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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
Two people were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a small aircraft crashed in a field just several hundred yards from the Holly Lake Ranch Airport. The names of those in the plane and their conditions were not available late Thursday morning. more
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announces closures for FM 515 in Wood County for emergency repairs necessitated by recent rains that caused a washout. The roadway will be closed Monday and Tuesday, June 10-11, at the west end of the Lake Fork/Glade Creek Bridge to County Road 1260 east of the bridge.

According to TxDOT, recent rains caused a washout last week, and upon inspection revealed that the metal pipe under the roadway had collapsed. A lane closure was implemented and a temporary patch was put in place to restore the roadway and allow for continued traffic flow until plans for an emergency contract for permanent repairs could be executed. more
Wood County commissioners and local officials addressed their concerns about proposed changes to the Wood County Industrial Commission (WCIC) at a May 31 workshop session.

A blue ribbon taskforce appointed by Wood County Judge Lucy Hebron has recommended changing the name of WCIC, reducing the size of its board and eliminating payments for cities that have provided the commission with financial support. more
Sanderson Farms, which recently opened production facilities in Mineola, Lindale, Tyler and Winona, announced significant increases in compensation to workers effective June 2.

“Sanderson Farms has always taken pride in employing the best people the workforce has to offer. We recognize that if we are to continue competing for and retaining these exceptional people, our compensation package must also be among the best available,” Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms, said in a prepared statement.

The company, the nation’s third largest poultry producer, began operations in Wood and Smith County in late January to early February. more
Bread of Life breakfast fundraiser,
JK Business Service ribbon-cutting,
End of School Year Block Party,
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Family Education Forum. 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
Forty-nine graduates of Alba-Golden High School concluded their public school education, which was 12 years in the making, as they collected their diplomas the night of May 31 at Wagstaff Gymnasium in Tyler.

The evening belonged to the happy graduates and their proud families, who lingered in the warm night air, long after the red mortar board caps were flung, for congratulatory hugs, high-fives and photographs.

High School Principal Michael Mize said he was “inspired and excited” about the future of the Alba-Golden Class of 2019 before certifying that every one of them had completed the necessary coursework to earn a diploma. more
Sixty-two Quitman graduates walked across the stage in Delbert Ballard Gym from high school into adulthood last Friday night. The night featured speeches and celebrations from faculty, family and friends.

Quitman High School Principal Dana Hamrick told the graduates that life is often like the rehearsal they went through the day before the ceremony. There will be bumps in the road, but “in the end, we stick with it.”

She advised them to know who you are, what your purpose is, know who and what is in front or behind you and always find your joy in life. “I’m proud of you,” Hamrick said. “I wish you all the best.”

As a class, the graduates have earned over $1.15 million in scholarships and financial aid awards. more
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