Scoggins Funeral Home Recognized for 100 Years of Service!

On March 4, 2024, the Van Alstyne Historical Museum Directors, Teddie Ann Salmon and Jo Bell, presented Tommy Scoggins and the Van Alstyne Cemetery Association the Texas Treasure Business Award for the Scoggins Funeral Home.  This award was sponsored by the Van Alstyne Historical Museum and given to this business because it has served the community continually for over 100 years.

In 1873, Dave Lewis built a blacksmith shop in Van Alstyne at the southwest corner of Main and Marshall Street.  It was replaced by a larger building just south of that location.  The building also housed the undertaking establishment of Mr. C.C. McCorkle.  Mr. McCorkle, the first undertaker, merged with S.L. McKinney.  This was in 1885.  Later, the Van Alstyne Undertaking Company became the co-partnership of S.L. McKinney and Lee McKinney.  The business sold on September 17, 1925, to R.R. Waldo and O.S. Yoder.  Mr. Waldo sold his interest to A.R. Hill and then Mr. Yoder bought out Mr. Hill.

Mr. Yoder and his son, Howard, conducted this business located on Marshall Street, along with their Chevrolet business, until 1935.  The sold to L.K. Fox (their mortician), Inez Fanning Fox, and Mr. Albert Fanning.  It was renamed Fox-Fanning Funeral Home in 1936.  Shortly thereafter, the business moved.  They converted the Slaughter residence, located at 226 Dallas Street, into a funeral home.  Mr. and Mrs. Fox operated the business until January 1, 1953, when they sold the business to Don S. Flesher.  On February 1, 1973, Flesher Funeral Home moved into their new building, located at 637 West Van Alstyne Parkway.  On November 1, 2011, the Flesher Funeral Home was sold to Tommy and Bobbie Kay Scoggins.  It is now known as Scoggins Funeral Home and Crematory.  It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve the needs of the community.

Article by: Teddie Salmon


Pictured L-R Back-Front:  Mayor Jim Atchison, Zach Herring, Dusty Williams, Dora White, Kitty Alexander, Casey Scoggins (VP Van Alstyne Cemetery Association), Billy Turner (Secretary VACA), Jo Bell (VP Van Alstyne Historical Museum), Teddie Salmon (Pres. VAH Museum), Linda Hynds

Beautiful New Gazebo for the Community

McKinney Wilson Park is one of the most beautiful of our 5 parks.  Located less than a mile east of downtown Van Alstyne on Jefferson St. this park has beautifully maintained green space and old growth shade trees, making it a perfect spot to enjoy being outside throughout the year. Some of the amenities of the park include a large playground that a wide age range of kids can enjoy, the open green space, 2 softball fields with a concession stand and public restrooms, and now a brand new gazebo.

The old gazebo had served the community for many years and had seen better days.  The city decided it was time for an upgrade and has replaced the gazebo with a 20′ x 23’ pavilion that will serve park goers for years to come. In addition to this gazebo, there are multiple picnic tables to utilize as well.

Use rec desk to reserve this brand new gazebo for your next gathering, or swing by to have lunch and enjoy one of our beautiful parks this Spring.

Crystal DeBacker
Media Coordinator
City of Van Alstyne

Highly Sought After Van Alstyne ISD

Van Alstyne ISD is at the top of the list of why so many move to Van Alstyne. The Texas Education Agency has given VAISD an A rating and it is clear to see why.

The mission of VAISD is to “be a premier school district providing a well-rounded, safe school experience that prepares our graduates to discover and attain their life goals.” This is seen throughout the school district on a multitude of levels.  Not only to students score significantly higher than the state average on most STAAR exams, as well as on the SAT and ACT exams, Van Alstyne students have the ability to choose between AP courses or dual credit courses, and can currently acquire 32 college credits from courses offered by college professors on campus during the school day. In partnership with Grayson County College, students are also able to acquire career certifications in welding, cosmetology, HVAC and OSHA. Van Alstyne High School also has a dual credit culinary certification program offered in their culinary kitchen.

