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Corner Column

This week’s column is borrowed from Texas Press Association President Laurie Ezzell Brown, who has carried on the family tradition of putting out a top-notch community newspaper in Canadian, in the northern reaches of the Texas Panhandle.

She captures in graphic terms the long-term cost to the nation of the decline of newspapers. Please share it with someone who thinks social media can somehow replace real journalism in your community. more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

September has begun and so have all of our programs. These activities are for a variety of ages. It is the hope the activities will help instill a love of the library to our youngest patrons and … more

Quitman Library Connections

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, so stop in and see what the Quitman Public Library has to offer. Patron cards are available for those residents who can provide proof of residence in Wood County and photo identification. A guardian must sign for children ages 5 - 17. more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

What a beginning to August! I’m sure you saw the story about our changes during the first week of August. What a week that was! Many thanks again to the Tocker Foundation and the Meredith … more

In East Texas Gardens

I love to see butterflies in the garden. It’s not because I take awesome photos of butterflies – my photos are generally blurry – nor is it because I’m a budding entomologist – my knowledge of butterflies is limited to swallowtails and “orange” – but because I love the movement that butterflies bring to a garden. more

Corner Column

To the Monitor’s readers in Mineola and across Wood County, I am bidding adieu. An opportunity takes me elsewhere in East Texas. As the recipient of many kindnesses – large and small – I … more

Corner Column

Last week we talked in this space about snakes, and we will continue with that theme this week. I am talking about the recently convened session of the Texas Legislature. A lot of the news … more

Ag News

Driving around, any astute observer has surely noticed the abundant wildflowers on the side of the road. In my area we have worlds of Black-Eyed Susan (the yellow flower) and the white flower about … more

Home Sweet Home

Home grown fruits and vegetables often trigger a desire to preserve foods at home. While this can be a fun and rewarding way to keep foods long after the season ends, care must be taken to assure … more

In East Texas Gardens

If you’re looking for reliable plants that bloom in an array of colors through the heat of summer, sages are the plants for you. I’m not referring to culinary sage (Salvia officinalis, which … more

Corner Column

On more than one occasion I have read about animals, such as snakes, seeking higher ground during all this wet weather.

But the top of our office front door, really? Did he think the water would get that high? more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

When volunteers appear to work in the gardens on a hot and humid Wednesday morning, you know their hearts are in their work. June is a transition month for our gardens at the Arboretum and for … more
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