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Shoot Van Photo Contest 2015

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2015 Shoot Van Contest is on!!!!!

Theme is “Holidays” – Photos taken from April 2014 through March 31, 2015 are welcome.

The photos will be judged and winners will be announced at the Spring Fling on April 4, 2015 at the Oil Museum.  Come and enjoy the day with your family.  The museum will have an Easter Egg Hunt, there will be vendors of all kind – including food and entertainment.

Click below to find the entire rules for the contest.

click here:  Shoot_Van_application


2015 Van Baseball/Softball Sign Ups

Jan 28, 15 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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Van Baseball/Softball Sign Ups

February 14, 21, 28

9 AM to 2 PM 

Ball Park Upstairs Board Room

Instructional League – $50

Everything else – $75  (3 or more kids – 2 are $75 each all others are $50 each.)

Bring COPY of Birth certificate

Call Jesse Davisscher if you have any questions



2015 Spring Soccer Season Information

2015 Spring Soccer Season

Don’t be late to Register for
Van Soccer Association 2015 Spring Season!

Tell all your friends to:

Late Registration Begins Sunday January 25!

There will be a $5.00 per player increase!

The website also offers a Registration Form to download and fill out, which you can bring to:

Van Community Center

January 24, between 10 am and 2 pm

– Late Registration

January 31, between 10 am and 2 pm

 Team Coaches will draft players on Saturday, February 7 from fully paid registrations. Season opening is planned for Saturday, March 7 allowing for practices before the first game.

Location: Van Community Center

online –

Saturdays: January 24, and 31

Time: 10am – 2pm
   or ONLINE!
$65 / child
$60 / first sibling
$55 / each additional

Online Registration:
Beginning January 25 there will no longer be a $5.00 per player discount for registering through the online system.

What to bring: 
Credit Card for online
Cash …or…
Check payable
to VSA
New Players:
bring copy
of player’s
birth certificate
for VSA to file
Draft: February 7
First Game:
March 7
Call / text

Edith Wineland



Women’s Prayer Retreat Opportunity for Van Community Women

Jan 17, 15 • Featured NewsNo Comments

Join the United Methodist Women of Hawkins First UMC for a Women’s Prayer Workshop.

Saturday, January 24 – 9:30 AM to 2 PM

Led by Rev. Beverly Tune – FUMC Emory & Alba

Tickets are $10 and available from Church office – 903-769-2973 or email for more information or to reserve your ticket.
Come and Explore different ways to pray and connect with God.

Open House & Ribbon Cutting – H & R Block – Van

Jan 3, 15 • Featured NewsNo Comments

H & R Block Open House & Ribbon Cutting

January 8, 2015 – 9 AM to 7 PM

414 West Main – Van

Refreshments will be served and those who come in to the office will receive a gift just for stopping in.  
Thursday of Grand Re-opening and ACA Q&A Day only 9am to 7pm!
Regular office hours – Monday – Saturday – 9am to 5pm,
Van’s H&R Block office is under new management and the office interior has remodeled this year.   The interior reception area and Tax Pro offices have been updated with fresh paint, new furniture, carpet and other furnishings.  Returning clients will be pleased to meet their Tax Pros this year in a fresh new environment.
It’s also National Affordable Care Act Question and Answer Day.  Anyone may come in to receive an ACA Tax Impact Analysis, a personalized review of how your taxes will be affected by the Affordable Care Act. It is no charge and no appointment is necessary.  If you received the Advance Premium Tax Credit to help lower the cost of your health care plan, we’ll provide clear guidance on how this will affect your tax refund.  If you did not have health insurance and have to pay a penalty, we’ll walk you through all the possible ways you may qualify for an exemption.We’ll also help you look ahead at 2015 and help you understand your options so you can plan for the future. 
If your tax return is impacted this year, we will explain what you can do in the future to eliminate or reduce the impact. This is in addition to our industry-leading training that requires the highest level of certification every year for our experts.  Our tax experts, who are ACA specialists, will leave no stone unturned as we prepare your taxes so that you get back the maximum refund.
Kim Chitty, Franchise Associate Area Manager
903-567-3135 Canton

@ SOULMAN’S BBQ- Chamber of Commerce Meeting – January 6, 2015

Jan 2, 15 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

van chamber.jpgWe have been invited to go to Soulman’s BBQ for the January 2015 meeting!!!

Chamber Meeting!

The Van Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday, January 6, @ 11:45 am at Soulman’s BBQ restaurant. (Actual meeting begins at 12 Noon – 11:45 allows you time to get your food, if you wish to do so.) 

Soulman’s BBQ has your meal available upon arrival by going through their buffet and choose what you desire and pay before you sit down.  The meeting will be happening on the West side of the restaurant in the right hand corner.

Bring your business card – individual or business – we will have a drawing.

Come hear a few words from Chamber member Roger Johnson, EDC Director let us know about plans for Van for 2015.

All are welcome!  See you there!

Soulman’s BBQ
2904 E Interstate 20
Van, TX 75790
11:45 – 1:00 pm.

Fred Pryor Training – Safety & Security Begins at the Front Desk

Jan 1, 15 • Featured NewsNo Comments

Fred Pryor Training available – Safety & Security Begins at the Front Desk

Take the first line of defense against security breaches, safety concerns and volatile situations

– Learn how to evaluate visitor access to your organization and increase security in your lobby and front desk area.
– Discover foolproof ways to discourage guests from ‘finding their own way’ through your facility.
– Know the very best responses to a variety of emergency situations – from bomb threats to fire to medical emergencies.
– Find out how you should respond when weapons are involved.
– Learn how to effectively defuse angry, out-of-control employees or visitors, and regain commend of sensitive situations.
– Explore ways to empower yourself and bolster your confidence so that you come across as a strong, take-charge professional who can’t be intimidated.
Fred Pryor Seminars
5700 Broadmoor, Suite 300
Mission KS 66202

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Community Christmas Eve Services Available for Everyone

Dec 22, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments


The Van United Methodist Church

wishes to invite the community of Van to the

Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service

on December 24 at 7 PM.  

Come worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

December 6, 2014 – Van Community Celebrates Christmas!!!

Dec 4, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

– 20th Annual Van Area Oil & Historical Museum Community Christmas Program and Derrick Lighting – 6 PM

Come and enjoy a Christmas program, homemade cookies, hot chocolate or hot apple cider.  Use this time to fellowship with friends and neighbors while viewing the newly remodeled Museum.  Santa will also be a special visitor for the children.  The winners of the Business/Churches lighting contest will also be announced. 

also 2014 Tour of Homes – benefiting the 2015 Project Graduation  Parade of HOmes1




Spirit Of Christmas Lighting Contest – Dec 6

The Spirit of Christmas

Van Businesses and Churches

Christmas Lighting Contest

Sponsored by the Van Area Chamber of Commerce

Ready for your participation. 

Click here 2014 for complete information and printable poster for your bulletin boards or windows.

Judging will take place on Dec 5.

Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places and awarded at the Annual Derrick Lighting at the Van Oil Museum

December 6, 2014  at 6 PM

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