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Holbrook stepping aside as director at historic theater

Mike Holbrook, who has directed the Lake Country Playhouse and Select Theater in Mineola for the past 13 years, has announced his retirement from the day-to-day operations of the historic theater, which is celebrating its centennial. more

In East Texas Gardens

T.S. Eliot wrote that ‘April is the cruellest month,’ but he never lived through August in Texas. High temperatures, blazing sun and unrelenting humidity certainly seem cruel. A gardener … more

New Mineola retail building named finalist for state downtown award

Finalists for the 2020 President’s Awards Program were announced last week in Austin, and a Mineola structure was among those named. For over 30 years the awards program, sponsored by the … more

Grant to aid COVID mental health issues

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking an emotional toll on Texans. Help is on the way for the 12-county area in East Texas in the form of a grant awarded to Lakes Regional Community Center by the Health … more

Mineola pub crawl raising awareness about Chiari

When the coronavirus pandemic canceled the annual awareness walk for Chiari malformation, Amy Hagan of Mineola was especially distraught. She had participated in the walks since her first surgery … more

Wood County family band Swoape set to release first album

It is a powerful image. Keelyn Swoape described sitting up underneath the family piano as a small boy listening to his father playing away and also feeling the music through the frame of the … more

Deer processors gearing up for hunting season

Gear up for a big hunting season. For two local families, deer processing is both a business and a passion. Elvin Ebersole of Bellview Deer Processing and Ronnie Payne of Deer Feathers … more

Couple celebrating 70th anniversary

Jay and May Ingram of Mineola are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 2. They were married in Houston County on Sept. 2, 1950 at the age of 16. They have three daughters, Debbie … more

Grant to repair veterans’ homes

Habitat for Humanity of Smith County has received a $250,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.  The grant will provide critical home repairs for 30 … more

Collins’ legacy lives on when Bonanzas fly formations

The sound of multiple propeller-driven aircraft passing overhead rings like a clarion. It is practically impossible not to look up and watch small aircraft cruising by. The sound evokes something … more

Orthopedic surgeon joins clinic

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Richard M. Graves, MD, has joined UT Health East Texas Physicians in Quitman. Dr. Graves treats patients of all ages who suffer from orthopedic pain or injuries. … more

Iron Horse Festival latest event canceled by virus

Mineola’s Iron Horse Festival, held the fourth weekend in September, has been canceled for 2020. The board of the Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, decided last … more
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