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Leading stories of 2019

(Editor’s note: The following have been chosen as the top Monitor stories for 2019.) more

A look back at news from Wood County during 2019

Brief summaries of significant news and events from each month of 2019 more

Two blood drives planned at Wood County locations

Placing a value on blood is best accomplished by imagining if blood was not available when you or someone you love needed it. Think about what that looks like: a life lost, a surgery delayed or cancelled, trauma services not available, and even cancer patients without the transfusion support for the side effects of chemotherapy. more

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

Winning readers

These four Quitman Elementary School students presented their UIL winning oral readings to the QISD school board Monday night, Dec. 16. Pictured are (left to right) Principal Mary Ann Nichols, … more

Junior historians place wreaths

The Mineola Junior Historians participated in Wreaths Across America by honoring fallen soldiers. They placed wreaths at the tombstones of two brothers at Cedars Memorial Gardens. Ralph Patterson was … more

Junior historians help with home tour

The Mineola Junior Historians served as docents for the City of Mineola Landmark Commission’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes. These students are Jonah Fischer, Taylor Ihlenfeldt, Melea Bedford, … more

Commissioners hand out praise to queen bees, Kacey

It was a day of proclamations at the Wood County commissioners meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17. Proclamations honoring the Hawkins High School nationally-recognized FFA Queen Bee Program and Wood County country music star Kacey Musgraves were approved. more

Angels we have heard on high

The youth of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Mineola celebrated the season with a Christmas play Dec. 22. (Monitor photo by John Arbter) more

Wood County voters will have choices for two Congressional representatives

The two men who represent parts of Wood County in the U.S. Congress have drawn challengers from both parties. more

Quitman council OKs zoning change despite citizen’s objection

The Quitman City Council met for its final 2019 meeting with just two items on the discussion/action agenda and a public hearing. more

Quitman High School Honor Roll

First Nine Weeks A Honor Roll 9th grade Helena Buatista-Mathias, Alan De Gorostiza, Brady Floyd, Reagan Hornaday, Jacob Johnson, Carlos Plata, Juana Ramirez, Sarah Smith, Christian Stewart, … more
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