Wood County Monitor 2-13-20

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In this issue

  • Alba-Golden superintendent leaving despite protests

    Thursday, February 20

    In an emotionally charged Alba-Golden ISD board meeting on Thursday night, trustees voted unanimously to offer Superintendent Dwayne Ellis a retirement agreement.  The agreement states that …

  • All charges dropped against former sheriff, chief deputy

    Thursday, February 20

    It’s been a long time coming, now it’s gone.  The right to have a speedy trial won out in this long and winding tale dating back five years. The cases against former Wood …

  • County EDC focuses on finding new director

    Thursday, February 20

    The search for an executive director headed the topics discussed at last week’s Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC). Interim Executive Director Jim Berry and board member …

  • One of the best in the land

    Thursday, February 20

    The Mineola High School band was formally presented its Sudler Shield during its concert last Thursday in Lindale. The students performed the music they will present at the Texas Music Educators …

  • Holland named Notable African American woman

    Thursday, February 20

    Judge Janae Holland, Mineola Precinct Two Justice of the Peace, has been selected by the Texas African American Museum in Tyler as one of East Texas’ Notable African American Women.

  • Church hosting group study for single parents

    Thursday, February 20

    The First Christian Church of Mineola is starting a small group specifically for single parents. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 25-May 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  A light meal, …

  • Wood County Grand Jury indictments

    Thursday, February 20

    The following indictments were handed down by the Wood County Grand Jury January 29: Joseph Manley Jones, tamper/fabricate physical evidence, third degree felony; and prohibited weapon, third …

  • Zoo closing after break-in

    Thursday, February 20

    Mini S Exotic Zoo on FM 1799 near Lake Holbrook in Mineola is closing its gates for good. On Jan. 26, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the zoo concerning criminal mischief. According to …

  • Quitman chamber plans annual awards banquet

    Thursday, February 20

    The Quitman Chamber of Commerce has set its annual awards banquet for Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Carroll Green Civic Center on McAllister Street. Awards being presented will be Clergy of …

  • Mineola Police Report, Jan. 30 - Feb. 5

    Thursday, February 20

    Jan. 30 12:05 a.m. A resident on Frances St. reported that two males were trespassing. The resident reported his son had distracted him while two teenagers came into their residence. When he found …

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report, Jan. 22-28

    Thursday, February 20

    Jan. 22 1:55 a.m. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 3490/FM 2869. Jeremy Lemley, 40, of Holly Lake Ranch, was arrested for possession of controlled substance. 9:29 a.m. Deputies …

  • Last week to file for city, school elections

    Thursday, February 13

    The final day to sign up for places on the ballot for the May 2 city council and school board elections is Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Precinct 1 candidates have their say

    Thursday, February 13

    Candidates for the two Precinct 1 county offices squared off in a forum Thursday at the Quitman Public Library, sponsored by the Quitman Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mark Parkerson leaving Mineola ISD

    Thursday, February 13

    The resignation of director of special programs Mark Parkerson was accepted at the Mineola ISD board meeting on Feb. 10. He has taken a position with Region 7.

  • Quitman Library Connections

    Thursday, February 13

    The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Circle is Feb. 14 from 6-9 p.m. in the library community room. Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in, and listeners are always …

  • QDC continues to mull director’s status

    Thursday, February 13

    The Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) board spent two hours in closed session Monday to discuss Executive Director Denea Hudman’s contract and compensation and once again returned with no action.

  • Early voting gets underway Tuesday for March 3 party primaries

    Thursday, February 13

    Early voting begins Tuesday, Feb. 18 for the party primaries, which will be held Tuesday, March 3.

  • Mineola school police going after grant for canine

    Thursday, February 13

    Mineola ISD resource officer Cody Castleberry will be pursing a grant for a canine for school use. The goal is to implement the program at little to no cost to the district.

  • Von Reyn nabs a calf in scramble

    Thursday, February 13

    Avery von Reyn of Quitman, a member of Quitman FFA, caught a calf during the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble on Jan. 21. She earned a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $16,000 in scholarship awards

  • New district alignments present challenges, opportunities

    Thursday, February 13

    Wood County coaches are looking with anticipation at their new district line-ups in various sports after the Feb. 3 UIL realignment process. 

  • Delia Diaz Garza  1940-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Delia Diaz Garza, 79, passed away at home with her family by her side on Feb. 4, 2020 in Winnsboro. Delia was born to Otto L. Diaz and Conception Sanchez Diaz on Feb. 5, 1940 in Winters. She worked …

  • Irma Delia (Martinez) Richey 1968-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Irma Delia (Martinez) Richey, 51, of Quitman went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Jan. 29, 2020. Irma was born to Eduardo and Pauline (Pena) Martinez on April 3, 1968, in Lubbock. She …

  • Logan Lee Kuykendall 1953-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Services for Logan Lee Kuykendall, 66, of Alba were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Wilson Bartley Funeral Home, Alba with Bro. Rick Childers and Bro. Ralph Swoape officiating. Mr. …

  • Mary Thelma Byrd Lewis 1931-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Funeral services for Mary Thelma Byrd Lewis, 88, of Saltillo, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Lewis officiating. Interment followed at Weaver …

  • Anthony Maurice Malone 1955-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Anthony Malone lost his battle to cancer on Jan. 29, 2020. Anthony was born in Terrell to Maurice Collins of Mineola and Margaret A. Malone of Terrell. He was the oldest of seven children. He …

  • Joe Barnet (JB) Howard, Jr. 1930-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Joe Barnet (JB) Howard, Jr. of Lake Fork, Quitman, passed from this life on Jan. 27, 2020 at his home on the lake. JB was born on Sept. 28, 1930 to Joe Barnet and Chloe Koiner Howard in Greenwood, …

  • Alton Odell Mewbourn 1945-2020

    Thursday, February 13

    Alton Odell Mewbourn was born on July 28, 1945 in Grapevine to Avery Odell and Cordie Lee (Sherrin) Mewbourn. He died Feb. 5, 2020 at the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler after a lengthy battle with …

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