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Alba-Golden school board set to ‘go public’ with bond proposals

4 days ago

The Alba-Golden school board on Monday decided to take bond options for school improvements to the public. The issue was not listed as an item on the regular board meeting agenda but stemmed from a statement by Superintendent Dwayne Ellis and subsequent discussion. The manner and timing of public disclosure and debate is yet to be determined.

Describing how initial serious discussions regarding the present school infrastructure needs began in 2010, Ellis commented, “At some point we must decide: Is this the project we want done? The board needs to instruct me on requirements. I need to hear from everyone. This must be a board decision.”

A lively discussion ensued...

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‘Neighbor spoofing’ scam experienced locally

4 days ago

A new type of telephone scam apparently is making the rounds in Wood County – one that makes use of familiar landline telephone numbers.

Last week, Vince Colvin of Mineola reported receiving several calls on his landline phone. His caller ID identified the calls as coming from a familiar place, such as the water company that supplies the church he attends.

MISD board debates hosting CTE regional hub

4 days ago

Discussion Monday night among MISD trustees suggests a majority of board members support hosting a regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) hub in Mineola. The question boils down to how to fund its construction.

Mark Parkerson, the district’s director of special programs, told the board that he believes MISD would need to pitch in $1.5 million to $2 million to bring the project to fruition.

Mineola’s CTE program is expanding as more and more students opt for career training classes. According to Parkerson, 85 students will take industry certification exams this spring. He expects that number to grow to 160 next year. Further, 869 seats are filled in CTE courses this spring, up about 20 from the fall semester. School districts in Lindale, Grand Saline, Alba-Golden and Yantis have expressed interest in joining a regional CTE hub. Also, Sanderson Farms and Morton Salt have shown interest in utilizing a CTE hub for employee training.

New bus route considered in county

4 days ago

GoBus Transit, which operates rural public transportation in a 14-county region, held two public hearings in Wood County last week about a possible expansion of services.

Business Manager Melissa Cure explained that GoBus was approached by Jarvis Christian College, near Hawkins, about the need for students to have transportation for shopping, transit connections (such as the airport) and other needs.

Based on that request, GoBus is working with the college to see what new service might be appropriate.

A second hearing was held in Mineola...