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Van Kiwanis Club Flag Program

May 8, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments


Van Kiwanis Club Flag Program

Serving young people in Van

We hope you will become a yearly supporter of the Kiwanis Flag Program.

The flags are put out by Kiwanis Flag Teams for you on the five major holidays throughout the year.   Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.

Click here to see more information and how you can help with the Kiwanis Programs:  Kiwanis Flag Letter for new subscriptions May 2014



Reminder – “Great Pumpkin” Growing Contest!!!

May 7, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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The Van Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the

“Great Pumpkin”  Growing   Contest

Seeds are available for sale NOW at the Chamber office – 170 West Main!
  The seeds should be started indoors on or before May 10 and should be planted in the ground by May 22.
The complete Instructions and registration form:

Click here:  pumpkin contest registration

The Contest will run through October 11, 2014 for the Van Oil Festival where the huge pumpkins will be on display with winners announced at that time.

Any Questions—please contact Kevin Costner, Special Events—903-571-6200




Local Election – May 10, 2014

May 6, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments

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Early Voting – April 28 to May 6

Residents of Van will select two new council members, a new mayor and also decide on two alcohol issues – whether beer and wine can be sold within the Van City limits for off-premise consumption and if mixed beverages can be sold in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders.

Early voting will be at the Van Annex Building on South Maple from 7 AM – 7 PM. 

Voting on May 10 at Van Community Center at 310 Chestnut Street – Van

Candidates for Van City Council are incumbents Al McCarty and Jack Perry.

Challengers Don Smith and Ted Mitchell Jr.  

Dean Stone will run unopposed for mayor.



@ Tele’s – Chamber of Commerce Meeting – May 6, 2014

May 5, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

van chamber.jpgChamber Meeting!

The Van Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday, May 6, @ 11:45 am at Tele’s Mexican Food restaurant. (Actual meeting begins at 12 Noon – 11:45 allows you time to get your food ordered, if you wish to do so.)
YOU are invited! We’ll talk about what’s happening in the Van area and what the Chamber can do to help!

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

Come hear a few words from Chamber member -Sarah Chesnut from Chesnut Hearing Aid Center with information regarding their business.  We will also have some entertainment from the Van Middle School Honor Choir.

All are welcome!  See you there!

Tele’s Mexican Food Restaurant
175 W Main Street
Van, TX 75790
11:45 – 1:00 pm.

Leon B’s 3rd Annual Open House & Car Show


3rd Annual Open House & Car Show

May 3, 2014 – 10 AM – 2 PM

220 N Cedar St – Van TX 75790

Live Music – ‘Drop Top Rockets’

Food & Fun

Pinstriper-Model A Drag Races

Custom Trophies

903-963-7402 for more information.

BBB – Free Document Shredding – May 2, 2014

Apr 30, 14 • Business, Featured News, NewsNo Comments

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  On Saturday, on Friday, May 2 at Brookshire’s in Van from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., BBB will host “Secure Your ID Days” – a free document shredding event that helps people protect themselves from identity theft.  –  businesses and individuals can shred up to three hundred (300) pounds of paper per vehicle at no charge. 

    Ark La Tex Shredding, STS Electronic Recycling and Allied Waste Systems are generously donating their shredding, data destruction and cardboard disposal services for the event. 

    According to Javelin Strategy and Research, the number of identity fraud victims rose to over 13.1 million people in 2013 and cost $18 billion dollars.

Don’t know what to shred and what to keep? Here’s a quick run-down:
* If you don’t need it, shred it – responsibly.
    * Keep bank statements, expired insurance policies, employment applications for three years. 
   * Keep invoices, cancelled stock certificates, payroll records, withholding statements for seven years
    * Keep deeds, mortgages, tax returns, audit reports, insurance records, legal correspondence, property records permanently.

Businesses, do you know how to protect your customers’ data and privacy? Learn everything you need to know with BBB’s Data Security – Made Simpler

BBB hosts Secure Your ID Day in the Spring and in the Fall. At last year’s Spring event, 26 BBB’s shredded more than 320.9 tons of sensitive documents free of charge.   

