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Chili Cookoff – get your entry now!

Sep 18, 14 • City of Van, Featured News, NewsNo Comments

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The City of Van has the full size form at the City offices. 

Van ISD Education Foundation

Sep 17, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

Van ISD Education FoundationInvite you to

2014 VISD Education Foundation Annual Golf Tournament

Saturday – September 27, 2014

At Twin Lakes Golf Course in Canton

Our  mission is to provide funds to facilitate student achievement, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individual, businesses, and civic organizations.

You are welcome to sponsor any number of items for the tournament.  Please feel free to contact Lynsey Admire at 903-963-8328 for more information,  if you wish to participate in any way.

SPECIAL CALLED City Council Meeting – 1 PM – Public Welcome

Sep 16, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments


Jackie Nations, Mayor Pro Tem   Don Smith, Council Member     
Ted Mitchell Jr. Council Member  Allison Young, Council Member
Amanda Davis, Council Member   Yvonne McCauley, City Manager 
Jay Mills, City Attorney   Dean Stone, Mayor    
Brenda Clemmons, City Secretary
                                                                                                                                                   Notice is hereby given of a Special Called Meeting of the City Council of Van to be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2014 at 1:00 P.M., at the Van Community Center 310 Chestnut Street Van, Texas for the purpose of considering the following agenda items. All agenda items are subject to action. The City Council reserves the right to meet in a closed executive session on any agenda item should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551, of the Texas Government Code.
1.)    Consider/approve activity permit for VISD Homecoming Parade
2.)    Consider/approve Park and Recreation Oil Festival Letter
3.)    Consider/approve business donation letter for Parks and Recreation
4.)    Consider/approve paying event insurance for 5k run
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Van will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons attending City Council meetings. To better serve you, requests should be received 2 hours prior to the meetings. Please contact Brenda Clemmons, City Secretary, at 903-963-7216.
I certify that a copy of the September 16, 2014 agenda of items to be considered by the Van City Council was posted on the City Hall bulletin board on September 12, 2014.
Brenda Clemmons, City Secretary
I certify that the attached notice and agenda of items to be considered by the City Council was removed by me from the City Hall bulletin board on the ­­­­­­­ _________ day of _______________________, 2014.

Texas Rose Park Events September 25 – 28!!

Sep 12, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments


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Van Oil Pageant – 2014 – registration fees decreased!!!

Sep 5, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

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Van Oil Pageant – 2014

We have lowered the prices of the registration fee for the Pageant!

You can find the updated registration form by clicking on the this link:  Pageant Registration Form

We will be delivering them to each of the campuses at Van ISD as well.

Get your registration in early.  Let’s have a special time celebrating 35 Years of Van Oil Pageant Queens!




City Council Monthly Meeting – 7 PM – September 4

Sep 3, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

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Monthly City Council Meeting- September 4, 2014

Open to Public

7 PM at the Community Center

You are welcome to come find out what is happening in your City.

Coupe’s & Leon B’s Car Show – September 13, 2014

Aug 26, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments


Coupe’s Cafe & Game Room and Leon B’s

September 13, 2014 – Car Show – 5 PM to 8 PM

Cummings, DaleSpecial Entertainment by Dale Cummings 50, 60, & 70s music.

Dale will begin singing at 6:30.

Come and enjoy the fun in the sun!!!

Kiwanis – August 28, 2014

Aug 25, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

Best Town Near Dallas, TX | The City of Van Kiwanis Club

Date: August 28, 2014

​Time: 12 pm noon

Place: Van Community Center

Program: Scott Gibbons

              What is new at Van Brookshires?

Van ISD – Literacy Partners – Volunteers Needed 2014-15 School Year

Aug 25, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments


Literacy Partners Volunteers Needed for 2014-15 School Year at Van ISD.

This is a partnership with our faith-based community, pairing students and volunteers together to practice reading and engage in conversations about the books being read.

The purpose of the Literacy Partners initiative is to facilitate the goal that every child is reading on grade level by third grade. 

Literacy Partners serve with consistency and humility while keeping it simple. 

The program includes two 15 minute one-on-one reading sessions right outside the classroom door.   Click the following link to see the benefits of this worthwhile program:

How can you get involved?

To become a mentor, pick up a registration form at the Van ISD Administration offices.  They will help you from there.


Important: Back to School – School Bus Safety

Aug 23, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

Dan FlynnFrom Representative Dan Flynn

DPS Reminds Drivers to Watch for Children

As New School Year Starts

Obey the Law: Don’t Pass Stopped School Buses
AUSTIN – As the academic year begins, State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses. Drivers must also follow all traffic laws related to school buses and school zones. Representative Flynn is urging drivers to obey state law by not passing any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign.
   “With children heading back to school, drivers can help keep Texas students safe by obeying all speed limits – especially in posted school zones – and stopping for school buses,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals who illegally pass stopped school buses endanger our children, and DPS officers will not tolerate drivers who break the law and put others in harm’s way.”
   One of the most dangerous times of a student’s trip on a school bus is when they are entering or exiting the bus. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention in school zones since children may step into a roadway without checking for oncoming traffic.
   In 2013, Texas Highway Patrol troopers issued over 500 tickets for passing a stopped school bus. In 2012, 840 crashes in Texas involved school buses, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 40,000 school buses transport 1.5 million Texas children every school day.

   Drivers should not proceed until the school bus resumes motion; the driver is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated. A driver does not have to stop for a school bus if it is on a highway with roadways separated by an intervening space or physical barrier. (If a highway is divided only by a left-turning lane, the roadways are not considered separated, and drivers must stop for school buses.)

Drivers who illegally pass school buses face fines up to $1,250 for a first offense. For individuals convicted of this offense more than once, the law allows DPS to suspend the driver license for up to six months (A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.).

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