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Mineola council OKs budget, tax rate, hotel incentive

Mineola City Council took care of all budget and tax matters Monday. The council approved a property tax rate of 48.2 cents per $100 valuation, five cents lower than last year. The adopted … more

Alba council approves 80-cent trash cost hike

Alba residents will pay $13.50 per month for trash service, an increase of 80 cents. The new rate was approved last week by the city council, which also finalized the city’s contract with … more

QDC commits funds for pavilion repairs

Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) board members approved a budget to be presented to the city council for approval at this Thursday’s council meeting. The QDC budget for the upcoming … more

Stitchin’ Heaven planning huge fall event

Stitchin’ Heaven in Quitman will be having a fall festival Oct. 8-9. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 with a street dance featuring America’s Eagles Tribute band, The Long … more

Former judge seeks McCampbell’s recusal in case

District Judge Brad McCampbell has been asked to recuse himself from the upcoming trial of Jerry Lee Cotten. Cotten has been charged with theft more than $750 and less than $2,500. Cotten’s … more

Foundation impacts education in Mineola ISD

It might not sound like much – a digital microscope, an inflatable planetarium, new headphones. However, the improvements funded through the Mineola Education Foundation are having a huge … more

Alba-Golden school board grants extra staff leave days for COVID

In the most impactful action of the night, the Alba-Golden school board voted unanimously to grant eight additional days of leave for employees who have tested positive for COVID. This action, which … more

Parmer pleads to assault, 20-year term

The case of Timothy Parmer has finally been settled. On Sept. 9 Parmer pleaded guilty to aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second degree felony, and received a 20-year sentence. more

Illnesses postpone district court trial

A case in district court involving Christopher Brant Osborne was set to begin Sept. 7 but has been postponed until early November due to illnesses among courthouse staff. more

Mineola campuses closed to visitors

Mineola ISD Superintendent Cody Mize appealed for cooperation between the school and the families it serves on a number of COVID-19 mitigation measures at a public webinar meeting conducted Sept. 9. Mineola schools remain open, but the campuses are closed to visitation effective Monday, Sept. 13.  more

Pandemic creating challenges in local health care

Calling it a crisis and scary times, UT Health Quitman Hospital CEO Jared Smith again briefed the Mineola City Council last week on the situation during the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, fueled by … more

Community treasure is decade old

Years, and even decades, of hard work and dedication will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 18 when the Alba Public Library and Museum marks its 10th anniversary. more
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