 Please tell your friends and business associates. We hope to see you there! 

Until next time,

Mechele Agbayani Mills



Van United Methodist Church Annual Sale for Missions

Apr 30, 14 • Featured NewsNo Comments


Van United Methodist Church

Huge Garage Sale for Missions of the Church

Friday and Saturday, May 2 & 3.

Open at 8:00am and close at 5:00pm.

There will be a silent auction for a beautiful 1890’s antique bedroom set that was donated to the garage sale. 

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It includes a double bed with an ornate headboard, mattress and box spring, dresser with mirror, wicker seat chair and a washstandBed linen will be included along with an old lamp.   Auction begins on Friday, May 2nd and ends at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 3rd.  Furniture needs to be picked by 4:00pm on Saturday, May 3rd.

This garage sale has something for everyone.  It has furniture, clothing, toys, exercise equipment, electronic equipment, etc.  Please come buy.  GREAT PRICES.

Van High School Choir Spring Concert !!!

Apr 29, 14 • Featured News, School NewsNo Comments

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Van High School Choir Spring Concert

Thursday, May 1 & Saturday, May 3

7:00 p.m. nightly

Intermediate Auditorium

Songs from the 2000’s Featuring songs from ‘N Sync, Britney, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, Alan Jackson, Justin Timberlake & Many Others

$10 Reserved

$5 General Admission

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door

Come early – Kona Ice Tyler will be serving tropical shaved ice. Limited number of $5 Van High School Choir souvenir cups available. Other sizes $4 and $3.

Texas Armed Services Scholarship

Apr 25, 14 • Featured News, School NewsNo Comments

Dan Flynn

House District 2

For Immediate Release:     April 15, 2014

Contact: Amanda Robertson



Texas Armed Services Scholarship Now Available

AUSTIN – State Representative Dan Flynn has announced a scholarship opportunity for eligible High School students within House District 2. The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) was created to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at civilian colleges.
In addition to the eligibility criteria, a student must enter into an agreement requiring a four year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine or a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States. A student may receive up to $10,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year and dependent on funding available, students may receive up to four years of awards.
To be eligible, a student must meet academic criteria including:  
  • Be on track to graduate high school in a Distinguished Achievement Program or International Baccalaureate program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Ranked in the top third of the graduating class.
  • SAT score of 1590 or ACT score of 23.
To receive the initial scholarship, a student must:
  • Be appointed by a State Representative or State Senator or by the Governor or Lieutenant Governor.
  • Enroll in an eligible Texas institution and an eligible ROTC program
  • Commit in writing to:
    • Remain in ROTC for four years.
    • Graduate within five years.
    • Enter Guard service or accept a commission with the armed services             within six months of graduation from college.
    • Meet program physical fitness requirements.
“The opportunity to serve your state and your country in this capacity is truly a privilege and an honor,” reflects Representative Flynn. “I would encourage any student eligible for this scholarship to apply and take full advantage of the opportunities made available for those who serve.” Representative Flynn has nominated a student from within House District 2 each year the scholarship has been offered.
If you are a constituent of House District 2, meet the criteria above, and are interested in this scholarship, please send a cover letter and proof of academic eligibility to Amanda Robertson. Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, the 10th of July, 2014. 
Email a PDF attachment to:
State Representative Dan Flynn
c/o: Amanda Robertson
Room CAP GN.10, Capitol
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0880

NOTICE – Van Healthcare – Spring Extravaganza – POSTPONED!!!

Apr 24, 14 • Featured News, NewsNo Comments

VHC Spring Extravaganza!!!

April 26, 2014

10 – 2

Activities and Food are $1 to $5

Van Healthcare Center

169 South Oak Street

Van TX 75790

Come and bring your families for a fun day filled with great food and activities to be had by all to raise money for our gazebo.  Activities include a craft sale, a bake sale, dunking booth, car wash, raffles, and face painting.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 903-963-8641

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