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Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Happy almost New Year to our friends and neighbors. We at the Arboretum have had a busy fall season. Fundraisers, guests, planning, building and focusing on the future. In order to better reflect those we serve and to better identify our volunteers who work endless hours, the board of the Arboretum has decided it is time for a name change. May I introduce you to the Wood County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Same location, same friendly faces, just a name change. more

Mineola man taken by surprise as horse brightens up an 89th birthday

It’s not often that a birthday surprise arrives on four legs, but that was the case Feb. 6 in Mineola when Mike Fletcher, pastor of Spur On Ministries, delivered a horse to a lifelong friend and mentor, Chester McCallum. more

Quitman Animal Clinic 17th annual Pet Fair

A horse driven wagon carries passengers through the Quitman Animal Clinic 17th annual Pet Fair on Saturday, April 27. The fair had a large turnout with many activities and games for all ages. more

Jury finds Karch guilty

A Wood County jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon against Todd Karch, former director of transportation for the Mineola ISD, who was accused of using an Internet site to seek a sexual encounter with 16-year-old Mineola student. more

Alba area sees pipeline work

A joint venture announced last spring has brought some heavy pipeline construction activity to the Alba area. The Red River crude oil pipeline, which was constructed several years ago to connect … more

Cox family releases statement on health issues

The family of Jodi Cox, who recently ran for Wood County district attorney, has released a statement concerning medical issues that occurred prior to the March 3 Republican primary. more

Wood County Community Calendar

To add a listing to the calendar, email editor@ woodcountymonitor.com or news@woodcounty monitor.com or call 903- 569-2442 or 903-763-4522 more

GoBus takes half-off cost of one-way trip

ETCOG announces a reduction in price of trip costs coming to GoBus riders. The cost of a one-way trip is dropping from $4 to $2 for all paying customers. The new fare structure was approved by the ETCOG Executive Committee this month and will go into effect on January 2nd. more

Storm topples tree

Four seeking sheriff’s nomination

Four aspiring candidates have filed for Wood County Sheriff in the upcoming Republican primary March 3. Incumbent Tom Castloo will be challenged by Kelly Cole, Callie Lawrence and James Schaffner. Candidates drew for their spot on the ballot Dec. 19. Kelly Cole will be first on the ballot, James Schaffner second, Tom Castloo third and Callie Lawrence fourth. more

QHS to show film on time teens spend on their screens

A thought-provoking doc- umentary about growing up in the digital age is going to be shown free Monday at 7 p.m. at Quitman High School. The title of the movie is Screenagers: Growing up in the … more
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