Quitman council OKs hotel, apartment incentives

Yesterday at 8:45 AM
“It was a good night at the council, a great day for Quitman,” summarized Mayor Randy Dunn upon completion of last Thursday’s city council meeting. He added that progress had been made on the issue of housing, on lodging and for investment in the city.

The council unanimously approved two incentive agreements between the Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) and real estate developer Scott Johnson. The development is targeted for a 10-acre parcel which Johnson has purchased behind (south of) Brookshires Grocery. 

Mineola celebrates Iron Horse Heritage

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The weenie dog races drew a throng of spectators to downtown Mineola during the Iron Horse Heritage Festival Saturday.
Fun for all ages was found downtown Saturday at the Iron Horse Heritage Festival in Mineola.

Mineola council cancels truck parking permit

Yesterday at 8:46 AM
A Mineola city ordinance approved in 1986 to allow large truck parking in residential districts by permit was overturned by the city council Sept. 19.

MISD school year off to great start, Superintendent Mize says

Yesterday at 9:08 AM
Mineola ISD Superintendent Cody Mize said the district is off to a great start to the new school year.

He told the school board and audience Sept. 9 that construction of the new elementary campus is right around the corner, and the site plan is almost ready to be announced.


QISD names superintendent finalist

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The Quitman School Board named assistant superintendent Chris Mason as the lone finalist to become the new superintendent Monday.

Mason will replace Rhonda Turner, who announced in August that she is retiring Dec. 31 after serving as QISD superintendent for 15 years.

County approves plan for federal pandemic funds

Yesterday at 8:48 AM

Wood County Commissioners voted to approve the use of the American Rescue Plan Act funds Tuesday. That $8,845,417 will be allocated as follows...

Sydney van Cleave holds a card representing the 34th hay bale auctioned off for the evening as emcee Jackie Rodieck prepares to make some remarks.

Hay show raises $32K to support ag program

Yesterday at 9:02 AM

The 56th version of the Mineola Hay Show continued the strong tradition of support for the Mineola agricultural education program – even if shaking up the format a bit.

One of Puschautz’ works in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.

Artist serving Tyler apprenticeship

Yesterday at 8:48 AM

The last time the Monitor interviewed local artist Rachel Swasso, she was realizing the gift of sketch art. The interview ran in the July 23, 2020 edition and recounted her development as a burgeoning artist, from initial sketches of characters of “Lord of the Rings” to portraitures of family and friends. 

Gannon family continuing APET memorial work day

Yesterday at 8:53 AM
The family of Jeff Gannon will once again honor his memory with a work day and donations to benefit Animal Preservation of East Texas.

Caring and Sharing supports schools

Yesterday at 8:55 AM
Mineola Caring and Sharing presented a $2,000 donation to the Mineola school district at last week’s board meeting.

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

Yesterday at 8:58 AM
The First Tuesday Book It Craft is at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month on Oct. 4, and the craft will be a pumpkin made from a re-purposed book. This is a fun, cute craft that can be used for …

Lake Country Symphony sets performances at Select Theater

Yesterday at 8:49 AM

The Lake Country Symphonic Band will have two concerts in October The first is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 followed by another one at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Fantastic Fall Festival of …

Mineola Pilot Club hosting benefit game night

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A game night fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Alliance and the Texas Pilot Clubs’ Traumatic Brain Inju- ry Camps for adults will be held Thursday, Oct. 6. The Mineola Pilot Club is …

County extension offices host pesticide conference

Yesterday at 8:52 AM

The Tri-County Pesticide Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 21 at the Carroll Green Civic Center in Quitman. Cost is $30. Preregister by Oct. 7 with the Rains or Wood County agrilife extension …

AG Young Farmers hosting show

Yesterday at 8:49 AM

The Alba-Golden Young Farmers host a livestock show Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Hugh Ragsdale Agriscience Center at Alba-Golden School. Gates open at 5 a.m. with registration from 7-9 and the show …

WC Co-op holding annual meeting

Yesterday at 8:49 AM

The 2022 Wood County Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, Oct. 7 at Governor Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman.  Prior to the meeting, the public is invited to attend a …


Emogene Cox Wilson, 1930-2022

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Emogene Cox Wilson, a kind and gentle woman who always looked for the good in people, died Sept. 21, 2022, from congestive heart failure. She was 92.

