After several months of preparation, voting and counting ballots, the 2017 Readers’
Choice Award winners are in and congratulations are certainly in order.
Starting in late Dec. 2016, we published Readers’ Choice Award ballots for four consecu-
tive weeks in all four of our Van Zandt County newspapers:
Canton Herald, Van Ban-
ner, Wills Point Chronicle
Van Zandt News
This marks our fourth year for the contest and we couldn’t have been more pleased with
the response from our readers who ultimately decided who was deserving of the title of
“BEST” in Van Zandt County.
The ballots consisted of 100 categories including places to shop, services, food and drink
and people in our county. The response was overwhelming with over 700 ballots turned in
by the Jan. 27 deadline.
Readers were given an opportunity to submit one ballot per person and had to vote for a
minimum of 10 categories. Our goal was to make sure the contest was fair and managed
in a way that ballots could be screened and validated. Random calls were placed to read-
ers submitting ballots to ensure they were in fact the ones submitting the ballot. Duplicate
ballots were taken out and all ballots throughout the counting process were checked for
anything we felt would compromise the outcome of the contest.
Special thanks to “Friends of the Van Zandt County Library” who spent many hours count-
ing this years’ ballots. Their hard work and attention to making sure each ballot was accu-
rately counted was greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we hope you will enjoy a full year of the distinc-
tion as THE BEST in Van Zandt County. Award winners will receive a certificate for display
at their home or business and the right to use the READERS’ CHOICE logo.
Thank you to all who participated.
Van Zandt Newspapers, LLC
in Van Zandt County
Special thanks to this year’s Reader’s Choice ballot coun-
ters Suezette Branton, David Pulley and Susie Pulley with
Friends of the Van Zandt County Library. This year we had
over 700 ballots turned in and counted.Thank you for your
hard work and attention to making sure this contest is fair
Congratulations to our $100 Winner!
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