvale Historical School and Community Museum.

At 8:42 AM Thursday morning 911 operators received a call of a motor vehicle accident. At 8:45 first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle accident just west of Fruitvale. When they arrived on the scene they found a 2000 Land Rover wrecked out in the trees.

Framed poems, giant-sized greeting cards, candy, Dr. Pepper, notes, posters, cookies and even books placed in the libraries in their honor greeted Grand Saline’s School Board members last evening when they gathered for the regular monthly meeting.

The Grand Saline hospital is making strides to open its doors to the community as fast as possible. The group is getting the computer system up to date so that they can use digital filing and state of the art data recordings to make things work smoothly.

The Barn Fellowship, a Country Church located in Grand Saline, voted to move from mission church status to that of a New Testament Church Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

When a person decides on a career path, one is hard pressed to find an occupation more admiriable than that of an educator. Students and faculty took time out of their day Teusday to pay respects and remember a man who dedicated his life to the enrichment of student.

If history is taking place anywhere in Texas, it is like that Elvis Allen of Fruitvale will be right there, too. The chairman of the Van Zandt Historical Commission traveled to Matagorda Bay in south Texas for the 1996-1997 archeological excavation of La Belle, a 54-foot long ship that sailed under the French flag when Texas was an unknown land. LaBelle was one of four ships that 17th Century French explorer LaSalle and his crews sailed along the Gulf Coast.

Mayor Don Yarbrough and the entire Grand Saline City Council moved through an agenda last evening that portends good things for the town’s citizens.

Precinct 1 Constable Mickey Henson is requesting the public’s help to stop an age old problem. Mudding in ditches is certainly not a new problem in rural America, but it is still causing thousands in property damage.

Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins and Sgt. Jason Burns were on campus Tuesday to tackle some sensitive issues with GSHS students. Although the topics were uncomfortable in nature, the information that was offered was of the utmost importance.

Life time Grand Saline resident Cleota Harris Egbert celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday amongst family and friends from near and far. Mrs. Egbert is a current resident of Azalea Trails Care Center.


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