Wood County Monitor 10-10-19

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In this issue

  • Hawkins Elementary named Blue Ribbon School

    Wednesday, October 9

    Hawkins Elementary School (HES) is among 300 schools in the nation to receive the Blue Ribbon School designation.

  • Mineola Memorial Library Notes

    Wednesday, October 9

    It is October! We have finished with our updates. We have new flooring in the entrance. We have our shelves arranged how we want them. We can locate things again. We really hope you like all the …

  • Health expo draws crowd, blood

    Wednesday, October 9

    Folks learned about their health at Living Young in Quitman last Thurday. Information was available about a range of medical services, hospice and insurance. Prizes were drawn, snacks were …

  • Alba plans fall festival Oct. 12

    Wednesday, October 9

    Fall back in time at Alba’s first Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 12. Enjoy a full day of free fun for the entire family. Contests, live music, kids’ activities, dancing and more are …

  • Mineola band hosting marching festival

    Wednesday, October 9

    Mineola Sound of the Swarm, the only band in Texas to hold the State Marching title and the Honor Band title, is gearing up for a very busy October dubbed “Bandtober” by …

  • Wood County Arboretum plans fall plant sale

    Wednesday, October 9

    Plant lovers celebrating autumn can harvest a bounty of blooms next week when the Wood County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens kicks off its annual fall plant sale.  Cooler temperatures are …

  • Garden Club lays out plans for coming year

    Wednesday, October 9

    Fannie Marchman Garden Club of Mineola opened its 84th year at its September meeting, and members enjoyed a bulb exchange. Programs through December will be a field trip to the Rose Gardens in …

  • Quitman twins sign up for armed forces

    Wednesday, October 9

    A pair of Quitman brothers have each decided to serve their country through the armed forces, twins Brayden and Branden Sessions, 2019 Quitman High School graduates. Brayden is in the Air Force …

  • Many hands made light work

    Wednesday, October 9

    Dozens of folks were on hand to unload 

  • Quitman council seeking monthly reports from QDC

    Wednesday, October 9

    In a special meeting Oct. 1, the Quitman City Council approved the $258,205 Quitman Development Corporation budget on a 3-2 vote.

  • Commissioners switching meeting days to Tuesdays

    Wednesday, October 9

    Wood County Commissioners held their final Friday meeting Oct. 4. Meetings will now be held on Tuesday’s at 10 a.m. with the next scheduled for Oct. 22. Commissioners approved the Tuesday dates for the next year.

  • Yard of the month

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Fannie Marchman Garden Club has selected Vicki and Jeff Sandifer of Mineola as the Yard of The Month for October 2019 at the corner of Pamela and Newsom Street. This yard speaks volumes as …

  • Fundraiser has goal to make improvements to Mineola Senior Citizen Center facilities

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Mineola Senior Citizen Center, on the corner of McDonald and University Dr., is having a fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 18, from 11-3 to raise money for building repairs and updates. A lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips and a drink, and delicious cakes and pies will be available for purchase by donation.

  • Judge makes sweeping changes to commission

    Wednesday, October 9

    In a sweeping move, County Judge Lucy Hebron has begun the reorganization of the Wood County Economic Development Commission.

  • Prize winner

    Wednesday, October 9

    Shirley Barnett won gift certificates worth over $200 to local restaurants and eateries in Mineola in a drawing at the Iron Horse Festival by Grace Community Healthcare Ministry, presented by …

  • Quitman project finalist for state award

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) and Colonial Construction have been named as finalists  as “Economic Game Changer” for their project at the “Shops at 107” building.

  • Author plans book signing Saturday

    Wednesday, October 9

    Join Missy Armstrong at Freedom Baptist Church in Mineola as she introduces and signs her newly published book on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.

  • Volleyball district play enters critical second half

    Wednesday, October 9

    With the first round of district volleyball games complete, the hunt for playoff spots in district 12-3A commences in earnest. Each team has seen all the district competition and knows that a playoff spot can be determined by the narrowest margin.

  • Quitman knocks off Mineola, 3-0

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Quitman Lady Bulldogs dispatched the Mineola Lady Jackets in a three game sweep in Quitman last Tuesday.

    The match should have been one of best of the year, but rather it was marred by many unforced errors on both sides.

    In the end, the Lady Bulldogs brought more of their game to the court and stymied the Lady Jackets all night.  

  • Carter wins MCC Ladies Championship

    Wednesday, October 9

    Mineola Country Club held its Ladies Championship Golf Tournament recently, won by Sandy Carter.

  • Mineola Country Club senior scramble

    Wednesday, October 9

    Tie determined by putt off

  • Grand Saline too much for ‘Dogs who remain winless for season

    Wednesday, October 9

    What began in the hot August days with hopes of a successful season for the Quitman Bulldogs has turned into a season of darkness and loss. The latest contest was a 62-6 beat down by the Grand Saline Indians.

  • Hobbled Panthers fall to Winona after close half

    Wednesday, October 9

    One couldn’t help but notice the line of young men in white Panther jerseys collected on the sideline before the start of Alba-Golden’s game against Winona. There were six of them.

    A variety of crutches, braces and slings was obvious among them. The players were joined by two more who came out of the locker room with the team.

  • Mineola returns from bye for battle with Bears

    Wednesday, October 9

    The very first comments from Mineola Athletic Director Luke Blackwell when sitting down during a football bye-week interview were about the state eighth-ranked girls cross-country team. “They have simply worked very hard, and continuously, to get where they are today,” he stated. He credited the program run by Coach David Smith and the willingness of the squad to want to improve as rationale for their success.

