Van Zandt News (Wills Point, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 37, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 17, 1985 Page: 4 of 20
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Pep 4A - VAN ZANOT NEWS,
Fire destroys Oaks Restaurant
Nobody was at the restaurant
when the fire broke out, and no in-
juries were reported, according to
the sheriffs department.
. A newly-formed group. "Outcry
Parents of Molested Children," has
placed petition forms at several
businesses around the county, urg
rug state lawmakers to draft new
statutes to make prosecution of child
abusers stiffer and more certain.
The petition reads: "We. the
undersigned, petition the legislators
of the state of Texas to enact laws
that will protect victims of child
abuse We urge punitive measures
be taken against the perpetrators of
the crime We endorse the proposal
bv the Attorney General's Con-
ference on Child Abuse for change
in Hearsay Rule to allow statements
bv abused children to social workers,
teachers, doctors, health care per
sonnet and law enforcement
l.aile Hall of Edgewood is a
membei of the I vler based Outcry
group, and she reported that peti-
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tion forms are now in place around
"We don't know when the bill
(allowing children s statements to be
used in court, called the Hearsay
Rule) will come up in committee,"
Mrs. Hall said Thursday. The peti
tions will be gathered up within the
next week or 10 days to be presented
to the legislature in Austin, she said.
Businesses that have copies of the
petition to sign include the Dairy
Queens at Grand Saline. Edgewood,
Wills Point, Canton and Terrell, the
EZ Mart at Grand Saline. Roy s Gas
and Grocery at Van, the Canton Ci
ty Hall, and the Edgewood Chamber
of Commerce, Little Italy Pizza.
Gloria's Beauty Shop, the Eirst Na
tional Bank and the City Grocery in
In addition Brookshire's Eoods
Inc. has given permission to the
group to solicit signatures in front of
Brookshire's stores. Mrs. Hall said.
"It started out to be a self-help
group, she noted, but added that
the idea started to be a lobby
organization. It will be belter this
way. as both a self-help and lobby
group," she said.
"I've had such a positive response
from every business." she reported,
adding that many churches in the
Tyler area were also supporting the
The Outers group, founded by
Tylerite Linda Brown, is so new that
no charter has been designed. As
such, the group cannot ask for or ac
cept donations, she said.
Representative David Hudson of
Tvler is the sponsor of the bill to
allow statements by molested
children in criminal cases, and Mrs.
Hall said members of the group plan
to present the petitions both when
the bill goes to committee and when
it is brought up on the floor of the
For more information on Outcry
or the lobby effort, contact Mrs.
Hall at (21 1)’ 896 4860. or the Tyler
headquarters at (214) 595-3315 or
GRAND SALINE--Three guns,
along with a scope, assorted gun
clips and a gun case, valued at
SI,368, were taken in a residential
theft over the past weekend, accor
ding to Grand Saline Police Depart
The theft was the one major item
in an otherwise routine week, accor-
ding to GSPD Chief Robert Brad
ford. The theft was reported Sun
day, February 10. at 1214 Lakeside,
and is being investigated by officer
Thomas Chaney, according to Brad-
Another theft, that of a White's
Go-Cart, valued at S600. was
reported the same day. Bradford
said. The cart was apparently taken
from under the complainant's trailer
house, he added.
One accident was reported Friday
afternoon, February 8. in the 900
block of East Garland, in front of
the Dairy Queen. Bradford said. Ac
cording to the GSPD accident
report, a 1981 Chevrolet pickup
driven by William Clifton Neal. 58.
of Grand Saline, and a 1980 Ford
Pinto driven by Sara Belle Mc-
Carter, 43, collided in front of the
DQ parking lot.
According to the report, Ms Me
Carter attempted to cross Garland
Street (State Highway 80) to get to
the DQ parking lot when the colli
sion occurred. The report noted that
the low sun in the west, behind the
Neal vehicle, was a contributing fac-
tor in the accident. Ms. McCarter
was ticketed for failure to yield the
right-of-way and also for failure to
show proof of insurance. No injuries
Notice is hereby given that the Van City Council will
I hold a public hearing, March 7, 1985, at the Van City
Hall, Van, Texas, at 7:00 p. m. on Revenue Sharing
[Funds. The City of Van has an allocation estimated at
$38,736.00 in general revenue sharing funds. The
public is invited to participate in this program and have
the right to present oral and written comments at this
| public hearing.
WILLS POINT The Oaks
Restaurant, located on Highway 47
north of Wills Point near the Lake
Tawakoni dam, burned early Friday
morning, February 8. and no cause
has yet been determined for the
Van Zandt County Sheriffs Depu
ty Jim Vanderhoof said the state fire
marshal has been called in to in-
vestigate the cause of the fire.
"This is standard procedure in a
fire which results in a loss of this
kind." Vanderhoof said. “It is pretty
routine to call in the experts when
there is a fire which destroys a
Vanderhoof said the state fire
marshal has the equipment and
laboratory facilities to examine the
residue from the fire and determine
how and why it started.
"They can tell within inches of
where the fire started, and what
caused it." Vanderhoof noted.
Damage to the 4,000 square foot
restaurant, which was completely
destroyed by the fire which broke
out around 3:18 a.m., was estimated
to be in the range of 1100,000 or
more by the sheriffs department.
The Wills Point Fire Department
answered the alarm with four units,
and a single unit from the Rolling
Oaks Fire Department also respond
ed. but the firemen were unable to
bring the flames under control
before the fire had destroyed the
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Van Zandt News (Wills Point, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 37, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 17, 1985, newspaper, February 17, 1985; Wills Point, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1002957/m1/4/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Van Zandt County Library.