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Bad week

This was not a good week for Wood County football teams. Of the five teams in the county, only Hawkins came away with a win in their 22-7 win over Como-Pickton raising their season total to 2-3. Coach Scott Evans, his staff and the Hawks are to be congratulated on their efforts and the big win. more

Corner Column

May you live in interesting times. Commonly referred to as a Chinese curse, its actual ties to China are doubtful. Nonetheless, we do seem to be living in interesting times, and its roots appear to be from China. more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Heavy rains and high winds pass through as spring continues its journey into our hearts and gardens. The faithful redbud trees continue with a show of delicate blooms and the dogwood, Quitman’s … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

As I write this, the library is still open. We have not had large crowds, we have not had over 50 in the library at the same time, and our patrons have been great about keeping as much distance between each other as they can when on the computers. more

Salvation Army

Standing in front of Walmart or Brookshire’s on a cold and wet Saturday ringing the Salvation Army bell may not sound like a lot of fun to most people. But those who ring the bell know the … more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Welcome winter? This event is not official until Dec. 21. Those of us who live in Northeast Texas have learned to be patient and flexible when it comes to fall and winter temperatures. By the time … more

In East Texas Gardens

Winter can be the best time to rid your garden of exotic invasive plants. Two of the more common offenders in Wood County are nandina (also called heavenly bamboo) and Chinese privet. more

Corner Column

Last week’s championship performance by the Mineola High School Sound of the Swarm marching band at the state contest exemplifies what we know about the youth of today. more


Forty million adults struggle with something worse than just occasional stress. These people struggle with the common mental illness known as anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression … more

Cancer brings a new perspective to life

It started in October when I noticed a marble sized knot under my left jaw. The journey began that day. My local physician, Dr. Scott Olson, decided I needed to have a CAT scan, which I did get at UT Health Quitman. After the scan was inconclusive, Dr. Olson sent me to see an ear, nose and throat specialist in Tyler, Dr. Michael Lewis. While there, Dr. Lewis ordered a biopsy of the knot. After five attempts, Dr. Lewis still was not happy with the results, so I was sent to UT Health Tyler for a core biopsy. more

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: We would like to give a well-deserved shout for a local who could be considered a perennial candidate for Citizen of the Year for Mineola. This person retired from an effective career as our local travel agent to only become more busy on the volunteer scene. more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Nanny State: more
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