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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.

Brad Blakemore

Brad Blakemore


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

and honest.

Congratulations to our $100 Winner!

Teri Lindsey

from Canton

is our big $100

winner in this

year’s Readers’

Choice ballot

drawing. Her

winning ballot

was randomly

drawn from a

record break-

ing 700+ ballots

submitted by

our readers.