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Quitman City Council OKs firefighting gear

At its Dec. 20 meeting, the Quitman City Council approved the Quitman Volunteer Fire Department’s (QVFD) request to order new fire bunker gear. Twelve sets of new fire bunker gear are needed for the department. Suits have to be replaced every 10 years and the current set expires in March. more

Patriot Paws visit local DAR chapter meeting

Last Monday, a service dog training organization educated the John Hogg Sr. chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution on the services they provide to veterans. Patriot Paws Service Dogs of Rockwall teach service dogs to assist disabled veterans and provide more training when veterans require unique assistance as well as veterinary medicine. They also put together the group Veterans for PAWS, who works to help veterans feel less alone. Patriot Paws has grown over the years to have educational programs at Texas A&M and Gatesville prison to teach puppies basic obedience and shifts at the Rockwell facility for detailed training. For more information on Patriot Paws, visit their website at, Learn more about John Hogg, Sr. DAR chapter on its Facebook page. more

UT Health East Texas welcomes family nurse practitioner to Mineola

UT Health East Texas Physicians in Mineola has expanded its medical staff with the addition of family nurse practitioner Stacie Cameron, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CWS. As a certified family nurse practitioner and certified wound specialist, Cameron says her care philosophy “is to provide the best care to my patients by staying current with advancements and changes in healthcare. My goal is to practice evidence-based medicine and provide my patients with accurate information about their diagnoses and treatment options.” more

Holly Brook announces senior Bible study

Saints Alive, the senior adult ministry at Holly Brook Baptist Church, is hosting a senior adult Bible study Jan. 7-9 in the Family Life Center. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch at noon. The church will provide tea and water. Following lunch, Dr. Mark Neely will lead the study on letters to the seven churches described in Revelation 2-3. more

Line dance classes for beginners to start Jan. 25

Line dance classes for beginners start Jan. 25. The classes will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 – 9 p.m. the cost of the class is $40. To enroll, Call Mineola League of the Arts at 903 569-8877. more

Harry Meredith Special makes debut

The city’s dedication of the Harry Meredith Special last week completed the parlay of Mineola’s early history into a heritage tourism attraction for years to come. In its maiden trip, the little yellow passenger train left Steck Station, blared its horn, and circled Iron Horse Park with three carloads of dignitaries on Dec. 12. Three days later, the public at large got its first experience with city’s newest railroad. more

QHS athletes bring holiday cheer to Wesley House

Quitman high school athletics is utilizing off-season time to teach kids the importance of community service. Quitman ISD Athletic Director Bryan Oakes said the athletic department has established groups within the off-season program to promote competition, including in the realm of community service. more

‘Man on Fire’ air date changed

The Dallas-area PBS has changed the air date for James Sanchez’s film documentary “Man on Fire” to Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. The film examines race relations in Grand Saline in the aftermath of Charles Moore’s shocking decision to self-immolate in June 2014. The scheduling change was announced after last week’s edition of the Wood County Monitor had been distributed. more

Early deadlines for next two weeks

Due to the coming holidays we will have early deadlines. Deadlines for the December 26 paper will be December 20 at noon for editorial and ad copy.. The deadlines for the January 2 paper will be December 27 at noon for editorial and ad copy. more
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