Wood County Monitor 5-21-20

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In this issue

  • QISD facility committee to study naming theater

    Thursday, May 21

    A proposal to formally name the Quitman ISD Auditorium after Kristina Linker Johnson was put on hold until the board has time to study the matter and come back with a plan. The popular theater …

  • Mineola schools shift focus to summer, fall

    Thursday, May 21

    As Texas public schools continue to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, Mineola ISD Superintendent Cody Mize briefed the school board Monday on the district’s continuing efforts. He …

  • New principal appointed for Mineola Elementary

    Thursday, May 21

    Two new administrators were hired for Mineola campuses Monday. The school board approved Brittany Thompson as the new principal of Mineola Elementary School and James Knabendshue as assistant …

  • Quitman Library Connections

    Thursday, May 21

    The Quitman Public Library is open and providing public service in accordance with current state guidelines. Social distancing and wearing protective masks are strongly encouraged. All patron …

  • City of Mineola to go ahead with annual July 4 fireworks display

    Thursday, May 21

    The city of Mineola will go ahead with a fireworks show on the Fourth of July – assuming such activities are still allowed. The city council voted Monday to hold the event at its usual …

  • Charles W. “Chuck” Wells, 1946-2020

    Thursday, May 21

    Charles W. “Chuck” Wells passed away following a brief illness on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Longview, surrounded by his loving family. Chuck was born in Newton, Miss., on June 1, 1946 and grew up in Mineola...

  • Vivian Lee Harris Roberts, 1926-2020

    Thursday, May 21

    Vivian Lee Harris Roberts was born on Aug. 2, 1926 to Grover C. and Hattie Tyson Harris in Quitman. She had one sister, Virginia Louise Henderson.

  • Rhonda Cox, 1967-2020

    Thursday, May 21

    Rhonda Cox, 53 of Mineola, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at her home in Mineola. She was born on May 5, 1967 in Tyler to Robert Cox and Joyce Browning Cox. She was a Baptist and a nurse.

  • Marsha Fulgham Mechley Kunkel, 1942-2020

    Thursday, May 21

    Marsha Fulgham Mechley Kunkel, 77 of Harrison, Ohio passed away on May 15, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital to the late Ethyl Cora Butler and Marshall Neal Fulgham on July 6, 1942.

  • Wood County Sheriff’s Report

    Thursday, May 21

    May 5 6:51 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to FM 778 near Mineola concerning criminal mischief. The reporting party’s property was damaged.  10:29 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to PR …

  • Mineola Police Report

    Thursday, May 21

    May 7 12:31 a.m. John Lopez, 19 of Mineola was arrested for public intoxication. A caller reported that a male was walking in the middle roadway in the 800 block of McWhorter St. The caller stated …

  • Mineola Fire Report

    Thursday, May 21

    Passenger vehicle fire: May 7, 10:59 a.m., Pine & Birch (Enchanted Lakes), Mineola. Outside rubbish, trash or waste fire: May 7, 8:35 p.m., 845 CR 2745, Mineola. Medical assist, assist EMS …

  • Sheriff says no foul play in drowning

    Thursday, May 21

    A 29-year old Mineola man drowned at Quitman Lake May 11. Cody Alan Alexander was found by a family at the county lake.

  • Some heroes wear masks, others make them

    Thursday, May 21

    The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked stories of tragedy and uncertain emotions and feelings. But it has also seen unlikely heroes rise to the occasion, from first responders to those on the front lines of the war on the virus and those who have turned their time staying at home into positive action for others.

  • Bigham honored for 22 years

    Thursday, May 21

    Mayor Pro Tem Novada Bigham took the mayor’s gavel to open her final meeting on the Mineola City Council Monday.

    Bigham has served Ward Three for 22 years and stepped down at the end of her 11th term.

  • Quitman seniors honored

    Thursday, May 21

    Quitman Chamber of Commerce partnered with the school district to honor high school seniors by putting their posters on the east side of the courthouse square. (Monitor photo by Larry Tucker)

  • Senior portraits downtown

    Thursday, May 21

    Metal plates of the graduation portraits of Mineola High School seniors were installed in downtown Monday night. Gary Bright with Gene’s Photography took the portraits, had the plates made and …

  • Mineola ISD lays out plans for hosting live graduation

    Thursday, May 21

    Mineola ISD has offered guidelines for the planned live high school graduation ceremony Friday, June 5 with an alternate of Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. at Meredith Memorial Stadium. If the ceremony …

  • Mineola chamber cancels banquet, fiesta

    Thursday, May 21

    The Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled two major events that initially had been postponed. The annual awards banquet in March was postponed as concerns arose about the spread of …

  • Monitor sets early Memorial Day holiday deadlines

    Thursday, May 21

    The Wood County Monitor will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.
    All news and advertising deadlines will be Friday at 4 p.m. on May 22.

  • MHS seniors stage mock graduation

    Thursday, May 21

    Mineola senior Kelby Bruner completes his paper work Tuesday morning when he and his classmates were videoed for a virtual graduation, should the live graduation planned June 5 be canceled. Melanie …

  • Mineola utility customers given deadline

    Thursday, May 21

    Mineola residents who are late on their utility bills will have two upcoming deadlines to meet.

  • Parade planned to honor Quitman HS graduates

    Thursday, May 21

    A “Reverse Parade” has been planned to honor the Quitman High School Senior Class of 2020. The Quitman community wants to bring the parade to the graduates. Thursday from 6-7 p.m. all …

  • County to seek virus relief funds

    Thursday, May 21

    Wood County commissioners approved giving the county judge permission to participate in the Coronavirus Relief Fund, administered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. These funds are to …

  • Veterans, family members and visitors:

    Thursday, May 21

    Due to the state of emergency and the developing situation with COVID-19, the Wood County Military Veterans Committee has decided to cancel the annual Memorial Day event for safety reasons.

  • Party primary runoff early voting extended

    Thursday, May 21

    An extra week of early voting has been added for the rescheduled spring party primary runoffs.

  • More turn to home gardening during pandemic

    Thursday, May 21

    Dana Gray of Grays’ Nursery and Garden Center summed up Northeast Texas’ vegetable providers in a word. “Overwhelmed,” she said. “The 30-40 providers in Northeast Texas that we purchase from are simply overwhelmed.”

  • QISD life skills challenge gaining national attention

    Thursday, May 21

    In these days of uncertainty, and even some fear of the unknown, Quitman ISD students took the last couple of weeks to learn skills not normally taught in the classroom.

  • Recovery ministry building tiny homes

    Thursday, May 21

    Life After Meth Ministries has expanded its outreach in two significant ways recently.

  • Wood County has first death from COVID-19

    Thursday, May 21

    Texas prepared to enter the second phase of reopening businesses Monday, the same day Wood County recorded its first death from COVID-19.

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