The safety and health of students has been a clear priority of the school district. Each of the 4, soon to be 5 with the addition of the new high school, campuses have their own full time nurse, counselor and VAISD police officer. The school district currently serves over 2,400 students and that number is expected to grow rapidly in the years to come. The new high school will open for the 2024-2025 school year but that will not add a second high school to Van Alstyne. Instead, it will replace the current high school which will house 7th & 8th and the middle school will be 5th & 6th.  Currently Van Alstyne has 2 elementary schools, Sanford Elementary which is for residents north of 121 and Partin Elementary which is for residents south of 121.  More elementary schools will be added in the near future as larger residential developments are established that include elementary schools as well, starting with one in Mantua Point.

The Van Alstyne ISD has always been a big highlight of our community and having a District of Innovation plan is one of the attractive aspects.  Per the VAISD website:

“Districts who decide to pursue a District of Innovation plan are able to analyze specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting, or other ideas. An innovation plan also allows a school district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements. Essentially, an innovation plan allows for schools and communities to have local control on the best ways to educate their children.”

Crystal DeBacker
Media Coordinator
City of Van Alstyne

Van Alstyne Is Getting A New High School

Van Alstyne’s brand new high school is nearing completion.  Located just south of Grayson College South Campus on Collin Mckinney Pkwy and opening August 2024 for the next academic year, this new school will replace the existing high school which will be become the jr. high and host 7th grade and 8th grade.  The Van Alstyne Middle School will host 5th and 6th.  While this is definitely a sign of growth coming to Van Alstyne, our community will remain a one high school town for many years to come. During the extensive research during the planning process of expansion for our ISD, leaders were advised to have  one high school or at least three. This minimizes competition and comparison within the community per the advise of towns ahead of Van Alstyne’s growth cycle.  The new high school is expected to host 1,000 students and with planned future additions will be able to increase that capacity to 2,800 students.

With this architecturally beautiful, larger school, many more offerings for our students will be on the horizon including adding more sports to the athletic department and much more.

For updates on the construction process monthly, check out the progress page for the project here and for an interactive rendering of the high school, check out this YouTube video by the architects.

Crystal DeBacker
Media Coordinator
City of Van Alstyne

Employment Opportunity: Senior Building Inspector / Plans Examiner

The City of Van Alstyne is now accepting applications for Senior Building Inspector / Plans Examiner.  Applications may be submitted to City Hall.

For more information regarding all of the benefits offered by the City of Van Alstyne please review our Summary of Benefits!

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Submerse Yourself In Van Alstyne History

Van Alstyne has a long, vibrant history and we are blessed to have that history well documented, and well preserved. We have the Van Alstyne Historical Museum, which moved to its new, beautifully appropriate location at at 130 N Waco St., we also have the Van Alstyne Historical Society, and the Van Alstyne Cemetery Association.  The local Grayson College South Campus also holds monthly lectures, which regularly hosts Dusty Williams, who is highly involved in every single one of these organizations.   These organizations are a wealth of interesting information about Van Alstyne and our region!

Also, did you know there are 9 state historical markers in Van Alstyne city limits:
Van Alstyne City #020 (Dorothy Fielder Park, on Van Alstyne Parkway and N. Main St.):
Boy Scout Troop 1 (Troop 44) #029.1: (300 5th Ave.)
Collin McKinney #021: (Van Alstyne Cemetery – see below)
First United Methodist Church #023 (Located at Preston and Fulton streets) dedicated in 1917.
Mantua Masonic Lodge #209 A.F. and A.M. marker #024 (201 N. Waco)
Umphress-Taylor Home #025 (109 E. Paris). Queen Anne and Classical Revival home built in 1903.
Barron-Veazey Home #025 (104 Umphress) Prairie-influenced home built in 1905.
Site of Campus of Old Columbia College #027 (203 S. College)
First Christian Church #022 organized on this site in 1877

To get involved, you can visit the museum, join or donate to the historical societies, attend a Grayson College lecture, or even just attend one of our City Council meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at City Hall at 6:30 where many important details about he past, and the future, are shared.

Crystal DeBacker
Media Coordinator
City of Van Alstyne