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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
Mount Pisgah Baptist Church (located on FM 49 between Hainesville and Pine Mills) will stage a revival with Brother Malcolm Ellis from June 9 to 12.  He will be holding both Sunday services on … more
It was a century ago, and the year was 1919.

The 1919 Chicago White Sox were immortalized as the infamous “Black Sox” after throwing the baseball World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. President Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated by a stroke during the final year of his presidency. The Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended World War I, was ratified by every combatant nation except the United States. And in Bowling Green, Ohio, a baby girl was born. more
Holly Brook Baptist Church has declared the week of June 3-7 “Love Week” in the Hawkins community and surrounding area. The week will be one when Holly Brook members serve the community. On … more
The Greater Hawkins Veterans Memorial Association (GHVMA) honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by conducting a Memorial Day ceremony on May 27. The event drew around 70 … more
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