  • In East Texas Gardens

    Wednesday, October 9

    Gardeners are happiest when their plants are blooming. They invite you to see their gardens, post pictures on Facebook, and even have photo books printed of their gardens of blooms. If you happen to visit their gardens when the blooms start fading, they’ll say, ‘You should have been here last week.’ Blooms are fleeting – a gardener must also look for the beauty after the flowers fade.

  • Mineola veterans parade Nov. 9

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Veteran’s Day parade will have the theme “Thank you for our freedom” and steps off in Mineola on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:11 a.m. on East Broad Street and travels west on Hwy. 80 through the downtown area.

  • Reese Wade Whitman, 1973–2019

    Wednesday, October 9

    Reese Wade Whitman, April 3, 1973 – October 2, 2019. It is with much pain and sorrow; we announce that Reese Wade Whitman, age 46, our most beloved son, brother and family member passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at home in Tyler, Texas. A celebration of Reese’s life, for family, friends and other’s whose lives Reese touched will be announced at a later date.

  • Ganelle Moore, 1940-2019

    Wednesday, October 9

    Ganelle Moore, 79, of Quitman passed away Oct. 4, 2019, in Garland. Services were held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Forest Hill Baptist Church, with visitation at 10 a.m. and funeral service at 11. Burial followed at Quitman City Cemetery.

  • Virginia Lee O’Quinn, 1937-2019

    Wednesday, October 9

    Funeral services for Virginia Lee O’Quinn, 82, of Lindale, formerly of Golden, were held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at the Golden United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Mize and Pastor Jim Pickens officiating. Interment  followed in the Sand Springs Cemetery with services under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale.

  • Evelyn Joyce Fry, 1937-2019

    Wednesday, October 9

    Evelyn Joyce Fry, 82, entered into life Sept. 22, 1937, as the only child of Roy and Bessie Watson Hanna, in Grapevine. 

  • Lisa Gayle Culp Arrington, 1968-2019

    Wednesday, October 9

    Services for Lisa Gayle Culp Arrington, 50, of Alba, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Alba, with Dr. Kelly Burton officiating under the direction of Wilson Bartley Funeral Home.

  • UT Health East Texas enrolling EMS memberships

    Wednesday, October 9

    Enrollment for UT Health East Texas EMS membership is open. Annual membership is $60 and covers all qualified household members.  “The average cost of an ambulance transport is $750 and …

  • One airlifted from scene of traffic crash

    Wednesday, October 9

    Rafael Amaya rammed his pickup into the side of Victoria Sanders’ 1990 Ford Ranger pickup about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Amaya was driving a 2012 GMC when he ran through the stop sign at …

  • Quitman Library Connections

    Wednesday, October 9

    The 2nd Friday Acoustical Jam is this Friday. Musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in from 6-9 p.m. in the library’s community room. There will be an open mic set-up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are always welcome. For more information, call 903-975-5745.

  • Alba City Council mulls retirement benefits

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Alba City Council took a detailed look at the city’s employee retirement system, with plans to see how it can be improved.

  • Peoples Telephone hosting blood drive

    Wednesday, October 9

    Carter BloodCare has scheduled a blood drive in Quitman. Peoples Telephone Cooperative is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 102 N. Stephens St. in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Hurst at 903-763-2214.

  • Lake Fork Fishing Report

    Wednesday, October 9

    It was a warm week here at beautiful Lake Fork. The water temperatures fell to the upper 80s, and water clarity remained stained. The bass fishing is fair; however, it did pick up a little this week.

  • Dance Dimensions hosts seventh annual fun run at nature preserve

    Wednesday, October 9

    The 7th annual Iron Horse Rhythm Run benefiting the rhythm teams of Dance Dimensions had over 150 runners Saturday, Sept. 28 during the Mineola Iron Horse Festival. It was held at the Mineola Nature Preserve with a 1K kids run for 10 and under and a 5K walk/run for all ages.

  • Corner Column

    Wednesday, October 9

    This week’s column is borrowed from Texas Press Association President Laurie Ezzell Brown, who has carried on the family tradition of putting out a top-notch community newspaper in Canadian, in the northern reaches of the Texas Panhandle.

    She captures in graphic terms the long-term cost to the nation of the decline of newspapers. Please share it with someone who thinks social media can somehow replace real journalism in your community.

  • MLOTA quilt show Oct. 11-12

    Wednesday, October 9

    Mineola League of the Arts (MLOTA) will be hosting its annual quilt show, a fundraiser for the quilting guild, on Oct. 11-12. The theme this year is “My Favorite Holiday.”

  • Co-op annual meeting Friday

    Wednesday, October 9

    Wood County Electric Cooperatives’ 81st Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 at Governor Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman.

  • Quitman council approves agreement for 9-1-1 database with East Texas council

    Wednesday, October 9

    The Quitman City Council approved the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) 9-1-1 database maintenance agreement renewal for 2020 on Sept. 26. The annual agreement renewal is a slight decrease from last year and is $1,010. The contract includes providing mapping services and maintenance of the 9-1-1 database. Also in Wood County, Mineola’s cost is $3,023, Winnsboro $2,943, Hawkins $629 and Alba $81.

  • Quitman Police Report, Sept. 24 - Oct. 3

    Wednesday, October 9

    Sept. 24 Lt. Investigator John Farmer received a report from School Resource Officer Jim Rapp regarding a student who was claiming to be a pimp, a gang member, and a drug dealer. He also claimed …

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, Sept. 25 - Oct. 1

    Wednesday, October 9

    Sept. 25 8:30 a.m.  -  Deputies responded to CR 3859 near Hawkins for the theft of an animal trap. The case is being investigated.

  • Mineola Police Report, Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

    Wednesday, October 9

    Sept. 26 7:51 a.m. A wallet was found at Walmart and returned to the owner. 8:58 a.m. A fraudulent check was reportedly passed at a bank on North Pacific Street. This is under …

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