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On Saturday, April 27, Mineola police hope to take unused prescription medication out of medicine cabinets throughout Mineola. The point is to reduce opportunities for theft and abuse of these products, some of which are no doubt opioid-based pain pills.

That’s commendable, and I hope the take back event is a rousing success.

What’s not commendable, however, is the volume of opioid-based medications that poured into our medicine cabinets in the first place, how the lure of eye-popping profits coaxed big drug makers like Purdue Pharma to aggressively market products that would unleash a torrent of addiction and death across the nation. more
If you are a close reader of our obituaries, you know that the actress who played Michelle Mudturtle passed away recently. Janet McGill Faubion, the puppeteer for Michelle, lived out her final days in Quitman.

After seeing that connection, I did a little research... more
Earlier this year, about 43 miles northeast of Mineola in Monticello, a coal-fired power plant was mothballed. Two additional coal-burning plants, one southeast of Corsicana and another northeast of Austin, also closed in 2018. more
The various and varied members of the mallow family are significant to Texas and the South, both culturally and horticulturally. After all, what would the South be without okra or cotton? And we … more
We call them by many names – daffodils, jonquils, sweeties, campernelles, paperwhites – but they’re all narcissus. To me they’ll always be daffodils, as I grew up hearing lines from William … more
Dear Editor: It takes a village. Thank you to the Citizens and City of Quitman for letting the Daughters of the American Revolution be a part of the restoration of the Honeymoon Cottage … more
The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam at the Quitman Public Library is Friday, April 12, 2019. Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in from 6 - 9 p.m. in the … more
Did I hear someone mention a plant sale? They must have been referring to the Wood County Arboretum annual spring plant sale. On Saturday, April 13, you will find a fantastic array of seasonal … more
As a student of history, I’m curious about and appreciative of a community’s origins – about the internal and external forces that shaped its past and continue to influence its present. For … more
I recently read an article discussing the restorative powers of gardens and gardening. I realized that the beauty and serenity one finds in gardens is a gift for all of us. We at the Arboretum like … more
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