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VENDORS WANTED - WINNSBORO, TX

ART & CRAFT - 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 Downtown on Elm. St.  Form:  click here; has phone # on it


VENDORS WANTED - WINNSBORO, TX

TRADES DAYS SWAP MEET  FLEA MARKET, October 20-23 @ City Park, 900 Wheeler Drive, Form:  click here; has phone number on it.

Wood County Area.  It's  East Texas.  

Wood County has a population of 45,000 plus

and Market Trade Area of 250,000 in an eight county contiguous radius census tract.

the East Texas area of  Wood, Smith, Hopkins and Franklin, counties.  

Over 90 named Lakes / Bodies of water, Dining, Shopping, Great Living.

It's Proximity:   The Wood County Area is Rural yet is close enough

to major metropolitan. areas of the Dallas / Ft. Worth (85 Miles) Area and Tyler (40 miles). 

It's just A tank away for a day!

 It's laid back at a different pace than many suburban cities crawling with traffic, smog and lines.

It's Shovel Ready for Measured Growth.

Planned Potential.  Good Folks.   In the Right Corner 

of Texas.



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CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

VIDEOS NOW POSTED ON YOUTUBE - Winnsboro, Texas

      Beginning on January 31, 2022, the City of Winnsboro is recording their public meetings and uploading to their Youtube channel.   This is part of the most recent city council meeting from Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  The Youtube channel is located at this web url address:  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1KePTuWXoOv-YcN-nxIPhA​​\

Autumn Trails Event Flyer (click to print)

Map - East Texas Driving Tours  (click to print)   

About the Self Guided Driving Tour & Autumn Trails (click for article)

See Peckerwood Flats, where the towering pines and hardwoods canopy the rural roadways, and travel along some of the most beautiful winding roads and highest points of the county area.

​​Things to See & Do

AREA LAKES INFO - COOL OFF

Four County Lakes PLUS  world renowned Lake Fork CLICK ON ANY BLUE LINK FOR 

LOCATION, MAPS, BOAT RAMPS, AMENTIES

​LAKE FORK - Lake Levels, Boat Access, Maps, Sabine River Authority Info, Lake Fork Chamber Links & Resources
In the Counties of Wood, Hopkins & Rains


Lake Winnsboro TPWD
Lake Winnsboro ACCESS (points for boats)

Lake Holbrook TPWD
Lake Holbrook ACCESS (points for boats)

Lake Quitman TPWD
Lake Quitman ACCESS (points for boats)

Beach in Wood County
Come enjoy one of the most incredible white-sand beaches and some of the clearest water in the Pineywoods of Northeast Texas at beautiful Lake Hawkins.


​https://lakehawkinsrvpark.com/facilities/beach/
Beach / Day Use, Open 8 am to dark
$5/person* (Cash, credit card, Apple Pay accepted)
Children 4 and under are free
* $10 per person for HOLIDAYS and holiday weekends (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day).  We reserve the right to shut the gate at any time due to capacity limits.

No need to call and reserve a day pass. Just show up and pay at check-in window. Recreational Facilities, Beach Area, Picnic Area, Boat Ramp, Fishing Pier, Volleyball Courts, Dock, Swimming, Other Amenities & Services, Ice, Restrooms, Showers, Store


Winnsboro History Museum

Be sure and visit the Winnsboro Historical Museum:  The museum is open from 1-4pm on Fridays and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. Location is 100 Broadway at the old Train Depot, on the southeast corner of Broadway (Hwy. 11) and Main (Hwy 37) in Winnsboro, TX. Call (903) 347-2634 and schedule group visits by appointment.


MANY EAST TEXAS MUSIC EVENTS 

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Area News Stories​​


LAKES OF WOOD COUNTY

Current Lake Levels, Access, Docks, Fishing, Marinas, Parking and More:  www.trailscountryreporter.com/lakes-a-z-list.html;

Lake Winnsboro  (get worms at Tractor Supply in town at 801 E Coke Rd · (903) 342-0009 (opens at 8 a.m.), or the Winnsboro Lake Store Marina at 
630 Co Rd 4890 · (903) 629-3214 (Also opens at 8 a.m.)


