Visiting judge says McCampbell can hear Jeff Fletcher’s cases

Wednesday, September 22
Visiting Judge Alphonso Charles ruled against a request from former 402nd District Judge Jeff Fletcher to have current Judge Brad McCampbell recused from district court cases involving Fletcher’s clients. The two were involved in a tense, and at times bitter, campaign for district judge in 2020.

Commissioners set lower tax rate

Wednesday, September 22
At a special session of the Wood County commissioners last week, the property tax rate was adopted for the upcoming year which enables them to meet the new budget adopted.
Kelly Conley (left) auctions off the thermal hog hunt offered by Trey Huff (right).

Record hay show auction tops $40K

Wednesday, September 22

The Mineola Hay Show has come a long way.

When the bids and add-ons were tabulated last Tuesday night, the show generated more than $40,000 to assist the Mineola High School ag programs.

It’s official – Mineola elementary campus acceptable

Wednesday, September 22

Thanks to a small and little-publicized section of a new state law, Mineola ISD is able to move past the “F” grade received by its elementary campus the last time school campuses were rated by the state.

Superintendent Cody Mize announced the great news at the Monday school board meeting.

Quitman council adopts budget, tax rate

Wednesday, September 22

The Quitman City Council approved a tax rate of $0.5411 per $100 valuation last Thursday. The rate consists of maintenance and operations at $0.3900 and interest and sinking of $0.1511 to bring the total to the $0.5411.

The council opened the session with a public hearing to discuss the tax rate, but no citizens were present, and Mayor Randy Dunn ended the hearing. The adoption of the tax rate was approved unanimously.

A beautiful but bashful horse.

“Country roads, take me home...”

Wednesday, September 22

September marks time for a ride about the county. Wood County is a prime “taking a ride in the country” kind of place.

Letters to the editor

Wednesday, September 22
My family and I are moving to Houston and call it home. We are leaving Mineola with mixed feelings after 20 years full of memories.

Women’s retreat set at Quitman church

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The First United Methodist Church of Quitman is having a women’s retreat Saturday, Oct 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $25 with lunch included featuring Dr. Trae Kendrick of Crawford, who …

Iron Horse returns Saturday

Tuesday, September 21
Mineola will once again celebrate its railroad heritage with the Iron Horse Festival Saturday, Sept. 25 in the downtown area.

The Mineola Landmark Commission will help kick off the event with its Hobo Special on Friday evening at the Farmers Market Pavilion starting at 5 p.m.

Cornhole tournament set in Alba

Tuesday, September 21
A corn hole tournament is planned in downtown Alba Saturday, Oct. 9 in conjunction with the Alba Volunteer Fire Dept.’s annual fish fry.

Ministry plans monthly breakfast

Tuesday, September 21
Bread of Life Ministry in Mineola will hold its monthly benefit breakfast Saturday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 a.m. at the Northside Church in Mineola.

Extension offers free car seat inspections

Tuesday, September 21
A free child safety seat check-up event is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the WIC Office, 1020 E. Goode St., Quitman.

James Reed Huffman  1930-2021

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Mass of Christian Burial for James Reed Huffman, of Quitman, was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Mineola with Father Lawrence Love as …

David Wayne Kolb  1955-2021

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David Wayne Kolb passed away Sept. 19, 2021 at his home in Quitman. He was born June 28, 1955 in Oklahoma to Roy James and Jacqueline Kolb.  David loved to hunt and fish. He loved Lake Fork …

Yvonne Claybourn Henderson  1935-2021

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Yvonne Claybourn Henderson of Mineola passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 in Tyler at age 86. Yvonne was born in Mineola to Seawell and Thelma Hardy Claybourn on April 19, 1935. She was raised in …

Shara Edith Reed  1985-2021

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Graveside services for Shara Edith Reed, 36, of Mineola were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Pilgrim Rest #2 Cemetery, Golden, with Bro. Grady Dollar officiating. Shara passed away on …

Lila Ruth Davis  1934-2021

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Funeral service for Lila Ruth Davis, 87, of Tyler was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev Byron George officiating. Interment followed at Yantis …