Mary Beth Hasz, 1941-2022

Wednesday, September 21
Mary Beth Hasz was born to Henri and Edith Tessman in Sycamore, Ill. on March 8, 1941 and went to be her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, while in her home in Alba.

The Mineola Kiwanis Club board of directors for 2022-23 was installed by Division 34 Lt. Governor John Wisdom of the Quitman Lake Fork Club. From the left are Kevin White, past lieutenant governor; Brian Jones, president elect; John Epps, president; Becky Moore, past president; John Wisdom; Sam Curry, treasurer; Joyce Curry, secretary; and directors Art Gould, Beth Shockey, Dawn McCampbell, Misty Hooks and not pictured, Amy Castleberry. The Kiwanis year starts Oct. 1.

Mineola Kiwanis Club gains new leaders

Yesterday at 8:54 AM

The Mineola Kiwanis Club board of directors for 2022-23 was installed by Division 34 Lt. Governor John Wisdom of the Quitman Lake Fork Club.

Mineola Police Report

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Quitman Police Report

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Mineola Fire Department Report

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Wood County Sheriff’s Report

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Yesterday at 9:08 AM
A story in last week’s Monitor reported former Wood County Chief Deputy Nikki Wright’s probation was revoked for driving while intoxicated. Although she was arrested in Marion County, …

Mineola council sets budget and tax rate

Yesterday at 9:01 AM
The new Mineola city budget starts Oct. 1 and was approved by the city council Sept. 19. A property tax increase was also approved to help fund city operations, rising from 48.2 cents per $100 …

YISD voters head to the polls Tuesday

Yesterday at 8:52 AM
Yantis ISD voters go to the polls Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the YISD office from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters are being asked to approve the purchase of attendance credits from the state to satisfy …

Alba city council OKs 8% pay raise on split vote

Yesterday at 8:52 AM
The Alba city budget will include an 8% pay increase for all city staff after a split vote at last Tuesday’s council meeting. Casting aye votes were Robert Kraemer, Tammy Kelbe and Larry …

City sales taxes continue upward

Yesterday at 8:51 AM
Wood County government entities that collect sales taxes earned $724,883 in September, according to the state comptroller’s office. The September report is primarily for taxes collected by …

Alba-Golden still unbeaten, cruises with district victory

Yesterday at 9:03 AM
Alba-Golden went to Quinlan Boles Friday and came home with a 35-12 win. It wasn’t pretty, but that’s OK. As a sport, there is much about football which requires tightening up after every game. 

Grand Saline routs Quitman

Yesterday at 9:08 AM
Cason Johnson forces the Indian ballcarrier to the boundary.
The Bulldogs were overly-hospitable hosts to the Indians Friday, allowing Grand Saline to return home with a 50-13 victory in Quitman’s district opener.

Lady Jackets take out Mt. Vernon in four

Yesterday at 9:03 AM
Every single point was crucial in Mineola’s four-set win over Mt. Vernon last Friday. Here Kyra Jackson, Olivia Hughes, and Jocelyn Whitehead (l-r) react to the action.
For Mineola fans, last Friday’s volleyball match with Mt. Vernon was a pleasure to watch. The Lady Jackets took the match in four sets: 20-25, 25-5, 25-23, 25-23. It was an afternoon chockfull …

Mineola’s Cris Alejo and Alba-Golden’s Brandt Peterson battle around a corner during the boys 5-kilometer race.

Mineola, Alba-Golden teams compete at Rains XC meet

Yesterday at 9:09 AM

A long line of colorful jerseys snaked their way around the pastures adjacent to Rains schools last Thursday at the Rains Invitational cross-country meet. Twenty-eight teams produced over 120 runners …

Annabelle Popex slams a spike for Quitman. See Page 11A for additional photo.

Chapel Hill defeats Quitman in four games

Yesterday at 9:07 AM

The Quitman Lady Bulldogs fell short of the Lady Devils of Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill to open district play Friday at home in four games, 25-11, 21-25, 25-10, 25-14.

Yellowjacket Mario Bautista heads up-field in early action against the Tigers.

Tigers hold off Jackets

Yesterday at 9:05 AM

The Mt. Vernon-Mineola football game Friday promised to be akin to a heavyweight fight. Largely, it met its billing. Mt. Vernon returned home with a 42-25 win, in a game which belied the final …