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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT NEWS - WINNSBORO AREA
Winnsboro is experiencing solid measurable growth this spring, with Haven's opened at 303 N. Main Street downtown, as well as the new senior center under opened, located at 314 N. Main. The Culture Club on Elm Street is also seeing some improvements and it looks like the Clark House Hotel on Main is almost complete, with beautiful gazebo adorned with huge chunks of art slag glass embedded in the stonework. Also look for some bright things on the horizon for Christian Radio Station KWNS 1047, with Lottie Foster's granddaughter Kim R. Foster finishing her broadcasting degree (congratulations), and working at expanding the marketing and music mix lineup of Winnsboro's long-time station. A  new BAKERY is coming along in the old bait shop at 219 E. Broadway / Hwy. 11.   Winnsboro’s renowned and popular Farmer’s Market runs though October.

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​​It's good business here in the Piney Woods of East Texas! 

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​​​Winnsboro Woman Repays $15,000 in Stolen Funds from Non-Profit

Press Release:    October 3, 2022
From:  Angela Albers, Office of the Wood County District Attorney


On Friday, September 30, 2022, Vicki Faye Moreno repaid the Winnsboro (Area) Chamber of Commerce $15,000 that she had stolen from it, in lieu of prosecution.  In a letter, Moreno took sole responsibility for her actions and expressed her sincerest apologies to the Chamber for what she had done.  The Chamber is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Wood County Criminal District Attorney Angela Albers represented the State in the prosecution of the case.

The case was worked by the Texas Rangers.  On June 7, 2019, Texas Ranger John Vance began investigating questionable expenditures after receiving complaints from the (then) Chamber’s Board that there were concerns that a former employee, Moreno, had been stealing during her employment with the Chamber.  Vance reviewed years of bank statements, tax returns, minutes of board meetings, and other financial records provided by the Chamber. Vance discovered that Moreno had written checks to family members and to herself for “contract labor.” She also withdrew thousands of dollars from the Chamber’s account and made numerous purchases with the Chamber’s debit card that she was not authorized to make.

Vance met with Moreno for an interview on July 18, 2019.  During the interview, Moreno admitted to taking the money form the Chamber to make personal expenditures.  Moreno admitted to Vance that it was “all [her] fault” and she was “in financial trouble.”  Moreno was taken into custody and was booked into the Wood County Jail that same day.

Albers commented, “I appreciate the diligence of Ranger Vance for his work on this case.  Non-profit organizations are not out to benefit themselves. They exist to help members of the community.  Moreno betrayed the trust she was given as an employee of the Chamber and she exploited the citizens of Wood County by not only stealing money but money that other individuals and organizations in the community could have benefited from.  Fortunately, Moreno admitted what she did and expressed remorse for her actions.  More importantly, however, is that we were able to get the Chamber some restitution.  We hope that those funds will further benefit the Wood County community and its citizens.”

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Copy of Press Release here, click.

Editor’s Note:  The Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce states that the theft amounted to about $35,000, and provided a copy of Moreno’s letter that stated fully, dated September 27, 2022, “Dear Mr. Baade:  (with the District Attorney’s Office), Please relay to the Winnsboro Chamber of Commerce my sincere apologies for my conduct. I certainly should not have taken the money. I was wrong to do so and there is no justification for my action for which I am truly sorry.”  (signed /s/ Vicki Faye Moreno)


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Autumn Trails 2022 
https://www.winnsboroautumntrails.com/   
Oct. 7-8, 2022  Youth Rodeo
Oct. 14-15, 2022 Trail Ride Weekend, Mule Rodeo, Jeep Rally, 42 Tournament  (Trail Ride Saturday ONLY October 15)
Oct. 20-23, 2022  ATA Trades Days & Swap Meet @ City Park
October 22, 2022 Autumn Trails A's Antique Car Parade, Chili Cookoff, Pie Contest, Classic Car Show, Pet Show, Cornhole Contest, Beard & Moustache Contest  
Weekend http://www.autumntrailsmodelafordclub.com/

Also:  Oct. 29, 2022 Saturday:  Livestock &  Dairy Show


Joeleigh Stone Crowned 64th Autumn Trails Queen

The festivities and pomp of the Autumn Trails annual Queen pageant were held at the Winnsboro Jr. High Auditorium on Saturday Evening, emceed by Dr. David Rose, and hosted by the Autumn Trails Association, directed by Stephanie Thompson.  The pageant included talent, business attire, formal attire, questions and answers and entertainment by many others throughout the evening to a packed audience.  Sheila K. Haynes served as the official ATA photographer. 


Queen Autumn Trails Joeleigh Stone (center) and her court Shay Jones (left) and Charis Bassett (right) pose with their roses, sashes and crowns, and will serve representing the ATA and the Winnsboro area for many events throughout the year.

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