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For her hard work and accomplishments, Quitman High School 2019 valedictorian Abby Dobbs was awarded a scholarship from the Texas Golf Association. The 2019 Doris Kallina/’Nez Muhleman … more
Members of the Mineola Kiwanis and Rotary clubs have joined together for the “KI-RO” Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The tournament will be held Saturday, June 22, beginning at 8 a.m. at the … more
Activities in downtown Alba Saturday for the Life After Meth Ministries included a pie eating contest, motorcycle rally, music and dunking booth. Over $200 was raised for the christian organization, which serves those whose life has been derailed by meth. more
Faith Baptist Church in Quitman hosted a block party to mark the end of the school year in their parking lot Friday evening. Dozens of kids enjoyed a petting zoo, tractor rides, inflatable castle with slide, games, snacks, face painting, balloon animals, and a cake walk. Pastor Mike Midkiff presented $100 on behalf of the church to each of the Quitman schools – elementary, junior high, and high school – plus the Quitman Police and Fire Departments, totaling $500 donated. Tours of the church facilities were given, hot dogs and cotton candy were served, and summer was ushered in with style. more
Clear skies, free hotdogs, bike giveaways and complimentary wriggly worms welcomed folks to the annual Hooked on Fishing youth tournament on Saturday morning along the southern shores of Lake Fork.

Swarming to the Sabine River Authority headquarters, 215 registrants from ages legally alive to those legal to drive competed to catch the heaviest bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and turtles.

Former Dallas Cowboys players Kenneth Gant and Lincoln Coleman Jr. assisted Sheriff Tom Castloo in handing out the hardware to 18 outstanding anglers. Cash Harrison from Celina pulled in a 6.38-pound catfish, netting him the overall prize for the largest catch in any age or classification. more
The Robert Dibble Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists recently met in Mineola and elected new officers for the coming year.

The National Society Daughters of the American Colonists is a society whose members are descendants of a man or woman who rendered patriotic or civil service to the American Colonies prior to July 4, 1776. Members share the devotion to country and the principles upon which it was founded that inspired ancestors. more
Wood County commissioners approved Wood County Historical Society’s request to apply for a state historical marker at the west side of the county courthouse Friday.

The marker titled “The Flying Hoboes” would honor the first two African-American aviators who flew across the United States, Wood County Historical Commission Chairman Lou Mallory said. One of the aviators, Thomas Cox Allen, was born in Quitman, she said.

According to The New York Times, in 1932, Allen partnered with J. Herman Banning to fly 18 days from Los Angeles to New York. Allen died in 1989 at age 82 in Oklahoma City. more
Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) has received an Art Works grant of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The award stems from $80 million in grants approved by the NEA as part of the endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.

The Winnsboro grant is for a six-week musical theatre summer program for children in rural East Texas. Art Works is the endowment’s principal grant-making program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round and will award 977 in this category. more
Life After Meth Ministries presents a family oriented event in downtown Alba Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to dark. The Alba City Council approved the event on Monday. Streets around the square … more
Building and remodeling houses and commercial buildings in Mineola became less costly last week after the City Council acted on May 31 to lower a bevy of permit fees ranging from gates to grease traps.

As an example, a building permit for constructing a 1,800-square-foot house valued at $130,000 will go from $1,185 to $360. The building permit for a 3,569-square-foot commercial building valued at $600,000 will drop from $3,730 to $892. The new fee schedule, which includes plumbing, electrical, mechanical, demolition, pools and more, went into effect May 31.

“Now it will be a lot cheaper to build a house in Mineola,” Mayor Kevin White said. more
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