Mineola will have contested May city council, school board elections

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The city of Mineola and the Mineola school district will hold elections on Saturday, May 4. The filing deadline passed on Friday, and one city council seat will be contested along with one …

Eclipse offers unique study opportunities

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The heliophyics missions of NASA.
There are many quotes about sunshine. Most relate the sun to behavioral characteristics of people, such as truthfulness, liveliness and positivity. A few quotes endeavor to describe the essence of …

QISD board approves IT upgrades

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Several noteworthy topics were addressed in the Quitman ISD board meeting Feb. 12. One of the topics that will most affect staff and students to QISD is the new IT project “to replace and …

MISD trustees honor students, staff members

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Mineola school trustees honored the following students and staff during the Feb. 12 board meeting: Students of the month Primary school, second grade, Hudson Lindley and Samuel Hopper. …

QHS pair snag calves at scramble

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Kori Hammond won a $500 purchase certificate toward a heifer for a 4-H or FFA project for exhibition at next year’s Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The certificate, presented by Stock Show Calf Scramble Committee Chairman, Paxton Motheral, was sponsored by Randy Rogers Band.
Two Quitman FFA members have caught a calf during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble. Mason Williams caught a calf Feb. 2 and Kori Hammond on Jan. 31. They earned a …

The Quitman Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year award was presented to City Administrator James Attaway, left, by Clay Smith.

Quitman chamber celebrates golden anniversary

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The Quitman Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Thursday, Feb. 15. This year’s theme was a golden anniversary celebration of the Quitman Chamber’s formation 50 years ago. …

Commissioners get ARPA fund project updates

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Wood County commissioners received an update on the county’s projects being funded by the American Rescue Plan Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects include rural broadband …

Highway resurfacing planned in Quitman

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State Highway 154 in Quitman is being resurfaced from State Highway 37 at the Quitman Square east to Elaine Dr. Weather permitting, the project should take 2-3 weeks to complete. This …

Shirley Roberson, a member of the McFarland Class of 1961 and retired 41-year educator, spoke on the history of McFarland South Ward School and its distinguished graduates. She began collecting history of graduates who have served in the military and continued collecting other information that became a museum.

Program focuses on McFarland museum

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The reciting of the poem “Invictus” was one of the highlights of the Black History Month Program hosted by the Mineola Historical Museum Board in partnership with McFarland Foundation …


Cheri Ann Blue  1956-2024

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Cheri Ann Blue was born in Live Oak, Fla. on Sept. 25, 1956 to Douglas Emory Wilcox and Rebecca Ann. She passed with her family by her side Jan. 18, 2024 in Tyler at age 67. She was laid to rest …

Joe Lloyd Francis 1940-2024

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Joe Lloyd Francis, 83, of Tyler died Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at UT Health Hospital. Mr. Francis was born Aug. 25, 1940, in Pittsburg to Henry and Lena Reeves Francis. He graduated from Wichita …

Ricky Dewayne Harvey, Sr. 1951-2024

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Services for Ricky Dewayne Harvey, Sr., 72, of Terrell were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba, with Bro. Byron George officiating. Interment followed in …

County students make Harding fall honor rolls

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The following are among more than 1,300 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the Fall 2023 semester. Leah Ward of Winnsboro is a senior …

Johnson awarded surgical technology degree

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Cheyenne Johnson of Hawkins graduated with an AAS in surgical technology from South Plains College in Levelland in Fall 2023. Johnson was among more than 400 students who are being recognized …

Chavez earns honors at Sam Houston State

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Jimena Chavez of Mineola is among the students listed on the Dean’s List of Academic Honors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville for the Fall 2023 semester. Undergraduates qualify …

Pair honored at UA-Fayetteville

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Local students were named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.   To …

Quitman ISD board president Jeremy Smith (right) congratulates Larry Tucker on being awarded the Top Bulldog.

Tucker is QISD Top Bulldog

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The Quitman School Board honored former Wood County Monitor editor Larry Tucker on Monday, Feb. 12 with a new award called the “Top Bulldog.” This award is presented to members of …

Main Street brings back fun pianos

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Plans are underway for the Mineola Main Street Program’s Dueling Pianos fundraiser on Saturday, April 13 at the Mineola Civic Center. This is the second year the program has brought the Killer …

Blood drive set in Quitman

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The next Quitman Rotary Club blood drive will be held at First United Methodist Church - Quitman on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations will be done inside the church. Carter …

Mineola church hosting three Lenten fish fries

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Lenten fish fries are planned on Friday Feb. 23, March 8 and March 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 203 Meadowbrook in Mineola. Menu includes catfish, hush puppies, french …

The Lady Panthers had to contend with the height of the Lindsay Lady Knights in last Friday’s area round playoff. Lainey Teel works to get a shot off.

Late Lindsay run secures area game with Lady Panthers

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The Alba-Golden Lady Panthers fell to the Lindsay Lady Knights, 51-32, in area round playoff action at Wolfe City Friday. Lindsay used a stingy man-to-man defense and their height advantage at …

Mineola wins final regular season contest

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Keke Martin (1) puts up a shot for Mineola in last Tuesday’s basketball regular season finale at Harmony. Martin scored and earned a bonus free throw. Mineola took the win 59-46 to finish with …

Payton Dickinson had a career night pouring in 30 points in the bi-district win over James Bowie.

Panthers bidistrict champs

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The Alba-Golden Panthers leveraged an excellent second-half to take a bidistrict championship, Monday night, with a 51-36 win over the James Bowie Pirates in Pittsburg.   To appreciate the …

The Lady Panthers start a fast break, led by Kalli Trimble (1).

AG Lady Panthers pull away for bidistrict championship

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There was a collective exhale from the Alba-Golden side of the gymnasium in Commerce with two minutes to play in the opening quarter of the Alba-Golden vs. Detroit bidistrict game. Taking a pass …

Mineola righthander Jadelyn Marshall reflected the joy of once again playing ball.

Lady Jackets open softball season

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Local baseball and softball teams are entering tournament season as they begin to build their line-ups for the upcoming district schedule. The Mineola Lady Jackets were busy in tourney action at …

Carter Smith of Quitman works toward the basket against Mt. Pleasant Chapel Hill.

Bulldogs drop final game

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The Quitman High School Bulldogs ended their season Feb. 13 losing to Mt. Pleasant Chapel Hill 81-22. Quitman seniors were recognized before the game. Seniors Payton Sapp, Carter Smith, Kameran …