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To have your event listed Free in the monthly calendar of events call 963-3788 or send your information to 7391 FM 773, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754, fax: 903.963.3788, email vzcountyline@aol.com. Deadline for submission is the second Thursday of the month prior to your event. Remember to list time, date, place and a brief description of each event.

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P.A. Geddie
Publisher & Managing Editor
P.A. has an extensive background in publishing, having worked for numerous magazines and newspapers in Dallas and San Antonio as well as in the East Texas area. She's held many positions in the industry including reporter, editor, production artist and freelance writer. She has also owned her own promotions company for 15 years as well as worked for several other marketing firms.

While growing up in the suburbs of Dallas P.A. made numerous trips with her family to Van Zandt County to visit relatives and the "old home place" of both her parents. She comes from a long line of Van Zandters some arriving as far back as the 1860's.

Deep roots and the natural beauty of the land enticed P.A. to leave the rat race of the big city in June 1998 and make Van Zandt County her home. She lives in "Geddieville" on Rhines Lake between Van and Ben Wheeler.

P.A. enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, bonfires, nature walks, and spending time with family and friends.

Jerry Tolbert
Tolbert's Tales

Jerry Tolbert, the "Man of Many Hats," is a Humorist and Poet. His diverse characterizations include a Cajun, a Kid, a Cowboy, a Leprechaun, a Farmer and others. He also does the Mr. Peppermint part to Vern Dailey's Muffin & Friends. He is available for speaking engagements at all civic functions. Contact him at funnyman@cowboysays.com or 903.873.3675.


Elvis Allen
Daddy Said

Born in 1943, the 11th of 12 children of James and Effie Allen, Elvis grew up and now resides in Fruitvale, Texas. He is a third generation Texan. His interest in historical preservation led him to become a member of The Edgewood Historical Society, The Edom Historical Society, and The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society. He is currently serving on the board of The Grand Saline Salt Museum, and is President of The Old Dallas Shreveport Road Preservation Association. he is also a member of The State Genealogical Society. his first book, Daddy Said, Memories of an Old Van Zandter, was awarded First Place in the Texas State Genealogical Writers Competition for 1999. To order his book call 903.962.7103.

Barry St. Claire
Reel Time

Barry is a fish and wildlife technician at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries in Athens. He was recently named Texas Fisherman of the Century by Texas Monthly Magazine's best of the Texas century list for catching an 18.18 pound Texas-record largemouth bass. 

Mary Scott
Council for Van Zandt County Communities

Mary is president of the council that brings together all the communities in VZC into one effort. She and her husband Max also operate the Wild Briar Inn in Edom.

Gina Sharpe
Talk of the Town

Gina Warren Sharpe is a licensed cosmetologist and the owner of Artistic Designs salon in Canton. Email Gina at gina.sharpe@gte.net.

Jackie Stroud

Jackie writes uplifting and enlightening stories of the people, places and things making up Van Zandt County. She retired from SBC after 32 years and writing is her dream come true. 

Doreen Johnson
Click and Double Click

Doreen works for Van Zandt Internet and has her own designing, training and consulting company, VZDesigns. Email Doreen at doreen@vzinet.com or visit her web site at www.vzinet.com/vzdesigns.

Ann Riley
Grits & Gourmet

Ann lives in Canton, Texas, and presents delicious meals for our readers.

Carolyn Gibson
Body Language

Carolyn Gibson is a registered massage therapist operating at Dogwood Gardens Organic Farm in Edom, Texas. She is the author of Pain Release at Your Fingertips, a self-treatmetn manual to relieve chronic pain and tension in the neck and shoulder area. www.releaseyourpain.com



Van Zandt County Line

Established January 1, 2000 

Publisher & Managing Editor: P.A. Geddie.

Contributing Writers: Barry St. Clair, Gina Sharpe, Elvis Allen, Jerry Tolbert, Mary Scott, Doreen Johnson, Jackie Stroud, Carolyn Gibson, Ann Riley, Linda Wheeler and Pam Payne.

Larry Brown, Sonny Edwards, and P.A. Geddie

Sales & Marketing Manager:  Diane Munns

Mail Services: Lucille and T.D. Geddie

Van Zandt County Line is published once a month, 12 months a year. Subscription costs: $15 per year in county, $18 per year in Texas, and $22 per year outside Texas. Third-class postage paid at Canton, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Van Zandt County Line,7391 FM 773, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754. Contents COPYRIGHT: 1999 Van Zandt County Line all rights reserved. Material may not be reproduced without written permission. Opinions expressed in articles appearing in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. To have your event or business listed or to share information on events send it to: Van Zandt County Line, 7391 FM 773 or call or fax  (903) 963-3788, email: vzcountyline@aol.com, website: www.vzcountyline.com. Free listings are entered on a space available basis. Advertising space may be purchased by calling a sales representative at (903) 567-0865.


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