Wednesday, September 22
Cassandra Sampson (right), a community health care worker in Mineola, has been raising funds and awareness for safe alternatives of feminine hygiene products, which are being distributed at no charge. Last week she presented the proceeds to several organizations, including the Kindness Kottage, represented by B.J. Gould (from left); Broad Street Church of Christ which assists the Boles Home in Quinlan, represented by Jean Delafield; and Mineola school nurses Brandi Davlin and Christi Singleton. Sampson plans to make this a yearly effort.
Cassandra Sampson (right), a community health care worker in Mineola, has been raising funds and awareness for safe alternatives of feminine hygiene products, which are being distributed at no charge.

SGA golf winners announced

Wednesday, September 22

The Senior Golf Association championship at the Mineola Golf Club was held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 13-14.

Mineola Fire Department Report

Wednesday, September 22

Precinct Two Constable’s Report

Wednesday, September 22

Mineola Police Report

Wednesday, September 22

Wood County Sheriff’s Report

Wednesday, September 22

Quitman Library Connections

Wednesday, September 22
National Voter Regis-tration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 28, and the Quitman Public Library is participating in the month-long “Register in September – Vote in November” voter …

Alba grad earns degree at MSU

Wednesday, September 22

Kendra Lee McGahee Harpold of Alba graduated cum laude in August from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls with a bachelor of science in radiologic sciences.

Commissioners take care of annual items
Wednesday, September 22

Wood County commissioners took care of a few annual items at Tuesday morning’s meeting. 

Commissioners approved meeting dates for the upcoming year as well as county holidays, payroll dates, sheriff’s and constable’s fees.

QISD board OKs AC bids
Wednesday, September 22

The cafeteria at Quitman Elementary School will soon be cooler after the school board approved air conditioning at Monday night’s meeting.

Bulldogs gain big victory over Hawkins, district next

Wednesday, September 22
Carson Johnson wraps up the Hawks ball-carrier as Wyatt Hightower (12) and Thomas Sabedra (88) prepare to assist with the tackle.
What a difference a year makes!

Last year, Quitman was reeling from a 50-7 loss to the Hawkins Hawks. The last time the Bulldogs won three or more games was in 2010 when Coach Ron Callahan’s team went 7-4 and made it to the state playoffs.

Fast forward to last Friday night. Quitman defeated Hawkins 32-22 in front of a packed Bud Moody Field, earning a team victory as the defense and offense put up heroic efforts with big stops and an offensive line leading the way for Quitman runners on scoring drives. The Bulldog defense recorded four fumble recoveries.

Panthers turn back Cumby

Wednesday, September 22
Michael Gaskill (left) assisted by Jason Langston makes the game-sealing sack of the Cumby quarterback on a fourth down to preserve the win.
When confronted with dire circumstances, there is only one thing to do: fight your way out.

That is exactly what the Panthers did Friday night at Cumby, and they came away with a 15-13 win.
Kenleigh Aguirre makes a play on the ball between Lady Jackets Olivia Hughes (left) and Riley Weekly.

Mabank sweeps Mineola

Wednesday, September 22
If the Mineola Lady Jackets wanted a pre-district measure, they got it last Tuesday in Mabank.  Mabank is among the top 4A volleyball teams in East Texas. The Lady Panthers used aggressive striking and great court awareness to take down the Lady Jackets in a three-set match.

MMS teams bring home tournament hardware

Wednesday, September 22
The Mineola 8th grade volleyball team includes, back from left, Coach VanDover, 13-Jadelyn Marshall, 14-Lucy Goodson, 5-Layla Kelley, 8-Clara Marlow, 7-Kenzi Banks, 10-Tori Kinder; and, front, 1-Caroline Castleberry, 3-Maddie Short, 11-Maiyah Gonzalez, 15-Raylie Peebles, 4-Addyson Blackwell, 12-Jaylee Nevarez and 8-Makena Quiambao.
Mineola Middle School participated in the Hawkins Invitational Volleyball tournament Saturday, Sept. 11. The 8th Grade A Team won 2nd place overall, and the 7th Grade A Team won 3rd place.